Neil Diamond Turns ‘Sweet Caroline’ Into Song About Washing Hands

“Good times never seemed so good” as when you’re remembering them while “sheltering in place” waiting for COVID-19 to go away. That’s why Neil Diamond’s new coronavirus edition of his classic anthem “Sweet Caroline” is putting a smile on our faces.

“I know we’re going through a rough time right now,” Diamond says at the start of his acoustic performance, which he posted to Twitter on March 21. “But I love ya, and I think maybe if we sing together, well, we’ll just feel a little bit better.”

Then he starts playing the guitar and singing the normal “Sweet Caroline” lyrics until he gets to its pre-chorus:

“Hands/Washing hands/Reaching out/Don’t touch me/I won’t touch you,” Diamond sings.

Stay safe out there! “Hands… washing hands..” ? pic.twitter.com/QaRB1qZshp

— Neil Diamond (@NeilDiamond) March 22, 2020

Fans seemed to love it, with 44,000 retweets and 114,000 likes as of press time.

“Thank you Neil for being a national treasure, and being the breath of fresh air we need in these trying times,” said one Twitter user.

Diamond, 79, hasn’t performed much since retiring from touring in 2018 due to Parkinson’s disease, making his social media performance even more of a treat.

Like singing “Happy Birthday” twice or the ABCs once, you also can use Diamond’s song to time your own handwashing. From “Hands washing hands” through “To believe they never would” is about 40 seconds, and singing just the main “Sweet Caroline” chorus takes about 20 seconds.

We’re not sure if Diamond caught wind of a popular coronavirus meme teasing about the lyrics of his 1969 hit being inappropriate in light of “social distancing,” but we love his new adaptation all the same.

The meme was posted to Twitter by @actioncookbook and spawned a thread full of song lyrics with reactions from the Centers for Disease Control.

NEIL DIAMOND: touching hands
CDC: no don’t touch hands
NEIL DIAMOND: reaching out
CDC: please avoid that
NEIL DIAMOND: TOUCHING YOU-
CDC: everyone is Boston is doomed

— actioncookbook (@actioncookbook) February 28, 2020

Come to think of it, Diamond’s opening lines of “Sweet Caroline” also mirror the evolution of COVID-19:
“Where it began/I can’t begin to knowin’/But then I know it’s growing strong.”

Let’s hope that, as in the song, “spring became the summer” — and leads to coronavirus dissipating around the globe.

Will you be singing along to Diamond’s new version of “Sweet Caroline?”

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Beatles in London Blog

How America fell for the Fab Four: The Beatles arrived in the U.S. like a tidal wave (with half a ton of mop-top wigs) – and with 12 hits in the top 100, they really were here, there and everywhere…

One day in mid-October 1963, John Lennon had dropped by at the house in Wimpole Street, London, where Paul was living with the family of his girlfriend, Jane Asher.

The two of them went down to a little room in the basement and sat together on Mrs Asher’s piano stool.

Their manager Brian Epstein had told them that their next, most important task was to compose a song to crack the elusive American market.

Up to now, their hit singles in Britain — From Me To You, She Loves You, Please Please Me — had all flopped over there.

After an hour or so of doodling about, Paul went upstairs to the bedroom of Jane’s brother, and put his head around the door.

‘Do you want to come and hear something we’ve just written?’ he asked. Peter Asher accompanied him back downstairs, and together Paul and John played him their new song, I Want To Hold Your Hand.

‘What do you think?’ asked Paul. ‘Oh, my God! Can you play that again?’ said Peter. As he listened to it for a second time, he thought: ‘Am I losing my mind, or is this the greatest song I ever heard in my life?’

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The Source |Today in Hip-Hop History: The ‘Above The Rim’ Soundtrack Dropped 26 Years Ago

On this day in Hip Hop history, Death Row Records in conglomeration with Interscope Records released the soundtrack to the popular film, Above the Rim. Winning the 1995 Source Award for Soundtrack of the Year, this album featured so many hits that it could have stood alone from the movie as a compilation album.

Acting as executive producers of the project, Suge Knight and Dr. Dre curated one of the most popular movie soundtracks of all time. This album featured work from artists 2Pac, Warren G, SWV, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, The Lady of Rage and more. Due to the popularity of the artists and the success of the movie, the soundtrack sold 2,000,000 copies in the year of its release and peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart. Although it fell short on the mainstream chart, the album was able to grab hold of that #1 spot on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. Here are some videos from the famed soundtrack to help jog your memory of its greatness.

