so i was musing today about Spam…

not the annoying digital kind, but the disturbing meatlike substance manufactured and sold by the Hormel Foods Corporation.

now, i actually like Spam (even though it’s the only food i know that has a half-life instead of a shelf life). some people think that’s strange – the ones who don’t like it also.

but it wasn’t the various foodlike qualities of the product i was considering, but its apparent attraction for songsters. i think it’s posible that Spam is the single most common food product referred to by (brand) name in popular music. whether it’s Monty Python‘s Spam song (Bloody Vikings!), Save Ferris‘ satiric classic “Spam” (apparently it’s the secret of Bruce Jenner‘s success), or Weird Al Yankovic‘s pink and salty parody of R.E.M.‘s “Stand,” Spam is almost always on the radio somewhere.

it makes one wonder what in particular about Spam is so fascinating to singers and songwriters. unless they eat a lot of it while they’re struggling singers and songwriters.

and if you’re interested in the annoying digital kind – and are in or near Boston on the thirtieth of March – MIT is having a free conference on the subject.

quote of the day:

“Red meat is not bad for you. Now blue-green meat, that’s bad for you!” – Tommy Smothers

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