Rest in Peace, Malcolm McLaren

April 10, 2010

One of rock’s oddest and greatest characters left us April 8, and his passing should be noted. His impact was more than deep on the punk and New Wave music that he encouraged and that has influenced, well, hell, just about everyone. He even made a legitimate splash in the then-embryonic world of hip-hop.

I’m saddened and pleased to present examples of all three genres. Rest in peace, Malcolm!

Sex Pistols – “Holiday in the Sun”

Bow Wow Wow – “C-30, C-60, C-90, Go!”

Malcolm McLaren and the World’s Famous Supreme Team – “Buffalo Gals”


Arrgh! International Talk Like a Pirate Day 2008

September 18, 2008

Shiver me timbers! As ye be nay doubt aware, Fridee, Septembree 19, be International Talk Like a Pirate Day. In honor o’ this fine occasion, Johnny Thunders an’ On Deaf Ears would like t’ give ye some “Pirate Love”:

Wot’s that ye say, lass? You don’t want any lovin’ from we pirates? Lucky we don’t make ye walk t’ plank.

Guess we’ll just go drinkin’ with our lads:

“Drunken Sailor” by the Irish Rovers:

Or perhaps we should keelhaul ye, ye scurvy wench.

Who needs ye, anyway? We be havin’ ways o’ entertainin’ ourselves, an’ ‘taint safe fer werk (unless ye be a pirate, and “Friggin’ in the Riggin'” is just part o’ the job).

(And b’lieve ‘t or nay, Sex Pistols fans, that last be a real sea chantey.)


New Music: Snowman – The Horse, the Rat, and the Swan

August 15, 2008

Snowman, a band from Perth, Australia, have released a new record.  It’s full of shouted, punk-like vocals, hard, thumping percussion, and lots of ambient noise.  It’s a difficult album to describe, because the band mashes together several different styles, such as Sex Pistols style vocals, industrial noise a la My Bloody Valentine, and the occasional surf punk guitar riff.  On the whole, it all sounds very new and excellent.  Could these guys be Australia’s best band?  They could be indeed.  Here’s a video of their song “We Are The Plague.”

Also, while we’re talking about Australian bands, this is far from new, but I really like Silverchair’s song “Straight Lines” from their 2007 album Young Modern.  There are several alarm bells going off in my head telling me I should not like this song, but I can’t help it.  Very catchy.


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