Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Today's Sign Of Our Civilization's Imminent Demise

A man's funeral procession stopped at Burger King for a, uh, last meal. From the Yahoo News webpage:
David S. Kime Jr. was many things. World War II veteran. Purple Heart recipient. Father. Grandfather. Husband. And, it should be noted, Burger King enthusiast.

Linda Phiel, one of Kime's three daughters, said her dad loved fast food and ate it daily. "He always lived by his own rules," she said. "His version of eating healthy was the lettuce on the Whopper Jr."

The funeral procession ordered a whopping 40 of the Whopper Jr. burgers, including one for the dearly departed. Kime's Whopper was placed on top of his casket before burial.

The Burger King's manager, Margaret Hess, said, "It's nice to know he was a loyal customer up until the end—the very end."
Yes, ''loyal customer'', because calling him a nutjob might have hurt sales, considering he might have inspired other fucking losers to follow suit. And the sale of the ''whopping 40 Whoppers'' (really?) was just good business.

Oh, and having the BK's manager have a huge gap where her teeth should be? Priceless.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Video Of The Week: Men Without Hats

You can dance if you want to, you can leave your friends behind, 'cause your friends don't dance and if your friends don't dance, well, they're no friends of mine. Or maybe they are, I don't know, I'm not much of a dancer anymore...

Long gone are the days of my breakdancing youth...

I chose this Men Without Hats song for a simple reason: I'll be playing it on Sunday at the Sake Of The Songs benefit show for the Mile-End Mission - which really needs the proceeds these days, what with the minus-30 weather and all - along with a song by Sarah McLachlan (Hold On) and one by Richard Desjardins (Pis J'ai Couché Dans Mon Char).

The evening's theme is ''Canadian Folk'', and while I mostly respect it with the other two artists, I'm stretching it quite a bit with this song - but they expect me to cross certain lines at these shows anyway; there are enough straightforward folkies playing the event anyway, they kind of need me as a mood breaker/comic relief.

I'll likely have the video playing in my head while I'm belting it out, too, and will imagine little people all around me. Maybe.

Friday, January 25, 2013

World Upside Down

How many days had it been without a Republican mentioning rape? Two? Three?

This time, New Mexico State Rep. Cathrynn Brown proposes a bill that would make abortions illegal after rape or incest, for cause of ''destroying evidence''...

Behind this ''nice grandma'' smile hides a psychopath's psyche

Yes, you read that right: the victim of one of the worst crimes possible could be the one who is jailed if she - by any sort of grim luck - became pregnant with her tormentor's spawn and decided to not be reminded of it every day of the rest of her life. Not that she would likely ever forget, but the thought of raising the child of the man who forced himself onto you should drive anyone fucking crazy.

Honestly, if it weren't for the grim subject matter, you'd think Republicans were carrying out some sort of Andy Kaufman-esque shtick to prove that politics have gone horribly wrong - except politics actually have horribly wrong, because Republicans aren't kidding.

I understand many issues have two - or three, or four - sides to them, and I get it that  abortion would be one of them. I don't understand the mentality of those who are against it, and I don't get that those same people are usually against mental health care, free/affordable education, means to help that kid achieve a respectable life. Until that child is old enough to go to war, that is, then it's time to spend money recruiting them, and should they get injured in combat, the government would also then stop providing care for them (after a short while).

So, essentially, their point is ''keep the kid, we won't help you raise it at all and instead will pretty much render it nearly impossible to do, then let's get him killed''.

Whether those views are based on religion or economics, I don't know and don't care.

But to support the abolition of abortion in such extreme cases - and, in fact, criminalizing it the more extreme the situation becomes - is stupid, dangerous, and evidence that some adults should actually have been aborted oh-so-many years ago.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ryan Gosling Backstreet Boy?

Pretty-boy actor Ryan Gosling was almost in the Backstreet Boys.

I'll let you process that for a moment.

