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Pop Shock: Radioactive


RAWR! Scary ape monster puppet! Image is a screen grab from the “Radioactive” video by Imagine Dragons.

As an adult individual who spends an embarrassing amount of time with our All-Father, the Internet, I must say that there’s not a whole lot that surprises me, anymore.

It’s rare that I don’t have music blaring through my ear buds, damaging my inner ears and making my day go just a bit faster. I’m always on the look out for an upbeat, peppy piece of fluff that I can drone out on. But, once in a while, a song will creep up on me, and I will become a wee bit obsessed with it.

Maybe I get into a groove, I dunno. But, I have to go look it up on YouTube and play it over, and over, and over, and over. It’s a habit that greatly amuses some and annoys others, because I’m constantly pestering folks with my awesome find. And, to be honest, my “finds” aren’t all that new, generally.

It’s probably because I kick it into neutral that I don’t pay the closest attention to the music I’m hearing on my Pandora station. Then, later, I’ll hear a song when I’m outside of work and think, “Huh, I wonder why that sounds familiar? I like it!” In reality, I’ve probably heard it lots of times and just never noticed.

The latest song the come on my radar in this manner was “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons. Now, this is a special case, because while I became obsessed with the song, it wasn’t the ACTUAL song. Someone posted the cover by Pentatonix and Lindsey Stirling, and I fell in love.

(That’s a bit over-dramatic. I didn’t fall in love, so much as become intensely piqued. There. That sounds better.) A Capella music is awesome, and the “Radioactive” cover was pretty sweet. So, I listened to it until I was tired of it.

But, I still craved it.

Does that make sense? To crave a song? The musical progressions, the ebb and flow of emotion that makes me feel better.

So, I looked up the real song by Imagine Dragons, and I loved it, too! It was different, and in some ways much better. The lead singer is able to cultivate an intensity that Pentatonix strives for, but just misses, frankly. There’s only so much nifty harmony and beat-boxing can do for you, guys.

Okay, so where am I going with this? Why is this article called Pop Shock?

Well, first off, look for more articles under the heading of Pop Shock. I intend to call out things that I find shocking in one way or another for various reasons (AREN’T YOU EXCITED?!).

What’s shocking about “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons? Watch the video, and then, we’ll talk.


Lou Diamond Phillips is running illegal (I assume) stuffed animal cock fights!

This delights and shocks me at the same time. What a great video! (See, shock isn’t necessarily a BAD thing.) In my ritual obsession, I’d never taken the time to watch the real video. And when I finally got around to it, I was SHOCKED (And delighted. Don’t forget the delighted part.). And, yeah, I know it’s MONTHS old. I skillfully managed to avoid the video, though. Yes, it was skill!

There’s a teddy bear with laser eyes that slaughters people. An innocuous-looking, pinkish teddy bear gets pushed too far and BAM! So, long Lou (and others!)!

Sure, Lou and his minions, including a terrifying purple ape puppet monster, deserve it. I mean, Imagine Dragons is (are?) being held captive in the puppet/stuffed animal/cock fighting dungeon. That’s serious business.

And what’s the relationship between the teddy bear and the woman who brings him to the fight? Is she its trainer? Its master? It must like her, because if it didn’t, I’m sure she’d be extra tasty crispy by now.

One more thing: How about that ending? Despicable Lou is dropped into a drippy, dark hole with bits of dismembered animated stuffed creatures!

It’s the stuff of nightmares.

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Christopher Walken Plays a Mean Borderlands 2

His pixelated face makes me want to dance on a hotel ceiling. Image is a screen grab from the video.

Did you know Christopher Walken and Morgan Freeman are gamer buddies?

Celebrity impersonator Jason Stephens is the genius behind this hilarious web series carried by GameSocietyPimps and Machinima on YouTube that has Walken playing popular video games. Freeman makes appearances in the videos, also thanks to Stephens’ VO talents. In this video, we find out that Walken is the superior gamer, but Freeman is a quick learner, which only adds to the hilarity. Check it out!

(By the way, it’s definitely an R rating, kids.)

