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A girl called up the Zone today during the Picks @ 6 to request the January Band of the Month, On Call Heroes.

The song “That Guy” (mp3) is a neat song. Its about d-bags that end up with the hot girl.  A story all us nice guys who finish last can relate too.

And of course… do they?  What’s a “hot girl” and why are the nice guys being so defeatist… maybe a little confidence and the pole would get waxed? but yeah… that’s another debate.

Lets pretend then, that yes, the nice guy gets dumped on and the hottie is running around with the dude that has a neck tattoo.

Its a popular theme in movies, books, TV and of course music.

On Call Heroes the latest in a fine line of songs wondering aloud and with melody… “WTF hot girl, why do you waste your time with Johnny Daterape… I mean his last name is daterape, c’mon man”

Lots of 90s punk rocker dwelt on the subject… I am thinking songs by The Offspring (Self Esteem maybe) or Blink 182 (Dammit) or Green Day (Nice Guys Finish Last).

Green Day – “Nice Guys Finish Last”

My favourite jam is a little ditty by a gentleman that recorded music under the moniker The Mr. T Experience. His 1993 song “Even Hitler Had a Girlfriend” nails it down perfectly.  If you’re currently suffering through virginitis, this shit is the remedy for the lonely night (and the internet I guess).

The Mr. T Experience – “Even Hitler Had a Girlfriend”

“Even Hitler had a girlfriend, who he could always call.  Someone to be there despite of all his faults.  Hitler was the worst guy ever, despised and reviled… even Hitler had a girlfriend, why can’t I?”

Holy shit, if that doesn’t make your loneliness worse, nothing will.  Hitler man…Hitler was getting laid.  And you gotta think that back then, some German bureaucrat was pushing pencils in Nazi HQ thinking to himself… “WTF, douche bag gets the chicks. Every time, every time.”

This song is pretty magical… but I didn’t hear the MTX version… no this song was made popular (to me) at CiTR by a one Mr. Plow.

One of (if not) the first Mr. Plow records is a home burned creation called Shut Your Legs and Open Your Ears.  6 songs recorded in Vancouver circa 2000.  Track 6 is a cover called “Even Hitler…” and 20 year old Jeremy’s mind leaked out through my ears after hearing it.  The song was a hot rotation on the old Morning After Show.  I would end up becoming half decent friends with Plow for a few years in Burncouver (or was it Vanaby?).

Mr. Plow – “Even Hitler…”

Plow introduced me to the other bizarro-acoutic-punks in Vancouver.  We did some shows together at the Cobalt or the Java Joint in Surrey. He stayed up late and jammed out my radio show.  He took me around with him to pick up dead bodies one time.  Good times, great reflections.

Plow has put out quite a few records over the years and continues to perform to this very day.  I think right now he might be in Portland hosting a weekly night at some bar?  That’s the last I heard on the Facebook at least.

Right… what was the point of this?  Oh, a girl requested On Call Heroes and it got me thinking of my old friend Plow and one of my favourite songs, “Even Hitler…”

Go with yourself.

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I read a couple great blog posts today that I wanted to share.

One:  Chris Anderson, the writer guy of the book “The Long Tail” and an editor for Wired Magazine, wrote a gem of an article.  The dude just seems to understand life better than I do so I read and I learn from his blog.

Today (or the other day I guess) he raps about the economy and how it ain’t all scary.

The Vanishing Point Theory of Bad Economic News

Two:  Vancity Rockgirl dishes up today’s LOL moment pour moi with her hilarious captioned take on the today’s federal election vote.

2008 Election Posters

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When Corj and I got our hands on a Jeep, the beast came with a year subscription to Sirius.  Pretty nice little luxury.  Commercials on the radio generally don’t bbother me like the do many people, nor does the music mix.  I get commercial radio and understand it.  Sometimes, I actually like commercials.  What I did love about Sirius was a couple things.

Sirius Hits One:  Their top 40 channel.  They played the hits, and thats it.  Came in handy when desgning my playlist for Hugos and when Coral and I would drive the hinterlands of British Columbia.

Left of Center:  Their KEXP wannabe station.  I never understood why Sirius never cut a dela to just broadcast KEXP, they do it better, better music, better jocks, more passion… but the show got ‘er done.

Howard 100:  LOVED IT.

Those three shows aren’t worth me me shelling out $12 a month for the service.  But I do miss Howard Stern.  I htink I will truely feel the impact next roadtrip Coral and I take where I’ll need ot pack CDs and and the iPod.  I enjoy talk radio when I have  along journey.  helps me stay focused on driving and its entertaining.

and I’m not the only dude to shuffle off the Howard dial.

Maybe one day I’ll make more money or something, then I’ll resign up… just for Howard.

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Lastly, I’ll leave you with some music news form the Green Day front.  No getting aorund the fact that 2004’s American Idiot was a modern rocking phenom.  EWhen you punch up the ocean and hear the robot voice track tee-up “Boulavard of Broken Dreams” you’ve hit critical mass.

The boys are back in the studio with Butch Vig and here is a little taste of what they are working on.

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