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May 18: The latest lyrics

By Jake Brennan
May 18, 2007 | 04:00 PM

Goodbye So Long

Welcome to our final installment of Pop-Ed on Boston.com. Because we are now officially out of the job we are on the "internets" sprucing up our resume for the job opening as Tom Finneran's co-host on WRKO.

As it stands, our competition is that turkey, loudmouth, Don Imus's coatholder, Bernie McGuirk.

Guys, what qualifications do we have?

Oh no, it's the ghost of Don Imus!

Whoa, I'm the ghost of Don Imus. Oooh .... aren't I scary. I hear you're contemplating a career in radio. Well, let me tell you, the business is dead. You guys have as much chance at getting this job as I do at starring in Lethal Weapon 5 with Al Sharpton.

Well, we got it in the bag because Jake is so eloquent, articulate and well spoken.

We'd like to thank everyone for watching Boston.com on Pop-Ed.

Goodbye So Long


Read the story behind the song:
WRKO to audition Imus's ousted cohort

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May 18: Pop-Ed, we hardly knew ya'

By Jake Brennan
May 18, 2007 | 04:00 PM

So all of us over here at Folk Hero Industries would like to say thanks to all of you for tuning in to two wicked killah weeks of Pop-Ed. We're hitting the dole after today, but we wanted to let you know that we had a blast waking up every morning and trying to find different ways to make the news entertaining.

Now that we're officially unemployed, we're taking aim at the co-captain's chair over in Tom Finneran's studio. Tommy, forget about Bernie McGuirk. Drop the zero and get with the folk heroes. Give us the gig. We know how to give the people what they want. More important, we've never kept company with Imus. Then again, you used to hang with Billy Bulger so what do we know? Keep swinging low, Tommy.

Thanks to everyone at Boston.com and to everyone who helped out with the videos over the last two weeks. Thanks for putting up with us. We'd also like to extend a ginormous thank you to everyone out there on the Web who tuned in to watch the Pop-Ed ridiculousness. Camp St. Studios, Fenway Recordings, Joan Hathaway, WBOS and Luke, Colin, Derek and Evan at Folk Hero Industries.

See you all soon. Teddy Boys unite!
Jake

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May 17: Dick Albert vs. Neil Young

By Jake Brennan
May 17, 2007 | 04:00 PM

Todayís song is about the weather. So what? Some of us are actually interested in the weather. Some of us are a little tense when it comes to the weather. Some of us get WAY too worked up when the slightest hint of a storm approaches. What happened to us? Arenít we supposed to be New Englanders?

I guess I understand the hysteria when there is an impending snowstorm but yesterday it was just... raining. And yeah, there was some thunder , some lightning, but if you watched the news or headed out onto any of the major roads during rush hour youíd of thunk Auntie Auntie Em was searching for a basement somewhere in the 617 area code.

So this morning I woke up, logged onto Boston.com and went straight for the weather page. Thatís when I realized that weather forecasts are almost lyrical, poetic... dare I say psychedelic? After all, isnít there a storm always on the horizon? Isnít the news just one big forecast? From the outcome in Iraq to the annual June swoon of the Red Sox to Cadillac Patís next political gaffe. Arenít we always on the lookout for whatís just around the corner?

Like the best Neil Young lyrics, there are universal truths buried deep within each forecast. Dick Albert is one heavy cat.

Far out,
Jake

PS - Thanks to Bill Walton for the fashion advice this morning.

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May 17: Below Average Highs

By Jake Brennan
May 17, 2007 | 04:00 PM

BELOW AVERAGE HIGHS
A northeast wind and Iím watching it whip
Through the sycamore trees, 47 degrees
The newspapers warn of the coming storm
Moving in from the sea, 47 degrees

Weíre under cloudy skies
And a rising tide
Below average highs
Under cloudy skies

In the middle of May, all the forecasts say
That it ainít the heat, itís the humidity
With just a chance of rain, the hysteria fades
No, it ainít what it seems, itís the humidity

Weíre under cloudy skies
And a rising tide
Below average highs
Under cloudy skies

Read the stories behind the song:
Severe weather hitting parts of Mass., R.I., Conn.
Boston weather


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May 16: She's My Baby

By Jake Brennan
May 16, 2007 | 04:00 PM

SHE'S MY BABY
Tell everyone you know, she's my baby
She ainít going nowhere
Tell everyone you know, I donít mean maybe
She ainít going nowhere

Nowadays a good woman is hard to find, one thatíll attend to your deepest needs and cares. A woman like that deserves constant surveillance, here and in the ever after.

Tell everyone you know, sheís my baby
She ainít going nowhere
Tell everyone you know, I donít mean maybe
She ainít going nowhere

(SOLO) All right ...
Watch her walk...

Tell everyone you know, sheís my baby
She ainít going nowhere

Some say I came unglued when I paid 500 thousand dollars $500,000 for one more ever lasting intimate look, but I just canít look away - no way - not today - not ever. No, Sir, sir, you got to pay...

Tell everyone you know, sheís my baby
She ainít going nowhere
Tell everyone you know, I donít mean maybe
She ainít going nowhere

Read the story behind the song:
Anna Nicole diary: sex, surgery, sadness

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May 16: Oh no, Anna Nicole

By Jake Brennan
May 16, 2007 | 04:00 PM

I know that I shouldnít act surprised but the truth of the matter is that I really am. I canít believe that people are still writing about Anna Nicole Smith. That can mean only one thing: that people are still interested in reading about Anna Nicole Smith. WHY???

