If there was any doubt left about Rolling Stone magazine being garbage…

29 06 2009

this erased all doubt!

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You’d never see Brit music magazines put these semi-talented, overhyped kids on their covers.  Never!

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Heatwave

24 06 2009

It’s 92 degrees here in Detroit!  I think “Heatwave” is appropriate today.





Summer’s here and the time is right…

22 06 2009

In celebration of the solstice, here are some great “summer” songs.

There are a lot of songs that go well with summer but that aren’t specifically about summer.  I think I’ll write about some of those later.





Uncomfortably numb

21 06 2009

I hurt my back at the gym yesterday.  Since then I’ve been in near-constant pain.  The only “relief” is Flexiril, a muscle relaxer.  It doesn’t provide pain relief as much as it seems to keep the back flexible.  It also makes me loopy, edgy and a tad crabby.  It definitely dulls me.

That feeling made me think of this song.  I’m sure it’s about trippier experiences than mine, but it fits the fog — the I’m-not-myself-feeling — I’m living in at the moment.





You say it’s his birthday

18 06 2009

Sir Paul McCartney was born on this day in 1942.  Happy birthday, Macca!

Here’s your famous birthday song, from you, to you.





Musicians-turned-actors (Part 1)

16 06 2009

Even before the birth of rock and roll, singers and musicians have tried their hand at acting.  We’ve all seen (too many) actors try singing, mostly with disastrous results.  For whatever reason it seems that it’s easier for someone that is primarily skilled in singing or playing an instrument to act than it is for a trained actor to become a musician.

Just going over this in my head, there have countless musicians-turned-actors.  Some have been damned good making that transition.  Because there have been so many, I suspect I’m going to tackle this topic in several parts.

These folks are some of my favorite musicians-turned-actors.  I am not sayin they are the best.  I’m also not necessarily judging their acting abilities on whether or not their performances have been anything approaching “Oscar worthy.”  Some of these people are list simply because I’ve enjoyed their acting work.  Some are listed because they are particularly good as actors.  Without further ado. . .

mark-wahlberg Mark Wahlberg f/k/a “Marky Mark” is, in my view, a natural-born actor.  He’s certainly a much better actor than a hip-hop artist.  I thought he was nothing short of fantastic in The Departed.  He solid in other films, too, like Four Brothers and Three Kings.  Mark’s one of the few actors I will actually see his films just because he’s in them.

frankFrank Sinatra. The Chairman of the Board.  Old Blue Eyes.  Frank was the greatest singer of his generation and one of the best ever.  He was also a great actor that was in a lot of movies.   Mr. Sinatra won an Oscar for his turn in From Here to Eternity.  Most trained actors cannot claim Oscar fame let alone singers-turned-actors.

dollyDolly Parton.  Yes, I’m serious.  Dolly Parton.  No, she’s not a great actress.  She’s probably not even a good one.  But she has pretty good comedic timing and does a nice job playing a loveable southern bimbo.  Dolly’s just likeable on screen.  There’s a cuteness factor to her portrayals of otherwise uninteresting characters.  She was very entertaining as Doralee Rhodes in the Jane Fonda/Dabney Coleman/Lily Tomlin flick, 9 to 5.

mustache-ted-nugent Ted Nugent.  This one’s really a stretch.  Ted’s not a thespian.  But when I was a kid, I was a huge Miami Vice fan.  Ted guest-starred in one episode as a completely evil slimeball drug dealer.  He was gunned down in the end.  I don’t know whether Ted’s been in any other films, but I thought his appearance on Miami Vice was pretty cool.

sling-blade-dwight-yoakam1One of the biggest jerks ever to be captured on film, Doyle Hargraves, was played by country star, Dwight Yoakam.  Dwight’s been in a lot of other films and he’s quite good.  But he was great in Sling Blade.





The Hall rocks

13 06 2009
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

I made my first trip to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame today and had a great time.  Some many many cool, interesting things I saw were:

One of John Lennon’s report cards from when he was 13.  Most of the hand-written notes were hard to read, but it stood out that his French teacher noted him to be “Childish and a chatterbox…”  Not surprisingly, he excelled in literature, Latin and art.

John’s Sgt. Pepper’s uniform.

James Jamerson’s double bass which, apparently, was used in recording many of Motown’s early hits.

George Harrison’s and John Lennon’s Rickenbacker guitars.

John Lennon’s leather jacket worn in Hamburg.  He’s wearing it in one of the most famous pictures of John,  the picture of him standing in an alley doorway, taken by Jurgen Vollmer.  It later was the cover shot for his “Rock and Roll” album.

Les Paul’s prototype guitars which evolved into the world-famous Les Paul model of Gibson and Epiphone.  The earliest guitar was nothing more than a 4 x 4 board with a door hinge for a bridge and 2 guitar strings.  Fascinating.

Many of Jimi Hendrix’s clothes/costumes.  More interesting were his childhood drawings and sketches: war scenes; kings and knights; PAC 10 football players.  Jimi was a pretty good drawer.

A letter from a law firm in Tupelo, MS to Vernon Presley, threatening suit against him for a $75.28 balance on a repossessed car.  Clearly this occurred before Elvis hit the big time.  He certainly would have (did!) bought his dad a car.  One of hundreds of cars Elvis bought for others is there, an early 1970’s Lincoln.

One of Buddy Holly’s outfits.

Michael Jackson’s jacket from the Thriller video.

Jim Morrison’s Cub Scout shirt.

Of course there were a lot of guitars and basses, stage costumes, handwritten lyrics, autographs and signatures, and photographs.  There are too many great things to mention let alone remember.  If you get a chance to see the Hall, go.  It’s a lot of fun and enjoyable.  I only wish I had had a little more time to look at the exhibits a bit closer.