Now, think about this: had he joined, no guy would have ever been forced to watch The Notebook. The world would have been a better place. Maybe wars could have been avoided, the Raiders would have won a Super Bowl, moon would be colonized, Dick Cheney would be dead.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Death Metal Vinyl

I spent a good chunk of time chuckling at this website, which takes old bargain-bin vinyl records and modifies them to suit the clichés of the death metal genre...

For example, this classic Duran Duran piece of shit hit single:

Or this Bing Crosby family favourtie:

Monday, January 21, 2013

Truth, Allegations, And Things Left Unsaid

The things that maketh murder...

There are many things fishy about the death of web programmer/activist/Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz, one of which being that he didn't get to see his court case (MIT was suing him for $1M and jail time for hacking into their computers and downloading millions of subscription-based articles from JSTOR, an online academic database, and distributing them for free) go through, where he could have made a very public plea for the advancement of a free internet despite having little chances of actual victory.

 Another was the way in which he died: by hanging. His father claims ''the government killed him'', but whether it's metaphorically or as a matter of fact, a noose around one's neck is, indeed, one of the easiest ways to make murder seem like suicide.

Then again, a web-savvy supernerd would know just how many questions would be raised should he be found hanging from a noose, and could have done it on purpose just to awake suspicions and ''get the people talking'', as Will Ferrell would say.

Even I'm talking about it, and I knew nothing of the case when I woke up yesterday morning. ''Touché'', said the priest to the boy.

NHL Predictions 2012-13

Had the NHL season started on time, my pick for 2012-13 Stanley Cup Champions would have been the St. Louis Blues, with Jaroslav Halak winning the Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP to go with his regular-season Vezina grab.

However, a shortened season coupled with only intra-conference games has led me to change my picks for this year. They are now as follows:

Eastern Conference:

1. Pittsburgh Penguins

So much firepower, so much depth - and now a decent #1B goalie in Tomas Vokoun to back up Marc-André Fleury. All season long, they will destroy opposing defenses and inflate other teams' goals-against, but they will lose steam come playoff time. They could have up to 4 point-per-game players, and a 30-goal man in James Neal.

2. Boston Bruins

The best team in a division that includes two arch rivals who also happen to be much weaker teams, the Bruins start with pretty much 8 free wins. Tyler Seguin will have close to a point per game, but the Bruins' strength is in having two full lines who can produce 40-point seasons in this shortened season (60 normally).

3. Washington Capitals

Alex Ovechkin will be allowed to roam free on offense again, and will have two master passers feeding him: Nicklas Backstrom on his regular shift, and Mike Ribeiro on the powerplay. I expect Ovie to reach the 35-goal plateau.

4. New York Rangers

The most talented team in the NHL - period. They might take a bit of time to gel, Marian Gaborik might miss 10 or 15 games, they might end up a point behind Pittsburgh which will cost them 3 positions in the standings, but they have the best goalie in the world (Henrik Lundqvist), the best top-4 defensive unit assembled in the last 20 years, and their #1 center (Brad Richards) is also one of the best two-way forwards in the league, the Canadian Pavel Datsyuk, if you will. Nothing stops this team from winning the Cup, save themselves. Rick Nash scores 30. Nash (Olympics), Richards (Cup, Conn Smythe, World Cup), and Lundqvist (Olympics) have all won at high levels, they will lead this team down the path to glory.

5. Ottawa Senators

The reigning Norris trophy winner (Erik Karlsson) will have another stand-out year (well, half-year), Jason Spezza will get 50 points (most of them assists), Milan Michalek will score 20 goals and Daniel Alfredsson will come close, but the big reason why the Sens will end up second in their division is because Guillaume Latendresse will score 25 and the goalies (Craig Anderson, Ben Bishop and Robin Lehner) will work miracles.

6. Buffalo Sabres

 Ryan Miller has had the summer and fall to get over last year's concussion and subsequent downfall and will regain his position as one of the 5 best goalies in the league; Ville Leino will show why he's worth top-line money, and Jason Pominville will keep producing like a Swiss clock.

