The soundtrack to the IT Skeptic blog

I thought I'd add a suggested soundtrack to the IT Skeptic blog

Note: only US readers can buy but anyone can listen :-D

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap certainly springs to mind, based on past shennanigans. What other songs can you suggest that might go well with the blog content? Please comment below. First post of any suggestions that are used will get an IT Skeptic shirt, if you identify yourself.[That competition is now closed - thanks everyone]


a late entry... too late :(

First one that came to mind was Kick Out the Jams by the MC5 band.....

"People said 'oh wow, kick out the jams means break down restrictions' etc., and it made good copy, but when we wrote it we didn't have that in mind. We first used the phrase when we were the house band at a ballroom in Detroit, and we played there every week with another band from the area.
"We got in the habit, being the sort of punks we are, of screaming at them to get off the stage, to kick out the jams, meaning stop jamming. We were saying it all the time and it became a sort of esoteric phrase. Now, I think people can get what they like out of it; that's one of the good things about rock and roll."

Boucher, Caroline (1970-08-08), "MC5 Problem", Disc & Music Echo. Retrieved on 9 January 2008

he could be an ITIL author, a vendor, a trainer or a consultant.....

John M. Worthington
MyServiceMonitor, LLC

More classics - associated with their ITIL concepts

I thought it might be fun to match up a few tunes with specific ITIL encouraged concepts...

CMDB - Just another day without you (John Secada), Money (Pink Floyd), Time (Pink Floyd), The best deceptions (Dashboard confessional)

SKMS - High hopes (Frank Sinatra & Pink Floyd), In the year 2525 (Zager & Evans), Gonna make you sweat (C+C Music Factory), No such thing (John Mayer), Oh come all ye faithful, Don't bother (Shakira)

Service Catalog - I still haven't found what I'm looking for (U2), What do you want from me? (Pink Floyd)

Market Space - There's no me without you - (Toni Braxton), Turning Japanese (The Vapors), I can see clearly now (Jimmy Cliff), Pictures he drew (Bowling for Soup)

Service Asset - Getting jiggy wit It (Will Smith), Thin Ice (Pink Floyd), Uninvited (Alanis Morrissette)

Best Practice - Somewhere over the rainbow (Judy Garland)

Known Error - You are my favorite mistake (Sheryl Crow), Oops I did it again (Britney Spears)

Utility - Thats the way I like it (KC & Sunshine Band)

Warranty - 9 to 5 (Dolly Parton)

Golden Pony - I"ll think of a reason later (Lee Ann Womack), When you say nothing at all (Alison Krauss)

Process - I'm over you (Martine McCutcheon), Can't get you outta my head (Kylie Minogue), Land of confusion (Genesis)

Request fulfillment - Ain't nobody home (BB King), If I never see you again (Wet Wet Wet), Tease me (Chaka Demus), Welcome to struggleville (Edwin McCain)

Value network - I don't want to talk about it (Rod Stewart), Do you know what I mean? (Oasis)

oh and..

ISO 20000 - No No No part 2 (Destiny's Child), Permanent reminder of a temporary thing (Jimmy Buffet), Cry (Roy Orbison), Gonna make you a star (David Essex)

and for the CSI book - Sorry seems to be the hardest word (Elton John), Throwing it all away (Genesis), Little bit of this - little bit of that (Carolyn Dawn Johnson)

...... enough...

talking about classics

I know the competition is over but I did not find the following in the list:

Buffalo Springfield - For what it's worth ("there's something happening in here, but what it is ain't exactly clear ..")

to hell

I see "Highway to Hell" was mentioned - the lyrics of Chris Rea's Road to Hell also seem strangely appropriate...
And common sense is ringing out the bell
This ain't no technological breakdown
Oh no, this is the road to hell

Scanning through my music library ... one track leaps out immediately: "She's Lost Control", Joy Division. And what about: "Confusion" (New Order) "What do you want from me" (Pink Floyd) or "What Difference Does It Make?" (The Smiths) (I like that one)

The Alan Parsons Project seemed to have nailed it on one album - the industry: "Psychobabble" the Skeptic: "You're Gonna Get Your Fingers Burned" and finally, all of us: "Old and Wise".

the breadth of human creativity

I know this is a bit off topic for this blog, but I never cease to be amazed and delighted by the breadth of human creativity. I refer not to all the suggestions from readers - great as they were, thank-you - but to the Dirty Deeds playlist. Check it out! (the playlists come up at random - just keep refreshing until you get it) That such incredibly different interpretations can be made of the same song, from the crankin' to the sublime, from the brilliant to the truly awful (who the heck is Bradley Gailey?), it lifts my spirits. We are a wondrous species.

