28 September 2009
"I think I'm quite dull, really. I see myself rather like an old discarded dishrag. I don't deny that, you know, stand me next to Primal Scream and I'll eat the lot of them alive - and I know you worship the very hair they stand on - but next to someone like that there is no competition. Intellectually, there is no competition at all in pop music any longer! Everyone is so boring! Relentlessly boring! Even those who are considered not to be, bore me stiff. And I can fogive people of anything except dullness." - 1994 interview Select magazine
25 September 2009
21 September 2009
"There's a couple of songs I don't like. In fact, I didn't really like them at the time. Like 'What Difference Does It Make', I thought was absolutely awful the day after the record was pressed" - 1992 interviewStranger still are the circumstances surrounding the recording of the song. Morrissey and Johnny Marr originally recorded it on their 1982 demo tape, however, it was to be re-recorded for their 1984 release the Smiths. While Marr, Joyce, and Rourke recorded their parts at Manchetser's Pluto Studios Morrissey stepped out for what the band assumed was 'to grab a bag of chips'. However Morrissey, unhappy with the arrangements of the bands financial terms had other ideas. After waiting for nearly five hours it became apparent the Mozzer was not returning to record his vocals. In fact, Morrissey had left the studio and hopped on the next train to London and headed straight for the band's record labels offices. After the details were sorted out Morrissey would return to record his part in time for the album's final sessions in November of 1983.
"For me, almost all the records have been absolutely perfect, but I can't deny that there are some that haven't aged so gracefully - 'What Difference Does It Make?' ... I regret the production on that now. But that's the only regret, although I might seem like the kind of person that has many regrets."
- 1984 interview
18 September 2009
The video quality on this isn't the best, but the audio is top notch. enjoy bitches:
And I really ain't bothered what you think of me
'cause all I want of you is just a let me be
17 September 2009
album sales:Undoubtedly, Michael Jackson has sold more albums than any other artist. Estimates put his sales between 350 and 700 million worldwide. Thriller is the best selling album of all time selling over 110 million copies. Prince's best known album, Purple Rain, on the other hand has sold somewhere in the neighborhood of 13 million copies. In fact Jackson, in an obvious attempt to detract attention away from prince, died on June 25th, 2009 - the 25th anniversary of the release of Purple Rain. Clearly, Jackson get's the edge in record sales. This only serves to prove another point, people love shit music. Don't believe me? The Bodyguard Soundtrack sold 42 million copies, the Eagles Greatest Hits - 42 million, The Backstreet Boys' Millennium - 40 million, and the BeeGees Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack - 40 million. Shit, Shit, Shit, Shit. Well you say, no one buys music anymore - top three songs on iTunes this week: Paparazzi - Lady GaGa, Party in the USA - Miley Cyrus, I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas. There is a reason why American Idol is so succesful, people love to listen to shit. So Jacko wins this round, but with an asterisk.
So there you have it Prince beats out Michael Jackson by a score of 4-1, ending the debate once and for all. Jackson faded into obscurity, rarely seen in public, his face becoming a charicature of a 50 year old white woman - looking nothing like he had some 25 years ago at the peak of his popularity. Then, upon his death, every yupie in the country suddenly rushed to download thriller, and proclaim how tragic his death was. It begs the question, will other celebrities be mourned inspite of their transgresions upon their death? Will OJ Simpson be revered in death as one of the greatest running backs of all time, with no mention of killing Nicole Brown Simpson & that other dude that no one remembers? Will everyone rush to Best Buy to pick up the Naked Gun Trilogy, while wearing their USC hats? Will Pete Rose be voted into the hall of fame the first ballot after his death, while everyone forgives him for gambling on baseball? Clearly you can jerk off as many 12 year old boys as you want and when you die - all is forgiven. Cry me a fucking river Jacko fans, I guarantee you on June 24th, 2009 you couldn't have cared less about Michael Jackson. In summary: Prince > Jacko
14 September 2009
So Kanye interrupted Taylor Swift at the VMA's last night. Good for him, you can say what you want about him being rude, drunk, etc... but The College Dropout is still the shit. Sure, Taylor Swift is kind of hot, in a girl next door way, but Beyonce's song couldn't be more played out, and who gives a shit about MTV anyway? For the best and most warranted award show speech interruption you have to go back to the 40th Grammy Awards ('98), when none other than Ol' Dirty Bastard himself interrupted Shawn Colvin's award speech for Song of the Year to protest Puff Daddy's win for best rap album. A few observations: what the shit is Puffy doing winning a Grammy? Who the fuck is Shawn Colvin? Subquestion, how many Grammy voters did she fellate to win song of the year? Mmmm...bop totally deserved the win. Not only was ODB right, but wu-tang is in fact 'for the children'.