Find more Christopher Walkenthroughs on the GameSocietyPimps Youtube channel.

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Get Off My YouTube! (A Reasonable Political Rant)

Much to the chagrin and frustration of my friends and loved ones, I am rather apathetic about all things political.

A moderate by nature and a conservative by obligation, I tend to be able to see issues from both sides and can appreciate the roads people travel that lead them to their respective beliefs. It’s not that I agree with those beliefs, per se, but I can understand where they came from.

It’s that mindset which generally leaves me bewildered when an election year rolls around. The unmitigated vitriol with which political slurs are slung is genuinely perplexing to me. And it pops up EVERYWHERE!

Yesterday, while preparing a lovely article for The Cool Ship on several YouTube vocalists and musicians, I was inundated with political ads.

They’re all liars. Image screen-grabbed from YouTube.


V/O (MALE, SERIOUS): Mitt Romney hates your family. He wants to take all your money and give it to big pharma! 



V/O (FEMALE, LIGHT): President Obama fights for American families and jobs!  

I swear I’ve seen that one. Haven’t you? And they’re no better from the other angle, either.

However, I gotta call the win for the president’s staff in the YouTube arena. I rarely see a pro-Mitt advertisement before the videos I watch. Now, perhaps that’s because I’m not watching the “right” videos (Right…get it?). Maybe Mitt’s ads skew toward videos that I’m not interested in.It’s possible, I suppose.

But, given the social and Internet savvy President Obama’s campaign exhibited the first time around, I don’t think it’s an accident that they’re all up in my business every time I want to watch a cat meow the Game of Thrones theme.

Overall, though, I don’t go to YouTube to learn about politics. Granted, I’ve watched my fair share of news autotuning, but, more often than not, I’m going to be entertained.

So, I will end my brief and reasonable rant with this: GET OFF MY YOUTUBE!

Unless you’re Chuck Norris, and you make your own videos that aren’t tacked on the beginning of what I want to watch. I love me some crazy Chuck Norris.

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Covering the Angles: YouTube Artists

(Bonus points for anyone who recognized Mitch Miller of “Sing Along with Mitch” fame on the cover photo!)

Cracking into the music business has changed drastically over the past decade. In years past, one had to be signed with some big record company to gain a certain amount of success.

Peter Hollens. He’s just a dude with a great voice. Image courtesy of Google play.

These days? Not necessarily. Take a stroll over to YouTube to see the good, the bad, and the terribly disfigured all desperately trying to catch the eye of someone who will let them make a lot of money. Many are already making money by making their songs and/or albums available for download, circumventing the system altogether. I love these guys! (The good ones, of course.)

And because I have a certain amount of geekery abiding in my soul, I tend to gravitate toward covers of themes from video games, movies and television shows.

And no, I’m not talking about that cat that meowed through the Game of Thrones intro. (Okay, so I chuckled. I’m not made of stone!)

Check out this awesome cover of the theme to Skyrim:

I’m not going to lie; I’m a bit addicted to Peter Hollens, now. I’ve always been a sucker for a capella music, and this guy’s got it going on for real. I’ve already spent way too much time on his YouTube channel listening to his other covers. I approve.

Hollens inevitably leads to another favorite of mine: Lindsey Stirling. (Here’s her contribution to Hollens’ Skyrim, which he actually recorded at her request in the first place. So, I guess it’s his contribution to her’s? Eh. Note the sweet silliness of costuming! Seriously, I love it.)

Stirling has a ton of great covers and some original stuff, as well. Here’s her “Lord of the Rings Medley.”

And, my husband would make a sad beard face if I didn’t include her terrific “Zelda Medley.”

I could literally spend all day on these two guys’ channels. Okay, maybe a couple of hours. I could literally spend a couple of hours on these two guys’ channels.

Here’s another fun one by YouTuber SUPRICKY06 (Seriously, that’s what you’re going by, dude? Um, okay.)

Name that tune(s)! A former Friday night favorite of mine for sure. Or, favorites, I should say. And more a capella!

*Happy sigh.

Who are your favorite YouTube cover artists? Share in the comments!

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