For the entertaining debaters of linguistic nuances here

Get over IT by the Eagles
Mike Walter

The current state of ITSM in many orgs

Things Can Only Get Better (by D-ream, 1993, 1994 and 1997)

"If you don't know where your going any road will take you there"
(Any Road by George Harrison, 2002)

Take a walk on the wild side
(by Lou Reed, 1972)

"Half way to paradise, so near yet so far away"
(Half Way to Paradise by Billy Fury (1961)

(Showing my age with this last British song).

After all ITIL started in the UK.........

I am surprised that no one has suggested any tunes of a British Origin. (Thanks OGC)

My first pick would be appropriate to after starting on The ITIL Journey, when there is a tendancy to get caught up in the craze and lose track of what's really happening.

All in all you're just a
'nother brick in the WALL...........

UK picks?

Umm, then where did The Who, Rolling Stones, & Police come from?

And I think Are You Experienced? was probably written during Mr. Hendrix's UK tenure...

Charles T. Betz

Where did the who, rolling stones & police come from

My apologies for my quick scanning of this forum. I missed those posts, probably because I multi task while at work. We all must do ITIL (I-T - Infrastructure - Layoffs) in addition to our regular jobs

Thanks for the reminder Charles!

Crowded House

next he'll be saying Crowded House are Australian.

Actually i think the Stones are Bahamian and the Who are Cayman Islanders

another British suggestion

"Help" from this great British band 'The Bitils'


I can't get no, satisfaction!

From spain, with love

Coming from Spain and in these days of the Eurovision song contest, I must say that the correct soundtrack is "Dancing Chiki Chiki", our proposal for the contest... but having an english speaking audience,I'm sure that any song from "Dire Straits" ... for exampl "Brothers in arms",

because the world is changing;I can feel it in the water, I can feel it in the earth, I can smell it in the air.


Adding a few more bits

Adding a few more bits here...

For those trying to refresh the ITSM feeling, what about Money for Nothing
And for those going to an ITIL project without the business case, I like Highway to hell

And for those at OGC thinking that nothing is happening instead of simply noise... Crisis? What crisis?


green green grass of ITIL

On a less positive note, i was thinking - as a reflection on the idealistic nature of ITIL and the tendency to get people to do ITIL "in their spare time" - of the Green Green Grass of Home:

I wake and look around me
At the four grey walls that surround me
and I realise that i was only dreamin'

Rummaging through my iTunes

- For those of you just starting on your ITIL journey: What's the Matter Here
- For all you CMDB enthusiasts: The Impossible Dream
- For those of you attempting your ITIL certifications: Are You Experienced?
- For those of you who've been told to go hire some ITIL consultants: Send in the Clowns
- For those of you trying to manage the ITIL consultants: Driven to Tears
[alternate: (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction]
- For those of you who survived the ITIL consultants: Won't Get Fooled Again
- For those of you dealing with a pushy vendor sales rep selling magical ITIL tools: If I Had a Hammer
- For the IT Skeptic: Stir It Up
- For those of you who have achieved, in the face of all odds, some tangible successes: Truckin' ("...What a long, strange trip it's been...")

with apologies to 10,000 Maniacs, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, Judy Collins, The Police, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Pete Seeger & The Weavers, Bob Marley & The Wailers, and The Grateful Dead

Charles T. Betz

Stuck in the middle with you...

Way back in the Triassic period, I worked with a contractor who kept on humming:

Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right
Here I am stuck in the middle with you.

Lesson learnt: don't work with people who hum songs and to this day, I switch the radio off when they play THAT song!!!

The Caesers

Those of you who have heard Don Page speak more than a couple of times will understand why after several years of exposure "Jerk it out" is indelibly linked with ITIL in my mind.

PS - for those who don't know it is the soundtrack he uses to his condensed ITIL session - not a comment on Don!


How about the Locomotion? "everybody's doing a brand new dance now"

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