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LeBlog’s Cheesetastic Classics: Rick Astley vs Starship

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Welcome to the next matchup in our continuing search for the most satisfyingly cheesy pop songs of all time! A LeBlog Cheestastic Classic should be both undeniably corny or over-the-top while also possessing some quality that makes some of us grin and pump our fists in gleeful irony. Some people might also use the term “guilty pleasure.” But I’m not going to. For our purposes here, these are “LeBlog’s Cheesetastic Classics.” The skill and talent involved in producing some of these songs may, in fact, be quite impressive and at their core these songs might actually be rather superior to some which are considered cool. But somewhere along the way the songwriter or performer took that wrong turn at Albuquerque and landed themselves in the land of cheese.

Okay people, here it is. The ultimate matchup of cheesy ’80s pop songs that have become more and more notorious as the years have worn on. If you had asked members of the graduating class of 1988 about these two songs you probably would have gotten one of a couple of responses. One would be some version of “Ugh. Those mass-produced pieces of fluff? Who cares about them. I’m trying to forget them.” The other would go something like “Oh, those are fun songs! Have you heard ‘Together Forever’ yet?” Both of these responses might have suggested that “We Built This City” and “Never Gonna Give You Up” would have relatively short lives in the collective pop culture consciousness…but that’s not what happened.

Our last pair of nominees proved a little perplexing for some of our readers, and that mixed reaction can be reflected in how the voting turned out. While both Charlene’s “I’ve Never Been to Me” and Barbra Streisand’s “Woman In Love” did end up getting the required votes to be included in our list of Cheesetastic Classics, neither really ran away with the designation. As I write this, “I’ve Never Been to Me” holds a solid, but unspectacular 61% “yes” votes, while the former #1 single “Woman In Love” is just eking by with only 52% percent of us selecting it as a Cheesetastic Classic. Our list is growing, though, and I don’t see any reason why today’s article won’t continue that trend.

Our first nominee likewise threw people a little when he first appeared on the scene with his notorious debut solo recording, “Never Gonna Give You Up.” Many people who first heard the song on the radio before catching the video expressed surprise to find a slightly dorky, pasty British guy attached to that voice. Give it a listen.

This is pretty firm Cheesetastic ground if you ask me. The unapologetically cheery tone and repetitive nursery rhyme level lyrics paired with Astley’s Howdy Doody persona offer up qualities that could definitely be considered cheesy. Meanwhile, there’s just something undeniably euphoric about the recording. If you’re willing to give yourself over to it you just might find yourself shimmying and smiling in the privacy of your own home. I’m sure plenty of you are going to rubber-stamp this as a definite “yes” and I won’t be able to blame you. There’s a reason “Never Gonna Give You Up” holds the place it does in pop culture. But I’m going to personally offer a vote of “no” here because even when I’m able to let go of my musical snobbery enough to offer a few head bobs and to enjoy the recording’s cheesy pleasures it never lasts the length of the entire record. Eventually I lose steam and end up wishing to hear something else.

Astley took to music early in life, but initially as a drummer rather than as a singer, playing with multiple bands in his native Northern England. It was only when one of his bands began to fragment that he offered up his own services as lead singer and gained the attention of a record producer. He was hired to do work around the studio with the understanding that he was to be groomed as a singing act of his own. His first appearance singing on a released single was as part of a duet with Lisa Carter called “When You Gonna,” but the recording got no attention and no airplay. That trend would reverse itself in a major way when his first solo single showed up, and “Never Gonna Give You Up” raced to the top of the pop charts in multiple countries, including the UK, the United States, Australia, Canada, Belgium, New Zealand, Germany, Sweden, and the Netherlands. The notoriously contrarian Irish and Swiss let the song languish at just #2. His following singles discography is all over the map after that, with different songs chosen for release in different countries, but for a while there he scored a long list of hits around the globe. This included three more top 10 hits in the U.S., most notably the number one smash “Together Forever.”

Any time a recording act has a big hit the record company is sure to demand a follow-up exactly like the one that brought so much success. Thankfully for Astley, he already had that song in “Together Forever.” If you’re a fan of “Never Gonna Give You Up” there’s absolutely no reason you won’t find this one almost as intoxicating. In fact, I’m sure an argument could be made that this should end up as one of our nominees eventually. Rick Astley’s hey-day was certainly compact, with just one more U.S. top 10 to his name after January of ’89 (the 1991 ballad “Cry For Help” that I don’t remember at all). He popped up once more in 1993, stalling at #28 with “Hopelessly” and then faded into obscurity as a product of his time, right?

