A cartoon of a Petri dish with Diplo and David Bromstad inside. By Oddball Times

Celebrity Clone Lab: Diplo And David Bromstad

In case you didn’t realise, DJ and producer Diplo aka Thomas Wesley Pentz is the clone of designer and television personality David Reed Bromstad. In the 1970’s, the Celebrity Clone Lab had three laboratories located in Florida; one in Sarasota County, one in Orange County and one in Miami-Dade. We have no idea which lab created which celebrity but the fact that Diplo attended the … Continue reading Celebrity Clone Lab: Diplo And David Bromstad

M-22 and Medina hiding behind a music stand. By Oddball Times

Behind The Lyrics: First Time By M-22 And Medina

“First Time” by M-22 and Medina is a very unique pop song because the lyrics involve D.I.Y., a topic seldom found in the charts. The track is from the perspective of a couple, one a seasoned renovator and one who’s never undertaken any home improvements. After restoring their old fireplace surround, the newbie becomes hooked on D.I.Y. and sings… “You, got me feeling something it’s … Continue reading Behind The Lyrics: First Time By M-22 And Medina

Weiss aka Richard Dinsdale hiding behind a music stand. By Oddball Times

Behind The Lyrics: Feel My Needs (Turn Around) By Weiss

“Feel My Needs”, we’re sure you’ll agree, is a very unique song. The track is all about someone visiting an orthopaedic specialist because they think something’s wrong… with their knees of course. The doctor however, sees an issue in the popliteal fossa (the back of the knees). Listen to the song once more and you’ll hear the patient say “feel my knees” to which the … Continue reading Behind The Lyrics: Feel My Needs (Turn Around) By Weiss

Gala aka Gala Rizzatto hiding behind a music stand. By Oddball Times

Behind The Lyrics: Freed From Desire By Gala

Gala’s 1996 pop song “Freed From Desire” was a big hit but many people, still to this day, are confused by its meaning. In case you don’t remember it, let us refresh your memory. The chorus contained these catchy lyrics: “My lover’s got no money, he’s got his Trumbalese”. But what’s a Trumbalese we hear you ask? Well The Trumbalese (sometimes misspelled Trombolyse) was a … Continue reading Behind The Lyrics: Freed From Desire By Gala

Russell Hornsby as Lincoln Rhyme in Hunt For The Bone Collector searching for Bone Thugs-N-Harmony albums

Sky Witness, No Surrender: A Review Of The Bone Collector

I don’t know about you, but I’m not impressed with the TV series Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt For The Bone Collector, in fact it’s not much better than the 1999 Denzel Washington film. The problems with the show are vast: it’s not set in St. Clair, there’s no crossroads anywhere to be seen, and there is absolutely no mention of Mr. Ouija! Yes, there’s a few … Continue reading Sky Witness, No Surrender: A Review Of The Bone Collector

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Behind The Lyrics: Blackberry Way By The Move

Remember the late ’00s and early ’10s when everybody from wannabe business moguls to budding reality stars were clutching a BlackBerry phone, BBM-ing each other like mad? Unfortunately, BlackBerry slowly began to fall out of favour, being replaced by an Apple like Ribena after the sugar tax. Not a lot of people know that the song “Blackberry Way” by The Move was actually about the … Continue reading Behind The Lyrics: Blackberry Way By The Move

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Behind The Lyrics: Ring My Bell By Anita Ward

Did you know that Anita Ward’s disco hit “Ring My Bell” is incorrectly titled? If you listen closely, you’ll realise that this song is from the perspective of a sexually frustrated Bell Telephone Company operator. Upon receiving a call, the operator begins to flirt with her customer: “I’m glad you’re home, now did you really miss me?” The operator then offers to turn off the … Continue reading Behind The Lyrics: Ring My Bell By Anita Ward

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Review Rewind: Bad By Michael Jackson

Hi there! I was listening to some music in the summer heat and I remembered the time when everyone said that Michael Jackson was Bad. These unfounded accusations went on and on and there were millions of people shouting the same thing. They were chasing Michael down the street screaming and crying whilst his chauffeur did his best to get him away without mowing people … Continue reading Review Rewind: Bad By Michael Jackson

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Behind The Lyrics: Ritual By Tiësto, Jonas Blue And Rita Ora

