REVIEW: Wizard Rock Made Me Crap My Pants!

I’m like a phoenix and shit. Not because I proverbially died, and now am rising from the ashes with a new burst of semi-on time consistent updates, but because I’m going to use a hunk of rock flying through space to take over the world, leaving my insane-ass daughter to rule my nation for me. All should go well as long as Kung-Fu Action Jesus doesn’t show up.  Anywho, I don’t really have any sort of clever transition or anything, so, jump right in and we’ll start reviewing this shit!

Wizard Rock Made Me Crap My Pants by The Blibbering Humdingers isn’t quite the funniest wizard rock album ever made, but it definitely is the defining example of how to make a humorous wizard rock album.  Of course, the three funniest wizard rock albums ever made are The Giant Squidstravaganza‘s Death To Humans (which is less a wizard rock album and more a squid rock album with a fair amount of Harry Potter references in it), Mermaids Above Water‘s Anything You Can Do I Can Do Wetter (Which is hilarious as hell, but you can’t really listen to it), and Split Seven Ways’ The Best Days Of Our Lives (which is only on this list for ironic value, and if hard pressed, I’d say Bob Dylan Sings The Songs Of Harry And The Potters).  However, none of these albums display, pretty much at all, how best to do humour in wizard rock – their humour is mostly derived from some sort of gimmick – hilarious gimmicks, yes, but gimmicks nonetheless.

In fact, it’s gotten a lot harder to make funny wizard rock as time has gone on, which is strange but not entirely unexpected for a genre that started out as a joke.  My problem with early Harry and the Potters songs (besides the fact that the album versions are to the live versions what Ben Stein is to the bizarre lovechild of Animal from the Muppets, the Double Rainbow Guy, a ferret on speed, and an explosion), is that lyrically, the only way the maintain any interest is through the sheer novelty (and thus, hilarity) of the fact that “Hey, these guys are singing about Harry Freakin’ Potter!”  Their self-titled debut album’s final song, “These Days Are Dark” and a few clever lines here and there are the few exceptions to an album awash in lyrics overly impressed at their own novelty, lifted up by a few catchy tunes here and there (I highly recommend sitting down with the Harry and the Potters discography one day and really absorbing how much they improved, in their musical skill, yes, but especially in their writing – take a song like “I Am A Wizard” and a song like “Song For The Death Eaters”, put them side by side, and any layperson would think they were written by entirely different people).  And for me, that sheer novelty was enough to win me over and sustain me for a good couple of months before the idea even occurred to me that maybe some other people out there were doing the same thing.

A lot of early wizard rock is characterized by the phenomenon of “Hey, I’m singing as a wizard or a witch or a ghost or magical creature or a wand or Hagrid’s penis or whatever, and we’re just gonna sing about how nifty that is, rather than explore the clever things that can be done with such a viewpoint”.  Some bands quickly (or eventually) evolved into the later lyrical style, but then even that started to die off.  While besides a few notable exceptions, the most famous wizard rock bands all have a dedicated POV and they for the most part stick to it, the majority of the wizard rock bands, besides being female, also have no dedicated point of view, or Remus Lupins-style, use their purported POV whenever the hell they feel like it.

HOKAY, so I have to derail this derailment for something that just occurred to me – is it possible that the surprising amount of male wrock bands in the top tier is at least partially influenced by the fact (?) that the majority of popular bands that were already musicians and sing from a dedicated POV happen to be male?  I can’t believe that I just noticed that almost without fail, the most popular wizard rock bands have a dedicated point-of-view, or they’re pretty and sound like the radio, or they have the greatest voice in all of wizard rock, if not the universe.

Anyway, where was I going with this?  I sort of forget, but basically, although there are very, very good serious wrock songs, albums, and even entire bands out there, humour has always been an integral, binding part of wizard rock, and the community as a whole.  However, how this humour is expressed has gone through a great transformation through the years, and I believe that Wizard Rock Made Me Crap My Pants will be looked back upon as one of the seminal stepping stones in the journey of wizard rock’s funny bone.  Of course, I also thought that MC Kreacher’s Alone In The Dark would go down as the most influential album in wizard rap, and one of the most influential wizard rock albums ever, and, well…  That hasn’t really panned out yet.  But hey, at least we’re now talking about the album was supposedly reviewing!

