Sun, Jan. 27th, 2013, 08:38 pm
Baby Got Back (In The Style Of GLEE)
You all remember the brouhaha
that erupted online several days ago, regarding Glee
lifting Jonathan Coulton's unique and hilarious arrangement of Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back" and not crediting JoCo. Well, the celebrated Mr. Coulson has retaliated in the best possible way
I’ve released this track as a single – it should be on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play eventually if it’s not already. It’s a cover of Glee’s cover of my cover of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s song, which is to say it’s EXACTLY THE SAME as my original version. I’m releasing this under the same Harry Fox license I used for the 2005 release, so Mix will get all the royalties due to him. I’ll donate the proceeds from all sales that happen between now and the end of February to two charities: The VH1 Save the Music Foundation, and The It Gets Better Project. (fine print: iTunes will get their cut first of course, then I’ll deduct enough to cover my licensing fees, and split the rest between the two. iTunes sometimes takes a long time to report sales, sometimes even a couple of months, so I won’t be able to do the math and make the donation until I have the numbers. But I’ll let you know when I’ve gotten the amount and made the donation.)
You can get it on iTunes
, or AmazonMP3
Helping JoCo, helping worthy charities, and gently embarrassing the Fox network for a classless move in such a way that they really can't complain. Win-win-win.
(thanks to my darling sweetmusic_27
for reminding me about this)This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1597378.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Mon, Jan. 28th, 2013 02:15 am (UTC)
Jonathan is a classy guy. I want to be like him
when I grow up.
Mon, Jan. 28th, 2013 02:41 am (UTC)
I just wish I'd written "Code Monkey".
And "The Future Soon".
And "Someone Is Crazy".
And about a dozen other of his songs.
Mon, Jan. 28th, 2013 07:32 am (UTC)
Well, what's stopping you from writing songs Coulton wishes he wrote? You're not dead yet, you've got oodles of friends to help, you got the mad skills needed to tame the technology beasts, and you can craft puns that could bring Comic Con to it's knees.
So, you know, make more music.
Mon, Jan. 28th, 2013 08:28 am (UTC)
You and JoCo are two of my favorite songwriters.
I wish I had written A Boy and His Frog. One of the most perfect examples of the songwriting art I have ever heard.
Mon, Jan. 28th, 2013 02:09 pm (UTC)
I love his cover of "Baby," and "Re: Your Brains." But "Code Monkey" creeps me out.
To me, "Code Monkey" sounds like Part 1 of "Skullcrusher Mountain" - the same whiny, entitled dude ("I offered to buy you a soda and creepily hang around your desk while you're trying to work, why won't you go out with meeee?") makes a killing at long last and uses his newfound wealth for evil. ("So you won't accept my soda, bitch? How about a stay at my wolf-riddled villain's lair?")
Mon, Jan. 28th, 2013 06:11 pm (UTC)
Throw "The Future Soon" in there and you've got a trilogy. Or a spine on which to hang the plot of a Coulton jukebox opera; whichever.
Mon, Jan. 28th, 2013 08:26 am (UTC)
I once said to Peter Yarrow (of Peter Paul & Mary), in an autograph line, "When I grow up, I want to be like you."
He said to me, "When I grow up, I want to be like YOU."
My head bent a little. In a good way.
Mon, Jan. 28th, 2013 04:08 am (UTC)
I wish I had written a catchy song about my favorite NPR voice.
Mon, Jan. 28th, 2013 07:55 pm (UTC)
Derek Spraker: From another admitted JoCo fan...
But I have to admit that I wish he'd do more. Took him several years to put out 'Artifical Heart', after only the odd one-off here and there.
It's a shame since he's quite talented, but it really seems that once he became a 'Geek Darling' after the Thing-A-Week series he coasted without any further effort other than self-promotion for... what, almost a decade?
Not that there's anything 'wrong' with that mind you... I'm all for him making as much of a living as he can, just like I wish you and your circle the same success. I'd just like more stuph. :)
Glad to help 'get back' at Fox a tiny bit though. Really classy move there that they pulled.