50 YEARS OF ROCK EXCESS (Channel 4 TV)
Ozzy Osbourne being excessive.
On the University of Rochester’s History of Rock MOOC ’rude’ words are blanked out and presenter John Covach is careful to paraphrase any of the raunchier lyrics. The notorious Rock’n'Roll lifestyle of wild sex and hard drugs is coyly referred to as if the educational institution is fearful of being seen to condone such lewd behaviour.
The producers of the Channel 4 rockumentary ’50 Years of Excess’ clearly had no intention of presenting such a sanitized version of events. They revel in exploring what they gleefully refer to as the “depths of debauchery”. The tacky subtitle “Amps, Whips & Rebel Riffs” gives fair warning that a very selective and heavily sensationalized retelling of the story of rock is in store.
The problem with such a journey into the dark side is that it is so primed towards unearthing salacious details of the ‘rock gods’ that any coherent musical context becomes peripheral. For example, Jimi Hendrix is completely ignored while ample space is found to cover the crude shenanigans of the talentless Motley Crue. Influential genres like punk and grunge are dismissed as passing fads as the juggernaut of classic rock drives on. Continue reading
Not one to stay anonymous, Russell Brand mixes with the Occupy London protesters.
Up until now I’ve never been a massive fan of Russell Brand but he went way up in my estimation after making Jeremy Paxman look like a floundering twerp in the Newsnight Interview which has gone viral.
Brand has never made a secret of his serial addictions to drugs, sex and porn or that he is a shameless attention seeker. On the contrary, he has built his stage persona around these vices. He is only half joking when he says that he is going for a look that crosses Jack Sparrow with Spartacus.
It was clear that Paxman didn’t expect him to come up with such an articulate and forceful response to his usual sneery line of questioning.
For someone who has built his reputation on exposing the shameful lies and deceit that is the stock in trade of politicians, Paxman was put on the back foot by Brand’s entirely logical conclusion that voting changes nothing.
Now while Paxman blasts his peers for appearing on Strictly Come Dancing, Brand shows that his backing for people’s democracy by joining the massed ranks of the Occupy London protest.
As a multimillionaire comedian he makes an unlikely revolutionary but by bringing these issues back into the headlines he’s doing far more good for Britain than David Cameron and his cronies ever will.
Inspired by the single on One Little Indian records by Big Hard Excellent Fish which I reviewed today, I compiled my own random Sunday list of pet hates:
backstabbers…shit-heads who pretend to be nice…daytime talk shows…’reality’ TV…champagne socialists…Silvio fucking Berlusconi…prostate cancer…..any cancer…Holocaust deniers…warmongers…boy bands…Robbie Williams…lying cheat Tony Blair…Jehovah’s witnesses…cold callers…queue jumpers…any form of censorship…animal testers…people who stare at their cell phones all day…spammers…policemen in sunglasses…wife beaters….anyone who says global warming is good for the planet…Ronald McDonald…radio advertisements that shout….anti-abortionists…standardized testing in schools…smug Christians….homophobes…technophobes…pedophiles…misanthropes…misogynists…hypocrites…tabloid journalists…the paparazzi – swaggering macho men who think they’re god’s gift to women…brain dead showgirls who think they’re sexy… dentists who engage you in conversation during treatment……..etc etc
Silvio Berlusconi defecates live on Italian TV.
In Italy they are calling it a video message but the European press are rightly calling it a rant and a tirade.
Silvio Berlusconi, a man who knows no shame, is not merely ridiculous but dangerous.
He claims once more that he is an honest, decent man who is just trying to serve the country he loves.
Today he railed against the injustices he has had to endure but the very fact that he is allowed to voice this criticism in a 16 minute uninterrupted political discourse on national television is a further example of the corrupt and biased media which lie at the root of the Italy’s crisis. Continue reading