So, yes, WRMMCMP! is very, very funny.  If you like wizard rock, and you like things that make you laugh, then go buy it now.  I’m tempted to leave it at that and go to sleep, but I’m more professional than that.  Actually, I’m not.  Goodnight everybody, see you next month!

Kidding, kidding.  Anywho, this album is very funny, and the not-so-secret ingredient that makes it so funny is that Scott and Kirsten have mastered the surprisingly difficult art of parody, in all its many forms.  Whether or not this is the textbook example of how to do humour in wizard rock is definitely up for debate (a debate I’d love to have with you in the comments), but I think you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who will argue against the opinion that Pants is the how-to guide for parody in wizard rock, and one of the best examples of the great diversity allowed in the art of parody, in this or any other genre.  Let me explain exactly what I mean (i.e. we’re going to start actually reviewing the damn thing).

Given that I’ve spent so much time yapping on about how much parody is represented in this album, it’s funny that only two songs on the album are actual parodies in the classic sense of the word – new lyrics to someone else’s music.  One of these is “I’ll Smash a Horcrux This Christmas”, a light, fun parody of the classic Christmas tune, and “Cho’s Rebuttal”, a very odd parody of The Mudbloods’ “Cho Chang”.  What is much more abundant are style parodies – the most obvious and self-explanatory one is of course “In Which We Sing ‘Daddy’s Tattoo’ Like the B-52s”.  Another bright example of this is the quite good track “Shoelace”, which is a perfect example of 70’s pop, complete with tentative use of (gasp!) electronic instruments!  Oh what would my music professor Mrs. Franny Deardridge think, oh my oh me?  Other examples of the style parody on this album include “Shaklebolt”, which treads the fine line between being a musical parody of blaxploitation flicks and shows, and being a musical example of them; the amazing “Romilda”, a lilting, crooning ballad, complete with barbershop quartet backup; and possibly the best track on the album, “Has Anybody Seen My Goyle?”, which almost isBananaphone“, except instead of being about bananas, it’s about, well, bananas.

From this point on, the focus of the rest of the songs are less about parody, and more about just making fun of certain things in Harry Potter (though songs like “Shoelace” manage to do both), though I’m gonna ignore reality and just say that they’re “parodying the canon”, just to keep this parody kick.  “No Shame In Hufflepuff” is a parody of the entire house of Hufflepuff, and is pretty much about how there is actually a lot of shame in Hufflepuff – something I can really get behind.  “Hufflepuff Sandwich Wrap” is in a way a parody of the previous song, in which it mentions how Hufflepuffs are good at making sandwiches – Scott and Kirsten take this to the logical, dirty conclusion.  Speaking of dirty, it amuses me that this song is marked as “EXPLICIT” on the iTunes store, whilst “Shaklebolt” and “Has Anybody Seen My Goyle” are unscathed.  Anywho, “Parstheltongue” is three minutes and thirteen seconds of making fun of the biggest cop-out in the history of fantasy languages in literature, and “Lilly’s Worst Memory” is an absolutely brilliant subversion of what is retrospectively, one of the saddest moments in the entire canon.  It’s an absolutely brilliant work of comedic genius, and a brilliant cap on a great album.

Now, you may have noticed that for the most part, this review has bucked precedent in talking about the album as a whole, and not going in-depth about every single song – you know, like what real reviewers do.  Well, fuck that with a garden hose, cuz I’m going to go through each song in-depth (or in-shalllowth)!  Why?  Because like the movie Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, not only is this a very funny work of media, but there is a lot going on here, and I really want to discuss it all with you.  So, if the review thus far has been sufficient, then skip to the giant tl;dr at the bottom of the page (spoiler: it’s positive).  If it hasn’t been sufficient enough for you, then OF COURSE IT BLOODY HASN’T! I haven’t even mentioned the bloody music yet!

