The Devil Queen

How my wife and I sold our souls to the Queen Anne Victorian we tried to save.

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Synopsis: This is a cautionary tale. A seriously disturbed couple find the charming, old ruin of a Queen Anne Victorian in Russellville, Arkansas, and buy it for $1.00. They tore the roof off, cut it in half, and had it moved to some land they owned sixteen miles away because they didn't know any better. Since then, they have hired and fired contractors, had all of their tools stolen, re-wired, re-plumbed, insulated, and essentially rebuilt the entire house. Their only problem is that after four years it still isn't finished. Now they are tired, broke, and wonder what in the hell it is they've done to themselves. And, it's haunted.
(Last updated on April 3, 2008)

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Friday, March 09, 2007

Blister in the Sun

The other night a small piece of me died.

I heard "Blister in the Sun," by the Violent Femmes playing on a Wendy's TV commercial.

I have no problem with artists of any sort wanting to profit from their work, but Wendy's? They could have followed Led Zeppelin's lead and at least sold the rights to something nominally cooler like a car commercial.

It's just so sad.

Besides, do lyrics like, "Body and beats, I stain my sheets, I don't even know why," make you want a burger? I guess the secret is in the . . . Well, you get it.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Greg said...

Although I haven't seen that one, what bothers me is when they butcher the song so it fits their 30 second spot. Then they bombard you with the commercial so much that you forget how the original song went! Ack!

5:53 PM  
Blogger Felicia said...

Yeah, but better than "Add it Up" and the lyrics "why can't I get just one f*#$"!
But maybe HP will see the title and think it'd be a great song to sell calculators

9:21 PM  
Anonymous mindy said...

I can't believe V.F. actually agreed to that one.... though it will lead to an entirely new generation of kids discovering some awesomely twisted songs. So there's that, at least.

6:19 AM  
Blogger derek said...

They don't have the lyrics in the commercial, although, I find myself singing the words in my head every time I see it.I wonder if the people at Wendy's have any idea what the song is about?

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I heard and saw that for the first time all I could think of was the first time I had ever heard that song I was working with a bunch of FemmesFreaks at Burger King!!! Talk about weird!

10:17 PM  

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