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An attempt to rewrite [[DaVinci's Notebook]] to become a '''Paul and Storm''' article.
 
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= Paul and Storm=
 
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{{Infobox_Band |
 
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band_name = DaVinci's Notebook |
 
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image = [[Image:paulandstorm.jpg|220px|Paul and Storm]] |
 
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origin = {{w|Arlington, Virginia|Arlington, VA}} |
 
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genre = {{w|Comedy rock}} |
 
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member = Paul Sabourin<br>Greg "Storm" DiCostanzo |
 
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discography = ''Opening Band'' (2005)<br>''News to Us'' (2006)<br>''Gumbo Pants'' (2007)<br>''Do You Like Star Wars?'' (2010)''<br>Ball Pit'' (2014) |
 
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producer = N/A
 
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'''{{w|Paul and Storm}}''' are a comedic musical duo, consisting of Paul Sabourin and Greg "Storm" DiCostanzo. The duo has contributed the songs [[Ballad of The Sneak]] and [[Theme from Stinkoman]] to [[Homestar Runner (body of work)|Homestar Runner]].
 
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Sabourin and DiCostanzo are former members of {{wp|a cappella}} {{wp|comedy music}} group '''{{wp|DaVinci's Notebook}}''', where they performed alongside Bernie Muller-Thym and Richard Hsu. The group was active from 1994 through 2004.
 
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==Contributions to Homestar Runner==
 
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Although it is a point of contention ''which'' band member first discovered [[homestarrunner.com]], DaVinci's Notebook became fans of the site after seeing a {{inlinecontentwarning}} [https://web.archive.org/web/20011108180256/http://memepool.com/Date/165/ July 4, 2001 post on Memepool.com].  Paul used his "mad Interwebs stalking skills and a phone book" to get in touch with [[The Brothers Chaps]] {{--}} finding [[Don and Harriet Chapman|Don Chapman]]'s information through a {{w|WHOIS}} search and eventually convincing the brothers to come see a DaVinci's Notebook performance in [[Georgia|Atlanta]]. Remarking that "it was early enough in their career that they were more flattered than creeped out when I tracked them down," a friendship was born.
 
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==="Ballad of The Sneak"===
 
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The Brothers Chaps asked DaVinci's Notebook to write a theme song for [[The Sneak]]. Aside from describing it as the [[Old-Timey]] version of [[The Skate Party]]'s [[The Cheat Theme Song]], The Brothers Chaps gave free rein in the songwriting.
 
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Storm drove the direction, structure, and writing process, and passed lyrics back and forth with Paul (mostly over email). The line "The Cheat, The Cheat" from the original song was used as a starting point, and the song structure roughly follows the original. The [[Old-Timey#References To Other Periods|chronological inconsistencies]] (references to Tammany Hall, the Hully Gully, the Kaiser, prohibition, etc.) were, for the most part, intentional; partly to keep with the overall feel The Brothers Chaps had established with the toons, and partly to see if people would point them out. The trumpet instrumental at the one-minute mark was originally made for a previous Paul and Storm project that similarly used an old-timey style.
 
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Paul did much of the vocals and recording on a {{w|Gateway, Inc.|Gateway 2000 PC}}. A long Christmas wrapping paper tube was used to make it sound like it was being sung from a megaphone. Storm recalls that they finished fairly quickly; though they worked on it in between a lot of other projects and tours over a month, the actual work time was only a handful of hours. Paul and Storm gave no input on the animation; even the random sound effects were added mainly to see what visuals The Brothers Chaps would create to accompany them. The "Ballad of The Sneak" toon appeared on the Homestar Runner site about a month after the song was completed.
 
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Paul and Storm consider "Ballad of The Sneak" to be inadvertently the first "Paul and Storm" song, as the other two members of DVN had no involvement in its production. It was later released on the Paul and Storm compilation EP ''Shame and Cookie Dough''. When rereleased on [[Homestar Runner Original Soundtrack]] [[Homestar Runner Original Soundtrack Volume 1|Volume 1]] in 2020, the song is credited to "Paul & Storm" rather than "Da Vinci's Notebook".
 
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==="Theme from Stinkoman"===
 
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A [[Theme from Stinkoman|theme song]] for [[Stinkoman]] was briefly played at [[Georgia Tech - 26 Apr 2007|Georgia Tech in 2007]], remarked as being from "The guys from DaVinci's Notebook [...] the same guys who did this cartoon called 'The Ballad of the Sneak' on the website". The full song would not be released until 2020, first on [[Homestar Runner Original Soundtrack Volume 2]] and then in the [[Stinkoman 20X6 Intro Cinematic]] later that year; both releases credit the song to "Paul & Storm".
 
