Friday, December 22, 2006

MUSIC: Moby's Take on Christmas

Moby, an extremely liberal Christian, has this interesting take on Christmas. I got it from his website which Spin led me too. - OlderMusicGeek

as for christmas, i hope that everyone has a wonderful christmas, regardless of how you choose to celebrate it (or not celebrate it).

i always hope that somehow we can see past the fun and awesome pagan trappings of christmas (trees, mistletoe, december 25th, candy canes, etc) to remember that on christmas we celebrate the birthday (even if jesus wasn't actually born anywhere near december 25th) of a man who wanted us all to be more forgiving, more compassionate, less judgemental, less violent, and less materialistic.

ultimately christmas is about celebrating the birthday of a man who wanted us to love one another and to look after one another regardless of our religious or political or ethnic or gender differences.

thanks, and merry christmas.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

MUSIC: Bizarre Violent Femmes Trivia from Their Website

Here's just a bunch of weird trivia on The Violent Femmes (my favorite band) website. - OlderMusicGeek.

Violent Femmes Trivia

* Victor DeLorenzo met insane Beach Boys genius Brian Wilson at Summerfest in Milwaukee. Wilson pointed to Lake Michigan and asked Victor, "What ocean is that?"

* The Femmes played at the Newport Folk Festival with both Joan Armatrading (a fifty year old black woman) and Odetta (an eighty year old black woman). Gordon approached Odetta and said, "Hi Joan, I am a big fan of your music." Odetta was not amused.

* When Victor was on hiatus for nine years, Lou Reed asked Brian, "Whatever happened to your old drummer?" Brian said, "As a matter of fact, he is currently playing with Mo Tucker." (from Reed's old band, Velvet Underground) Reed deadpanned, "Any port in a storm."

* VF shared the bill in Spain with both Lou Reed and Alex Chilton/Big Star. Reed told a puzzled Brian Ritchie, "Hi Brian, I thought I might see you here." He told Victor, "Hi Victor." Chilton told Brian, "Hi Lou." Those wacky 60's rockstars!

* The Femmes first album has sold millions of copies. Their newest album has sold hundreds of copies.

* The Femmes were at O'Hare airport in Chicago. An old man walked up to the gate, started talking to the attendant, stiffened and keeled over dead. Paramedics rushed to the scene and tried to revive him with heart stimulators which created a huge noise. The corpse was twitching and jerking. During this entire scene drummer Guy Hoffman remained engrossed in his reading material about 3 meters away. The paramedics covered the corpse with a blanket, and since the old man was in the jetway all passengers including Hoffman had to walk around the stiff to get onboard. Later, when the band and crew talked about how strange it was to watch a dude croak, Hoffman said, "What are you talking about? Who died?"

* Jonathan Richman was asked in an interview what he thought of the Femmes. He said, "They'll never get anywhere with that kind of music." Three years later, he woke Gano in the middle of the night, saying this weighed on his conscience, and apologized for the statement.

* Brian Ritchie was sunbathing on a beach next to Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin for 3 hours. Ritchie didn't talk to Plant or introduce himself because he hates Led Zep. Later he read an interview where Plant said the Femmes were one of his favorite bands. Ritchie felt like an asshole.

* Brian Ritchie was taking a leak while mountain biking in a secluded park in Milwaukee when he was assaulted by two cops leaping out of the nearby bushes. The cops arrested Ritchie, who asked them what they were doing hiding in the bushes watching him pee. One of the cops, who had a Hitler mustache, said, "We are on a sting operation against fags." Ritchie said, "You were the guys in the bushes." The oinkers took Ritchie to their car and held a gun to his head after
finding that a Brian F. Ritchie with the same birthday, hair color, weight, and eyes, was wanted for murder. It took several hours for Ritchie to convince them that he was not Brian F. Ritchie, but rather Brian E. Ritchie. The entire incident ended up in the USA Today newspaper.

* The Femmes did a gig with Bob Dylan. Dylan did not listen to the band, despite the fact that he is obviously heavily influenced by Gordon Gano's singing and songwriting.

*Brian and Victor ran into Yes/King Crimson drummer Bill Bruford on the plane. They introduced themselves and Bruford said, "I have never heard of you." However he did put them on the guest list for that evenings show.

* Victor and Brian bumped into Uriah Heep drummer Lee Kerslake in the hotel lobby. They introduced themselves and Kerslake said, "I have never heard of you." Then he asked, "What kind of crowd do you have, are there any girls?" DeLorenzo said, "About 50/50 boys and girls." Kerslake said, "You are lucky, we only have boys."

* Horns of Dilemma saxophonist Steve Mackay is also a member of the Stooges. He told Iggy Pop that he was going on tour with the Femmes. Iggy said, "I have never heard them."

* Pink Floyd saxophonist Dick Parry is also a member of the Horns of Dilemma. He mentioned to David Gilmour that he was going out on the road with the Femmes. Gilmour said, "Who?"

* Ritchie was staying at the Randolph in Oxford, England. David Bowie was also a guest in the hotel. They did not talk to each other or have any drinks together.

* Kinks guitarist Dave Davies came to see the Femmes. They asked him to sit in on "Add It Up" telling him there were only two chords. Davies declined, saying, "That's one chord too many!"

* The Femmes showed up at a gig in L.A. and were surprised to find American game show host Pat Sajak in the dressing room. When they asked him why he was there he replied, "I am a big fan of yours."

* Another time VF went into their dressing room and crooner Tony Bennett was there. The Femmes asked if he knew their music and Bennett said, "No." VF were puzzled what he was doing there.

* Teen actress Mayim Bialik of the show "Blossom" told Gano, "Don't get married until I reach the age of consent." Gano did not comply with this request.

* The Femmes were eating at Spanish restaurant Mallorca in Ohio. When the desserts came Gano was appalled to discover that his flan was a lighter shade of brown than the flan of manager Darren Brown. Gano summoned the waitress who told him there was nothing she could do, it was the last flan. Brown made things OK by trading flans with Gano.

* The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland had a display of famous drummers sticks. DeLorenzo was represented by the only pair of brushes.

* The Femmes asked Tom Waits to produce one of their albums. Waits said, "No."

* The Femmes asked Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr to produce one of their albums. He said, "OK", then never returned the Femmes calls.

* The Femmes asked brilliant guitarist Tom Verlaine to open up a tour for them in Australia. Verlaine said, "No."

* The Ramones were supposed to play before the Femmes at Lollapalooza in Canada. Bassist CJ Ramone was "detained at the border" so the Femmes ended up playing first. Another time the Ramones were supposed to open for the Femmes in New Jersey. The Ramones cancelled the gig rather than open for the Femmes. Later on drummer Marky Ramone said in an interview that the Femmes were one of the only bands who kept punk alive in the dark days of the 80's and 90's.

* Rolling Stone magazine said Gano's voice "can clear a room faster than a methane explosion."

* NME magazine in England said of Ritchie, "Technically the most advanced bassist of his generation, the pretentious conch blowing dork."

* Show biz bible Variety called DeLorenzo "the worst drummer in any professional band".

* Allman Brothers guitarist Dickie Betts was cruising in his limo when he saw a commotion at a record store in Milwaukee. He asked the driver to pull over and checked out the Femmes doing an in-store performance. Betts said, "This is the best band I have seen in ten years."

* Gano and Ritchie were having a drink at a bar. Ritchie was approached by a fan asking for an autograph. Ritchie signed the kids paper and said, "Here's Gordon, would you like his autograph as well?" The fan looked at Gano and said, "No."

* Another time Ritchie and Gano were smoking cigars at Mercury Lounge in New York. The bouncers threw Gano out but left Ritchie alone. The next day Gano said, "They don't pick on him because he is big."

* The Femmes were eating dinner at Doyle's Seafood in Sydney. Ritchie ate a live lobster served sashimi style. When Gano saw the arms of the lobster waving around while Ritchie munched the raw flesh he called a taxi and went back to the hotel. The next day Gano announced he was becoming a vegetarian and has never eaten meat since then.