11 September 2009
Is there anyone who pulled off the balding mullet better than Phil? Phil Friday is from Genesis' 1987 tour in which they became the first band to sell out Wembley stadium four days in a row. I can't imagine why Tony Banks would need 9 seperate keyboards on stage, nor have I ever seen a smaller guitar than the one Mike Rutherford is playing. Phil clearly not on the drums for this tour and, as of today, it appears he won't be playing the drums ever again. Enjoy bitches:
09 September 2009
In 1966, Britian's Melody Maker Magazine named Otis Redding International Male Vocalist of the Year, a distinction that for each of the previous ten years had been awarded to Elvis Presley. Although his career spanned less than seven years, Redding is still one of the most influential musicians of the last century. A note to any young talented musicians out there; perhaps consider a tour bus, instead of flying private, look for the top 5 musical careers ended in fiery plane crashes soon.
top 5 Otis Redding Songs
(sittin' on)the dock of the bay
The song that he is probably best known for. Recorded days before Otis and four members of his back up band the Bar-Kays died in a plane crash after playing his final show in Cleveland, Ohio. (More words of wisdom, stay out of Ohio, nothing good can come from visiting that putrid state.) Redding's only Billboard number one hit. Write this down:
so I guess I'll remain the same"
That fat turd Aretha Franklin had to steal this song and turn it into some "empowering women" anthem, and who ever wanted that? God damn liberal bitches. Rolling Stone Magazine named Aretha's version the #5 song on their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The last line of the song, take care...tcb (taking care of business) was a rallying cry for the African-American culture of the 60's and 70's. TCB also became Elvis's motto, appearing on his neclace and even his private plane. At the Monterrey Pop Festival in 1967, Redding laughingly introduced Respect as the song, "that little girl done stole from me, but I'm gonna sing it anyway."
you left the water running
Helping to prove my point, that everything in life relates back to High Fidelity: In the novel, and a deleted scene from the movie Rob goes to purchase the singles vinyl collection of a woman who's selling her husband's collection after he ran off with a 19 year old to Jamaica (good for him). When Rob refuses to take the bargain offer, citing - "I couldn't do that to another collector", the one single he asks to purchase - Otis Redding's You Left the Water Running.
i've been loving you too long
Yet another song that fat ass Aretha Franklin tried to steal and make her own, after she covered it on her 1972 album Young, Gifted, and Fat...I mean Black. After the Rolling Stones covered this classic in 1965, Redding returned the compliment covering (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction and arguably doing it better than Mick Jager.
hard to handle
Although the Black Crowes cover of this song is probably more popular, as well as my drunken karaoke version from a vacation in Aruba, hands down the best Otis Redding song. Released after his death in 1968 as the b-side to Amen - the Crowes version reached #1 on the mainstream rock charts in 1990.
Cause mama I'm sure hard to handle, now, gets around
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03 September 2009
Based on the trailer I'm going to give this one two pairs of pants all the way off. Release date on the movie is set for October 30th.
