September 2nd, 2011

Looks like Zimbio is in need of a good photo researcher. (Related: still-living actor Mike Starr’s IMDB page.)

September 1st, 2011

Celebrity Grunge Playlist No. 2: JOEL MCHALE

Joel McHale
, host of E!’s clip-fest The Soup and star of the NBC sitcom Community, grew up in the Seattle metropolitan area (specifically Mercer Island) and enrolled at the University of Washington in fall of 1991, just as punk was breaking. “As a kid, I didn’t know any better—I just thought every city had great music,” he says. While Joel cites the hilarity of many of his playlist selections, he cautions, “Please don’t put this together like, ‘He’s a comedian, so he likes funny music.’ That is not what I like about it. I like it because there was a hopeful youth to it, which was expressed through not taking itself so seriously, while bands like Extreme took themselves very seriously.” (Photo: Emmy magazine)

Listen to Joel’s playlist at Spotify. Meanwhile, be sure to pick up Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge.

1. Mudhoney 
- “Touch Me I’m Sick”
“It’s really a great song, and it fucking rocks. And it’s a great example of how funny the Seattle scene was. The phrase ‘touch me I’m sick’ is funny.”

2. Soundgarden - “Burden in My Hand”
“It has one of the best drums riffs in any song that’s ever been made. And it’s just the coolest song. It’s. So. Dang. Cool.”

3. Young Fresh Fellows - “Amy Grant”
“I wouldn’t even count the Young Fresh Fellows as part of the grunge movement, but ‘Amy Grant’ is one of the best Seattle-scene songs ever made. Ever. ‘She comes home from church/She takes off her pants/That’s what I like/About Amy Grant.’ It’s so funny—and an incredible piece of music.”

4. Nirvana - “Sliver”
“It’s about being taken care of by your grandparents: ‘Mom and Dad went to a show/They dropped me off at Grandpa Joe’s/I kicked and screamed/Said please, don’t go.’ It’s just hilarious. And that was a rock song that won song of the year on KCMU when it came out.”

5. Nirvana – “Sappy”
“One of my favorite songs by them. It’s not as inherently funny at the other ones. It’s just a really good rock song.”

6. Alice in Chains - “Man in the Box”
“Even though that was the big hit. There’s a reason why big hits become big hits. It is creepy. But the drummer, Sean Kinney, could have been a standup comic if he wanted to. He’s remarkably funny.”

7. Supersuckers 
- “I Say Fuck”
“It’s really funny, and it’s short. It’s just ridiculous. Another band that didn’t take themselves seriously—their lead singer is named Eddie Spaghetti.”

8. Screaming Trees 
- “She Knows”
“It’s beautifully done. And I love [Mark Lanegan’s] voice.”

9. TAD - “anything off of 8-Way Santa
8-Way Santa is the funniest album name in history.”

Previously: Celebrity Grunge Playlist No. 1: TAYLOR MOMSEN

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