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Star Trek’s Sir Patrick Stewart Reads Shakespeare for Lonely Fans

Star Trek’s Sir Patrick Stewart Reads Shakespeare for Lonely Fans

To entertain fans that might feel lonely during the coronavirus pandemic, sir Patrick Stewart, who before being known as Captain Picard in Star Trek: TNG was a Shakespearian actor, posted this video of himself reading Sonnet 1 and Sonnet 116. Watch below!

2. When I was a child in the 1940s, my mother would cut up slices of fruit for me (there wasn’t much) and as she put it in front of me she would say, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” How about, “A sonnet a day keeps the doctor away”? So…here we go: Sonnet 1. pic.twitter.com/kDoMNhdqcI

— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) March 22, 2020

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MUBI Is Offering Three Months of Great Cinema for Just £1 | AnOther

If the prospect of staying home for three months – or possibly more – seems an insurmountable (though of course necessary) task, then MUBI is offering some cultural relief. Responding to the closure of cinemas across the country, and the world, the streaming service is inviting users to enjoy three months of film for just £1, available to watch online, on your mobile, tablet, TV or gaming consoles.

For those yet to encounter MUBI, it is a world away from Netflix: each day, their team hand-picks a new film which is then available to watch for 30 days. With films spanning from little-known treasures of cinema past to contemporary indies, the curated list takes away the need for the endless scrolling encountered on other streaming services.

Films currently on show on MUBI include Claire Denis’ 2018 sci-fi horror High Life, Ingmar Bergman’s 1978 drama Autumn Sonata – alongside other Bergman movies as part of ‘The Inner Demons of Ingmar Bergman’ season – and Park Chan-wook’s 2005 mystery Lady Vengeance. 

To find out more, visit MUBI’s website.

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Is Iron Man 3 or Thor 2 the Worst MCU Movie? Heated Debate Takes Over Twitter

While the Marvel Cinematic Universe is certainly a massive success, there have been a few misses. MCU fans are currently debating on social media about whether Iron Man 3 or Thor 2 is the worst movie out of all of them. The coronavirus pandemic has a lot of people indoors these days, leading to fun-spirited arguments like this. For some, picking their least favorite movie is like a parent choosing between their kids. For others, the decision is clear cut and needs no argument.

Just a cursory glance at Twitter proves that a lot of people seem to think that Thor: The Dark World is the clear winner amongst most MCU fans. It has the lowest rating out of any of the movies on Rotten Tomatoes, hanging out with a 66% Fresh Rating, and has been called out as a mess for years. Tom Hiddleston’s performance as Loki seems to be one of the only bright spots that MCU fans can agree on, which has been declared numerous times throughout this social media debate.

As for Iron Man 3, it has its detractors too. It is towards the bottom of the MCU list on Rotten Tomatoes with a 79% Fresh Rating. However, that places it at number 16 out of 23. Some fans seem to believe that Iron Man 2 should have been the one in the running, while others are going crazy because The Incredible Hulk isn’t getting all of the negative attention that it truly deserves. Whatever the case may be, the general consensus is that Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 are the black sheep of the family.

Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 were not the only MCU movies to get dragged over the weekend on social media. There are more than a few fans who have different opinions as to what is the worst, with Captain Marvel getting its fair share of hate, along with Thor: Ragnarok. And former Bob Iger absolutely hated Iron Man 2. As is the case with anything like this franchise, you can’t please everybody and everybody is entitled to their own opinions, though one might suspect that there’s some trolling going on for some attention. It just wouldn’t be the internet without some good old fashioned trolling.

The coronavirus pandemic has a lot of people hunkered down at home in an effort to stop or slow the spreading. The world is full of questions and there are not a whole lot of answers going around at the moment, so it’s nice to have something like the MCU to debate about. People are using social media as they practice social distancing and it has given a lot of fun over the past few weeks. The MCU is still producing movies, so there could be an all-new least-favorite installment still on the way. You can head over to the official Marvel website to see a list of all the MCU movies and then check out some of the debate below.

NOW THAT I KNOW WHY THOR 2 AND IRON MAN 3 ARE TRENDING I THOUGHT WE ALREADY AGREED AS A FAMILY THAT INCREDIBLE HULK WAS THE WORSE MARVEL FILM? THIS DEBATE HAS BEEN OVER FOR YEARS pic.twitter.com/VdlhEkEjth

— Zay (@JustZay16)

Compared to Daredevil and Electra, Iron Man 3 deserves and Oscar

— Juandissimo Magnifico (@IsNotTheFather)

Currently watching Iron Man 3 …started watching on Wednesday at the end now…?