01 September 2009
While the Seattle Sounders FC may be new to Major League Soccer, the name is taken from the North American Soccer League club that played in Seattle from 1974-1983, as well as the USL First Division team from 1994-2008. The city of Seattle had originally hoped to be awarded a franchise when Major League Soccer began play in 1996, however, due to a variety of reasons the city was overlooked. Initial requirements for an MLS franchise required 10,000 season ticket deposits, as well as the league looking favorably upon cities with natural grass surfaces hindered their efforts considerably. In 1998 MLS expanded adding the Chicago Fire and now disbanded Miami Fusion, and although Seattle again looked to be awarded a team in 2005 a second team in Los Angeles, Chivas USA, and Real Salt Lake were added. The league would announce expansion into Canada by adding Toronto FC in 2007, before it was announced in November 2007 that Seattle would be the spot of MLS's 15th club. Supporters were asked to vote for the name of the new franchise, and although Sounders FC was not one of the options, the majority of the votes cast were in favor of adopting the name of the former NASL and current USL-1 club. The Sounders began play in the 2009 season winning their first match 3-0 in front of a sold out Qwest Field.
Known best for it's overpriced coffee and suicide-inducing shity weather, Seattle, Washington is the 25th most populated city in the United States. While the city of Seattle has been inhabited since the end of the last glacial period (c. 8,000 bc) it was Arthur Deny who founded the first American settlement in what is now present day Seattle in November 1851. Like all great American cities the settlers of Seattle began gradually laying claim to land inhabited by Native Americans, placing bounties on the scalps of so called "bad indians", and jailing any settlers accused of sympathizing with the natives, culminating with the battle of Seattle in 1856. Present day Seattle's most recognizable landmark, the Space Needle, was built for the 1962 world's fair standing at over 600 feet tall. For over 40 years the Space Needle has provided residents of Seattle a perfect jumping place for when the stark reality that it rains some 225 days a year in the Emerald City crushes their will to live.The Sounders play their home matches at Seattle's Qwest Field. When roof tiles from the Kingdome began falling during a Mariner's pre-game it was apparent it was time for a new stadium. Paid for in part by the Seahawks' new owner Paul Allen, and state wide tax raises, lottery games, as well as taxes on the stadium itself, Seattle's Qwest Field opened in 2002 for a preseason game with the Indianapolis Colts. Qwest Field quickly became known as one of the NFL's toughest stadiums to play in due to the intense noise generated by the grunge music loving flannel adorned crowd. In a 2005 game, the visiting New York Giants committed eleven false start penalties largely due to the overwhelming crowd noise. Qwest Field features artificial field turf and has a capacity of around 32,000 for soccer matches.
Hoping to start a new team from scratch team officials opened online voting for the team's name giving the options of: Seattle Alliance, Seattle Republic, Seattle FC, and a write in option. More than 80% of the 15,000 supporter's votes were in favor of the name 'Sounders'. Named for Seattle's Puget Sound and also paying homage to the NASL team that played in Seattle during the mid 70's and early 80's, as well as the USL team that had won four league championships (1995, 1996, 2005, & 2007), and three Commissioner's Cups (equivalent of the MLS Supporter's Shield) in 1994, 2002, & 2007. The club's official name was announced in a press conference at the city's space needle with original Sounders Jimmy Gabriel and Pepe Fernandez and former coach Alan Hinton in attendance. The official team colors are Sounder Blue, representing the waters of the Puget Sound; Rave Green, which is either a shout out to the city's ecstasy taking rave goers or representing the forests of the Pacific Northwest; and Cascade Shale, representing the Cascade Range to the east of Seattle.
