STUPID and Contagious

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The dumb dumbness of the dumbness is getting to us!

Let me start by saying that we wholeheartedly welcome getting comments from readers. Most of them fall into the categories of either being supportive, offering suggestions or giving extra information on a topic!

We don’t mind constructive criticism either! Far from it! We’ve posted many comments where the commenter has had divergent views to our own or complained about something we did!

We enjoy intelligent feedback! We would indeed like to thank the many commenters!

However, we have been getting more than our fair share of dumb comments here lately!

This one’s the latest! Not necessarily the worst … just the latest! And just on the wrong day too, cos I have a blinding hangover!

Some time back, we posted the picture above of the lovely Hitomi!

We do like the luscious Hitomi and we post stuff that we like. The picture in question appealed to us from an aesthetic, artistic and sensual perspective. That’s why we posted it.

I know taste is less universal even than intelligence! That’s fine! You don’t have to like it! You don’t even have to look at it! Feel free to avert thine eyes or pluck them out!

Anyway, some anonymous (these morons are always anonymous!) yokel’s comment on the lovely picture above is, crazily;

yall say that theres no nudity here but then you post a picture of a chinese girl with dd in a bra

Erm … where to start with this dumbness?!

Of course, no name is given by this moron! So let’s call him George Bush Junior Junior! Or GBJJ for short!

I shall address GBJJ directly.

Firstly GBJJ, there is no fucking nudity on here!! I wish there were, but everyone knows google is a censorial environment.

That’s why we state on the side column here;

“We’ve had problems before, on a previous blog, with people of a certain right-wing / censorial ilk who object to freedom of expression and views that are different from their own. One of these mofos got the blog shut down because certain views or content differed to their own narrow world view!Now, we really don’t want the same BS again!!

Therefore, if you are some right-wing, censorial, prude with no sense of humour, this ain’t the place for you. So f**k off back to Afghanistan or, at least, get out of this site and leave us alone!”

For morons amongst us, like GBJJ, nudity is defined in any proper dictionary as “Having no clothing” or, even more simply, “Being naked”. Not too hard to comprehend!

Now in the picture in question, the lovely Hitomi is not naked! As you say yourself moron, she’s wearing a bra (and all too big it is too!) – an item of clothing! Therefore, she isn’t fucking naked!! DUUUHHHHHHH!!

Maybe your deluded mind considers that women clad in bikinis on the beach are naked too! That fashion shows are full of naked females because they’re not wearing burkhas!

Do you think Hitomi’s naked in the pic below too?

What’s your problem George Bush Junior Junior? Do you want to see women clad only in burkhas (see the pic below if you don’t know what that is, moron)?
I guess you must suffer from gymnophobia! (that’s the medical term for fear of nudity, moron!)

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Secondly, GBJJ, do I need to point out that this is not “a chinese girl”?

Do you think all Asians look the same? Maybe everybody in races outside your own look the same to you!

That’s dumb enough – and indeed objectionable enough – of itself … but worse in the context that there are a slew of moron-friendly hints within the post!

The phrase “Mushi Mushi” is Japanese!

The name Aizawa Hitomi would tell non-morons that the girl is Japanese!

As the moron safety-net, the tag “Japan” would tell non-morons that the girl is Japanese!

There’s more I could say but I’m bored already … so bye bye George Bush Junior Junior. Please stay there in moronland with your own ilk and, next time, don’t expose the rest of us to the endless depths of your dumbness!!

OK enough! I’ve wasted too many valuable seconds on this dickhead! I’m late for my appointment with a bar!

Yap, life’s too short for this bullshit! Therefore, I’m driving a stake through the vampire that is dumb comments!

Even reading them is making me feel dumb!

So, in future, every dumb comment in one-digit or two-digit IQ territory is getting dispatched straight away into the bin! Faster than Sarah Palin would dispatch a moose! (or a democrat!)

I’m not even going to waste time thinking about em!

But I’ll miss yall, George Bush Junior Junior!! (like a hole in the head!)

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September 12, 2008 Posted by | Hitomi Aizawa, Japan, _BABE, _EDITORIAL | 2 Comments

Porn Prices reach new high, shocker!

I nearly choked on my toast and Jack Daniels this morning listening to the News.

They told me that Porn Prices reached a new high!

Oh, the humanity!

This is going to be a bad day! Not only a hangover bleeding out my ears, but now this too!

However, lucklily, later I worked out they meant Corn Prices.

That’s no problem. I never eat cornflakes!

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June 11, 2008 Posted by | _CARTOON, _EDITORIAL | Leave a comment

Myanmar Disaster – Please help the countless suffering people in Myanmar.

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Jimmy Margulies, New Jersey – The Record
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Read more about the horrific Myanmar disaster here; myanmar-massacre-banky

You can help the plight of the countless suffering people in Myanmar.

Every small amount helps.

Please contribute to one of these charities;

ADRA International

www.adra.org

CARE

www.care.org

Care International

http://www.careinternational.org.uk/?lid=11255&bid=270

Accepts online donations in British Pounds.

Foundation for the People of Burma

http://www.foundationburma.org/

Accepts online donations in US Dollars.

Friends of the World Food Program

https://www.kintera.org/site/apps/ka/sd/donor.asp


Google

By donating to UNICEF and Direct Relief International throught this Google page, Google will do too for US$ 1 million.

http://www.google.com/myanmarcyclone/

Project HOPE

www.projecthope.org

Save the Children

http://www.savethechildren.org/emergencies/asia/cyclone-nargis-myanmar-response.html


US Fund for UNICEF

www.unicefusa.org

World Concern

www.worldconcern.org

World Vision

www.worldvision.org


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May 24, 2008 Posted by | Jimmy Margulies, Myanmar, _CARTOON, _EDITORIAL | 2 Comments

Myanmar Massacre / Useless United Nations make a move all too late

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Adam Zyglis, Buffalo, NY, The Buffalo News
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Myanmar Massacre / Useless United Nations make a move all too late

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Cyclone Nargis, which struck in the early hours of May 3, killed over 78,000 people in Myanmar, with 56,000 missing, according to official Government figures.

According to the United Nations, the number of deaths well exceeded 100,000.

I have heard on news reports today that this UN figure is inaccurate and that there are over 140,000 dead !

140,000 dead is shocking in the extreme. What’s worse though, and utterly abhorrent and inhuman, is the fact that a large percentage of these deaths were avoidable.


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The numbers here make my head spin. Current reports estimate that two million (2,000,000) citizens are displaced and without proper shelter or relief.

Nowhere to shelter from the relentless monsoon rains.

