Top 5 Songs from ‘MoS: Level 9’

Almost a year ago, I shared my favorite song from each ‘Miracle of Sound’ album.

I later made a Top 10 or Top 5 list for each album, depending on how big the album was to begin with.

Gavin Dunne has now released his ninth Level album, so I’m here to give it the same treatment as I did for the previous ones!



5. Setting Sun

A heartfelt country song inspired by the western game Red Dead Redemption 2, with a few lines calling back to his Redemption Blues song, inspired by the first Red Dead Redemption game.


4. Starting Over

Another country song, this time inspired by the disappointing Fallout 76.

Just goes to show that you can make something good out of anything, even out of something bad.


3. Machine Hearts

I have not played NieR: Automata yet (due to my huge backlog), but the beautiful guest vocals by Sharm makes that point moot.

Great song, can’t wait to play this game!


2. Giants Fall

Shadow Of The Colossus is an epic and hauntingly beautiful game, just like this song based on it.


1. The Death of Rock ‘N’ Roll

While rock is not as present in mainstream culture as it once was, it has evolved and found new homes.

Rock is not dead, and this song has a ton of soul!



If you liked these songs, you can buy the album here!

My Dalek Tribute Videos

In December of 2005, after just having discovered Doctor Who, I was watching the show’s behind-the-scenes spin-off show, Doctor Who Confidential.

One short segment featured shots of The Doctor’s main villains, the Daleks, cut together with the Big Brovaz song Nu Flow.


Those two elements worked so well together that I was disappointed that the segment wasn’t longer.

So I decided to finish the pairing, by making a Dalek tribute video set to the entire song.

But it took longer than expected, so I put the project on ice.


When I later decided to finish the video in May of 2007, there had been so many additional episodes featuring the Daleks that I had more cool clips of them than I could fit into the lenght of that song.

So I decided that clips from seperate season would get seperate songs, and you can see the result below.



The first Dalek Tribute

The series 1 episodes Dalek, Bad Wolf and The Parting of the Ways from 2005 are set to Nu Flow by Big Brovaz.

The series 2 episodes Army of Ghosts and Doomsday from 2006 are set to Numb by Linkin Park.

The series 3 episodes Daleks in Manhattan and Evolution of the Daleks from 2007 are set to I Just Wanna Live by Good Charlotte.


I was pretty happy with result, and would go on to make a new video for each season for the next six years.


Dalek Tribute 2

The series 4 episodes The Stolen Earth and Journey’s End from 2008 are set to The Big Boom by Jonathan Coulton.


Dalek Tribute 3

The series 5 episodes Victory of the Daleks, The Pandorica Opens and The Big Bang from 2010 are set to Fashion Is Danger by Flight of the Conchords.

There had been some controvercy over the Dalek redesign in this season, so this video was me having some fun at their expense.


Dalek Tribute 4

The series 7 episode Asylum of the Daleks from 2012 is set to Crazy by Gnarls Barkley.



I also made five Classic Dalek Tributes, featuring episodes from the “classic” seasons of Doctor Who, which aired from 1963 to 1989.


The 60s – Part One

The 1960s serials The Daleks and The Dalek Invasion of Earth are set to Exterminate by Snap and Us Against the World by Westlife.


The 60s – Part Two

The 1960s serials The Space Museum, The Chase, The Dalek’s Master Plan and The Evil of the Daleks are set to Ticket to Ride by The Beatles, Disco Inferno by The Trammps and Who Said We’re Wack? by The Lonely Island.


The 70s – Part One

The 1970s serials Genesis of the Daleks and Destiny of the Daleks are set to All as One by Trocadero, The Metal by Tenacious D and Always Look On The Bright Side of Life by Eric Idle (from Monty Python’s Life of Brian).


The 70s – Part Two

The 1970s serials Genesis of the Daleks and Destiny of the Daleks are set to
One Little Slip by Barenaked Ladies and Wasteland Soul by Miracle of Sound.


The 80s

The 1980s serials Resurrection of the Daleks, Revelation of the Daleks and Remembrance of the Daleks are set to the Pascal remix of Snap’s
Exterminate.



Not all of these songs are among the types of music I like to listen to on a normal basis, as I tried to mix up the genres so that each video would feel different.

But I feel that for the most part, each song fits well with the visuals, and brings something more to the table.

I am particularly happy with the comedic parts like Dalek Tribute 3 or Who Said We’re Wack? in part two of the 60s, but The Metal part from part one of the 70s may be one of the most awesome things I have ever made.



I had some trouble getting these videos to you, as some of them had been hit by YouTube’s over-eager content ID system.

It is in fact because of being hit by that system that I am no longer making Dalek Tribute videos.

That, and the sheer amount of time it takes to make one of these, cutting all those hours of episodes down and fitting it all into a short song, it got frustrating at times.


My favorite ‘Flight of the Conchords’ songs

I first discovered “the 4th most popular folk comedy duo in New Zealand” through listening to their first studio album on repeat with a friend while we were having a long drive to a cabin trip in 2010.

I later discovered their HBO Television series, and later still, their earlier BBC radio series.


With their HBO live London concert special recently having been released, I decided to make this post, hopefully introducing yet more people to this amazingly funny band.

Here goes!



Robots (The Humans are Dead)

I have always been a big fan of science fiction, so I was pretty predisposed to liking this song.

It is also just very funny.


Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros

Rap and hip-hop are clearly not their main musical influences, but they manage to use the styles to great comedic effect in this song.


Tears of a Rapper

While they may not be rappers, don’t say it to their face.

It hurts their feelings when you say they’re not rappers!


I’m Not Crying

They’re not cying…

It’s just been raining….on their face..


The Most Beautiful Girl (In The Room)

This is an overly specific love song, and a great example of the band’s comedic stylings.


Feel Inside (and stuff like that)

This is one is quite different.

It was made for the New Zealand children’s health research charity Cure Kids, and features many well-known New Zealand singers.

Most interestingly, the lyrics of the song was made mainly by cherry-picking funny answers from the interview with various children that you can see in the middle of that video.


Frodo, Don’t Wear The Ring

Bret McKenzie is actually in the first ‘Lord of the Rings’ film, as the Elven escort Lindir Figwit, later to return in the third film in the series, and in the first Hobbit movie.

And Jemaine Clement voiced Sauron in The Lego Batman Movie!


Inner City Pressure

This series was one of the first things me and my girlfriend bonded over, as we were both big fans when we met.

That fact did a lot to smooth things over after The Comedy Song Debacle.


Issues (Think About It)

Someone needs to tackle the big issues, might as well be FotC.


You Don’t Have To Be A Prostitute

My girlfriend told me early in our relationship that I look a lot like Bret.

Nobody else has been able to see it, but I’ll take the compliment.


Carol Brown

This song is incredibly good, on both a musical and comedic level.

I did not number these, as that would have taken forever to decide upon, but this would have been near the top if I had.


Mutha Uckers

This song would have been very lewd, if not for the fact that the guys are continually censoring themselves as they are singing the song.

Very clever idea for a gag.


A Kiss is Not a Contract

…but it’s very nice.


We’re Both In Love With A Sexy Lady

I just like the beats and jokes in this very much.

I often get it as an earworm, and I don’t mind at all.


Rambling Through The Avenues Of Time

Just a short and sweet one to close us out.


I hope you have enjoyed this, and maybe found a new favorite.

If you liked it, you should check out their show, as it is amazing!