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SONG OF THE WEEK: "Battlestar Rhapsody" by The Great Luke Ski (2009)

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The Great Luke Ski is kind of a third-generation Filker and a musical parodist, not unlike Weird Al, but without as good a voice. Seriously, I know Al sounds a bit like Big Bird on occasion, but at least he can hit those notes, you know? And his production is top notch. This one is certainly *not,* and in fact it's a little painful to listen to some of the more operatic stretchy parts, but this really is funny as hell. Check it out below the jump.

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SONG OF THE WEEK: "Venus: by One Ring Zero (2009)

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Ok, I actually dig this one. I know we're kind of hit-or-miss here on the Song Of The Week, and a lot of the stuff we run isn't stuff I really like, but I really am all about the geek rock ("Republibot 3.0 and the Republibot 3.0 Orchestra featuring Republibot 3.0" - my own band - is unabashedly geek rock). I think it's important to get out there and make absolutely no pretense of being cool, and just dork out publicly. I've always regretted we don't have an accordion in the band, so obviously I'm gonna' like these guys. I mean, hell, they've even got a theremin! How boss is that? (Answer: Pretty Boss) thus, given the choice between running *This* or a bunch of skinny highschool kids jumping around in the woods pretending to play death metal, which one do you think I'm gonna' choose? Answer under the jump!

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SONG OF THE WEEK: "Mars Needs Women" by Meat Beat Manifesto (1988)

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Last week we featured a singer/songwritery song from a mythical fairyland called "Belgium." This week we've got Meat Beat Manifesto mining the same intelectual territory, with much different effect. I kinda' dig the samples from the movie.

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SONG OF THE WEEK: "Venus Or Mars?" by Jackson Mendoza (1999)

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"Jackson Mendoza" was an Australian duo consisting of the Mendoza sisters. This song spent 10 weeks on the Australian charts, peaking at number 24. It's not entirely terrible. It's got one or two good hooks burried in there, and it's got an overally "Shampoo" vibe (If either member of that duo could sing, which I'm pretty sure they couldn't). Production values are deliberately in the Power Rangers realm, and the whole song is obviously aimed at 12 or 13 year old girls. The rap doesn't really work, of course, but it's mercifully short. Check it out under the jump.

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SONG OF THE WEEK: "Falling From Mars" by Alyssa Suede Campbell (2007)

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Alyssa Suede Campbell is, according to Wikipedia, the sister of Beck, who I don't like. I also don't care for this song, but, you know, you might like it. Probably not, but, you know, take a chance and see if there's a place for chicks with bad wigs and mediocre voices in your life.

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SONG OF THE WEEK: "Queen of Mars" by "Candace Flynn" (2008)

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This is from "Phineus and Ferb," which is far and away my favorite Disney Channel cartoon at the moment, possibly ever. It really could eclipse Kim Possible in my heart, if I'm honest. If you've not seen the show, it's worth a look, and there's two entirely gratuitous songs in each episode, several of which we've featured on here before. Anyway, it's only a minute long, it's catchy and funny, so check it out under the jump. You know, unless you're a jerk...

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SONG OF THE WEEK: "The Boy From Outer Space" by Melting Point

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"Melting Point" is a band I know nothing about, though I get the impression they're Jewish since their official website has a tab for "Jewish Music." Which is cool and all. There's not nearly enough Klezmer in my life. Not that they're a klezmer band or anything, but still...geez. Now I'm jonsin' for a nice Kolomeike. Really, who doesn't like that? Alas, someone took all my Joel Rubin recordings, and I can gurantee you the dead-eyed stoners who run my local record shp have never heard of Hankus Netsky.

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SONG OF THE WEEK: "Come Sail Away" by Styx (1977)

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Wow, it's hard to believe I let this one slide for such a long time, isn't it? I have to say it's utterly impossible for me to listen to this song (Which I never cared for) without hearing Eric Cartman rattling through it at breakneck pace. I should also probably mention that this song was a little bit infamous if you had any family or friends who were fans of Bob Larson back in the day.

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SONG OF THE WEEK: "Apollo" by the Alan Parsons (1997)

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The Alan Parsons Project ("Which I believe was some sort of hovercraft") was a prog rock outfit created by sound engineer Alan Parsons, who'd previously worked with the Beatles. His band was always pretty interesting and atypical in that they never had a permanent lead vocalist, and tended to get a new one on each album. Their most consistently-used second vocalist was, if memory serves, not actually a professional singer, but actually a real estate agent they just picked up somewhere, but I could be hallucinating that.

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