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If there’s one thing that America learned in this election, it’s this: a lot of information on the internet isn’t that accurate.

Granted, for many people, “inaccurate” means “this doesn’t fit the narrow hyperpartisan narrative in my brain”. Even now, media companies are getting a lot of flak from some liberals over their inaccurate and dishonest coverage of Donald Trump because they refer to him as “President-Elect Trump” and not “Fucking White Supremacist Nazi Batshit Insane Fascist Motherfucker Who Lost The Fucking Popular Vote Fake Fucking Not My President Trump”.

Anyway, now we’re hearing a lot about “fake news” on social media – especially Facebook –and to what extent this may have influenced the election.

Mark Zuckerberg hilariously tried to pretend the whole thing was overblown, since “fake news” accounts for a tiny percentage of what pops up on Facebook newsfeeds. Then Buzzfeed demonstrated that it’s not about percentages – it’s about eyeballs, and fake news stories on FB got plenty more of them than real news did.

The problem is also likely underestimated in terms of what counts as “fake news”.

Many people point to that kid in Macedonia working for Wikileaks or Vlad Putin, etc. But how about The Onion (which is satire, I know, but you’d be surprised how many people don’ know that)? Or how about stories from hyperpartisan sites like Breitbart or Addicting Info that are so blatantly one-sided that they might as well be fake? Or conspiracy/rumor sites like Infowars and Drudge? And are we including all those political meme graphics with info that usually is at best misleading and at worst completely false (making them the FB/Twitter equivalent of chain emails)?

And so on.

Once you factor all of that in – as well as the statistic that 62% of Americans get their news from social media (to include Facebook, Twitter and Reddit) – then I would argue that “fake news” was indeed a fairly big factor in this election. 

That said, I would add further that I don’t think it influenced the actual outcome. Or at least there’s no evidence of this yet. I do think that at a minimum, it served to reinforce the batshit reality bubbles that the hardcore left/right bases tend to live in already.

Which does raise a valid question: if fake news is the problem, is it the fault of Facebook, Twitter, Reddit etc for not doing enough to flag it, or is it the fault of the gullible and narrow-minded people who believe this tripe and can’t be bothered to fact-check it?

Either way, people are demanding the social media sites do something about it. M. Zuckerberg says he’s working on it.

Interestingly, four university kids claim to have solved the whole problem with a Chrome browser extension called “News Feed authenticity checker” which they whacked together in about 36 hours, according to Business Insider:
 
"It classifies every post, be it pictures (Twitter snapshots), adult content pictures, fake links, malware links, fake news links as verified or non-verified using artificial intelligence.

"For links, we take into account the website's reputation, also query it against malware and phishing websites database and also take the content, search it on Google/Bing, retrieve searches with high confidence and summarize that link and show to the user. For pictures like Twitter snapshots, we convert the image to text, use the usernames mentioned in the tweet, to get all tweets of the user and check if current tweet was ever posted by the user."

The plug-in even adds a tag saying whether the story is verified. The students have released the extension as an open-source project for other developers to tweak.

Certainly Facebook should be able to think of an algorithm-based solution – Google did something similar to deal with webspam content farms. But as this Vox article argues, it’s not a choice between algorithms or humans to vet fake news – you’ll probably need both.

On a side note, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Microsoft have agreed to create a shared database that allows them to ID and flag extremist content.

By “extremist” they mainly mean Islamic State and its supporters, but I suppose it could also be applied to, say, white supremacist/anti-Semitic groups who seem to be enjoying themselves at the moment. I wonder how far they’ll take that – does Trump count as an extremist? Does #NotMyPresident count? Will any stories reporting what Trump says be flagged as extremist?

Big fun.

BONUS TRACK:
I wrote a song about political memes being as bad as fake news, you know. Go like this:


Lie to me,

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After three or four years of releasing several albums’ worth of songs individually, Banäna Deäthmüffins is finally releasing our very first proper album, which is actually an EP or a mini-LP or whatever you call a record that only has seven songs on it.

Five songs are brand new. Two songs have been previously released, but since only about 25 people have heard either of them, we’ll go ahead and say they’re as good as new.

You can stream the whole thing from Bandcamp (or via the player below), and you can also download it in the format of yr choice (to include CD-level quality if you have a lot of storage and a decent internet connection).

Just put “0.00” in the price box and it’s yrs. (You can put more than that if you really want to, but I wouldn’t recommend it – we’re not exactly professionals here.)



OFFICIAL FAQ

Why release an album now?
Because albums are dead, so we figure now is the perfect time to put one out.

Are these songs really political?
Isn’t everything nowadays?

Which political party do you support?
Oh no you don’t, we’re not playing that game.

Is it a coincidence that yr releasing this just before the US presidential election?
Yes.

Are these songs really for Miley Cyrus to sing?
If she wants to do any of them, that’s fine by us.

What about Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Carly Rae Jepsen, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, etc?
We don't object. But Miley gets first pass. We'll give Taylor Swift second pass since she went to my high school for a year.