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==Other work with The Brothers Chaps==
 
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[[The Brothers Chaps]] also helped with animation, writing, and voice work for Paul and Storm's 2014 parody holiday special "[[The Brothers Chaps' Side Projects#YouTube|The Paul and Storm Nondenominational Perennial Holiday Special]]".
 
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[[Matt Chapman]] also appeared onstage at their shows to perform such songs as [[Trogdor (song)|Trogdor]] and the [[Strong Badia National Anthem]].
 
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===Dragon Con 2008===
 
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Strong Bad introduced Paul and Storm at Dragon Con 2008:
 
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'''STRONG BAD:''' Ladies and gentlemen! Klingons and Daleks! Bobas and ''{disappointed}'' Jangos. B-list celebrities and their entourages of hangers-on! I am called Strong Bad! I urge you to take a moment, put down that vinyl bust or that pewter figurine you're thinking of buying, and give a warm, sweaty welcome to Stormy Paul and the Forecasts! ...What? Paul and Storm? Well that's a huge waste of one cool name and one Paul name. I'm outta here. Anyways, give it up for Paul and Storm.
 
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*[http://www.paulandstorm.com/archives/tying-up-a-couple-loose-ends/ Hear the introduction]
 
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==External links==
 
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*[http://www.paulandstorm.com/ Paul and Storm]
 
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*[https://comeonfhqwhpods.libsyn.com/129-the-ballad-of-the-sneak Paul and Storm walk through "The Ballad of the Sneak" on the podcast "Come On, Fhqwhpods"]
 
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*[https://web.archive.org/web/20160323233414/http://www.davincisnotebook.com/ DaVinci's Notebook] (archived)
 
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=209 Seconds (Rough Estimate)=
=209 Seconds (Rough Estimate)=
''(The entirety of [[160 Seconds]], but with "160" in the intro replaced with "209")''
''(The entirety of [[160 Seconds]], but with "160" in the intro replaced with "209")''

Revision as of 00:05, 14 May 2022

209 Seconds (Rough Estimate)

(The entirety of 160 Seconds, but with "160" in the intro replaced with "209")

4 branches: HOMESTAR: Chinese b-

the chair: STRONG BAD: Class!

what i want: MARZIPAN: Forgettably precious.

looking old: MARZIPAN: Up to your chin right

strong badathlon: STRONG BAD: To the wrong athletes

unnatural: STRONG BAD: Kill him? STRONG SAD: We do-

the movies: HOMESTAR: -tuce. Throw

your funeral: HOMESTAR: Abraham Lincoln

from work: HOMESTAR: -veges. It helps

rough copy: STRONG SAD: -tellectual property.

underlings: STRONG BAD: Get Mrs. Hard-

more armies: HOMESTAR: Saaay

the paper: STRONG BAD: Doesn't quite

mini-golf: STRONG BAD: In this infernal pl-

concert: STRONG BAD: Nope. They're a

hygiene: STRONG BAD: No matter what he does.

original: BUBS: B'zuh!

bike thief: STRONG BAD: Side of this couch

pizza joint: MAN IN PIZZA COSTUME: It burns!

slumber party: STRONG BAD: Can you guys start

web comics: TAKE DAGGER: Hiya

business trip: THE KING OF TOWN: Units? STRONG BAD: What

yes wrestling: HOMESTAR: The power... of

diorama: STRONG BAD: -lupe Hidalgo

nightlife: HOMESTAR RUNNER: More...more

environment: STRONG BAD: -pliant sticker!

winter pool: HOMESTAR: You're such a good

fan club: STRONG BAD: (screams)

pet show: HOMESTAR: Potion. A taste

licensed: (Strong Bad slides) STRONG BAD: What's

buried: BUBS: Is! STRONG SAD: Uh

shapeshifter: COACH Z: Coming to your concession

rated: BUBS: Bake sale!

specially marked: (The Deleted buzzer, and a message reading "SBEMAIL 194 IS NOT INCLUDED BECAUSE IT DOES NOT HAVE A 194th SECOND")

love poems: HOMESTAR: Apples!

hiding: STRONG BAD: Coma!

your edge: STRONG BAD: Where'd you check?

