Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Lita Ford vs. Pat Benatar?

It seems like everyone has an opinion on what 80s female rocker was cooler, Pat Benatar or Lita Ford? It all started this morning becuase of my hair and shirt so...that begs the question. Who is cooler?

Lita Ford had 2 huge hits: Kiss me Deadly and Close my Eyes Forever, which she sang with Ozzy Osbourne, cool in it's own right. Lita was cooler back in the day, she was named Best Female Artist by Guitar Magazine in 1989 and was in the Runaways with Joan Jett, who gave us I Love Rock and Roll. She is 100% bad girl.

Pat Benatar had 2 huge hits: Hit me with Your Best Shot and Love is a Battlefield (she may have more but I'm going with what I've seen on Karaoke song lists). Not 100% bad girl like Lita was.

Both can sing, both can play guitar so they are on even ground there but what Lita has that Pat doesn't have is that Lita dated one of my favorite bassists, Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue back in the day. Anyone that has entire chapters written about them in books is cooler in my mind.

I dare TheOptimist to come up with the degrees of separation between himself and Pat Benatar since he thinks she's cooler. If you do, I'll get you rolls from Bertucci's.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Stern, David Lee Roth, Opie & Anthony??

Is David Lee Roth as a morning show host done? Well if today's AP story has a say, unfortunately he is and it will be announced next week.

It looks like shock jocks, Opie & Anthony will be back on Boston radio, like the good old days. Let's hope they learned their lessons from their April fool's day joke and after airing a couple doing the nasty in St. Patrick's Cathedral. Two years ago they resurfaced on XM satellite radio.

Now it looks like CBS and XM are in talks to air 3 hours from their show in a key markets.

What I want to know is, how to XM listeners feel about this? I'm a Sirius subscriber and only subscribed to it for Howard Stern, if all of a sudden they moved Stern back to the radio, I would cancel my subscription. Will XM listeners do the same?

The person I feel bad for really is David Lee Roth he truly deserves the chance to make it work. If after a certain period it's not working so be it, but CBS radio needs to do the right thing.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Worst Concerts Ever

Last week I blogged about worst albums ever and I was inspired to come up with a list of worst concerts. As a heavy concert-goer I've seen the good, the bad and the ugly but some are not as ugly as this list I pulled together from the various staff here:

  1. Tesla, The Orpheum, Apri 5, 2001: Okay my secret is out, I love hair bands and 80s metal but this show took the cake. As I was walking into the concert, Jeff Keith stumbled off the tour bus drunk as a skunk. When it came time to perform he fell down, passed out and forgot the lyrics to a song. The band, to their defense, tried to fill in. When he came to, he dove across the stage like a bat out of hell (sorry Meatloaf) and fell down again knocking down equipment. I blame the cocaine for that one. That's the one and only concert I went to where I wanted my money back. They were so bad I left before it was over.
Here are some of the other Topaz-ers concerts:
  1. Beach Boys + Oak Ridge Boys, 1985 - Need I say more?
  2. Green Day, Hatch Shell - had my kids, cops with nightsticks, very ugly
  3. Buster Poindexter, 1988 - Compared to everything else I’ve seen in person, he’s just at the bottom of the list. I just remember being bored and thinking his days were numbered.
  4. Grateful Dead, Boston Garden, 1990 - Jerry had his back to the audience most of the show, forgot the words to songs he has sung 20,000 times. Drooled on himself.
  5. Bon Jovi, Slippery When Wet tour at Great Woods - I arrived late with free WZBC tickets; escorted to seats up front but had to pause as Jon landed on a pedestal right next to us in middle of seats. Buddy and I flipped him off as he looked at us and 14 years girls in back decided to shriek in our ears as revenge.
  6. Mr. Mister - because I learned no woman is worth that concert.
  7. Damn Yankees opening up for Bad Company - Bad Company was great. Damn Yankees had a picture of Saddam Hussein that Ted Nugent shot flaming arrows at. Which was cool. But the 20 minute guitar solos at the end of every song ruined the cool flaming arrow bit.
  8. Kenny Loggins - Tickets were free and I simply couldn't say no to the girl I was dating at the time. The only thing that saved the night was the many beers we consumed prior to entering the outdoor arena.
  9. Thomas Dolby - While this was in the prime of the '80s, one song ("She Blinded me with Science") does not equate to a good performance. The warm-up band, Talk Talk, actually put on a much better show.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Who are the real Desperate Housewives? Big Love wins