Nowhere to rest weary and sick bodies.

Nothing at all substantial to eat.

Very little untainted water to drink.

Nothing to help prevent the spread of water borne disease.

No medicines to help the hurt and injured.

That’s two million (2,000,000) human beings in dire need of assistance, in need of human compassion.

The numbers are utterly obscene.

To put this in context, it is equivalent to over half of the citizens of Ireland being displaced, homeless and suffering! If that were the situation there, the world would be mourning it as the greatest disaster of recent times.

But the disaster happened and exists in some secluded Asian country that nobody knows about, therefore the world response is horribly muted.


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Amazingly, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon, aka Banky, only today visited Myanmar’s flooded Irrawaddy delta, where the ravages of the cyclone stretched as far as the eye could see: Villages were empty of life, flattened huts dissolved into vast areas of water and people perched on rooftops.

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Now the amazing thing of course is that Banky is only doing this today – almost three weeks after the cyclone.

Yes, three weeks!

Three interminably long weeks, every minute of which was spent in unimaginable pain and suffering by the dying and helpless poor people of Myanmar.

Three interminably long weeks, every minute of which was filled with needless death.

Three weeks during which there have been countless avoidable casualties suffered at the hands of the storm, but more specifically at the bloody hands of the military junta in charge in Myanmar.

Desperately needed aid, as well as specialist international disaster relief experts, were prevented from entering the country by this scumbag junta. Thousands upon thousands of innocent people perished as a consequence.

Immediately after the disaster, the priority for this nasty military junta was to ensure that a planned referendum that would see these scum stay in power over the coming years, was conducted. They cared not one jot for the thousands of corpses piling up in the paddy fields and on the streets.

The same military junta who, in a country of unimaginable poverty, have immense personal financial wealth.

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This obscene wealth was evidenced in 2006 when the porcine daughter of the main military junta scumbag, Than Shwe, was wed in a disgustingly lavish ceremony involving the giving of diamonds to the privileged guests as well as other outrageous displays of vulgarity and elitism.

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My understanding is that the UN’s key mandate is to oversee that situations like this do not arise, (situations where Governments use their power to abuse and effectively kill their citizens) and, should they arise, to ensure that appropriate justice is brought to bear upon the perpetrators of the Crimes Against Humanity – which is what these events clearly are.

Not only a mandate of the UN, but too of the International Community, who sat idly by.

The UN, the International Community and especially the main world powers (USA et al) are morally bound to ensure that the status quo in Myanmar is changed and that this evil Junta is brought down.

They need to ensure too that these junta scum receive appropriate justice for these Crimes Against Humanity.

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There is however an extreme reluctance on the part of all such parties to get involved.

This is clearly evidenced by Banky’s idleness for the past three weeks.

For the world powers,
political and strategic imperatives, with which such actions would inevitably conflict, have taken priority.

The UN should have brought all their powers to bear on this situation in the immediate aftermath of the disaster, not wait three weeks for its head honcho to take a helicopter ride in Myanmar!

“I’m very upset by what I’ve seen” Banky said. So he should be! And ashamed too!


It seems crystal clear that significant changes at the UN need to be made.

For a start, as the head honcho of that useless group, Banky needs to be booted out of his role.

The UN needs to be given a kick in the ass and revamped so that it will in future meet its mandate and do what the fuck it is that the UN is supposed to do!

If the UN cannot be revamped, it should be canned and the billions of dollars donated to it better used elsewhere.

Utterly inhuman sickening situations like this can never be allowed occur again.

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You can help the plight of the countless suffering people in Myanmar.

Every small amount helps.

Please contribute to one of these charities;

ADRA International

www.adra.org

CARE

www.care.org

Care International

http://www.careinternational.org.uk/?lid=11255&bid=270

Accepts online donations in British Pounds.

Foundation for the People of Burma

http://www.foundationburma.org/

Accepts online donations in US Dollars.

Friends of the World Food Program

https://www.kintera.org/site/apps/ka/sd/donor.asp


Google

By donating to UNICEF and Direct Relief International throught this Google page, Google will do too for US$ 1 million.

http://www.google.com/myanmarcyclone/

Project HOPE

www.projecthope.org

Save the Children

http://www.savethechildren.org/emergencies/asia/cyclone-nargis-myanmar-response.html


US Fund for UNICEF

www.unicefusa.org

World Concern

www.worldconcern.org

World Vision

www.worldvision.org


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May 23, 2008 Posted by | Adam Zyglis, Myanmar, _CARTOON, _EDITORIAL | Leave a comment

Myanmar Massacre / Useless United Nations make a move all too late

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Adam Zyglis, Buffalo, NY, The Buffalo News
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Myanmar Massacre / Useless United Nations make a move all too late

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Cyclone Nargis, which struck in the early hours of May 3, killed over 78,000 people in Myanmar, with 56,000 missing, according to official Government figures.

According to the United Nations, the number of deaths well exceeded 100,000.

I have heard on news reports today that this UN figure is inaccurate and that there are over 140,000 dead !

140,000 dead is shocking in the extreme. What’s worse though, and utterly abhorrent and inhuman, is the fact that a large percentage of these deaths were avoidable.


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The numbers here make my head spin. Current reports estimate that two million (2,000,000) citizens are displaced and without proper shelter or relief.

Nowhere to shelter from the relentless monsoon rains.

Nowhere to rest weary and sick bodies.

Nothing at all substantial to eat.

Very little untainted water to drink.

Nothing to help prevent the spread of water borne disease.

No medicines to help the hurt and injured.

That’s two million (2,000,000) human beings in dire need of assistance, in need of human compassion.

The numbers are utterly obscene.

To put this in context, it is equivalent to over half of the citizens of Ireland being displaced, homeless and suffering! If that were the situation there, the world would be mourning it as the greatest disaster of recent times.

But the disaster happened and exists in some secluded Asian country that nobody knows about, therefore the world response is horribly muted.


https://i1.wp.com/www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20080506/myanmar-cyclone/images/1902c4b7-cefb-41a3-ba5d-e6ae229f6047.jpg

Amazingly, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon, aka Banky, only today visited Myanmar’s flooded Irrawaddy delta, where the ravages of the cyclone stretched as far as the eye could see: Villages were empty of life, flattened huts dissolved into vast areas of water and people perched on rooftops.

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Now the amazing thing of course is that Banky is only doing this today – almost three weeks after the cyclone.

Yes, three weeks!

Three interminably long weeks, every minute of which was spent in unimaginable pain and suffering by the dying and helpless poor people of Myanmar.

Three interminably long weeks, every minute of which was filled with needless death.

