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Worst 90s Show

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The Stranger is joined by old friends to fill our time with only the very worst that the 1990’s had to offer. A challenging proposal to fit into a mere two hours, but we hope you’ll be excruciated, nonetheless.

PLAYLIST
In the Hall of the Mountain King – Erasure
Pump Up The Jam (1990) – Technotronic
What Is Love? (November 1993) – Haddaway
Meet Virginia (1999) – Train
Don’t Speak (1996) – No Doubt
Smooth (1999) – Rob Thomas & Carlos Santana
Children of the Korn (1998) – Korn
Man! I Feel Like A Woman! (1997) – Shania Twain
Achy Breaky Heart (1992) – Billy Ray Cyrus
Macarena (July 1996) – Los Del Rio
Ice Ice Baby (October 1990) – Vanilla Ice
I Wanna Sex You Up (1991) – Color Me Badd
Miami (1998) – Will Smith
Wannabe (1996) – Spice Girls
Hit Me Baby One More Time (1998) – Britney Spears
Space Jam (1996) – Quad City DJ’s
Believe (February 1999) – Cher
Butterfly (1999) – Crazy Town
This Is How We Do It (1995) – Montell Jordan
Tootsie Roll (1994) – 69 Boyz
Step By Step (1990) – New Kids On The Block
Coming Out of Their Shells, T05 Pizza Power (1990) – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Mortal Kombat (1995) – The Immortals
I Like To Move It (1994) – Reel 2 Real
Sweet Dreams (1996) – La Bouche
Better Days (May 1999) – Citizen King
Pretend We’re Dead (1992) – L7
Naked Eye (1999) – Luscious Jackson
3 Strange Days (1999) – School Of Fish
Do Right (1999) – Jimmies Chicken Shack
We Like To Party! (1999) – Vengaboys
My Heart Will Go On (1997) – Celine Dion

Stranger in a Strange Land 2013-02-09: Worst 90s Show by The Stranger on Mixcloud

~The Stranger
thestranger@earthling.net

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The Worst Do-Nothing Congress Since the 1940s

This article originally appeared on Disinfo.com

The 112th Congress, which opened on January 3, 2011 and ended January 3, 2013, was not only one of the most unpopular in history (less popular, in fact, than cockroaches, traffic jams and Nickelback), but it was also one of the laziest.

Perhaps lazy isn’t the right word… Obstructionist? Divided? Constipated! That’s the word I was looking for. The current US Congress would rather lie in a pool of its own partisan shit than stand for principled progress for the American people, who used to be their constituency some thirty years ago.

Of the more than 3,900 bills introduced, by the end of the year only 238 had been adopted, a passage rate around 6%.

From David Wallechinsky and Noel Brinkerhoff from AllGov:

It is worth noting that 32 of the successful bills involved the naming of post offices and other buildings, while many others were of similar import.

Only 61 real bills went to President Barack Obama’s desk for signing, and he signed them all. This paltry productivity has put the 112th Congress on track to be the least productive in recent history. Even the 80th Congress, branded the “do-nothing” Congress by President Harry Truman in 1948, passed more pieces of legislation (those lawmakers passed 906 bills that became law).
Congressional efficiency peaked in the election years of 1956 and 1958, when Republican President Dwight Eisenhower worked with Democrats, who held slim majorities in both houses of Congress. In 1956, 638 bills were signed into law and in 1958 620. Eisenhower did veto 23 bills in 1956 and 39 in 1958.

The 104th Congress (1995-1996) previously held the ignominious distinction of being the least productive session of Congress, according to the U.S. House Clerk’s Office, with 333 bills passed.

Of course, we know that most of the legislation they do propose is slanted in favor of corporate interests and against the people, and that conservative groups like ALEC actually write most of the text themselves, which lawmakers then copy and alter slightly to appear as their own work. So… exactly what are we paying these people for?

This Congress is one of the most polarized since the Civil War and Reconstruction (which may also explain some of the underlying motives). House Republicans have spent nearly as much time trying to repeal and filibuster (115 times) the bills that they don’t like rather than propose and adopt those that they do. They have blocked raising the minimum wage and the Violence Against Women Act, and voted to repeal Obamacare more than 30 times, while both sides have agreed to allow the President to indefinitely detain and wiretap American citizens without warrants. President Obama, for his part, has vetoed a total of two bills.