Well, not exactly. Two of the pleasures of the internet are that it delights in its long pop culture memory and its willingness to take a prank too far. In the mid aughts the internet site 4chan had been running a site-specific prank in which every instance of the word “egg” was replaced by the word “duck.” (I’m not sure why this was supposed to be funny, but whatever) This of course resulted in “egg roll” showing up as “duck roll” and some enterprising person took it upon themselves to attach a link to the appearance of “duck roll” which would take anyone who clicked on it to a picture of a duck with wheels.

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This unlucky reader was then said to have been “duckrolled.” Okay, this is at least a little bizarre, but again I’m left a little curious as to why this caught on. Then in 2007 the same site responded to the difficulty users were having in getting ahold of the trailer video for the video game Grand Theft Auto IV by pretending to offer up a link to that video only to have it take people to the video for “Never Gonna Give You Up.” Considering the ultra-masculine violence of Grand Theft Auto, this seems like a pretty decent prank. I’m betting plenty of video game bros were pretty pissed off to be looking at ol’ Rick Astley. From there, the prank simply exploded in lots of different directions and was administered in many different ways, sometimes via the traditional dishonestly placed link and sometimes simply by inserting Astley into the key moment of what was otherwise the video its viewer had thought they wanted. In doing research for this article I came across a few examples of seemingly NSFW gifs that prank viewers by having Rick pop up just when nudity is about to occur.

Here’s one of the tamer ones.

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The idea was to lure a person in with something they really wanted to see only to bait and switch them with one of the squarest singers and songs in pop music memory. The prank became so widespread that seemingly overnight the video’s numbers on Youtube went through the roof. According to a poll conducted in early 2008 something like 18 million American adults had been “Rickrolled” in the space of about a year. Astley himself got in on the fun by making a surprise appearance interrupting another artist’s performance in that year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Eventually, the definition of “rickrolling” was expanded to include being tricked into reading lyrics from the song in unexpected places. A friend took advantage of the Stranger Things Christmas lights gif generator to Rickroll everyone on Facebook earlier this year.

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Feel free to post your own Rickrolls in the comments section. Keep it clean.

Rick’s partner in cheese today has its own claim to dubious notoriety. Like a couple of our previous nominees, Starship has a pretty respectable background in popular music. Just not as Starship. If you’re someone who is completely new to Starship’s history, the song they are being nominated for here might seem pretty innocuous. If not, you might grit your teeth all the way through it.

There’s no doubt that in a vacuum, “We Built This City” is a relatively catchy pop rock song with its fashion and production firmly rooted in the traditions of the 1980s. Where it really slips up even on its own terms is that it purports to be championing the ideals of Rock ‘n’ Roll while making use of tools and styles which are anathema to many of your more serious fans of the genre. The deep stack of instrumental production which characterizes most of the length of the recording is not present in its first half minute or so, leaving us with echo-enhanced accappella harmony and heavy synthesizer. Neither of these are very evocative of the core of Rock ‘n’ Roll and you wouldn’t have to stretch your imagination too far to picture the band’s longtime fans absolutely retching in horror.

If you’re a younger reader you might not realize who Starship was. Well, what they were was the hollowed out remains of one of the most iconic and legendary bands of the psychedelic scene of the 1960s. They appeared first under the name Jefferson Airplane, and their second album, 1967’s “Surrealistic Pillow,” is one of the signature records of the counterculture movement of the time. The band was made up mostly of San Francisco area musicians who had traveled in the same circles as people like Jerry Garcia, Janis Joplin, and David Crosby. Singer Grace Slick joined up when the previous female singer left to have a baby and contributed two songs to “Surrealistic Pillow.” These are the two songs most associated with the band’s “classic” era, as it turns out.

Their first hit was the soaring and confrontational love anthem “Somebody To Love” which had previously been recorded by her earlier band, The Great Society, under the title “Someone To Love.” It had been written by her brother-in-law Darby, so carrying it over to her new project ended up being possible.