So, here we go!  The album starts off with “Love Song for Sirius Black”, which is basically what you’d get if you put four parts “The Happy Dementor” by Hogwarts Trainwreck, one part “Be My Dementor” by The Curse Breakers, and a dash of “Are You Sirius?” by Danny Dementor into a blender, puréed on medium, and served chilled.  So, as you can tell by the previous sentence, this song isn’t exactly breaking new ground, but it is my favorite example of the “Dementor-subversion” sub-sub-sub-trope in wizard rock.  If I had to choose just a few songs from this album to represent the album as a whole, this would definitely be one of them, because in addition to being very funny and damnably catchy, about three quarters of the way through, the song derails itself, and breaks into a rousing rendition of quite possibly the most iconic Harry and the Potters song of all time, “The Weapon” (it’s either that or “Save Ginny Weasley”).  One of the great things about this album is, as the title indicates, it really is a love letter (albeit an at times childish and immature one – not that there’s anything at all wrong with that) to wizard rock, with parodies, covers, and in-jokes galore.  Also, Scott does a great job of mimicking the DeGeorge’s voices during the aforementioned “Weapon” section, enhancing the feeling that Harry and the Potters just randomly broke into this completely different song, and then left, leaving a Looney Tunes-style hole in the wall of whatever abode the Humdinger family calls home.

“Cho’s Rebuttal” is a filk of “Cho Chang”, by The Mudbloods, and while it gains many points for being one of the very, very few parodies of wizard rock songs out there, it loses all those points, and then some, in the execution.  For one thing, the lyrics never quite seem to come together into a cohesive whole.  I get what Scott and Kirsten were trying to do (Cho Chang criticizing the wizard rock bands that have songs making fun of Cho Chang, or even mentioning her, apparently), but it never really “clicks” for me, though I do find the extra bit of meta in a song that’s already a parody of a wrock song to be delicious.  Even worse, it just doesn’t work musically.  Both Scott and Kirsten are not vocally on the top of their game, and they change keys rather clunkily more than once.  Of course, there is a good reason for this – like Jonathan Coulton, Adam Dubberly’s voice is naturally pitched higher than most males’ voices, making it very difficult to successfully sing a cover or parody of one of their songs, without having problems like the ones showcased in this track.

“I’ll Smash a Horcrux This Christmas” is a fun, light-hearted Christmas filk about the most depressing and creepy moments in Deathly Hallows, and possibly, the entire series.  Oh, how I loves the cognitive dissonance.  The essence of childish joy around the holidays is captured really well here, which just enhances the humour with lines like “Went to see my parents grave”, WHICH SHOULD NEVER BE A FUNNY LINE, but somehow, it is.  I mean, with a different tune and a different style, I think Zoë could easily pass off these lyrics as her own without anyone batting an eye.  The only problem with this song, and this is a really minor nitpick, I know, but there are some points where the grammar gets really wacky.  Observe:

Hermione, my butt did save

and

Hermione, my wand did break

Which, according to the rules of grammar, mean that Harry Potter’s buttocks saved Hermione, and that Harry’s wand broke Hermione, respectively.  It’s a minor nitpick, but it does throw me out of the song a bit each time, though they also serve to enhance the overall humour of the track.

Next up is “Voldemort Made Me Crap My Pants”, unarguably the most famous Blibbering Humdingers song, and one of the funniest wizard rock songs ever made.  When I first heard this version, I wasn’t a huge fan of it, though it has grown on me.  I really, really like the addition of Kirsten’s vocals – they really help keep the verses fresh and interesting to listen to from a musical standpoint.  However, the opening instrumentation sounds really weird, like they used midi instruments, and the drum beat during the chori sounds almost exactly like the sound you get when you listen to an mp3 from a scratched disc – i.e. really freakin’ annoying. At this point, I have now decided that I like the two versions I have of this song equally, but in different ways.  I would really recommend getting both versions (the first being from their previous album, Voldemort Made Me Crap My Pants), and listening to the numerous differences yourself.