— THE UNBEARABLE HULK (@riyaazp77)

Iron Man 3 was fucking good. Y’all are cowards. pic.twitter.com/Xk8QshDvQW

— ⭕Angie?⚙️? (@KillrQueen7)

Thor 2 is trending and I don’t care if you all think that this movie is a mess or not. I’m pretty sure we can all agree that Tom Hiddleston was top notch in this film and that Loki’s few scenes basically saved the whole thing from flopping entirely. pic.twitter.com/svLVzC8gXG

— Cade Grimm ☀️ LOKI SERIES ४ (@CadeRGrimm)

Iron Man 3 was disappointing, personally, bc I was looking forward to Ben Kingsley playing a large role in the movie, but Thor 2 is the worse of the two, and by far the worst MCU film to date. Which makes Ragnarok all the more impressive, following that horrible film.

— chandler (@channndler96)

I’m so down to pretend Thor 2 never happened https://t.co/c2vAoYgLIw

— Yo (@mindonthefinish)

A lot of people are debating whether or not Iron Man 3 or Thor 2 are the worst MCU films, and I’m just like “You guys do realize Iron Man 2 still exists right?”

— Jacob (@jacobsonic84)

Thor 2: The Dark World, easily the worst. The production was riddled with problems, and the final product showed it.

— The Last Linda (@TheLastLinda)

thor 2 is MUCH worse than iron man 3 END OF DISCUSSION

— gabriella? (@mcgabbfoodrew)

can’t believe thor 2 is still being called the worst mcu movie when incredible hulk exists,, i thought we already agreed on this ? pic.twitter.com/kGIbT3CVcp

— nicole (@tomcrusty)

Thor 2 is trending.
Discussion of the worst #MCU movies.
We’re *never* all going to agree, you realize that, right?

Here’s my bottom three:
Thor: Ragnarok
Iron Man 3
Captain Marvel

And all those that want to tell me how wrong I am, save your breath. You won’t change my mind. pic.twitter.com/3bxDwaCSoC

— David Taylor II™ (@DT2ComicsChat)

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John Carpenter Announces Release Dates for “They Live” Sequels “They Laugh” and “They Love”

Legendary filmmaker John Carpenter has announced that his long-dormant “Live Laugh Love” trilogy will finally see completion at Amazon Studios, and we can’t wait to “OBEY” his invitation for a movie date! Set in the world of his beloved 1988 sci-fi romp “They Live,” sequels “They Laugh” and “They Love” are slated for multi-platform release in the second and fourth quarters of next year.

“Believe it or not ‘They Live’ was always my most spiritual film, and these long-awaited sequels will make that clear” the 72-year-old director said in a surprise Instagram Live video. “Yes, it’s about learning to see the ideological distortions underpinning consumerism, but it’s also about learning to giggle in the autumn breeze, to smell the moonlight on a midnight beach, to dance like nobody’s watching you through your television.”

“Obviously, none of this would be happening without Amazon Studios,” Carpenter added. “Seriously. Like, it’s literally impossible for mid-budget artists to tell stories to a mass audience without the involvement of companies like Amazon.”

Picking up immediately after the 1988 film—in which (spoiler!) Nada and Frank’s high jinks revealed a race of elite alien overlords to humanity, “They Laugh” and “They Love” will follow a fresh cast of human characters as they compartmentalize the implications of their servitude and learn to live and grow alongside their extra-terrestrial masters.

“They Laugh” will follow Kumail Nanjiani as a milquetoast comedian competing on an alien talent show for a lucrative sponsorship deal, while “They Love” is planned to center around a plucky career alien’s romantic entanglement with two working-class Franco brothers. Andy Serkis slated to play all of the aliens.

Producers were quick to assure fans that while much has changed, the new films will still feature many familiar elements of the “They Live” brand, including Nada’s fabulous magical sunglasses, archival footage of John Lawrence as “Bearded Man,” and a ten-minute bravura fight sequence only tangentially related to the plot.

Some high profile celebs have been freaking out about the announcement, including Chris Evens, Miley Cyrus, and Slovenian philosopher and pop culture analyst Slavoj Žižek: “These are the sequels for which I would have sold to a witch the left tit of my grandmother,” said Žižek in an artfully shot black and white Patreon vlog. “To live, within ideology, is, I think, to be enslaved to the fetish of collective false consciousness, but to live, laugh, love? This, I think, reminds me of sandals at the beach, and of kissing in the rain, and so on.”

“They Laugh” and “They Love” will be available for consumption in 2021; no further action is required at this time.

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