* The Femmes were playing in Germany but when they showed up at the gig there was no PA system. It looked like the gig would be cancelled so Ritchie drank a bottle of Pernod and got drunk. Miraculously the PA showed up and was set up in record time. The show went on but Ritchie was so inebriated he kept calling out songs they had played earlier in the show. Finally Victor got angry and said, "Brian, we already played "Prove My Love"!

* Femmes manager Darren Brown was originally hired as lighting director. After his first gig with the Femmes he was sleeping and heard a commotion. He looked around the room and saw Horns of Dilemma keyboardist Sigmund Snopek III having sex with a tattooed punk with a mohawk wearing nothing but combat boots. The next day Snopek announced to the band, "I gave the new guy a good initiation."

* Since the band started they have played in over 500 different cities, but the members can't remember all of them.

* Mark Van Hecke who "produced" the Femmes first two records,once boasted,"I will go down in music history as one of the great record producers alongside George Martin and Phil Spector!" Instead he is currently making music for video games."

* Femmes singer Gordon Gano's brother Glenn recorded his own CD. Brian Ritchie played it for Femmes recording engineer David Vartanian and Horns of Dilemma member Sigmund Snopek III, saying it was a demo of Gordon's new songs. Although Dave and Sig had both been working with the Femmes for over a decade they couldn't tell that it was not Gordon.

* Gordon wrote "Country Death Song" in the tenth grade studyhall.

* When Nirvana opened for the Femmes in Australia, singer Kurt Cobain refused to go onstage unless someone got him some drugs. Femmes tour manager Willie MacInnes gave him two Tylenol, but told Kurt they were powerful narcotics. A few minutes later Kurt hit the stage, saying,"I feel much better."

* The Femmes played at the North Pole with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The Chili Peppers celebrated this rare opportunity by arguing and splitting up the band.

* Former President Jimmy Carter once opened up the show for the Femmes. When he met Brian Ritchie, he shook his hand and said,"Pleased to meet you."

* When former Talking Head Jerry Harrison produced the Femmes, Gordon was shocked to find him drinking from a little bottle clearly marked,"For External Use Only."

* When the Femmes worked with producer Michael Beinhorn (Chili Peppers, Soundgarden, Soul Asylum, etc.) he threw a temper tantrum because the recording studio refused to provide him with a playpen for his dog who had been pissing all over the sound board.

* Gordon Gano is one of the closest living relations to eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes.

* Gordon and Brian played their first show together at Gordon's National Honor Society Program. Gordon told them he would play an innocuous song, but instead the duo performed "Gimme the Car." When a riot erupted, Gordon was expelled from the honor society.

* When the Femmes did an acoustic show at Warner Bros. Records to celebrate the release of "Why Do Birds Sing?" WB President Lenny Waronker called Brian Ritchie aside and told him,"That was excellent, Gordon."

* Horns of Dilemma musicians Sigmund Snopek III and Peter Balestrieri played with the Femmes at Carnegie Hall. A few days later they had a gig at a bowling alley in Wisconsin. They told the audience, "We just played at Carnegie Hall." no one believed them and one audience member shouted out, "Yeah, sure!"

* Gordon Gano's mother worked in the movies as a double for Paul Newman's wife, Joanne Woodward.

* Slash Records President Bob Biggs did not like "Country Death Song". He complained,"It's OK until that piano comes in and ruins it." The band was puzzled since there is no piano on the song. Obviously Biggs could not tell the difference between a piano and a banjo.

* Biggs later took the master tape of "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?" and overdubbed samples of James Brown and the Beach Boys. In the process, he erased some of Victor's drum parts.

* In an interview with the L.A. Weekly, Biggs admitted that he couldn't remember much of the eighties, because he was on drugs all the time.

* Warner Bros. Vice President Karin Berg once told the puzzled Femmes, "Biggs' strengths are his weaknesses."

* The Femmes played with Dennis Rodman at the Field Museum in Chicago for New Year's Eve '97. The audience was climbing on the elephants and the museum was strewn with used condoms.

* For the same show Rodman jammed with the Femmes and showed the audience his butt and pee-pee.

* Femmes drummer Victor DeLorenzo and family was there to witness the debauchery. The Femmes hired Victor's son's band to open the show, because the opening band from England never showed up.

* Rodman poured a beer over Gordon's head, but Gordon didn't retaliate because Gordon is small and Rodman is very big. * Brian put his bass neck into Rodman's ass.

* One of the Femmes earliest gigs was opening up for Guy Hoffman's band the Oil Tasters. The Femmes were paid nothing for that gig.

* Jazz great Ornette Coleman listened to all of the Femmes albums in one sitting. He said, "The music's great, but the words get in the way."

* Another Jazz great, Don Cherry, called Brian and asked if he could sit in with the Horns of Dilemma.

* Jazz great Sun Ra liked Brian's song, "Sun Ra-Man from Outer Space".He listened to it over and over on his tour bus. Ra told Femmes promoter Peter Jest, "I love it when the teenagers sing about me."

* Yet another Jazz great, Bassist Percy Heath of the Modern Jazz Quartet came to an early Femmes show and came backstage to try Brian's trademark acoustic bass guitar. Said Heath, "This is the bass guitar. That shit the other cats play is just a toy."

* Smiths singer Morrisey attended a Femmes show in London. Informed of his presence, the Femmes came out for the encore and sang the Smiths song,"I would go out tonight, but I haven't got a stitch to wear" clad only in their underwear.

* Another British popstar, The Jazz Butcher, was very excited to open up for his heroes, the Femmes. Unfortunately, he liked the Femmes too much, because upon hearing them, he fired his entire band and fled the venue in tears.

* Pop songstress Jewel, came into the Femmes dressing room and posed the question,"Would you rather be a fish or a star?" Gordon said,"Neither." Brian said,"A fish because you can eat other fishes." Jewel's response to this was,"That's disgusting!"

* In a German interview the Femmes were asked, "Ja, vat do you sink about the reunification of Chermany?" To the chagrin of the assembled journalists they responded,"We don't think the question is whether there should be one or two Germanies, but rather if there should be any Germany."

* The Femmes were going through Canadian customs when they were approached by bald TV excercise and diet guru Susan Powter. She said,"You look like rock musicians. So, what do you think, should Joni Mitchell be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?" The entire band and crew replied with a scornful,"No!!!" "Why not?" asked Powter. Guy Hoffman replied,"Because she doesn't play rock and roll. If they let her in, then they'll have to let Barbara Streisand in too." Brian Ritchie said,"The closest Joni Mitchell came to rock and roll was having sex with Crosby, Stills, and Nash."

* The Femmes were staying in a fancy hotel in Memphis, Tenn. They had to check out early to go to the next gig, and Horns of Dilemma musician Sigmund Snopek III fell asleep on a chair in the lobby while the rest were checking out. He was woken by a kick in the shin and a fruity voice yelling,"Come on, look lively, it's too early in the morning to be taking a nap!!!" Snopek opened his eyes to gaze upon TV excercise and diet guru Richard Simmons. Snopek then uttered the phrase,"Fuck off."

* Femmes were playing "Confessions" at a club in D.C. when they noticed that all of the young girls in the front several rows began grimacing and covering their eyes. When they looked behind them they realized why. Sigmund Snopek III was blowing a hunting horn completely nude.

* Horns of Dilemma sax man Peter Balestrieri had seen Brian jump into the audience and get passed around by the crowd and wanted to try it for himself. However, when Peter jumped the Australian audience parted and Pete landed on his butt, breaking his tailbone. He was not able to sit for the rest of the tour. When the band flew the other passengers were nervous when they saw someone with strong mediterranean features pacing up and down the aisle wearing sunglasses and drinking whiskey during takeoff.

