On the Occasion of Reaching 90,000 Twitter Followers

I noticed I was less than 30 followers away from 90K Twitter followers a little bit ago, and said if we reached 90K in 20 minutes I would murder an 80s song (in retrospect I should have murdered a 90s song, but, well, whatever). I had barely tweeted that when I crossed the 90k threshold. So, fine. Here you go: Me murdering an 80s song.

I will note that live, the original singer of this song couldn’t reliably hit that high note, either. Enjoy.

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54 Comments on “On the Occasion of Reaching 90,000 Twitter Followers”

  1. A bunch of us should UnFollow John, then ReFollow him so he has to do this again…and again…and again. Wait a minute, I didn’t think this through…

  2. For 90k followers, you probably should have murdered something from the 90s.

    *Listens* Hmm… maybe something by The Cure when you hit 100k. Your voice seems to have a bit of a Robert Smithy quality to it on this song.

    Now off to Google, because I know I know who did that song, I just can’t remember.

  3. The accent is awesome. You and Neil Gaiman should do a duet of Duran Duran covers.

  4. Like that bit where Spock mind-melds with the Horta: “Pain!!!”

    No, seriously dude… Don’t do that again. Please? But congrats on the 90K. :)

  5. Jessica – Author and editor. All comments/questions/etc should be directed to jessica@jessicameigs.com. Follow me on social media for more frequent updates!
    Jessica

    If you were going to murder an 80s song, it should have been “Take on Me.”

  6. Jim Clark:

    Tenor Guitar, with some reverb and chorus added in post.

    Jessica:

    I had the thought. I’ll save it for later.

  7. Hands up everyone who sang the backup part in the same bad British accent… (waving my hands in the air like I just don’t care)

  8. Actually, having had to miss meeting with some long time friends because the famed English common cold has got me firmly in its grip, I was in need of some cheer, and there’s nothing quite like murdering an 80’s power ballad in general, and the Thompson Twins in particular, to lift the spirits. So, thank you to all the people who pushed you past 90,000, and thank you for giving it a go. I have also raised my hand to confess to croaking the back up bit in a bad British accent; just because I’m British doesn’t mean I can’t croak along…

  9. Mary Robinette Kowal – Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of SHADES OF MILK AND HONEY (Tor 2010) & won the 2008 Campbell Award for Best New Writer. She is also a professional puppeteer.
    Mary Robinette Kowal

    That’s…that’s actually not nearly as much murder as I was expecting.

  10. If you get to 100,000 followers, do we get another song murder?

  11. Bonnie McDaniel – United States – Writer, blogger, reader. I mainly write about things I read and watch, and occasionally rant about politics. I'm not afraid of arguing--I rather like it, but I also know when to cut my losses. (On the Internet, that point usually comes sooner rather than later.)
    redheadedfemme

    I can take the Thompson Twins or leave them, but you know what that actually reminded me of?

    Mott the Hoople’s Ian Hunter. I bet you’d do a killer version of “All the Young Dudes.”

  12. You’re out of your mind. That’s better than the original, and I’m willing to fight about it.

  13. That actually wasn’t bad. And it’s amazing how much you sound like Tom Bailey. Though I imagine an actual Brit would disagree.

  14. Not so bad! I saw what remains of The Thompson Twins on tour with the Retro Futura tour over the summer (it’s just Tom now – he didn’t do a whole lot better than you did). Maybe you and Bill could duet for the next milestone?

  15. Dave H – I can see Canada from my house – Aging dad, electronics nerd, embedded software developer. (I'm the guy who makes your microwave blink 12:00.)
    Dave H

    I’m with Mary K. Not nearly as bad as you made it out to be.

  16. I really like the tenor guitar sound. You and Neko Case, dude.

  17. Other than your voice going a little sharp in a few places & a tinny quality to your voice, I don’t think you murdered this song. I actually like it better than the original

  18. Murder? Puuleeez. The best the prosecution could hope for is attempted murder. Give that song an ice pack and some ibuprofen and it’ll be up and around in no time.

  19. JunkChuck – Westsylvania, PA, USA – Native, Militant Westsylvanian (the first last best place), laborer, gardener, and literary hobbyist (if by literary you mean "hack"). I've had a bunch of different blogs, probably four, due to a recurring compulsion to start over. This incarnation owes to a desire to dredge up the best entries of the worst little book of hand-scrawled poems I could ever dream of writing, salvageable excerpts from fiction both in progress and long-abandoned. and a smattering of whatever the hell seems to fit at any particular moment. At first blush, I was here just to focus on old, terrible verse, but I reserve the right to include...anything. Maybe everything, certainly my love of pulp novels, growing garlic, the Pittsburgh Steelers and howling at the moon--both figuratively and, on rare occasions, literally.
    JunkChuck

    Pretty damn good, but I have to admit i was hoping for Quarterflash, Harden My Heart.

  20. Aha! So, my nefarious plan has come to fruition! I knew this was going to happen when I started following you a couple of years ago!

    No, seriously… not that bad. And like Astra, the first time I ever understood the words.

  21. Donna Leonard – Southern California – I like to write, read, knit, crochet, watch movies, watch way too much television, listen to music and play Drawsomething 2 somewhat obsessively, not necessarily in that order. You can find my irregular blog at: http://manicmeanderings.blogspot.com/ 3 kids: Twenty-three-year-old boy/girl twins, and a thirteen-year-old girl. 3 cats: fourteen-year-old female, three-year-old female, and a two-year-old male
    Donna Earl Leonard

    That was actually most excellent!

  22. Never having heard you sing before (I know I am behind the times), I just want to know…do you always sing with a not quite English, but nowhere in the US accent? Good job, not murder, maybe a little felonious assault.

  23. Your accent is remarkable, especially if you didn’t practice it, but only aped the sounds of the original artist. Also, as a kid of the eighties, I really like your version of the song. Acoustic suits it.

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