Musical Sightings

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ApologetiX

  • In the booklet for the Christian group ApologetiX's 2003 CD "Adam Up," their guitarist is wearing a Strong Bad shirt. Also, at a show in Cincinnati, Ohio, the guitarist, Karl, wore his Strong Bad shirt (the mask shirt). In the booklet, he is wearing the full body shirt.
  • At their stop in Big Rapids, Michigan October 2, 2004, the keyboardist, Bill Hubauer, somehow got the Homestar quotes from the main webpage into his piano playing loud "Toons!," "Games!," "Characters!," and "Downloads!" while the lead singer, J. Jackson, was trying to say stuff. So far, no reported repeats of this activity.
  • On August 22nd ApologetiX stopped at Elizabethtown, PA. In the middle of the concert, between songs, Karl started singing "Trogdor". He also commented on someone's The Cheat hoodie.
  • Early 2006 ApologetiX released a Live DVD with snippets between some songs. Karl is seen several times with a Trogdor t-shirt.
  • On www.apologetix.com in the FAQ section, it says Bill Hubauer's (keyboardist) favorite bands are "including, but not limited to...Limozine, etc.
  • In 2007, ApologetiX bought and renovated a bus. On the web site with pictures of their progress, one of the albums is titled "Demolition II: (This Time It's Not "Demolition I")", a reference to Dangeresque.

Ashley Wool

  • Independent pop singer and songwriter Ashley Wool links to homestarrunner.com in the "Friends" section of her Web site, describing it as a "Holy Grail of online cartoons." She also links to the wiki, to which she is "almost perversely attached" (and later joined the site and forums as TehAshleyWool) and mentions that the studio at which she recorded her album features a bathroom graffiti drawing of Trogdor.
  • The photos on her MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/ashleywool) include a picture of said drawing, with the caption "the mark of a great recording studio = trogdor on the bathroom wall."
    • On one of her blog postings, the title is "What time is it? IT'S VALENTIMES!", which is from Teen Girl Squad Issue 12.
    • Her MySpace headlines have featured many H*R quote such as, "and that's when i tampered with the dna evidence" and "Crystal clear like domestic beer!" from rough copy.

The Beach Boys

  • Homestar makes a random appearance on the interactive Beach Boys CD-ROM "Project SMILE." Click to enter the "Smile 2004" section, then the "Fan Experiences" subsection. Somewhere in the mess of random images on the main page of this section is a tiny animated GIF of Homestar dancing.

Beastie Boys

  • On December 16th 2004 at the Zenith in Munich, Germany, the Beastie Boys used two JumboTron screens on the left and right side of the stage to present to the crowd the first one and a half minutes of Everybody to the Limit. Even though most of the listeners might have never heard of Homestar Runner or Strong Bad the crowd cheered and clapped their hands rhythmically with the music.
  • Everybody to the Limit and other Homestar Runner footage might have been part of other Beastie Boys shows during the 2004 Pageant Tour, but no other sightings have been reported.

Bigg Nife

Butch Walker

  • On the links page on Butchwalker.com, there is a link to homestarrunner.com which reads "Homestar Runner ..our buddies.. yes.. i said it.. OUR buddies.."

Calibretto 13

Calibretto 13 has a Myspace profile. Evidently they like Homestar Runner. They have a link to the website, with the text "You gotta love that homestar, he is a terrific athlete."

Family Force 5

  • On their myspace, in the Durrty Durrty Blog #14, titled "Are You Ready For Some Football", Chapstique intentionally spells "job", "jorb".

Five Iron Frenzy

  • Reese Roper, lead singer of the Christian ska band Five Iron Frenzy, is pictured in a CD release's booklet wearing a The Cheat shirt as shown here. In the liner notes, drummer Andy Verdecchio thanks Strong Bad.
  • During their performance at the 2003 Cornerstone Music Festival, Reese asked the crowd if they were "ready to achieve burnination".

Flatfoot 56

Josh of the Christian celtic punk group Flatfoot 56 cites Homestar Runner as one of his favorite websites. [1]

Goldspot

Indie band Goldspot used the beat from the Old Intro 2 on their song "Cusp" from their album "Tally of the Yes Men". This song is available for download on iTunes.