The song “Ritual” isn’t about a ritual at all, no, it’s all about how a relationship can be paradoxically both fulfilling and demanding or rewarding and punishing. The writers chose wool to be the metaphor for love (and your lover) because it’s both warming and irritating. Just listen to the chorus once more, Rita Ora actually sings “Oh, you’ll always be my itchy wool” which … Continue reading Behind The Lyrics: Ritual By Tiësto, Jonas Blue And Rita Ora

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Review Rewind: Purple Rain By Prince

So folks, I have a treat for you all because I’m reviewing a two Grammy, three American Music Award, one Brit, one Oscar winner that went Platinum 13 times… Purple Rain by Prince And The Revolution (because making bell bottom trousers and high heels look sexy on a man was quite revolutionary). The first song, “Let’s Go Crazy” is, I think, a nod to a … Continue reading Review Rewind: Purple Rain By Prince

A cartoon of a Petri dish with Rochelle Humes and Donna Summer inside. By Oddball Times

Celebrity Clone Lab: Rochelle Humes And Donna Summer

This week in the Celebrity Clone Lab is Rochelle Humes, who if you don’t already know, is the clone of Donna Summer, just look at the resemblance! In 1988, Donna Summer came to the UK to make an album with Stock, Aitken, and Waterman. During the recording of Another Place In Time, Summer’s DNA was taken so a duplicate singer could be created in the … Continue reading Celebrity Clone Lab: Rochelle Humes And Donna Summer

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Review Rewind: Invisible Touch By Genesis

Hello folks, its me again. This time I’ve found a great new band called Genesis. Judging by the group’s name I think they’re a Christian outfit. I’m reviewing a little known album by them called “Invisible Touch” which also happens to be the title of the first song. It’s a real toe tapper. It’s about a female cyborg who can perform non-invasive heart massages to … Continue reading Review Rewind: Invisible Touch By Genesis

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Review Rewind: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band By The Beatles

I recently subscribed to Spotify and of course I want to get my money’s worth. So my genius idea is to start an album review section here at Oddball Times for the most unusual, unheard and underground music. So hold onto your ears folks and here goes… This month I came across an album called Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. I love it’s colourful … Continue reading Review Rewind: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band By The Beatles

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Behind The Lyrics: Old Town Road By Lil Nas X

It’s not Lil Kim… it’s not Nas… and it’s not DMX… no, it’s Lil Nas X in this week’s Behind The Lyrics segment… yeah! Lil Nas X’s ditty “Old Town Road” has been a huge success but did you know that the song title is incorrect? That’s right, this title was used to cover up the true lyrics which if you don’t know are: “I’m … Continue reading Behind The Lyrics: Old Town Road By Lil Nas X

A cartoon of a map showing Paisley Park and the Prince symbol. By Oddball Times

Prince: Telling Little Purple Lies

I made a trip up North and drove to Paisley in Scotland this week. I was looking forward to seeing the colourful people, the see-saw and the pier that I’d heard so much about. To my disappointment, I found Robertson Park, Kelvingrove Park, Barshaw Park, and although they were all very lovely they weren’t what I was looking for. I even found Pollok Estate and … Continue reading Prince: Telling Little Purple Lies

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Behind The Lyrics: Tiny Dancer By Elton John

This week in our ever-popular Behind The Lyrics segment is Elton John’s song “Tiny Dancer” from his 1971 album Madman Across The Water. The ’70s were of course a time for drug taking and music making and the genesis of this song isn’t any different. Everybody knows that cocaine was Elton John’s favourite substance back in the day, but what people don’t know is that … Continue reading Behind The Lyrics: Tiny Dancer By Elton John

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Behind The Lyrics: Needed Time By YXNG Bane

“Needed Time” is a very unique song by R&B singer YXNG Bane. The song, which is an ode to all things doughy, is from the perspective of a pâtissier. If you’ve ever baked yourself, you’ll know that sometimes your cake batter can split and YXNG Bane tackles this subject without any fear. The track features these lyrics in which Bane talks to his curdling batter: … Continue reading Behind The Lyrics: Needed Time By YXNG Bane

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Behind The Lyrics: ZEZE By Kodak Black

In Kodak Black’s latest track featuring Travis Scott and Offset, he reveals that he enjoys comic books, that he’s had sex with comedian and presenter Stephen Fry, that he’s a fan of comedian Peter Kay, plus he watches Indian satellite channels and he may even be Jewish! (at least that’s we think he’s saying). But don’t take our word for it, just listen to the … Continue reading Behind The Lyrics: ZEZE By Kodak Black