Three weeks during which there have been countless avoidable casualties suffered at the hands of the storm, but more specifically at the bloody hands of the military junta in charge in Myanmar.

Desperately needed aid, as well as specialist international disaster relief experts, were prevented from entering the country by this scumbag junta. Thousands upon thousands of innocent people perished as a consequence.

Immediately after the disaster, the priority for this nasty military junta was to ensure that a planned referendum that would see these scum stay in power over the coming years, was conducted. They cared not one jot for the thousands of corpses piling up in the paddy fields and on the streets.

The same military junta who, in a country of unimaginable poverty, have immense personal financial wealth.

https://i2.wp.com/cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0bGzcML5hr8gc/610x.jpg

https://i2.wp.com/blog.miragestudio7.com/wp-content/uploads2/2007/10/thandar_shwe_burma_wedding_junta_military.jpg

This obscene wealth was evidenced in 2006 when the porcine daughter of the main military junta scumbag, Than Shwe, was wed in a disgustingly lavish ceremony involving the giving of diamonds to the privileged guests as well as other outrageous displays of vulgarity and elitism.

https://i0.wp.com/farm4.static.flickr.com/3023/2480013931_fb3c79132a.jpg

My understanding is that the UN’s key mandate is to oversee that situations like this do not arise, (situations where Governments use their power to abuse and effectively kill their citizens) and, should they arise, to ensure that appropriate justice is brought to bear upon the perpetrators of the Crimes Against Humanity – which is what these events clearly are.

Not only a mandate of the UN, but too of the International Community, who sat idly by.

The UN, the International Community and especially the main world powers (USA et al) are morally bound to ensure that the status quo in Myanmar is changed and that this evil Junta is brought down.

They need to ensure too that these junta scum receive appropriate justice for these Crimes Against Humanity.

https://i1.wp.com/farm3.static.flickr.com/2096/2478797984_6fa696ae8f.jpg

There is however an extreme reluctance on the part of all such parties to get involved.

This is clearly evidenced by Banky’s idleness for the past three weeks.

For the world powers,
political and strategic imperatives, with which such actions would inevitably conflict, have taken priority.

The UN should have brought all their powers to bear on this situation in the immediate aftermath of the disaster, not wait three weeks for its head honcho to take a helicopter ride in Myanmar!

“I’m very upset by what I’ve seen” Banky said. So he should be! And ashamed too!


It seems crystal clear that significant changes at the UN need to be made.

For a start, as the head honcho of that useless group, Banky needs to be booted out of his role.

The UN needs to be given a kick in the ass and revamped so that it will in future meet its mandate and do what the fuck it is that the UN is supposed to do!

If the UN cannot be revamped, it should be canned and the billions of dollars donated to it better used elsewhere.

Utterly inhuman sickening situations like this can never be allowed occur again.

https://i0.wp.com/farm3.static.flickr.com/2120/2477828805_4715420eee.jpg

You can help the plight of the countless suffering people in Myanmar.

Every small amount helps.

Please contribute to one of these charities;

ADRA International

www.adra.org

CARE

www.care.org

Care International

http://www.careinternational.org.uk/?lid=11255&bid=270

Accepts online donations in British Pounds.

Foundation for the People of Burma

http://www.foundationburma.org/

Accepts online donations in US Dollars.

Friends of the World Food Program

https://www.kintera.org/site/apps/ka/sd/donor.asp


Google

By donating to UNICEF and Direct Relief International throught this Google page, Google will do too for US$ 1 million.

http://www.google.com/myanmarcyclone/

Project HOPE

www.projecthope.org

Save the Children

http://www.savethechildren.org/emergencies/asia/cyclone-nargis-myanmar-response.html


US Fund for UNICEF

www.unicefusa.org

World Concern

www.worldconcern.org

World Vision

www.worldvision.org


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May 23, 2008 Posted by | Adam Zyglis, Myanmar, _CARTOON, _EDITORIAL | Leave a comment

Ronny and the Trannies !

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He scores. He doesn’t shoot!!

This is a very strange story concerning one Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima !

Yes, the once-great Ronny. I was in in Old Trafford to see him almost single handedly demolish Man Utd with Real Madrid a few years back, a night on which the United fans even applauded his brilliance!

Anyway, Ronny had a date with his GF last Monday. Normal enough.

But then, having dropped her home, Ronny decided – as you do! – to pick up a few street whores! Three of em in fact. That’s quite normal in Brazil, apparently!

He took them to a fleapit motel, only to find shockingly, once ensconced inside, that the three big, ugly, fiveoclock-shadowed blokes in garters were actually three big, ugly, fiveoclock-shadowed men in garters!

I saw one of them on the news. Fucking scary! Unless Ronny was as messed up on meds as Brittney Spears, he surely must have known when he picked them up what they were.

Anyway, later, after Ronny tried to kick em out of the motel room, some problems arose, as described in the article below!

Ronny later told the police that he was having psychological problems linked to his knee injury! Really!

This is a salutary warning kids. If you hurt your knee, be very careful! Next thing you know, without your knowledge, you’ll find yourself in a cheap motel with three huge semi-naked women with stubble!

Ronny needs to stop listening to too much Lou Reed! I think Lou’s sordid tranny ditties have corrupted his little brain!

I believe Ronny’s GF has been delighted with the news and they are set to wed next week!

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Ronaldo in Transvestite Scandal

Brazilian AC Milan striker Ronaldo

The AC Milan footballer has been recovering after surgery in Brazil

Brazilian football star Ronaldo has been caught up in a sex scandal with three cross-dressing prostitutes.

Having dropped off his girlfriend at her house in Rio de Janeiro on Monday night, the 2002 World Cup winner picked up three prostitutes.

When they all booked into a motel, the AC Milan striker discovered that the prostitutes were in fact men.

According to Rio police, he alleges that the transvestites then tried to extort money from him.

Local press reports quoted one of the prostitutes, Andreia Albertine – otherwise known as Andre Luiz Ribeiro Albertino – as saying that Ronaldo had threatened to hit him, on discovering that he was a transvestite.

‘Extortion’

Ronaldo “reported that Andreia had taken his car documents and demanded $30,000 [£15,000]”, said Rio police superintendent Carlos Augusto Nogueira.

Transvestite André Luis Ribeiro Albertino, also known as Andreia Albertine

Albertino is accused of taking the footballer’s documents

He added: “Ronaldo admits the facts. He said he just wanted to amuse himself, that’s not a crime. To pay to have sexual relations isn’t illegal.

“There’s a strong chance that Ronaldo has been the victim of extortion.”