7. Philadelphia Flyers

 Led by new captain Claude Giroux, they remain a force to be reckoned with offensively, but the fact that their top-5 on defense from last year is either on injured reserve or playing in Tampa (Matt Carle) will slow them down some. Not enough to miss the playoffs, but enough to be perhaps 5 wins away from the division lead.

8. Florida Panthers

Former Vezina and Hart winner José Théodore will keep making minor miracles in nets, Dmitri Kulikov will emerge as a powerplay quarterback, Brian Campbell will remain good for 0.75 points per game, and the offense will be a bit more dangerous than in seasons past with the direct-to-second-line additions of Jonathan Huberdeau and Alex Kovalev. Too bad they're in the same division as Washington and Tampa, that will cost them some points.

9. Tampa Bay Lightning

Oh, so close. They'll probably end up being tied to the Panthers but lose on some technicality, be it wins or goals for, despite boasting such offensive talent as Steven Stamkos (who will score close to 40 goals in 48 games), Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis. But I feel they're going to pay dearly for using rookie Anders Lindback as their #1 goalie, and they deserve to see the playoffs pass them by for giving Matt Carle - Matt fucking Carle, not P.K. Subban!!! - 33 million dollars for 6 years, an average of $5.5M per.

10. New Jersey Devils

 It can't work every time... The Devils are overdue to not make the playoffs, and letting Zach Parise walk away and handing Bryce Salvador the captaincy are dumb - if inevitable - moves. A stupid - but entirely their fault - move was giving Travis Zajac twice what he was worth. Ilya Kovalchuk will score 30 goals, though, so at least there'll be some entertainment in Newark.

11. Montréal Canadiens

Trouble will come from unexpected places for Montréal this year... Andrei Markov's knee? It will hold up and he'll post close to 40 points. Is Tomas Plekanec in decline? Nope, he just needed wingers who could finish what he sets up. Back to point-per-game status for him... The ''top line'' will produce at half-a-point-per-game, almost as good as last season, but in a 48-game schedule, it'll look less impressive (30 points apiece for Max Pacioretty, Erik Cole and David Desharnais), P.K. Subban will miss over a month in a contract dispute and will thus relinquish his #1 d-man status to Markov, and Carey Price will keep earning 0.4 wins per game, usually not enough to make the playoffs when playing the bulk of available minutes.

12. Carolina Hurricanes

They have decent up-and-coming players, especially on defense, but so do many other teams, which means the Hurricanes may have improved a bit over the summer, but not enough to not have to fight - and lose - the battle for the final three playoff spots with 6 other teams.

13. Winnipeg Jets

They'll travel the most among Eastern teams, and will play against Washington too often to make up for it by beating the Leafs. I like their goaltending (Ondrej Pavelec), they have three studs on defense in Dustin Byfuglien, Tobias Enstrom and Zach Bogosian, and I'd take Evander Kane on my team any day of the week, but depth on offense is seriously lacking.

14. Toronto Maple Leafs

Take an awful team - the Leafs, for example - and bench their saviour in nets (James Reimer) to be replaced by a rookie (Ben Scivens). Buy out the grit players (Colby Armstrong) and the best center (the oft-injured Tim Connolly), and pray Phil Kessel doesn't get injured. Too easy? Ok, fire the team's GM the day training camp opens, and watch the castle crumble. They'll win the 5 games against Montréal out of pride alone, as usual, but I can't see them winning 10 more for the rest of the season...

15. New York Islanders

How many goalies can you use in a 48-game schedule? How many AHLers can John Tavares turn into 30-goal (well, 15-goal in this shortened season) scorers? How will their powerplay manage to get the puck into the opposing team's zone if Mark Streit gets injured again? How long before they ask Doug Weight to un-retire, or make him head coach?

Western Conference:

1. Los Angeles Kings

Usually, Cup-winning teams experience a drop in the standings from shortened summers spent celebrating. Those teams don't experience lock-outs - which level the playing field a bit - and, most of all, those teams aren't coached by Darryl Sutter. Expect Dustin Brown to score 25 goals, Anze Kopitar to miss 10 games and still reach the 50-point plateau, Jonathan Quick to win 25 games, Drew Doughty to gather 40 points and Simon Gagné to, uh, not die. If there was one team who could be the first to repeat as Cup champs since the 97-98 Red Wings, it would be the Kings. But it won't.

