August 30, 2006

Tori Amos - Tales of a Librarian

album review: When Tori Amos appeared in the early 1990s with Crucify and the subsequent album Little Earthquakes, she reawakened an interest in the art of the female singer / songwriter. Indeed it's doubtful the likes of Alanis Morissette would have enjoyed quite so much exposure without the pioneering efforts of the Newtonian ice-maiden.

That's not to say that everything touched by Tori has turned to gold - some of her lyrics still raise many a quizzical eyebrow, and the infamous suckling pig shot that adorns Boys For Pele wasn't exactly a great piece of animal rights publicity. The overall impact though is one of the last decade's most important solo artists, which is caught in this handsome collection of 20 songs, four of them new.

Jessica Simpson - A Public Affair

Granted, we haven't heard her new album yet (read: it hasn't leaked yet), but it seems like everyone is doing Janet Jackson better than Janet these days (here's looking at you Cassie). The title track from Jessica Simpson's new album A Public Affair, may sport a guitar riff lifted straight from Madonna's "Holiday," but the rest of the song—breathy vocals, cheery, almost sickeningly sweet melody, mid-song giggle, Diana Ross reference—is classic Janet. Ironically, though, the tracks on A Public Affair produced by Janet's longtime collaborators, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, aren't dance-pop at all; the duo's three contributions are, surprisingly, country-inspired, the ostensible influence of Simpson's acting debut in last year's The Dukes Of Hazzard.

August 27, 2006

George Michael - Listen Without Prejudice

Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 is the second solo album from Greek-British pop star George Michael. Following the massive worldwide commercial success of his first album, Faith, this album found Michael trying to create a new image for himself as a serious-minded artist, while still generating sales. The title is a clear indication of his desire to be taken more seriously as a song-writer.

The album was released in 1990 but was not nearly as successful as his debut solo album, selling around 7 million copies compared to 14 million for Faith. However, it did outsell Faith in the musician's UK homeland, and produced several notable hits, including "Cowboys and Angels", "Freedom '90", "Praying for Time", "Waiting for That Day", and "Heal the Pain". "Praying for Time" reached number 1 on the U.S. Billboard charts.

Michael refused to appear in many of the music videos that accompanied the singles released from this album. As a result, the little-seen video for "Praying for Time" simply consists of the song lyrics against a dark, ambient background, while the video for "Freedom '90" featured several famous "supermodels" lip-synching to the track instead of the absent Michael. It featured the literal destruction (by fire and explosions) of several icons from the artist's Faith period and was directed by David Fincher, an acclaimed promo director. Fincher would later go on to become a high-profile and critically acclaimed mainstream "Hollywood" film director.

The expected following album, Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 2, was scrapped for reasons unknown, although it could quite possibly be due to Michael's subsequent legal battles with Sony Music. Three of the tracks intended for the album appear on the charity album Red Hot + Dance, while a fourth (Crazyman Dance) turned up on the B-side of the single Too Funky.

George Michael - Older

Older is the third solo album from George Michael, released May 14 1996 (see 1996 in

music). The album's US and Canada release was particularly notable as it was the first album released by the now-defunct DreamWorks Records (the first DreamWorks album released internationally, however, was Beautiful Freak by Eels).

Following the release of Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1, Michael accused his record company, Epic Records, of failing to promote the album as well as lacklustre support for his charity recordings

Whilst essentially holding true to his word, Michael wasn't completely absent from the recording world during the six years between Listen Without Prejudice and Older, contributing several tracks to the charity album Red Hot + Dance in 1992 (see 1992 in music), as well as performing at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium.

Beyonce - B ' Day

In the US, new music is released on Tuesdays, but internationally, Mondays are the day that new CDs arrive in stores. And on Monday, Sept. 4 (Sept. 5 in America) Beyonce will have two reasons to celebrate; not only is Sept. 4 her 25th birthday, but her sophomore album, appropriately titled B'Day, will hit store shelves. B'Day is Beyonce's first solo album since her multi-platinum 2003 solo debut, Dangerously In Love. The new album's first single, "Deja Vu," features Jay-Z and production by Rodney Jerkins. Other producers on B'Day include The Neptunes and Swizz Beatz.

