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Love Shack by the B-52's

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Drew and Bak talk about this late 80s classic, Love Shack by the B-52's. Bak belts out this legendary song and Drew talks about how much he despises glitter and dancing at weddings.

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Hey, have you one? And welcome to songs gone wrong, where we, along with you, the fans, decide if these hit songs got it right or did those songs go wrong? One of your host drew Zachman, and joining me today is our good friend the wonderful Bock Tonius Bach. How are you doing, sir? I am excellent today, absolutely excellent. How are you? I'm doing great. I'm doing great and thank you for asking. And we have a fun song to talk about this one. But before we dig into it, if you guys haven't done so already, make sure you hit subscribe to make sure you get all of our episodes when they come out, which in fact, is twice a week. And if you could also leave us a five star review, that would be deeply appreciated. And if you do, let me know and I will have your very own songs gone wrong sticker sent to you. And you can also follow us on the socials, on twitter and Instagram at songs gone you can drop us an email sgw podcast at gmailcom or visit our website, songs gone wrongcom, and also we have our own songs gone wrong playlist on spotify so you can keep up the date with the songs we discuss each episode. Now back this episode. What are we talking about today? Love Shack, baby. Yeah, I feel like this is going to be one of those songs where you definitely are going to tap into your inner freends. But you never know, man, you never know what I'm gonna do. I'm feeling it today, baby. I'm feeling it, though, but as I'm feeling this, Love Shaq is almost like that Spring Song. Right, it's spring is in the air. Are you feeling it? Baby? I'm start Oh, I'll probably feel it well by time this episode are is we would have had a couple days already of some warmer weather. But yeah, I'm I am done with winter. All right. Let me let me tell you a quick story. So my daughter was grounded and she I made her watch some spring trading baseball with me. So she's ground she can't watch TV, but she is going to watch bass. I'm making her okay. So we getting this long conversation. There was a bulk. Okay, HMM, I telling a nine year old girl what the bulk is in baseball and the penalty. I go through this dissertation about this thing for about an hour. I think she gets it. We're figuring it out. We go outside to play softball. She's like, show me what I should do. I was like, you play softball, there's no bulk roll. I'm like God, she goes. Then why did you take me an hour and teach me this sort if I'm never gonna use it? Oh my God, so she my kids the bulk rule. That's it. Apter well, Hey, no, that's a yeah this. I feel like this time they'll write like early March, early mid March, I say mid March. You know, that's when you know you have spring training starting right you have march madness. You have in the debates the right like the regular baseball seasons around the corner of the weather starts to get a little warmer, because we know, both of us live in the northeast, so we get all we get all the seasons up here. So it's nice because I feel like winter time is cool, you know, in decent like November, December, it's like, Oh look, it's snowing on Christmas. Isn't that Nice? You know, and then January it's like, all right, I could deal with it in January, but then like February, it's like, all right, I'm done, especially with the snow, you know we had hold, but yeah, I'm done with it. I'm done with it. So I'm ready. I'm ready to talk about love Shack in the spring with rock and roll. Brother, let's do it. So Love Shack, which is from the group to be fifty two, so off the album cosmic thing, which came out in one thousand nine hundred and eighty nine. The songwriters are Kate Pearson, fresh Schneider, Keith Strickland and Cindy Wilson, better known...

