9/27/07

I'm gonna cry now

Anybody that knows me, understands how difficult it is for me to see this.

9/26/07

Okay, I figured it out

Its Hits From the 80's or something. I had to ask. Bobby Brown's Every Little Step is on right now. Still love this song. I was a huge mark for Bobby Brown when I was younger. The video for this song is HI-larious. Especially the little suspenders and bike shorts outfit he wears in part of it. Before this they played Tears For Fears-Shout. Back in grade school in Deer River @ King Elementary, my buddies made up their own lyrics for it that went something like "Trout, Trout, these are the fish that I dream about." Like I said, it was grade school. Which reminds me of my alternate lyrics for Bon Jovi-Shot Through the Heart. "Shot with a fart and your to blame. You gave my underwear a brown stain." Yeah, good stuff. Just one thing though. My lyrics would imply that this person was wearing my underwear. Hmmmm, may have to retool that one a little bit. This station plays a lot of Prince and I, of course, have no problem with that. Roy Orbison was just singing about having his mind set on me. Well I'm not surprised. Most people do. Yes, the Clash...again..whoops, not the Clash. The Alarm-the Stand. "Come on down and meet your maker. Come on down and make the stand." Good song. What's next?...The Eurythimics! Here Comes the Rain Again. My brother and I used to have the record that this was from, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), on vinyl. B52s "roam if you want to.." I do in fact want to roam. I'm gonna get some coffee now...

9/25/07

What the...

??? I'm @ work (of course. What better time to blog?) and the Muzak station is playing Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division. I may have to get up and go stand under the speaker. I'm the only one here besides the maintenance guy so nobody should catch me dancing. Not sure how I feel about one of my favorite songs ever being broadcast on Muzak station but I'll take it over the new age, best of Yanni type shit we normally have on here. Oh wait, now the B52s!? Ahhhhh, I get it. Someone must have switched channels last night. Wonder what's next...?...INXS. "All we got is this moment...so slide over here...you're one of my kind...I need you tonight." (Funny, that's what I tell all the ladies.) This "station" must be Retroactive 80's or Adult Alternative or something. Oh weird, now its Paul Simon's You Can Call Me Al. I'm not much for Paul Simon but I like some of the tracks, like this one, from Graceland because he recorded with Ladysmith Black Mambazo. I think I saw Ladysmith (without Simon) at the Winnipeg Folk Fest many years ago. Notorious. Yes! Duran Duran. Did you know Duran Duran got there name from the villain in a really old sci-fi movie called Barbarella? Dr. Durand Durand. I never knew that until I saw the movie a few years ago. For weeks I would walk around imitating him, saying "Deeuwrand, deeuwrand" to anyone that would listen. And the hits keep on commin'. The Ramones, Rock-n-Roll High School. Yeah, this is definitely better than Yanni. I got to see the Ramones one time. It was back in the 90's at Edge Fest in Somerset, WI. It was raining and cold all day but I didn't care. CJ was playing bass and Marky was on drums. I remember they played Wart Hog, which is one of my favorites. An R.E.M. song was just playing while I was on the phone. I forget which one already but it was an old one. Probably from Document or Green. Good stuff. Then the Stray Cats. Now Phil Collins. "Billy, billy don't you lose my number Cos you're not anywhere that I can find you." Ha, remember when Phil Collins was on an episode of Miami Vice as a heel character? (That's a wrestling term. "Heels" are the enemies of the "baby faces." Ya know "good guys and bad guys." Anyway, Collins was a bad guy.) OK, maybe this is just a straight 80's station because I don't see anything "alternative" about Collins and now they are playing ABBA. Yuck! Still, at least there is no Yanni. I actually used to listen to Yanni when I was in high school. Shocking, I know. Catch your breathe; I'm about to explain why. I had a girlfriend that was into him for some reason. She would put...oh I gotta interrupt...now they are playing the Clash and all is right in cube land...OK, where was I? Oh yeah, so the chick liked Yanni. She would always put it on after we had sex for like the millionth time that day. I think it was her way of trying to get me to fall asleep and not pound her anymore. So pretty much I had to listen to Yanni all the time back then.