So, thus far we have had a song that destroys the canonical definition of dementors, a very meta song about Cho Chang and wizard rock and Adam Dubberly and stuff, a light-hearted song about visiting the graves of your parents, and a song that is literally about shit.  So, it logically follows that the next song is… a beautiful, haunting, acoustic song from Harry’s POV about moving on from the pain of his past, and tackling the greatest challenge of all – parenthood.  Riiiiiiight, that makes sense.  Seriously though, it works as a wonderful breather and pace setter, and the very jarring shift in tone actually works to this album’s advantage, since it’s already a very odd and silly album to begin with.  It’s very reminiscent of Split Seven Ways‘ “Albus Potter’s Lullaby” (there, my contractually obligated mention of S7W is done with), which is a very very good thing, because many more songs should be reminiscent of that track.  The only problem with “I Lose Myself” is that it’s such a good song, that one can’t help but wish the Humdingers did more of this sort of thing, because they are definitely good at it.

The emotional center of the album is then followed by a track about about Shacklebolt being Shaft, basically.  God, I love cognitive dissonance.  Scott does a good job a pitching and masking his voice to make it sound markedly different, and the GarageBand loop does its job well I guess, but the track sort of falls apart with the lyrics.  There are a few clever lines, but most of the puns and euphemisms are ones you’ve heard before, and the content of the song walks the fine line between parodying the genre of blaxploitation, and actually being blaxploitaition.  One could also get into issues of aural blackface if one really wanted to, but I don’t, so we won’t.  Also, my problem with skits in general is that they don’t really last past a couple of listens, and only that if they’re really funny, which “Shaklebolt”, sadly, isn’t.  It’s an amusing concept with a couple clever lines, but beyond that, it isn’t really worth the time it takes to listen to it.

The next song, “Nargles Stole/ate My Socks” is not a song that I have much to say about, beyond that it isn’t very good.  While Kirsten’s voice is particularly able on this outing, and there is something sort of cute about it, it’s the cuteness of a two year old stumbling around and falling in the grass – “Well, she’s trying, she’ll get there someday, and in the meantime, aren’t her failures keyooooooot?”  It’s overly long, contains not a single memorable line (except for possibly “I can’t read this line”), and by the end is just a mess of people singing and talking over one another – it’s like what happens when you try to get a hundred kindergartners to sing a chorus, i.e. not pretty.  So, let’s move on from one of the weakest songs on the album, to one of the… well, it’s not the best, but it still is pretty damn good.

“Hufflepuff Sandwich Wrap” is the song that “Shaklebolt” wishes it could be.  It’s fun, catchy, deliciously naughty and the euphemisms and such are new and fun, and overall, the song is very, very funny.  It is without a doubt the second best song ever written about Cedric Diggory, with The Swedish Shortsnouts‘ “I Had To Battle Cedric Diggory” coming in at first, and The Whomping Willows‘ “Cedric Had It Coming” at third.  There are a few mixing issues that keep this song from being even better, but even still, it’s a really, really funny song, and hands down the best wizard rock song ever written about a three-way.  Also, the last word in the title implies that the song will be a rap, but it really isn’t, so don’t go into it expecting that.  The song really would have been better titled simply “Hufflepuff Sandwich”, though I do quite enjoy the “wrap” pun (as in wizard rap, or “wrap”, natch).  Anywho, this is getting needlessly petty so, let’s forge ahead to the next song, shall we?

There have been a fair amount of songs written about Romilda Vane, but “Romilda” is definitely the best one out there, and also one of the best songs on the entire album.  The brilliance in the song lies in that it’s not about Harry getting chased by her, or about Ron accidentally falling in love with her, but actually from the point of view of love-stricken Ron.  It’s basically the soundtrack to that one bit in the Half-Blood Prince video game where you controlled Ron but hearts kept flying around and covering the screen, and he controlled like a drunken hippopotamus.  Ah, such are the wonders of date rape drugs – I mean, um, love.  Yeah.  Seeing as Ron has basically never really met Romilda, this leads to some really funny and really clever lyrics – “I am uncertain what you look like” is the best lyric to ever appear in any love song, ever.  Period.  Or possibly exclamation point.  Also, as mentioned earlier, “Romilda” is a pitch-perfect style parody of crooner’s ballads, down to the do-wop backup.  It’s an absolute joy to listen to on multiple levels, and just an all-around fantastic song.  I mean, I could just go on forever listing the clever little lyrical twists in this song – “It logically follows that, I may have held you tight”, but I won’t.  Instead, I will move on to the worst song on the album, “Parstheltongue”.

