Stacks of wax to get the party goin’ on the dance floor

After having a brief email conversation with Dave, Sanjay, and Henry (old friends from the high school days) about which Beatles album is the best (Sanjay is currently on a Beatles for Sale kick while Dave and I agree that Abbey Road is our favorite. Though I have a tremendous love for Beatles for Sale I’d rank it behind HELP! as my favorite of the pre-Revolver albums. The movie HELP!, by the way, might be one of the more underrated motion pictures ever, let alone of its time.)

But in that conversation, I had to point out the significance of one album in particular as far as life changing albums go. That’s right, I’m talking about Pump Up the Jam – The Album by Technotronic.
Released in November of 1989, this album was the precursor to grunge, and opened the door for such bands as C&C Music Factory, Musto and Bones, and Alice In Chains. Well, maybe not Alice In Chains, but whatever.

In addition to its title track, Pump Up the Jam – The Album also had such classics as “Get Up! (Before the Night is Over),” “This Beat Is Technotronic,” and my favorite, “Move This,” the hauntingly melodic dance piece that taught me the meaning of the phrase “shake dat booty.”

Who could forget this lyric:

Can you feel the mellow crawling fast
drum oh baby
rhythms blast
pump it pump it pump it up
bet you cant make this one stop

You may think I’m writing this in jest, but really it’s only about 30% in jest. It’s a good freakin’ album, honkies.

As it happens, I have this record on vinyl. Come on over and we’ll have a dance party. I’ll also play you my Mills Brothers records.

What’s in a name?

So, as you may have noticed, I finally settled on a name for my blog. “Because the World Is Round.”

I should hold a contest to see who can tell me where I got that from. Of course, I don’t have anything to give away as a prize, so it would be a pretty meaningless contest. Therefore I’ll just tell you.

It’s the first line in the Beatle song Because. “Because the world is round it turns me on.” I had been struggling to find a name when that song popped up on my iPod. And then, like I said to Glenda, it hit me like a ton of toe nail clippings: that’s the name. So there you have it.

And I think it’s fitting for several reasons. First, I’m a huge Beatle fan. I wrote my senior thesis in high school on the Beatles and gave a speech in college about the “Paul is dead” theory. So if you wish to discuss, I’d be happy to.

The second reason the title is fitting is because the line itself is general enough to encapsulate everything that I might be likely to write about. I’m guessing that most of what I write about will be hard to fit under a specific category. But the fact is that the world really is round. So I can talk about anything that happens on it. Either to me or to others.

Really, there are a number more of reasons why I like the title, but all that matters is that it’s there now. Maybe now I’ll change all my categories to Beatle songs too. Or maybe albums with songs as subcategories.

I probably have too much time on my hands.