Friday, April 17, 2020

Broken Peach sings to update holidays from the back catalog for the ninth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News

Three times now I've told my readers to "stay tuned for a retrospective about holidays for Flashback Friday."  It's time to follow through with that promise, so happy Flashback Friday, especially since three of the most popular posts are from the back catalog.

The most read entry from the back catalog about holidays is Broken Peach: Singing Spanish goths and witches for Halloween posted on October 28, 2017.  Between March 21, 2019 and March 20, 2020, it earned 1,371 raw page views to rank eighth overall during the ninth year of my writing this blog.  The post ended the eighth year of blogging here with 3009 page views.  It ended the ninth year with 4380 page views all time.  It's getting its page views through web search, something I mentioned last year.
I begin with a widely read holiday entry from the back catalog, Broken Peach: Singing Spanish goths and witches for Halloween from 2017.  I noted that in Broken Peach: Singing Spanish goths on parade for Halloween last October.
Speaking of liking things, Infidel 753 wrote "I did a Google search on 'Broken Peach' and your October post about them was in ninth place in the results. You may have a few of their fans reading" in a comment to Merry Christmas 2017 from Broken Peach and Crazy Eddie's Motie News.  My response was "I'm flattered by that. I hope they are!"  It looks we were both right, as this entry had earned 2117 raw page views on the first anniversary of my posting it.  It currently has 2322.  The first would have placed it 32nd among entries posted last year and the second 31st.  Wow!
The post ended the eighth year of blogging here with 3009 page views.  It currently has 3116.  It may not have been the most read holiday entry of the past blogging year, but it certainly came close.  For what it's worth, it is still the highest ranking Google result for "Broken Peach" other than the band's own website and social media accounts.

Speaking of Broken Peach's social media accounts, I mentioned in CNN reports on Trump consulting Twitter for policy advice, that "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas from Broken Peach and Crazy Eddie's Motie News earned an honorable mention for most responded to on Twitter during December 2018 with one reply in one thread from Broken Peach itself."  I quoted that response in my comment on Holiday odds and ends at Infidel 753's blog.
Thanks for linking to my Christmas entry about Broken Peach.  I tweeted a link to Broken Peach and they responded "Oh! Thank U! kisses!"  I couldn't (and shouldn't) ask for more.
It's continued to be popular through web search as the 12th and 13th most searched terms leading to my blog last year were "broken peach cd" with 12 and "broken peach" with 11.  Unlike U.S.-China EcoPartnerships: The CoDominion plans for sustainability from the first year of this blog, the popularity of this entry is no mystery to me.

To celebrate the continued popularity of this entry, I'm sharing two videos by Broken Peach.  The first is Broken Peach - This is Halloween (TV Peachformance), a live reprise of the video in Broken Peach: Singing Spanish goths and witches for Halloween.

Since I'm an environmentalist, I plan on recycling this video for Halloween.

Like every one and everything else, Broken Peach as been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, as Spain is now the second worst hit country by the novel coronavirus and the country is still under lockdown.  That hasn't kept the band from creating videos while practicing social distancing, the most popular of which right now is Friends - I´ll Be There For You (by Broken Peach).

"I'll Be There for You" is a song recorded by American duo The Rembrandts. It is best known as the theme song to the American sitcom Friends, which premiered in September 1994 and ended in May 2004. The song was also released as the first single from the group's third studio album LP, reaching the top 10 in Australia, New Zealand and Norway, as well as in Ireland and the United Kingdom in both 1995 and 1997. In Canada, the song reached number one for five weeks and was the highest-selling single of 1995, while in the United States, the song reached number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart for eight weeks.

"I'll Be There for You" was co-written by Friends producers David Crane and Marta Kauffman, Kauffman's husband, composer Michael Skloff, and songwriter Allee Willis, along with Phil Solem and Danny Wilde, both of the Rembrandts.