“Parstheltongue” is a funny idea stretched out way too long.  Basically, it’s an accapella song in the style that I’m not a huge fan of (a fully instrumented song, but with voices replacing the various instrumental sections), though it does win points for being the only of such songs on this album, and so this song definitely could have worked, but, well, it’s a song that is intentionally annoying, and while that can be funny, and it is, it’s stops being funny and is just plain annoying after the first 30 seconds or so.  I have only listened to the song twice, once for my first listen through of the album, and again while writing this review, and I doubt I will ever listen to the whole thing again, because three minutes and thirteen seconds is three minutes too long.  The only good thing I have to say about this song is that the vocalized guitar part is really well done, and I’d really like to hear another Humdingers song in this style of accapella, just next time, don’t make it suck, please?

The now infamous shoelace scene is a fandom in-joke that I never really got – I mean, yes I get it, hurr hurr accidentally implied fellatio, but it never was really that funny for me.  Of course, I always thought that unicorn tapestry thing was hilarious, but no one else ever thinks so, so I guess things even out. Regardless, “Shoelace” almost makes me become a fan of the shoelace in-joke because of how good a song it is.  As a parody of late 70’s/early-mid 80’s pop songs, it’s quite good, but as a compilation of Harry Potter-inspired fellatio puns, it’s even better.  Seriously, check some of this shit out:

Let’s you and I go out

At Honeydukes’ I’ll eat my fill

Exploding bon-bons in my mouth

And I’ll suck your sugar quill

Aside from some of the best dirty writing in all of wizard rock (something there really should be more of – let’s not be afraid to branch out, people!), “Shoelace” is one of the very few wrock songs that incorporates Hedwig’s Theme well (Leth I. Fold‘s “The Cruel Ball” also makes this very short list, but I’m not sure it counts as it’s used in self-parody).  The one problem with “Shoelace” is that in the conversion to lo-fi mp3 format, the chorus doesn’t sound great, and a bit of equalizing and mixing could have easily solved those issues, but not every artist checks their lo-fi versions before shipping/uploading/whatevering them, which, ProTip, is something you should definitely do.

Comedy is a many-splendored and glorious beast the depths and variety of which are seldom matched.  There’s dark comedy, parody, satire, wordplay, slapstick, cultural references, observational “humour”, and the grandpappy of ’em all, irony, but there is not a single genre of comedy more storied, respected, or traditionally loved as the penis joke.  Seriously, if you’re giving a speech to convince people to give some money to save the orphaned one-eyed leprous koala bears, and it isn’t going well, just randomly say “Penis!” and you’ll have them rolling in the aisles, and hopefully a few coins will fall out during all that rolling.  I sort of lost where I was going with this, but the point is, “Has Anybody Seen My Goyle?” is a fantastic song, the best one on the album, quite possibly the best Humdingers song ever made, and it’s all about the infallible phallus, or in this case, the very fallible and more non-existent phallus, but that phrase doesn’t have any delightful alliteration.  Anyway, it’s a song about something that really has been touched upon a very few number of times in wizard rock – Crabbe and Goyle turning into women, which is odd, since it’s such an obviously humore-rich (geddit?) mine of a subject matter.  But the Blibbering Humdingers have struck gold (and I’ll stop this terrible metaphor now before I work in some terrible canary pun) with this song, an absolutely hilarious track about Gregory “Man Of Action” Goyle’s penis.  Now, half of the humour is purely from the subject matter, and another quarter is from the flawless lyrical execution, with some of the greatest knob puns and jokes I’ve ever heard, but the last quarter of the humour comes from the fantastic music selection, which cribs so many notes from Bananaphone that it probably has a Hand of Glory.  This is pitch-perfect style parody on full display folks, and it’s three-plus minutes of pure comedic awesomeness.  Seriously, this song should retroactively win every WRPCA for Best Comedy Song ever, even for that one year that they didn’t hold the WRPCAs because Nintendo of America and GameFreak sued them for using a name that sounded too much like a Pokémon (wurpka, wurpka!).

