Wednesday, November 19, 2003

So a warrant is out for Michael Jackson. Another alleged child molestation charge. And here were are, on the 10th anniversary of his first one. This is a very poor way of drumming up interest for his upcoming album, at least in my opinion. Or maybe the 70+ police officers just wanted an excuse to spend a day at Neverland Ranch. I can picture them riding the Ferris Wheel, ramming each other with bumper cars, eating cotton candy, all while “searching for clues.” What a sham. Anyway, should be interesting to see how this plays out, especially since he has had some financial difficulties over the past few years and may not be able to afford another $20 million settlement.

On the subject of music (and inappropriateness), I watched Pumping Iron for the first time over the weekend. Has there ever been a worse mismatch in terms of a film’s themesong? If you haven’t heard this classic folk ditty by Michael Small, give it a listen. You don’t have to see the movie to know that it just doesn’t fit. What were they thinking?

One final musical note (no pun intended)… what has happened to regular albums? It seems like everything released these days is a greatest hits or compilation. Off the top of my head, I can think of No Doubt, Michael Jackson, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stone Temple Pilots, J-Lo (by the way, the words “J-Lo” and “greatest hits” don’t deserve to be anywhere near each other… even separately, “J-Lo” with “greatest” or “hits” should be banned), REM, Madonna, Sheryl Crow, Pearl Jam, David Bowie, and Bruce Springsteen all putting these out recently. At least these artists have enough material to merit such collections… remember when Fine Young Cannibals put out “Finest” after only 2 albums and 4 top-40 singles? Yeah, didn’t think so… Regardless, this online music debacle sure has ruined the concept of albums. Now people only care about singles. Think we’ll ever get another “Dark Side of the Moon,” “Tommy,” or “Pet Sounds”? The only band that comes to mind in terms of cohesive albums is Radiohead, and I haven’t been able to listen to their last three releases. Not that there’s anything wrong with a lifetime of VH1 Classic and Q104.3...

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