When the footballer refused to pay the prostitute, the latter claimed that Ronaldo had taken drugs, and had threatened to hurt the three transvestites.

Under Brazilian law, while pimping sex workers and running establishments where sex is sold are illegal, prostitution itself is not.

In a statement Ronaldo is reported to have denied ever using drugs, and reiterated that he was a victim of extortion.

The three-time Fifa world footballer of the year is in Brazil recovering from knee surgery.

He told police he was having some psychological problems linked to his injury.

May 1, 2008 Posted by | Football, OTHER_ARTICLE, OTHER_SPORT, Ronaldo, _EDITORIAL, _OTHER | Leave a comment

Mc CryINair Ryanair will screw you blind ?

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A blind calypso musician and his band who were thrown off a Ryanair plane as suspected terrorists on New Year’s Eve …….

No, this isn’t some insane surreal farce! It’s the real and crazy everyday world of that awful Mc CryINair !

Yes … the Mc Donalds of Airlines never ever tire of being cnuts!

Now they seem to have an intense dislike for the blind!

They seem to have an intense dislike for the sighted also! All humans really!

Did they think the blind calypso boys had mutated their Steel Drums into explosive devices triggered by some sort of remote Braille detonator?

Although aetheist (thank dog!), I would like to believe that proper Karma will in due course be applied to Mc Ryanair CEO (as in “Cnut Extreme Onanist”!) Mick O’Leary and the army of crony clone cost-accountants who run that piece of shit company!

From The Irish Times http://www.ireland.com/

A blind calypso musician and his band who were thrown off a Ryanair plane as suspected terrorists on New Year’s Eve in 2006 were awarded £4,000 in damages yesterday.

Michael Toussaint and four members of the London-based Caribbean Steel International Orchestra were escorted off the plane at gunpoint in Sardinia by Italian police without warning or explanation and were not allowed back on, despite being cleared by the authorities within 20 minutes.

The band were offered a flight to Liverpool the following day.

April 29, 2008 Posted by | Ryanair, _CARTOON, _EDITORIAL | Leave a comment

Brendan Behan and the myspace Ouija Board

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Man, a lot of people must love ghosts!

Else, these are people Behan still owes money to!

Nowadays, the ouija board business is fucked. Every psychic type nutcase uses myspace instead!

There must be a bar with wifi access in whatever realm Behan now resides!

Anyway, not meaning to be too morbid, here’s Brendan Behan’s rather interesting gravestone in Glasnevin, North Dublin, snapped by Ro.

I paid a pilgrimage there once years ago – well I was en-route to the famous Kavanagh’s pub just adjoining the cemetery, where the best pint of Guinness in Dublin can be had!

Even in death, Brendan still stands out!

If you don’t know who the fuck Behan was, here’s a ridiculously high-level snapshot;

Brendan Francis Behan (Irish: Breandán Ó Beacháin) (February 9, 1923 – March 20, 1964) was an Irish poet, short story writer, novelist and playwright who wrote in both Irish and English. He was also a committed Irish Republican and an erstwhile member of the Irish Republican Army. Behan was one of the most successful Irish dramatists of the 20th century.

More here on Wiki: Brendan_Behan

Thanks to Ro

April 24, 2008 Posted by | Brendan Behan, OTHER_LITERATURE, _EDITORIAL, _OTHER, _PHOTOGRAPHY | Leave a comment

Pavarotti lip-synched last performance Shocker!

The orchestra pretended to play for the public there, I pretended to conduct and Luciano pretended to sing ……..
……… (and dublindog
pretended to be interested ! )

As if to prove the old showbiz cliche about only being as good as your last show, this article proves that this applies to the dead as well as to the living!

The shocking news is that apparently Mr Slim, one Luciano Pavarotti lip-synched his last performance!

And we’re not talking here about the last time he went down on his girlfriend!

What a shock! Next they’ll be telling us he wasn’t really fat at all but was in fact a little skinny chap inside a fat-suit!

Oh the humanity! I need a pint of Jack Daniels to recover!

One might ask why someone needs to drag this out into the public now! The guy is dead, for fuck’s sake!


http://www.boston.com/ae/music

https://i2.wp.com/graphics.boston.com/resize/bonzai-fba/AP_Photo/2008/04/07/1207620854_8160/300h.jpgROME—Luciano Pavarotti, in severe pain months before his cancer diagnosis, lip-synched his last performance, according to the maestro who conducted the aria at the opening ceremony of the Turin Olympics. The late tenor’s manager said Monday the bitter cold made a live performance impossible at the 2006 Winter Games.

The conductor, Leone Magiera, reveals in a book that the rousing rendition of “Nessun Dorma” (“Let No One Sleep”) was prerecorded because “it would have been too dangerous for him to give a live performance in that physical condition.”

Magiera, who worked with Pavarotti for years, said the tenor was suffering from sharp pains months before being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was using a wheelchair. Pavarotti died in September 2007. He was 71.

“The orchestra pretended to play for the public there, I pretended to conduct and Luciano pretended to sing,” Magiera writes in “Pavarotti Visto Da Vicino” (“Pavarotti Seen From Close Up”), which was published last month. “It came off beautifully, no one was aware of the technical tricks.”

Pavarotti recorded the famed aria from Puccini’s “Turandot” in a studio in his hometown of Modena a few days before his February appearance in Turin, Magiera said. The orchestra prerecorded its part separately.

“His voice was nearly intact,” Magiera recalls in the book, published by Ricordi. “He found the strength to repeat it until he was completely satisfied. Then, he fell back on his wheelchair and closed his eyes, exhausted.”

Magiera did not elaborate on why Pavarotti was using a wheelchair. He stood during the Turin performance.

Pavarotti’s former manager, Terri Robson, said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that the decision lip-synch was made because of the cold during the outdoor evening event.

The singer was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the summer of 2006 as he was preparing to leave New York to resume a farewell tour. Pavarotti underwent surgery in New York in early July, and his remaining 2006 concerts were canceled.

Earlier that year, Pavarotti postponed five June dates because of what was described as complications from back surgery. He canceled eight concerts in April, saying he had been advised not to travel or perform while undergoing back treatment.

Robson said the tenor’s voice was “in great shape … but because of the extreme late-night temperature in Turin in February, for both him and the orchestra, it was decided that the only way to make it work was for him to pre-record.”

Pavarotti lip-synched a performance in 1992 in Modena, drawing heavy criticism.

His charismatic persona, ebullient showmanship, and powerful voice made him the most beloved and celebrated tenor since the great Caruso and one of the few opera singers to win crossover fame as a popular superstar.

He appeared in television commercials and sang in hugely lucrative mega-concerts outdoors and in stadiums around the world, also mingling with pop stars in his series of charity concerts, “Pavarotti & Friends.”

April 9, 2008 Posted by | Luciano Pavarotti, Music_Opera, OTHER_ARTICLE, _EDITORIAL, _MUSIC, _OTHER | Leave a comment

Top 10: Comeback Albums

A piece below from askmen.com on the topic Top 10: Comeback Albums.

Now most of their top ten are frankly ludicrous (including joke bands such as Aerosmith, Van Halen, etc), but the top three are reasonable, and the Number One is a stone cold classic.

That stone cold classic would be the masterful Time Out of Mind by Mr Bob Dylan from 1997.

Erm, this was far from the first comeback Dylan had. What about New Morning by Bob from 1970? That was surely a comeback from the dead!

Also, why is the cover shot of Dylan from the mid sixties, when the album in question was released some three decades later?? Bob may be God, but he ain’t Dorian Gray!!

The top three on this list are described below.

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Bob Dylan’s comeback album takes the No. 1 spot


http://www.askmen.com/toys/top_10_250/295c_top_10_list.html

Number 3

BMG

From Elvis in Memphis

Elvis Presley, 1969

OK, Elvis may never have actually left the building, but by the late ’60s his office was no longer on the throne room for “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” After years of schlock films and equally cheesy soundtracks, the King’s hip shaking seemed painfully tame compared to the masses of the hippie and psychedelic set. Presley’s movies had the dubious glory of being considered a genre unto themselves, but the iconic singer hadn’t yet found a way to top his 1950’s success.

Back in action: The chance to escape from the big screen trap he’d set for himself came courtesy of the small screen. Namely a successful 1968 television special during which Elvis started to shed his big-screen persona with an off-the-cuff jam with former band mates D.J. Fontana and Scotty Moore. The vibe continued on From Elvis in Memphis, which featured a blend of country, soul and R&B that yielded hits like “In the Ghetto.” Though it was the King’s 34th record, it was widely considered his personal best and one of the greatest albums of all time. Even B-sides like “Kentucky Rain” and Presley’s final hit, “Suspicious Minds” became massive and proved that “The King” still possessed one of the most singular voices in rock and roll.

Number 2

Sony

American Recordings

Johnny Cash, 1994

Another artist with a voice like no other and a career to match — for over 50 years the “Man in Black” sold roughly 90 million albums. Lean times, personal tragedy and hard living fueled his writing, performances and private excesses. At the height of his career Johnny Cash hosted a popular television show that featured guest like Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Louis Armstrong, and Kris Kristofferson. In 1972, Cash played the Nixon White House, opting to ignore the president’s personal song requests. By the mid-’70s though, his career was flagging, and by the mid-’80s Cash had succumbed to his addiction to painkillers, again. There were records and successful books, but Cash was dropped from Columbia records. He moved to another label, but didn’t live up to earlier glories until 1994.

Back in action: Few people would think that covering Danzig and Leonard Cohen on the same record to be a brilliant move, but it worked for Johnny Cash. After the success of Cash’s version of U2’s “The Wanderer,” superstar producer Rick Rubin signed him to the American Recordings label and the two recorded a set of stripped-down covers and originals that showed fans, old and new, that Cash was far from done. It bought Cash another decade of success, a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album and a prominence as a cultural icon that rivaled his earlier success.

Number 1

Sony

Time Out of Mind

Bob Dylan, 1997

Dylan never went away. He’s one of the greatest songwriters and has the hardware on his mantle to prove it: Grammys, Golden Globes and Academy Awards among them. He’s performed with virtually every major artist of his time, has been nominated multiple times for the Nobel Prize for Literature and for 20 years Bob Dylan juggled musical styles and socio/political commentary with equal grace. Along the way he survived controversies for allegedly turning his back on the folk scene by going electric and betraying the counter-culture by embracing Christianity. Things started to get patchy in the 1980s — though he was hardly out of fashion, he wrote less until he found new life as part of the Traveling Wilbury’s and ended the decade with some of his best work in years on Oh Mercy, produced by Daniel Lanois. The flash of inspiration didn’t help his next release, however, and Under the Red Sky tanked badly.

Back in action: For the seven years following Under the Red Sky, Dylan released no original material, only two albums of traditional folk songs. Time Out of Mind was his first platinum record since 1979. Not only was it considered one of his best by fans and critics, it brought the aging legend a new, younger audience, won him three Grammys and now shares a place with nine of his other records on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Records of all time.

April 8, 2008 Posted by | Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, OTHER_ARTICLE, _BOB DYLAN, _EDITORIAL, _MUSIC, _OTHER | Leave a comment

Bob Dylan wins a special Pulitzer music citation

Dylan

Bob Dylan has won a special Pulitzer music citation. Hurrah! Crack open the Jack Daniels now!

Bobby can now add this to his Oscar and his various Grammys.

I wonder if he will take this citation on-stage with him at his shows, as he is said to do with his Oscar!
The citation for the 66-year-old Dylan noted his “profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.” ….. That about sums Bob up alright!!

One dumb question here if I may … why the fuck have they not given this to Dylan years ago? The most consistently great songwriter of this age has been making seminal, groundbreaking, music – and indeed literature in the broad sense of that term as well as in the specific sense (e.g. the majestic “Chronicles”, “Tarantula” etc) – for 46 years now, since his debut album Bob Dylan from 1962!

You gotta hate this inherent cultural snobbery! Why is this bullshit entertained?

Don’t get me started with Dylan and the Nobel Prize for Literature!

Oh, don’t get me started even more with the great Charles Bukowski and the Nobel Prize for Literature!



2008

CITATIONworksbiographyjurors

SPECIAL CITATION

A Special Citation to Bob Dylan for his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.

April 8, 2008 Posted by | _BOB DYLAN, _EDITORIAL, _MUSIC | 1 Comment

Johnny Depp will now be "Rubber Johnny Depp" !


“Stand up with Johnny for safer sex”

Here’s a piece below from http://www.showbizspy.com

It seems Johnny Depp will now be Rubber Johnny Depp !!

Yes, apparently, Johnny will “become the face of American condom manufacturer Trojan“. What does that mean? Every Rubber Johnny will have Johnny’s face on it? Maybe that would work for the chicks, but not the guys!

They go on to say …. “And there’s no one bigger than Johnny.” How do they know that? Did they ask his wife? They obviously haven’t seen mine yet!!

As for “Stand up with Johnny for safer sex”, isn’t that, well, just gay?!