* Brian Ritchie was having a beer with Fishbone singer Angelo. Angelo asked, "Brian, do you ever see angels?" Ritchie said, "No." Angelo responded, "I frequently see them flying around the room, but i can never tell if they are real or if I'm imagining them."

* The Femmes were playing at a rock festival with Lou Reed and Bonnie Raitt. Brian gave Lou a large cigar, and they were approached by Bonnie. Raitt asked, "Brian, do you have anything about that size I can put in my mouth?"

* A girl was lost in the Amazon for three days. When she was rescued the journalists asked her how she kept up her spirits during the ordeal.She replied,"By singing songs from the Violent Femmes album, "Hallowed Ground".

* When the Femmes were on their first tour, they had a gig at a foul club in Dallas. The club had giant statues of frogs playing musical instruments on the roof. The clubowner told the band,"This is not good music. I will pay you not to play." The band refused and performed anyway. They were shocked when they looked in the crowd and saw singing legend Tony Bennett.

* Years later the band was travelling in Texas, and they saw the musical frogs for sale in the parking lot of a gas station.

* The Femmes went to a sushi bar in L.A. Former Partridge Family bassist/actor Danny Bonaduce was the maitre'd. When he found out it was the Femmes, he invited them to go to the parking lot and smoke drugs.

* Another time Ritchie went to the same sushi bar, but when he sat down, they started playing the Femmes on the stereo. Brian summoned the waitress and requested to hear something else. She said,"What's wrong, don't you like the Femmes?" Ritchie told the confused waitress,"No, I love the Femmes. In fact, I've been to every one of their shows!"

* Brian Ritchie went to Femmes booking agent Frank Riley's office. Upon leaving he entered the elevator where he was joined by actor Sly Stallone. The elevator door did not close immediately, which visibly agitated Stallone. Rather than pressing the 'Door Close' button Stallone issued the following instruction,"F---in' door, CLOSE!"

Sunday, October 15, 2006

MUSIC: : In This Digital Music Age, The Listener is King

Here's some excerpts from an article in The Chicago Tribune that gives some hope for the future of the music industry. ("Some" being the key word.) - OlderMusicGeek

In this digital music age, the listener is king

By Greg Kot
Tribune music critic
Published October 15, 2006

MONTREAL -- For six years at its annual policy summit, the Future of Music Coalition has tried to navigate a path through uncertainty. Now, with the music industry in the midst of its most profound transition since the invention of the phonograph more than a century ago, some solutions are finally coming into focus.

The big labels continue to lose money; record sales are down for the fifth consecutive year. Commercial radio has been publicly embarrassed by payola investigations conducted by the New York State attorney general's office, in which record companies admitted that they've been paying off radio stations to play songs for decades. And retail stores are losing business; more than 1,200 closed in the last year, and last week the bankrupt Tower Records chain announced it was closing its 89 stores in 20 states and laying off 3,000 employees.

But the summit was hardly a wake. Instead, a roll-up-the-sleeves optimism prevailed, especially for artists and consumers.

"More people are experiencing music than ever before in the history of mankind," said Paul Spurgeon, general counsel for SOCAN, the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada. "The great question is how do we get paid for it?"

Panelists agreed that record companies are now at a do-or-die crossroads. Their prognosis: The labels that survive will do so by spreading sales across a wider range of talent, rather than concentrating on a handful of megasellers to ensure profitable quarterly statements to satisfy anxious shareholders. The new marketplace isn't being built for the 10-million selling act. It'll be about building a foundation for artists that sell less than 100,000 albums.

It makes sense. More than 80 percent of the music that is released in America is made by independent artists who don't sell big enough numbers to attract major-label interest. Yet a handful of corporations continue to haul in the bulk of the shrinking industry's revenue. That's because they concentrate their marketing efforts on a few dozen mega-selling artists, while more than 90 percent of the artists who record for a major label never see a penny in royalties. That business model looks particularly rickety in the Internet era.

System of sharing

A new Internet-savvy music hierarchy is being created. Commercial radio, MTV, retails stores and even record companies are losing their tastemaking status, while consumers are becoming de facto music programmers who share information and music via message boards, Web pages, e-zines and MP3 blogs.

In the process, more people than ever are making and consuming music. Without a physical product to sell, costs for recording and distributing music are sinking. At the same time, opportunities to be heard are increasing. In this world, the narrowest music tastes are being served, and a musical planet encompassing thousands of subcultures is being created.

The debate about the future of music is going back to the past

In a sense, it brought the debate about the future of music back to the past, and the oldest marketing concept of all: playing in front of an audience. It's one thing to hear an MP3 file of a new band like Montreal's Lovely Feathers, quite another to hear that band perform that same song on stage. The breathtaking intensity of the quintet's live performance at Pop Montreal made the songs on their latest album sound quaint in comparison.

"It's hard to quantify how we got noticed," said the Arcade Fire's Win Butler. "No doubt Pitchfork had an impact. But who really cares reading an article? It's the music ultimately. You listen, and you either like it or you don't. For us, we've been so much about playing live and making that connection that I don't know any other way."

"Live music," said former Talking Heads singer David Byrne, "is an experience you can't digitize."

Link to the complete article

Thursday, October 12, 2006

ENTERTAINMENT: A Couple of Bizarre Audiofiles

I found these at a site for awards on Australian radio when I was looking for something else, but they're too good not to share.

Surreal FM

The Dangers of Toenail Clippings

Sunday, October 08, 2006

TELEVISION: Which Twilight Zone Episode I Belong In

Which Twilight Zone Episode Do You Belong In?

You belong in the Twilight Zone episode The Lonely, about a murderer who is exiled to another planet. His only company is a female robot, and he is heartbroken when he cannot take her with him back to earth.
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Saturday, October 07, 2006

MUSIC and MOVIES: A Bizarre Video Using Albums Covers

My much younger brother, Harmonica 23, once again sent something hilarious that I have to pass unto you.

WARNING: It makes much use of blood!

A bizarre video using albums covers

Thursday, October 05, 2006

TELEVISION: Which Character from Buffy are You?


54% amorality, 63% passion, 45% spirituality, 45% selflessness

Faith is a powerhouse, and you might be, too. Passion-driven, down-to-earth, and willing to do what it takes to get things done and have a good time doing them, she is tough and sexy. Now, this test didn't rate your sexiness, but with these kinds of traits, that's probably true as well.

You rate as one of the most dynamic characters of the Buffy universe.



My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 99% on morality
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You scored higher than 99% on repose
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You scored higher than 99% on spirituality
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You scored higher than 99% on selflessness

Link: The 4-Variable Buffy Personality Test written by donathos on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

I have to admit I'm very surprised at these results! I figured I'd be Xander, or possibly Buffy. Never thought I'd be as cool as Faith! I guessI'm not much of a nerd afterall!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

COMICS: Which Superhero Are You?

Your results:
You are Spider-Man

Green Lantern
The Flash
Wonder Woman
Iron Man
You are intelligent, witty,
a bit geeky and have great
power and responsibility.

Click here to take the "Which Superhero are you?" quiz...

I have to admit that I was surprised by this result. I was expecting Superman. Who is also rather geeky, but always striving to do the right thing.

But now that I think about, I suppose I am more like Peter Parker than like Clark Kent...

MOVIES: Which Horror Movie Character Are You?

My brother, Harmonica 23 , sent me this result he got from a internet quiz.

I found it pretty amusing, and decided to try it for myself...

I can't say I approve of the comment on the mentally challenged. But unfortunately, I suppose there might be a bit of truth in the description, though I'm not exactly sure how much. But the description was funny enough that I'm glad I did it.

If you want to try it, click on the link below. The links in the picture just take you to the website, but not the quiz.

Which Horror Movie Character Are You?

Please feel free to put your results in the comments. I would love to see some other descriptions.

