I thought the closing ceremony to the 2012 Olympic Games was...okay. Let me deconstruct that:
The Who: I thought Roger Daltrey was in good voice and it was cool to see Pete windmill that Telecaster. But I wonder why Pete didn't sing his usual "Don't cry/Don't raise your eye/It's only teenage wasteland" part in this song. Could it have to do with his hearing issues?
John Lennon: (Doing the inevitable "Imagine") and Freddy Mercury's singalong. But it's interesting that the two biggest showstoppers were delivered by dead people.
Pet Shop Boys: Don't try to understand them. Just go with it.
Kaiser Chiefs: Hell, they fooled me. When they rode in on that fleet of modcycles singing "Pinball Wizard," I though it was The Who.
A single CD expanded to an 8-disc box set? Impossible for most artists--but Peter Gabriel isn't like most people. When he decided to release a 25th anniversary edition of So, he wanted to do it up right.
Here's what we'll get for $147 USD on October 23.
Disc 1: Remastered edition of So.
Discs 2 and 3:Re-edited Live in Athens 1987, which appears to be another version of the concert film PoV, which was produced by Martin Scorcese.
Disc 4: So DNA, described as “a unique insight into the writing and recording of So, experienced via a track-by-track evolutionary process leading you from the early moments when rhythms, melodies and lyrical ideas were discovered through the various stages of song development and recording.”
The NME reports on Austin Chapman, a man who has been very, very deaf since the day he was born. A hearing aid helped a little but delivered music in a fuzzy and unsatisfied form. He never had a chance to experience the full emotional power of music.
Recently, though, he was fitted with a new hearing device--and suddenly, things sound much, much better. Including music.
This inspired a blog post asking people to recommend to him "the most beautiful songs" so he might get caught up in the wonder of music for the very first time.
When Mozart's Lacrimosa came on, I was blown away by the beauty of it. At one point of the song, it sounded like angels singing and I suddenly realized that this was the first time I was able to appreciate music. Tears rolled down my face and I tried to hide it. But when I looked over I saw that there wasn't a dry eye in the car.
You read that right. . J. Edgar must be spinning in his grave.
This all relates to last fall's FBI declaration that the Juggalo nation was a "hybrid gang," a threat similar to the Crips and Bloods. That followed four states--Pennsylvania, Utah, Arizona and California--officially classifying Juggalos as a gang.
ICP is not taking this lightly. Here's the press release:
INSANE CLOWN POSSE AND PSYCHOPATHIC RECORDS RETAIN LEGAL COUNSEL TO INVESTIGATE AND PURSUE LEGAL ACTION IN RESPONSE TO THE NATIONAL GANG INTELLIGENCE CENTER'S 2011 NATIONAL GANG THREAT ASSESSMENT
Musical Group to Spearhead Campaign to Defend the Rights of its Fan Base the Juggalos
Despite the fact that I spend a majority of my writing time reviewing and seeking out new music by new artists, I must admit, I love a good cover song. An artist you wouldn’t expect covering another artist like The Revolting Cock’s cover of “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” for example.
But what I also find intriguing are covers that the general public don’t realise are covers. Below is our list of Top Ten Covers You May Not Have Known Were Covers!
10) Girls Just Want To Have Fun (Original: Richard Hazard / Cover: Cyndi Lauper)