The Sounders announced their partnership with Seattle based Microsoft and Xbox 360 Live became the presenting partner of the Sounders. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has a minority ownership stake in the Sounders as well as being the owner of the Seattle Seahawks, and Portland Jail Blazers. In addition to partnering with the Sounders and Major League Soccer, during the Sounder's home matches the field is known as "The Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field"
While it is widely believed that the team is owned by the un-funiest man in America, and serial rapist look-alike Drew Carey, the majority of the team is owned by Joe Roth. After co-founding Morgan Creek productions (Young Guns, True Romance, Ace Ventura, Major League, et al.) in 1987, Roth went on to head 20th Century Fox (1989-1993) and Walt Disney pictures (1994-2000). Now instead of producing cinematic masterpieces he chose to produce shit footie. Roth is joined by minority owners Adrian Hanauer (also the team's GM), Paul Allen, and Drew Carey. Carey's involvement in the team was contingent on the team adding the league's only marching band, the Sound Wave, as well as adopting a European style to the team's upper management in which supporter's can vote out the team's general manager every four years. I thought it odd that no other team in Major League Soccer had their own marching band until I realized it's a god damn marching band at a footie match. Apparently I'm not alone in thinking that as supporters of the club petitioned the front office to have the band moved to the far end of the pitch where they didn't have to hear their rendition of the price is right's theme song ten times a match. Tossers.
Less than a week after leading the Columbus Crew to their first ever Supporter's Shield and MLS Cup victory in 2008, Sigi Schmid was name head coach of the expansion Sounders. Schmid and current US National Team's Head Coach Bob Bradley are the only two coaches to be named MLS coach of the year twice , Schmid winning in 2008 and 2002 as coach of the LA Galaxy. While with the Galaxy Schmid led the team to two Supporter's Shields (1999 & 2002), the US Open Cup in 2001, MLS Cup in 2002, and the CONCACAF Champions Cup in 2001. He is second in all time MLS wins only to Bob Bradley's record of 124. Prior to coaching in Major League Soccer Schmid spent two separate years at the helm of the US U-20 men's team as well as twenty years as the head coach of the UCLA leading the Bruins to over 320 wins.
Safe to say the Sounders are well supported. In just their first year they lead Major League Soccer in attendance. Over 32,000 fans were in attendance at their inaugural match. One of their more vocal supporter's groups is the Emerald City Supporters originally formed in 2005 following the USL Sounders. Other supporter's groups include the North End Supporters, and Gorilla FC? Seriously? Gorilla FC? Among the Emerald City Supporter's greatest hits is Take Em' All:
Take ‘em all,Hmmm, this just proves a point I've been trying to make for years, just because two things rhyme doesn't make it a good song. Wankers.
Take ‘em all,
Put ‘em up against a wall and shoot ‘em,
Short n tall, watch ‘em fall,
Come on boys, take ‘em all
From now on any thing footie related on this blog is going to contain at least one reference to those savage cunts Millwall! It's amazing that former Millwall keeper Casey Keller and former Westham forward and designated player Freddie Ljungberg haven't stabbed each other yet. Keller was one of the first players signed with the club after helping Fulham avoid relegation on the last day of the Premiership with a 1-0 win at Portsmoth in 2008. He posted three consecutive shut outs to begin the 2009 season in Seattle. Swedish striker Ljungberg joined the team from the mighty Hammers after only netting 2 goals in 25 appearances. Ljunberg's contract is worth more than $10 million for two years, a great investment given the fact that in 17 starts he's managed to notch just two goals. Other players of note include forward Nate Jaqua, Jamaican defender Tyrone Marshall, Columbian forward Fredy Montero, and French midfielder Sébastien Le Toux.
If you're reading this in the DC Metro area and not planning to attend the match, shame on you. United rolled back prices to 1996 and tickets are a mere $12 with $2 beers, which can mean only one thing - it's going to be a shit show of epic proportions. United is undefeated in league play this year at estadio RFK. The two clubs played to a 3-3 draw earlier this year in Seattle. Chris 'party boy' Pontius scored in the fourth minute, before Seattle scored three unanswered goals (Alonso '36, Jaqua '45, & Montero '57) before Christian Gomez answered in 63rd minute and Seattle added an own goal from Tyrone Marshall off of shot from Santino Quaranta in the 87th. United has marketed the hell out of this match and it would be a shame if Seattle ended up winning the match. Ultimately I'm taking United in a nail biter.
Prediction - United 3 : Sounders FC 2