Saturday, August 10, 2002
Come Together Right Now:
Over at Tres Producers Eric Olsen has been continuing a discussion about cover songs started by Ross at The Bloviator. After having watched an hour of VH-1’s So 80s show I feel compelled to start a discussion about oddest/worst collaborations ever. A few come to mind off the top of my head: Metallica & the San Francisco Symphony, John Denver & Placido Domingo (Perhaps Love), and Julio Iglesias & Willie Nelson (To All The Girls I've Loved Before). But my nominee for worst and oddest collaboration has to be the Sam Moore and Lou Reed’s duet on Soul Man from the movie by the same name. I’m a big Lou Reed fan and he definitely is a lot of things, but a Soul Man ain’t one of them.
So what’s your choice for worst collaboration?
- John Fogde 6:11 PM [+]
Please Don't Take Me As I Am:
I went to see About a Boy yesterday and thought it was very funny. It surprised me how annoyed I was by the kid, because I quite liked him in the book. But Hugh Grant has very funny and although the ending is very cringe worthy it wasn't nearly as sickeningly sweet as I had feared. The badly dressed one's music fits the movie perfectly and I think I enjoy the soundtrack even more now that I've seen the movie.
The Baltimore Ravens beat the Detroit Lions 12-6 last night in their first preseason game doing what they've been doing the last couple of years. Sucking on offense and killing on defense. It's nice to see that the rookies have been able to get together to quickly to form a decent defense (however, it was against the Lions, so let's not go overboard with the compliments just yet). Now if only Redman would throw a touch down pass once in awhile we might not get totally humiliated this year.
And did Drew Bledsoe look scary out there for the Bills or what? He completed 9 out of 11 passes for 136 yards and scored two touch downs. My guess is he's going to have one hell of a year.
The launch of blogcritics.com has been postponed till Tuesday (could this be a hidden Aimee Mann reference?), but be sure to visit the site once it launches. I have high hopes for this project and it would appear that a lot of prominent members of the blogging community are supporting this project.
A lot of people still haven't changed their links from the old blogspot address to my new fauxhemian.dk address. So if you have a website and you've been kind enough to link to me in the past I'd very much appreciate it if you would change your link to the new address. Thanks.
- John Fogde 2:24 PM [+]
Thursday, August 08, 2002
Plastic Jesus, Plastic Jesus, Riding on the Dashboard of my Car:
I’ve been listening to Transmissions from the Satellite Heart all day and there’s one track that always gets me on that album. It’s the Lips’ version of the song Plastic Jesus, which was written by either Ed Rush or George Cromarty or both (there seems to be some confusion about this). If you don’t know this version you might still recognize the song if you heard it, because it appears in the movie Cool Hand Luke. There’s a scene where Paul Newman is playing guitar and he plays the song very slowly, because he doesn’t seem to be able to remember the chords. If you haven’t seen Cool Hand Luke you really should. I saw it ages ago (even before Guns n’ Roses sampled it for Civil War) and I’ve seen it a couple of times since then. Newman is super cool in the movie and it’s just one of those movies, where you have a big grin on your face, because everything from the egg eating contest to the speech about spending a night in the box is just funny.
But back to the song. I searched Kazaa to find a proper version of the song, but could only find the Lips’, Jello Biafra’s, and Newman’s version. So I went looking for the lyrics and chords instead and was actually pretty surprised to find them right away. And even more surprised after I'd had a chance to read all the verses. It begins with:
That’s the bit I remembered, but after a couple of verses about a magnetic Mary, a sweet Madonna, and twelve apostles, there’s a verse and chorus, which go like this:
Not quite as holy all of a sudden. And it gets even worse towards the end:
Now personally, I think this is dead funny. But I was just really surprised, when I read the lyrics from start to finish. For some reason I thought it was a Christian country song and it turns out it’s a tribute to debauchery, which actually makes a lot more sense if you’ve seen the movie.
So I feel like I just found out that Vicki Lawrence is the one, who killed Andy if you know what I mean.
- John Fogde 11:13 PM [+]
Mo Money, Mo Problems:
Turns out I'm Bizarro Biggie. I mean look at the facts: I'm alive, I'm white, I'm skinny, and my ass is broke. And whereas Biggie felt that: "It's like the more money we come across the more problems we see" I feel like the less money I see the more problems I come across.
Remember I told you that I feared mail? Well, today I got a letter from the Student Wellfare organization telling me that I received more money than I was entitled to last year and unsurprisingly they'd like it back now. So now I have to talk to them about payment plans and whatnot, which stinks. The way this is going I'll have collected enough debts this year to completely screw up my economy for the next three years if I get a decent job, when I eventually graduate, or the rest of my life if I become unemployed.
I sent my review of Whip It On by The Raveonettes for the blogcritics.com project to Eric Olsen today and I think it turned out okay. I actually spent quite a bit of time on it and I'll be use to link to it, when the blogcritics site launches. I've noticed that a lot of people come here looking for information about The Raveonettes, so here's the David Fricke article about their show at CBGB's just for them.
- John Fogde 4:10 PM [+]
How Does It Feel To Be Without A Home
Like A Complete Unknown Like A Rolling Stone:
It's moving day today! With the help of my friend Jan I've acquired a new home for my ramblings. From now on I'll be publishing by thoughts and rants at fauxhemian.dk, which is already open for business. So please update your links and stop by any time you like.
- John Fogde 2:06 PM [+]
Tuesday, August 06, 2002
Andy Warhol Looks a Scream:
Andy Warhol would have turned 74 today, which Google celebrated with a cool banner:
- John Fogde 10:36 PM [+]