Happy 9-9-09 Day!


Last year, the calendar gods smiled upon us with the uber-nerdy date of August 8, 2008 (see Happy 808 Day! in honor of the drum machine). In 2009, however, we have the awe-inspiring date of 9-9-09 -- which, among other things, inspired Threadless to put its entire line of T-shirts on sale for $9! OMG! (I recommend this Cure-inspired music tee -- it's what I'll be rocking this fall.) Of course, there are plenty of tunes, bands and musical elements indebted to the numeral -- like Daft Punk's rave-tastic "Revolution 909" and plenty of video demos and performances involving the Roland TR-909. Here are a few of my favorite videos.

First, here's R.E.M.'s "9-9," the song which seemed to singlehandedly spawn Pavement's career:
And then there's the punk band 999. Yo La Tengo covering the Beatles' "One After 909" (and, um, defending Everybody Loves Raymond)

The Breeders doing "Driving on 9" from April's Record Store Day

And of course, Nena's "99 Red Balloons."


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