How often do you get to see a true Rock ‘n Rolla opening up about his childhood, his wild days and his drug habits? Not often, right? Most interviewers tend to stroke the star’s ego for fear of insulting and end up tiptoeing around the touchy questions we all want to hear the answers to. In so doing, we end up hearing the same bullshit answers which is about as entertaining as an Australian rugby derby. Thankfully veteran Irish presenter Gay Byrne doesn’t give a toss about insulting anyone and asks deep questions like “What’s it all about?” “Why are we here?” “Is there a God?” and “What happens when we die?” In this gem of a ‘The Meaning of Life’ episode, Gay tucks into Rock ‘n Roll legend Noel Gallagher and manages to get him to discuss some pretty personal experiences. Noel is as cool as ever. Naturally.
They don’t make enough Western films anymore so when one comes around, it always catches my attention. I have an affinity to Westerns because I was raised on John Wayne and Clint Eastwood films which told stories of hard gunmen standing up for what was right in the Old West and I derive much of my sense of honour from these Spaghetti Western’s of yesteryear. They were gritty and real and the difference between right and wrong or good and evil was a clearly visible line drawn in the sands of a dusty town on the border of Mexico. ‘The Homesman’ has all the makings of an epic Western and I truly hope that it lives up to its trailer. I have, however, learnt that one should never judge a film by its trailer. The film stars Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank, which is as good a place to start as any.
Jeez but the Travelling Willbury’s takes me back a year or two. This is pure Rock ‘n Roll classic at its ultimate best! The English-American supergroup consisted of music legends Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, and recorded two albums together in 1988 and 1990, although
The Voice of An Angel Orbison passed away before the second was recorded. Take a second to appreciate the members of this band…mind blowing! Here’s a fun fact: ‘Tweeter and The Monkey Man’ is considered a playful homage to The Boss, who was often hailed as “the next Dylan” early in his career. The lyrics include the titles of many of his songs, and the song borrows many of his themes. You know what to do next, right? Plugin those earphones, turn this one up and enjoy it with me.
Let me categorically state that I did not sit through the entirety of J-Lo’s latest music video – titled ‘Booty’ – because of the quality of music. In fact I tend to throw things against walls when I hear a J-Lo song playing. The only reason I sat through this music video was because it was an opportunity to watch Jennifer Lopez selling her soul to the devil of twerking and booty-shaking. I mean fuck me! It’s basically an admittance that your music will not sell you records, but your ass will. Pathetic! But erotic at the same time. Jeez, I am confused.
Dire Straits need no introduction and neither does this songs. It is one of the all time classics songs from the British Rock band and if you consider yourself a fan of Rock, you should know this song. Here they perform ‘Romeo & Juliet’ live on their Alchemy Tour. Enough chit-chat, you know what to do. Plugin those earphones, turn this one up and enjoy it with me. Continue reading
You know what time it is, don’t you? No, not hammer-time. It’s Throwback Thursday time which is the best kind of way to remind yourself that it is almost the weekend. For today’s Throwback Thursday, we head back to 1983. A year which saw the world gripped by the fear of nuclear war between east and west, a year which saw Luke Skywalker defeat the Darkside and Journey release their classic hit ‘Separate Ways’. Although it never did too well back then (peaking at #8), ‘Separate Ways’ has established itself as a classic rock song hit and has featured in 2010 Disney film ‘Tron: Legacy’ and the 2008 film ‘Yes Man’. For interests sake, the music video for this song (featured below) is considered to be one of the worst music videos ever made. EVER. Plugin those earphones, turn this one up and enjoy it with me.
We all have to start somewhere in our careers. For some of us it’s answering a phone, scrubbing down a bar or pumping over some fermenting wine. It’s a part of life which, unless you strike it lucky, we all have to deal with. Often times it means sucking up a bit of pride and do something which is piss-boring and a waste of our time in our opinion. But that’s how it goes. Even big shot celebrities like Brad Pitt,
Matt LeBlanc, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Affleck, Tina Fey and Meg Ryan had to slog it when they were no bodies. The problem with their slogging was that it involved them acting in shitty commercials, punting brands like McDonalds, Burger King, Pringles and some sort of haemorrhoid cream. Shame. But look where they’ve ended up.