Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Bea Arthur Roasting Pam Anderson

I came across this video a couple of weeks ago when I was reading about Bea Arthur's death and thought I would share it.

A couple of years back Comedy Central held a Pamela Anderson Roast to raise money for PETA. Didn't those comedians go to town! There is just too much material you can use when referencing Pam Anderson.

The best line by far had to be from Bea Arthur who took to reading Pam's "novel" aloud to the audience. I never knew Pam "wrote" a novel but apparently it was the most interesting read to hit the shelves since Naomi Campbell's "Swan". I even heard that it was better than Madonna's "The English Roses" and it certainly put Geri Halliwell's "Ugenia Lavender" to shame.

Take a look at Bea praising Pam's literary talents

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Flight of the Conchords

If you haven't watched an episode of Flight of the Conchords yet you need to get to it quick smart.

To get you up to speed it is a show about two New Zealand musicians who move to New York City in order to get famous in their band called Flight of the Conchords.

The central characters are Brett and Jermaine (the band members), Murray, their hapless band manager and Mel their obsessed groupie. During each episode their is a little musical interlude parodying various musical genres.

In the clip below they are doing a white mans rap parody.
Their rap "names" are the Hiphopopotamus and the Rymnocerous.

My favourite lyrics have to be:
"Yes, sometimes my lyrics are sexist
But you lovely bitches and hoes should know I’m trying to correct this.

Check out the lyrics below:

I’m the mother flippin’ Rhymenocerous
My beats are phat and the birds are on my back
And I’m horny
I’m horny
If you choose to proceed you will indeed concede
Cos I hit you with my flow
The Wild Rhino Stampede.

I’m not just wild, I’m trained,
I was raised by a rapper and rhino that dated
And subsequently procreated
That’s how it goes
Here’s the Hiphopopotamus
The hip hop hippo

They call me the Hiphopopotamus
My lyrics are bottomless

They call me the Hiphopopotamus
Flows that glow like phosphorous
Poppin’ off the top of this esophagus
Rockin’ this metropolis
I’m not a large water-dwelling mammal
Where did you get that preposterous hypothesis?
Did Steve tell you that, perchance?

My rhymes and records they don’t get played
Because my records and rhymes they don’t get made
And if you rap like me you don’t get paid
And if you roll like me you don’t get laid.

My rhymes are so potent that in this small segment
I made all of the ladies in the area pregnant
Yes, sometimes my lyrics are sexist
But you lovely bitches and hoes should know I’m trying to correct this.

Other rappers dis me
Say my rhymes are sissy.

Why? Why? Why?
Why exactly?
What? Why?
Be more constructive with your feedback, please. Why?

Why, because I rap about reality?
Like me and my grandma drinking a cup of tea?
There ain’t no party like my nanna’s tea party.
Hey! Ho!

I’m the motherflippin’
I’m the motherflippin’
I’m the motherflippin’

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Pet Shop Boys - Heart

At the end of this month I am going to see the Presets live and I am so excited about it.
I have been watching some of their live performances on You tube and it should be a great show.
I'm sure I will have more to say about the Presets once I see them live. Stay tuned for future posts!

Today's song has been inspired (in a round about way) by the Presets because before their performance of the song "Are you the One" they have a sample of the Pet Shop Boy's song "It's a Sin"
This in turn reignited my love for the Pet Shop Boys as I busted out the CD (ok..ok..I just played the mp3 on my computer..but busting out a CD sounds WAY better).

It was hard for me to pick a Pet Shop Boys song because they have so many brilliant songs but I chose the song "Heart'.
The main reason I chose this song over the others is the video clip.
I really love this clip because it has the actor Ian McKellen as Nosferatu winning over Neil Tennant's bride (Two gay guys fighting over a chick..? It's a wonder she didn't dump them both).

So here is "Heart" for your viewing/listening pleasure today.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Michael Jackson Conspiracy

My last post was about Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury so I thought this would be a good intro for the latest book I read called "Michael Jackson Conspiracy".

To my surprise this was a very interesting read based on the court transcripts during Michael Jackson's trial. In fact the book is written by a journalist who covered the trial for US network television. Since reading this book I have seen a few interviews with the author. She was amongst the throng of media covering the case and admits that no media outlet wanted to hear a report that was "pro Jackson". I think this is still the case.

If you at all interested in this trial and haven't already made up your mind about the case then this is a must read.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Freddie Mercury & Michael Jackson

One thing I didn't know about until relatively recently was that Freddie Mercury was asked by Michael Jackson to duet with him on the song "State of Shock".
This song later appeared on the Jackson's "Victory" album as a duet with Mick Jagger.

In fact MJ and Freddie were working on a few tracks together.
"I was going to be on Thriller," confirmed Freddie, before his death from an AIDS-related illness in November 1991. "We had three songs in the can but, unfortunately, they were never finished."

One of the songs that MJ and Freddie worked on was "There must be more to life than this."
I found a rare recording of it on You tube. Take a listen to it. It is very catchy in that "We are the world" type of way. Speaking of "We are the world" Freddie was a big fan of the song.

MJ and Freddie did a demo for "State of Shock". During the demo process apparently (as the rumours go) Michael was none to pleased with Freddy's drug use in the studio and Freddy was swiftly replaced by Mick Jagger.
This recording is very rough but it gives you a glipse into what State of Shock may have been like with Freddie.

It kind of disappoints me that Freddy was given the boot. After all he is an infinitely better singer & performer than Mick Jagger (IMO).

Here is "State of shock" with Mick Jagger. It is an extended version because all the other versions on Youtube disable embedding.
Can I just have a rant and say if you don't want people to use your video just don't put it on You tube at all. If people want the video there are plenty of free converters out there. It just makes no sense to me.