"Choking Hazard For No Reason is the name of my emo band" -JoCo

"...Bitter Woos will be the name of our emo band" -Paul&Storm

Jonathan Coulton played in Manchester on the 29th of october, and bugarup & I had tickets for it. :-3

I didn't expect the opening band to be anywhere close to as good as JoCo, but to my surprise they were really good stuff too.

The name of the opening band, Paul and Storm, told me absolutely nothing, but apparently those two used to be in DaVinci's Notebook!
Cue massive fangasm from Buggy, as he loves DaVinci's Notebook to bits... As well as lament over not having brought along his DaVinci's Notebook CDs for them to sign.

Have a random old recording of Paul & Storm's opening song "Opening Band".
About two seconds after the line "no panties have been thrown" in that song, someone chucked a pink thong with a kitty-face onto the stage... WTF-LOL from Paul and Storm ensued. :-D

After the song they kiddingly asked if anyone was willing to wear it, and some guy in the front line gleefully volunteered, putting it on top of his trousers. For being a worse attention whore than Paul and Storm, they decided he'd get the first of the mini-prizes for the night: Candy that sounds vaguely obscene. Though they lamented that it was more difficult to find such candy in the UK than in the US.

Here are older videos of some of the other songs Paul & Storm performed:
Randy Newman Theme Songs
Nugget man
The Captain's Wife's Lament

JoCo was awesome, and I was pretty much on a silent fangirl high, grinning like crazy, thoughout most of the concert... THEN HE GOT NEIL GAIMAN ONTO THE STAGE TO DO VERSE 2 of the song "Creepy Doll"! Awesome surprise! :-3 Even more awesome than the (for me) unexpected Rickroll halfway through the song "Mr. Fancypants".

Random amusing bit from Gaiman's blog about it:
What is it with the tambourine thing anyway? I manage to spend an entire life, joyfully tambourineless, and now I have played it on stage in front of people twice in a month. Do I look like someone who would be happier holding a tambourine?

The songs JoCo played:
1 - "Future Soon"
2 - ""Ikea"
3 - ""Still Alive"
4 - ""Big Bad World One"
5 - ""Skullcrusher Mountain"
6 - ""I Crush Everything"
7 - ""Mandelbrot Set"
8 - ""Tom Cruise Crazy"
9 - ""My Monkey"
10 - ""Code Monkey"
11 - ""Always The Moon"
12 - ""You Ruined Everything"
13 - ""Re: Your Brains"
14 - ""Mr. Fancypants"
15 - ""Creepy Doll"

The "Dejected Arrr" comment during the pre-song talk at the song "Mr. Fancypants" is a reference to the audience participation bit during Paul and Storm's song "The Captain's Wife's Lament". Needless to say, the audience had way too much fun with going "Arrr" with different emotions. :-D
Buggy bought almost all the P&S and JoCo merch/CDs available during the break after Paul & Storm's perforance, except for the Dejected Arr t-shirt, alas. At least he had fun getting all the stuff signed after the show. During the signing, some fanboy asked JoCo if he could get a hug. Would have been amusing to see, but unforunately Buggy and I left shortly after getting the stuff signed.

(yes, I haven't posted a single blog post since the one on the 6th of August, in case the sudden post confused anyone)
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So, apparently I'm going to be moving to England in September something. Yes, this september.

I have so much paperwork to fix before that, and hopefully get a new passport and ID and stuff and asdfghjjjjj

I'll be staying there for two years... The reality of the situation still hasn't properly sunk into my head yet ;_; But it's starting to.

I have to get papers fixed, hang out with as many of my old friends as possible before I go and and and.. ;_;

*prods bugarup to update*

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SotM; Lyrics: Howard Jones - "Things Can Only Get Better"

Artist: Howard Jones
Title: Things Can Only Get Better
We're not scared to lose it all
Security throw through the wall
Future dreams we have to realise
A thousand sceptic hands
Won't keep us from the things we plan
Unless we're clinging to the things we prize

And do you feel scared? - I do
But I won't stop and falter
And if we threw it all away
Things can only get better
Wow wow wow oh, wow wow wow oh oh oh oh

Treating today as though it was
The last, the final show
Get to sixty and feel no regret
It may take a little time
A lonely path, an uphill climb
Success or failure will not alter it

And do you feel...
Wow wow wow oh...

And do you feel...

(lyrics source: )

Youtube video:
Amazon: mp3 file

Bonus fun:
Official Simlish version of the song at youtube