“Rubber Johnny Depp” is getting 10 million bucks for this! 10 million fucking bucks!! The world is truly messed up!

I guess they’ll give him a few rubbers too!

Thanks http://www.showbizspy.com

Johnny DeppHollywood hunk Johnny Depp has been offered $10 million to become the face of American condom manufacturer Trojan.

The ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star, 44, would be expected to appear in a series of offbeat TV commercials for the company’s new Magnum range.

Bosses at the contraception firm believe the Hollywood star would not only expand sales in the US but also help inspire an anti-AIDS campaign to send free condoms to third world countries.

The actor is yet to formally agree to the deal — but ad executives have already come up with a slogan: “Stand up with Johnny for safer sex.”

A source said: “He’s very interested and he’s trying to figure out if he can fit it in.”

A spokeswoman for California’s Safer Sex Awareness Campaign said: “We’d welcome seeing a major Hollywood star helping to promote the cause.

“And there’s no one bigger than Johnny.”

Father of two Depp — who’s dating French singer Vanessa Paradis — has been a big advocate of sex education since starring in TV’s teen crime series 21 Jump Street in the Eighties.

He said then: “This show teaches kids about drugs and safe sex, which is why I agreed to do it.”

April 1, 2008 Posted by | Johnny Depp, _EDITORIAL | Leave a comment

Colin Farrell and Nicole Nasty Narain – MENSA Superstars

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Here’s an old piece about idiot supreme Colin Farrell and Nicole Nasty Narain and the piece of cinema verite they made in 2003 which we all saw in 2006!

Farrell accused Narain of trying to distribute the tape! What a classy gal!!

Seems like every scarcely known celebrity slut has got one these days!

I’m very confused as to why Farrell brought the court case! The release did neither party any harm.

Nicole Nasty Narain seems to have only two talents. Very nice they are too, very pert. Therefore, one can see why she might have leaked this. In the short term, it brought her untold publicity. However, longer term, it didn’t really work cos nobody still knows who she is!

This leak benefited Farrell too. American Studios, for some reason, keep throwing money at the Guatemalean Paddy, who can’t act, and keep sticking him in dumb big budget movies. He’s still raking in the cash!

“Farrell demanded that all copies of the tape be returned to him.” ….. What? What?! Does he have any idea what the internet is?!!

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1184536,00.html

Colin Farrell, Ex Settle Sex-Tape Suit | Colin Farrell, Nicole Narain Colin Farrell and former girlfriend Nicole Narain have reached “an amicable settlement” in their legal dispute over a sex tape they made together in 2003, according to her lawyer.

“We were able to completely resolve it. The terms are confidential,” Narain’s attorney, Leodis Matthews, told the New York Daily News.

Last year, Farrell accused Narain of trying to distribute the tape through an intermediary. He sought general and compensatory damages and demanded that all copies of the tape be returned to him.

The settlement was hammered out in a lengthy session on Easter Sunday and marked the first time the actor and the onetime Playboy playmate had met face to face since the controversy over the tape began, the Daily News reports.

Under grounds that Farrell and Narain had not agreed to keep the 14-minute tape private, Narain initially sought a dismissal of Farrell’s suit. She also alleged that she had the right to reproduce, market and distribute it under federal copyright law.

The settlement between the two does not resolve Farrell’s ongoing lawsuit against the Internet Commerce Group (ICG), which had planned to distribute the tape. The two sides are due to meet in Los Angeles Superior Court on July 21, says the Daily News.

April 1, 2008 Posted by | Colin Farrell, Nicole Narain, _ART, _BABE, _EDITORIAL | 1 Comment

Robert Forster – Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes! (uncut magazine)


Oh Jesus Christ! Oh please, you’ve got to bury this! I mean, what sort of a band is this? We look like we’re at a country house wedding at midnight. I apologise for that photo straight up!

Robert has always been a tad, let’s say, flamboyant!

An interesting photographic piece below from the great uncut.co.uk provides ample evidence of his stylistic eccentricities!

This image can be better viewed here:
http://www.robertforster.net/otherpubs/articles/uncut_feature.jpg

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April 1, 2008 Posted by | Robert Forster, _EDITORIAL, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

The Seven Deadly Offset Credits – Daryl Gagle

The Seven Deadly Offset Credits

The Vatican just announced a brand new, modern set of seven deadly sins to supplant the old seven sins which have grown pretty tired through the years. The old seven deadly sins: lust, wrath, gluttony, sloth, greed, pride, and envy were proclaimed by a sixth century pope and were made famous by Dante in his “Divine Comedy” and by Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman in the movie “Seven,” which was a pretty darn scary movie.

The new sins are:

1. Genetic engineering

2. Drug abuse

3. The disparity between the very rich and the very poor

4. Pollution

5. Abortion

6. Pedophilia

7. Causing social injustice

The church describes the new sins as social in nature and “a corollary of the unstoppable process of globalization.” Societies have experience regulating social issues, like pollution, and that experience gives us a great leg up on regulating the other sins.

California’s Governor Schwarzenegger likes to fly his jet home, from Sacramento to Los Angeles, each night after work, so he can spend time with his family. Schwarzenegger creates a lot of pollution in his daily commute, but the governor buys carbon-offset credits from businesses that are more environmentally friendly than they need to be, selling their eco-surplus back to the governor. Al Gore does the same thing, reducing his big carbon footprint from his private flights and his big houses by buying carbon-offset credits. It’s cool. Offsets work. It’s the free-market solution and the system works for other sins too.

“The disparity between the very rich and the very poor” is another great sin for offset credits. Very poor people could sell their “poor-people-offset credits” to very rich people who need to relieve their guilt about being rich and reduce the size of their very rich footprint. “Poor-people-offset credits” would create a free market of guilt-reduction exchanged for income redistribution that would work every bit as well as the carbon-offset credits work to reduce the guilt of polluters.

In fact, the system applies to all of the deadly sins. This afternoon I watched New York Governor Eliot Spitzer squirm, under the glare of his dowdy wife, at a one-minute press conference about his being caught as the customer of a high-priced hooker. I’ve never used the services of a prostitute myself, and I think I deserve some credit for that ­ credits that I should be able to sell to Governor Spitzer at a time when he really needs the “hooker-offsets.”

In fact, I personally fare much better with this new set of seven deadly sins than I did with the first set. As an editorial cartoonist, I create very little pollution ­ I even use those curly light bulbs. Given the number of pencils I use, I probably haven’t killed any more than one tree in my whole career. Two at the most. Not counting the paper.