Friday, September 29, 2006

MOVIES: My Personality Compared to Movies

What Classic Movie Are You?
personality tests by similarminds.com

Well, I wasn't quite sure what to make of this result when I first saw it. I thought, "Well, this thing is totally off." But the more I thought about it, they more it made sense. After all, I did do a junior year abroad thing in England where I traveled by train by myself over much of Europe and did hitchhike across Wales, England and Scotland. Then after college, I lived in a small country in southern Africa for 6 years and another southern African country for six months. And I traveled around by hitchhiking checking out 4 different countries there. So I guess I am a bit of an adventurer, though I haven't travel much like that since becoming a dad. But I would do some safer traveling with my daughter if I had the money.

But I still think I'm more like "Prof. Jones" than "Indiana"!

So takes the results of this test as you will.

Now this other test...
The Movie Of Your Life Is A Cult Classic

Quirky, offbeat, and even a little campy - your life appeals to a select few.
But if someone's obsessed with you, look out! Your fans are downright freaky.

Your best movie matches: Office Space, Showgirls, The Big Lebowski
If Your Life Was a Movie, What Genre Would It Be?

This sounds a lot more like me. A lot of people find me weird, quirky, offbeat and strange. But the people who seem to like me seem to really like me quite a bit. The others just think, "O-kay!" Sounds like a cult classic to me.

Monday, September 25, 2006

MOVIES and MUSIC: Lord of the (Stick) Dance

I found this on the YouTube website. I found it amusing, and if you're into the Irish folk dance/Irish tap dance/Lord of the Riverdance/Micheal Flatley thing, you might find it amusing too. - OlderMusicGeek

My favorite YouTube videos

Monday, September 11, 2006

ART: My Daughter's Fashion Photography

I am very pleased to introduce the fashion photography of my wonderful daughter. Enjoy... (p.s. If you want, you can skip the photos and just watch the video at the bottom.)

(Sorry about the layout. I just trying to get them side-by-side, but apparentally I'm doing something wrong. I still learning HTML-speak.)

Monday, September 04, 2006

MUSIC: The Test Results Are In - I'm Most Definitely a Music Geek!

Okay, so in my regular blog, I've discussed how I discovered that I'm not a nerd or geek, but that I am a dork. Don't like it, but I'm coming to terms with it.

But at least I can still say I'm a music geek. Which means I don't have to change my name to OlderMusicDork. Thank the god (if there is one)!

The Music Geek Test
Acid-tinged Geek!
You think of music as an experience, like an amazing drug trip, without the annoying flashbacks. You prefer to put on an old psychedelic record, lay on the ground, and let the music carry you. You're probably a fan of folk, ambient, or late 60's rock. (I like folk music and late '60's rock, but not big on ambient. Prefer uptempo music like punk and bluegrass. - OlderMusicGeek)

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 99% on Hedonism
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You scored higher than 99% on Hardcore-ness
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You scored higher than 99% on Knowledge
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You scored higher than 99% on Relevance
(Yes! - OlderMusicGeek)

Link: The Music Geek Test written by professorchaos5 on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the 32-Type Dating Test
The Music Nerd Test - 45.16908% - Super Music Nerd

Music Nerd Rankings:
Insult To Music Nerds
Not A Music Nerd
Casual Music Nerd
Total Music Nerd
Major Music Nerd
Super Music Nerd
Mega Music Nerd
Extreme Music Nerd
Hardcore Music Nerd
Obsessed Music Nerd

The Ultimate Music Fanatic Test
You scored 290!

My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 99% on hardcore fan
Link: The The Ultimate Music Fanatic Test written by sixo71 on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

NerdTests.com User Test: The music geek  Test.

Monday, August 14, 2006

COMICS: A Female's Unhappy Experience in Comicbookdom

I found this blog on MySpace.com. I felt the writer made some valid points, although I wouldn't have put them as harshly as she had. But then again I don't have smelly women pressing up on me at conventions, so it's easier for me to judge less harshly.

But as I said, she has some valid points.

Self professed geek.....

I will be the first to admit that I love comic books. I own hundreds of them and I own rare stuff. I love animation, science fiction, horror. What chills me to the very core is the classification you are lumped into once you have admitted this fact. What separates me from the fat, masturbating freaks that refuse to shower?

There is yet another convention coming up, and I feel I need to vent on what has been my experience many times before. On walking in and getting in line, you can see a vast expanse of the lowest form of humanity. I associate comics with intelligence, the writers (very old stuff) way ahead of their time, and most readers seem to have a very good vocabulary which I assume is from seeing the words on print. But who are these other ones? Where do they hibernate all these months before stuffing themselves into a Star Wars costume and venturing out into the world? And why on earth do they refuse to bathe?

I am usually very sore after one of these events. I know it is from being pushed out of the way by these obsessive idiots who believe that their very life depends on the purchase of issue #1 of Casper the Friendly Ghost.

Then there are those who stare..and stare..and stare "is that a real girl?". I have never seen such crude attempts at "brushing up against me" by "accident". I always have to change my shirt when I leave because it actually SMELLS of the body odor of others! This time I am bringing another shirt and taking it right off in the truck.

I used to wonder why all the costumes. This is the first time I have actually read the postcard I receive in the mail that says there is a costume contest. But still "Rainbow Bright?" And I have seen some storm troopers that really need to lay off the donuts.

I wonder why they stare so much. Maybe it is because I have an odd face and dots for eyes, or my comical boobs, or the fact that I am really short, maybe they think I am some sort of faerie.

None of this is enough to make me stop going, and spending. And I know there will be no Obergiest..there never is and I always look. I will buy the usual overpriced Weird War Tales, Mens' Adventure, and wrestling mags. And smell like moth balls and geek all the way home. Hey, maybe this time someone really hot will bump into me. I guess I can always hold on to hope.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

MUSIC: Tracklist to some mixed cd's

These are some mixed cd’s I made in the early 00's before I had a cd player that plays mp3’s. I listen to them from time to time, so you might see them on the side bars, so I thought I’d list the tracks here.

Speak to Me/Breathe (in the Air) – The Easy Star All-Stars featuring Sluggy Ranks
Open Mind – Jean-Luc Ponty
Opportunity – Bobby McFerrin
(You Gotta Walk and) Don’t Look Back – Peter Tosh and Mick Jagger
Feel Like Making Love – Hayseed Dixie
I Walk the Line – Johnny Cash
Now or Never – Sankomota
I Just Can’t Wait to Be King – Jason Weaver
Earth to Grandma – Ass Ponys
Hey You – Luther Wright and the Wrongs
Ma-Ma-Ma Belle – Electric Light Orchestra
Good-Hearted Woman – Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson
I Hope You Die – The Bloodhound Gang
Goolie Get-Together – Toadies
Last Time – Ike Reilly
Everytime You Touch Me – Moby
Science Fiction/Double Feature – Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Pray for the Girls – Frank Black
Dead Man Walking – David Bowie, Gail Ann Dorsey, Mike Garson, Reeves Gabrels and Zachary Alford
Les Chants Magnetiques (Magnetic Fields), Pt. 2 – Jean-Michel Jarre

Victory – Ronan Hardiman
EMI – The Sex Pistols
Bare Necessities – from The Jungle Book
Be Like You – Louis Prima from The Jungle Book
Begin the Beguine – Mario Lanza
Just One Carnetto – Pookiesnackenburger
Muppet Show Theme
Drift Away – Eric Donaldson
They Live in You – The Broadway Lion King cast
He Lives in Yon – The Broadway Lion King cast
Heaven’s on Fire – Hayseed Dixie
Bring the Boys Back Home – Luther Wright and the Wrongs
The World is Something New to Me – Devo and guests
Bring It on Down – Jesus Jones
The Phantom of the Opera (techno version) - ?
The Phantom of the Opera Song – Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
The Flintstones Theme – The B-52’s
Sex and Violence – The Exploited
Sheena is a Punk Rocker – The Vandals
Never Understand – The Jesus and Mary Chain
Hey Ya! - Andre 3000
Little Less Conversation – Elvis vs. JXL
Zoolook (Extended Mix) – Jean-Michel Jarre

