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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

2006 in Review, Part 1

There's less than a week left in 2006, so it's time to take a look back at the past 360-odd days. Here are some of my random picks for the highlights and lowlights of '06:

Disturbing Trend of the Year:
Authors without Shame

  • Bestselling author James Frey admits to Oprah that he fabricated his memoir, A Million Little Pieces

  • How Harvard student Kaavya Viswanathan plagiarized a novel, lost a movie deal and got caught

  • Jason, Jenni, Steve and Chris begin writing this blog and launch a companion podcast
Even Father Time wastes half a checkbook making that stupid mistake.

Silliest New Words of the Year:

Best New Phrases of the Year:

Worst New Phrases of the Year:

  • "Lock the Cashbox/Stop the Catbox"
    This is from that dumb phone ad where two guys are singing the wrong lyrics to The Clash's "Rock the Casbah." Somehow they managed to download the song by name, but they still couldn't make the connection that the title lyric was being sung in the chorus. That's just lazy joke writing, Madison Avenue.

  • "Save the Cheerleader, Save the World"
    NBC's motto for Heroes didn't quite turn out to be the t-shirt/bumper sticker slogan it was hyped to be. No matter how many times the phrase was ominously whispered at the end of the show with eerie reverb effects, it still sounded superstupid rather than superheroic.

Annoying Trend of the Year:
Random people making awful Borat impressions
The real Borat is funny, but why do unfunny people insist on imitating him? Very niiice? No, not at all.

Baffling Movie Phenomenon of the Year:
High School Musical
I have no idea why a story about singing co-eds became one of the biggest TV movies and DVDs of the year

Movie Phenomenon of the Year That Wasn't:
Snakes on a Plane

The movie delivered everything it promised! What more do you want, America? Singing snakes in varsity jackets?

Best Song of the Year:
"Phantom Limb" - The Shins
The full album, Wincing the Night Away, doesn't come out until January 23, 2007, but the lead single is already my favorite song of this year

15 Favorite Albums of the Year:

  1. The Life Pursuit - Belle & Sebastian
  2. Hearts and Unicorns - Giant Drag
  3. Everything All the Time - Band of Horses
  4. The Crane Wife - The Decemberists
  5. Mr. Beast - Mogwai
  6. Cansei de Ser Sexy - CSS
  7. Carnavas - Silversun Pickups
  8. You in Reverse - Built to Spill
  9. The Electricity in Your House Wants to Sing - i am robot and proud
  10. Show Your Bones - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  11. Duper Sessions - Sondre Lerche and the Faces Down Quartet
  12. I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass - Yo La Tengo
  13. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not - Arctic Monkeys
  14. The Audience's Listening - Cut Chemist
  15. The Eraser - Thom Yorke
Some Notable Deaths in 2006:
James Brown, Gerald Ford, Steve Irwin, Joseph Barbera, Coretta Scott King, Aaron Spelling, Don Knotts, Lou Rawls, Chris Penn, Robert Altman, Peter Boyle, Mickey Spillane, Desmond Dekker, Shelley Winters, Dennis Weaver, Peter Benchley, Darren McGavin, Jack Palance, Oleg Cassini, Buck Owens, Billy Preston, Wilson Pickett, Eddie the dog from TV's Frasier, Maureen Stapleton, H.R. Pufnstuf kid Jack Wild, Gerald Levert, Mike Douglas, Tamara Dobson (Cleopatra Jones), Syd Barrett, The Breakfast Club principal Paul Gleason, Ed Bradley, Chef on South Park, UPN, The WB

Britney Spears' To-Do List 2007:
Learn how to be a good mom
Learn how to pick a good husband
Learn how to wear panties in public



Anonymous said...

Other dead people: Freddy Fender Tex-Mex country singer, Gene Pitney of "Town without Pity" fame, and Spock's (and Bud's) mother Jane Wyatt.

kimnrowdy said...

"Lilith Fair, Lilith Fair, porkchops, Indigo Girls, Indigo Girls, all-you-can-eat buffet."

BWAHAHAHA!! I laughed so hard at that, I almost wet myself.

Anonymous said...

Suri Cruise is perfect

but grier Shields and... Shiloh, 'shit in water' in french lol
are awful names