Category Archives: Music

This Strange, Twitterfied World

The profound changes to our culture wrought by the rise of the Internet as a whole are obvious to all.  But I’m fascinated by one very surprising and strange way in which Twitter specifically altered the manner in which we … Continue reading

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Ghostbusters: A Narrative Lyrical Analysis

In honor of our impending Halloween weekend* and the zombie Moammar Gaddafis and slutty-fill-in-the-blanks who come with it, I thought it only fitting to scrutinize arguably the greatest sort-of-Halloween-themed song of all time. The song I Want a New Drug … Continue reading

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Findings in from Controversial Pediatric Drug Study

Have you ever wondered what it might look like if you gave cocaine to an eight-year-old? If so, (1) you’re probably already in jail, but (2) at least you can wonder no more:

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Mr. Roboto: A Narrative Lyrical Analysis

Continuing our celebration of Robot History Month, we now present a narrative lyrical analysis of the Styx classic “Mr. Roboto.”  Released in 1983, Roboto was one of the first serious attempts in mainstream music to tackle the issues of the … Continue reading

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Awkward Moments in Entertainment History: Clive Anderson vs. The Bee Gees

In light of, um, recent events, I thought now might be an opportune time to delve into the subject of awkward moments in the history of television / music / movies / etc. This forgotten (or, in America, unseen) gem … Continue reading

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Evacuate the Dancefloor: A Narrative Lyrical Analysis

Recent protests and upheaval in the Middle East, juxtaposed against our own military presence in the region, call to mind yet again the far-reaching geopolitical implications of these events. Specifically, will the seeming democratization of that part of the world … Continue reading

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The Axis of Ego Podcast: 2-28-11

The end of February brings with it an eclectic podcast.  Tom and Mike discuss all of the following things, although not necessarily in this order: (1) Highlights from the past week on The Axis of Ego, (2) Mike’s favorite mammals, … Continue reading

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Random Jaw-Dropping 80’s Moment: The Hitler Rap

I’m pretty confident this wouldn’t fly today. As part of the soundtrack to his 1983 movie “To Be or Not to Be,” Mel Brooks recorded (as Hitler!) a Fuhrer-themed rap song entitled “To Be or Not to Be (The Hitler … Continue reading

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Justin Bieber: A Narrative Lyrical Analysis

On the heels of one of the greatest injustices in recorded human history, I now turn my attention to the incomparable Justin Drew Bieber.  I referred to Lady Gaga as a “near-prodigy” last week. There’s no qualifier necessary for Bieber. … Continue reading

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The Axis of Ego Podcast: February 14, 2011

The latest podcast from Tom and Mike is all over the map – literally!  Take a listen as the two discuss everything from the current state of affairs in Egypt (not too many laughs in that portion of the podcast) … Continue reading

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