I can honestly say that until this morning I hadnít read one word about her death. Still, that doesnít mean that Iím ignorant on the subject. Youíd have to live in a shoe to not at least know that skeleton of the story, but come on... Let it go. Let her rest. Even post-mortem, and months after the fact, the peoplesí interest in her is still palpable. Some German businessman bought two of her diaries for $500,000. Are you kidding me? Again, WHY???

At this point, the only thing less interesting than Anna Nicole Smith is what Britney Spears isnít wearing in public these days. The story is ridiculous, as is the pressí undying infatuation with this talentless, dead, past her prime, supermodel. Writing to cue, we cooked up an equally ridiculous song and video. I guess that my role in the video is that of the press or something. Iím not sure. I think we may have gone too far with this one.

Iím going to blame Evan. See you tomorrow.
Jake

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May 15: On the couch

By Jake Brennan
May 15, 2007 | 04:00 PM

Tuesday, 6:30 a.m., and a headline with a hook: Woman gets suspended sentence for pretending to be psychologist.

For a minute there, I wondered if this was the same woman that my parents sent me to when I was a kid. Back then, they were freaking out because I was busy flunking out of summer school and blowing my money in Harvard Square record stores. The kiddie shrink did me no good though, because I'm still blowing my money in record stores. So maybe I was the victim of some phony psychological advice.

Well, I doubt it, but either way, this is a good story to write about. An ex-stripper, Louise Wightman, posing as a child psychologist, who then gets off with a suspended sentence - I love it.

We headed down to Chinatown today in search of the Combat Zone to film today's video. This just in: there is no more Combat Zone. Oh well, we managed. Sounds like Louise will too.

See you tomorrow,
Jake

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May 15: Hey Louise

By Jake Brennan
May 15, 2007 | 04:00 PM

Hey Louise

Hey Louise, I thought Iíd write you a proper song
Not much of a send-off, but it looks like you're staying on
Hey Louise, who's stretched out on your couch tonight?
Taking the treatment, and a prescription full of lies

Weíve been waiting so long, we've been waiting so
Weíve been waiting so long, don't you know
Weíve been waiting so long, we've been waiting so
Weíve been waiting so long...

Hey Louise, I thought I'd write you a dance song
But the drum machine, it drops the beat when you turn it on
Hey Louise, who signed the diploma on your wall?
In this House of Wax, in this House of Wax...

Weíve been waiting so long, weíve been waiting so
Weíve been waiting so long, now we know
Weíve been waiting so long, weíve been waiting so
Weíve been waiting so long ...

Hey Louise, that judge he mustíve known
A thing or three about the '70s Combat Zone
Hey Louise, he was a prince up on the bench
His diagnosis, a suspended sentence ...

Weíve been waiting so long, weíve been waiting so
Weíve been waiting so long, now we know
Weíve been waiting so long, weíve been waiting so
Weíve been waiting so long....

Read the story behind the song:
Woman gets suspended sentence for pretending to be a psychologist

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May 14: Thank God for Parker Posey

By Jake Brennan
May 14, 2007 | 03:30 PM

Week two, day one and as of 6 a.m., today could only have been categorized as a SLOW news day. What did Geldoff say? I don't like what? Anyway, Boomtown Rats references aside, it was tough finding something of interest to write about this morning.

Thank God for Parker Posey and big, stupid, summer blockbusters. We love Parker and this song was almost exclusively about her, but we didn't want to upset Ryan Adams. He's got enough to whine about.

Yeah, Parker rocks. Weíd rather see her up on the screen than most of the other big, blockbuster swill being peddled this summer. What is up with Hollywood? Itís like this big, old, lumbering, giant waiter who keeps bringing the same dish to the table, only with more crap on it. And even though it still tastes bad, and even though the dish keeps getting more expensive, we keep swallowing it.

Another "Spider-man," another "Harry Potter?" Whatever. Who am I to judge? People continue to turn out in droves. "Spider-man" did another $60 million this weekend, a 60 percent drop from last week but still far more than itís its closest competitor, "Weekend at Bernie's 8."

The Hollywood formula seems to be this: Rewrite, spend more, dumb down, cash in. Keith Richards better be in that new "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie.

See you tomorrow,
Jake

PS - Speaking of bigger and dumber, a big thanks to Ian Kennedy for the blockbuster guitar solo.

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May 14: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

By Jake Brennan
May 14, 2007 | 03:30 PM

KISS KISS BANG BANG
I wanna take my typewriter and I wanna write, I, I wanna type, I...
I wanna write for the big screen and it'll be a scream, trust me...

Kiss, kiss, bang, bang
It's always the same thing
Kiss, kiss, bang, bang
It's always the same thing

My blockbuster's gonna bust the bank 'cause that's what it takes
I'll give them 300 million reasons to make another remake, for the fans' sake

Kiss, kiss, bang, bang
It's always the same thing
Kiss, kiss, bang, bang
It's always the same thing

Read the story behind the song:
Parker Posey: Not your average indie queen

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