Switch posts aren’t as good…

So, in a blast-from-the-past sort of way, I thought I’d share a video from the early days of YouTube, which may or may not have been a formidable influence for our band (hint: it wasn’t).

Enjoy!

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Things We Wish We’d Thought Of First: Bad Lip Reading

If you have not yet jumped aboard the Bad Lip Reading bandwagon, GIT ON UP HERE. These videos are fantastic, but not just because they’re funny. The songs are incredibly well done, which I think may often go unnoticed. People are so caught up in how funny the video part is that they fail to appreciate the music and all the hard work that had to go into it.

Even if you’ve watched this already, I urge you this time to pay attention to the original song they wrote, recorded, and produced.

Kudos to the creators!

Top 5 Album Covers to Live In

In the first couple days of my freshman year of college, some girls from my dorm were hanging in my room. I had just gotten Sublime’s self-titled album, which had a photo in the liner notes of Bradley Nowell singing to his baby.

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I had the liner notes on my night stand and one of the girls said, “Oh, is that your baby?” in the sincerest, non-judgiest way possible. (Like, less judgy than you are right now about me saying “non-judgiest” a second ago. Judgingest? ANYWAY…)

As much as I love that album (still, I know), I would not have wanted to live inside it. A new baby with a dude who would die a week after we got married? Ummmmmmmno.

No, my friends, there are far better album covers that I’d rather beam into. You know… if that were… a thing. (Is that a thing? Not yet? Right, right. Soon, though?)

5. Nirvana – Nevermind

Who wouldn’t want to swim in a pool that has money floating around in it? Also, the album just turned 20, so in one more year it can legally start drinking and then start brooding and writing angsty music and get super depressed and suicidal and wait a minute…

4. Meatloaf – Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose

I highly recommend googling this one so you can get a closer look. Or you can just take my word for it that aside from a loose monster, it’s got a dude in tight jeans with a sword on a motorcycle that looks like a sea creature AND a mostly nekkid lady with wings who is obviously in distress despite the fact that she could probably just fly away and save herself but where is the fun in that? Also, I almost wrote that the monster is a dragon, until I realized at the last second that it is actually a bat. Out of, um, Hell.

3. Herb Alpert – Whipped Cream and Other Delights

That’s fine, just keep saying you’ve never wanted to wear whipped cream. I believe you.

2. Whitney Houston – I’m Your Baby Tonight

That’s Whitney herself perched upon a motorcycle, y’all. In white jeans. AND KEDS. And if that’s not enough to convince you she’s ready to party, just read the license plate.
SPOILER ALERT: it says “NIPPY.”

1. The Beatles – Abbey Road

No big deal, it’s just one of the most iconic album covers ever from the most famous band in all of the history of time EVER. Probably the most parodied album cover, too. Yep… so that’s important and stuff… oh, who am I kidding? I just want to find out if George stuffed his tight pants with a cucumber.

Honorable Mention!

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland

When I asked my husband what album cover he’d want to live in, he chose the one with the most tits. I couldn’t not mention it.

What album covers would YOU want to live in?

Pittsburgh rules, and that’s church.

Hey kids. Addi here. I usually try to write these posts from the POV of the band, but this week it’s really just from my perspective. I know, I know, get my OWN blog, right?
I’m working on it…

You can probably tell that I have an affinity for the Burgh. Why else would I have agreed to do so many Pittsburgh related parody songs? It sure ain’t for the money, if that’s what you’re thinking (don’t get me wrong, the money is great, it’s just that you grow tired of a private yacht after a while. Right, Beyoncé?) If Pittsburgh were a man, I’d marry it. If it were a woman, I’d probably make out with it, but only a little, and only if we were both drunk at the time (but we’d totally still be BFFs after that).

What I’m trying to say is that I LOVE Pittsburgh. I love it so much that I traded my beautiful singing voice to a sea witch just for a chance at living here (it’s working out just fine, why do you ask?). I love the view from the Duquesne Incline, where I eloped last February. I love the one-two punch that is coming through the Fort Pitt Tunnel for the first time. I love Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the Steelers, our 400+ bridges, that stupid accent, and all you jagoffs out there, too. I love the cruddy, steel town history that we labored through to become the city we are today, recognized for education, medicine, and technology (Psssst, Google? Call me).

It’s not just the clichés and tired old touristy stuff that do it for me, though. I also have an affection for the comedy scene and the arts, and there are a couple great blogs out there in the Steel City that are worth following. The most prominent is probably That’s Church, a funny, thought-provoking, and often charitable blog written by the force behind PittGirl of yore. She’s alright in my book because she uses her powers for good and for awesome. She just posted a nod to our “Pittsburgh State of Mind” parody, which is what got my I-Love-Pittsburgh juices flowing again. Bait & Switch produced that recording with Mike Moats because we love this town, and to have someone else who loves Pittsburgh share it with her plethora of fellow Pittsburgh Lovers pretty much put the cherry on top of the proverbial pierogi. So thanks for that, Ginny.

In the future, I will try not to gush so much. I just had to get this out there so as not to burst. Thanks for listening. And hey, if you ever meet a half-woman, half-octopus, this blog post never happened…

Friday Nite Improvs: The Freshmen

Last night, we played for the second Friday Nite Improvs of the year. It was such a full house that I expected the Olsen twins to waltz in at any moment. There were over 200 people in attendance based on the number of admissions paid! Nicely done, freshmen!

Shout-out to the lovely @LizLabz for this shot. Unfortunately the massive audience is behind it, but you can sorta see the sweet melodica Addi is using for her instrumental solo in “Cum On Feel the Noize.” Here’s a better look for anyone who is interested.

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Until next time, FNI!

YouTube Tuesday: School Project

Aaaaaand we’re back! I was on vacation last week and I’m still feeling a little lazy, so let’s keep it simple this week. This comment was posted to our Penguin Fans fight song by user jkm1996. Here is the original comment:

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Seems innocuous enough, right? Right. But here’s what it looks like in my head:

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I think the grammatical errors probably allow for a more accurate portrayal of Bieber, so I decided not to fix them.

Until next time, you shameless Bieber fans, you!

– Bait