Long time ago, far, far away Long time ago, far, far away Kiss a Wookiee, kick a droid Fly the Falcon through an asteroid ‘Til the princess is annoyed This is spaceships It’s monsters It’s *Star Wars* We love it! Come and help me, Obi-Wan X-Wing fighter and a blaster gun Dance with ewoks, oh, what fun! This is spaceships It’s monsters It’s *Star Wars* We love it!
Get in there you big, furry oaf I couldn’t care less what you smell! I take orders from only me Maybe you’d like it back in your cell Your highness, your worshipfulness Your highness, your worshipfulness! No one cares if you upset a droid (Nobody cares if you upset a droid) That’s because droids don’t tear your arms out of socket (Nobody cares) I suggest a new strategy: let the Wookiee win That’s because nobody cares if you upset a droid
Now we listen to Luke whining One more season, one more season, one more season I was gonna go to Tosche Station for power converters Now I guess I’m going nowhere It just isn’t fair!
Wookiee! (Wookiee noises) Wookiee! (Wookie noises) Wookiee! Wookiee! Wookiee! Wookiee! Someone move this walking carpet Someone move this walking carpet (Woo-kiee, Woo-kiee) Someone move this walking carpet Someone move this walking carpet (Woo-kiee, Woo-kiee) Kiss your brother, kiss your brother Princess Leia! Well, I guess you don’t know anything about women (Kissing noise) (Who’s your daddy? Who’s your daddy?) Who’s your daddy? Who’s your daddy?
Luke, I’m your father (That’s not true!) It is useless to resist (My hand!) Come with me, my son We will rule (I’ll never join you!) Search your feelings, it is true So, you have a twin sister who Obi-Wan was wise to hide (Is that Leia?) If you will not turn Then perhaps she will Give in to your hate You are mine Long, long, long time ago Far, far, far, far away Long, long, long time ago Far, far, far away Kiss a Wookiee, (kiss a Wookiee) Kick a droid, (kick a droid) Fly the Falcon (fly the Falcon) Through an asteroid! ‘Til the princess (’til the princess) Is annoyed (she’s annoyed!) This is spaceships It’s monsters It’s *Star Wars* We love it, it’s true! (Episode III) Coming to you! (2005) So let’s go (go, go, go to the movies) Stand in line (buy, buy, buy me some popcorn) Cause it’s al- (please, I like extra butter) -most the time! (Join the Dark Side!) May the Force be with you all! (John Williams is the man!)
Moosebutter “Star Wars (John Williams Is the Man)”
Phife Dawg: Age 45, diabetes in 2016, member of
A Tribe Called Quest.
MCA: Age 47, cancer in 2012, member of the
Guru: Age 48, cancer in 2010, member of Gang
J Dilla: Age 32, cardiac arrest in 2006.
Jam Master Jay: Age 37, shot in 2002, Run DMC.
Lisa Left-Eye Lopes: Age 30, car crash in 2002,
Big L: Age 24, shot in 1999.
Notorious B.I.G.: Age 24, shot in 1997.
Tupac: Age 22, shot in 1996.
Scott La Rock: Age 25, shot in 1987.
“Accidental overdoses having
claimed the lives of Mac Miller (26), Pimp C (33), Kriss Kross’s Chris “Mac
Daddy” Kelly (34) and Ol’ Dirty Bastard (35).”
“N.W.A. member Eazy-E (31) perished
from complications due to AIDS in 1995. Mobb Deep rapper Prodigy (42) died from
complications related to sickle-cell anemia. ig Pun (28), Nate Dogg (41) and
Craig Mack (47) all had heart failure. For MC Breed (37), it was kidney
failure. Three 6 Mafia co-founder Lord Infamous (40) died of a heart attack.
Heavy D (44) suffered from heart disease and died from a blood clot in his
lungs. Like Phife Dog, Tim Dog (46) died from complications related to
The Jazz Singer: First synchronous sound movie was also a
musical. Al Jolson.
The Wizard of Oz: I’m Melting; O-e-o-e-ooooo; Pay no
attention to the man behind the curtain:
My Fair Lady: Broadway with Julie Andrews; movie with Audrey
Hepburn. Andrews took the Mary Poppins Role and beat Hepburn out for the Oscar
that year. From the play “Pygmalion.” Hepburn’s singing voice was dubbed over.
Fiddler on the Roof: Tradition!
The Phantom of the Opera:
Guys and Dolls, Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando:
Singin’ in the Rain:
The King and I: Yul Brynner
Porgy and Bess:
Chicago: The original “Orange is the New Black” with music.
A Chorus Line:
Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat: Donny Osmond;
Hamilton: Lin Manuel Miranda
Excalibur, the Man of La Mancha, Cabaret, Les Miserables, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, A Star Is Born, Porgy and Bess, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Evita, Fame, 42nd Street, Grease, Wicked
The Speakers’ Club at Satori School where I lead English Speaking sessions first introduced me, figuratively speaking, to the Nostalgia Critic. When I asked which topics they would like to cover before the Speakers’ Club ended for the season, the Nostalgia Critic was one of the right topics they chose. So, I started doing some research.
