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Well, I must say… I can think of anything at the moment….

oh no

Man Arrested For… Uhm….

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Well, he didn’t help his case when he said he may have inadvertently put his fingers inside one of the horses.

To be fair, he had just moved from Enumclaw. What he did isn’t even considered to be “first base” there!

– or, an old favorite lyrical distortion by my dad –

I Wonder Who’s Kissing The Cow!!!!

Caption This Monday

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exterminate!

Rick’s idea to get rid of the stray cats in the neighborhood went smashingly well… Until all the cats were gone.

First they came for the cats, and I said nothing…

Pic Stolen From: “Love All This

No Blogging Zone….

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I’ll be busy for the next few days. Work is picking up a bit, I found a tranny for the red Alpine wagon, and I’m throwing a social tonight! My singular bloggy goal for this week… I’ll finish a couple of long posts that I started writing some two weeks ago, but never finished..

Total 80’s Kick!

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Music Videos of course…. And not the obvious stuff.

I’m going to rebuild the web site for my San Diego band RareForm. We do a lot of 80’s stuff, and I stumbled upon this fine 80’s song while looking for another song we perform called China. I had actually had tried to look for it a while back, but never made the right connection.

I’m thinking we’ll have to play it for the next gig!

Here’s China, by the Red Rockers!

And then there’s this one, One Simple Thing by The Stabilizers! It’s always been a favorite of mine and my guitarist Cliffie as well! Just listen to that guitar tone!!! I just found out it’s directed by David Fincher no less! He always seems to have chains in everything he does – Alien 3 had lots of them – and you’ll find them here too!!!

OK. Fine. I’ll post The Rembrandts too! This is one of the first, if not the first, ballad I learned to sing and play.

Weird Story Of The Day

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Dog chews off owner’s toe — and may have saved his life

We’ve done stories before on dogs sniffing out diseases their owners didn’t even know they had. Now a little terrier named Kiko has one-upped all of them: He went ahead and performed surgery. Kind of.

According to a bizarre story reported in The Grand Rapids Press, Kiko smelled an infection in his owner’s right big toe and set about “amputating” it. Which in doggie terms, of course, means he ate it. All the while, Kiko’s owner, Jerry Douthett of Rockford, Mich., lay passed-out drunk in his bed. (We told you it was bizarre.)

Douthett awoke to find a bloody stump where his big toe used to be, and he and his wife rushed to Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Mich. There, they discovered Douthett actually had type 2 diabetes and was suffering from a dangerous infection in his big toe. Doctors finished the job Kiko had started, and amputated what was left of his toe.

My sister has a Jack Russel Terrier just like that one….

Sis, watch your toes!

Lady Gaga – Defended… and then deconstructed

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I blasted Lady Gaga in the “Sexy Done Right” post, and got lots of replies in agreement. One guy, however, came to LGG’s defense.

John McM wrote:

Why all of this hatred toward GaGa? I saw her in DC last Thursday, and as someone who has been going to music performances of all genres since 1973, I have to say that was one of the top 3 shows that I have ever seen and heard. LGG is a virtuoso musician and song writer, mixes an amazing number of cultural forms and references together, and can rock like a hurricane. Imagine Jerry Lee Lewis doing his thing on a piano, that is incidentally ON FIRE, with 13″ heels on, and that is only one number. I dearly loved Jane Russell (especially in “Macao”), but she became a star chiefly because of her physical attributes. It is also quite possible that is not even her voice singing in the films. GaGa never lip syncs on stage and you can tell. Jane didn’t choreograph the scenes shown here, design the costumes or write the music. With all of that being said, “Born Into This” is not LGG’s strongest stuff, but give her time…she’s only 25. Folks, lighten up and enjoy the NOW.

OK.

I have noted on my post and elsewhere that she IS talented, and as a musician myself, I do respect that. No, she’s not an Ashley or Jessica Simpson. She CAN flat-out play! She’s definitely much more respect worthy than the collection of the Kardashians… what-ever they do. John said: “Jane didn’t choreograph the scenes shown here, design the costumes or write the music.”. This is true, and it brings me to the point where I express myself and explain why I have such great disdain for Lady Gaga.

