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A little Sunday afternoon tune action

Nothing like a lot of Queen-esque bombast coupled with lots of flames, courtesy of My Chemical Romance on a Sunday afternoon: Apparently the drummer actually burned his leg during the shoot. Now that‘s dedication. I have to admit, though, I think I still like the first video from this album a bit better.

Putting things in perspective

This rather puts one’s life and place in the universe in perspective, doesn’t it?

A classic rock god!

When I saw this test on ahistoricality, I just had to take it. I was disappointed. It was way too easy for me: Rock Star You scored 100%! You damn rock star. You know all the basics, and if you got any wrong, I bet it was that stupid Traveling Wilburys question. Your friends are…

Whether they know it or not, Pharyngula and Mixing Memory may have provided our undead Führer with a catchy new theme song. Yes, I know. You might think the Hitler Zombie would be more partial to martial music with a Triumph des Willens sort of feel to it. The problem is, I don’t think there…

Worst band names ever

Courtesy of Maxim, here’s a list of The Worst Band Names Ever. (Found via Stereogum.) I’ll certainly go along with them in naming Limp Bizkit and Toad the Wet Sprocket as truly horrible band names. But, hey, what’s wrong with Men Without Hats (besides the music)? A few suggestions I’d add to the list: Better…

On this, the last day of the long holiday weekend that I’ve spent mostly holed up in my home office studying for my surgery boards recertification examination, I feel a bit too burned out to post anything much serious today, unless I happen to become aware of something that’s just too good not to post.…

Post-Thankgsgiving Friday Random Ten

I haven’t done this in a while, but it’s a long holiday weekend during which time I’m ensconced within my Sanctum Sanctorum studying for my once a decade recertification examination in Surgery. I need tunes! So iTunes, lay them on me: The Yardbirds, Happenings Ten Years Ago (from the album Ultimate!). Not their best work,…

Sunday morning skepticism in music

It’s Frank Zappa, of course, with what is arguably the best (or at least one of the best) songs celebrating skepticism ever written (and it has a killer guitar solo in the middle, too!): I used to love that song when I was a teenager. (I still do.) I wonder if it affected me…

Christopher Walken as Ozzy Osbourne?

It sounds like casting genius, even if it’s only a small role: LAS VEGAS, Nov. 6, 2006 — Hide the Bats! Christopher Walken has agreed to play the ultimate bad-boy rocker — Ozzy Osbourne.. Motley Crue lead singer Vince Neil told ABC News Radio in an exclusive interview that the 63-year-old Oscar-winning actor will make…

On November 10, 1975, the most famous maritime disaster in Great Lakes history occurred, when the freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior while trying to make it to Whitefish Bay in a gale, with the loss of 29 lives. Having grown up in the Detroit area, I still remember it almost as though…

Election Day!

The polls are now open where I live. Don’t forget to get out there and vote! Too bad we don’t have a candidate like the one in the video to vote for. At least he’s honest. Heck, if any candidate ran a campaign like the one in the video above, I might even vote for…

Sunday tune

I’ve been talking up My Chemical Romance’s Welcome to the Black Parade as an album that takes punk, glam, Goth, and sprinkles in a touch of Queen here and there like seasoning to produce an irresistable, sometimes over-the-top, album full of theatricality, bombast, and anthemic choruses that make you want to sing along. Check out…

Halloween video madness, part 4

Back to Alice Cooper:

No Alice Cooper this time. Instead, given that this is the blog that conceived of the Hitler Zombie, how could I not post a clip involving an actual cinematic brain-eating zombie on Halloween? (Warning: In the interest of full disclosure, this clip contains a brief and poorly lit topless shot and a couple of uses…

Halloween video madness, part 2

More Halloween-appropriate mania from Alice Cooper, this time with Vincent Price! And more:

Halloween video madness, part 1

it’s Halloween, and I thought I’d celebrate by posting a few appropriate YouTube! videos. And what says Halloween quite like Alice Cooper?

Another truly scary Halloween costume

Remembering two rather frivolous posts that I made last weekend, you might have an idea of what this costume might be. Yes, you too can Be The Hoff. Of course, if The Hoff is not your style, you can also Be The Magnum. (Via Attu World.)

Friday Random Ten

It’s Friday, and I haven’t done this for a long time; so here we go. I fired up iTunes, set it to Shuffle Play, and awaited with baited breath for what came out. See how this stuff compares to Mark’s list today: 1. My Chemical Romance, Welcome to the Black Parade (from The Black Parade).…

Say it ain’t so, Terry…

One problem with getting old is that you start to see bands that you admired in your youth start to betray what you perceived as their ideals. The Baby Boomers were the first to start experiencing the disillusionment that comes with that, and songs from the rock gods of the 1960’s have become ubiquitous in…

The Hoff one more time…

Yesterday I was in a strange mood; so I posted a couple of David Hasselhoff videos, asking the question: Why is this guy such a big pop star in Germany? Fellow ScienceBlogger Mike the Mad Biologist then informed me that the videos that I posted (the Hoff doing Rhinestone Cowboy and Secret Agent Man) aren’t…

Because you demanded it…

…OK, no you didn’t. But I found it amusing, anyway. Can anyone explain to me why David Hasselhoff is such a phenomenon in Germany and other parts of Europe? Or why the video below ever got made: It’s a question I’ve asked before.

Mourn, punk rock fans…

Last night, Patti Smith performed the final concert (see here as well) at punk rock Mecca CBGB. Today, they are planning on beginning to dismantle the club. The club’s demise was the result of a prolonged landlord-tenant dispute, and the landlord declined to renew the lease. Many bands that I grew up to love, like…

Weekend album cover mayhem

Music fan that I am, I found a particularly amusing video of album covers battling it out in a hysterically ultraviolent and cartoon-bloody manner. (Via Stereogum.) If you’re like me, and have many hundreds of albums, you’ll find yourself counting how many of the album coveres featured in this video you actually own. I own…

Camp album covers

I have a weakness for kitschy and campy stuff, and album covers are a particularly fertile ground for tacky and silly stuff. Fortunately, thanks to Dennis Catron, I get to indulge my enjoyment of such things with his lovely collection of camp album covers. Most of them come from the 1950’s and 1960’s, but there…

It’s just that sort of day

Today is just the kind of day when these lyrics speak to me: And you run, you run to catch up with the sun, but it’s sinking Racing around to come up behind you again The sun is the same in a relative way, but you’re older Shorter of breath and one day closer to…