Monthly Archives: January 2014

How Come I Know Everything?

As I predicted, the whole Madonna using the “N Word” thing appears to have been a precursor for a rumored project involving Madonna and Miley Cyrus on MTV’s “Unplugged”. Whether this is intentional or not, I have no way of knowing but the timing sure is convenient.

As I type this, I am trying to hold back vomit when I think of the fact that a human freakshow like Miley Cyrus is now going to be gracing the same program (Unplugged) that once featured/boasted superb talents like Layne Staley and Scott Weiland, just to name a couple. Recall my previous post discussing Unplugged.

The project featuring Madonna and Miley Cyrus will be special in that it will simultaneously feature the low point in one person’s career and the high point in the career of the other.  I’m pretty sure you can figure out which is which.


Motley Crue Retires-What They’re Retiring from Remains Unclear/Also Prince Lawsuit and Justin Imbiber

So, the (dozens) fans who still listen to Motley Crue must be devastated today as news of the retirement of their favorite musicians hit the first page of Variety. No?  Ok, the second page?  Not there either? Hmm…

I’m not sure, but I think that to retire you have to actually be doing something.  What the hell has Motley Crue been doing? Well, besides selling out by recording “Girls, Girls, Girls.”

Prince is suing a bunch of fans for posting footage of his concerts and music on Facebook.  Gee, looks like that whole tort reform thing is going great.

Apparently, there is a petition to deport the male version of Lindsay Lohan you might recognize as Justin Bieber.  I have no opinion on the petition itself. Free citizens of the United States can choose to exercise their right to sign or ignore it altogether. I have no opinion on it. I do hope that Justin Bieber doesn’t get a free pass on this.  I don’t hope for anything excessive, but I don’t want him to get a pass because of his fame. Michael Vick didn’t skate, Justin Bieber shouldn’t either, in my opinion.

The street racing thing is worse than the drinking and I think Bieber should get a stiff but reasonable penalty from that at least, if for no other reason than he could become a poster boy for the consequences that street racing should carry since street racing endangers innocent lives.

On a related note, is it ironic to anyone else that “beber” in Spanish means “drink”?  Seems like an interesting pun.

Madonna Uses the N-Word, People who Still Remember who the Hell Madonna is Express Outrage

Once relevant and now three-quarters-forgotten, pop princess Madonna ruffled a few feathers when she dropped an “N” word on her Instagram.

Forget the fact that Madonna’s failed endeavor to reinvent herself by becoming a children’s book author was a farce of Ionesco-sized proportions.

Forget the fact that Madonna now tries to speak using the worst sounding affectation of an English accent since Gwyneth Paltrow hosted Saturday Night Live.

Madonna claims that she is not a racist.  Well, I disagree.  Use of racial slurs constitutes racism.  Plain and simple.  Simply regretting the backlash that your use of a racial slur caused does not negate racism.  If one uses a racial slur and then feels bad about it because they have undergone some kind of social enlightenment or racial epiphany, that is one thing.  However, in my opinion, Madonna only regretted forgetting that she is no longer big and important enough to act this way and get away with it.  To quote a well-known Rihanna song: “Don’t tell me you’re sorry ’cause you’re not.  Baby when I know you’re only sorry you got caught.”

It would not surprise me in this haphazard melange of fads and poorly-executed imitations that America calls a culture these days, to see something released by Madonna in the next few months.  Consider for a moment the idea that Madonna may have acted intentionally to put her name out there again and generate interest.  There’s no such thing as bad publicity after all.  Just ask Roseanne Barr.

Certainly, while there is no indication that Madonna acted intentionally and I am merely speculating here, stranger things have happened.

Remember when MTV Played Music?

Happy New Year to all my readers who are on a Gregorian Calendar.  Why we celebrate the Earth completing a rotation around the sun seems a bit beneath my scope, but I digress.

Think back to the last time you saw a bona fide music video on MTV.  How old were you? Who was president? What age had you celebrated on your most recent birthday?  It would seem that a once groundbreaking, amazing TV channel has now become a mass-market hash-slinger that produces slop for the intellectually deficient.  One look at the fact that MTV aired THREE different versions of a reality show called “Teen Mom” should be proof enough of the plebeian dullards to whom MTV now caters.

Further evidence of MTV’s love of marketability at the expense of quality is the fact that it named Miley Cyrus one of its best artists of 2013.  I wouldn’t even put Miley Cyrus in my list of top thousand performers of all-time.  But, she’s the flavor of the month and MTV sells ads.  Do the math.  Oh, and I’m sure Miley Cyrus would be famous even without daddy’s help.

MTV used to be the place where new artists were clamoring to showcase their talent.  MTV was to musicians what “The Tonight Show” was to stand-up comics.  (YouTube has since dethroned both of those, however.) MTV is how I was introduced to artists like The Smashing Pumpkins, Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Metallica, and incalculable others.  MTV had shows like “Yo! MTV Raps” “Total Request Live”, “MTV Jamz” and, my personal favorite “Unplugged.”  I’ll never forget an episode of “Unplugged” featuring Alice in Chains performing where you could tell Layne Staley was so high on Heroin that he could barely sit up and yet he still managed to belt out every song perfectly.  “Unplugged” allowed a look at legendary artists like Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, and Pearl Jam playing acoustic versions of their work.  I would not have taken it for granted at the time had I known that the whole music scene was going to end up right in the dumper.

Also, don’t forget the VJs who would “host” each block of music videos and give you interesting tidbits about the videos.  I can remember learning about the artistic technique “trompe l’oiel” or “tricking the eye” from Ananda Lewis when she introduced the video for the Metallica song “The Memory Remains” which was new at the time.  Kurt Loder and Tabitha Soren presenting insider industry facts on MTV news were also staples of the channel.

MTV had experimental shows like “Beavis and Butthead” who really rewrote the rule book about what an “adult” cartoon should be and was interspersed with their commentary on various music videos of the time and a soupcon of pop culture skewering. MTV’s “Oddities”, “Daria” and “Aeon Flux” were also very intelligent, cerebral shows that catered to people who actually read books once in a while and turned to MTV as an alternative to the mainstream media.  Indeed, MTV has now become a shill and mascot for mainstream media which shows how far it has fallen.