Public Policy Polling found that the current Congress has an abysmally low favorability rating of  9 percent, with 85 percent of voters having a negative view. Among the other things more popular with Americans than Congress: lice, Brussels sprouts, NFL replacement refs, colonoscopies, root canals and carnies.

Which leads me to an obvious solution: we should just elect carnies to Congress. It would still be bad, but the economy is already run like one of those crooked games of chance, and at least there’d be more cotton candy. And if you can guess the weight of Chris Christie, they’ll pass relief funding for your state!

And if I were one of those congressmen, I’d be especially embarrassed to be considered worse than Nickelback.

The Bad Hip-Hop Show

With MC “I Heard That Somewhere Before” along for the ride, the poser Stranger traverses the mighty unclean alleyways of horrible hip-hop travesties. Who will win the shameful “worst hip-hop song of all time… ALL TIME” trophy? Only the painful march of cringe-worthy listening will tell…

Delinquent Habits – The Kind – Merry Go Round
D4L – Laffy Taffy – Laffy Taffy
DJ Babu – Walkawalka – Beat Instrumentals
Young Dro featuring T.I. – Shoulder Lean (Radio Version) – Shoulder Lean
Chingy – Right Thurr – Jackpot
Hurricane Chris – halle Barry (she’s fine) – A Bay Bay
Lil Wayne – A Millie – Hip Hop Masters
Ying Yang Twins – Drop – Drop
Teriyaki Boyz – Tokyo Drift – Tokyo Drift
Dirt Nasty – Drugs on My Mind – Dirt Nasty
Sammy Stephens – It’s Just Like a Mini-Mall!
DJ Babu – Why Fair – Beat Instrumentals
Shaq – Shaq Diesel – Shaq vs.
Kobe Bryant – THUG POET – Thug Poet
Scott Storch – Built Like That – Drank Epidemic, Vol. 5
Die Antwoord – Enter the Ninja – Die Antwoord
Snow – Informer – Showtime
Brokencyde – Freaxxx – BC 13
T-Baby – It’s So Cold in the D
Tee-Jay – MySpace Don – My Testimony
Mr. T – Treat Your Momma Right
Organic Junk Fude – Turtle Head – Get Buff, Stay Buff

Stranger in a Strange Land 2010-03-20: The Bad Hip-Hop Show by The Stranger on Mixcloud

~The Stranger
thestranger@earthling.net

“how the fuck DO we s’posedta keep peace?”

WORST. SHOW. EVER.

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And you’d be a damn fool to miss it. That’s right, I’m calling you fuckers out. Because that’s the way to turn on an audience. The worst best worst best music I could dig from the darkest, mushroom-infested area of my harddrive, the worst news (though there’s nothing new about that), and the worst interview with the Worst Ninja Ever. In essence, as Bizarro-Pangloss would have envisioned, ‘the worst of all possible worlds.’

Let’s see what being nigh-unlistenable does to those stats!
PLAYLIST
Self Diagnosis – Hall Of The Mountain King
Ween – Where the Cheese At
Emir Kusturica & No Smoking Orchestra – Prnavor
The Aquabats! – Tiny Pants
Pink Floyd – Bike
George Crumb – Black Angels I: Departure
Sonic Youth – Society Is a Hole
The Residents – The Knife Fight
The Books – All Bad Ends All
Animal Collective – We Tigers
They Might Be Giants – Number Three
Komar & Melamid and Dave Soldier – The Most Unwanted Song
John Cage – The Perilous Night
Soulfly – Scratch
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Dachau Blues
The Chemical Brothers – We Are The Night
Flight Of The Conchords – Robots
8BitPeoples – hjihjihji
Tin Hat Trio – Light Black From Pole To Pole
Sun Ra – Lights On A Satellite
Busdriver – Avantcore
Wesley Willis – I Wupped Batman’s Ass

Stranger in a Strange Land 2009-10-10: Worst. Show. Ever. by The Stranger on Mixcloud

I feel like I should feel bad about this. But I feel great! Just be glad I don’t do it all in LOLspeak.

~Teh Strangr
thestranger@earthling.net