John Oliver proposes a new national anthem to fix America's Trump-damaged rep as Last Week Tonight returns

Our long national nightmare is over! No, not that one. But at least John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight takedowns of that other racist, sexist, dangerously unstable, far-less-funny national horror returned on Sunday. So how does a political comic who’s got three months of Donald Trump-related nightmare fuel to catch up on…

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The worst things on the internet in 2017

There were many things on the internet in 2017, some of which were very good! Dril is here, for example. Tom Hanks still signs all of his tweets “Hanx.” The internet turned the Babadook into a gay icon, and there was that time Kurt Eichenwald tweeted out some tentacle porn. These were all good things, worth…

Twitter rediscovers William Carlos Williams, plum and icebox remixes ensue

Though it’s unquestionably a great place to learn what new abhorrent racial epithets are trending, Twitter isn’t often thought of as a place to learn about early 20th-century poetry. But recently, a number of users have rediscovered the seminal work “This Is Just To Say” by American poet William Carlos Williams and…

Did 1997 contain the worst two weeks in music history?

Sean O’Neal: In the topic of “Worst Music Year,” 1997 is a frequent contender. Some of this can be attributed to distaste for a single genre—boy bands and the Spice Girls, mostly, whose dominance was complete anathema to anyone who’d spend the earlier part of the decade convinced the alt-rock “revolution” was anything…

Please god let this song be the theme to Bill O’Reilly’s new podcast

Extremely rich blowhard Bill O’Reilly is out of a goddamn job, booted to the curb after alleged decades of covert sexual harassment as well as confirmed decades of many more overt, televised crimes, such as race-baiting, jingoism, picking a fight with Cam’ron, and being a general asshole on TV every night. Over the…

Shark jumps shark in this Smash Mouth-Santana monstrosity

The temptation with any new Smash Mouth or “Smooth”-related mashup is to say, “Ha, ha, all right gang, we’ve had some fun, but let’s call it a day.” The joke was never funny, which was why it was funny, but that quality also makes it impossible to say when it stopped being funny. An intentionally unfunny joke can only…

Idea Channel explains Bee Movie memes via exasperating Bee Movie meme

Clear a path, people, because there’s a new meme in town. The Verge calls them “technical memes,” while Know Your Meme dubs the new phenomenon a “word replacement remix.” Basically, you take a piece of existing art (Bee Movie, for example), then alter it somehow based off a particular word or trigger. There’s YouTube…

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These classic movies might as well be “Walkin’ On The Sun”

It ain’t no joke. We have the success of the breezy 1997 single “Walkin’ On The Sun” to thank (or curse) for bringing Smash Mouth to prominence. And now the YouTube channel DoctorTchock is giving the song an even more auspicious legacy, this time in classic films. The channel—which seems to have been created for this…

Smash Mouth frontman Steve Harwell is recovering after collapsing on stage

Smash Mouth hasn’t had the best of luck performing at food-related festivals of late—just last year, the “All Star” band was pelted with bread at the Taste Of Fort Collins. Nonetheless, the ’90s band signed on to headline the Sweetcorn Festival in Urbana, Illinois this past weekend. But their set wrapped up without…

Sex is a gun and you’re ammunition in Smash Mouth’s new EDM jam

Somebody once told us that the world was going to roll us, but we didn’t believe them until today, when the musical persisters of Smash Mouth unleashed their latest song and sent us spinning: “Love Is A Soldier,” an electronic club track that sounds exactly like what you’d expect from “Smash Mouth goes EDM.”