I’ve often said that having a brain that works the way mine does, trapping pop culture detritus like a hair clog in your shower, is a mixed blessing.  Case in point, for the last week or so, off and on, I’ve found myself half-remembering a few bits from the musical ‘Chicago’, but since I don’t recall the actual lyrics, Roxie Hart is for some reason singing about Terence and Philip from ‘South Park.’  While not as insidious as the one awful year-and-a-half where a certain musical’s reprise was stuck in my head, (and, no, I won’t tell you which one) it has led to moments where I have to banish the din from my brain-mind by reciting the members of the Legion Of Super-Heroes, with real names and home planets, in joining order, this being the only way to engage all the pop culture lobes of the brain entirely, locking out the spectre of Renée Zellweger.  Oddly enough, I generally consider myself a fan of the musical genre, which creates an odd cognitive dissonance but also begs a query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) will tell you this, though, it wasn’t ‘Seasons Of Love’ or ‘Where Do We Go From Here?’, asking: What’s your fave-rave musical or musical episode?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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  1. October 14, 2013 at 11:37 am — Reply


  2. October 14, 2013 at 11:43 am — Reply

    Once More, With Feeling – Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

  3. October 14, 2013 at 11:59 am — Reply

    The Buffy episode was good. I can’t remember the names of the episodes but the Xena musical episodes weren’t too bad.

  4. October 14, 2013 at 12:31 pm — Reply

    Buffy’s “Once More With Feeling” for episode (I tend to sing Spike’s song “Rest in Peace” quite often without realizing I’ve started singing it) and “Rocky Horror Picture Show” for movie.

    • Hannah Jones
      October 14, 2013 at 3:44 pm — Reply

      I’d like to second those choices

  5. October 14, 2013 at 2:25 pm — Reply

    How I met your mother’s Girls vs. Suits is a favorite of mine, beside that would be the Phineas ans Ferb: Rollercoaster: The Musical.

    • October 14, 2013 at 2:39 pm — Reply

      Shoot! I always forget about the Phineas and Ferb musical episode, but in my defense the series does contain songs often enough anyway.

      • October 14, 2013 at 3:03 pm — Reply

        this is true, the best musical number is the series is Hail Dufania

  6. B.V.K
    October 14, 2013 at 5:49 pm — Reply

    I was lucky enough to see Mel Brooks The Producers when Martin Short and Jason Alexander were the leads in LA. Sooooo funny.

  7. Ian
    October 14, 2013 at 5:52 pm — Reply

    Porcupine racetrack!!!

  8. slimeknight
    October 14, 2013 at 6:27 pm — Reply

    The music miester episode from batman brave and the bold. I actually bought the soundtrack to that episode. Is a great episode.

    • October 14, 2013 at 6:28 pm — Reply

      Yeah, it is. :) Epic, awesome and features a singin’ Batman…

    • October 17, 2013 at 7:45 pm — Reply

      Agreed, That was the best.

  9. Frank
    October 14, 2013 at 8:29 pm — Reply

    @slimeknight – +1 for Music Meister.

  10. Arbor Day
    October 14, 2013 at 8:48 pm — Reply

    Dr. Horrible is better than Once More with Feeling.

  11. October 15, 2013 at 4:44 pm — Reply

    I always loved the musical episode of Scrubs. I’m not a doctor by any means, but I have a feeling the conceit they created for the music is fake, but clever. As for the episode itself I thought it was genius how they were able to take all the different aspects of the show, like J.D. and Turks friendship, Carla’s fear of motherhood, and Cox’s annoyance with everyone and give them each a song. They also managed to use the music to add layers to the main patient. The fact that the song they were singing when she was being pushed into the catscan was so cheerful added to the idea that the patient’s brain while dealing with a mass was also trying to cope with the seriousness. I just don’t think musical episodes utilize the music in creative ways like that.

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