Monday, January 7, 2008

Stop! Or I'll blog!

GOOD PAUL...
Happy birthday to Paul Revere of The Raiders, who hits the big 7-0 today.  I'm on record as not being all that enamored with his current nostalgia act in Branson, which is more of a Rock 'N' Roll oldies revue than a Raiders show, but I do give him credit for still performing and, if nothing else, keeping the group's name alive.  I've never met PR in person, but I've heard from more than one source that he's a real nice guy, as is former Raider Mark Lindsay, whom I did have the good fortune to meet in 2001.  A tip of the hat to both of these gentlemen for being my first real taste of Rock 'N' Roll at age three.

BAD PAUL...
After reading the booklet that accompanies the new Kissology, Vol III DVD set, I'm very disappointed in Paul Stanley's commentary on Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, and their departures from the band during this decade.  This is usually Gene Simmons' forte, but the Starchild chose to rip away on these two, especially Peter.  A sample quote:  "To this day my biggest regret was watching our hard-fought-for resurrection of the original line-up turn into a miraculous second lottery win where 2 individuals chose once again to throw away the winning ticket...Whether it was drugs, alcohol, family members or advisorsthe possibilities were lost...What a waste."  Well, Paul, didya ever stop to think that maybe Ace and Peter just don't wanna be in the circus forever?  Both of them appear to have remained clean and sober during this time, and they seem to be at different places in their lives, and not to mention were probably fed up with only being able to play the same bloody set list night after night.  Perhaps if you and Gene had gotten past your own egos and let them contribute more to the Psycho Circus album in '98 and if you had continued making new music after that instead of resting on past laurels, Ace and Peter might still be in your band, which currently looks like a Kiss tribute band.  I also think it's bogus that Ace and Peter aren't allowed to add their commentary to these DVDs and tell their side of the story.  End of sermon...

IS THERE ANY DOUBT NOW...
...that Britney Spears is going to be this year's Anna Nicole Smith?  Sad to say this, but it's only a matter of time before she offs herself...

MEMO TO ALL FOOTBALL ANNOUNCERS:
The Seattle Seahawks' quarterback's last name is pronounced "Hassel-BECK", not "Hassel-BACK"!  Got it, now?  Oy!

ONE TIN SOLDIER SHOULD HAVE RODE AWAY!
I watched the so-called "classic" 1971 film Billy Jack for the first time last night.  I got about halfway through and gave up on itI could no longer take the antics of the tree-hugging hippie kids at the school!  Even Howard Hesseman in his pre-Dr. Johnny Fever days couldn't save this turkey.  Go ahead and hate this movie, go ahead and change the channel!

REAL MAN OF GENIUS
A little trivia you can impress your friends with: ya know who the singer is in the background on the Bud Light "Real Men of Genius" radio ads?  His name is Dave Bickler, and you might remember him as the original lead singer of the band Survivor, particularly on "Eye Of The Tiger".  He left the band not long after that because of throat problems, but quietly made a comeback on these damn funny commercials, and ironically has made more money doing this than he ever did with Survivor.  Bickler formed the band with a guy named Jim Peterik, whom you're also familiar with, if you love Top 40 oldieshe sang lead vocals for the one-hit-wonder band Ides of March on 1970's "Vehicle".  Trivia class is now dismissed for today...

WANNA WATCH A COMMERCIAL?
Well, it Depends on what it is!  A little humor from my girl Julie Brown, yet another redhead I always found myself attracted tosexy AND funny, what a concept!  Her 1987 cult-classic album Trapped In The Body Of A White Girl is finally out on CD too, after all these years of only being available on vinyl.  Great songs too, like the title track, as well as "I Like 'Em Big and Stupid" and her greatest hit, "The Homecoming Queen's Got A Gun."

ALL IN THE FAMILY?
You don't suppose former Rainbow/Black Sabbath singer Ronnie James Dio has any male relatives named Stu or Ray, do you?

SEPARATED AT BIRTH?
Here we have Andy Jackson and hack actor Jeff Conaway from TV's "Taxi".  The latter has been resembling Keith Richards more and more in recent years too.  Uhh, drugs are bad, mmm-kay?

2 comments:

Tex said...

What, you think Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons have egos?

haha.

I saw a quote by Ronnie James Dio about who invented the "devil horns" hand sign, and how Gene reckons he did, but "....Gene reckons he invented just about everything.."

Dio reckons Gene even took our a copyright on the use of 'OJ' to describe orange juice. Not sure if this is true, or if he was taking the piss, but it wouldn't surprise.

dr sardonicus said...

Dave Bickler, real man of genius.

Everybody knows that the devil horns hand sign was invented in Texas. As for OJ, Mr. Simpson has the copyright on that, while he's out on the golf course looking for the real killers...