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Afro Puff, Puff, Pass: Looking Back At Roberta Flack’s Headphones

  More than four decades before Hip-Hop producer Dr. Dre released his own-brand headphones, soul singer Roberta Flack released hers. Flack’s headphones were of course in keeping with the ’70s, they were very stylish and more importantly they sounded much better than their contemporary counterparts (the overpriced Beats By Dre). Of course this was mainly due to the unique material beneath the closed-ear design as … Continue reading Afro Puff, Puff, Pass: Looking Back At Roberta Flack’s Headphones

A cartoon of a Petri dish with Phil Lynott and Craig David inside. By Oddball Times

Celebrity Clone Lab: Phil Lynott and Craig David

After the phenomenally successful career of Phil Lynott (with and without Thin Lizzy) the scientists at the Celebrity Clone Lab stored Phil’s cells for later use, with the hopes of perhaps creating a similarly successful artist for the noughties’ generation. The laboratory was very careful with the precious cells as they set about creating the clone. The scientists told us: “The experiment started on Monday … Continue reading Celebrity Clone Lab: Phil Lynott and Craig David

A cartoon of three pods with Morrissey, Elvis Presley, and Chris Issak's heads in them. By Oddball Times

Celebrity Gene Splicing: How They Made Chris Isaak

It’s a known fact that scientists have varied tastes in music. Some of them for example, like to listen to Elvis and some prefer The Smiths. One day after an argument over who is better, a group of experts in the field of Genomics decided to splice the genes of Elvis Presley and Morrissey together in order to create a singer that would please the … Continue reading Celebrity Gene Splicing: How They Made Chris Isaak

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Christopher Wallace Is Trying To Out-Fox Us All

The other day my TV broke, so in a frenzy, I walked over to my neighbour’s house, a Friend Of Mine and Kicked Down The Door. My neighbour was watching a programme called Fox News Sunday presented by none other than Christopher Wallace. I did a double take, Christopher Wallace on Fox News? Unbelievable! Now I’m not the best person to ask about popular history, … Continue reading Christopher Wallace Is Trying To Out-Fox Us All

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Harvey Weinstein’s Secret Therapy: What It’s Like Being A Woman

Shortly after the world discovered that Harvey Weinstein was an alleged sexual harasser, sexual assaulter, and rapist, the man went under the radar and seemingly dropped off the map. There were reports that he was “in treatment” but people are now beginning to ask “what treatment?” and “where?”. Well, we have an exclusive for you folks, Harvey was forced by the Center For Misogyny Reassignment … Continue reading Harvey Weinstein’s Secret Therapy: What It’s Like Being A Woman

A cartoon illustration of a man yelling "What?" at a speaker. By Oddball Times

Watts: What Are They? The History Of Speaker Wattage

Have you ever wondered how the wattage or “watt” rating for speakers is worked out?… Well wonder no more. Back in the 1970s when amplifiers and speakers were becoming louder and louder (a time when volume knobs could be turned all the way to 11) a professor of audiology named Sebastian Soundstein decided to rate audio equipment such as hi-fis and boom-boxes so that the … Continue reading Watts: What Are They? The History Of Speaker Wattage

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Two Turnpikes And A Microphone: How Hip-Hop Musicians Are Embracing Roads And Motorways

Today we answer the age old question; how do musicians decide what to call themselves? Fans assume that stage-names are simply nicknames from childhood or possibly some random thought that popped into a musician’s head. It was all a mystery… until now. We have inside information that certain Hip-Hop artists used the humble road map in order to select their name. M-1 of Political Hip-Hop … Continue reading Two Turnpikes And A Microphone: How Hip-Hop Musicians Are Embracing Roads And Motorways

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The Skinny Jeans Effect: Proof That Tight Legwear Restricts Creativity In Music

If someone asks you when the best Blues music was made, you’ll probably say the 1950s. The best Rock And Roll music? The 1960s. The best Heavy Metal music? The 1970s of course. If someone asks you when the best Electronic Dance Music was made, you’ll definitely say the late 1980s and early 1990s. The best Hip-Hop was also produced in the 1990s. So why … Continue reading The Skinny Jeans Effect: Proof That Tight Legwear Restricts Creativity In Music