This and That

“Hi, I’m your video DJ
I always talk like I’m wigged out on quaaludes
I wear a satin baseball jacket everywhere I go

My job is to help destroy
What’s left of your imagination
By feeding you endless doses
Of sugar-coated mindless garbage

So don’t create
Be sedate
Be a vegetable at home
And thwack on that dial
If we have our way even you will believe
This is the future of rock and roll

How far will you go
How low will you stoop
To tranquilize our minds with your sugar-coated swill

You’ve turned rock and roll rebellion
Into Pat Boone sedation
Making sure nothing’s left to the imagination

M.T.V. Get off the
M.T.V. Get off the
M.T.V. Get off the air
Get off the air!!”

Does anyone remember when MTV used to actually show videos? Perhaps a better question is does anyone actually miss the fact that MTV used to show videos? In Canada, our version of MTV was a little thing called Much Music, which was similar to MTV but in a Canadian, “Beachcomber”* kind of way. Sure they showed the odd video by The Fixx or Depeche mode, but the majority of the time it broadcast the usual mindless drivel, with Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like The Wolf” on an endless loop.

For those in the know the coolest video program(me) was THE NEW MUSIC, which featured more obscure, underground bands and had for it’s host a long haired waver by the name of JD Roberts. He always seemed to be stoned and a bit of a slacker – noone ever thought he’d amount to much. Take a look at the below video of him interviewing the Spoons, which by the way was the first band I ever saw in concert…

Then one day a couple of years ago I was watching CNN and this well groomed talking head came on by the name of John Roberts pontificating about some terrorist act in the Middle East or something and I thought, “hmmmnnnn, that guy looks familiar.” Well, lo and behold it was JD Roberts all grown up and acting like a responsible adult.  You just never know….

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What’s the dirtiest song title to ever make it into the Billboard Top 100? “If You See Kay”, by Champion. Think about it…

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So I picked up the new Nick Lowe comp, “Quiet Please…”, and although the music is of course stellar I was a little bummed by the packaging. YepRoc usually does an outstanding job in this regard and I thought it was a little sparse and not very creative. Oh, and the downloadable bonus tracks that came with it are undownloadable. Bummer, man….

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So Super Furry Animals have a new album coming out and my contact from Canada (hey Rumproast!) says they’re weird again, which is a good thing. Last album Hey Venus was good but it didn’t really blow me away. Looking forward to hearing it!

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Roger Daltry says that the cover shoot for The Who Sell Out album, you know the one where he’s in a tub of baked beans, gave him pneumonia. Serves ya right, you old tosser….

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What a freakin’ excellent album Gary Numan’s The Pleasure Principle still is! I think that the fact it hasn’t dated as badly as some other 80’s synth albums is due in large part to the excellent drumming of Cedric Sharpley. Although “Cars” is certainly the song everyone remembers it’s not the best song on the album…not by a long shot. Give the remaster a spin and I think you’ll agree…

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I really can’t stand the new U2. The first three tracks are ok, but the rest is all U2 by numbers. Time to give it up, gents.

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Has anyone seen Watchmen yet? I need to see it, but I’d like your opinion first, especially if you’re a fan of the original graphic novel.

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*”Beachcombers” was (is?) the longest running Canadian television program and was absolute crap. I think the CBC’s 168 part documentary on the history of curling was more exciting…

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UPDATE: Holy crap! I created this post at 8am this morning and had about 40 visitors by the time I was done. Just checked the stats and it’s now over 250. What the hell? John Roberts must be a popular guy!

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