magic trick: STRONG BAD: But now, not only does

being mean: HUNGRY SHARK: Makes me wanna

email thunder: (Strong Bad runs out of Homestar's computer room)

hremail3184: COACH Z: Bad! I was gonna

imaginary: LIL' STRONG BAD: -ti! I'd like you to meet

independent: STRONG BAD: Solid gold sc-

dictionary: STRONG BAD: To Z

videography: STRONG BAD: (chuckles)

sbemail206: ANNOUNCER: For all your consummate

too cool: STRONG BAD: Mysteriously with no return

The Next April Fools Thing: STRONG BAD: -low lives, and this

parenting: THE KING OF TOWN: I've got this seven-

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The Cheat

Owing something by design to E. C. Segar's Eugene the Jeep, The Cheat (the creature's name as well as his species) has long been established as the Brothers Strong's partner in crime, appearing alongside Strong Bad in their mutual first appearance. This relationship has remained ever since, and is as old and entrenched as the friendship of Homestar and Pom Pom. And while there are some similarities (like Pom Pom, The Cheat is more intelligent than his friend, but unable to communicate it properly), Strong Bad and The Cheat have a complex relationship all their own.

The Cheat is a zoological anomaly. His body is not square so much as parallelogram-shaped. There seems to be no distinction between his lower lip and stomach, made odder by the fact that he never opens his mouth (although he is known to smile on occasion to display his prized gold tooth). His feet (or perhaps simply one solitary foot) are actually the bottom of his body spreading and flattening at its base. His arms are simple tapered fins. His snout is an extension of the top of his head, and his eyes appear to be placed on his cheek. Like most of his fellows, The Cheat is seen virtually exclusively from the 3/4 perspective, either front or back, and never directly from the front or in profile. This curious design has changed not one whit from his first appearance. The Cheat's body is covered in golden-yellow fur, and his back is decorated with dark spots, which, as expected, make him resemble a cheetah. His voice is a mishmash of indecipherable gibberish in a child-like tone.

As can be inferred from his name, The Cheat likes to cheat. This trait is obviously what attracted Strong Bad to his company, but unlike Strong Bad, The Cheat is not especially out for personal gain. Unlike the alleged villainy of Strong Bad, which is based on greed and overachieving, and Strong Mad, which is based on brute stupidity, The Cheat enjoys breaking rules, conning, and other manner of subterfuge out of an innocent sense of mischief. This is why The Cheat's untrustworthy nature is not repulsive; The Cheat acts, above all, in the manner of an innocuous child. We may not approve of The Cheat's actions, but we do not hold them against him, because, in some way, we feel a sort of empathy for his childish misbehaviour; we have all acted similarly heedlessly in our own lives. The Cheat's machinations seldom bring about any positive gain for himself or those he is aiding, so it is hard to begrudge the little troublemaker the temporary happiness he gets from his minor misconduct. Were The Cheat presented as more mercenary and actively malicious, he would be far less loveable.

The Cheat has been acting as an accomplice far less often since Strong Bad has moved away from being an out-and-out villain. Their partnership, therefore, has been altered, subtly yet meaningfully. Strong Bad fluctuates between enlisting The Cheat to do him a favour or support him on some misadventure or other, and sternly giving The Cheat instructions to carry out for what is perceived to be The Cheat's own good. The Cheat, despite the occasional grumbled protest, acts obediently and tirelessly. While this could be written off as Strong Bad relishing the power that he exerts over a smaller entity (The Cheat is the only character smaller than Strong Bad himself), it seems that the reality is more convoluted. Strong Bad usually seems to be, in his own peculiar way, expressing some sort of loving paternal authority over The Cheat, and is genuinely interested in what he considers to be the best for The Cheat. This is a side of Strong Bad that is seldom, if ever seen outside of The Cheat's presence. While Strong Bad would never admit it, he is totally devoted to The Cheat, and despite the occasional kick or verbal insult, wants The Cheat to turn out well. Granted, Strong Bad's methods are hardly orthodox, but the sincerity of his affections, however misguided, is admirable. The Cheat definitely strengthens Strong Bad as a character in areas that would otherwise go unchecked.


Despite his reputation for misconduct, The Cheat is well liked among the rest of the gang, and they generally speak highly of him. But nobody is more entirely in The Cheat's thrall than Strong Mad. The big lug, in a manner similar to Of Mice and Men, is The Cheat's closest companion, as well as his fiercest protector; woe be unto anybody who abuses The Cheat, including Strong Bad in his lapses of judgment. It is unknown as to whether The Cheat returns Strong Mad's affections, but he clearly relishes the invulnerability he has in lieu of his massive bodyguard. The Cheat has also shown a proficiency with computers, and considers himself an accomplished animator (the hilariously amateurish animation is reminiscent of the Chapman Brother's earliest works). Strong Bad is on hand to honestly appraise the quality of these creations.

For all his flaws, The Cheat is certainly an appealing character. However, his true appeal is the oddly sentimental side he brings out of his friends, which is visible only in his company. The Cheat is clearly loved, by both his fellows and his audience.

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