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The Hottest Songs About Ice Cream

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July is national ice cream month, and with temperatures rising all around the country, it is indeed the perfect time of year to indulge in a cold double scoop. It seems that this cool treat also makes musicians mighty hot, as many of rock’s greatest songs about ice cream and other assorted frozen treats are rife with sweet (and sexy) double entendres.

Ice Cream Man - Tom Waits In this bluesy, piano-laced, old school ditty, Tom Waits promises that “I'll be clickin' by your house about two forty-five/ sidewalk sundae strawberry surprise/ I got a cherry popsicle right on time/ big stick, mamma, that'll blow your mind.” We don’t think he’s referring to a classic chocolate and peanut covered Drumstick, although we could be wrong.

Popsicle – Talking Heads An ode to ice cream’s frozen sweet treat sibling the popsicle, this Talking Heads track gets fresh with lyrics like “Popsicle of love/ gimme gimme gimme one of those/ It's summertime, boy!” These exaltations are innocent enough, until singer David Byrne follows up with “I'm taking off my clothes, honey honey honey don't let go.” Does he mean don’t let go of the popsicle? Sarah Maclachlan – Ice Cream

The sweetest song of the bunch comes from songstress Sarah Maclachlan, who sings “your love is better than ice cream, better than anything else that I’ve tried.” It must be some good love. Ice Cream Man - Van Halen In keeping with the thinly veiled ice cream analogies, Van Halen bon vivant David Lee Roth promises that “If you let me cool ya one time, you’ll be my regular stop” in this 1978 VH hit. Diamond Dave also wails that “All of his flavors are guaranteed to satisfy,” although we assume he doesn’t deal much in vanilla. Be sure to check out:

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It's Beer Day!

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From 1920 to 1933, alcohol was illegal in the United States. Yes, you read that correctly. It’s no small coincidence perhaps, that Prohibition and The Great Depression overlapped one another. Not only were poor folks unable to find work, but they were also unable to buy an alcoholic beverage in which to drown their sorrows about that fact. To make matters even worse, crime rose a whopping 24% in the first year of Prohibition. The social climate, and national intoxication levels, changed in 1933, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Cullen-Harrison Act, legalizing beverages with an alcohol content of 3.2% or less - and that meant BEER! The Act went into effect on April 7, a day that some still refer to “New Beers Eve.” Most of us take the widespread availability of beer for granted. But when you’re downing a frothy cold one today, take a moment to pause for the brave, stone-cold sober brethren who came before you, and raise a glass to them on this, (unofficial) National Beer Day. In honor Beer Day, which falls conveniently close to the weekend, we give you five great songs about the beverage: “One Bourbon, One Shot, One Beer” This classic, bluesy drinking song was written in 1953 and popularized years later with cover versions by John Lee Hooker and George Thorogood. “Warm Beer and Cold Women” – Tom Waits “Warm beer and cold women, I just don't fit in/every joint I stumbled into tonight/that's just how it's been.” Poor Tom. “Beer Beer Beer” – Flogging Molly You’ve gotta love the Irish. How many countries can boast an entire genre of music based just around drinking songs? This ode to Charlie Mops, the fictional inventor of beer, has been used in everything from Molson ads to the Playstation 2 video game A Bard’s Tale. “Beer for Breakfast” - The Replacements “All I wanna do is drink beer for breakfast/All I wanna eat is them BBQ chips,” sing The Replacements on this 1996 song. It’s hard to argue with such simple desires. “40 oz. to Freedom” - Sublime This title track from Sublime’s 1992 debut on Skunk Records boasts its very own drinking game. The rules are: 1. Attach the 40 oz of your choice to each hand using duct tape. 2. Do not remove the bottles until each is finished. 3. This means if you have to break the seal, you have to unzip your pants with 2 40 oz bottles on your hands. Good Luck!

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The Killers Working On A Covers Album?

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According to NME, The Killers’ vocalist Brandon Flowers has mentioned an album in the works for The Killers, only this time it will consist of cover songs. When we saw this headline, we could hardly believe our eyes! We love it when our favorite artists appreciate cover songs as much as we do. Though they released a Bright Eyes cover earlier this year, they are still deciding on a tracklist for the album.
“It’s difficult for each of us to pick songs that represent us as individuals. I mean, I have a lot of personalities myself! I’ve gone through everything from Neil Diamond to The Cars.”
Brandon Flowers
Ronnie Vannucci, drummer for The Killers, has mentioned possible covers of Genesis, Cyndi Lauper and even Tom Waits (can we suggest our version of Hold On as inspiration?). Being on tour for their most recent album Day And Age won't stop the band from getting started - they've brought along their recording gear and will be working on tracks while they’re out on the road.

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