I think my biggest problem is that Lady Gaga is a total creation of marketing over artistry. Everything stinks of a exquisitely calculated money making venture, based not on originality, but on a shtick that reeks of a stench of the micromanaged media rot left over from other performers. Her talent is going to waste pursuing a career and image that is such an obvious copy of one artist that has come before – Madonna – with some Cher thrown into the mix.

You like the choreography. OK. Lady Gaga’s imagery can be interesting at times, but the choreographed moves and action / interaction of the dancers… not exactly complex. I mean, come on, what precisely is SO SPECIAL about the choreography in her videos? Take “Bad Romance” for instance:

She choreographed this?

Big Deal!

Other than some of the costumes (the polar bear train is awesome!), is there anything in here movement-wise that stands out? No one appears to be doing anything but flailing in unison to the lead dancer, LG. The choreography, when compared to all the movement and interactions of the dancers in the Russell video from my earlier post, where people are moving in all sorts of different directions, doing all sorts of different stuff, is boring and stale in comparison. And it’s been done before, mostly by Madonna. The dancers, they’re all doing the same thing, kind of like the zombies in Michael Jackson’s Thriller video, but without the exceptional lead dancer that was Michael Jackson, who was so mesmerizing to watch! He could do more with a little finger than all the Madonna / Paula Abdul clones combined. Can Lady Gaga dance? Kind of. But are you going to tell me her moves are that much better that Pat Benatar’s in the Love Is A Battlefield video?

Ouch! OK. That was low. She’s definitely a better dancer than the non-dancer Benatar (I’ve read that she HATED doing that video). But let’s consider Pat Benatar. She is not only a supremely talented singer, but she had certain style that you can’t fake, and was referenced in several movies for such – Fast Times At Ridgemont High comes to mind. Granted, her look wasn’t exactly original, but she wore it with style, and it became a part of her, named after her – The Benatar Look! Can Gaga get over her marketing instincts and settle on something? Even when she’s trying to speak out about issues that are dear to her heart, the manufactured image that is Lady Gaga just will not surrender to let Stefani Germanotta, the person buried behind the facade, have a human moment (The Prime Rib Of America).

And as far as having her piano on fire… Well, that’s an old parlor trick. It’s not hard to do. Pete Townsend from the Who did it. Hendrix did it, and played his guitar WHILE it was ablaze! Why, here is my guitarist for Chris Plays Guitar, walking across a bar set ablaze by the bartender!

tweed on fire

OK… It’s his feet. I can’t find the other picture I wanted to post, but you get the point. It’s been done.

I think to summarize my disdain for Lady Gaga would be that exact phrase….

It’s Been Done And been done better.

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New Sonicfrog Feature – YouTube Banter!

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I love YouTube. It’s glorious waste of time! And sometimes, buried within the comments, which are just rich with humor, invectives, silliness.. are unspoken truths! Here’s one from a Squeeze video.

i’m 25 years? old and i understand why you would say that, but give us a chance….seriously some of us are ok and besides we will inherit/destroy the world someday

Glad to see he’s keeping his options open. Excellent!!!!

Here’s the video:

Sexy Done Right!…. And Eew!

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(Welcome Insta-P Readers! Always glad to get an Intsalanche – They’re not easy to come by)

Miss Jane Russell – RIP.

Now, contrast that with the latest from Lady Gaga. After the interesting first 23 seconds (good use of angles and shifting the axis of action), you might want to skip the weird and bizarre birthing of the “sthuper!” race video and go to the 3 minute mark of this one.

After being both fascinated and reviled by the pseudo-vagina laden opening, the first thing I thought was… “Jeez…. You really need to eat something!”. There is just nothing about LG that I could see as sexy, even if I wasn’t gay! (Yes Rob, I knew that comment was coming). I know she’s talented and people like her, but is this obvious rehash of a Madonna song supposed to be good?

So, in summary – One is hot and unfortunately now dead. The other…. Eww…..

LG makes me ashamed to be gay.

PS. Leave it to Jane Russell to alleviate that shame! Now this is gay done right!!!

Hat Tip: Dan B @ Gay Patriot.

I have written a follow-up post here.