Why Miley Cyrus?
Dunno. It seemed like a funny idea at the time.

If she does cover any of these songs, will you return the favor and record a Miley Cyrus cover?
We can't actually name any Miley Cyrus songs, much less play them, but we are willing to learn.

Aren’t you afraid she’ll sue the bejeezus out of you?
Not really – we’re sure she has a sense of humor about it. She may even get the reference.

How about her record company?
That’s a risk, sure, but given that (1) we don’t make a dime off our music and (2) even if we did, the number of people who even know we exist is smaller than Miley’s entourage, we’re not too worried.

Have you actually read the book Who Moved My Cheese?
Nope.

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Achievement unlocked,

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Banäna Deäthmüffins isn’t on hiatus exactly – we actually have a number of tracks in the works and even a concept album, maybe. But our MIDI converter is acting up and we can’t get much else done until we get a new one.

However, we do have this to share with you: a cover of that classic song “Born Free”.

And we’d like to apologize in advance to fans of the original. Because we didn’t exactly take it seriously. The ending is pretty cool, though.

[This is where the lyrics usually go, but it’s probably not necessary in this case.]



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Music by John Barry
Original lyrics by Don Black
Updated lyrics by Dave and Lana (probably)

Ruined by Banäna Deäthmüffins, and we're very sorry about that really

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On a plain,

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In keeping with our general theme of optimism, we thought we’d kick off 2016 with this song intended to inspire positive thinking in the young people of today.

PRODUCTION TRIVIA: As it happens, most of the lyrics are 25 years old – I wrote a similar song for a music project called Buckwheat & Radishes back in the early 90s, inspired by a good friend of mine who made the general grammatical observation expressed in the song. It stuck with me, obviously – I don’t have the original lyrics written down anywhere, I just remembered the majority of them one day for no real reason.

The original music for the song was generic hardcore punk. We’ve updated it to suit the Banäna Deäthmüffins sound. And we’re proud of the results. In fact, we’re kinda hoping this wins a Grammy for the category of Best Attempt By A Song To Alter The Meaning Of A Word In The Urban Dictionary.

They still have that category, right?



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LYRICS


When you have a bad day
Or someone makes you mad
You say this really sucks
But why is that so bad

If someone goes down on you
It makes you really happy
Why do you compare it
To a thing that’s really crappy

So let’s flip it on its head
Make somebody’s day
Accentuate the positive
Join me when I say:

It sucks and I’m happy
It sucks and that’s okay
It sucks and I don’t mind at all
Have a sucky day
Sucking is a good thing
With the proper attitude
It’s a new philosophy
To suck is always good

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We’re back, and by the wildest coincidence we have something kind of appropriate for the holiday season, what with everyone seemingly spending Christmas freaking out over the state of things, especially in the sociopolitical arena, and expressing it on Facebook in the form of fear and loathing and dithering in general.

This was written with a specific person in mind, but I think it applies to anyone so wrapped up in their little sociopolitical media bubble that all they ever talk about is how doomed the country is because The Other People are winning.

So here’s our holiday message to you:

Lighten up, man. It’s not as bad as you imagine. Have a little optimism for 2016 and relax, for cryin’ out loud.



Let's sing about optimism, kids! )

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Bring me that horizon,

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And we’re back.

Actually we never went away, but aside from our day jobs eating into our studio time, we also ended up with a new laptop, which means we went from GarageBand 6 to GarageBand 10. And it had evidently evolved to the point of being unrecognizable, so it took awhile to figure out how to use it properly.

I don’t know if we succeeded on that score, but we do now have this song based on an obscure Internet meme we’d like to play for you.

Go like this.



And we sing together ... )

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PRODUCTION NOTE: The image comes from a performance art piece by Sandra Jogeva.

Don’t need no conjunctions,

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As longtime fans know, we’ve been participating in a project where we use bootlegged isolated drum tracks from famous drummers and fool around with them.

Here’s the latest entry in that series, in which we finally give the world our interpretation of the Village People, who are awesome. We apologize for any inconvenience or excessive manliness all over yr headphones.

But boy was it fun.



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The part of Goo Deäthmüffin was played by John Bonham for demonstration purposes only. No disrespect or copyright infringement is intended (and would be pointless anyway because it's not like anyone buys our stuff)

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Call me Mister Eagle,

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Someone on Twitter once remarked that the song “All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth” proves that there are no good songs about teeth.

There is now.

SONGFACTS: Based on a true story, although the cat in question was a cartoon cat in a print ad for a brand of cat treats. But it did have human teeth, is my point.




Sing with me! )

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Not a metaphor,

This is dF


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More true tales from Banäna Deäthmüffins!

The lyrics speak for themselves. (And yes, this really happened.)

Also, this is officially the longest Banäna Deäthmüffins song in our repertoire to date. Which means yr getting maximum value for money, we think.