Planet Krypton/Prelude and Main Title (from Superman) – The London Symphony Orchestra
The Stampede – The Broadway Lion King Ensemble
Grasslands Chant - The Broadway Lion King Ensemble
Under the Sea – Samuel E Wright from The Little Mermaid
The Happiest Days of Our Lives/Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. 2 – Luther Wright and the Wrongs
Heaven’s on Fire – Hayseed Dixie
Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley
Your Song – Ewan McGregor and Alessandro Safina
Sk8er Boi – Avril Lavigne
Radioaktivitat (Dance Remix) – Kraftwerk
Divine Hammer – The Breeders
No Feelings – The Sex Pistols
Witchdoctor – Devo
What’s Up (4 Non Blondes Remix) – D.J. Miko
Mpundulu (Gruff Mix) – Brenda Fassie
Fortunate Son – Creedance Clearwater Revival
Interplanetary Janet – Man or Astro-Man?
My Little Underground – The Jesus and Mary Chain
Breakout – The Foo Fighters
The Ecstacy of Gold – Ennio Morricone

Hunting - Deep Forest
Visage - Visage
Flaming Desire – Bill Nelson
One by One – The Broadway Lion King cast
The Lioness Hunt – The Broadway Lion King cast
Fair and Tender Ladies – Rosanne Cash
Lightning – Philip Glass
The Leaving of Liverpool – Gaelic Storm
Last Nite – The Strokes
Queen of Venus – New Duncan Imperials
White City – The Pogues
No One Else – Weezer
Kindling – Boom Hank
Drunken Lullabies – Flogging Molly
Cotton Fields – The Pogues
No Tears – Tuxedo Moon
Mach 5 – The Presidents of the United States of America
Hanging on the Telephone – Blondie
Revolution in the Classroom – The Sex Pistols
Love Song – The Damned
Pressure Drop – The Clash
Throne Room (End Titles) (from Star Wars) – The London Symphony Orchestra

Rubric – The Philip Glass Ensemble
Fade to Grey – Visage
No-One Driving – John Foxx
Seconds – The Human League
The Cuckoo Bird – Deana Carler
If I Ever Leave This World Behind – Flogging Molly
Courtin’ in the Kitchen – Gaelic Storm
History – Javelin Boot
Reptilia – The Strokes
The Good Life – Weezer
A Sermon – The Police
Add It Up – The Violent Femmes
Radio Free Europe – R.E.M.
One Way or Another – Blondie
Bring It on Down – Jesus Jones
Kick Out the Jams – The President of the United States of America
Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now) – Cracker
Safe European Home – The Clash
Spider-Man – The Ramones
Devadasi (Mantra Mix) – Makyo

Smash It Up, Pt.1 – The Damned
Smash It Up, Pt. 2 – The Damned
Rockaria - Electric Light Orchestra
Be True to Your School – The Beach Boys
I Get a Kick Out of You – Frank Sinatra
This Old Man – Bob Dylan
Disorder – Dave Wren
Box Set – Bare Naked Ladies
Mambo No. 5 – Lou Bega
Jamaican (Englishman) in New York – Shinehead
The Dalai Lama Loves You – Kissing the Pink
I Know What I Know – Paul Simon
Good Life – Cracker
Shaking Through – R.E.M.
The American – Simple Minds
Burning Car – John Foxx
Kiss Off – The Violent Femmes
Not Time This Time – The Police
Die Monster Die – The Misfits
Mona Lisa Overdrive – Head Candy
Can’t Stay Long – Ultravox
Song from Asian Travels – Part 2, but I don’t remember its name

MUSIC: Tracklist to some mixed tapes

My car has a tape deck, so I'’ve been listening to my old cassettes including the mixed cd'’s I made in my college days, my days in Africa and my days after I returned home before I could afford something to burn cd'’s on. Therefore, they'll be listed on the side bar as a tape I'm listening to, so I thought I'd let you known what's on them. I'll put them on the blog as I listen to them.

-– A mixed tape made in 1985 of mostly alternative stuff from the collections of my younger brother, my musician friend and myself.

Side One
Planet Earth (dance version) – Duran Duran
I Travel – Simple Minds
“Antmusic” – Adam and the Ants
King’s Lead Hat – Brian Eno
Images of Heaven – Peter Godwin
Endlessly – John Foxx
Young Savage – Ultravox!
Around the Dial – The Kinks
Atom Age – XTC
Lip Service – Elvis Costello
Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll – Ian Dury and friends

Side Two
Sharkey’s Day – Laurie Anderson
Waiting for the Man – Orchestral Maneuvres in the Dark
Target for Life – Our Daughter’s Wedding
Kebab Traume (played at 45 rpm instead of 33) – Deutsche Americanisch Fruendshaft (spelling?)
Jukebox Baby – Alan Vega
New York City – T. Rex
Take Care of Me – Iggy Pop
Glad to be Gay – Tom Robinson
Nice and Neat – Boomtown Rats
Homicide – 999
All of This and Nothing – The Psychedelic Furs
Sharkey’s Night – Laurie Anderson

ASSORTMENT III – A mixed tape made in 1986 mostly from records in my collection and from the library in the town of my college.

Side One
I Wonder What the King is Doing Tonight – Richard Harris
Top Hat, White Tie and Tails – Fred Astaire
(You’re So Square) Baby, I Don’t Care – Elvis Presley
Flip, Flop and Fly – Jools Holland
If Sugar was Sweet as You – Rockpile
Deadman’s Curve – Jan & Dean
Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful? – The Waitresses
Good Morning Starshine/The Flesh Failures (Let the Sun Shine In) – Broadway cast of Hair
Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
Touch Me – The Doors
September Song – Lou Reed
Bang a Gong – T. Rex
Train in Vain – The Clash

Side Two
Let Me Out – The Knack
Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
Cannon Song – Fowler Brothers w/Stan Ridgway
Get Me to the Church on Time – Alfred P Doolittle
Speed of Life – David Bowie
Be My Wife – David Bowie
A New Career in a New Town – David Bowie
They Don’t Want Me – Wall of Voodoo
So Lonely – The Police
Maybe Baby – The Cars
He’s So Fine – The Chiffons
Like a Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan
Mull of Kintyre – Paul McCartney and Wings

ASSORTMENT XII – A mixed tape of mostly alternative music made in the mid-1990’s from my kid brother’s cd’s, tapes, vinyl records and even 8-tracks.

Side One
Main Titles (from Star Wars) – John Williams and The London Symphonic Orchestra
Walk in Cold – Naked Raygun
Wonder Beer – Naked Raygun
Beach Party Viet Nam – The Dead Milkmen
The Laundromat Song – The Dead Milkmen
Ziggy Stardust (acoustic demo version) – David Bowie
Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) – David Bowie
Loretta – Exit
The Song (We Go) – Ultravox
Dancing with Tears in My Eyes – Ultravox
I Don’t Remember – Peter Gabriel
Biko – Peter Gabriel

Side Two
Gimme Your Money Please – Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Roll On Down the Highway – Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Closer to the Stars – Soul Asylum
Cartoon – Soul Asylum
Beggars and Choosers – Soul Asylum
Girl U Want – Devo
Gates of Steel – Devo
Burning Love – Elvis Presley
Like a Virgin – Madonna
Like a Virgin – Lords of the New Church
Never Understood – Jesus and Mary Chain
Subway – Jesus and Mary Chain
Kicks – Naz Nomad and The Nightmare (The Damned)
Ignite – The Damned

ASSORTMENT XIII – A mixed tape made in the mid to late 90’s of cd’s from the library.

