We’re back to the “Cool & Strange Music Countdown.” Welcome one and all! If you like this countdown every week, please come “Like” our Robot55 Facebook page (or friend us on Twitter or subscribe to our Youtube page). Thanks!

Today’s countdown has a decidedly Rock and Roll edge to it. First up is an animation that is completely made up from still photos. This might be the best adaptation yet to Electric Six’s “Gay Bar” from 2003. In the Electric Six original, Abraham Lincoln was the hero of the video, but in today’s, Bennie Melwin has updated us quite a bit and uses Vladamir Putin! The creepiness, as well as the quality of the animation, just make it perfect.

#3) Bennie Melwin – Putin Depardieu Love Story https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORSgkBz09-Q

Next up is a fab band from Cambodia of all places. This band has several really good videos but I picked this one today because of all the foreigners in it. It reminds me (and inspires me) of all the great foreign bands we have in Japan. Srey Thy, lead singer of The Cambodian Space Project, was recently appointed as a Good Will Ambassador for UNiTE, a campaign to stop violence against women worldwide.

#2) The Cambodian Space Project — Have Visa No Have Rice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1oG4x2Y_HE

Finally, just in time for Star Wars is a band from Los Angeles that has been making waves and been getting airplay on the world-famous KROQ! The band is called “The Rebel Scumbags” and they describe themselves as a “Geek n Roll” band.This song is hot and funny! Just released on December 14, so it’s hot off the presses! Thanks once again to Kona Cindy for the hot tip!

#1) THE REBEL SCUMBAGS – I LOVE YOU (I KNOW) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99Xt_a_OqNA

Well that’s it for this week! May the farce be with you! – Mike (in Tokyo) Rogers


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Past issues of:

Cool and Strange Music Countdown – Dec. 15, 2015 – Hexstatic, Stan Freberg, Mary Schneider, The Fancs Brothers! robot55.jp/blog/cool-and-strange-music-countdown-dec-15-2015-hexstatic-stan-freberg-mary-schneider-the-fanc-brothers/

Cool and Strange Music Countdown – Dec. 8, 2015 robot55.jp/blog/cool-and-strange-music-countdown-dec-8-2015/ (Messer Fur Frau Muller, Eliert Pilarm, Zlad)

Cool and Strange Music Countdown – Dec. 1, 2015 robot55.jp/blog/cool-strange-music-dec-1-2015/ (Mrs. Miller, Ray Stevens, Barnes & Barnes)