The original theme, which is under one minute long, was later re-recorded as a three-minute pop song. After Nashville program director Charlie Quinn, along with radio announcer and music director Tom Peace, looped the original short version into a full-length track and broadcast it on radio station WYHY, it became so popular that they had to re-record it. "Our record label said we had to finish the song and record it. There was no way to get out of it," lead singer Phil Solem said.

We stay at home but... we always find a way to be together :)

We hope you enjoy it and... Share!
I did enjoy it and I am sharing.  I'll also say that these videos are some of the band's most creative work ever in terms of music and video editing.

Follow over the jump for the rest of the top holidays posts from the blogging year that ended on March 20, 2020.

I made an observation in Record unemployment claims and coronavirus accelerating existing retail trends update tales of the Retail Apocalypse for the ninth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News.
Sears Holdings still 'not dead yet' as deadline extended for rescue offer from January 9, 2019 earned 770 raw page views during the ninth year of the blog with 1077 all time as of March 20, 2020, ranking it 33 overall for the year.  I suspect it earned its page views by search for the "I'm not dead yet" .gif from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," as the image is about the plague and the entry became more popular in January, once the pandemic looked like it would get to the U.S.  It's not the only entry to get attention because of coronavirus, but that's a story for another day.
Today is another day and the entry I'm sure is getting attention because of the pandemic is Zombie Apocalypse Index for Day of the (Walking) Dead from November 1, 2015.  It earned ~1,180 raw page views during the ninth year of this blog to rank 10th overall.  That's more than two-thirds of the 1530 total raw page views it had up to March 20, 2020.  Like Sears Holdings still 'not dead yet' as deadline extended for rescue offer, it became more popular in January of this year, when it earned 165 raw page views, which would have tied it for 19th that month had I caught it, after been seen only 81 times the month before.*  Its popularity continued to increase in February, when my readers viewed it 211 times, not enough to place it in the top 20.  It broke into the top 20 in March, when it earned 334 default and 354 raw page views, ranking it tenth according to the former and 11th according to the latter for the month. It's currently the ninth most read entry over the past 30 days with 279 raw page views so far in April and the month still has 13 days to go!  Oh, and it broke into the default top twenty for the past 12 months with 733 default and ~1,520 raw page views.  Again, this is no mystery to me.  As I first wrote in Discovery News on World War Z, "Who needs a imaginary zombie plague when a very real flu pandemic combined with mass riots against a background of crumbling infrastructure could produce the same response, if not much the same result?"  My readers and I are finding out.

Returning to Halloween, although the previous post was off by only one day, the final holiday post from the back catalog is Dancing German witches for Halloween posted on October 29, 2016.  It earned 825 raw page views during the ninth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News to rank 29th overall.  It currently has 3845 total raw page views.  As for how it earned them, I'll be a good environmentalist and recycle.
I'm sharing the story of a holiday post with viral staying power.  Dancing German witches for Halloween from October 29, 2016 was never really one of the top ten posts for an entire month.  It entered the top ten at 8:00 A.M. E.D.T. on Halloween and ended the month with 250 page views, 253 according to the raw counter, which put in twelfth place among all entries during October 2016 and tied for eleventh among entries actually posted during the month.  Many of those views came from Infidel 753 linking to it at his blog the day before Halloween.  It managed to climb up the monthly leaderboard, maxing out at 420 page views, 626 according to the raw counter on November 28, 2016 at 6:59 P.M. E.S.T.  It fell out of the top ten at 2:00 P.M on November 30, 2016 with 169 page views, which was probably another eleventh place and an honorable mention for the month.  Despite that inauspicious beginning, it continued to gain page views through the rest of the year.  It was at 997 according to the raw counter at 9 A.M. on March 20th and earned three more to reach the magic 1000 by midnight, placing it thirty-eighth for the year.  Whew!
Here's to the Die Wolfsh√§ger Hexenbrut — translation: the Wolfshaeger Witches Brood — continuing to bring my readers joy when they find the entry by web search.

Of course, these aren't the only holiday entries to earn mentions in my retrospectives.  Yesterday's Roll Call and Teen Kids News update statehood for Puerto Rico and D.C., popular topics for the past three years of Crazy Eddie's Motie News told the story of the most popular holiday entry last year.