2. Chicago Blackhawks

Captain Jonathan Toews: 45 points. Patrick Kane: 20 goals. Marian Hossa: 20 goals, 40 points. Patrick Sharp: close to 40 points. Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook: 25 points each. Corey Crawford and Ray Emery: 16 wins each, 32 total for the team. That's really good.

3. Vancouver Canucks

By default, as the best team in a relatively weak division, the Canucks will finish third, ahead of the Oilers. They will have goalie problems, but are solid everywhere else, starting with the Sedin twins, and with Alex Burrows up front, and a very deep top-6 on D.

4. Edmonton Oilers

Many think it'll take a year longer, and maybe they're right, but I think this high-flying offensive talent, the best top-6 we've seen in over a decade, is due to make a splash, perhaps with 4 guys in the league's top-20 in scoring, led by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle (30 goals). Devan Dubnyk will be somewhat uneven but will win 25 in the end, although he'll likely struggle a bit in the playoffs this year, a learning curve Fleury's had with the Penguins. Justin Schultz will sneak ahead of Nail Yakupov for the Calder with roughly the same number of points (35 or so); he'll get the edge 'cause he's a defenseman.

5. St. Louis Blues

Oh, how I love this team! Rookie Vladimir Tarasenko will be spectacular, David Perron will break out, Jaroslav Halak will stop everything shot at him, Alex Pietrangelo will become a perennial Norris trophy candidate, Chris Stewart will bounce back (15 goals), and Wade Redden, of all people, will get his 25 points, too.

6. San Jose Sharks

 These guys will always make the playoffs, and always get eliminated. Their core is changing, Logan Couture is taking over from Joe Thornton, Antti Niemi is fine in nets, and the defense is strong with Brent Burns and Dan Boyle. There's just something about the Sharks - they're not allowed to get to the Finals. It's God's way, don't question it.

7. Calgary Flames

Teams coached by Bob Hartley never lose without a fight, and the Flames are tougher than almost every other team out West. Jarome Iginla (25 goals) looks like he'll never age, Miikka Kiprusoff remains one of the best in the world, Alex Tanguay is reliable for 35 points, rookie Sven Bartschi will impress, Mike Cammalleri will score 30 goals, and Dennis Wideman will help Mark Giordano man the powerplay. In an 82-game schedule, I see them missing the playoffs by 2 points; in a short one, they're in by sheer willpower.

8. Dallas Stars

I like Ray Whitney and Jaromir Jagr as much as the next guy, and I'm fairly certain they can take the team to the playoffs (with the help of Loui Eriksson and Jamie Benn, of course), but they are aging and the Stars are no longer one of the top teams. They could lose in the first round of the playoffs in 4 straight games. Kari Lehtonen is a good goalie with a tendency to get injured, and the defense is solid if unimpressive, led once again by Alex Goligorski and Stéphane Robidas.

9. Detroit Red Wings

GM Ken Holland alluded to it earlier this week: this could be the first year in two decades the team misses the Stanley Cup playoffs. While they're usually excellent at replacing leaving talent, usually by throwing big bucks around but also through a decent farm system that keeps developing late draft picks into competent hockey players, they haven't replaced future Hall Of Famer Nicklas Lidstrom. As a matter of fact, they even lost Brad Stuart while they were at it, so their defense corps is stretched a little thin. Tomas Holmstrom's retirement will hurt less, but could still cost 5, maybe 10 powerplay goals this year.