First, I filled out the contact form on Channel Awesome. I thought if the kids could actually talk with Doug Walker they would get more out of the session and enjoy it 11 times more (because Doug likes to go one step beyond) than if I conducted the session myself. I didn’t expect a response, but Doug did get back to me to tell me he was too busy to Skype, but he would be doing something special for the kids. And he did.
Then I started looking at the 12 seasons of videos he has
done. I had to cull them by length and relevance. Speakers’ Club is only 90
minutes long, so I tried to find videos that were in the 20-minute range or
less. Relevance was a little more problematic. I tried to stay away from videos
that would most interest my class – the Batman ones – and find videos that
would speak to the American culture.
The tribute to Roger Ebert, the video on originality, and Is Charlie Brown Christmas overrated? are the ones that caught my eye and ear. In these three videos, Doug Walker breaks down the reason why things are the way they are and how it affects the culture at large. His commentary shows that he has thought deeply about these subjects. He didn’t just dismiss them out of hand or accept them as they are, he went beyond to understand what it is that appeals to him, others and how they have altered America in their way. His M&M characters video shows the same amount of thought and research but was too long for inclusion in the Speakers’ Club.
The Nostalgia Critic is loud, brash and swears. Sometimes,
he makes not safe for work jokes that are inappropriate for a younger crowd.
However, he doesn’t just rip things apart – something that would be easy to do
and possibly garner more video views. Instead, he applies his knowledge and
research to whatever subject he’s discussing.
And what he’s discussing is the very essence of American
Culture. He’s discussing the very things that made our childhoods and have thus
made us Americans. He is discussing how we came to be who we are through our media
consumption and what it means to us today. In short, his discussions touch the
very core of our identities, and as such, his show is worthy of our attention.
Dig into the Nostalgia Critic and find out who you are.
Top Music groups of
the 1950s – The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly & The Crickets, The
Platters, The Drifters, The Coasters…
Bill Haley & The Comets:
Top Music Groups of
the 1960s – The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson
& The Miracles, The Byrds, The Four Seasons, The Who, The Kinks, The
Shirelles, The Drifters, The Four Tops, Martha & The Vandellas, Sam &
Dave, Sly & The Family Stone, The Yardbirds, The Marvelettes, The Lovin’
Spoonful, The Ventures, Jan & Dean, The Ronettes, The Band, The Velvet
Underground, Junior Walker & The All-Stars, The (Young) Rascals, The
Animals, The Dave Clark Five, The Righteous Brothers, Buffalo Springfield, The
Chiffons, The Isley Brothers, Tommy James & The Shondells, The Turtles, The
Shangri-Las, Led Zeppelin, Jefferson Airplane, The Mamas & The Papas,
Cream, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Simon & Garfunkel, Janis Joplin/Big
Brother & Holding Company, Ike & Tina Turner, The Jackson Five, Frank
Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention, Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs, Sonny
& Cher, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Van
Morrison/Them, The Hollies, Steppenwolf, Herman’s Hermits, The Grateful Dead, The
The Beach Boys: American Alternative to the Beatles; surfer
Top Music Groups of
the 1970s – Black Sabbath, Paul McCartney/Wings, Fleetwood Mac, Bee Gees,
Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire, KISS, The Clash, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman
Brothers Band, Aerosmith, The Ramones, Steve Miller Band, Crosby, Stills, Nash,
& Young, Deep Purple, Three Dog Night, Temptations, AC/DC, Kool & The
Gang. Doobie Brothers, Yes, War, The Guess Who, Emerson, Lake & Palmer,
Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Bad Company, Steely Dan, Electric Light Orchestra,
Sex Pistols, Grand Funk Railroad, Kinks, Kansas, Harold Melvin & the Blue
Notes, The Chi-Lites, America, Styx, Blondie, Jethro Tull, Foreigner, Moody
Blues, ZZ Top…
Pink Floyd: Play “Dark Side of the Moon as an alternate
soundtrack to “The Wizard of Oz”
Top Music Groups of the 1980s – U2, Run-D.M.C., Public Enemy, Guns N’ Roses, Def Leppard, George Michael/Wham, Metallica, N.W.A, Rush, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motley Crue, The Cure, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, REO Speedwagon, Kool and the Gang, The Smiths, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Eurythmics, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Salt-N-Pepa, The Go-Go’s, Depeche Mode, Sonic Youth, Culture Club, Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine, De La Soul, Chicago, Pixies, Simply Red, Thompson Twins, Dire Straits, R.E.M, The Pet Shop Boys, Whitesnake…
Duran Duran: The Reflex;
The Police: Sting;
Genesis: Phil Collins;
Hall & Oates: Maneater;
The Cars: You Might think I’m crazy, Rick Ocasek;
The Pointer Sisters:
Men at Work:
Tears for Fears:
The Talking Heads: David Byrne;
Huey Lewis and the News: Greatest band of the ‘80s;
Bon Jovi: Hair band; Livin’ on a Prayer:
B-52s: Rock Lobster:
Flight of the Conchords: Comedy group with multiple sounds
David Bowie Changes
and Major Tom
(Bowie’s in Space)
Pet Shop Boys: West End Girls
(Inner City Pressure)
Jemaine Clement MIB3, Tamatoa in Moana; Bret McKenzie