  • In related news, it was announced a couple of weeks ago that the sophomore album by Beyonce's former Destiny's Child groupmate, Kelly Rowland, was being pushed back from July to next year, apparently so that it wouldn't compete with Beyonce's album.

August 25, 2006

Audioslave - Live in Cuba

"The members of Audioslave has not only survived many years of sadness,desperation,and struggle in music decades.They all have survived and won the respect of many fans throughout the world.They have just recorded two great albums and now this little masterpiece. This video recollects mostly all of his songs in live.I personally think they are better live than in studio.Cornell maybe have some flaws singing live,because of a small injury he had in his throat.But Morello plays better live than in studio.The bass player and the drummer are very happy,because they thought they will leave music business after their singer Zach left Rage Against the Machine.Just Be yourself…and get a copy of this graceful Live in Cuba.”

August 24, 2006

Timo Maas - Loud

LABEL: Kinetic
RELEASE DATE: 19 March 2002
DISCS: 1 disc
GENRE(S): Electronic

Maas' forays into more conventional song structure tend to falter, thanks mainly to weak vocals and corny lyrics that overshadow some interesting instrumental arrangements.... Fortunately, half of Loud is vocal-free, and it's here that Maas' music really shines.

August 22, 2006

Whitney Houston - I'm Your Baby Tonight

"I'm Your Baby Tonight" (Babyface, L.A. Reid) - 5:00
  1. "My Name Is Not Susan" (Eric Foster White) - 4:40
  2. "All the Man That I Need" (Michael Gore, Dean Pitchford) - 4:11
  3. "Lover for Life" (Sam Dees) - 4:49
  4. "Anymore" (Babyface, Reid) - 4:23
  5. "Miracle" (Babyface, Reid) - 5:42
  6. "I Belong to You" (Derek Bramble, Franne Golde) - 5:31
  7. "Who Do You Love" (Hubert Eaves III, Luther Vandross) - 3:56
  8. "We Didn't Know" (Stevie Wonder) - 5:31
  9. "After We Make Love" (Gerry Goffin, Michael Masser) - 5:06
  10. "I'm Knockin'" (Rhett Lawrence, Ricky Minor, Benjamin Winans) - 4:58
Whitney Houston indulges few quirks, follows few agendas. When, after much planning, she sprang her mega-successful 1985 debut, Whitney Houston, on the world, Houston's Manhattan-soul stylings, dance-pop workouts and Dior ballads seemed as poised for mass favor as the tunes of Michael Jackson or Madonna. The difference was that this silver-toned child of roaring gospel and streamlined pop – she's Cissy Houston's daughter, Dionne Warwick's cousin – had no covert ambitions to redirect America's cultural appetites. She may have in 1982, when she recorded, auspiciously, with Bill Laswell and Material, who always had one hell of an agenda. But that was before she signed with Clive Davis and Arista and determined to become a sovereign pop singer – and to go septuple platinum.

Madonna Escapes German Crucifixion Bust

Madonna is a woman who knows her rights. And Madonna knows that it's every woman's right to be able to sing a sad song about AIDS while dressed up like DiscoJesus on a big mirrored cross.

And nobody can stop Madonna performing this fundamental duty - especially not German prosecutors. Before Madonna took her tour to Germany there were claims that she might be banged up for insulting all the German Christians with her crucifixion act, but the prosecutors have now decided that they won't investigate Madonna's stunt. And who can blame them - it's a foolish organisation that messes with the gnarled hands and deplorably unsuitable leotards of Madonna.

It's strange what going on tour can do to a person - just look at Madonna. Before she set off on her Confessions tour, Madonna was the hernia-ridden old lady who lied to her children about being gay and pretended to be a member of the English gentry in between being all barmy and religious. But since Madonna set off her new world tour, she's been dipping her claws in bronze, making all kinds of weird toilet demands and possibly stealing another woman's hands. Oh yeah, and pretending to be Jesus.