It’s funny, but I don’t really have a lot to say about “No Shame In Hufflepuff”, which is weird since it’s really right up my alley in terms of subject matter – despite the title, it’s all about what useless duffers Hufflepuffs are.  Seriously, if you’re a Hufflepuff, you can kindly fuck off.  Actually, you can post a couple nice comments about how awesome I am, and then hit F5 about 20 times to make my hit count, and thus, my self-esteem, go up, and then you can kindly fuck off.  Anywho, musically, it’s fine, good even, but there’s just nothing really special about it, one way or another, so there’s not really much for me to rail on or praise.  The instrumentation, like the Hufflepuffs, “does it’s duty“, but is never quite catchy, and the vocals are never off key or particularly noteworthy (except for the sardonic twang Scott gives to the word “sandwhiches” [see track 9]).  Lyrically, it’s quite funny and there are some clever lines, and it’s an overall pretty damn good song, just not one to write home about because you, like me, would have nothing to write… that is, until the last two minutes, which is basically an entirely different (and worse) song.  They just start repeating the word “Hufflepuff” over and over, and Scott’s rambling is sort of funny the first time you hear it, as well as the Pottercast (nope, like Harry and the Potters, I refuse to link to them because I really shouldn’t have to) references, but for every listen afterward, I just skip to the next song once I pass the four minute mark.  With some creative editing, they easily could have made the second part of the song a new track called “Hufflepuff (No Shame In A Reprise)” or something like that, and that way I could just leave it off my iPod! Hooray!  Of course, then I would have had even less to talk about with this track.  Um, yeah.  NEXT!

“In Which We Sing ‘Daddy’s Tattoo’ Like the B-52s” is a song I would probably like a lot more if I’d ever heard this particular Parselmouth’s song before, and/or if I had an earthly idea who the B-52s are or what they sound like (besides GRRRRRRRRRRRRRWHIRRRRRRRRSCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEBOOMBOOMBOOM).  As it stands, I do know what The Parselmouth usually sound like, and it’s not this, and thus, it is decreed to be somewhat funny.  Even funnier is Scott’s spunky singing, making the line “Cuz that means that he’s a Death Eater!” absolutely hilarious.  Here, let me prove it to you:

OH SNAP GUESS WHO HAS TWO THUMBS AND PURCHASED THE WORDPRESS MEDIA/SPACE UPGRADE?

Seriously, this guy bought it for me. He's really nice.

Seriously, this guy bought it for me.  He’s really nice.  Anywho, I don’t have too much else to say about this song.  It’s pretty funny and actually pretty catchy, but I would probably find it even funnier if I was familiar with the source material, and/or the target of the style parody.

And now, we come to the last track on the album, and one of my favorites.  “Lilly’s Worst Memory” is a Snape/Lilly song, in itself not unusual in wizard rock, but this is quite possibly my favorite Snape/Lilly song ever made, because it is hands down also the funniest.  It’s presented as one of those conversation/duet dealies with Kirsten as Lilly and Scott doing a particularly great Snape impression.  It starts out as a pretty standard Snape/Lilly song (what is the name of their ship, BTW? Snilly? Serpentine Doe? The H.M.S. Never Gonna Happen?), until…. well, it gets weird.

I don’t care what dreadful things you called me

What we saw was repulsive and so vile

In front of everyone you were upended

Revealing you’re unpleasant sense of style

Graaaaaay undeeeerpaaaants (gray underpants!)

And yes, the next four minutes are entirely about Snape’s junk and the garments immediately surrounding it, which is without doubt the best possible way to cap off any album, ever (at the very least it’s a lot better than “Whatsername“).  What makes it even better, because it makes it even weirder (and this is a really, really weird [and awesome] song to start out with), is that musically, “Lilly’s Worst Memory” is so reminiscent of “A Whole New World“, especially in the chorus, that it’s practically a filk.  Here, lemme prove it to ya:

Spooky, huh?  Anyway, at this point, I figure that the Blibbering Humdingers’ next release should just be a concept album about penises.  I mean they’ve got, what, three tracks already?  They could write some new songs, maybe do a cover of “Covah Ya Junk” (“COVER Ya Junk”?), it’ll be great.  We’ll make millions, baby, millions.

