1852 posts categorized "MUSIC"

Nov 20 2014
11 O'Clock: Jane Russell - BUTTONS & BOWS, BIG BAD JANE, BYE BYE BABY Comments (0)

Jane-Russell

In 2004, Jane Russell, then 83, sings three songs live during a Marc Huestis-hosted event at the Castro Theatre...

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John Hancock-Tease: Debbie Harry Comments (0)

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I was obsessed with Debbie Harry because my older cousin had been into Blondie, so I felt this was one easy way to be cool. Of course, solo Debbie was very uncool; she couldn't even buy a Top 40 hit. But it was too late, I'd bought all of Blondie's albums and was drinking up Debbie's first two solo record, so was dying to hear her follow-up.

I wrote a fan letter to...somewhere. I don't know. I probably found an address in a British teen mag, the only place you'd find a 40-year-old popstar's address pre-Internet. Months later, a gorgeous postcard arrived with a fab autograph on it, urging me (on the back) to listen for a new album in 1989, which turned out to be Def, Dumb & Blonde.

I was livid that the USPS had stamped all over the autograph and picture, but I was also dying that the Greta Garbo of pop was re-emerging soon. I couldn't have even imagined then that Blondie would reunite and embark on tours so often I could afford to skip some of them, and that I would eventually meet her a few times. If the postcard had said that, I might have dropped out of college.

 
Country Star Ty Herndon Comes Out Comments (0)

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Ty Herndon, 52, a bona fide country star whose “It Must Be Love” was a #1 country hit and Top 40 pop song in 1998, has come out as an “out, proud and happy gay man.”

Herndon came out personally beginning at age 20 and has been married twice, to women he says “absolutely” knew the truth.

Welcome to the family, pardner.

 
Nov 19 2014
11 O'Clock Number: Maureen O'Hara - I'VE GROWN ACCUSTOMED TO YOUR FACE Comments (0)

Maureen-O'Hara

Paying homage to frequent co-star John Wayne...

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BLUE, Period: An Interview With Ricky Rebel Comments (0)
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Ricky Rebel is described as a sort of Adam Lambert/Lady Gaga hybrid, but in spite of his young age, he's been in the industry longer than both of them. I first encountered Ricky when he was in the boy No_authority_shirtless_group_in_underwear1band No Authority (pictured in underwear), a group signed to Madonna's Maverick (RIP!) and mentored by Michael Jackson.

I would've done anything for NA (and gave them crazy amounts of coverage) if only because their manager had once been in an episode of The Golden Girls, but I also really liked the boys themselves.

Ricky was a stand-out in the teen pop scene, a true showman, so it was not surprising to me 10 years later when he re-emerged as a solo artist with a major dance hit (“Geisha Dance”) and a thoughtfully crafted, musically sound point of view.

Now, Ricky is releasing The Blue Album, filled with adventurous dance music that isn't a guilty pleasure but an unqualified pleasure. He is a visual artist who does not overly rely on his admittedly fun razzle and on-stage dazzle, but one whose music you could enjoy with your eyes closed.

Ricky Rebel, The Blue Album, album cover, web

I was happy to chat with Ricky all these years after we crossed paths at the teen magazine I ran; I've always wanted to do follow-up interviews with the kids I worked with, so getting to debrief one who's gone on to bigger and better things was a real pleasure...

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Nov 18 2014
11 O'Clock Number: Mia Farrow - LOVE Comments (0)

Mia-Farrow

From the 1976 TV production of Peter Pan...

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Keeping Up With The Smiths Comments (0)

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It's great when your kids are curious. It's not so great when they're relentlessly smug, pretentious assholes who think they're above the concept of time.

I bitched about this on Facebook and had a couple of people chastised me (one decided that sheeple simply couldn't understand the kids), but these children are delusional. Right from the very first question, when telling the interviewer what they're reading, Jaden reveals how stupid he is while trying to sound smart:

Jaden: “The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life and ancient texts; things that can’t be pre-dated.”

Assuming he means it can't be dated.

Willow's reply to something Jaden said also shows a lack of understanding of English, let alone of the complex topics they think they've grasped:

Willow: “Because living.”

She speaks of dropping her pop song “Whip My Hair” as if she were Sojourner Truth, then confidently talks about how her new music is all about universal truths. 

It's a repulsive interview, made all the more annoying by the fact that they're children acting like adults and their parents probably think the Scientology really paid off.

 
Nov 17 2014
11 O'Clock Number: Diana Ross - LOVE HANGOVER Comments (0)

Diana-Ross

Diana sure can serve it up...

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