I start out with two premises, but I'm open to suggestions:
There are a couple of suburban frisky family dramedies on the air - "Desperate Housewives" on Wisteria Lane and "Big Love" in an architecture marvel (three inter-connected houses with a pool) in Utah. So which show is worth watching? Or better yet is there a connection between the two and some fantasy that Americans covet? I don't know but some differentiators:

I haven’t seen more than five minutes of the "Desperate Housewives" - it was the pilot when I figured it wasn’t for me. There probably aren’t any good sex scenes in "Desperate Houswives" as it’s on ABC so maybe they are really "desperate." Then again the only nudity on "Big Love" has been Bill Paxson’s bum which is a bit disappointing.

Second, I need to clarify my title subject. The wives (and maybe the older daughter and mother) in "Big Love" aren’t desperate - they’re working to satisfy their family, financial, personal needs and are probably in control more than it seems.

I don’t know I might be fishing for something here, but I’m still sticking with "Big Love" for a while.

Besides, Harry Dean Stanton is the greatest actor of our age.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Can White Men Dance?

Today, everyone wanted to know why my worst concert list isn't up yet and why I'm not blogging on discussions in the office. Well because I have something better to blog about today the concert list will be coming soon, I promise.

Here goes...Can white men dance?

That question heralded a huge discussion in the office....Here are some of our favorite dancers:
  • Fred Astaire, Baryshnikov, Mark Morris and my son
  • Napoleon Dynamite
  • George Raft and Jimmy Cagney
  • Beck (bonus point because he tours with a male dancer) and because I’m still dancing to the oldies: Anthony Michael Hall in Sixteen Candles, as well as John Belushi in Animal House
Who is your favorite dancer?

There's my blog on that. So there.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Worst Albums Ever

So today I asked an opinion of everyone in the office. What do you consider the worst albums ever and why? I got some varied opinions. Here goes:
  1. Van Halen, Van Halen 3 - I love Van Halen and loved Extreme and Gary Cherone. The combination of the two. It sounded like Van Halen lost that loving feeling and didn't know what it was like to be Van Halen. Gary sounded a bit out of place but you gotta love a guy for trying.
  2. Zee, Identity - This album was eventually sold for $70 on eBay to someone in Japan. There's a reason why it's rare.
  3. TLC, Crazy, Sexy, Cool - The CD didn't live up to the hype of "Waterfalls."
  4. Coldplay, X&Y - Highly derivate. It’s too easy to play “spot the influence” on this CD. Also, how many songs about Gwenyth Paltrow need there be?
  5. Michael Jackson, Dangerous - This album showed the clear, early signs of his/her screaming decline in music ability and lack of coolness after "Thriller."
  6. Chumbawumba, Tub Thumping - No fashion sense whatsoever, and they were a one hit wonder. Songs all sounded the same but hey, EVERYONE had it. It was almost as popular as yo-yo’s.
Tomorrow is the list of worst concerts. This is going to be a good one.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Uncle Jesse, Uncle Jesse

I think ER has Jumped the Shark again and is nearing it's end. They just hired John Stamos, Uncle Jesse on Full House, as their latest cast member. There goes his show Jake in Progress.

Stamos gets full-time "ER" job

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Following a successful guest stint this season, John Stamos is set to join the cast of NBC's "ER" as a regular in the fall.

Stamos will reprise his role as Tony Gates, a flirtatious paramedic who also is a medical student and a Gulf War veteran. He first played the character in two episodes that aired during the November sweep.

The casting is formally in second position to Stamos' ABC comedy "Jake in Progress," which has aired only one episode this season.

Stamos is slated to make his debut as a full-time "ER" resident in the opening episode of the long-running medical drama's upcoming 13th season.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter