Round Two, Game Nine (2013-14 CPKC) TMonk over G-Fafif

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Poll ended at Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:53 am

Oh God No!/Frank Tanana/The Beach Boys: Kokomo
10
43%
Tom's Horror/Tom Glavine/Rush: Tom Sawyer
13
57%
 
Total votes : 23

Re: Round Two, Game Nine (2013-14 CPKC) *POLL ENDED*

Postby batmagadanleadoff » Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:55 pm

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This matchup set the CPKC record for most votes received by the eliminated contestant.

Re: Round Two, Game Nine (2013-14 CPKC) TMOnk over G-Fafif

Postby TransMonk » Sun Feb 02, 2014 7:40 am

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I have to admit, G-FAFIF...when this thread started, I thought I was toast. Great work!
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Re: Round Two, Game Nine (2013-14 CPKC) TMOnk over G-Fafif

Postby G-Fafif » Sun Feb 02, 2014 1:14 pm

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Marvelous craftsmanship, Mr. Monk. Parodistic hat tipped.

To address a few notes...

Latino ballplayer names fit nicely into Caribbean island names.


Don't they though?

I think "Oh God No!" loses points for not really being about Tanana.


Valid observation, but in my mind, "Tanana" = "1993," so bundling the player into the season was an organic occurrence, as opposed to "cripes, I don't know what to say specifically about this guy" (there were seven other evocative lefties available, had that been the case). I decided having Frank float through the composition was sufficient for it to be enough of a Tanana parody, per se.

Kokomo is well played but gosh that song is annoying. A bugaboo of mine.


I hated "Kokomo" when it was all over the airwaves in 1988 and I don't like it now. Somehow in my thought process, I went from "Tanana" to "Banana" to "Banana Boat Song" to "anything else like that?" to "uh...'Kokomo' maybe" and it took off from there. Extracting some utility out of a No. 1 hit that irritated me endlessly a quarter-of-a-century ago will do as my consolation prize (both it and "Tom Sawyer" have been in my head for days). And I do think the mashup of song I detested with team I still brood over made them each a tiny bit more embraceable to me. Not that that was the goal here, but this was one of the few times I can say I had fun with the 1993 Mets.

the straying-from-topic/cataloguing aspect point-penalties


If cataloguing refers to the achievement of finding a spot for every 1993 Met, oh well. I didn't set out to do that, but once the effort got going, I felt it would be a shame to not get every one of the 41 co-conspirators a mention. As it happened, the lyrics site I was using for reference had an extra verse tacked on that wasn't in the recorded version, so by all rights I should've been fading out around the Eddie Murray line. But I didn't realize that until after it was completed and I liked what amounted to the baked-in encore.

One of my blessings and curses as a Mets fan is the ability to fall completely into whatever past season I'm thinking about. While I was doing this, it was 1993 again, which is to say I wasn't plucking names off a roster and thinking "damn...what sort of rhymes with Gozzo, whoever that was?" I was back in 1993, truly aghast at the 103 losses piling up and the men who were doing the piling. I can't call the result a labor of love exactly, but it was sincere in its satire.

Anyway, fine, fine work on Rush and Gl@v!ne and good luck on those seemingly inscrutable semi-final topics.

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Re: Round Two, Game Nine (2013-14 CPKC) TMOnk over G-Fafif

Postby Zvon » Sun Feb 02, 2014 2:39 pm

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I didn't realize you got all the 93 Mets in there. That's way kool. I have to throw you some after the fact non-redeemable ghost points.
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Re: Round Two, Game Nine (2013-14 CPKC) TMonk over G-Fafif

Postby Mets Willets Point » Sun Feb 02, 2014 4:10 pm

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G-Fafif gets my vote for best Behind the Parody.
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