...as the B fifty two's also random side note. My Dad had a friend that used to work with. His name was also fresh Schneider. Totally not the same guy, not even related. Completely different people. Probably cannot be more different. But my dad's friend real nice guy, though, Fred. He was real nice dude. I'm sure this Fretchneider's a nice guy to but but, bock, what are some of your memories of Love Shack? I don't know. It was like that. One thousand nine hundred and eighty nine song, that video. I'm ten, I don't know, ten eleven years old, and TV was at its height. A lot of Corny crap was coming out. There was a mix it was that that weird time where, you know like it was the end of that that hair band rock or going into rap or going into create. So like this was just a happy, happy go lucky song and I remember the video and, you know, just being naive, what's a love shack and they're just bouncing around. Then you look at the lyrics, it's a you know, different things going on, but just being a naive kid, I just remember loving the song and bouncing around and having a good old time. I'm getting up are in age, but not bad. Yeah, I don't know if they were that old, were they? I mean they of course they were. They you know, there were in their twenties and the S. that's rights they were. They've been around for a bit, yeah, before, but yeah, this they were. They were around like an establish a band already, just not, you know, maybe in the mainstream. But then when this album, I think before this one rock lobster kind of is what got them on to this scene. But then when this album came out, it was like yeah, they became a household names. But yeah, I remember there. You're right, that time was kind of weird because it was a Pix of everything. It was it was. This is like big hodgepodge of, you know, all kinds of stuff. You know, you had I don't even know what how to even classify. The B fifty two is on know what the fuck these guys are. They're just there. There, the be fifty two is. They're their own thing. But then you had, right, you know, we started getting into some of the rap. We had, you know, to your point the end of kind of like the Glam rock or the hair rock whatever. But that was it was still around then, though. You know, you have like your pop still you had a wide variety of stuff. So it was, it was, it was a good time to be around. I mean I was dude, it was also so good. Yeah, I mean it was corn but it was corny but it was great. It was just like all right, I'm living it, I'm gonna have fun with this. Oh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, but so love shack is the B fifty two is most streamed song on spotify. It's been streamed over a hundred and seven million times. And the B fifty two's they have over two point nine million monthly listeners. So pretty good. Actually, they're like just a hair under three million, so not doing too shabby on on spotify. People still given them love. Now. I think it's a hundred. What was the numbers? How many million? Love? Love Shack has been streamed over a hundred and seven million times. Yeah, I've probably did it in about ten million just practicing my karaoke. So I was gonna say you your I would say you're probably make a bell about ten percent of those numbers. My my wife cringes when I say Alexa Play Love Shack. I hope, I hope Alexis not listening right now, Jeez Uise, because I don't know if you knew I perform that song pretty regularly at well, I go with there maybe once a quarter, like once every couple months. I do Karaoke and I will go by myself and see my karaoke friends and that's the only inner interaction I have with these people. That's awesome. Yeah, so this is one of my songs that I sing with another girl, Kristen, and we knock it out of the park and having a duet gives me the ability to show off my dancing skills. Sow, there you...

...go. Yes, yes, like we should get a good video of that. There's there's plenty out there. All right, I just got to collaborate them all together. Where do you? Where do you go for Karaoke? There's there's a lot that the old catman do, or there's there's the Ivy Tavern. Has it now? Okay, yeah, so there's all right, you're making them, making the rounds around Central Jersey. Yeah, just a little bit, man. I just had to have fun. I'll go out because we have the way he has. It's you can do it on an APP. Put your song in drive there, they call your name. You can just piece out with one beer and just be back and you know, he just go to sing a song and then you're out. I'm out, man. Well, you probably have to sign some motographs before you get yeah, something like that. Yeah, yeah, love shock man. That was a that was a big hit. It peaked at number three on the US billboard hot one hundred back in November of one thousand nine hundred and eighty nine. Overall, these guys have had eight songs crack the billboard hot one hundred, with two of them making it to the top ten, the other being Rome, which also hit number three in March of one thousand nine hundred and ninety. Now some other songs on the chart at that time. Number one was when I see you smile by bad English. That's a quality s cheese song. Number two was blame it on the rain by Middle Vanilli. Yep. Three, I feel like I'm surprised we haven't done a milli vanilli episode yet. I feel like those guys are like this podcast was made to cover their entire catalog. The three was love shack for was it's just the way that you love me by Paul Abdul. And five was an absolute classic, listen to Your Heart, by rock set. I love that song. Rock set criminally underrated. I feel those guys are so good, very good, very good. I would agree with that. Yeah, and number six was we didn't start the fire by Billy Joel. I feel like we need to do that song on this she'll probably take like a whole season of episodes. Like each topic he can probably do one episode on, but I feel like that'd be a good one to talk about that song. I know word for word. I there's a lot of words. I think that's like that's like a history lesson in a song. It's great and I just like he tears off when it gets into like the S and N s. He just like yeah, just gonna Cocoa, Colo, Colo, wars. I can't take it anymore. And it's like he just goes through the's like real quick. He's like I need some extra things to talk about. Well, he named like we. What do you name? Like is that a I forget the numbers, like seventy something things he talked about in the song. It's some crazy number, like either like people or like, you know, events that happened or whatever. So it's I feel like I feel like we got to do that one. But so how does this song compared to the rest of the album? I got to be honest, I know a couple of the songs on their room is a good song, but the it's tough to pin these guys down. I mean they're just kind of I don't know how to put it. They just they do their own damn thing, which is which is great. I can appreciate that, but I don't know, I've always had a hard time getting into them. But what are your thoughts like? Have you listened to the album? Yeah, album's atrocious, but they just tried different things and they're all seem like they're own the same page with a lot of things. Right. They are. Yeah, Yeah's just like I'm gonna gonna have this cal bell and I'm gonna this whole song is going to be cow boll you know, and then just just an odd, just collection of sound. That's a great way to put it. Yeah, it's a great way to put it. Roam, I mean that's that's all is. It's just amazing. You know, I was just listening to today. I'm just knocking it out. I mean, I don't know the to the two hits, just like sometimes that's all you need on an album and there's two songs were just fun that I could that's all I could say about it. You know. Yeah, yeah, they're, they're. I mean I don't especially like those two songs, especially this one. Like I don't think these...

