Friday Random Ten

The “J’adore MJ, mais je n’aime pas etudier” edition.

I have a French exam tomorrow (actually, I guess it’s technically today), so wish me bonne chance — because I really suck at French and I get all the languages that I kind-of-but-don’t-really-know-that-well confused, which means that I end up speaking some weird French/Italian/Spanish hybrid with a really thick Spanish accent. So tomorrow I’ll be wishing myself buena suerte or buona fortuna or in bocca al lupo or God knows what else (bonne fortuna? buena chance?). Cross your fingers for me — or do whatever it is that French people do for good luck (smoke cigarettes and scoff at lesser cultures?).

Now, onto the FRT:

1. Des Ark – No More Fighting Cats, Ok?
2. Death Cab for Cutie – For What Reason
3. Tom Waits – House Where Nobody Lives
4. Jay-Z – Threat
5. The Cramps – I Can’t Hardly Stand It
6. The Cure – Pictures of You
7. David Gray – Hospital Food
8. Rolling Stones – Emotional Rescue
9. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Black Hair
10. Justin Timberlake – Senorita

And a Friday video for you. I don’t know why it’s subtitled. But what I wouldn’t give for those sparkly socks…

Secret: I love me some MJ. This song is even my cell phone ring.

And if anyone can find me a video of him performing PYT, I might just die happy.

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Jill began blogging for Feministe in 2005. She has since written as a weekly columnist for the Guardian newspaper and in April 2014 she was appointed as senior political writer for Cosmopolitan magazine.
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22 Responses to Friday Random Ten

  1. Cam says:

    Des Ark rules!

  2. William says:

    Viel Glück!

    The Cure props.

  3. Henry says:

    Back from the field just in time for the top ten:

    1. The Foundations – Build Me Up Buttercup
    2. Minor Threat – Seeing Red
    3. Mr. Bungle – The Girls Of Porn
    4. Quicksand – Freezing Process
    5. The Roots – Break You Off
    6. Rick Springfield – Jesse’s Girl
    7. Stevie Wonder – Ribon In The Sky
    8. John Coltrane – Naima
    9. Jimi Hendrix – Red House
    10. Tsunami Bomb – Irish Boys

    As for MJ: I was a young boy when Thriller came out. Anyone who was listening to music then knows that MJ was bigger than Jesus, so naturally I was a fan. I don’t talk about it often, as I am employed as a steely-eyed killer and all that stuff and I don’t want to ruin my rep, but I was the proud 8 year old owner of not only some sparkly socks, but a glove to match. Manly, eh? My father was not pleased, I can tell you that much. But I looked damn good. I could moonwalk too.

  4. Vanessa says:

    Coincidentally, I have a big Russian test tomorrow. May your brain’s language pathways remain supple. Me, I’m too fried from stress to have much hope.

    And I got laid off this week, too. Pooh.

    1. 4 Non Blondes – Drifting
    2. Shonen Knife – ESP
    3. Tom Waits – Jesus Gonna Be Here
    4. The Ramones – Beat on the Brat
    5. Chris Murrah – All-Nite Dinah
    6. Ethyl Meatplow – Devil’s Johnson.
    7. White Stripes – Astro
    8. T. Rex – Cosmic Dancer
    9. Squirrel Nut Zippers – Ghost of Steven Foster
    10. Violet Femmes – Confessions

  5. I Can’t Hardly Stand It is the single sexiest ballad in rock history–and I do mean Lux Interior’s version.

  6. hipparchia says:

    one good turn deserves another [love to watch that moonwalk!]

    do any of these fit the bill?

  7. blucas! says:

    1) Charlie McAlister – Reaching for My Own Throat
    2) Lucero – And We Fell
    3) Broken Social Scene – Pacific Theme
    4) The Sonics – The Witch
    5) Young Buck – Taking Hits
    6) High on Fire – Blessed Black Wings
    7) Enslaved – Ascension
    8) Pavement – Flux=Rad
    9) Robbie Fulks – Each Night I Try
    10) Sam Cooke with The Soul Stirrers – Must Jesus Bear This Cross Alone

    Uh.. weird.

  8. Jessica says:

    Bonne chance!
    I blend languages together as well. It gets really bad when I jump from a romance language to Arabic. Let’s note that I have only taken French classes. The rest is soaking it up from the environs. Thus, I mostly speak French while trying to make the words sound like Spanish. It seems to amuse actual Spanish speakers.

  9. Good luck on your French exam (and all of your other exams/final papers).

  10. iain says:

    My French teacher told me that it’s considered bad luck to say ‘bonne chance’ to someone about to take an exam, in the same way that actors avoid saying ‘good luck’. Just as actors have an alternative, so do the French: when wishing someone good luck in exams, you’re supposed to say ‘Merde pour les examens’.

    I’ve always wondered if she was kidding…

  11. Rose says:

    Here’s a link to a You Tube video of PYT. Enjoyez vous!

  12. Hugo says:

    Bonne chance, though I’m trying to figure out what Justin Timberlake is doing on your FRT.

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  14. Laurie says:

    No matter how MJ turned out, the one thing I’ll say for his is: DAY-AM, but that boy can dance! :) This particular clip looked a little stiff, but his videos always looked amazing. Thriller still rules. He has isolations to die for! :)

  15. pigeon says:

    it may just be a dancer thing, but we always say merde before a show instead of good luck or what have you.

    which seems appropriately french at that, along with the cigarrette smoking and scoffing.

    so, merde!

  16. Kristina says:

    Vanessa: Ни пуха ни пера!

    I loved MJ too, before he, well, altered his appearance. And Prince? Dude. What happened to our fabulous 80s singers?

  17. anon says:

    What’s wrong with subtitling? Geeze…

    Anyway, thanks for the flashbacks to the One Glove. I think.

    Not a big MJ fan, but I always did like the Thriller album…

    Hey Prince is still around after those Warner Bros blowouts (and reading up on it, I can’t blame him a bit):

  18. final repose says:

    Bonne merde!

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  20. Aideen says:

    Hope yr exam went well, I had one yesterday and it sucked ass.

  21. troy worman says:

    i think i’m in love. here is a short list.

    old england – waterboys
    lady madonna – beatles
    positively fourth street – bob dylan
    friend is a four letter word – cake
    outside the palace – violent femmes
    why can’t we be friends – smashmouth

  22. norbizness says:

    In honor of my new portable player: (1) Johnny Hit and Run Pauline by X (2) Whisper by Morphine (3) Satellite by Magnapop (4) Old Fashioned Way by Ken Boothe [the Jamaican Marvin Gaye] (5) Goin’ Through the Motions by Blue Oyster Cult (6) Hackensack by Pee Wee Russell (7) Weirdo by Charlatans UK (8) Summer in the City by The Butthole Surfers [surprisingly restrained Lovin’ Spoonful cover] (9) Little Rhymes by Mercury Rev (10) There’ll Be No Next Time by Louis Prima.

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