Even though the part of her concert that should be attracting all the outrage is the bit where Madonna dresses up in all that purple spandex - or the bit where people realise they've paid £150 to see a 48-year-old woman sing songs from her rubbish new album - the segment of Madonna's Confessions world tour that has stoked up the most anger so far has come when Madonna goes and puts on a thorny crown and sings Live To Tell on a giant crucifix backed by AIDS statistics. The Church of England hated the stunt, even though Madonna thought that Jesus would be cool with it, and even Italy's Catholics, Jews and Muslims joined forces to condemn Madonna.

Germany went the whole hog, though, and threatened to prosecute Madonna if she did the big crucifixion thing in the country. Only threatened to, mind you - on Sunday Madonna played her first show in Dusseldorf, complete with scary crucifixion bit, and there wasn't even the slightest whiff of prosecution from the Germans. The big wusses.

German spokesman Johannes Mocken said that Madonna couldn't be prosecuted because a) Madonna was covered by German artistic freedom legislation and b) dressing up as Jesus, climbing aboard an enormous silver cross and singing a lyrically vague song while pictures of sad Africans flash up behind you isn't actually against the law. Even though it probably should be.

Babyface - Tender Lover

I was 8 years old when my family had the original vinyl album in the late 80's and it recently got thrown away along with other old albums in late may 2005. Having purchased this title on cd and listening to all the original tracks for the fist time since the 1980's when this album was very popular, it can surely bring back some memories for those who enjoyed this album back when it came out in 1989. All the great hits from this album such as "it's no crime", the title track "tender lover", "whip appeal", "my kinda girl", "where will you go" really help this ablum gain absolute success. In many ways this ablum is still great to listen to any time practically. This might end up on a compilation of a 2 classic albums on 1 cd, which is something that is being done for artist and or bands that released albums that are made to be classics such as babyface's "tender lover" album.

Top 40 Singles USA August 2006

VA - Top 40 Singles USA August 2006 (192 KBPS VBR MP3)
Size - 177 MB
01 nellyfurtado ft timbaland - promiscuous
02 gnarls barkley - crazy
03 Cassie - Me & U
04 beyonce ft jay - z - deja vu
05 fergie - london bridge
06 yung joc - its goin down
07 shakira ft wyclef jean - hips dont lie
08 the pussycat dolls feat snoop dogg - buttonz
10 Jessica Simpson - A Public Affair
11 Cherish Feat. Sean Paul - Do It To It
12 afi - miss murder
13 sean paul - give it up tome
14 young dro - - shoulder lean
15 the fray - over my head
16 kenny chesney - summertime
17 rihanna - unfaithful
18 ne - yo - sexy love
19 john mayer - waiting on the world to change
20 daniel - powter - bad day
21 lil jon - snap yo fingers
22 Field Mob Featuring Ciara - So What
23 paris hilton - stars are blind
24 Busta Rhymes - I Love My Bitch
25 shawnna - Gettin' Some
26 rodney atkins - if you're going through hell (before the devil even knows)
27 E40 - u and dat
28 chamillionaire ft krayzie bone - ridin
29 kelis - bossy
30 paula deanda feat. baby bash - doing too much
31 chingy - pullin me back
32 nickelback - far away
33 chris brown - gimme that
34 dixie chicks - not ready to make nice
35 red hot chili peppers - dani california
36 snow patrol - chasing cars
37 taylor hicks - do i make your proud
38 rascal flatts - life is a highway
39 Fort Minor - Where'd you go
40 steve holy - brand new girlfriend

August 17, 2006

'Beyonce: ‘Eating Only Syrup Is A Bit Mental’

After describing how she managed to lose a stone in ten days by eating only maple syrup, gyrating popster Beyonce has urged her fellow ladies not to follow her diet.

Millions of chubby gals, you see, have been hankering after Beyonce's secret, so they can all lose weight 'the easy way' rather than anything involving any of that pesky exercise nonsense. But - after criticism from numerous health experts - Beyonce came over all shame-faced and regretful, announcing that:

"I would never recommend it (the diet) to anyone unless you are doing a movie and it's necessary, and you have proper help. There are ways to lose weight healthily if you want to lose weight, but this was for a film."