Darby wrote the song in response to the revelation that a lover had been unfaithful to him and he used the lyrics to call into question the “free love” ethos that it would eventually be used to help promote. “Somebody To Love” made a big splash nationwide on the radio, hitting #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s a pretty simple song, and it’s pretty easy to hear that it was Slick’s vocals and the band’s ragged attack on the track that made it surge with urgency. Any other combination of performers on the song might have left it as completely forgotten.

The follow-up single was Slick’s own thinly veiled drug parody on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland “White Rabbit”…

She has openly stated that “White Rabbit” was intended as an indictment of older people who would criticize user of psychotropic drugs after having put their children to bed with something as hallucinatory as the Alice stories. The resulting recording is somehow both epic in sound and less than three minutes in length. Slick has claimed that musically the song was inspired by the continual crescendo of Ravel’s famous composition Bolero. Whatever its intentions or inspirations, “White Rabbit” is an undeniably bracing and experimental piece of psychedelic rock that grabs hold of you loosely and then tightens its grip. It would also hit the top 10, shooting up to #8 on the singles chart later that same year. After two huge and iconic summer of love hits, Jefferson Airplane was poised to become one of the biggest rock acts in the world.

Unfortunately, the band never really found the magic of those two recordings again despite being very prolific for the next five years. In 1972 they made the unconventional decision to split into two bands, resulting in Hot Tuna and the perhaps progress-minded named Jefferson Starship. The latter band featured Slick, Paul Kantner, and Marty Balin at different times, along with an ever-changing group of other players and guest musicians, racking up close to forty different members during its history. They did manage four different top 40 hits in the mid ’70s, with the mid-tempo love song “Count On Me” probably having the most legs to this day.

That doesn’t sound a whole lot like the two iconic Jefferson Airplane hits, does it? But there’s a real earnest and pleasingly lush sound to it that indicated the members of the group had matured as songwriters, musicians, and in the studio. It’s the sort of song that sounds great when you’re kicking back with a drink on the porch on a sunny day. Nobody was expecting to hear the shocking brilliance of those early songs and this was pretty darn good anyway.

Unfortunately, the laid-back sound of their hit songs belied how things were going internally. A pair of gigs in Germany resulted in one no-show by the band and a second in which a highly intoxicated Grace Slick peppered her performance with obscenities, sexual innuendo, and suggestions that everyone in Germany had a hand in the Nazi atrocities that were thirty years in the past (while that’s not very long in the grand scheme of things, it’s also not very likely that the Germans attending the concert were adults at the time of the second World War). Slick was fired for a span of a few years before returning in 1981. By this point it had been a while since the group had had a major hit and things seemed to be petering out. The group’s founder Paul Kantner finally left the band saying that it was not something he was proud of anymore and took legal action to make sure the rest of the members couldn’t use the name Jefferson Starship…

So they called themselves Starship instead and went about making the most blatantly commercial music of their careers. In addition to “We Built This City,” Starship scored #1 pop radio hits with the ballad “Sara” (a song a classmate of mine ruined forever for me by singing it in a high-pitched lisp) and their contribution to the soundtrack for the male fantasy comedy movie Mannequin, starring Andrew McCarthy and Kim Cattrall, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now.”

The ’80s were a corporate playground dominated by baby boomers who were throwing their money at the heroes of their youths. Please believe me when I say that songs like “Sara” and “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” were very very far from the worst songs recorded by veterans of the hippie movement and then shoved down our throats. They were merely reasonably tuneful pop recordings that didn’t sound too different from a lot of the other stuff on the radio.

“We Built This City” however, was a whole different story. The cheesy synths and over-produced sound were de rigueur for the time, but when you paired it with the long-venerated musicians who were simultaneously trading on their legendary status and crapping all over it, any serious student of rock ‘n’ roll had to cry foul. And then there’s that break in the middle of the song so a DJ can remind you the band is from San Francisco, so That’s the city they built on rock ‘n’ roll, okay? Do you want to be considered for inclusion as a Cheesetastic Classic? Write a spoken break into your song to explain something that any chimp could have figured out from the rest of the song. Spoken breaks are cheese magnets.

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It should be no surprise then, that “We Built This City” has taken it on the chin over the years. Blender Magazine pronounced it the Worst Song of All Time in a poll back in 2004 and some members of the group, including Slick, don’t appear to disagree too vociferously. Still, the magazine has folded and the band’s musicians are still playing somewhere.