10. Anaheim Ducks

 Sure, Ryan Getzlaf will bounce back; maybe he'll even get close to 45 points as he and linemate/friend Corey Perry (who could score 25 goals) both get ready to leave Anaheim as a pair of free agents next summer; good thing Bobby Ryan is good for 20 goals, as is the ever-dependable Teemu Selanne. Selanne scoring means the venerable Saku Koivu will get assists, 20 of them, perhaps, for a total of 25-some points. Sheldon Souray will help an anemic powerplay, but I'm not sure goalie Jonas Hiller is as good as he once was.

11. Minnesota Wild

 In a few years, when their AHL talent can come and take over for Mikko Koivu and Pierre-Marc Bouchard, then, fine, they'll make the playoffs and even contend. In the meantime, Zack Parise can't play alone, and Ryan Suter will realize it's harder to rack up points when Shea Weber's not by his side, and should be exposed for the defensive-minded defender he really is.

12. Nashville Predators

 It's about time the Preds lose top-end talent and not make the playoffs. Pekka Rinne is a sure shot in nets - one of the 5 best in the league - and Shea Weber is the same on D, but there are just too few guys who can put points on the board after Sergei Kostitsyn and Mike Fisher.

13. Colorado Avalanche

Three centers who would/could/should be #1 on almost any other team (Paul Stastny, Matt Duchene and O'Reilly), a 19-year old captain wunderkind in Gabriel Landeskog, and still, there are questions about the attack. It's also Erik Johnson's make-or-break year.

14. Phoenix Coyotes

Sure, the trap Dave Tippett's got going works wonders, and Sean Burke has got Mike Smith to play in nets like, well, Sean Burke. But I'm told hockey is a sport in which to win a game, one team must score more than its opponent. It doesn't matter if Smith finishes the season with a 1.00 goals-against average, if the team doesn't score, he'll lose all 48 games. Luckily, Shane Doan is good for 15 goals, as is Antoine Vermette, and Keith Yandle will get 30 points, so the Coyotes will only end up losing 30 games.

15. Columbus Blue Jackets

The Islanders might be a laughingstock with their life-long/billion-dollar contracts to mere semi-stars, but they can always count on the Jackets to make even worse hockey decisions, such as drafting guys who will never make the team in the first round, trading away the face of the franchise (and captain) for a bunch of second liners, or trading for guys who will supposedly be the cornerstone of their team for years to come only to trade them away two months later - to the team that ends up winning the Cup. Oh, and forcing guys to come back from injuries too early. This team needs to fire its GM, who will have to start rebuilding his scouting, coaching and training staff from scratch, a 5-year process at best, to have a shot at even making the playoffs, let alone contend. Or relocate, and start from scratch there.

Stanley Cup: New York Rangers, in 6 games
Cup Finalist: St. Louis Blues
Conn Smythe: Brad Richards
Art Ross (regular-season points): Evgeni Malkin
Hart (MVP): Jason Spezza
Ted Lindsay (MVP according to players): Evgeni Malkin
Rocket Richard (regular-season goals): Steven Stamkos
Lady Byng (least penalized): Jordan Eberle
Vezina (best goalie): Jonathan Quick
Selke (best defensive forward): Tomas Plekanec
Norris (best defenseman):Krystofer Letang
Calder (best rookie): Justin Schultz
Presidents Trophy (regular season champs): Pittsburgh Penguins

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Whale Of A Good Time

As a kid, I went on a beluga-watching trip with my family one summer. There were fewer than usual that day, perhaps because of the cold June temperature, maybe for another reason, but we still got a few, and I came back with a poster that I got laminated and that hung above my bed in my room for the better part of a decade, at first surrounded by Batman and Joker stuff, then band posters, then Samantha Fox and band posters.

I'm lucky enough to live in Montréal, where the St. Lawrence River (Fleuve St-Laurent) leads all the way to the ocean to the East, so without crossing borders or needing passports, I can live with all the advantages of a large city and escape to the Coast for the wildlife and salted water, lobster and everything else that makes the ocean side what it is.

Once in a while, a beluga will make its way all the way here, despite being some 400 miles from a salt water source; when it's a female of the species, since they are endangered (I was shocked to learn last year that the once-healthy population has been decimated to perhaps less than a thousand in total, and most of them now look like they have cancer), they usually accompany it back to its natural habitat, but apparently, for males, they leave them be, possibly to die in the more-polluted City water.