The film in question was the rubbish-sounding Dreamgirls, in which Beyonce stretches her limited acting chops to portray the role of a 'sixties soul diva'.

Still - does the filmic side of things make any difference? If Beyonce wants to exist on a diet of 'maple syrup mixed with water, lemon juice and cayenne pepper, which is drunk instead of meals', then why the bloody hell can't the rest of us?


Ah. Let Beyonce explain all:

"It was no-one's suggestion I lost weight for the film, it was me who wanted to make a physical transformation. In Dreamgirls, [my character] Dina starts at 16 and then 20 years pass. Normally they'd change your make-up or your clothes but I wanted to go the extra mile. Back in the Sixties, models like Twiggy were popular and I knew Dina would have been thin then. So even though I really love eating, it was necessary to lose weight really fast because we shot Dina at 16 and Dina at 36 two weeks apart. My nutritionist suggested the only way to do that was the fast. As soon as it was over I gained the weight back."

Beyonce says that she is back to normal now, and really happy with her curves (odd part of the female vernacular, that - men usually tend to refer to their own 'curves' as 'flab'). Oddly she goes on to claim that it feels fantastic being 'voluptuous' again… strange, because even after the weight gain, Beyonce still looks so thin she could hula-hoop with a polo mint.

Still, why should people want to lose weight anyway? Wouldn't it be a boring world if we all looked the same? Besides, if there were no more large ladies left, there'd be no more opportunities for brilliant Channel 4 documentaries like last week's Fat Beauty Contest - montage after montage of catwalk-strutting Calorie-wolfers that made hecklerspray laugh like a monkey in a Tickling Booth.
And that just simply wouldn't do.

August 14, 2006

Jamiroquai - Travelling Without Moving

TRAVELLING WITHOUT MOVING was nominated for a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Pop Album. "Virtual Insanity" won the 1998 Grammy for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal. Hailing from the same neo-R&B scene that spawned Soul II Soul and Brand New Heavies, Jamiroquai continues to filter 1970s soul through a sieve of '90s acid jazz on its third album. Sounding remarkably like Stevie Wonder, singer Jason Kay's airy vocals float over fat bass lines, disco rhythms and lush strings on "Cosmic Girl." "High Times" takes more of a bottom-heavy, P-Funk-meets-the-EWF-horns approach. Other up-tempo jams include "Use The Force," with its Afro-Cuban beat, and the equally funky, scratch-laden title track. Jamiroquai's eclectic bag of influences includes reggae (the loping "Drifting Along") and world music. Two instrumentals center on the otherworldly sounds of a didjeridoo. "Didjerama" is an ambient track that accentuates the instrument's hollow timbre with chirping birds and assorted percussion. "Didjital Vibrations" is quiet-storm music. An unlisted, drum-and-bass collaboration with M-Beat, "Do You Know Where You're Coming From," wraps up this vibrant package of Brit-soul.

August 13, 2006

T.I - King

From the thumping energy of the Just Blaze beats and fiery rap rhetorhic of "I'm Talkin' to You" to the smoothed soulful Khao Cates beats on the "miss you girl" narrative of "Hello," Atlanta's self-proclaimed king wears many different crowns and they all seem to fit him well.

Craig David - Slicker Than Your Average

1. Slicker Than Your Average
2. What's Your Flava
3. Fast Cars
4. Hidden Agenda
5. Eenie Meenie
6. You Don't Miss Your Water ('Til The Well Runs Dry)
7. Rise and Fall
8. Personal
9. Hands Up In The Air
10. 2 Steps Back
11. Spanish
12. What's Changed

This guy has alot to offer - true talent will shine through!
Craig David is one of those artists that can go away for a while and come back with a slamming album. “Slicker Than Your Average” is the right title for this album because that is exactly what he is. This whole album is excellently produced and it shows off a lot of maturity in his songs for example “Personal” makes you want to get really personal with someone. “Fast Cars” & “What’s Your Flava” is great club & car tunes to get you going or play at a party. I hope that his next album is just as good if not better because he is a great performer and he deserves to achieve a lot of success in this world. Craig David has a lot to offer and I just hope that we as true fans give him the respect he deserves. Enjoy people – Enjoy.