...songs are. I think they're really be taken seriously. Like there's not a lot of digging into. I could be wrong. I could be wrong. In the video, let's let's just break down a little bit of the video. Oh God, how many times do we see that video? It was all all the time. Did you know constant rotation? Man Rupaul was in that? That's right, I didn't. I know that talk about the Hodj you know what, not like songs. I think the beach boys almost did it at some point. When they're recording the song. There's like there's like a party going on in the background, like there's well, yes, they're picking up. That's that's this song is. Basically there's there's laughter, there's there's people like hitting each other, just like there's things going on. If you actually listen to the song, it's like a party going on. It just seems like a freaking blast. Yeah, let's just get a bunch of people into the studio. Here's some drinks, I'm and somebody hit record, really go and that was that. Hopping my Christler, he's a bed is a well, it's about to sad sound. Yeah, there's I feel like there's a few things that bug me about this song. So first off, right, and obviously you know all the lyrics, I hardly knew half the lyrics to this one and I usually I pride myself on knowing random lyrics to all sorts of songs, but not this one. And usually I like to dig into a song and find out what it's about and see what the songwriters trying to say or or see how I interpret it. That's kind of like what we do on the show, right. But, and I would I've been doing that like my whole life. But this is not one of those songs. Like not once have I ever thought to myself, Hey, maybe the B fifty two s are using a love check as a metaphor, or maybe common like communism or something like that, like I just never cared to even bother to look into. What. Where the fuck are these guys talking about? Never cared. It's just the funky old check. Brother, it's hot. And also, how big is that Chrysler? It's I mean if it's seats twenty, that's a big fucking car. Holy Cow. Or there or they're definitely not following proper rules and regulations of the road. No, which I feel it's probably the case here. You know, I I was the fourth and we had a cadillac and I don't remember. I remember being a front in the Catholic. I don't remember ever being a booster seat right. I was sit right between my father and my mother. I don't think I had to see. But Oh no, you're growing up. I mean we grew up in the S, you know, we definitely did not have that. Now it's like kids have like booster seats until they're like forty seven. Yeah, exactly, and they have the DVD's Acol my God they are. We do not have them like for I on purpose, because we don't want them. I'm I feel like the we try not to have the girls watch too much TV, but I'm like, come on, if we're going on a road trip, like look out the window, look at you know, look at what's around you. You know, don't you can watch a movie anytime you want. You know, all right, gets around you. Look outside, let's pay, let's play. I spy, I spine Buggy, remember those? I love road trips. But you ever have those, like those tiger handheld lct games? You know what I'm talking about? I know, I never know. It wasn't there. I wasn't spoiled like you. Oh really. Well, we had. I had a few of those and I love those things. So I would out like that was like my I guess I would play those in the car, but eventually I would get tired of playing them in a car because I feel like I would get like seasick from trying to play that one. My mom would drive I know if we would have just took the time and write a little bit of stories and stuff, we've been been famous novelist by now. Bro. Yeah, so there's another thing that about this song. Back now you have two daughters, just like guy doing, I think are they're similar in age. But in...

