Masters of Song Fu 2, Round 1: “Cruel, Cruel Moon”

Here we are again, throwing down with our musical colleagues in the Songwriting Octagon, winner take all (eventually). Our first task for the second Masters of Song Fu competition was to “write a song about the moon.” Here’s what we came up with:

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Cruel, Cruel Moon

Having heard a sneak preview of some of the submissions (we can do this because we’re special, and because our song is submitted and can’t be changed now), we’re very impressed by the wide variety of approaches people took towards the task. Songwriting is neat!

UPDATE: Voting has now begun…you can listen to all the submissions and vote for your favorites here—one vote for the Masters, one vote for the Challengers. Go vote for your favorites! (If we happen to be one of them, more’s the better) Voting ends next Thursday (Aug. 28), so go do your civic duty.


  1. Jack F
    Posted August 21, 2008 at 6:05 am | Permalink

    Nice work. I’ll take American Werewolf references wherever I can find them.

  2. Posted August 21, 2008 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    Really good job guys. I love that everyone used the real moon and not the ham of a moon. This is going to be tough!

  3. Posted August 21, 2008 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    Totally dig it.

  4. Posted August 21, 2008 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    That’s some quality work, guys!
    I’ll take a joke in the place of a rhyme any day!

  5. Jack F
    Posted August 21, 2008 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    Sounds more like Phil and Don than Paul and Storm. (But in this case that’s a good thing.)

  6. Gle3nn
    Posted August 22, 2008 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    I just voted for your song and the challenger but the results on the page after that show my vote going to the rifftones instead of you. The challenger vote worked correctly but at least One of those rifftones votes is supposed to be yours.
    I don’t know what to do to fix it other than to go to another compuker and try again.

  7. Posted August 22, 2008 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    I agree, it’s awesomely Everly-esque.

  8. Posted August 23, 2008 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    Round one is a cake,er moonwalk, for you guys, once the popularity contest gets out the way 😉 Out of the masters you were the only song we had , HAD , to hear twice.

  9. Isaac
    Posted August 24, 2008 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Voted for you guys…

    Here’s to hoping.

  10. Posted August 24, 2008 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    I will be voting for your track when the page lets me vote! 🙁
    Loved it right from the start, despite Coulton’s entry growing on me (unsurprising) increasingly over the weekend, I think your entry is brilliant! Just nailed the right amount of funny, combined with the right amount of werewolf related moon Fu.
    And any song with the word “Lycanthropising” deserves to win!

  11. Posted August 25, 2008 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    @Percephene I remember last competition the page had some problems voting in various browsers, but I assume it’s been fixed – I’ve been able to see the voting script properly in Firefox (Ubuntu and Windows), Opera (Ubuntu), Safari (Windows), and IE8 (Windows), IE6, 5.5, 5 (Ubuntu). In short, web standards, ftw. But if it’s not letting you vote, maybe clear your cookies, and make sure you aren’t doing anything weird to block the site from scripting they’re doing. I think they are just using standard radio buttons, and applying a script and a 1st party cookie to them.

    But I digress.

    I am at a shared connection now, and the tubes are pretty clogged, so I can’t listen at the moment, but I bet it rocks (pun intended?). Good luck guys!

  12. Posted August 25, 2008 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    Nope, Firefox 2, no script blocker, nothing weird, cleared my cache to no avail. I did manage to get the voting to work in IE eventually though so I have been able to cast my vote now thankfully.

    Thanks also P&S for the helpful post on the JoCo forums and for the update on your podcast timing! ^_^

  13. Posted August 27, 2008 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    Hey, you guys are winning! As of 10:18 PST, 8/27/08, the Master’s scores are:

    P&S: 298
    JoCo: 293
    Rifftones: 292


  14. Jack F
    Posted August 27, 2008 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    P&S are still in the lead! Will Mister “Internet Superstar” finally get his long-due comeuppance at the hands of the dick joke guys? Time will tell…

  15. Posted August 28, 2008 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    Wow, it’s good to see the voting so close on round one, and even better with you guys in the lead! I just wish their voting system wasn’t so damn broken. I could vote in the masters challenge, but it already said that I’d voted in the challenger contest.

  16. Posted December 30, 2008 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    I don’t know if it’s intentional of not, but I can hear the riff from Warren Zevon’s Werewolves of London ( ) in the song. Nice touch!

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