I don’t cause social injustice (not much anyway); I’m not a pedophile; I don’t have abortions; I don’t abuse drugs or do any genetic engineering. I score so well on the new sins test that I should be awarded plenty of offsets that I could sell back to the Vatican to offset their pedophile priest problem.

I’ll be rich! (But not “very rich,” because that would be a sin.)

March 31, 2008 Posted by | Daryl Gagle, _EDITORIAL | Leave a comment

The sounds of Scorsese



As the veteran film-maker releases his concert movie on the Rolling Stones, Nick Coleman applauds a director who’s always put music at the heart of the action

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/


The image “https://i2.wp.com/www.independent.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00021/IN3644907Shine_A_Lig_21186t.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Martin Scorsese has made a concert film of the Rolling Stones. Shine a Light is a record of a single live date in 2006, a benefit for the Clinton Foundation. By all accounts it’s a straightforward, linear affair, achieved in high style and with palpable affection.

You can see why Mick Jagger might fancy such a thing. Cinema has not over-dignified the Stones over the years and the group themselves have made no suitable celluloid gift to posterity. Who better, then, to make them look the way they’d want to look in their dotage than the original Rockin’ Movie Brat?

It’s harder to see why Scorsese might fancy such a project. His artistic legacy is so secure that he no more needs to make an edifice out of the Rolling Stones than he needs to direct an episode of Basil Brush. But it only takes a look at the Scorsese canon to see that Shine a Light was almost inevitable. From the very start it was obvious Scorsese was going to do something like this. He’s even done something like it before. In 1976 he recorded the valedictory performance by The Band at Winterland, San Francisco. The Last Waltz is as lapidary and monumental as rock concert films get.

Scorsese has always loved music immoderately. Certainly, no single film director of his clout has made such essentially musical films. Even with the sound turned down, the best Scorsese films shout and shimmy and reach, as if in reflex, for the transcending arc of aria. They are music in film form.

Here’s the great New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael on Mean Streets (1973): “The music is the electricity in the air of this movie; the music is like an engine that the characters move to. Johnny Boy, the most susceptible, half dances through the movie… He enjoys being out of control – he revels in it – and we can feel the music turning him on.”

We should not expect Scorsese’s films to be any other way. He is, after all, the kingpin of the “movie brat” generation that emerged snapping their fingers from the film schools of the Sixties, as much in thrall to hipsterism and its soundtrack as they were to the European New Wave cinema and Forties American films noir.

For Scorsese in particular, the music in a film is not ancilliary to what he has to say, it is, in part, what he has to say. And to say it properly he requires his music to do its work internally, within the world of his cinematic stories. As often as not in Scorsese films, the music emanates from the drama, like a smell. Here’s Kael again, on the music in Mean Streets: “[It] doesn’t use music, as Easy Rider sometimes did, to do the movie’s work for it … The music here isn’t our music, meant to put us in the mood of the movie, but the characters’ music.”

‘Shine a Light’ opens on 11 April

March 29, 2008 Posted by | Martin Scorcese, _CINEMA, _EDITORIAL, _MUSIC, _OTHER | Leave a comment

The sounds of Scorsese



As the veteran film-maker releases his concert movie on the Rolling Stones, Nick Coleman applauds a director who’s always put music at the heart of the action

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/


//www.independent.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00021/IN3644907Shine_A_Lig_21186t.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Martin Scorsese has made a concert film of the Rolling Stones. Shine a Light is a record of a single live date in 2006, a benefit for the Clinton Foundation. By all accounts it’s a straightforward, linear affair, achieved in high style and with palpable affection.

You can see why Mick Jagger might fancy such a thing. Cinema has not over-dignified the Stones over the years and the group themselves have made no suitable celluloid gift to posterity. Who better, then, to make them look the way they’d want to look in their dotage than the original Rockin’ Movie Brat?

It’s harder to see why Scorsese might fancy such a project. His artistic legacy is so secure that he no more needs to make an edifice out of the Rolling Stones than he needs to direct an episode of Basil Brush. But it only takes a look at the Scorsese canon to see that Shine a Light was almost inevitable. From the very start it was obvious Scorsese was going to do something like this. He’s even done something like it before. In 1976 he recorded the valedictory performance by The Band at Winterland, San Francisco. The Last Waltz is as lapidary and monumental as rock concert films get.

Scorsese has always loved music immoderately. Certainly, no single film director of his clout has made such essentially musical films. Even with the sound turned down, the best Scorsese films shout and shimmy and reach, as if in reflex, for the transcending arc of aria. They are music in film form.

Here’s the great New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael on Mean Streets (1973): “The music is the electricity in the air of this movie; the music is like an engine that the characters move to. Johnny Boy, the most susceptible, half dances through the movie… He enjoys being out of control – he revels in it – and we can feel the music turning him on.”

We should not expect Scorsese’s films to be any other way. He is, after all, the kingpin of the “movie brat” generation that emerged snapping their fingers from the film schools of the Sixties, as much in thrall to hipsterism and its soundtrack as they were to the European New Wave cinema and Forties American films noir.

For Scorsese in particular, the music in a film is not ancilliary to what he has to say, it is, in part, what he has to say. And to say it properly he requires his music to do its work internally, within the world of his cinematic stories. As often as not in Scorsese films, the music emanates from the drama, like a smell. Here’s Kael again, on the music in Mean Streets: “[It] doesn’t use music, as Easy Rider sometimes did, to do the movie’s work for it … The music here isn’t our music, meant to put us in the mood of the movie, but the characters’ music.”

‘Shine a Light’ opens on 11 April

March 29, 2008 Posted by | Martin Scorcese, OTHER_CINEMA, _EDITORIAL, _MUSIC, _OTHER | Leave a comment

Scorsese’s greatest moments

A selection of Martin Scorsese’s many great great moments!

Raging Bull (1980)

You want cinematic aria? Cinematic aria with blood and splintering bone? And Madonnas in white dresses? Here’s your baby: the story of Italian-American middleweight self-punisher Jake LaMotta in the monochrome America of the Forties and Fifties working out his addiction to being beaten to a pulp by better pugilists than he (not to mention the beatings he takes from the system, the Mafia and as a consequence of his dumb way with women). It’s a Stations of the Cross, really, and Scorsese enacts the ritual with a toweringly emotive orchestral score, plus an eclectic mess of the popular music of the era.