Side One
Honey – Moby
South Side – Moby
Box Full of Letters – Wilco
Jacob and Sons – Laurie Beechman and cast of Joseph and His Technicolor Dreamcoat
Joseph’s Coat - cast of Joseph and His Technicolor Dreamcoat
One More Angel – Steve McNaughton and cast of Joseph and His Technicolor Dreamcoat
Intoxication – Sir Douglas Quintet
Rocks – Primal Scream
Sister – Juliana Hatfield Three
This is the Sound – Juliana Hatfield Three
Moneytree – MxPx
Laughing in the Face – Hindu Rodeo
Kutambarara (“Spreading”) – Kronos Quartet with Dumasani Maraire

Side Two
Mai Nozipo (“Mother Nozipo”) – The Kronos Quartet with Dumisani Maraire
Wawshishijay (“Waterwheel”) – The Kronos Quartet with Obo Addy
Hang on to Your Ego – Frank Black
Sitting Still – R.E.M.
Shaking Still – R.E.M.
The Pretty Things are Going to Hell – David Bowie
Breakfast – The Foo Fighters
Evening at Lafitte’s – Squirrel Nut Zippers
Say “Ten” – Reel Big Fish
All I Want is More – Reel Big Fish
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah – from Song of the South
When You Wish Upon a Star – from Pinocchio
Deep Karma Canyon – Bob Mould

ASSORTMENT XIV – A mixed tape made in the mid 90’s of cd’s from my older brother and the library.

Side One
Ethnicolor (excerpt of the beginning) – Jean-Michel Jarre
Zoolookogie – Jean-Michel Jarre
Rosetta – The Men They Couldn’t Hang
Diamonds, Gold and Fur – The Men They Couldn’t Hang
Flaming Desire – Bill Nelson
I’m Not the Man I Used to Be – Fine Young Cannibals
Don’t Look Back – Fine Young Cannibals
Evangeline – Matthew Sweet
Tubular Bells (Part One) (excerpt of guitar in the middle) – Mike Oldfield
The Wanderer – U2 featuring Johnny Cash
Yellow Pearl – Phillip Lynott with Midge Ure

Side Two
Zoolook – Jean-Michel Jarre
Talk Talk – Talk Talk
Dead End Job – The Police
A Sermon – The Police
I Want to Be a Boss – Stan Ridgway
Mouthful of Sand/Roadblock – Stan Ridgway
Coming Down Fast – Daniel Ash
Temptation – New Order
Bizarre Love Triangle – New Order

ASSORTMENT XVI – A mixed tape made in the mid 90’s of cd’s, tapes and vinyl records of a buddy of mine from my childhood including stuff he inherited from his sister.

Side One
She-Bop – Cindy Lauper
Move This – Technotronic
Turned to Stone – Electric Light Orchestra
How Soon is Now – The Smiths
Jungle Love – The Steve Miller Band
Holiday in Cambodia – The Dead Kennedys
I Want to be Sedated – The Ramones
Sheena is a Punk Rocker – The Ramones
Do You Wanna Dance? – The Ramones
Wait for the Blackout – The Damned
Are You Experienced? – Devo
Love Removal Machine – The Cult

Side Two
Pressure Drop – The Clash
C’mon Every Beatbox – Big Audio Dynamite
Roam – The B-52’s
All I Wanna Do – Sheryl Crow
Why? – Tracy Chapman
Never Never – Scruffy the Cat
Tiny Days – Scruffy the Cat
Calling All Nations – INXS
Angel Eyes – Roxy Music
More Than This – Roxy Music
House of Cards – Adrian Belew
Timing X/Space Junk - Devo

Saturday, April 15, 2006

BOOKS: My Girlfriend's New Book (And Her Old Book Too)!

My girlfriend, The Sassy Witch, has just published her 2nd book, Too Many Clowns, Not Enough Circuses. A great and wonderful book, so everyone should rush to amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com to buy a copy right now. Com’on, you can take my word for it! You can’t? Fine, I’ll tell you a little more about both books.

The new book, Too Many Clowns, Not Enough Circuses, is about the adventures and misadventures she had while using a phone dating system and about the interesting and different (in more than one way) men she met. She comes across as if she were describing these events to a friend making it a fun read. It also contains handy advice for any women thinking of doing the same. I think single women, and women who have been there, would get quite a kick out of it as well as men who want some insight into what women want.

Link to Barnes and Noble for Too Many Clowns, Not Enough Circuses
Link to amazon.com for Too Many Clowns, Not Enough Circuses

Her first book, The Secrets in My Home, is a very different book. This book is about a traumatic event which tore apart her marriage and caused her daughter to be separated from her father. Using her entries for her journal, it describes the first six months after the event. It’s raw and intense some times, but not a difficult read. It’s also a short book, but still carries quite a wallop. (Oh, yes, her daughter wanted me to let you know that her poetry is also in the book!)

Link to Barnes and Noble for The Secrets in My Home
Link to amazon.com for The Secrets in My Home

She has also started her own blog, The Creative Musing of a Sassy Witch! Unfortunately, she went into back surgery right after starting it, so there isn’t too much there right now, but trust me, once she gets going, it will be a blog well worth reading.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

MUSIC, TV and MOVIES: Compare Your Age to Entertainment Events

I found out about this one site from Pack of 2 that compares your age to stars and to events in the entertainment industry. Here's what came up for me... - OlderMusicGeek

You are 42 years old and about:
30 years 7 months younger than Yoko Ono, age 73
22 years 4 months younger than Bob Dylan, age 64
20 years 2 months younger than Mick Jagger, age 62
18 years 6 months younger than Eric Clapton, age 60
15 years 4 months younger than Stevie Nicks, age 57
8 years 0 months younger than David Lee Roth, age 50
5 years 1 month younger than Madonna, age 47
1 year 7 months younger than Jon Bon Jovi, age 44
3 years 6 months older than Billy Corgan, age 39
6 years 6 months older than Mariah Carey, age 35
10 years 8 months older than Alanis Morissette, age 31
18 years 2 months older than Britney Spears, age 24

(Where's the singers from the '50's like Chuck Berry or Little Richard? - OMG)

and when these songs were topping the charts
and these events occurred your age was:
Downtown, Petula Clark: 1
The 8 track tape player first offered in 1966 Fords: 1
To Sir with Love, Lulu: 4
Hey Jude, The Beatles: 4
Woodstock Music Festival: 5
Me and Bobby McGee, Janis Joplin: 7
ABC TV premieres In Concert: 9
Time in a Bottle, Jim Croce: 10
I Shot the Sheriff, Eric Clapton: 10
Silly Love Songs, Wings: 12
Elvis Presley Dies: 13
Do Ya Think I'm Sexy, Rod Stewart: 15
Another Brick in the Wall, Pink Floyd: 16
John Lennon is shot to death: 17
MTV makes its debut: 17
Who Can it be Now, Men at Work: 19
The recording of We Are The World: 21
Walk Like an Egyptian, Bangles: 23
Didn't We Almost have it all, Whitney Houston: 23
Back In The U.S.S.R. is released exclusively in Russia: 25
Nothing Compares 2 U, Sinead O'Connor: 26
Emotions, Mariah Carey: 28
Fleetwood Mac perform at Bill Clinton's inauguration: 29
The Sign, Ace Of Base: 30
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opens: 31

You are 42 years old and about:
44 years 8 months younger than Zsa Zsa Gabor, age 87
33 years 4 months younger than Clint Eastwood, age 75
30 years 8 months younger than Kim Novak, age 73
27 years 8 months younger than Burt Reynolds, age 70
23 years 8 months younger than Nick Nolte, age 66
22 years 5 months younger than Ann-Margret, age 64
16 years 7 months younger than Billy Crystal, age 59
13 years 11 months younger than Whoopi Goldberg, age 56
11 years 2 months younger than Robin Williams, age 53
7 years 3 months younger than Tom Hanks, age 49
4 years 10 months younger than Jamie Lee Curtis, age 47
2 years 6 months younger than Eddie Murphy, age 44
6 years 10 months older than Jennifer Lopez, age 35
15 years 5 months older than Jennifer Love Hewitt, age 27
24 years 6 months older than Haley Joel Osment, age 17

and when these movies were released in the U.S. your age was:
The Sound of Music: 1
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner: 4
Midnight Cowboy: 5
The Godfather: 8
American Graffiti: 9
Jaws: 11
Star Wars: 13
Animal House: 14
Star Trek: The Motion Picture: 16
ET: 18
The Terminator: 21
Top Gun: 22
Planes, Trains & Automobiles: 24
Steel Magnolias: 26
Home Alone: 27
Wayne's World: 28
Jurassic Park: 29
Forrest Gump: 30
Fargo: 32
Saving Private Ryan: 34
Toy Story 2: 36