THE WORDS (with pretentious Roman numerals!) )

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Case dismissed,

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We’re back.

As fans might know, Banäna Deäthmüffins has been involved in a group project where we take isolated drum tracks and do things with them.

Which is why in this song, the part of Goo Deäthmüffin is played by Stewart Copeland. You may enjoy this.

As for the song, we’ve had people come up to us and say, “You know, people would take you guys more seriously if you did some serious songs instead of silly crap about kidney stones, psychotic dogs and banoffee pie.”

So we came up with this to prove them wrong.



These are the lyrics )

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Yr never in the clear, boy,

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And it’s another perfect chart-topper from Banäna Deäthmüffins.

People ask us where we get song ideas from. The answer is: all sorts of places.

In this case, we got them from a throw pillow with a bunch of cute cartoon animals playing soccer. Literally. And verbatim.

The song has been sitting around for ages, and we only got around to recording it earlier this year. And since we don’t usually do songs about sports, we figured we might as well submit the song to FIFA to be the official theme song of World Cup 2014. Because hell, why not?

Obviously we lost, ostensibly because we weren’t Brazilian enough. (As if Pitbull is.) Maybe if we’d got Jennifer Lopez to sing on it …

Anyway, we’ve been unable to release it into the wild for legal reasons. Until now.

So imagine this being played during the World Cup instead of that Pitbull song.



AND WE SING! )

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Nice goal,

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The Banäna Deäthmüffins comeback continues, fresh off our first American tour, which sold out in basements, parking garages and short-order grills across the heartland and mid-South.

And since our latest “autobiographical” single, “Neopolitan Moose”, turned out to be a big draw, here’s another song based on an absolutely true story.

Also, it’s the first ever authoritative song about kidney stones.

Aren’t you glad you signed on for this?

PRODUCTION NOTE: Yes, the drummer DOES sound a lot like John Bonham. No, he's not secretly alive. 




Let's all sing about the kidney stones! )
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Stone free,

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It’s us again, folks.

We’ll be on tour in the US soon, so we’ve been working on some new material to sweeten the pot a little.

And we’ve been told that to crack the US market, you have to be more autobiographical and sing yr personal life to everyone. Keeping it real, as they say in the business.

So here you go: an entirely true account of a long-haul flight from Hong Kong to Helsinki and back again.

See? I’m willing to bare my soul for you, the fans. Because ART.



Sing if you know the words ... )

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No such thing as moose abuse,

This is dF

 
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Time for new music from the only band on the internet that sounds and tastes like bananas.

This time around, we are all about the Man Business.

What is the Man Business?

Just listen. Or read the lyrics if you want to save some time.




Sing along, kids! )

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I need a vacation and change for a dollar,

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And yes, it’s another perfect cover song from Banäna Deäthmüffins as we unintentionally ruin one of our favorite songs by Berlin.

There’s probably a good reason why we keep getting sidetracked doing covers instead of doing our own stuff. And it’s probably along the lines of “Cos it’s fun, that’s why.” Which is as good a reason as any. It’s also good practice to learn how to play other people’s songs, I find.

FUN FACT: We originally tried this as a heavy psych-funk number, but it kept segueing into Judas Priest’s “Breakin’ The Law” by the end, and then at some point I started wondering how awesome it would be to hear Fred Schneider sing this song, so then it ended up turning into a retro TV-spy theme, which actually made sense considering the original video for the song and …

Well. Here it is.



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Written by John Buckner Crawford
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Swimming through apologies,

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Does the world really need another Ramones cover song?

Probably not. But it’s getting one anyway. Because why not?



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Involved again,

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Fans who have noticed the slew of cover songs we’ve been doing have asked if we still write our own stuff.

And the answer is: oh sure.

When you write yr own songs, people often ask where you get yr ideas from.

In the case of our new smash hit, it’s probably self-explanatory. NME has speculated that it’s actually about Aria Giovanni.

We can neither confirm nor deny that for legal reasons. But it COULD be.

Listen and judge for yrself!




Sing along, kids! )

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Pay as you go-go,

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Some bands write songs for specific holidays – usually Christmas or Halloween, but occasionally others.

We don't really do that kind of thing.

However, it IS St Patrick’s Day, and we do happen to have a song with “green” in the title. So we might as well release it now.

And it’s only 40 seconds long, so it won’t take up much of yr time, honest.



THESE ARE THE WORDS ... )

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How do you like them beans,

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And so we decided to cover the Daniel Boone TV show theme song for no real reason. Which is pretty much the same reason we do any song, so why not?

Note the creative license.






DISCLAIMER: This song is not historically accurate. But neither was the TV show, so why not?

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With an eye like an eagle,

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Remember those songs we did where we pretended John Bonham was our drummer?

Well, the group that spawned that project has spawned another one. Which somehow led to the following question:

Suppose Keith Moon had been in ABBA instead of The Who?

It would probably sound nothing like this. But it’s all in good fun, so who cares?



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