So what does everyone think? Are these fantastically cheesy songs deserving of inclusion in our list of Cheesetastic Classics? Or are these simply bad songs? Vote here and tell me about it in the comments section.

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Posted on September 14, 2016, in Cheesetastic Classics, Music, Nostalgia, poll and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 36 Comments.

  1. You, sir, are a music snob. I wouldn’t say that to many people even if I believed it to be true. But you have made this claim yourself, so I don’t expect you will object too loudly. I am not remotely snobby when it comes to music. I had very few friends who were all that into music and the ones that were embraced whatever was popular at the time. In my life, I have known very few music snobs outside of fictional ones and generally we made fun of them for taking their shit too seriously.

    I say all of this because my reaction to these songs is almost the complete opposite of yours. The only thing that gave me pause for thought about voting Never Going to Give You Up a Cheesetastic Classic is that I enjoy it too much. Do I make it all the way through the song? Of course I do. Once is rarely enough. Put that sucker on repeat and then throw in Together Forever. When I am Rickrolled do I react with anger or disappointment? Heck no. I track down the full length version of the video and turn up the volume. I am all in!

    We Built This City is less enjoyable. I’m likely to turn the channel before I make it all the way through. But in no way does the song’s claims to be “rock and roll” offend me. That sort of thing was very common in the 80’s. I’m used to it.

    My favorite Rickrolling this year came from the Republican National Convention.

    Oh and thanks for the history lesson on Rickrolling. I had no idea where that came from.

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    • I am most definitely a bit of a music snob, but I am far from the worst offender. A true music snob would never admit to getting pleasure from most of these songs.

      I would say that there is value in snobbery in pretty much all pursuits. If there is no critical thinking applied to a subject you end up with low quality because that’s all you’ve asked for.

      It’s the same as judging a theme park attraction. A Cheesetastic Classic is something like the teacups: not particularly inventive, but darn if it isn’t fun to ride every once in a while. Meanwhile, something like the Haunted Mansion, although it has an automatically more selective audience, is clearly more inventive and sophisticated (of course it also has higher capacity and gets more visitors, so the comparison dries up there but you get what I mean). A snob who was taking things too far would refuse to enjoy the teacups. As a snob who believes he takes things just far enough, I enjoy the teacups but hope to never have to experience Stitch’s Great Escape ever again even though it is technically more sophisticated than the teacups.

      I am slightly amused by Rickrolls just because they are silly and lighten the discourse a little.

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      • No, my accusation was good-natured. You at least have awareness of your tendencies and a sense of humor about it. And frankly, there are worse things than having high standards. I get sick of movie fans with no standards at all. Given a choice, I’ll hang with the snobs.

        Putting things into theme park terms is speaking my language. Of course, we’re probably the only two people reading this to whom that makes any sense at all. I told you once before that a coworker once told me that Stitch’s Great Escape was his favorite attraction in all of Orlando. Disney fans are a non-discerning bunch for the most part.

        I am partially poking fun at myself for my own taste in music. In that area, I’m not much different from my Stitch loving coworker.

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        • Oh, I knew you accusation was in fun, but the fact that I truly am a bit of a snob seemed like an interesting topic to address.

          This series both plays into and against my musical snobbery, and I hope exposes some reasons to value some art which may seem lightweight at first glance or listen.

          I feel like I am in a decent position to do this exactly because of my snobbery.

          This particular entry ended up taking an extra week both because I wanted to do these subjects justice and because I’m honestly a little distracted by my coming WDW trip which resulted in me posting about that last week instead of taking this on. That article was much easier to knock out in a pretty casual way, while this one required a bit more focus.

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        • That reminds me, I meant to comment on a bit of trickery from you. I noticed that while you were writing the article, you hit the subjects. For readers who don’t know, I can see all the pending posts. Daffy temporarily titled this “LeBlog’s Cheesetastic Classics: R vs S”. The RVS reminded me of a certain superhero slugfest and I wondered if perhaps Robin was about to get his ass whupped by Superman. I’d buy a ticket to that.

          I have been thinking about “snobbery” for lack of a better term. On the one hand, you have to be careful not to fall out of touch to the point where you can no longer enjoy the simple pleasures (the tea cups in your parks analogy). On the other, I think it’s important to apply some critical thinking. Over the weekend, I got into a bit of an argument with some Star Wars fans. Someone posted that he had just watched The Force Awakens for the first time on Starz and that it was awful. As it turns out, I watched some of it on cable too, but turned it off after about 20 minutes because on second viewing, the faults were really sticking out. I settled for “not good” as opposed to “awful” but a lot of Star Wars fans won’t settle for anything less than “transcendent” where TFA is concerned.