It seems we had one here a few weeks ago. There were sightings for a week or so, then none. It's assumed it's dead.

NY Is A No-Go

Apparently, things aren't what they were in the late 1990s when I made the move to NYC to further my own music career.

According to Patti Smith, they aren't even what they were in the late 1970s... she blames high rent prices and overall cost of living, and suggests trying Detroit or Poughkeepsie instead, perhaps sarcastically.

Anyway, in this day and age, with the internet and ''the music business'' being what they are, you can live (and record) in a shed in Montana and have pretty much the same odds of ''being discovered'' or ''making it'' as almost anyone in New York or Los Angeles whose parents haven't paved the way for them.

Which is for the best, really, because why would you want to jump in on/in someone else's scene when you can create your own, à la Portland, Gothenberg, or even what we did here in Montréal?

Cat Wrapping

Friday, January 18, 2013

A Liar And A Thief

Yes, I'm reminded of this Nirvana lyric (from Pennyroyal Tea) when I see the farce circus sideshow that has become the Lance Armstrong Admission Tour, where he's pretty much only sorry he got caught, and tries to justify it by saying everyone else was also doping (though many of them were forced by him and his team's bosses, or else they were kicked out), which, in turn, implies he was still the best - the best at lying, the best at not getting caught, and the best rider.

But this was particularly full of bullshit funny to me:

He's ''happier today''. Yeah, now that he has a clean fucking conscience and is trying to keep his millionaire lifestyle, looking for plea bargains left and right, having ruined the lives of hundreds of people along the way - just the list of people he sued into bankruptcy includes journalists, competing riders, sports therapists, members of his teams, sports federations and their leaders...

Yeah. Sleep well, Lance, Zen fucking master.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

With A Dad Like That...

Remember Lindsay Lohan, the young up-and-comer from Disney movies The Parent Trap and Herbie?

Just kidding, I mean the recent, Playboy-appearing Lindsay.

Any way you choose to picture her, it can't be as bad as the way her dad sees her: pretty much as an escort, being ''pimped out'' by her mom.

I'm sure she's thinking ''thanks, Dad, for sharing your thoughts with the fucking world, while I'm on trial and my reputation is already dead beyond repair''.

Kinda makes you think she isn't entirely to blame for being so, uh, dysfunctional, no?

Does money make people act like fucking idiots and assholes, or were they the worst parents in history to begin with?

Misadventures On MySpace

I tried going on MySpace about a month ago and couldn't get into my artist/band profile for lack of remembering my password, and while the same could be true about my ''personal'' page - which I hadn't used since 2006 - I could log onto that one via Facebook... oh irony! It felt like asking O.J. Simpson for directions to his wife's lot at the cemetery...

In any event, I found the site's look too busy, too disturbing, and just didn't bother with going to my own page, on which I'm connected to roughly 1000 folks - my band page had over 25,000, and my regular Facebook profile has the maximum of 5,000 most of the time anyway, and all of my MySpace friends are on it.

But one person persisted and spent time on MySpace, and came away with her experience with this hilarious blog post. It almost got me to go back (despite the seemingly horrible experience) to check it out and live through the same frustrations, but I found my time to be better spent doing... anything else.

Like reading the news:

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Video Of The Week: Reversing Falls

Reversing Falls' debut full-length (well, to the extent that ''less than 30 minutes'' is full-length) LP will come out in April, perhaps a couple of years late, but judging by the first single Curse This Place, it will rock as much as their first few EPs, which you can still download for free here.

My friend Tyler Crawford gets riff-a-rific here again, though mostly near the end, which leaves more room for bandmates Jesse Ash and Charlie Newfeld to do their thing and hold down the fort, providing enough thumping for the lyrics to turn into earworms.

''Like'' them on Facebook.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

The ''S'' Stands For... Stoned Out Of His Mind?