You are 42 years old and about:
37 years 4 months younger than Andy Griffith, age 79
33 years 10 months younger than Dick Clark, age 76
32 years 6 months younger than Leonard Nimoy, age 74
30 years 5 months younger than Carol Burnett, age 72
27 years 8 months younger than Alan Alda, age 70
26 years 3 months younger than Bill Cosby, age 68
20 years 10 months younger than Linda Evans, age 63
18 years 8 months younger than Tom Selleck, age 61
15 years 9 months younger than Ted Danson, age 58
13 years 5 months younger than Jay Leno, age 55
9 years 8 months younger than Oprah Winfrey, age 52
8 years 7 months younger than Kelsey Grammer, age 51
5 years 4 months younger than Drew Carey, age 47
2 years 4 months younger than Michael J. Fox, age 44
1 year 1 month older than Calista Flockhart, age 41
5 years 4 months older than Jennifer Aniston, age 37
9 years 3 months older than Alyssa Milano, age 33
14 years 2 months older than Colin Hanks, age 28
19 years 10 months older than Mila Kunis, age 22
27 years 9 months older than Madylin Sweeten, age 14

and that you were:
2 years old at the time the first Star Trek episode was televised
7 years old when All in the Family was first shown
8 years old at the time the TV series M*A*S*H began
12 years old when Saturday Night Live first aired
14 years old when CBS introduced Dallas
17 years old during the first airing of Hill Street Blues
19 years old at the time the first Cheers episode was televised
23 years old when L.A. Law was first aired on TV
23 years old at the time the series Married with Children began
26 years old when Seinfeld was first televised
27 years old in the month Home Improvement began
30 years old at the time the TV series Friends began
32 years old when Everybody Loves Raymond first aired
35 years old when Who Wants To Be A Millionaire began in the US

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

MUSIC: Track List on Some Christmas Stuff

Tracklist on stuff I couldn’t find at All Music, mixed tapes of my own and one tape from a friend

Xmas Show (a tape I made for a radio Christmas show I did in college plus some stuff I found later)

Side One
Jingle Bell Jam - ?
Father Christmas – The Kinks
Little Saint Nick – Dr Teeth and The Electric Mayhem (The Muppets)
Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Bruce Springsteen
Santa Claus and His Old Lady Commune – Cheech and Chong
Run Rudolph Run – Dave Edmunds
Sleigh Ride – The Ronettes
Frosty the Snowman – Jackson 5
Wonderful Christmas Time – Paul McCartney
The Twelve Days of Christmas – Bob & Doug McKenzie (Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis)
Jesus – Queen
Happy Xmas (The War is Over) – John Lennon
Auld Lang Syne – Chas and Dave

Side Two
Another Rock N Roll Christmas – Gary Glitter
Ain’t No Sanity Clause – The Damned
One Christmas Catalogue – Captain Sensible
Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth – Bing Crosby and David Bowie
Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht – Peter Schilling
I Wish It Could be Christmas Every Day – Wizzard
I Believe in Father Christmas – Greg Lake
Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band-Aid
Do They Know It’s Christmas? Side Two – Band-Aid
All Alone on Christmas – Darlene Love
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Mel Torme
It’s Christmas All Over Again – Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

It’s a Blue Christmas Collection (side one of a tape put together by a Peace Corps buddy of mine who loves the blues – but he didn’t write down any titles and artists, so I’m guessing at the name of the songs and can’t tell you who’s singing most of them) (side two is a collection of gospel music)

Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley
It’s Christmas Eve and I’m Feeling Mighty Fine - ?
I Hear Sleigh Bells Ring - ?
Jingle Bells - ?
Jingle Bells are Ringing - ?
I’ll Be Home for Christmas - ?
Jingle Bells (boogie-woogie piano version) - ?
I Hear Jingle Bells - ?
Christmas Ball Blues – Leon Redbone
Christmas Island – Leon Redbone
Christmas Night in Harlem – Louis Armstrong
Santy Claus, Send My Baby Back to Me - ?
Boogie Woogie Santa Claus - ?
Night Before Christmas (boogie-woogie version) - ?
Happy New Year/Auld Lang Syne - ?
Please Come Home for Christmas - ?

It’s Christmas Time (a tape I found for 50 cents in a Best Buy discount section)

Side One
The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Julie Andrews
O Holy Night – Bing Crosby
What Child is This – The Lettermen
White Christmas – Dean Martin

Side Two
Feliz Navidad – Jose Feliciano
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen – Roger Whittaker
Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Lou Rowls
Frosty the Snowman – The Beach Boys
Jingle Bell Rock – Bill Haley & The Comets

20 Christmas Classics (A Motown collection of Christmas tunes)
White Christmas – The Supremes
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – The Temptations
Frosty the Snowman – Jackson 5
What Christmas Means to Me – Stevie Wonder
Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Jackson 5
Jingle Bells – Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
Little Christmas Tree – Michael Jackson
Some Day at Christmas – Stevie Wonder
Let It Snow – The Temptations
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Jackson 5
Christmas Lullaby – Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
My Christmas Tree – Diana Ross
Up On the House Top – Jackson 5
Christmas Song – Stevie Wonder
Little Bright Star – Diana Ross and The Supremes
Silent Night – The Temptations
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
Christmas Won’t Be the Same This Year – Jackson 5
Silver Bells – The Supremes

XMAS (a tape of stuff I got from the radio and the public library)

Side One
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – The Texas Tornados
Run Rudolph Run – Chuck Berry
The Christians and the Pagans – Dar Williams
The Last Month of the Year – The Fairfield Four
White Christmas – Frank Sinatra
Deck the Halls (reggae style) - ?
White Christmas – Bing Crosby
Rocking Around the Christmas Tree – Darlene Love and Ronnie Spector
Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Cyndi Lauper and Frank Sinatra
Beatles Christmas Greetings 1963
Ding Dong, Ding Dong – George Harrison
Beatles Christmas Greetings 1968
Christmastime is Here Again – The Beatles
- Canned Heat and The Chipmunks
White Christmas – The Drifters
White Christmas (fast-paced boogie-woogie piano version) - ?
Beatles Christmas Greetings 1966
Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Ray Charles
Silent Night – The Byrds

Side Two
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Harry Connick, Jr
Feliz Navidad – Freddy Fender
Carol of the Bells – Trans-Siberian Orchestra?
Merry Christmas Girl – Graham Parker
Merry Christmas, Baby – ?
Sled Zeppelin – Bob Rivers
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Harry Connick, Jr
Silent Night – Sinead O’Connor
Thanks for Christmas – 3 Wise Men (alias XTC)
Santa’s Beard – They Might Be Giants
Three Ships – Sting
Jingle Bells – Willie Nelson
Silver Bells – Wilson Pickett
Mambo Santa Claus - ?
Ride On Santa - ?
Christmastime is Here Again – The Beatles
Christmas Every Day – The Temptations
Little Drummer Boy – The Temptations

Monday, January 16, 2006

MUSIC: The OlderMusicGeek Christmas Samplers' Track List

This is just a list of the songs on some Christmas cd's I burned for some friends, but liked them so much I made copies for myself. I tried to put stuff on them that isn't heard that often on the holidays. - OlderMusicGeek

