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2007-05-19 10:01
by Jon Weisman

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2007-05-19 11:04:16
1.   Curtis Lowe
Rhode Island is neither a road nor an island...


2007-05-19 11:11:11
2.   overkill94
The 24 finale on Monday - fitting ending to a disappointing season or partial redemption?
2007-05-19 11:22:24
3.   Mark T.R. Donohue
The CW didn't cancel "Supernatural." Yay!
2007-05-19 11:59:03
4.   Andrew Shimmin
I'm only fifty pages into Mergers and Acquisitions, but am prepared to call Dana Vachon the best yet blogger turned novelist. Can't tell if the book is going to go anywhere, but it is funny.
2007-05-19 12:26:31
5.   Linkmeister
I got zip.
2007-05-19 12:41:16
6.   the OZ
I thought it would be fun to discuss Season Finale predictions, but the Internet age has sort of spoiled surprises.

Anyone want to share what they think will happen, or should happen, with their favorite shows without giving away any spoilers?

2007-05-19 13:23:51
7.   AlmostGagne
Just about every Friday for the entire summer a movie with a franchise behind it is being released. So, if you're not into "Transformers", "Harry Potter or "Pirates of the Carribean" and those blockbuster types, what's left for you to look forward to at the theaters in the next few months?

Personally, I am looking forward to "Knocked Up" and "The Ten"

2007-05-19 13:57:55
8.   overkill94
7 "Once" is supposed to be a really good Irish musical, but more in a rock 'n roll way than your usual Rodgers & Hammerstein variety. So far it has 32 out of 33 positive reviews with an average score of 8.2/10. I'm not sure how many theaters are carrying it, but I'm sure it's playing somewhere in LA.
2007-05-19 14:31:01
9.   Jon Weisman
We Own the Night gets its rights sale:

2007-05-19 15:23:58
10.   Clive Clements
7 Oooh, the Ten comes out this summer? I'm also looking forward to Knocked Up, and Superbad (new Michael Cera movie). Saw the trailer for that the other day and it looked really funny.
2007-05-19 16:46:32
11.   Greg Brock
Warner Brothers is releasing the first image of Heath Ledger as The Joker right now. It's a viral campaign. Everytime somebody signs up for an e-mail response. Another pixel is revealed. So far, this is what has come out:

Pretty smart marketing. People are signing up left and right. The more people sign up, the clearer the picture gets.

2007-05-19 18:52:49
12.   Bob Timmermann
Greatest song about summer?

"Summertime" by George and Ira Gershwin
"Hot Time Summer in the City" by the Lovin' Spoonful
"In the Summertime" by Shaggy

2007-05-19 19:43:42
13.   Greg Brock
"All Summer Long" by the Beach Boys for the win.
2007-05-19 19:44:48
14.   the OZ
12 I'll add Sublime's "Summertime" and The Ataris' cover of Don Henley's "Boys of Summer".
2007-05-19 19:58:07
15.   overkill94
12 How can you forget "Summertime" by Will Smith?

I second OZ's nomination of Sublime's "Summertime", but my ultimate vote goes to "In the Summertime" by Mungo Jerry.

2007-05-19 20:03:22
16.   Jon Weisman
No Summertime Blues?
2007-05-19 20:15:49
17.   Bob Timmermann
Shaggy's version surpasses Mungo Jerry's in my opinion.
2007-05-19 20:39:31
18.   Marty
Summer in the City -- Lovin Spoonful.
2007-05-19 20:40:03
19.   Marty
Ack, Bob already mentioned it
2007-05-19 21:45:06
20.   dzzrtRatt
"Hot Fun in the Summertime," by Sly and the Family Stone is the greatest song about summer that is not part of a "folk opera."

I also like the Kinks' "Sunny Afternoon."

The taxman's taken all my dough,
And left me in my stately home,
Lazing on a sunny afternoon.
And I can't sail my yacht,
He's taken everything I've got,
All I've got's this sunny afternoon.

Save me, save me, save me from this squeeze.
I got a big fat mama trying to break me.
And I love to live so pleasantly,
Live this life of luxury,
Lazing on a sunny afternoon.
In the summertime

My girlfriend's run off with my car,
And gone back to her ma and pa,
Telling tales of drunkenness and cruelty.
Now I'm sitting here,
Sipping at my ice cold beer,
Lazing on a sunny afternoon.

Help me, help me, help me sail away,
Well give me two good reasons why I oughta stay.
cause I love to live so pleasantly,
Live this life of luxury,
Lazing on a sunny afternoon.
In the summertime

2007-05-19 23:00:09
21.   Marty
Ratt wins
2007-05-19 23:08:52
22.   Jon Weisman
Actually, Bob wins, with a longshot play.
2007-05-20 05:22:54
23.   Mark T.R. Donohue
I would like to put in the good word for one obvious choice, the Beatles' "Good Day Sunshine," and a personal favorite/sleeper pick, "Smokin' Pot in the Hot City" by the Archers of Loaf.
2007-05-20 11:39:04
24.   overkill94
"Good Day Sunshine" and "Sunny Afternoon" aren't specifically about summer though, just sunny weather, and are thus disqualified!

Can't say I've heard Shaggy's version, but I have a hard time believing it could surpass the original.

2007-05-20 13:54:27
25.   dzzrtRatt
What? Sunny Afternoon isn't a summer song? It's not only a summer song, it's a "bummer in the summer" song. Why does every summer song have to be about good time?

The Kinks are the poets of English summer and its disappointments. "People Take Pictures of Each Other" has these great lines:

"People take pictures of the Summer,
Just in case someone thought they had missed it,
And to prove that it really existed."

2007-05-20 22:16:06
26.   Mark T.R. Donohue
"Here Comes the Summer," The Undertones.

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