Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

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Category: Non-stop verbal barrages

"Bob" (2003)

“Bob”: Palindromic in the Extreme

I took a chance on Weird Al‘s eleventh album – 2003’s Poodle Hat – and had a good laugh when I realized that his send-up of Bob Dylan‘s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” was palindromic from beginning to end: At the time of the album’s release, MTV reported that Eminem gave permission

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"Bin Wieder Frei"

“Bin Wieder Frei”: Unrelenting Verbal Onslaught

The unrelenting verbal onslaught of 1978’s “Bin Wieder Frei” by German heartthrob, Benny, immediately made me think of Joey Levine‘s famous feat of rapid-fire elocution from 1974, “Life is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)” – which later helped inspire REM’s “End of the World (As We Know It)” and

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