By JoCo October 24, 2005

I’m having trouble keeping up with all the comments and emails, so I apologize if you feel like you’re not getting any love. Rest assured, I love you very much. Let me try to address a few things here all at once:

1. I do have a child. A baby girl child. All donations go directly to her (after passing through my crack habit).
2. Some reports from people having trouble with a few of the mp3s on the songs page. I think this has been corrected, but please let me know if you are unable to hear or download any of them.
3. The Shop Vac solo’s up. It’s official, Vincent is the winning solo. As for posting the other versions, I’ll have to give it some thought – doesn’t that undermine Vincent’s glorious triumph?
4. Karaoke versions – I think this is a great idea, and when I have time I will set up a section of songs without vocals so you all can impress your friends the way I have impressed mine.
5. Lyrics for Thing a Week songs are on their way. This is just another thing on my list that I haven’t gotten to, but I’m working on it.
6. My album “Jonathan Coulton Sings Songs by Black People” was a joke. I was attempting to underscore the ridiculous fact that here it is 2005 and white people like me still can’t stop themselves stealing from black culture. I was only kidding, but so many people seem to think it’s such a good idea that I may have to actually do it. Stay tuned…

And now some funny things:

My Ikea lyrics have been quoted in the Oregonian in an article about Ikea. They think I’m a real musician!

Through a trackback on one of my posts I found this great Fountains of Wayne sendup called Fountains of Wayne Hotline by musician Robbie Fulks.

And I can’t forget the most important thing: I’ve been Wil Wheatoned! Screw you Slashdot.


Kathryn says

Ikea was the first song of yours I ever heard. Skullcrusher Mountain was the second. That was juuuuust about a year ago, and I've been a rabid fan ever since. You should get your shots (on account of the rabies) and then come to Seattle.

Eddison says

No. Releasing an MP3 of the song with synth solo in would serve only to show how god damn COOL you are.

Seriously, I'd really really like a version with the synth solo. Can you tell?

Jimmons says

To the dude who said he didn't have a kid... IN YO FACE!!!

Not really. We short people are a peaceful folk who'd never psycologically harm someone in such a way.

But... I admit, the Baby Got Back thing was cool and it's how I found this site, but it's turning into something like Beck's "Loser". People are only familiar with that and refuse to listen to anything else. Mistah C is a genious and each peice of his work should be appreciated as an individual work of art as it is.

Mmm... That's some good Kenesaw Mountain Landis.

Lars says

What I meant on the solo thing I guess was that Vince's solo could go on the official track, in the Songs section and on the Thing A Week CD and the other ones could just be in a one-time, one blog entry release as a sort of consolation prize or novelty item. (I think it's also worth noting that I did vote for Vince's solo, it was very good)

But it's really your call, just thought I'd put that out there.

Wilson Fowlie (aka CuriousMind) says

Another possible housekeeping item: Can you add the 'Thing a Week' songs to the songs page, when you get a chance, please?

Of course, I'm getting them as you post them, so it's not for ME (though it would have been convenient for finding the updated version of Shop Vac).

And thanks for fixing up the broken songs on the songs page! I felt deprived for not being able to hear them.

For what it's worth, I understood “Jonathan Coulton Sings Songs by Black People” to be a joke. And I have a comment about the possibility of turning it into reality.

I noticed one comment about 'Baby Got Back' by someone who thought it was clever, but too long. I don't agree, by the way - I like the song very much. However, I do think that an album of the same thing *would* be too long.

Having said that, an album with, say, two or three examples of 'black music white-ified', with a bunch of other (Thing a Week?) songs, and *called* “Jonathan Coulton Sings Songs by Black People” ... would be great!

Grant says

Hey Jonny C!

I, too, found my way here by a friend-of-a-friend link of "Baby Got Back," so the hoopla, though quieter, is definitely still continuing. I've listened to "BGB" over and over again, and I love it more every time - but I've also been all over your site and listened to a lot of your other stuff, too. So now I have a new musical best friend! and I have to go order your CDs and continue my slavish devotion, as well as continuing the pimping.

Let us know when your next CD comes out - whatever it's called, please put "Baby Got Back" on it!

(By the way, I think my favorite bit is about two-thirds of the way through. What you do with the spoken part is priceless.)

And let me second (or third, or whatever) the motion to make a karaoke version available to us when you get the time (ha ha). I was singing along to your "Baby Got Back" almost immediately because - though I am whiter than Wonder Bread - I, too, know every word. I've been getting up in karaoke bars for years (often introducing myself as "Opie") and singing "Baby Got Back," along with "Mr. Wendal" and Barry White. I steal the black man's music to get a laugh.

I, for one, would love to be able to sing YOURS in some bar some night.

Thanks to you and all your post-ers for the other names and links - there are some other wonderfully brain-breaking covers out there - I especially loved Nina's "Compton."

Keep up the great work, and thanks for brightening the last several days for me!

spi says

Congrats for being Wil Wheatoned! I found you through him and had to go buy your albums off of

So keep writing and singing awesome songs, I plan to continue listening.

mhenry1384 says

Thanks for turning me on to Fountains of Wayne Hotline. Brilliant!

thought this was interesting: