Thing a Week 1 – See You All in Hell

September 16th, 2005

Well, you asked for it, or rather, I told you that you were going to get it. Here’s the debut thing of my Thing a Week series. It’s 48 seconds long, but I think it has a special kind of quirky charm. The lyrics are taken from a text message that a TV producer sent while having a difficult time on some sort of aquatic shoot, somewhere far away where it’s probably hot and dusty and hard to get around. I found them funny but also a little sinister – there is more than a touch of madness in them. They are sung by my mac (via Text Edit, via Audio Hijack) and mixed with loops in Soundtrack.

I will eventually set up a page as these things pile up, but for now:

download it here .

23 responses to “Thing a Week 1 – See You All in Hell”

  1. gv says:

    I think I can see where this is going.
    Week 1: JC goes crazy.
    Week 2: After trying for days to record the sound of one hand clapping, JC achieves enlightment.
    Week 3: JC realizes all this enlightenment is bullshit if you’re starving.
    Week 4: JC sells out to the RIAA, MPAA, AA, the NBA, and pretty much anyone else you can sell out to.
    Week 5: JC buys yacht, retires happy.
    Week 9: JC comes out of retirement for one last show.

  2. Glenn says:


  3. Glenn says:

    I like it, in that quirky bizarre way — did you write the music for this, or just grab it from something else?

  4. JC says:

    gv: If that all happens in the next nine weeks, color me satisfied.

    Glenn: well, write, I don’t know, I mixed a bunch of loops together in Apple Soundtrack if you think that counts. But no actual instruments were played by me. Did Fatboy Slim write “Rockefeller Skank?” Did…um…some other guy…write that other thing that’s kind of like that? These are the kinds of thorny questions we’re all going to have to struggle through together during these difficult two or so weeks of “Thing a Week.”

  5. kien says:

    Cool idea. That’s 52 ditties in a year.

  6. rohit507 says:

    sorry about my last comment i juast realized it might be offensive. Hmm i am wondering mabye for one weeks project release instrumental version of your songs, just an idea. Btw nice work

  7. jp3z says:

    I smell a podcast.

  8. JC says:

    Rohit: no worries, I can’t very well fault anyone for asking that question given the content of that filthy, filthy song.

    Pezulator: you read my mind…

  9. rohit507 says:

    hmm .. that sounds great . exept i don’t have an ipod. … hmm mabye you could create a news post , and let people post song ideas in the comment. Then you post the ones you like and might do , and the ones you are currently working on, heck you could even make your favorites into a cd. and to start it out:

    1. a song about a cardborad box (if you can oull this off you will be {arguably} the most creative songwriter ever šŸ˜‰ )

    2. A song about monopoly, both the game and the busness concept, in 1 song. (again this should be a hell of a challenge)

    3. see if you cant get popsci to pay you for making more songs.

    4. a slashdot themed song.

  10. JC says:

    rohit: all worthy challenges. The cardboard box is particularly intriguing to me…

  11. rohit507 says:

    šŸ˜‰ hmm i wonder ….

  12. rohit507 says:

    oops, i aslo had 1 thing to say, i was messing around with my mac and somehow all your songs were transmuted into their instrumental versions with occational rhytmic grunts intespersed throughout.

  13. rohit507 says:

    i figured it out i was hearing only 1 of the 2 sterio channels, also is it just me or is betty cheating on the peson singing the song , with the lab guy?

  14. Mythgarr says:

    I suppose it all depends on just how strictly you define “cheating” – after all, they just said they were making a baby out of DNA. She never told him that it was HIS DNA.

  15. JC says:

    Betty is definitely cheating. Important lesson: if someone gives a lady underwear as a gift, chances are that someone is going to see that underwear on that lady sometime soon.

  16. Glenn says:

    Useful info! But is it necessarily the one giving the gift who benefits? This is critically important.

  17. rohit507 says:

    1. Note to self: never let future wife accept gifts of flattering underwear, unless from me.
    2. MONKEY!!!!!
    3. At first i thought they were going to clone him, but i guess bettey and the scientinst are just fucking , till betty gets pregnant

  18. […] I’ve been reading Jonathon Coulton’s weblog for a while after good ol’ Dave Slusher started playing Jon’s tunes on his podcast, Evil Genius Chronicles. While I had usually enjoyed his blog, I didn’t really “get” his music until I head his latest “thing of the week” entitled Shop Vac. This man makes good music and it proves once again that the net is providing an amazingly creative distribution channel for great content. Jon please keep it coming! […]

  19. DJJoe says:

    I may have to include this song in my file under filthy underwear songs. Besides the obvious filth it was absolutely charming.

  20. Ok, trying to parse this isn’t working. I played this for my ‘sonofamusician’ S.O. and he kept asking what the guy was saying/singing. Got frustrated and walked away.

    So, in order to reestablish domestic bliss, could you post the text message? *pretty please*?

  21. Torley says:

    So this is where it began!

  22. Kev says:

    Whoah, trippy. I had winamp set on repeat, and this track loops REALLY well. 3 minutes in, doing other stuff, i thought “wait, wasn’t this supposed to be short?”

    Also: blast from the past. muahaha.