The Blibbering Humdingers’ album, Wizard Rock Made Me Crap My Pants is very nearly one solid hour of well-performed, well-sung (for the most part), extremely well-written, and most of all, pants-crappingly (see what I did there?  Took me three weeks to come up with that line) hilarious wizard rock songs.  These are songs that take canon by the throat and then viciously roasts it (as in a comedy roast, not a way to prepare meat).  If you’re looking for an album full of true-to-canon plot synopses than you’ve come to the wrong place, but if that is true, then you probably stopped listening to wizard rock in 2006.  While not every song is a gem, and there are a couple missteps, on the whole, Wizard Rock Made Me Crap My Pants is a very well-executed album.  It’s not quite guillotine status, but it’s definitely at least burnt-at-the-stake worthy.

As in “Exceeds Expectations“.  Have a good start to your week, and check back Wednesday for another article!

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26 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. KateKintail
    Sep 13, 2010 @ 06:39:11

    Wow. Just when we had given up on updates… here’s this! 🙂

    I think we probably have different senses of humor (I have never thought the Giant Squid Stravaganza was the least bit funny), and I do think WRMMCMP! is hilarious, but my opinions differ from yours regarding specific songs. For example, their Cho’s Rebuttal absolutely “clicked” with me; I think it’s clever and amusing. And I wouldn’t call “No Shame in Hufflepuff” a parody… we ARE damn good at making sandwiches… and breathing… and lots of other stuff (we’re also patient and, apparently, have less trouble with the song past the 4 minute mark). And I love Shoelace (because those scenes in the movie are supposed to make their feelings for each other believable in our eyes and, instead, they’re creepy and super awkward and just plain wrong–and a song written to make fun of them is something I can get behind). Though Has Anybody Seen My Goyle? is just not funny to me; I like the style and the idea behind it is good, but it’s one I almost always skip over if I’m in a skipping mood, along with Shaklebolt.

    Even though my opinions differ a bit when it comes to analysis (what happened to the Remus Lupins’ Remember Cedric song in the list of great Cedric songs?), I enjoyed reading your review & thoughts on this album.

    Oh and, yes, Snape/Lily is called Snily. (Most –if not all–Snape pairings begin with Sn: Snupin, Snarry, etc.).

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    • Zoë (Split Seven Ways etc)
      Sep 13, 2010 @ 07:26:14

      I thought it was called Snevans? Not that I name-smush.

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    • wrocksnob
      Sep 13, 2010 @ 09:47:06

      Snumbledore? As for the list of Cedric songs, the common thread you’ll find in the top three is that they’re all funny. Cedric’s death was never really that emotional for me – I mean, we only really got one book with him, and it’s a book that I started reading three days before I got the part where he died, so his character never really had time to germinate for me. I think that if I took a grip of caffeine pills and read all the books without stopping, I wouldn’t be nearly as grief stricken by Dumbledore’s death. So, yeah, my favorite Cedric songs are the silly ones. Also, “I Had To Battle Cedric Diggory” is an amazing song. There is a lot of good shit coming out of Sweden and that area, and bands like The Swedish Shortsnouts have really, really improved their game. Though, “Cedric” by TRL would be 4th fave Cedric song, and I guess that one by MoM at fifth.

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      • KateKintail
        Sep 13, 2010 @ 09:58:33

        Oh, well that makes sense, comparing it with other funny Ced songs. Sorry I didn’t pick up on that first thing in the morning, though now it seems quite obvious. So what about the Moaning Myrtles’ Cedric song? That’s a funny one (well, I suppose, depending on one’s view of Twilight) and don’t forget Kwikspell’s Voldemort Killed the Hufflepuff Star. heehee I loved Ced (hey, we get a little bit of him in book 3 as well!). But, then, I’m a Hufflepuff. And I cry at everything. Although I didn’t cry at all when Dumbledore died because I still blamed him for Sirius’ death and for being weak and not telling Harry very important truths when he had the chance. *pokes you to do a top 10 Cedric song list now*

        >Snumbledore?
        Ahahahaha! Hmm. Snalbus? Er, maybe not. Not sure what that’s called. But I’ve written it for a challenge before.