...the song right when they sing glitter on the mattress, glitter on the highway, glitter on a front porch and glitter in a hallway like that triggers me that, like you, yes, that is that is the stuff of nightmares. That glitter shit gets everywhere right and ore. And my girls love gl cool, let's put glitter on this. My wife is usually like sure, let's you know you're here. Some glitter or you know, if they ask, like anybody that's over the house, like if there we have a relatives are cool, goes some glitters, like Oh, sure, your girls are you like glitter, here you go, and I'm like stop giving them glitter. That shit gets everywhere. I gets in your eyes. The stuff hurts when it gets in your eyes. It's like fucking it's shaved metal. Also, like our girl. You know, the our girls are getting their eyes and good luck trying to calm them down when they get it in their eyes. And also, I'm sure they've probably eating like three pounds of glitter over the course their lives at this point. Yeah, like playing with glitter and then like eating a meal, like they all like wash their hands afterwards, but you can't get that shit off having glitter. That really is like one of my pet peeves, fucking glitter. Is that why you don't like the song? No, that's not. That's not the reason why I like this. I don't like the song. It's night. When I see it, though, it that just you know, I'm kidding. I don't know. This one has this special my wife hates the song. She hates me singing it, I you know, but but my daughters do like me when I belt it out. So, but I do play it just I mean, I'm telling you, practice makes perfect. There's a transmission. I do mess up on stage because I don't look at the words. You know, I like to be you're a pro. I'm problem if you engage the crowd understatement of the air all pension. Nah, Dude, you really like these guys that perform. They are on the top level. Man. I mean songs that I know word for word. I still make mistakes and it's crazy. And these guys that have like a like tons of lyrics and different transitions into songs and this, dude, it's a definite art man, definite art. Are you talking about like the actual bands, themsel just yes, singing and knowing the lyrics and just like how many times? It's their job, you know, I know, I know, like you have like a fuel, like a nine to five job, you know, like like this is their job, like they better know the fucking words. HMM, I hope so. But yeah, I don't anything else want to talk about for the lyrics other than I still don't know what the song is about, except, I mean it, they're just going, they're just going to have a good, good time, and I love shack. You know what they're doing, bro it says it in the title. Wisler, it says it in the title. But WHO's getting glitter? And you know what? Oh boy, that is. That would hurt. Yeah, yeah, heard a lot, man, that would that would burn Bang Bang on the door, baby, not a lot of sugar. I you want to hear the beginning to the beginning, I do it. Do it, yeah, do it all right. Yes, say fight. It's a I and the side of the bow. That says FT AIN, miles to the shit. I don't do that part, but that's what I did. That's pretty good. That's pretty good. You did both parts. Yeah, so something to yeah, but I don't get to sing that any other part, but I just wanted to do it for you just to beginning. I appreciate it, all right, man. Yeah, let's let's get into our final verics here. What do you what do you think? Do you think this song is a legit hit, or do you think it's a song going wrong again? It's a happy, Corny Song that I think Stacey is tested time and and it's fun. Doesn't really...