Gym Class Heroes

The indie rap group's song "New Friend Request" (video currently available on the website) includes the lyrics "On a scale of 1 to awesome".

Jack's Mannequin

During a performance of their song The Mixed Tape for Yahoo Music, one of the band members can be seen wearing a Limozeen t-shirt. See it here.

Jump

On June 6th, 2003, during his solo tour, Jay Clifford was asked to play a song and replied "It's been probably five years since I've played this song so forgive me. It's gonna sound like crap. Crap! It's gonna sound like crap! Anybody watch Homestar Runner? It's the cool- I mean, the best thing ever, that's ever happened to this planet! That's Homestar Runner. So Holy Crap!" Download this clip! - You will need to be able to convert it or play a shnf file.

Jump5

During one bonus "track" on their remixed album (Remixed), Chris sings something extremely similar to The System is Down (one of the various sound effects).

Karl Olson/Ultraklystron

Karl Olson, also known as Ultraklystron, recorded two songs related to H*R: a cover of The Skate Party song Strong Sad Rocks Out and an original song, He's Homsar, which are no longer available at these sites.

KJ-52

On his new album, Behind the Musik (A Boy Named Jonah), Christian rapper KJ-52 lists Homestar Runner in his song "Things I Like."

The way in which the bridge "Come on now, everybody!" is performed in "Whoop Whoop" (from It's Pronounced Five-Two) is suspiciously similar to the Intro song.

Upon being asked what his favorite Strong Bad Email was, KJ-52 replied, "Oh, man! Come on, now, that's not even a question right there. Um, my favorite Strong Bad Email, I'm-a probably say, I like the one where they got the virus, that one was hilarious. I like the one where Bubs went out and blew, um, shot a hole through the computer, but I have tons of them. Couldn't even name them all on top of my head. Um, so, that's to say, I have quite a bit. I would say that one's definitely one of the first ones that popped into my head." Click here to hear the podcast.

Earlier, a fan asked if he would write a song about Homestar Runner. KJ-52 said, "Oh, yeah! I just went to Homestar Runner this morning. I was watching, um, I read the cheatday, that was a Strong Bad Email, so you might wanna go check it out. Do I think I'll write a song about Homestar Runner? Uh, you know what, don't put it past me, I'm not saying I would. But don't put it past me, I would say that this is from the guy who wrote a song about mullets, Napoleon Dynamite and Mountain Dew. And, I love Homestar. I think it's my favorite web site ever." Click here to hear the podcast.

On his video podcast, he says that writing a song based on a Strong Bad Email is a good idea. He also wonders whether the emails sent to Strong Bad are real. [2]

On part 1 of his Remixed podcast, he mentioned downloading Podstar Runner. [3]

Legitimate Business

Lemon Demon

  • The band Lemon Demon referenced Trogdor in the song Fire Motif from "Clown Circus" with the lyrics "The time has come for burnination."
  • In the song "Geeks In Love" on the album "Damn Skippy" One lyric says "ponkity-ponkity", and in the commentary Neil Cicierega says that it is a reference to the Strong Bad email funny.
  • In the Music Video for "Geeks In Love", during the Logo declaring the songs name, you can see the word "TROGDOR" in the background.

MazeDude

  • The video game music remixer MazeDude created a remix of Final Fantasy Mystic Quest, using clips from Homestar Runner cartoons. This mix was made for use in the Final Fantasy Mystic Quest Remix Project titled "M I S S T I K - K W E S T" on OLReMiX. [4]

Mindless Self Indulgence

  • The band Mindless Self Indulgence played The System is Down and Everybody to the Limit while setting up equipment before a show at the Metro in Chicago, Illinois. After the show, a band member was heard to comment on a fan's Strong Bad T-shirt and mentioned reading about H*R in Spin Magazine.
  • During their Desparta Los Ninos tour a compilation CD was played in between opening acts and before the openers played. The CD had The System Is Down, Everybody to the Limit and Ballad of the Sneak. The lead singer Jimmy Urine is quite fond of Homestar Runner cartoons, especially Strong Bad.