9/14/07

It's really bad when the chick at the gas station says good moring...

...and you havent even gone to bed yet....aaaaand you have to be to work at 7:30am. Big Wedding this weekend. The boys are back in town! Hot Dog Days are here again. I'm at work now..bareley.
Last Night...
He goes by many names: Russ, Bump, Aaron, the Harasser, etc. This weekend he will be known as "Hollywood."
Looking forward to a weekend of ridculousness.

9/13/07

Minnesota fuckers!

Soumi Hills camping trip-last weekend.
6 dudes, 3 canoes, 3 nights, 3 pounds of bacon

Power Hour with our new buddies @ Richies Inn, Marcell. Jocko on the far left and his son Benny on the far right. Before we left, Benny gave us some jerky that Jocko made. We thought it might have been human. He got a little offended. We ate it on the way back to camp. I can now say I've maybe eaten human. Thanks Benny.

Back at camp-1st night. Ridiculousness continues...












First morning and lookin' rough already. (Slept in the bed of a pick-up truck.)




















Back @ Richies-night 2. This 54 yr old beauty was wasted. She was the day bartender and had been drinking since she got off. I jokingly asked where we could get some meth. She was like "Duh, Bigfork." That's where I went to high school, just down the road. Not sure if that's funny or sad...the meth part. Timmer danced with her


Hey, look who's back. This time he gave us smoked fish. Pretty sure it wasn't human fish.




Day 2










"Mountain Feast" No, there are not mountains in MN...but there are mountains of bacon!


Rain got us a little down and we all took naps longer than most nights of sleep. Then we got up around 11 and ate and drank til dawn.


Hot Dog Days!!!






Great weekend. Only in Minnesota fuckers.


Ice Ice Baby

Remember when white people rapping was a race issue? This is funny.

9/12/07

Spin the Black Circle-Part 3: Shits & Giggles

In case you missed it and for some reason you care, here are parts 1 & 2... And now for the third installment:



The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Third World is the Arsenio Hall show back in the early 90s. I would watch that show every night when we stayed with my Dad in the summers. The first time I ever heard of Third World was when Arsenio hyped them and did his little "whoof-whoof-whoof" circle fist thing. Man I used to love that show. I wanted to be down with black people so bad. Anyway, this is not really the best reggae album but it has it's moments. Worth the spare change that it cost me though. "Whoof-Whoof!"


Until I got this I was unfamiliar with Ras Michael but dang, this shit is nice! Dubbed out reggae with heavy emphasis on percussion. Each side has that thing where the record doesn't stop spinning at the end but you cant tell right away because it just keeps playing the final beat over and over. (Which works really well for dub.) So if you're in the right frame of mind (ahem) or passing out to it, you don't catch it for awhile. Super happy with this purchase.




Oh man, I had to get it. When I was in jr. high I was loving hip hop and "new jack swing" type R&B. New Edition man. This was after Bobby Brown split for a solo career and before NE broke up to spawn Bell-Biv-DeVoe and solo gigs for Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill. (All of whom played Arsenio Hall's show) And who could forget guilt by association acts like Another Bad Creation and Boyz II Men(also played on the Arsenio Hall show.) I loved the fashion too. So funny to look at now but back then haters was calling me "wigger" for imitating NE's flavor. Those Jordans Ricky Bell is sporting are still hot.




I used to hate ACDC in highschool. All the mullet head-cigarette smoking-Mt. Dew chugging "shop rats" would write it on the back of their jean jackets. A lot of them were pricks to me so I associated that with what really is (or was) a great fucking band. Actually I never really hated ACDC. I just hated the fuckers in my home town that idolized them. Not anymore though. It's all love now. This is good shit.




There were so many Krokus records at Cheapo that I had a hard time picking which one to get. I went with cover art. Love those half skull faces. This one is from 1983. Stand and be Counted and Eat the Rich are on here.

I'm pretty much ready to start playing parties and openings or whatever. I spin the sweetest mix of punk 7inches, oddball reggae, 80's hair metal and not-so-great pop records you'll ever drink to. Get at me. Put the needle on the record...