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This video’s so good that I’m half tempted to try this method for myself, just to see if it actually works… Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog. MacGyver would love this.

Detroit Rock City

It’s Saturday afternoon, time for a break from science as I attack the disaster that is our backyard. In the meantime, let’s rock out for a few minutes: I’m not a huge KISS fan, but the above song is the absolutely best song that KISS ever did in their entire career–and it’s an ode to…

World’s worst album cover?

Believe it or not, this post is related, albeit somewhat tangentially, to my area of expertise, breast cancer. It’s also related to one of my great loves in life, namely loud, obnoxious rock and roll. Unfortunately, it involves bad art and an album cover so puzzling that, even when considering the source, I have a…

It’s Saturday afternoon, so what the heck? Ah, that’s better.

Now I remember why breakdancing got on my nerves in the 1980s: (Via Attuworld.) Thus endeth the silliness for this rainy Sunday.

Ya gotta love The Cramps. Their style of rockabilly is so bizarre that it’s been dubbed by some as “psychobilly.” And, if you happen to be unlucky enough to have to be hospitalized in a psychiatric hospital, I can’t imagine a much better bit of therapy than to see The Cramps perform at your hospital.…

What do you get when you mix a bunch of octogenarians and nonagenarians with The Who? You get this: It’s a band called The Zimmers. Members range in age from 69 to 99. I particularly like the mass instrument smashing at the end of the video. I have to admit, however, to the near irresistable…

This time, it’s from Colorado, and it’s the King: Rock collector LaDell Alexander, 60, has found a stone she swears has the face of the rock king Elvis Presley on it and has taken it home and plans to sell it on eBay in August, near the 30th anniversary of his death. Alexander said “people…

Case in point: Soon to be Dr. Brian May of Queen. After 33 years, he’s now going be an astrophysicist. Rock on, Brian!

Kid Zeppelin

Wow. That’s all I can say. The unreconstituted Led Zeppelin geek in me is amazed. That kid can really channel Jimmy Page.

It should come as no surprise that I’m a bit of a rock critic wannabe and have been for a long time. Indeed, very early on in my blogging, I did a “top ten” list for the best music of 2004. As far back as high school, I wrote a couple of music reviews that,…

Bad covers

In keeping my (temporary), retreat from medical blogging for the weekend, I thought you might enjoy as much as I did this list of the 100 Worst Cover Songs. I do have a few objections, though. For one thing, I kind of like Marilyn Manson’s cover of Personal Jesus, which clocks in at #90. I…

The role of the crotch in rock history

I can’t argue with this: An embodiment of the mystery, danger and freedom of the music itself, the crotch has occupied a central role in a stirring rock performance. Of course, the crotch today remains a valuable weapon in the rock arsenal, as exemplified by the current wave of tight pants bands rehashing the Kinks/The…

This is just so wrong

As a fan of Iggy Pop, I was appalled to read this: Former “The Lord of the Rings” star Elijah Wood will play Iggy Pop in The Passenger, a biopic of the legendary rocker, reports Variety. Ted Hope’s This Is That Productions and Traction Media are executive producing. The movie, which follows Pop’s early years…

Those darned kids!

Students cheat on exams. There’s just no getting around it. No matter how secure teachers think they’ve made their examination processes, there will always be a subset of students who try to find a way around any security procedures and give themselves an advantage, either by hook or by crook. These days, technology is making…

They sold their souls for rock and roll

It’s been a long time since I saw something like this. I remember back in the 1980’s, I saw an utterly hysterically funny series on a religious cable outlet about the evils of rock ‘n’ roll, complete with dire warnings about how rock ‘n’ roll was a one-way ticket straight to hell. Well, it turns…

Prince turned my son gay!

Believe it or not, the FCC is receiving a fair number of complaints over the Superbowl halftime show featuring His Purpleness, particularly the part where he did a bit of a phallic thing with his guitar (as if generations of rockers haven’t done the whole guitar as wank-off thing since at least the 1960’s–heck David…

They’re taking the hobbits to Isengard!

As a diehard Lord of the Rings fan since around age 13, I have only one thing to say about this: They’re taking the hobbits to Isengard! I bet you can’t get this out of your head now, can you? This guy couldn’t:

Donnie Davies “outed”?

Remember Donnie Davies, the “youth pastor” that I wrote about a couple of days ago, who posted a list of gay bands, plus a homophobic video proclaiming that “God hates a fag” that led to a prolonged debate over whether he was for real or some sort of elaborate Borat-like prank? Two sources tell me…

Dedicated to Donnie Davies…

I don’t know if I’ll make this a habit or not, but it’s a Saturday, and once again I feel like posting a YouTube or two and dedicating it to one of the “targets” of the week. (Besides, after the last post, I could use something light-hearted, or at least funny.) This one, of course,…

Oh, no! The gay bands are here! Hide your children, and keep them away from this corruption! So sayeth Donnie Davies, an evangelical preacher who runs a website called Love God’s Way: One of the most dangerous ways homosexuality invades family life is through popular music. Parents should keep careful watch over their children’s listening…

Dedicated to Dr. Cook

Things have gotten a little heated around here, with an ID adherent named Dr. Cook taking umbrage at my expression of embarrassment for my profession over his having shown up over at Uncommon Descent and flaunting his excellent (albeit irrelevant to the discussion of evolution) credentials as he proudly told the assembled William Dembski sycophants…

Darwin and The Beatles?

I like this T-shirt design! Perhaps our Seed overlords would spring for sufficient funds to clothe all of us ScienceBloggers in this fine garb. (Via Boing Boing.)

The name of this band is damned near perfect: No, not the Shut-Ups (although that’s a pretty cool band name, too). Anyone who reads this blog would know that I’m referring to Down With The Woo. I wonder if their music is any good. If so, they could become the blog band of Respectful Insolenceā„¢.…

Orac’s favorite tunes from 2006

One of the great things about blogging is that I can do things that I always wanted to do but would never get hired in a million years to do, for example, to be a rock critic. Prior to blogging, the only time I ever got to indulge my critic wannabe side was in high…