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        • I frickin’ loved THE FORCE AWAKENS, but it is certainly not without fault.

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        • I have to admit, I do not understand how anyone could love TFA. Have you seen it more than once? The second viewing was kind of hard to get through. In fact, I did’t make it more than around 20 minutes.

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        • I saw it 3 times in the theater. There were a few things that bothered me, specifically as they relate to Chewie and Han, but I loved the vast majority of it. It filled me with glee. I was at once transported back to my childhood seeing Chewie, Han, Leia, and Luke on the big screen again.

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        • That must be what fueled the movie’s popularity. I experienced a bit of that. But even in the first viewing on the big screen with an enthusiastic audience, the movie felt very pedestrian. I had fun watching it, but I knew all along it wasn’t very good. Watching it a second time in my living room, I’m tempted to say it’s a bad movie. But I won’t go that far just yet. I’ll stick with “not good”. There are really an awful lot of flaws to overlook. I think nostalgia has enabled audiences to give TFA a pass on a lot of things they wouldn’t ordinarily let slide if Han Solo wasn’t their favorite character growing up.

          I’m honestly more interested in people’s reaction to the movie than I am the movie itself at this point.

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        • I am rightly called a snob when it comes to many things, including movies, and the fact that I won’t shop at Wal-Mart. I’m fine with my snobbery.

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        • One day, I was having lunch with coworkers complaining about Wal-Mart and why I don’t shop there. In was unpacking my lunch from a plastic bag as I did so. When I finished, I realized it was a Wal-mart bag. I had to add rather sheepishly that my wife doesn’t share my views.

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        • My roommate doesn’t share my disdain either. Most of the plastic grocery bags we save are from her frequent visits to the Wal-Mart Marketplace grocery store. If I need a plastic bag with which to transport lunch, I will dig through the mounds of Wal-Mart bags to find that one, lone Publix bag. I refuse to advertise for Wal-Mart.

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        • These days, I will go to Wal-Mart in a pinch. But that’s about it. My wife has fallen in love with Target which isn’t really much better in terms of the way it treats its workers. But at least the lights don’t dim on a cloudy day.

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        • The employee treatment is not really my concern. Wal-Mart is dirty. It’s usually filled with people who don’t give the slightest crap about how to appear or act in public. See? I’m a snob.

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        • From that point of view, Target is a big step up. I’m a bit snobbish that way too. I actually avoid both stores to the extent I can, but when push comes to shove, I will go to Target over Wal-Mart. It’s just a more pleasant experience.

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        • I decided to not shop at Wal-Mart ever again back in about 1997. I was there with friends and was in the section where they sold CDs. I was aware that they sold edited versions of some albums and wanted to make sure I was getting the fully un-edited version of whatever CD I was looking to purchase. But I couldn’t find any labeling or sticker or sign to indicate which was which or really that such a thing actually existed. When I asked several employees not a single one of them had any idea what I was talking about, including the manager of that section of the store. I consider this fraud. Since then I have been back only a single time and that was just because somebody gave me a gift card.

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        • I don’t think I would consider it fraud. It’s more like product ignorance – something very common in workers in such departments.

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        • I only consider it fraud because the CDs were not clearly labeled. The employees not knowing was just an additional frustration. If one of them had been able to help me maybe my experience would have changed, but as it was Wal-Mart was asking me to purchase something that they might have forced to be changed due to their huge market share without providing any way for me to tell. That is fraud for a music fan.

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        • Gotcha. I never had to or have to worry about that as a person who listens to music without “dirty” lyrics in it to begin with. Ha ha!

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        • Don’t get me wrong. I’m not actively searching out obscenities in my music, but if the artist intended it to be in there I want it to be in there too. I’ve got no patience for censorship, which is what Wal-Mart’s policies amounted to. Yes, I was capable of getting the version elsewhere, but with their tentacles spread wide and deep into small towns where there weren’t as many record store options and no labeling to let consumers know what version they were getting I really don’t feel like I need to use a different word. They’ve already changed other peoples’ words too much already.

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        • I think if the work has been altered in any way after the fact, and not by the artist, it should be marked on the packaging somewhere.