...mean much, but means a lot to me. It's a lot. It means a lot to me. I love singing it, I love performing it, love dancing with it, and it all will be a part of me till the day I die. God, bless love, Shack love, you know, all right, it's that. That is a that is a great way to put it, I guess. I mean. You say yourself you're a big fan of this song, so makes sense, right. Well, I can mimic his voice. That's why I like it too. Well, there you go. They W he definitely has a unique voice, that is for sure. If for me, though, I don't know, man, I can't listen to this song with a straight face. I just can't. Like usually it's just like what you know, and Fred's voice it's unique, for sure. I'll give him credit. It's a fun song, you know it is, but I got nothing like I never I wasn't that big a fan of it back in a day. I'm really not now. I mean it's fun right now. People like to play this at weddings and everybody just gets up and dance right which is great. You're not for me. I mean usually I go to weddings eyes like sitting down, grabbing a drink, catching up some old friends and family, and I really don't care about dancing. But I feel like every time this song comes on and I'm at a wedding, I usually have like some random ant come over and say, Andrew, why are you sitting? Come out and dance, this is a great song. You need to dance more. Why aren't you smiling? And drew, that that's what happens every time this song comes on. So I feel like, based on that a love. The song is a song gone wrong for me. And if you see any of anybody, if you see someone sitting down at a wedding, maybe they don't like to fucking dance. Maybe they just want to see get you dancing. Bro Dude, you won't do a line like the line. Dance like you know. No, no, no, nope, I'm I don't like dancing, man. I'll I've been in a few mosh pits. That's about eyes. Like to sit and appreciate the music or stand and appreciate the music. I just I don't know. I'm not a dancer. Gotcha. Yeah, I could see the the disconnect with this song. I mean, but it gives you, the singer of the the ability to break it down, as as we like to talk in the the old Karaoke Bar, you know, break it's not. I don't I wake down the lake. Yeah, I got it. I'm only busted of chowns. No, no, I know, I'm just saying. No, I don't hate this song, you know, like it's not like Brentley Gilbert or we did color me bad the other a couple episodes ago. That, I mean, that's terrible, and this one it's not terrible. I don't know, I just I just don't like it. I don't know that it's it's the only thing I got. You got your own opinion, brother, I sure do well. So we are split now, which means we're going to go. I think we're split all the time. Um, no, I think Brian Adams, we were. We both were in love with that song because it's a great song. But this one we're split. So we have to go check with our fans. So let's see what our listeners have to say about this song. All right, so the fans of spoken, and this one's pretty unanimous here. But seventy eight point four percent said this song is a legit hit. So, so Bach, they look like they sided with you on this one. Nice. So we got some good feedback, though. Jed Shaffer at streets a Jed said a cacophony of goofy voices and yelling and horrible instruments. That sounds like someone put a carnival in the blender. I feel like that this is a great way to it's a word. It also, I feel like jed gets bonus points for using the word cacophony. I feel like you don't hear that too often. I feel like we need to use that were more often. To Erico at Erico Terrio said, that's a grand slam of a hit. Natalia, at Natalia Doobee said, recently found out that tin roof rusted means pregnant. And if if anybody knows what they're they're talking about, it's when they say what was his...

...name? At, when Fred says you're what? And then I always thought it was like, I thought you said, like Henry, but Rust Yep, there it is. So that's the part that that Natalia is talking about. Melinda at Melinda Barnett said so so wrong. I can't even stand to read this tweet, much less hear this song. I have no words to express how much I hate, detest, despise this song. And Irish Keith at Meself, you know, said, look, it's a Shite Song, but it reminds me of good times. So for that reason alone I'm saying it's a legit hit. For Fuck's sake, don't look at me like that. So it's right, it's all right, it's all right, Keith. You know, we all have our guilty pleasures, and if this is yours, that's fine. Man, it's all right. That's all the feedback we have. I love it. I do wish the song would have been about like like communism, or like something deeper than just I love shack. Maybe we're just O looking too deep into it. Maybe may I go yeah, glaring the mattress Bro fucking glitter. It's pretty cutt dry. Yeah, it's. Yeah, there's, there's, there's like zero room for interpretation on this one. It's great and that's fine. That's all right, man. Anything else you want to add? No, I think we're good with this. Man. Let's put a cherry on top of this episode and make some other amazing episodes with you, brother Coo. Well again, everybody. Thank you very much for listening to songs gone wrong and, like I said, if you haven't done already, make sure you hit subscribe to make sure get all of our episodes and they come out. Tell your friends, tell your cousins, tell your aunt, your aunt that likes to come over and talk to you when you're sitting down at a wedding and she wants you to get up and dance and she yells at you because you're not smiling and you better be getting fine, when in fact, you are having fun, you're just talking to some family and friends. You want to smile all the time. All right, brother. Anyway, thanks everybuddy for listening to songs gone wrong.

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