Mitch McConnell calling Puerto Rico statehood 'socialism' drives one to drink on National Pina Colada Day 2019 posted on July 10, 2019 ended the ninth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News with 721 default and 1,737 raw page views.  According to the former, it was only the 20th most read entry posted during the blogging year that ended on March 20, 2020.  According to the latter, it was the second most read during the same period, third if one counts JCPenney and Macy's also closing stores in 2019, a tale of the Retail Apocalypse from the back catalog.

While I shared the link to the Coffee Party USA Facebook page, which was enough to earn it 558 default and 572 raw page views, ranking it as the most read entry of July 2019, it continued earning page views into August, maxing on the default monthly top ten at 564 default and 651 raw page views on August 9, 2019.  It ended August 2019 in seventh for the month according to the default counter with 170 default and 215 raw page views, ending August with 789 raw total page views.  September 2019 saw it in seventh for the month again with 164 default and 210 raw page views, its third month in the top ten with 1003 total raw page views.  It fell out of the default top ten during succeeding months, but continued to rack up page views, 225 during October 2019, 183 during November 2019, and 172 during December 2019.  The post ended the 2019 calendar year with 974 default and ~1,580 raw page views, enough for it to rank seventh according to the former and fourth according to the latter.  What accounted for its continued popularity?  Web search, I suppose.
This is what happens when I tie I've managed to tie D.C. and Puerto Rico statehood together with holidays, thanks to Flag Day and Pina Colada Day.

I wrote about another popular holiday post in Coronavirus response reducing air pollution updates climate change and the environment for the ninth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News.

The third most read entry about climate change from the ninth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News was Anderson Cooper and Stephen Colbert find Mike Lee's presentation against the Green New Deal funny for April Fools Day from April 1, 2019.  In addition to sharing the link at the Coffee Party USA Facebook page, I also linked to it in comments at Kunstler's blog and Booman Tribune.  The first was to Biblical Anxieties.
Happy April Fools Day!  Today's silliness is Mike Lee's presentation against the Green New Deal, which Anderson Cooper and Stephen Colbert mocked in turn.
The second was to Wanker of the Day: Sen. Mike Lee.
Happy April Fools Day!  When I read the title, I expected it would be about Mike Lee's presentation against the Green New Deal.  Fortunately, Anderson Cooper and Stephen Colbert mocked it for you.
The three combined helped it earn most of the 597 default and 651 raw page views for April 2019, making it the sixth most read for that month.  It gained more readers, ending the blogging year with 823 raw page views, ranking it 23rd among entries posted between March 21, 2019 and March 20, 2020 and 30th overall when including the back catalog.
In retrospect, I think Senator Lee unintentionally played an April Fools joke on himself.

That's it for the Flashback Friday retrospective next week.  I'll have at least two more next week, beginning with alignment charts from the back catalog for Throwback Thursday.  Stay tuned for Game of Thrones and Star Wars!

*Now that I have caught it, I'll have to revise the rankings.  Ah, the curse of conscientiousness!

Previous posts in this series.
Previous retrospectives about holidays.
Previous retrospectives about the back catalog.


  1. I would never have recognized Broken Peach without the make-up. Interesting, though -- I've heard that song in several contexts and never knew where it came from.

    McConnell is losing it. The wingnuts are now using "socialism" as a label for just anything they happen to dislike.

    I don't really understand the ranking of cities, but as you've probably seen, the zombie apocalypse has already come to Ohio.

    1. While their Halloween videos are their most popular, they sing a lot of other songs. As for the theme from "Friends," it makes me wish I'd watched the show more in the 90s. My wife and I watched the premiere on Netflix a couple of years ago and decided that we had passed that phase of life, so we didn't continue watching it. We decided to binge "Seinfeld" instead. That has held up better for us.

      Yeah, Kelly Loeffler called criticism of her alleged insider trading "a socialist attack." Martha Stewart might disagree.

      Yeah, I've seen that picture and I don't disagree.