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  2. Scott Humdinger
    Sep 13, 2010 @ 07:20:30

    Well that was certainly better than a yogurt enema!

    BTW, “Has Anybody Seen my Goyle” is a parody of the 1920s pop song “Has Anybody Seen my Girl”. And you really should listen to some B-52s, surely you’ve heard “Loveshack” and “Rock Lobster.”

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  3. Whompy
    Sep 13, 2010 @ 09:44:27

    Hearing the Humdingers perform these songs live is pretty incredible, because these songs are great and the Humdingers are (in my opinion) one of the best live bands in wizard rock (they are going to rip it up at Wrockstock this year, and I am really bummed I’m going to miss it). On record, the songs are still awesome, but they suffer the same fate that 99% of wizard rock songs suffer: nearly all wizard rockers lack the professional recording equipment that bands like MoM and Oliver Boyd are lucky enough to possess. Regardless, I think the Humdingers did a great job with what they had available to them — this album sounds better than most self-produced wizard rock albums. So I’m not saying that this album is poorly recorded, I’m just saying that their live shows are better. Has Anybody Seen My Goyle? is my current vote for Song of the Year in my own personal WRPCA contest, and I agree with you that Romlida has some of the most clever lines in any wizard rock song ever. It also shows off Scott’s incredible voice. The moral of the story: See the Humdingers live, and buy their album!

    Oh yeah, and I enjoyed this review. 🙂

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  4. Kirsten Dinger
    Sep 13, 2010 @ 10:22:31

    Not too Shabby.
    As the naughty lyricist, I appreciate that you like my stuff (harhar). BTW, the “whole New World” thing was entirely intentional- glad you noticed! There is a little bit of Styx in the chorus too.
    Also, I get that Cho doesn’t work for everyone, and agree that its definitely not my best vocal or lyrical work (I’ve gotten a lot stronger in the rock ballad singing area over the past couple years- see Shoelace) It’s weird lyrics stem from the fact that I was trying to incorporate lines from every Wrock song about Cho I could think of, (there are about 5 or 6 in there I think). It was intended as a sort of silly game- “spot the songs” like “Where’s Waldo”. whatevah.
    For those who are interested, Scott did write a new “lose myself”-type song and I’ve done another 80’s song for the next album -avail. at Wrockstock, so we’re sure not to disappoint with at least 2 of the new songs! like Shacklebolt and Nargles, a couple are just-for-fun songs too. The world would get boring if every song was a masterpiece! 🙂 Thanks for listening !

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  5. Arodhwen
    Sep 14, 2010 @ 09:27:45

    Apart from hating less things than you did, WrockSnob, there is nothing in this article with which I could argue. Except the mini-coronary that happened when I saw the E and forgot you’d changed to a wizard grading system.

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  6. badger666
    Sep 15, 2010 @ 14:37:07

    I agree about “Lily’s Worst Memory”; it’s totally hilarious and just plain wrong, but totally heartbreakingly tragic at the same time. I want to laugh and cry at the same time. Poor Snape!

    Also, I’d like to add a couple songs to the list of great songs about Cedric, “Give It Up” by OBatR and “Eulogy, Book IV” by Philosopherock (Seriously, why has no one heard of this band? Their filks are pretty funny. “Eulogy, Book IV” is a filk of Avril Lavigne’s “Skater Boy.” But my favorite of their’s is the brilliant Eminem filk “The Real Mad-Eye Moody.”)

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  7. badger666
    Sep 15, 2010 @ 14:44:24

    Oh and by the way, I’ve heard Snapledore for the Snape/Dumbledore ship, but personally I think it sounds too much like Snapple and then I start thinking about fruit drinks and it just doesn’t work for me. And I’ve heard both Snily and Snevans for Snape/Lily, but Snily is much more common.

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    • wrocksnob
      Oct 06, 2010 @ 09:23:02

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