Every generation has them. They were big hits at one time but nobody will admit to liking them now.
Chin up, oppressed peoples of the world!
You’ve got a new champion riding into battle, or at least slinking into battle in fishnets and a bustier. Madonna is here, and she is bringing the revolution.
The YouTube movie “secretprojectrevolution,” co-directed by Madonna and fashion photographer Steven Klein, debuted Tuesday. It’s an interminable 17-minute music video minus the music (unless you count Madonna singing an off-key, sarcastic “My Country, ’Tis of Thee”).
She plays a film-noir temptress thrown in a jail cell, and a stone-cold assassin in a bustier who prowls through a tableau of what looks like an extremely dull S&M dungeon while shooting buff shirtless guys and making an urgent plea for tolerance. End titles tell us the film is dedicated to those who have been persecuted for who they are or what they believe.
Until then, it’s torture scenes, eerie piano tinkling, quotations from Jean-Paul Sartre and Jean-Luc Godard — and Madge delivering a hectoring monologue about the dire state of the world. “Economic markets are collapsing,” she intones. “People all over the world are suffering.” But the real enemy is intolerance. “I keep telling everyone I want to start a revolution, but no one is taking me seriously,” she complains, and it’s all because, “I’m a woman. I’m blond. I have t - - s, an ass and an insatiable desire to be noticed.”
Thanks, we figured that out by the time you did your naked coffee-table book two decades ago. Hey, Madonna, Sophomore Syndrome (“You guys, I’m seriously thinking about majoring in social justice this term”) can be hilarious at 19. But it’s just tragic when you’re 55. When gay men were dying of AIDS by the thousands and the nuclear clock was at 11:57, you were singing “La Isla Bonita.” It’s a little late in the day to be taken seriously, especially when you’re writhing around in skintight black leather tied to a bed. “I know what you’re thinking,” she says in her monologue. “If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.” No, we’re thinking: “Poor Lourdes.”
Madonna was a big star and a cultural icon back in the mid-eighties. Since then her career should serve as a warning lesson to performing artists who take themselves too seriously.
Sir Elton Hercules John CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is an English rock singer-songwriter, composer, pianist and occasional actor. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriter partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date.
In his five-decade career John has sold more than 250 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. His single “Candle in the Wind 1997″ sold over 33 million copies worldwide, and is the best selling single in the history of the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100. He has more than 50 Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive No. 1 US albums, 56 Top 40 singles, 16 Top 10, four No. 2 hits, and nine No. 1 hits. He has received six Grammy Awards, four Brit Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him Number 49 on its list of 100 influential musicians of the rock and roll era.
Growing up in the Sixties and Seventies we had no idea that we were living in the golden age of rock & roll. We just took great music for granted. I’m not knocking the music that came before and after, but there is just no comparison when it comes to quantity and quality.
Sir Elton John is a big part of the reason that era was so great. The kids today have no idea what they are missing.
The actress/model in this video is Shawn Marie Deering. She has eyes to die for.
The young lady in the video below is Lacey Buchanan-Owen. She did two Jake Owen videos then became Mrs. Jake Owen and then became his baby-mama. Sounds like a happy ending for everyone.
Publicist: Randy Travis suffers stroke, in surgery
The publicist for Randy Travis says the country music singer has suffered a stroke in a Texas hospital.
Publicist Kirt Webster said Wednesday night that the 54-year-old Travis suffered the stroke while he was being treated for congestive heart failure because of a viral illness.
Webster said Travis was undergoing surgery Wednesday night to relieve pressure on his brain. He has been in critical condition.
Doctors said earlier Wednesday that Travis was in good health until three weeks before he was hospitalized, when he contracted a viral upper respiratory infection.
Thoughts and prayers for the country music legend.
Joe Diffie was a pretty big deal 20 years ago. I hadn’t heard from him for a while and suddenly he’s involved with a couple new hits, one of which he doesn’t even sing in!
BTW – The SF Giants losing streak is officially OVER! So is the month of June, which saw them fall from first to fourth. (They are barely one game ahead of the Dodgers!)
Oh well, any season where the SF Giants finish ahead of the Dodgers is a winning season.