Big surprise: there are not very many songs about scissors. I was amazed to be able to find two and if you know of others please send them to me to prove me wrong. However I was inspired by this crazy/haunting/compelling video:
“Roshambo” or “Rocks, Paper, Scissors” is one of the oldest games in existence. While the name “roshambo” is Egyptian, most believe the game was actually created in 200 BC Japan before migrating West in the 1700’s to become a favorite of Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, Comte de Rochambeau. He may have actually been the one responsible for bringing it to the new world as well – the Count of Rochambeau was the general of the French troops sent in to support George Washington in the American revolution. Even so, no one is really sure where and how it spread, as there are origin stories from the Scandinavians and the Celts too. One thing for sure is that from Finland to Ancient Rome EVERYONE knew about it – and the same still holds true to this day. The game is so ingrained in world culture it has even been used in Federal court, by a Japanese CEO auctioning priceless works of art, and of course, at the official World Series of Rock Paper Scissors.
I’m just going to go ahead and ask the question: who DIDN’T cheat at Monopoly? I never actually even knew how to play the game so I guess I always did. Though at age eight it was more like fighting for who got the race car and then using the money to play house.
Even so, I still think I grasped the reason why Monopoly is the most commercially successful board game in the world: everyone loves to feel like a millionaire. Which is of course ironic since the game was created by a Quaker activist who essentially wanted to teach people how bad monopolies are.
From there, as we all know, there are now a million different versions of the game, World Version to McDonald’s Version, plus tons of computer games and even a game show. A documentary about the game and its ridiculous popularity is coming out Fall 2010 called Under The Boardwalk.
The version that I found the most interesting however was the one used to help WW II prisoners of war escape. Seriously. The man who had rights to manufacture the game outside of the United States had a special edition made with compasses, maps and real money hidden inside that were gifted to prisoners by fake charities
See? Everyone cheats at Monopoly in some way or another.
To be perfectly honest I think I’ve played this board game less times than I can count on my hand, and if someone asked me to explain the game to you I wouldn’t even know where to start. I always found it extremely confusing with all the weapons and locations and people and cards and…man, I don’t even know.
I will, however, ALWAYS remember two things that have spawned from this board game.
1) Murder Mystery Night. Okay, so I don’t know if Clue was ACTUALLY the basis for this, but the two are intertwined in my mind. I believe now there are several different brands and websites boasting variations, but the gist is that you gather 8-10 friends for a party and give them each a character in advance of the event. You could probably create all this on your own, but I did a packaged one with some amazingly punny names (I was “Spence DeMonet” a rich hunter or oil man or something). Everyone must dress the part. When the party begins someone is immediately killed off and the rest of the evening is figuring out whodunit. I know it sounds pretty lame, but is actually really amazing.
2) The Movie. Tim Curry. Madeline Kahn. Michael McKean. Christopher Lloyd. That guy who is in everything, but I can’t ever remember his name. Leslie Ann Warren, who I remember only because she was in a version of Cinderella (what?! That came out in 1965?!). I don’t think I need to say any more.
Listen to some music. Just watch out for the Cook (especially if she has a wrench).
Honeyhoney will be at The Hotel Café TONIGHT for the last night of their residency along with Nina Storey, Jenn Grinels, Ryan Levine and Kris Gruen. Set time is 10pm, tickets here.
Catch Nico Stai on Saturday night, May 1 at the Bootleg Theatre with Shadow Shadow Shade, and The Black Apples. Tickets here.
And if you happen to be in WeHo on Tuesday May 18, hit up the Troubadour for Scarlet Grey, performing with Assemble The Skyline, New Years Day, and Vogue In The Movement. Their new album drops June 1. Go here for tickets.
P.S. “Village Green Preservation Society” gets a great and very apropo use in Hot Fuzz. It’s worth seeing for the song use, and the complete awesomeness of the film.
Candyland is the one game I have loved as long as I could remember.
I’m pretty sure it was because I always wanted to be Queen Frostine. Even Princess Lolly – she was a princess after all. To be honest, I’m pretty sure that the last time I played the game was within the past three years. And thank goodness I had my own version of the game from at least the 1980’s, because there have been some changes made. No more Plumpy! Queen Frostine became Princess Frostine…but what of Princess Lolly? Gone the way of Plumpy? Battling for the crown? Either way not good.
P.S. This song and video are both AMAZING. I’m currently listening on repeat. After (by all accounts) tearing it up at SXSW for Spin, Foxy Shazam is a group you MUST check out – if you like rocking out, of course.