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"Snide Remarks II: Electric Boogaloo" contains columns published in The Daily Universe at BYU between 1997 and 1999, plus additional unpublished columns, behind-the-scenes commentary by Eric, and angry letters he received in response to the columns.
Columns included in "Snide Remarks II: Electric Boogaloo":
- "The Valentine's Day Column" -- Why we should celebrate the "holiday" the way we did in elementary school.
- "Shutteth Up!" -- People talking in the theater.
- "Grandma II: Margrit's Revenge" -- My grandfather's new wife.
- "Nobody's American Except Me" -- Two conspiracy-theory letters to the editor.
- "Mechanical Failure" -- Taking Pedro in for a tune-up.
- "Two Snides to Every Story" -- Differences in Utah newspapers' reporting styles.
- "Good-4-Nothing" -- Why all businesses hate their customers.
- "Oh My Heck, It's Another Conference Diary" -- The fourth semiannual minute-by-minute account of the LDS general conference.
- "Irreconcilable Differences" -- A questionnaire that should be used to weed out undesirable roommates.
- "How to be a Gooder Speechist" -- How to give a good sacrament meeting talk.
- "Humor Column: It's Funny" -- Products designed to make men's lives easier.
- "Good Kill Hunting" -- The "sport" of hunting.
- "Mall in a Day's Work" -- The new mall in Provo.
- "Ruinmates" -- Readers' suggestions for roommate questions.
- "Another Letter to the Editor" -- Another parody of letters to the editor.
- "Slime and Punishment" -- Clinton, Hussein and the Honor Code Office all get their due. (Never before published! This is the one that put a stop to "Snide Remarks.")
- "Life's Little Competitions" -- Contests that go on during everyday life.
- "Requiem for a Hyundai" -- Pedro is eulogized.
- "Class Struggle" -- New classes being offered at BYU.
- "Snide Farewells" -- The final "Snide Remarks" column, in which angry letters are answered and tears are shed (not really).
Please note: Some columns contain jokes that you won't get unless you're either Mormon or a BYU student. Other columns contain jokes that you won't get because they're not funny. Some columns, we just can't even defend, they're so stupid. But you should still buy the book.
Long ago, Eric produced some books and CDs containing his work. These items were treasured by dozens of people. But now everything is "digital" and on the "Internet," and nobody buys books or CDs anymore, and they are expensive to produce anyway.
Here is the one actual physical thing that you can still buy:
"Snide Remarks II: Electric Boogaloo" ($5, plus shipping). This is an actual book, a compilation of classic columns from the BYU era (1997-1999). Once these last 100 copies are sold, the book will be gone forever. The shopping cart to the right will allow you to pay by credit card or through your PayPal account.
What about all the old stuff? Is it gone forever? Is it on the "Internet" now?
"Snide Remarks" (book): This was the first compilation of BYU-era columns, published in 1998. It was the BYU Bookstore's bestselling non-textbook that year, even though it wasn't released until July! We're very proud of that. The last copies were sold in 2005, and no more reprints are forthcoming. The columns themselves are to be found in the Snide Remarks archives, though, here on this website.
"Will Make Jokes for Food" (CD): Eric's first live album, released in 2003. Songs included: "Your Thong," "Don't Know Why," "Piano Man," "The Titanic Song," "Since My Best Friend Got Engaged," "My Siamese Twin Fiancee," "The Scully Song," "I'm Handsome," "A Whole New Ward," "It Had to be U," "When I Was Six," "Songs About Rainbows," "Livin' La Vida Utah," "Work at the MTC," "The Pioneer Song," "Give It All up for You," "Why Would I Go out with You?," "Hold on, the Light Will Change," "The General Authorities Song." Many of these songs are now available for streaming or free download through iLike.com.
"Monkeys and Pirates Are Funny" (CD): Follow-up album, released in early 2006. Songs included: "Is It Weird? (the Lord of the Rings Song)," "Mr. Bright Guy," "Those Were the Days," "Megan the Vegan," "Winter's Chill," "Why Do You Hate America?," "That's a Moore-ay," "Darth Says It Best," "Everyone I Know (Is in Love) (Except Me)," "I Can't Stand to Fly," "Vincent Van Gogh," "Back to the Fair," "You Make Me Want to be Good," "UVSC," "The General Authorities Song." Many of these songs are now available for streaming or free download through iLike.com.
"The Snide Remarks Collection Vol. 1" (CD): This was like an audiobook, with Eric reading 15 of his columns. Nowadays, we call it a podcast. You can read the columns -- or listen to the audio versions -- in the Snide Remarks archives.
"Songs" (book): This was a songbook containing sheet music (piano, vocal and guitar chords) for 10 of Eric's original songs. You can download PDFs of these files and print them out your own self. The songs are: "Is It Weird? (The Lord of the Rings Song)," "I'm Handsome," "When I Was Six," "The Scully Song," "Since My Best Friend Got Engaged," "My Siamese Twin Fiancee," "Give It All up for You," "Everyone I Know (Is in Love) (Except Me)," "Why Would I Go out with You?," "The General Authorities Song."