Ever notice that Hunter S. Thompson wrote as if he were talking while high on cocaine? That's because he had a habit of being very high on cocaine...

The picture above is an actual Associated Press-published rendition of a day in the life of, as witnessed by his biographer.

Then again, no surprise, we're talking about this guy:

Modern Seinfeld

What would Seinfeld story lines be like in today's TV world? 

Twitter has an answer: Modern Seinfeld. Smart-asses have re-imagined plotlines adapted to today's overwhelming presence of the web, hyper-emphasis on security, and a slew of other comical situations.

Here are a few:

Not only do I like the pop culture references, I like the fake-guest stars they're thinking of as well!

Friday, January 11, 2013


''We interrupt this press conference about possible restrictions on current gun control laws to take you live to the scene of yet another school shooting...''

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

About David Bowie

Seen here auditioning for Axl Rose's part in the Welcome To The Jungle video

David Bowie turns 66 today, and the Great White Duke has graced us with his first single in 10 years while he was at it.

Many of my friends gush over Bowie as if he were the greatest musician who ever lived when, really, I just don't get it.

When his first record went unnoticed, he looked to cop Marc Bolan and T-Rex's style, following the glam-rock path Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, and Gary Glitter (then known as Paul Monday) had laid out, and emerged with his Space Oddity/Ziggy Stardust period, which he is still mostly known for. That was from 1969 to 1972.

In comparison, Iggy Pop had spearheaded/inspired the punk movement a few years prior with The Stooges (1966) and his most-known solo hit has become Lust For Life (1977); Lou Reed had re-written the books on pop, rock, jazz, and psychedelic music with The Velvet Underground, and while his biggest solo hit is Walk On The Wild Side (1972), two of his masterpieces came later, Berlin in 1973, and Metal Machine Music in 1975; Bolan had the decency to die a year before I was born.

In 1969 alone (the year Space Oddity - an awesome song, by the way, but not all songs on the record match it by any stretch of the imagination - was released, a literal ton of amazing music that was at least as good as Bowie's was released. And by ''literal ton'', I mean stick all these records on a scale and weigh them, because that's a lot vinyl: the Rolling Stones' Let It Bleed, Led Zeppelin's first two, Dusty Springfield's In Memphis, The Beatles' soundtrack to Yellow Submarine, Miles Davis' Filles De Kilimanjaro (and to a lesser extent In A Silent Way), CCR's Bayou Country and Green River (as well as Willy And The Poor Boys), Moby Grape's 69 and Truly Fine Citizen, The Temptations' classic Cloud Nine (featuring I Heard It Through The Grapevine) (and to a lesser extent Puzzle People and their duets record with The Supremes), Jefferson Airplane's Bless Its Pointed Little Head (with Somebody To Love) and Volunteers.

MC5's Kick Out The Jams, Genesis' From Genesis To Revelation, Cream's last hurrah Goodbye, The Velvet Underground's eponymous record, Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline, Al Green's Green Is Blues, Frank Sinatra's My Way and A Man Alone, Leonard Cohen's Songs From A Room, Sly & The Family Stone's Stand!, Neil Young & Crazy Horse's Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, The Who's rock opera Tommy (which undoubtedly inspired the Ziggy thing).

Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica, Deep Purple's eponymous album, The Doors' underrated The Soft Parade, Stevie Wonder's My Cherie Amour, Blind Faith's self-titled record.

Santana's first, King Crimson's In the Court Of The Crimson King, the debut from The Jackson 5, the first record from Crosby, Stills & Nash, as well as decent records by Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash, Frank Zappa and the Mothers Of Invention (two!), Marvin Gaye, Joe Cocker (two: With A Little Help From My Friends and Joe Cocker!), George Harrison, John Lennon (two!), T-Rex, Neil Diamond, Diana Ross & The Supremes (two, plus the Temptations collaboration), Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Elton John.

