Kenny Rogers & The First Edition: “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)”

Picture this: A few years ago, I’m watching “The Big Lebowski” for the second or third time and I hear this cool tune play during the Dude’s crazy hallucination scene. I wonder – who sings this?

Kenny Rogers? You mean “Islands in the Stream” Kenny Rogers?

Hell, yeah.

Kenny already built up some cred with “The Gambler,” but this track more than tripled it.

Listen to a sound clip here.

Lost Bands: Pleasure Thieves

Another one of those bands that seems to ring a bell only with former record store employees who used to snake any and every promo disc that came in, the Pleasure Thieves released one album on Hollywood Records – Simple Escape – in 1992…and not much else. (Further research shows that they did a cover of the Who’s “Boris the Spider” for the soundtrack to Arachnophobia, but, honestly, probably even less people own that than do Simple Pleasure.)

Lead singer Sinjin-William Dolan…and, no, I don’t know what kind of name Sinjin-William is, either…sounds almost like Neil Diamond at times with his husky voice, and the music’s very synth-heavy; neither were attributes that would’ve led any band to success in the early ’90s.

The group vanished so far into oblivion that they have no website, no MySpace page, nothing…but in a bizarre post-script to the band’s career, the band’s song “Blue Flowers” – a highlight of the album – was discovered by a DJ in the Phillipines and became a hit there…in 2002!

If anyone has any idea if the band or Dolan went on to record anything else, please leave a posting.

Shittiest mixtape blastarama

This is what happens when you get in a contest to see who can make the shittiest mixtape. The loser gets to walk around NYC blasting it from a huge boombox. Much embarrassment and hilarity ensues.

And speaking of Jessica…

…has anyone else heard her new single, “A Public Affair”?

I’m officially going on the record as saying that it’s my current guilty pleasure and, even more scandalously, it will probably end up in my Top 10 Songs of 2006.

You can watch the video for the song here…and if watching Jessica for four minutes isn’t enough reason to watch, it also features Christina Applegate and Eva Longoria.

Jessie pulls an Ashlee

Poor Jessica Simpson. It just shows to go how tough being a singer is at times. Simpson caught a bout of laryngitis at the exact same precise moment her new album A Public Affair dropped. She’s had to cancel morning and late night talk show appearances and all sorts of terrible things, like resceduling a morning concert for the Today show. Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t Simpson actually sing less than Ashlee? I mean, her cover of “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’” basically had her pulling a breathy Lou Reed, all talk and no action. It’s funny how this shit runs in the family.

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