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I Spent Money on This? Monday, July 7, 2008

Posted by JB* in I Spent Money On This?, JB*, music, Reasons why I was single.
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Join me this week for another head-shaking purchase decision which guaranteed a spot in this series with a single quote from a college floormate-

Dude, that song was huge in Germany all summer!


The ScatmanIt should not have been any major surprise, either, though maybe not for the right reasons. The song in question was Scatman (Ski Ba Bop Ba Dop Bop), and, well, Germans (allegedly) like them some scat of a different sort.

Related to the music, though, the summer of 1995 saw the release of Jagged Little Pill, Foo Fighters, the Dangerous Minds soundtack, and the posthumous release of Selena’s last album.

Despite these noteworty tracks, though, Fresh-From-High School JB* plunked his money down for an album featuring synthesized keyboards, strong horns, and a fast talking fifty-three year old jazzman known as Scatman John. We’ll chalk it up as to an experimental music period and going off to a big city school. Yeah – that sounds good!

Yeah – kinda catchy, even thirteen years later, huh? Plus, what a ‘stache!

Recent research (as in, today) says that the Scatman’s song was to encourage kids to overcome their difficulties in stuttering, which seems a bit cruel when you think about it. Ultimately, the CD was given away to a guy who lived down the floor from me in college – the same one who heard the song eminating from my sweet Emerson cd player and uttered the infamous phrase “Dude, that song was huge in Germany all summer!”

Unfortunately, I lived near him two years later and he was still playing the cd. Last I heard, he was still single, though it is unknown if he is still into scat… or the Scatman. My guess is yes. To both.

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1. Jerkwheat - Monday, July 7, 2008

He coulda been playing Hasslehoff instead…

2. JB* - Monday, July 7, 2008

True point. But even I had owned a Hasselhoff cd, I doubt I could admit that in a public forum. Which is saying something, what with the upcoming selections.

And I could probably acceppt his love of the Hoff, but he was from St. Louis (can’t recall which high school) not Dusseldorf.


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