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Nine Inch Nails, Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, Green Day and More Earn Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Nominations

Pioneering punk rockers Green Day, Joan Jett and DiC faves Nine Inch Nails are just two of the bands that are eligible for introduction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2015. In order to be eligible, artists must have made their first recordings 25 years ago. Green Day’s ‘1,000 Hours and NIN’s influential ‘Pretty Hate Machine were both released in 1989.

Also included on the list of nominees are The SmithsStingBill WithersN.W.A. and the late Lou Reed. Like Sting, who was inducted in 2003 with The Police, Reed already has a spot in the museum with The Velvet Underground, but I think his recent death will earn him a solo spot. I’m sure NIN won’t have a problem getting in either, and it’d be great to see ten time nominees Nile Rodgers and Chic get some much deserved recognition.

The inductees will be announced at the end of the year, with the induction ceremony taking place on April 18th, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. You have until December 9th to add your vote to the “fan ballot” over at RollingStone.com.

 

How on EARTH can "Pretty Hate Machine" be 25 years old?
How on EARTH can “Pretty Hate Machine” be 25 years old?

I think you know who we’ll be voting for, but who will you be giving the extra push to? Let us know!

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Nine Inch Nails: Head Like a Hole (1990) from Nine Inch Nails on Vimeo.

[Ed. Note: Brittani and DivaJulia are expected to be invited to induct our Boo, Trent Reznor into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Just a heads up.] 

Bow down before the one you serve--indeed. Unf.

 

‘Seinfeld’ Turns 25

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Photo: Rolling Stone Magazine

It’s been 25 years since the best show about nothing premiered on NBC on July 5 way back in 1989. To make you feel really old, I was only about 4 at the time, but it would be years later with the help of numerous reruns that I would come to appreciate it’s genius. Created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the first season only featured 4 episodes, but thankfully the ratings were just good enough to help it secure a second season. It then went on to become one of the most watched, and quoted shows in television history, with it’s series finale attracting a little over 76 million viewers.

I can see why it took two seasons for the show to catch on with viewers, those first couple of episodes are pretty bad. The situations also felt a little too real, like when Jerry and Elaine decided to see if they could be “friends with benefits.” It finally found it’s groove in Season 3 with sillier episodes like ‘The Subway‘ and George’s whining became more tolerable. Seinfeld is a “love it” or “hate it” kind of show, but the mark it left on pop culture is undeniable. Even though you should hate these people, you can help but identify with them. Continue Reading

Michael Jackson Died 5 Years Ago Today

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I was on I-5 driving out of downtown Seattle. My cell rang and it was my daughter-in-law Dayna calling me to say that Michael Jackson had a heart attack and was in critical condition. I turned on Sirius XM…and waited. Not two minutes passed and she called again. Michael Jackson was dead at 50 on this hot summer day in 2009. What. The. Hell

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That’s where I was when I heard the news. I’m sure you’re remembering where you were right at that very moment–right at this very moment, aren’t you?

While writing this post, I came across a song and video of Michael’s that I hadn’t been aware of called, Morphine. Eerily spliced together, this video for a remix of the song splashes images of Michael in various periods of his life (via videos) with clips from the dark and epic film, Pink Floyd The Wall, which starred Bob Geldof. The lyrics alone are, well…you’ll see.

“Morphine”
He got flat baby

Kick in the back baby

A heart attack baby
I need your bodyA hot kiss honey
He’s just a bitch baby
You make me sick baby
So unrelying I’m such a swine baby
All down the line daddy
I hate your kind baby
So unreliable A hot buzz baby
He’s one of us baby
Another drug baby
You so desire

Trust in me
Trust in me
Put all your trust in me
You’re doin’ morphine

Hoo!

They got place baby
Kicked in the face baby
You hate your race baby
You’re just a liar

Your every lick baby
Your dog’s a bitch baby
You make me sick baby
You soul survivor

She never cut from me
She never cut baby
I had to work baby
You just a rival

Always to please daddy
Right up and leave daddy
You’re throwing shame daddy
So undesirable

Trust in me
Just in me
Put all your trust in me
You’re doin’ morphine

Go’on babe

Relax
This won’t hurt you
Before I put it in
Close your eyes and count to ten
Don’t cry
I won’t convert you
There’s no need to dismay
Close your eyes and drift away

Demerol
Demerol
Oh God he’s taking demerol
Demerol
Demerol
Oh God he’s taking demerol

He’s tried
Hard to convince her
To be over what he had
Today he wants it twice as bad
Don’t cry
I won’t resent you
Yesterday you had his trust
Today he’s taking twice as much

Demerol
Demerol
Oh God he’s taking demerol
Hee-hee-hee
Demerol
Demerol
Oh my Oh God it’s Demerol
Hee
Oooh

Oh!

He got shit baby
Your dog’s a bitch baby
You make me sick baby
You are a liar

Is truth a game daddy
To win the fame baby
It’s all the same baby
You’re so reliable

Trust in me
Trust in me
Put all your trust in me
She’s doin’ morphine

Hoo!

You just sit around just talkin’ nothing
You’re takin’ morphine
Hoo!
Go’on baby
You just sit around just talking about it
You’re takin’ morphine
Hoo-hoo!
Just sit around just talking nothing about it
You’re takin’ morphine
You just sit around just talking about it
You’re taking morphine
You just sit around just talkin’ nothin’
And takin’ morphine

Hoo-hoo
I’m going down baby
You’re talkin’ Morphine

Go’on baby!
Hoo!
Hoo!
Morphine!
Do it!
Hoo!
He’s takin’ morphine
Morphine!
Morphine!

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“Guns n’ Roses was probably the biggest stadium rock band at the time, and then you have Michael, who is sort of the Elvis Presley of the period – and, like, that’s scary fame,” said Slash, who played on the harrowing industrial funkster from Jackson’s 1997 remix album. Jackson addresses rumors of his painkiller addiction: “Demerol, Demerol/Oh, God, he’s taking Demerol,” like he’s crying for help. Jermaine claimed he began taking pain medications for burns suffered during his 1984 Pepsi commercial: “I doubt he gave a second thought to Demerol’s side effects,” he recalled.

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Okay. I would like to put the morbidity and possible “cries for help” Michael may have been projecting and…well,
DANCE.

Still can’t get enough…

Jackson called the opening track on Off the Wall “my first big chance,” and he wasn’t kidding. Six minutes of joyous pop funk that whooshed like a jet stream, “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” was both an unstoppable hit and a milestone in Jackson’s creative life. “That song means a lot to me,” he wrote in his memoir Moonwalk, “because it was the first song I wrote as a whole.” Indeed, it embodied Jackson’s new, hands-on approach to his music. He not only wrote it but also sang all the multi­layered backing vocals and devised the spoken intro (“to build up tension and surprise people,” he said). He even played the glass bottles (along with his brother Randy) that lend the song added rhythmic sparkle. When his mother, Katherine, questioned the sexual undertones of lines like “Ain’t nothing like a love desire. . . . I’m melting like hot candle wax,” Jackson responded, “Well, if you think it means something dirty, then that’s what it’ll mean. But that’s not how I intended it.”

Oh, Michael. This is how I remember you.

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Rolling Stone Magazine has a fantastic list of what they believe are MJ’s best songs. Take a few minutes to look through the videos–they’re just great. We will ALWAYS rock witchu.

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**For Katy, Jeanne, Joanne, Hunter, Alex, Dayna, Felix, Annaliza, Geoff, Hannah and Jake…