August 12, 2006

VH1 Top 100

Great songs of Vh1.If you like to create a playlist these songs will be great.My recommendations are Soft Cell,Devo and Dexy's midnight Runners.
track list

001 - Los Del Rio - Macarena (1996)
002 - Soft Cell - Tainted Love (1982)
003 - Dexy’s Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen (1983)
004 - Right Said Fred - I’m Too Sexy (1992)
005 - Toni Basil - Mickey (1992)
006 - Baha Men - Who Let The Dogs Out (2000)
007 - Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby (1991)
008 - Ah Ha - Take On Me (1985)
009 - Gerardo - Rico Suave (1991)
010 - Nena - 99 Luftballoons (1984)
011 - Debbie Boone - You Light Up My Life (1977)
012 - Sir Mix A Lot - Baby Got Back (1994)
013 - Van Mccoy - The Hustle (1975)
014 - Deee - Lite - Groove Is In The Heart (1990)
015 - Question Mark & The Mysterians - 96 Tears (1966)
016 - Sugarhill Gang - Rapper’s Delight (1980)
017 - Twisted Sister - We’re Not Gonna Take It (1984)
018 - Sinead O’connor - Nothing Compares 2 U (1990)
019 - Iron Butterfly - In A Gadda Da Vida (1968)
020 - Thomas Dolby - She Blinded Me With Science (1983)
021 - Gary Numan - Cars (1980)
022 - Wild Cherry - Play That Funky Music (1976)
023 - Chumbawamba - Tubthumping (1997)
024 - Devo - Whip It (1980)
025 - Kajagoogoo - Too Shy (1983)
026 - Suzis Quatro - Stumblin’ In (1979)
027 - M - Pop Musik (1979)
028 - Rob Base - It Takes Two (1988)
029 - Musical Youth - Pass The Dutchie (1983)
030 - Terry Jacks - Seasons In The Sun (1974)
031 - Emf - Unbelievable (1983)
032 - Buster Poindexter - Hot Hot Hot (1987)
033 - Cheryl Lynn - Got To Be Real (1979)
034 - Starland Vocal Band - Afternoon Delight (1976)
035 - Meredith Brooks - ~censored~ (1997)
036 - The Vapors - Turning Japanese (1980)
037 - Modern English - I Melt With You (1982)
038 - Billy Paul - Me & Mrs. Jones (1972)
039 - The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony (1998)
040 - Big Country - In A Big Country (1983)
041 - Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Relax (1985)
042 - Nick Gilder - Hot Child In The City (1978)
043 - The Heights - How Do You Talk To An Angel (1992)
044 - Falco - Rock Me Amadaeus (1986)
045 - The Cardigans - Lovefool (1996)
046 - Bobby McFerrin - Dont Worry Be Happy (1988)
047 - Gary Glitter - Rock & Roll Part 2 (1972)
048 - Spandau Ballet - True (1983)
049 - Vicki Sue Robinson - Turn The Beat Around (1976)
050 - The Divinyls - I Touch Myself (1991)
051 - The Proclaimers - I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) (1995)
052 - Tom Tom Club - Genius Of Love (1982)
053 - Rockwell - Somebody’s Watching Me (1984)
054 - David Naughton - Makin’ It (1977)
055 - Weathergirls - It’s Raining Men (1982)
056 - Minnie Riperton - Lovin’ You (1975)
057 - Brownsville Station - Smokin In The Boys Room (1973)
058 - Haddaway - What Is Love (1993)
059 - Tommy Tutone - 867 - 5309 Jenny_ 1982)
060 - Andrea True Connection - More, More, More (1976)
061 - Ratt - Round & Round (1984)
062 - Timbuk 3 - The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades (1986)
063 - House Of Pain - Jump Around (1992)
064 - New Radicals - You Get What You Give (1998)
065 - Mary Jane Girls - In My House (1985)
066 - Lou Bega - Mambo No 5 (1999)
067 - Faith No More - Epic (1990)
068 - Edwyn Collins - A Girl Like You (1995)
069 - Lipps, Inc. - Funkytown (1980)
070 - Vicki Lawrence - The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia (1973)
071 - Omc - How Bizarre (1997)
072 - Michael Sembello - Maniac (1983)
073 - C. W. McCall - Convoy (1975)
074 - Digable Planets - Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat) (1993)
075 - Charlene - I’ve Never Been To Me (1982)
076 - Jermaine Stewart - We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off (1986)
077 - Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians - What I Am (1989)
078 - Crash Test Dummies - Mmm Mm m Mmm Mmm (1994)
079 - Taco - Puttin’ On The Ritz (1983)
080 - Quiet Riot - Cum On Feel The Noize (1983)
081 - Biz Markie - Just A Friend (1990)
082 - Waitresses - I Know What Boys Like (1982)
083 - Men Without Hats - Safety Dance (1983)
084 - Des’ree - You Gotta Be (1994)
085 - Norman Greenbaum - Spirit In The Sky (1970)
086 - Young M.C. - Bust A Move (1989)
087 - Thelma Houston - Don’t Leave Me This Way (1977)
088 - Aqua - Barbie Girl (1997)
089 - Billy Ray Cyrus - Achy Breaky Heart (1992)
090 - Jane Child - Don’t Wanna Fall In Love (1990)
091 - Eddy Grant - Electric Avenue (1983)
092 - T’pau - Heart & Soul (1987)
093 - David Soul - Don’t Give Up On Us Baby (1977)
094 - 4 Non Blondes - Whats Up (1993)
095 - Jeannie C Riley - Harper Valley Pta (1968)
096 - Bow Wow Wow - I Want CAndy (1982)
097 - Tag Team - Whoomp! There It Is (1993)
098 - Stacy Q - Two Of Hearts (1986)
099 - Blind Melon - No Rain (1993)
100 - Carl Douglas - Kung Fu Fighting (1974)