Otis Redding, The Grateful Dead, Johnny Winter, Jeff Beck, Yes, Pink Floyd (two), The Byrds (three!), Jethro Tull, The Stooges, Janis Joplin, Laura Nyro, The Hollies, The Dubliners, Merle Haggard, Jimmy Cliff, and others by the likes of Fleetwood Mac (two), Three Dog Night (two), The Beach Boys, The Monkeys (two), The Isley Brothers, The Moody Blues (two), Alice Cooper, Tom Jones, Cher, Procol Harum, Canned Heat, Tim Buckley (two), Steve Miller Band (two), The Guess Who, Spirit, Free, Rod Stewart, Humble Pie, Mott The Hoople, Steppenwolf (two).

John Mayall, Chuck Berry, Ornette Coleman, Roy Harper, Howlin' Wolf and Grand Funk Railroad, and historical stand-alone singles such as James Brown's Say It Loud (I'm Black And I'm Proud!)

Oh, and a record called Abbey Road by The Beatles that forever changed how people take pictures of one another when crossing a street.

That's 20, maybe 25 more iconic acts than Bowie, in one year's release. Should I do the same for each year he released anything? Each decade?

I mean, shit, Patti Smith, R.E.M., U2, The Cure, Guns N' Roses, Public Enemy, Michael Jackson, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, Eric Clapton and many more have changed music and influenced it a lot more than Bowie has.

Metallica, Snoop Dogg, Garth Brooks and the like have all had far greater crossover success.

Oh, so Bowie has adapted his style to the changing times, borrowing here and there to remain ''current''? Great. That puts him in the same category as Madonna and Britney Spears, as a pop princess who hires talent rather than inspire it. But Madonna at least ran a label at some point. And Britney ran... well, she ran amok and shaved her fucking head off. I'm not even sure Bowie ever ran an intersection, unless it was to dance with Mick Jagger in it.

Bottom line: how can someone who has never released any of the year's 10 best records or songs always come up as an icon when people talk about pop/rock music?

Full disclosure: There are two records of his I can listen to start-to-finish, perhaps even back-to-back, and they are Outside and Earthling.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Video Of The Week: The Boomtown Rats

Many folks know Bob Geldof as the old guy who gets U2 and/or Bono to play all these benefit events, but before that, he led The Boomtown Rats, an Irish New Wave band that had a few semi-hits between 1979 and 1985, among which She's So Modern and this week's entry, I Hate Mondays.

Now, like Garfield, I really do hate Mondays, to the point where in College and University, whenever I could, I would choose classes in order to have Mondays off and instead start my week off on Tuesdays, which was the greatest idea ever: not only did it make my weekends a day longer than everyone else's, it also forced me to be on the ball as soon as I did make my way to school, because everybody was already right into their week, so I couldn't afford to be in a ''Monday slump''.

The song itself, though, is inspired by a much more tragic story: on January 29th, 1979, Brenda Ann Spencer, then aged 16,  killed two and injured 9 (eight kids and a cop) while shooting at her neighbour school from the comfort of her own home. Not only did she not show any remorse, her explanation  for the crime was "I don't like Mondays; this livens up the day."


Friday, January 4, 2013

So If I Go To Barbados...

... everywhere I go, I'll see Rihanna, who spends her time between Miami, New York and Los Angeles?

On many of the hundreds of beaches, playing dominoes with the locals, riding horses, walking in trails?

She can be everywhere at once!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Quote Of The Week: Chris Christie Edition

 New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is always quotable, whether he's saying Barack Obama can't do anything right, or a week later saying he's the best thing ever, or gushing on about Bruce Springsteen.

This time, he went and blasted John Boehner for neglecting to vote on Sandy relief. He might just bring the Republicans back towards the center, which would do wonders for his country and its citizens.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Best Wishes For 2013

It's been said - mostly by myself - that 2012 was the worst year of my life, starting at the end of November 2011.

Here's wishing you all that 2013 is not only way better, but closer to ''the average'', or even surpassing others in therms of quality.

Whether that, to you, means more money, better health, finding a lost friend, finding a soulmate, less death, peace on Earth, recovering from something 2012 did to you - I wish it upon you. With all my heart.