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Monday, March 20, 2006

Nitpickery And Pedantry

Or, How To Annoy People Over Inconsequential Trivia

I slipped a burr underneath Yabu's saddle this weekend. For the record, I don't recommend torqueing off The Yabu, but as I'm currently laboring under a full load of Bad Juju, the repercussions for this transgression will be minor.

Or will they? It just occurred to me that perhaps my continuing struggles to find a decent gunsmith might be the result of Yabu foreseeing my actions by a matter of days or weeks, and he laid down a pre-emptive time-release hex. Ah, so! Yabu very clever!

Anyway, it's all Dax's fault. He's the one that posted the misattributed song on Yabu's site. Just Damn! There's a bluegrass cover of Snoop Doggy Dog's 'Gin & Juice' floating around the internet, and it's usually labeled as being performed by Phish. Feh. That group of endlessly noodling hippies couldn't play bluegrass if Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs took turns stuffing Bill Monroe 78's up their kiesters. The song's actually done by a group called the Gourds, out of Austin, TX.

When you've pirated as many MP3s as I have, you see a lot of songs mislabeled. Some are just misidentifications. Some are a result of sheer ignorance. I can't count how many times I've run across an MP3 of a song by... oh, let's say Sarah McLachlan, and have it attributed to artists as varied as Kate Bush, Tori Amos, Annie Lennox, etc. Comedy songs by Tim Wilson or Rodney Carrington are always found under the label of Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and even Larry the Cable Guy, NONE of whom are singers... I won't even get into the misidentification trio of Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. Jeezus, they don't even sound anything alike, yet some crew of tone-deaf dipshits out there continue to fuck up their MP3 tags, and out it goes into the ether.

I've seen Traffic songs labeled as Fleetwood Mac, ZZ Top labeled as Freddie Fender (WTF???) and Cheap Trick labeled as The Cars. Filesharing enables these mistakes to get spread far & wide, and in ten years, everyone's gonna think it was Run-DMC that first recorded 'Walk This Way'!

Clean up your music files, people! Just 'cause iTunes or WinAmp shows the correct tags, your file titles might be buggered up! Let's stem the tide of musical ignorance!

Otherwise, there'll be Bad Juju up to our armpits! Just Damn!