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April 6, 2007 9:08 PM

A parody of A Day in the Life, penned earlier today by the highly overrated gentleman known as It's Raining Florence Henderson in response to disturbing revelations. Apologies to John. Paul can stuff it.

posted by cortex (34 comments total) 37 users marked this as a favorite

I've almost done a straight cover of this song a dozen times over the last few years. I love it to death, and consider it one of the most perfect recordings in the history of modern music.

In light of which, doing a short-work mucked up parody instead is a curious decision. Hopefully the melodic parts are nice and the cacaphonous parts are suitable frightening—it's all just my voice and some filtered acoustic guitar.
posted by cortex at 9:11 PM on April 6, 2007 [1 favorite]


Oh, Flo. Why do you do this to me?

This. This right here is why.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 9:41 PM on April 6, 2007


I knew Cortex before he hit it big.
posted by rob paxon at 10:05 PM on April 6, 2007


one of the most perfect recordings in the history of modern music

I think so too. I've never been a huge fan of them, but a few songs do it to me, this one being my fav. You did a fantastic job. Really enjoyed that. Thanks.
posted by sluglicker at 2:26 AM on April 7, 2007


Cortex, I don't know what to say...

You are a huge geek for doing this, and also, you are great.
posted by buriednexttoyou at 10:01 AM on April 7, 2007


Wonderful.
posted by LoriFLA at 11:11 AM on April 7, 2007


That was great, cortex and IRFH. Thanks.
posted by sleepy pete at 11:51 AM on April 7, 2007


Also, to misquote a favorite character in literature, Paul would have been a good man if someone would have been around to shoot him every day.
posted by sleepy pete at 12:21 PM on April 7, 2007


Thanks!
posted by phrontist at 1:04 PM on April 7, 2007


A little after halfway you do the crazy "aaaaaah aaaaah aaaaah" bit... I guess the origional was done with tape phasing and/or a leslie... how did you do it?
posted by phrontist at 1:06 PM on April 7, 2007


The big harmony thing after the "Logged in..." thing, before the return to the main verse structure?

I recorded three tracks for three part harmony, close to the mic. Threw a little compression on them, and a great big "last row of seats in the stadium" reverb effect, and, well, that was it.
posted by cortex at 2:28 PM on April 7, 2007


consider it one of the most perfect recordings in the history of modern music.


Yeah, no shit. And a titanic effort. Not something I would wake up just any day and try to record by myself, but you pulled it off quite nicely. And yeah, the aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahs after "somebody noticed and sent me back to Hell..." aare brilliantly executed.
posted by micayetoca at 2:57 PM on April 7, 2007


Oh, and I forgot to say. The icing on the cake was the alarm clock.
posted by micayetoca at 3:22 PM on April 7, 2007


Kitchen timer!
posted by cortex at 3:39 PM on April 7, 2007


That harmony thing is what you ought to use for the shoutouts in "I spend all my free time on the Internet".
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 4:55 PM on April 7, 2007


What's really fucking hilarious is that this is one of your best performances/recordings and it's a fuckin' parody! (When my SO gets off da friggin phone, I'm gonna play it really loud for full effect!
posted by snsranch at 5:14 PM on April 7, 2007


Some great "aaaaaaaahhh"s there, cortex.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:51 AM on April 8, 2007


It's fun to have fun.
posted by nola at 9:38 PM on April 8, 2007


I found this oddly poignant and lovely, IRFH and cortex, not least because I just learned that there's basically no limit to how much I can dig you two.
posted by melissa may at 12:32 AM on April 9, 2007


cortex is better and cooler than all of you. this proves it.
posted by dios at 4:56 PM on April 9, 2007 [1 favorite]


This right here is why I love this place. And why I often feel like a stupe for not having met cortex yet, considering we often occupy the same few blocks.
posted by frykitty at 6:14 PM on April 9, 2007


Wow. VERY nicely done, both of you.
posted by yhbc at 7:16 PM on April 9, 2007


Now do "You Know My Name (Hover Over for the User Number)"!
posted by yhbc at 7:54 PM on April 9, 2007 [2 favorites]


When you become hugely famous, don't forget to drop us a line every now and again.
posted by Optamystic at 2:04 AM on April 10, 2007


The horny handed son of toil - where do you get the time?
posted by strawberryviagra at 3:40 AM on April 10, 2007


Hey, at least my post served an higher purpose.
posted by darkripper at 4:01 AM on April 10, 2007


Oh shit, this just ruined my whole day, in the way that something that's perfect can do that.
posted by OmieWise at 6:31 AM on April 10, 2007


where do you get the time?

I have a special machine that compresses time several-fold when necessary—in your "Earth" time, this took about three hours. I do a lot of loose planning in my head.

I actually realized when I sat down to get started that I didn't know the details of the arrangment. The two melodies, sure, and the main part is not tricky, but I had to put on the iPod and go through the track a couple times to note down how they handled the changes. And even then, there are some arrangement differences that I have to admit are memory errors and not deliberate choices.

I'm glad it's gone over so well. Kind words not discounted one bit, I don't think this is really the best Mefi -- The Lost Sessions track I've done, just the longest. Heh.
posted by cortex at 8:00 AM on April 10, 2007


Kudos cortex - you literally rock.
posted by strawberryviagra at 7:31 PM on April 10, 2007


I don't think this is really the best Mefi -- The Lost Sessions track I've done, just the longest

O RLY? (Also lyrics by IRFH)

I would pay money for a Cortex/IRFH album.
posted by hindmost at 1:23 PM on April 11, 2007


Oh for fuck's sake. Link goes here.
posted by hindmost at 1:24 PM on April 11, 2007


"Now I know how many times to bang my head against the wall."

*chills*

damn. this is good shit.

*inhales*
posted by ZachsMind at 9:15 PM on April 11, 2007


jup. always impressed cortex.
posted by ageispolis at 10:18 PM on April 19, 2007


Ha!! This is freaking awesome, I wanted to tag my song w/ some snide comment about Paul too but was too afraid to, he's always been my least fav Beatle but one of my fav song writers. Musically this was actually surprisingly close to the original, nice job on dat.
posted by BrnP84 at 1:53 PM on September 19, 2008


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