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        • I think if there are two different versions and the only reason the second version exists is because Wal-Mart wouldn’t sell it otherwise then they should be the ones marking it.

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        • Yup. That only makes sense.

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        • For a while there (and I think your story falls right smack dab in the middle of this period) Wal-Mart had a lot of power and they weren’t shy about flexing their muscles. For example, Disney tried something new with their animated sequel Return to Neverland. The idea was to realse a direct-to-video movie in theaters for a short run that didn’t have to be successful. Their thought was that if the movie was in theaters, it would increase sales on home video because it wouldn’t have that direct-to-video stink on it. They also figured the marketing from the theatrical release would carry over to the video release. What they hadn’t counted on was that Wal-Mart had Draconian practices regarding where in their stores they displayed movies. These policies took into account theatrical grosses. So a movie that under-performed at the box office (as Return to Neverland did) would get a less desirable spot in the store than a highly promoted direct-to-video movie. Disney puffed up its chest and tried to play the “We’re Disney” card that almost always works for them. But Wal-Mart turned around and played their “We’re Wal-Mart and we are responsible for something like 40% of all home video sales in America” card. Disney backed down and ended the practice of trying to material that was intended for home video sales in theaters.

          This is how they got away with censoring movies and music as well. Fortunately, I don’t think they have nearly as much power in the age of streaming.

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        • On one hand, I’m glad that Disney stopped releasing sub-par animated efforts on the big screen, but for Wal-Mart to win…? Yuck.

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        • Makes me glad I was fortunate enough to never purchase music from Wal-mart. I’ve only bought a couple of video games too (the Playstation 2 versions of “The Godfather” and “NBA 07” are the last I can remember). I purchased the Robert Redford/Lena Olin film “Havana” from them awhile back, but that was on a gift card. Mostly I’ve used Wal-mart for bulk items and cat litter/food, especially since cheap DVD’s (“Fletch” for $2.98!) can be had at Dollar General or Family Dollar..

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        • I respect your commitment to principle. We have a Wal-Mart just down the road from where I work. If I find myself needing one thing in a hurry, I will pop into Wal-Mart for convenience. This happens maybe a couple times a year.

          I have made purchases from their website when they had the lowest price on something. They had some unbeatable prices on Lego Dimension packs recently. If I don’t have to step into the store and the price is right, I’m not above placing an order.

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  2. These are both completely cheesetastic! I find it hard to stop listening to either of them when they’re on, despite knowing that they’re no good for me.

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  3. Oh yeah, these two songs are first ballot hall of famers when it comes to cheesetastic! Heck, I didn’t have to play the videos for the songs; I can already hear them.
    I think even as a kid I knew Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” was cheesy, but one of those songs a lot of people secretly enjoyed. I learned about RickRolling from an episode of “The Angry Video Game Nerd”, in which the game was a screenshot of Rick Astley and this song. “Never gonna give, never gonna give, give you up!”.
    As Daffy explained, the Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship/Starship story is much more layered and complex (VH1’s “Behind the Music” showed a booze crusin’ Grace Slick slurring to the German audience, “Who won the war?” at that infamous concert in the 1970’s). In being a kid when Starship’s “Sara” (Rebecca De Mornay!), “We Built This City” (at summer recreation back then, while I was building a sandcastle with someone else on the beach, he was singing the lyrics to this song), and “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” (“Mannequin”? Yes:-(, I learned the history of this band from back to front. I could see why original fans of the band would be teed off at the direction they went in though, as I would likely be miffed as well (spike that: I would be miffed). Since my perspective was shaped by time period, I have the luxury of enjoying all the versions of the band.

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  4. I will most definitely vote for Never Gonna Give You Up. It lives on and people still enjoy it…not as a quality song, but it amuses people. I saw a “never gonna give you up” meme just today; I heard it in Walgreen’s last week. It’s positively epic in it’s cheesiness. “Built This City” is just a grating, mediocre song that embarrasses the legacy of a group of musicians who could and did do so much better.

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  5. When this series comes back online, I have a suggestion for you.

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  6. I was thinking of naming “(Hey You) The Rock Steady Crew” by The Rock Steady Crew, but it’s probably too cool to be considered cheesetastic, even if breakdancing has long run its course. I’m sure there’s a set of people you’d think the song is cheesetastic (personally, I like it a lot).

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