The OlderMusicGeek Alternative Christmas Sampler - 2005
We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Dance Party Christmas Mix) - ?
Last Christmas (techno version) - ?
Hark! - Torch Song (the band William Orbit started with)
Punk Rock Christmas - The Ravers
Santa Has a Mullet - Nerf Herder
Santa Claus - They Might Be Giants
Every Christmas Card I Write - They Might Be Giants
Shouldn't Have Given a Gun For Christmas - Wall of Voodoo
Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight) - The Ramones
Merry Xmas Blues- The Celibate Rifles
Do They Know It's Christmas? (Feed the World) - Far featuring Chino Moreno
Christmas Comes Only Once a Year - MxPx
Hooray for Santa Claus - Sloppy Seconds
Cold and All Alone - MxPx
Daddy Drank Our Xmas Money - TVTV$
There Ain't No Sanity Clause - The Damned
Christmas Celebration - Weezer
Fairytale of New York - No Use For a Name
"Merry Christmas" - Face To Face
Step Into Christmas - The Business
Santa Claus Is Thumbing to Town - Relient K
We Wish You a Merry Christmas - Relient K
The 12 Days of Christmas - Relient K
Angels We Have Heard on High - Relient K
Deck the Halls - Relient K
Favorite Things - Me First and The Gimmes Gimmes
Silent Night - The Dickies
White Christmas - Tina Sugandh

The OlderMusicGeek Less Alternative, More Traditional Christmas Sampler - 2005
Joy to the World - Christmas Grass
Home for the Holidays - The dB's
Christmas from the Family - Robert Earl Keen
That's What Christmas Means to Me - Stevie Wonder
Jingle Bells - Wilson Pickett
Little St Nick - The Muppets (Doctor Teeth and The Electric Mayhem)
We Three Kings - The Roches
Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree - The Refreshments
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Bright Eyes
I'm Getting Nothin' For Christmas - Smash Mouth and Rose O'Donnell
Frosty the Snowman - The Charms
Don't Believe in Christmas - The Sonics
Santa Claus - They Might Be Giants
Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses
Cool Yule - Rebel Pebbles
Christmas Time Again- Bad Manners
Super Sunny Christmas - Redd Kross
Everything's Going to Be Cool This Christmas - The Eels
It's Christmas - Bouquet of Veal
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Cher
Rosie Christmas - Donna Summer
techno christmas medley - ?
Jingle Bells (techno version) - ?
Feliz Navidad - The Three Tenors
The Christians and the Pagans (live) - Dar Williams

The OlderMusicGeek Even More Traditional Christmas Sampler - 2005
Deck the Halls - Philadelphia Brass Ensemble
Deck the Halls - Robert Show Chorale
O Holy Night - Mario Lanza
Jingle Bells - Barbershop Christmas
Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree - The Partridge Family
Little Drummer Boy - Lou Rowls
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - The Dave Williamson Big Band and Singers
Jingle Bells - Jimmy Buffett
We Are Santa's Elves - from the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soundtrack
Snow - Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen
Good King Wenscelas - Glenn Miller Orchestra
Sleigh Ride - Ella Fitzgerald
Santa Baby - The French Impressionists
Baby, It's Cold Outside - Tom Jones and Cerys from Catatonia
Zat You Santy Claus? - Louis Armstrong
Jingle Bells - Brian Setzer
Blue Christmas - Fats Domino
White Christmas - The Drifters
Little St Nick - The Beach Boys
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeers - The Temptations
Jingle Bells - Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
Frosty the Snowman - Jackson 5
Santa Claus is Coming to Town - B2K
The Christmas Song - The Raveonettes
Christmas All Over Again - Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
Christmas Time - The dB's
Joy to the World - The Butties
We Wish You a Merry Christmas - Sesame Street cast

MUSIC: An Overview of The OlderMusicGeek Christmas Collections CD's

These are just mp3/MPEG/data cd's of all my Christmas music. I made these to make sure I don't lose any. But I found myself putting them on my cd player on random play and listening to them.

And since they each have 150-225 songs on them, I'm not going to list what is on each cd. But I will give a description of what is in each category.

This just basically Christmas tunes by alternative music artist. I did throw in some tunes by punk artist if their rendition of a Christmas song wasn't very "punky". I also threw in some stuff that didn't seem to fit any other category.

This is a collection of Christmas tunes the Beatles did in their solo careers plus some Christmas songs done in a Beatle-esque style.

Like it says, Christmas tunes done in the big band or swing style. Glenn Miller Orchestra's two cd's, Louis Armstrong's Christmas Through the Years and Ella Fitzgerald's Swinging Christmas along with various tunes including some neo-swing acts are all here.

Just a whole lot of Christmas tunes by Bing Crosby. He has so many, I had to give him his own category!

Christmas tunes done by brass bands! What's Christmas without some?

Actually, this doesn't have any typical classical music. It's traditional and modern Christmas music done with choirs, orchestras or whatever.

Humorous songs and stand-up and spoken word bits about Christmas.

Christmas tunes done with a twang, including bluegrass stuff.

Basically dance music about Christmas. Some are techno/trance versions of traditional Christmas tune and others are like Donna Summer's "Rosie Christmas" and Cher's version of "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)".

Christmas radio shows.

Instrumental versions of Christmas tunes done with guitars in various genres, though mostly by rock guitarists. Most of this is taken from the Merry Axe-mas cd's.

These are just cheesy and hackney versions of Christmas tunes by the likes of Barry Manilow, Lou Rowls and Barbara Streisand.

Christmas tunes with a latin beat and some done calypso and reggae style.

Christmas short stories and books on cd's.

Just various Christmas tunes done in various genres done live.

Christmas tunes done by Motown artists

Stuff from the Sesame Street Christmas cd, the John Denver and Muppets cd and The Muppet Christmas Carol.

Just comedy bits and songs that featured excessive use of words I don't need by my daughter hearing repeatedly. My favorite on here is "Homo Christmas" by Pansy Division and "I Got a Boner for Christmas" by Nerf Herder.

Christmas tunes that are bit unusual like "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth" and Toolbox Christmas.

Rock and roll Christmas tunes from the '50's and '60's, including Phil Spector's A Christmas Gift for You.

Surprise! Surprise! Christmas tunes done in the punk style.

This mostly a catch-all for African-American Christmas music plus Christmas blues tunes.

Chrismas tunes from rock and pop artists from the '70's to today. I guess pretty soon I'll have to admit my age and make a Xmas '70's and '80's category.

Just what it says.

My favorite Christmas tunes by Mannheim Steamroller.

Christmas tunes done by the Three Tenors, separately or with other people. Doesn't have any classical tunes though, just traditional and modern Christmas tunes.

These are just the type of Christmas tunes that were played around my house by my mom when I was a kid. Mostly swing artists, but ones I didn't feel like putting with my Christmas Swing - people like Dean Martin, Burl Ives, and Tony Bennett.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

MUSIC: A Fun Quiz If You Know Who The Damned Are

Well, here's a fun little quiz if you ever heard of the band, The Damned. If you haven't, shame on you and go check out Machine Gun Ettiquette! Thanks to my kid brother, Harmonica23 and his web site for introducing me to the quiz.

Said Captain! Said wot? Said Captain! Said wotcha want?

I suppose I am most like Captain Sensible, except that I can't play guitar and I'm only a decent dresser. Admittedly though, for some reason, a number of people think I'm nice. And my daughter apparently has told more than one friend that my farts can clear a room!

Which Damned member are you?
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This is a fairly good sampling of some of the music I listen to. It's missing a few genres I like - such as cajun. I'll work on that later. But it does contain most of my favorite artists. I tried to steer away from the better known songs to give you a better idea of what kind of music the artists play, but I was limited by the songs the website - Project Playlist - had available. But if you want to get an idea of what I listen to, just hit the play or arrow button. - OlderMusicGeek

The internet station that does the best of playing my music is Last.fm. Here's my station if you're interested.

This website, OlderMusicGeek Radio on Pandora.com, does a fairly decent job of playing what I like, although they do occasionally play stuff I don't care for, but overall they're pretty good.