Archive | July, 2007

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31 Jul

Three Six Mafia will be the first to remind you that they are Academy Award Winners. What better band to have in my movie homage music video theme? The movie that they made an homage to wasn’t an Academy Award winner. But it was a triple nominee. It got noms for Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay and most notably, the nomination Spike Jonze got for Best Director. The movie- “Being John Malkovich”. They added some more star power as well as the song already had Chamillionare on the track but the video featured cameos by Travis Barker, DeRay Davis and Die Hard’s Tom Bower, playing the first person in line to take a look into the lives of Three Six Mafia. In the video, he paid 50 bucks to get a peak into their lives. If he only would’ve known that they would get their own reality show, he could’ve saved a few bucks…

Song 292- “Doe Boy Fresh” by Three Six Mafia

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30 Jul

I hated having to put up a placeholder but it was either that or struggle to post a whole 10kdays post from the Wii. Well, you already know that my song of the day is “Last Cup of Sorrow” by one of my all-time favorite bands. The song came at a time when the band was on the verge of breaking up. They named the album LCOS is on “Album of the Year”. The name conveyed the band’s feeling that it was now or never. LCOS was the first single and they tried to make a splash with it. They got actress Jennifer Jason Leigh to star in it and based the whole video on the Alfred Hitchcock classic “Vertigo”. Would it be enough? “Album of the Year” hit #1….in Australia. It peaked at #41 in the States. As for Last Cup, it also came up short, only getting to #14 on Billboard’s rock charts. That would be the beginning of the end and this would be the band’s final studio album.

Song 291- “Last Cup of Sorrow” by Faith No More

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29 Jul

I feel like I can’t let go of the movie/music connection just yet. But I wanna look at things in a different direction. The new theme is Music Video Movie Homages.

What do I mean by that? Well, here’s a perfect example. Song 290- “You Know My Steez” by Gangstarr. Gangstarr, my all-time favorite rap group, could’ve done a very simple video for this song. It’s a tune that’s just about how good a rapper Guru is (Steez=skills). Instead, they went for a video homage to one of the oddest videos of all time THX-1138. If you don’t know about THX-1138, it’s a George Lucas movie about an underground dystopian society where emotions are contraband. What is the relation between Steez and THX? Who knows. But it works.

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28 Jul

As you can probably tell by looking at the entire list of songs talked about in 10kdays, I prefer the sound of the female voice. There are so many ones that I enjoy like Julie Christmas, Melora Creager, Tori Amos, Kay Hanley, Hayley Williams….I can go on like this for days. Male fronted bands have a harder time gaining my initial interest. One male fronted band was able to with ease due to vocal style. That band was the Black Diamond Heavies. They are a two person band with so little notoriety currently that they don’t even have a wikipedia page yet. The BDHs are Van Campbell on drums and John Wesley Myers on keys and vox. That’s right- no guitars to be found anywhere. No lead, no bass. Keys, Drums and Vox served up Southern style. When I first heard this band, I was floored by Myers’ vocals. His voice was so gruff, it was unbelievable. It was like Dr. Teeth had been smoking three packs a day for a decade. That voice with the minimal combination belting out bluesy Southern rock is a magnetic thing. Check this one out. Then write them boys a wiki page.

Song 289- “Poor Brown Sugar” by the Black Diamond Heavies

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27 Jul

As a Songfighter, I have been in the center of the whirlwind that is the MC Frontalot phenomenon. Frontalot is a Songfighter that has mastered nerdcore rap and can literally walk into a Songfight, belch into his mic and walk away with 200 votes. But I can’t say it’s simply because of the fame that he’s garnered. It’s not all hype. He’s damn good. I can remember when I first heard Song 288. I was floored. The music behind it was well thought up (a problem I have with many rappers is their bad musical choices) and the lyrics were rife with genius. Front is the real deal. But you probably already knew that, so go and watch the video already!

Song 288- “Goth Girls” by MC Frontalot

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26 Jul

It’s the last day of 10kdays look back at bands that are surprisingly still going after the fall of their genre’s popularity (i,e- grunge and hair metal). I end this theme with the band that inspired it- Poison. We are in the midst of a Poison renaissance. Okay, not really but they have regained a lot of notoriety. First CC Deville was on the Surreal Life and proved to be entertaining. Now Bret Michaels is out there playing Flavor Flav in his new show Rock of Love. The show isn’t entertaining but the commercials for it have been good, simply because they include some bits and pieces from the latest Poison video. Poison has a new album out. It may be all covers but seeing this video harkens me back to a time when Poison was everywhere. And the band has aged very well. If you look back in the archive here and see my post on Winger, you’ll see they aged hard. Poison looks surprisingly good for a band with such a notorious past. And their first single off the “‘d” album is very very catchy and has a well done video. Could this be the starts of a real Poison comeback?

Song 287- “What I Like About You” by Poison

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25 Jul

This is kind of a double post. Yesterday LJ went down with a power outage, so I missed a day. That was bad. Worse was the fact that I had left a cliffhanger in the previous post due to time. So here’s the story behind the two LA Guns. Okay so LA Guns was a band that had a bunch of line-up changes but they never stopped trying to keep the band alive. Then a funny thing happened, Traci Guns started working with Brides of Destruction. The rest of LA Guns forged on. So you had LA Guns with the line up of Phil Lewis, Stacey Blades, Scott Griffin and Steve Riley. But then Brides went away and Traci wanted to go back and do LA Guns again. Riley only owned half the name, so Traci started a second LA Guns with Paul Black, Tracii Guns, Jeremy Guns, and Chad Stewart. Who’s the real Guns? It is the one with more original members (Traci Guns’) or is it the one with the more notable frontman? You decide. http://www.laguns.net/ vs. http://www.lagunslive.com/

Onto another band that lives on….King’s X.

Back in the day, I would watch PBS and there was a show all about learning to read. The way they did it was through karaoke style music videos. That was where I was first included to King’s X. The band was never a colossal hit but they did make some waves with songs like “It’s Love” and “Black Flag”, both which I loved back in the day. And they just never stopped making music. Their audience dwindled and a funny thing happened…it became very very Christian. And then lead singer Doug Pinnick came out of the closet and they lost a lot of the Christian following. But they were undaunted as they released album after album. And unlike a lot of other bands- King’s X has always stayed the same 3 guys!

Song 286- “King” by King’s X

The first King’s X song I ever heard

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