My Chemical Romance

Lead singer Gerard Way, in an interview with Hot Topic, said that homestarrunner.com was one of his favorite websites. (This interview is no longer on HotTopic.com.)

of Montreal

The music video for of Montreal's song "Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse" was co-directed by The Brothers Chaps.

Ryan Sterritt and David Barnes helped make the music video for of Montreal's song "So Begins Our Alabee".

Paramore

On their "links" page, under the "things we love" list, there is a link to homestarrunner.com

Patent Pending

Patent Pending has a song on their album Don't Quit Your Day Job called Decemberween.

The Planet Smashers

The hidden 13th track of The Planet Smashers album Mighty proclaims "Trogdor!"

Poison

Poison released an album titled Poison'd! in June 2007.

Project 86

Strong Bad is thanked in their "Special Thanks" section of their self-titled debut album.

Relient K

  • The band Relient K had a Homestar Runner-like shirt logo (currently unavailable) and have linked to Homestar Runner from their web site, although since the reformatting of their website the link has been taken off.
  • Occasionally, Relient K will play Teen Girl Squad in concert.

The Reunion Show

  • The punk rock band The Reunion Show named one of their songs for their 2002 debut album "Kill Your Television" "On a Scale from One to Awesome (You're Pretty Great)".

Salsa Commodity

Salsa Commodity released the song A Tribute to Homestar Runner "Live" on their debut album, Official Homemade Ice Cream. Before all this, guitarist and singer Michael Sanders made a song about Teen Girl Squad, which can be found in the old music section of the site. There is also a sort of Trogdor cover there, using the singing from the email.

Shellac

Strong Bad speaks parts of the semi-spoken word song "Genuine Lullabelle" from the Shellac album Excellent Italian Greyhound.

The Skate Party

Wrote the music for The Cheat Theme Song, and sent it to The Brothers Chaps as a fan contribution, who liked it enough to make a video for it and put it on the site. The Skate Party also have another song called "Strongsad Rocks Out".

Sol Martin

At singer Sol Martin's web site, there used to be a link to Homestar Runner on the main page. His musical idol, Ronnie Martin, founder of Joy Electric, probably dislikes Homestar Runner.

Something Corporate

On the Live in Ventura Theater DVD, one of the band members is shown wearing a Strong Bad shirt in the begining.

Strike Four

The band Strike Four, which has some of the members from the now defunct band, Salsa Commodity, referenced the Strong Bad email mile in their song "Here I Go."

They also made a homestar tribute song, which can be heard here.

Strong Bad Live!

On June 7th, 2003, at a concert featuring Radiohead and the Beastie Boys, Strong Bad Emails were shown on the JumboTron between acts. They also showed Everybody to the Limit and it had a special new introduction wherein Strong Bad complained that he wasn't allowed on stage even though he had been the #1 hit for two summers in a row.

Switchfoot

On Episode 17 of the Switchfoot podcasts, it begins with a member playing Guitar Hero. You can hear Trogdor playing in the background.

Suburban Legends

Orange County ska band Suburban Legends thank "homestarrunner.com" in the inside cover of their 2003 album Rump Shaker.

Thursday

The band Thursday thanked The Chapman Brothers in the booklet to their latest album, War all the Time.

Time For Living

The San Francisco hardcore punk band Time For Living has a Homestar themed album with the title track "The Cheat is not Dead". They have songs called "Discount Brick", "Just A Friendly Reminder", "Population: Tire", and "The King Of Town." Beyond the titles, the songs don't have any relationship to Homestar Runner.

Tripleside

Tripleside (www.tripleside.net) wrote an homage to Homsar called "Legitimate Business", which contains many classic Homsar quotes. You can download the song here or read the lyrics here.

Very Low Sodium Band

Waking State

In the liner notes of their 2005 release, Hang On, the DC Band Waking State gives special thanks to www.homestarrunner.com.

"Weird Al" Yankovic

In the music video for Virus Alert (included on the Straight Outta Lynwood DualDisc), a guitar turns into a shark, which then eats the guitarist. The scene is a reference to a similar scene in Teen Girl Squad Issue 8.

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