From the Desk of Mr. Zissman

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Apologies for missing out on Day 2 yesterday, but I was uber busy and it just completely slipped my mind. With my excuses out of the way, let’s move on…


I know, I know, how cliche to list a Justin Bieber song. Saying your least favorite song is a Justin Bieber song is like shooting fish in a barrel, completely easy and lacking in effort. But whereas most of his songs are forgettable or cringe-worthy at the worst, this song is just a bizarre train wreck that it’s almost musical ear cancer. Where do I even begin? The faux-hip hop image, the whiny, nasally chorus that sounds like the death rattle of a castrated Ewok or even the random cameo by Ludacris? (Way to keep the street cred!) It’s as if somebody had a recipe called TERRIBLE IDEAS and the horrible souffle of sheer audio torture was this song. It’s THAT bad. And yet he has an entire legion of mentally unstable screeching 11-year old Training Bra Warriors who go as far as to threaten the lives of people who express even a slight disinterest in His Bieberness. This song is just pure garbage, I’m sorry.


Kinda random, eh? To understand this joke, you have to understand a certain MTV show from Back In the Day called “The State.” Even if you don’t remember the show, you’ve seen it’s offspring from the various comedic fruits the cast members have gone on to do. (ie: Wet Hot American Summer, Stella, Superjail, Reno 911!, Viva Variety, etc.) The show was utterly brilliant and still continues to entertain me, thanks to the entire-series-DVD set. Now on some episode, the exact one escapes me, they had a skit that was a parody one of those “CLASSIC GOLDEN HITS OF THE OLDIES RETRO YESTERYEAR” CD sets. The catch was that every single song on all of the CDs was “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay.” All of them.

The best part was the actors in the skit brought the same level of ham-fisted excitement you see in these ads as they gleefully announce “This amazing 12-CD set has such great songs as: Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay, Sitting’ on the Dock of the Bay, Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay and my favorite, the classic Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay”

But it’s not so much the skit that makes me smile, it’s the memories I have of watching The State with my Mom and both of us laughing hysterically at this skit. A lot of times the skits on this show would be a bit too “out there” for my Mom, but this one was right at her level and we would both just lose it. Even when the song came on the radio, we would both laugh and reference this skit. (This wasn’t an uncommon occurrence as the oldies station back in Mansfield plays ‘Secret Agent Man’ and ‘Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay’ at least twice an hour.)

I highly doubt Otis Redding would have had any clue his song would be used in a comedic manner years later, but I am thankful the twisted geniuses at The State chose this song for that skit, as it gave me memories that’ll last a lifetime.


Written by MrZissman

07/08/2011 at 11:30 AM

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  1. Good choices! Funny when I played them, Rebekah came running out dancing to the Justin Bieber song. Ethan came over when Otis was playing. He has better taste?

    Roberta Harvey

    07/08/2011 at 4:32 PM

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