Total Eclipse of my Ears

My buccaneers*, that is.

With the “Noughties” coming to a close, we are undoubtedly going to be subjected to any number of top [insert number] lists to commemorate the best/worst of this decade.  Twenty-five percent of said lists will probably be attributed to this blog alone.  The Telegraph recently compiled the “100 songs that defined the Noughties” list.  Some of the songs are recent faves, some are oldies but goodies, and some are improperly classified.  If Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” (1981) and Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” (1987) are going to make the cut simply because they were rediscovered in the 2000s, then shouldn’t Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” deserve some mention?  It has not only inspired today’s literal-minded folk, but also the way-too-much-time-on-their-hands folk:

Literal Video Version

Welsh chorus “Only Men Aloud” Lego version

I’ll give the inclusion of Gary Jules’ version of “Mad World” a pass because (a) his is a remake of the original and therefore really was released in the 2000s and (b) I love it.  How can you not?  It worked so perfectly to set the mood in “Donnie Darko” and this video alone is worth its weight in megabams.

I’ll have to spend some time coming up with my own top [insert number] list for my favorite/most hated songs/movies/graphic novels of the decade.  Feel free to submit your suggestions, nominations, and abominations.

*Lest ye think I leave ye without a pirate joke to honor the day, here ye go, ye landlubbing scurvy bastards:
A little boy is trick or treatin’ on Halloween. He is dressed as a pirate. At one house, a friendly man asks him, “Where are your buccaneers?” The little boy responds, “On either side o’ me ‘buccan’ head!”




4 responses to “Total Eclipse of my Ears

  1. What’s a pirate’s favorite kind of music?

    Arrrrrrr & B!

    The embarrassing thing is that for about a day, I could only remember the punchline, and not the question.

  2. harrrrr harrrrr, me harty! ’tis a fine joke ye’ve told. and so long as ye remembered it TODAY, ’tis no matter of the forgetfulness of the day of yester. if ye forget next year, however, ye’ll be forced to swab the deck. and not just any deck. the poop one.

  3. The literal version was perfect and absolutely necessary. Internet, all is forgiven.

  4. you know there is a whole series of ‘literal videos’? the one for ‘take on me’ by a-ha brought LB to tears.

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