World’s Strangest

Your source for the strangest things around!
Ads

The Stories Behind 15 Albums Named After Numbers, Featuring a Lot of Van Halen

When you think about it, most album titles are a little cryptic (Fiona Apple, I love you, but that’s a lot of title). But there’s something especially intriguing about a record that goes by nothing but a few digits. Those digits are usually anything but random, so here are a few of those musical mysteries, [...]

The Late Movies: Pipe Organ Pop

A pipe organ sounds so important, so majestic, so …big. It was meant for big songs. Rock Around the Clock Recorded at the Nathanaelchurch in Berlin-Schöneberg, Germany. * Jump Van Halen’s classic from 1984. * Star Wars Overture On the grand pipe organ at St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna. * Star Wars Throne Scene Music This song has become a staple of wedding processionals in recent [...]

Bandwiches

If bands were sandwiches, they would have some interesting ingredients. AC/DC: Beer-battered kangaroo sausage, sliced hard-boiled egg, low-calorie port cheese, Dutch crunch. The Pogues: Gin-fed lamb, whiskey-marinated turkey, beer-braised pork shoulder, mustard, soda bread. Van Halen: Grilled 17-cheese sandwich on white bread; side of nacho cheese soup. Ted Nugent: Cubed Grizzly bear, white buffalo brisket, unicorn haunch, Jim Beam [...]

Why Did Van Halen Ban Brown M&Ms from Its Performances?

(Video Link) The 80s band Van Halen famously (or infamously) had a rider in its contract which required promoters to provide the band a large number of M&Ms in the dressing room. But brown M&Ms were forbidden. If the band found a single brown M&M, the promoter forfeited his earnings. Why? David Lee Roth explains in [...]

11 Items in Van Halen’s Contract Rider (Including No Brown M&Ms)

Van Halen is back! Featuring David Lee Roth and three Van Halen brothers, the band has reunited for a North American tour, and their new record was released just three days ago. So I thought I’d take a look back at the band’s infamous early-1980s tour rider*, the document that specified no brown [...]

The Best and Worst Political Campaign Songs (But Mostly the Worst)

With the campaign for the Republican nomination in full swing, candidates are beginning to rally their bases, retool their talking points and (cue the intro music, please!) select their campaign songs—those upbeat little ditties that play at rallies, speeches and pretty much whenever a candidate walks on stage. The Art of Choosing the Right Campaign [...]

Link Latte 162

#162 – Week of July 31, 2011 Dancing Squid Bowl Soup, info – [shocking]Narrowest Hanging House & Office Parasite – [architecture]All-Terrain Scaly-Feet Snails – [wow nature]Waterfalls flow upwards in extreme winds – [wow video]The Cold War’s Missing Atom Bombs – [weird history]Unorganized Cabinet: Chaos Furniture – [design]Wooden Motorcycles Miniatures – [wow art]Destructive Effect of the Locomotive [...]

DIY TV-B-Gone Jacket

(YouTube Link) Have you ever tried to have a discussion with a friend at a restaurant but couldn’t hear a thing over the din of the TV? TV-B-Gone is a remote control device that allows you to turn the darn thing off. Concealing it in a jacket allows you to execute your move discretely to [...]

Sammy Hagar claims alien abduction

The former Van Halen lead singer recounts his past experiences with UFOs. Hagar was speaking to a reporter in an interview about his new book and deta…

Famous Bands Singing Nonsense

A couple of years ago I did a post called “Guitar Wizards Shred,” that featured the work of a Finnish guitar dude overdubbing famous guitar players’ solos with horrible flub-filled riffs that kind of matched the hand-work you see on screen. But I didn’t make a nod to the joke in the text of the [...]