Posts Tagged ‘Music’

A Moment of Silence


Les Paul died today.

I’ll leave it to the seasoned music reporters to extol his many musical virtues.

Let me say

It’s a sad time. I know he was 94 but without his genius Rock and Roll wouldn’t be anything like it is now. By changing the humbucker configuration on the electric guitar he opened up a whole new area of sound. How much music would never have existed without his rack system? I could go on and on.  Countless musicians are indebted to the experiments and achievements of this amazing man. Including the ones who are in their garages right now.

Rest in Peace, Les Paul. And thanks for the music


U2 vs. Coldplay: Wankers and All Their Friends


I could write about how this nefarious “Cash for Clunkers” program is using taxpayer dollars (which we don’t have) to artificially inflate car sales and gouge the Auto Repair industry. OR, I could write about how clashes among our Lawmakers are causing a potentially helpful reform of health care to die a slow, gasping, horrible, horrible death.

But because I am not really that deep, I’d rather talk about Bono calling Chris Martin a wanker on BBC radio.

Ah hahahahahahahahahahahahaha. Ahem.

The fun part of the whole thing for me is not really the whole pot and kettle theme. It’s the reaction from various fans. If one is young and only recently discovered U2 ,  they are the greatest band EVAR and Chris Martin is indeed a wanker. If you are slightly older (just out of your teen years ) then Coldplay is the greatest band EVAR and Bono is the wanker. What fun!

Comments on a variety of sites run the whole gamut, up to and including insulting Martin’s choice of life partner. People take their music seriously.

Yet, who can take their choices seriously.

I can’t listen to U2. Bono, aside from annoying the crap out  me for the last fifteen years, has shredded his voice. He cannot sing anymore. It’s like Dylan,  after the accident. Their last good album and by good I mean, quality over quantity, was Achtung Baby. Period.

Coldplay is running the U2 playbook so well they even hired Eno to help with their new album. Their fourth album. Just like U2 did for The Unforgettable Fire, their Fourth album. Let’s run through the list: Crazy frontman who will say or do anything? Check. Rest of the band barely speaks ? Check. Hawking a ‘humanitarian’ agenda while in fact engaging in a business that is so populated with greedy bastards it will sue poor college students for illegal downloads? Check.

Is Bono really Martin’s friend and it was all a joke? Who cares. Watching the fans of both bands engage in a mud slinging contest over it is so entertaining, I find myself glued to the Net. It’s like watching an episode of Big Brother. You know you ought to be ashamed of yourself but the people involved are so ridiculous that you can’t look away.

The only aspect I find interesting is that despite every freaking newspaper in the world reprinting this dross, I can’t seem to find an article where Martin responds to Bono’s rather poor attempt at either humor or thinly veiled jealousy. Not a one.

C’mon Chris, say something. Anything. Call Bono a name or apologize for him. I just want to see your fans to start taking out ads in the New York Times highlighting what a crap person Bono has become. Then U2 fans can take out ads in Vanity Fair ripping you to pieces. If we work at it, maybe we could get both sides to start a spontaneous mud wrestling contest outside your next venue. ‘Cause nothing says ‘serious musicians at work’ than a bunch of  hormonal wack jobs screaming insults and beating the crap out of each other. Good times.

For the record, not that it is in anyway relevant to this post, but, artistically speaking, Coldplay’s new album kicks U2’s new album in the balls and calls it wanker. Sorry U2, guess you should have held on to Eno.


Rock and Roll Hall Of Shame


If you had to choose between a group of musicians the thinking world considers brilliant and a band known mostly for their fabulous hair, which would you choose?

Well, you’re wrong. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is getting set to announce their inductees and would you believe BON JOVI is the critics pick? I don’t know whether to weep or send angry invective laden e-mails. I thought they could sink no lower when Madonna made the list but, holy roaming cows.

And Bon Jovi is getting the nod over a band like Rush. Rush. One of the most eclectic and inventive bands in history. One of the first bands to begin using technology in their music. That’s right it wasn’t U(f’n)2. It was pioneers like Rush and Yes that started that craze.

On this list of  possible inductees are bands like the Smiths and the Cure who were never considered rock bands. Also Donna Summer and Chic two groups that are strictly Disco. Run DMC and the Beastie Boys are  on the list as well.

And what a dismal list. Is this really the best they can do? Have we run out of great musicians to induct and are now scraping the bottom of the musical barrel?

Did I mention that Metallica is on the list? They have been around forever, are still making great music and their albums always go to the top of the charts as soon as they are released. Even those who don’t generally listen to Heavy Metal can hum Enter Sandman. And they are being ignored for Bon Jovi? A group that is barely one step ahead of Milli Vanilli. Why don’t they just induct Ratt and Vanilla Ice and end the whole pretense?

If you’d like to put in your two cents worth, go here to vote for the band of your choice.

And it better not be Bon Freakin’ Jovi. Seriously. I have your IP and I can find you.