Taxi Driver (1975)

The last film scored by the great Bernard Herrmann is arguably undermined by the very voluptuousness of that score. Taken on its own, the music is a lush meditation on the snaky-noir jazz of Charles Mingus, all loops and coils, suggesting the serpentine involutions of the city that makes the titular cabbie, Travis Bickle, into the dangerous creature he is. But the New Yorker critic Pauline Kael took exception: “[The movie], with its suppressed sex and suppressed violence, is already pitched so high that it doesn’t need ominous percussion, snake rattles and rippling scales. These musical nudges belong back with the rampaging thrillers Taxi Driver transcends.” Gorgeous as those ripples are, it’s hard to argue with her.

Mean Streets (1973)

Has there ever been a hipper soundtrack? Mean Streets does not have an accompanying score. The music you hear is the music the characters in the story hear, as they ricochet like stray bullets between the hard surfaces of the Mafia underworld and the dark interior of Sicilian Catholicism – the double-helix of crime and self-punishment animated to the sound of The Chantells, The Shirelles, The Chips, The Aquatones, The Miracles, The Marvelettes, Derek and the Dominoes and, yes, the Rolling Stones.

The Last Waltz (1978)

Scorsese played a major part in the editing of both Woodstock and Elvis on Tour, so he already knew what it takes to record live music in a concert setting. The Last Waltz is a loving movie, as effective in its rendering of a one-off performance by a legend of rock – in this case The Band – as it is over-fond in its treatment of the group’s soi-disant spokesman Robbie Robertson. You’d have to be a frustrated musician to make so plain a film work so musically.

New York, New York (1977)

If Taxi Driver was a genre piece working its way out of its generic bonds, New York, New York was a meta-musical wondering if it oughtn’t to bust its way back in. The music itself is in many ways incidental to this story of love, jealousy and the super-heated career arc, yet Scorsese’s passion for the stuff ensures it earns its corn. The robust big band-to-modern jazz routines, and Kander/Ebb’s original numbers, which fairly rip off the screen, gave Sinatra a late hit and Liza Minnelli the most suitable songs she ever got to sing.

The Last Temptation of Christ (1987)

For his solemn treatment of Nikos Kazantzakis’s novel about the spiritual racking of Jesus, Scorsese elected to commission an original score by Peter Gabriel. “The brief,” says Gabriel, “was to create a landscape that was part ancient, part contemporary, part familiar, part unknown, and very soulful. We both wanted to break away from the traditional choral and orchestral music connected with the Passion story, to create a new canvas. I was concerned whether Marty would respond to the idea of the voice of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, bringing his majestic Sufi singing to the Christian story, but he loved the idea.” Whether or not the film works as a film, the music certainly works as music.

No Direction Home: Bob Dylan (2005)

A labour of love and of almost infinite patience. This is the music doc to end them all, extracting the juice from the fruit that is Bob Dylan and mixing it with a steady flux of archive footage and talking heads. Magnificent, if you like Bob Dylan; still magnificent but a bit slow if you’re not fussed. You can imagine Mick Jagger snuggling down with L’Wren Scott and the DVD and the light bulb going on in his head…

March 29, 2008 Posted by | Martin Scorcese, OTHER_CINEMA, _EDITORIAL, _MUSIC, _OTHER | Leave a comment

Kris Kristofferson Remembers Dylan’s Blonde Sessions

//img.gactv.com/GAC/2006/07/11/kriskristofferson1_d.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.One of the key periods in the career of Country Music Hall of Famer Kris Kristofferson came when he paid his dues in Nashville as the janitor at the Columbia Recording Studios.

The studio was the location for sessions by some of country music’s best, including Johnny Cash, the Statler Brothers, Tammy Wynette and George Jones. But it also attracted the attention of Bob Dylan, who cut three albums there during the 1960s. Kris was on hand when Dylan recorded Blonde On Blonde, considered one of his best albums and one of the most important in rock music history.

“I was the only songwriter in Nashville allowed in at the time,” Kris told The London Times. “There were police round the building. Bob was doing a great thing for Nashville, giving it credibility. I never said a word to him — I didn’t dare — but I spoke to his wife and son.”

Dylan created much of the music at the spur of the moment; in fact, he only recorded one take of “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35,” with its familiar “everybody must get stoned” chorus.

“In Nashville at the time, if you didn’t cut three songs in three hours, you were being extravagant and wasteful,” Kris recalled. “He just went in there and sat down at the piano, all by himself, and wrote all night long. The band [was] playing ping pong and waiting for him. I’d never seen anything like it. I respected him. To me, he lifted songwriting up to an art form that was worth committing your life to, like poetry… To me, it was like watching [Vincent] Van Gogh go through different stages of his painting and his inspiration.”

Of course, people speak pretty highly of Kris’ songwriting, too. Among the songs he’s written: “Help Me Make It Through The Night,” “For The Good Times,” “Why Me” and “Me And Bobby McGee.”

http://www.gactv.com/gac/

March 29, 2008 Posted by | Kris Kristofferson, _BOB DYLAN, _EDITORIAL, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Kris Kristofferson Remembers Dylan’s Blonde Sessions

The image “https://i2.wp.com/img.gactv.com/GAC/2006/07/11/kriskristofferson1_d.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.One of the key periods in the career of Country Music Hall of Famer Kris Kristofferson came when he paid his dues in Nashville as the janitor at the Columbia Recording Studios.

The studio was the location for sessions by some of country music’s best, including Johnny Cash, the Statler Brothers, Tammy Wynette and George Jones. But it also attracted the attention of Bob Dylan, who cut three albums there during the 1960s. Kris was on hand when Dylan recorded Blonde On Blonde, considered one of his best albums and one of the most important in rock music history.

“I was the only songwriter in Nashville allowed in at the time,” Kris told The London Times. “There were police round the building. Bob was doing a great thing for Nashville, giving it credibility. I never said a word to him — I didn’t dare — but I spoke to his wife and son.”

Dylan created much of the music at the spur of the moment; in fact, he only recorded one take of “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35,” with its familiar “everybody must get stoned” chorus.

“In Nashville at the time, if you didn’t cut three songs in three hours, you were being extravagant and wasteful,” Kris recalled. “He just went in there and sat down at the piano, all by himself, and wrote all night long. The band [was] playing ping pong and waiting for him. I’d never seen anything like it. I respected him. To me, he lifted songwriting up to an art form that was worth committing your life to, like poetry… To me, it was like watching [Vincent] Van Gogh go through different stages of his painting and his inspiration.”

Of course, people speak pretty highly of Kris’ songwriting, too. Among the songs he’s written: “Help Me Make It Through The Night,” “For The Good Times,” “Why Me” and “Me And Bobby McGee.”

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March 29, 2008 Posted by | Kris Kristofferson, _BOB DYLAN, _EDITORIAL, _MUSIC | Leave a comment