August 9, 2006

Hecklergigs: Tobias Froberg

'Singer-songwriter.' As bastardised terms go, it's an innate high-flyer. Kind of like 'attitude' or 'customer relations' or people who misuse the word 'literally' (Sports commentators take note. 'He literally shook the earth with that penalty'? No he fucking didn't).

Anyway. What hecklerspray is trying to say - in a ludicrously roundabout way, such is our teasin' style - is that such a term can inspire shudders akin to hearing phrases such as "Darling I'm pregnant". Think about it: James Blunt. K T Tunstall. Jamie Cullum. Or actually don't think about them. We wouldn't want you to hurt yourself.

Anyway. What we're STILL trying to say - in even more of a ludicrously roundabout way, such is our even more teasin' style - is that it would be a real shame if new Poptones signing Tobias Froberg found himself lumped in with that generically unsavoury crowd.

Froberg is a mite different from the usual legions of folk-based strummers that populate the Radio 2 schedules. This is for two main reasons - a) he's actually rather good, and b) he hails from Sweden; a place which - having given birth to the sadly-departed Concretes - has proven itself capable of exporting some of the best pop music around.
Froberg's music isn't going to change the world. It will, however - if you let it - lilt the world gently by in a summer-bliss Joy-Zippery kinda way, which to be quite frank is absolutely fine with us.

You'll probably have already heard When The Night Turns Cold on the new Panasonic advert, but there's also a certain emotional rawness that is present in a lot of Froberg's less 'immediate' stuff. God's Highway - introduced this evening as "the greatest song ever written" (surely Snooker Loopy wins that accolade) - is a good example.

In short - if Ryan Adams (pre-Cardinals), Damien Rice, certain Neil Young moments and early Paul Simon float your boat, you're going to have a good time getting acquainted with young Toby. Hecklerspray caught sight of him in an intimate cramped venue. Chances are the gigs are going to be getting bigger by the day…

August 7, 2006

U2 - The Joshua Tree

review: There is within music an ability to tap into the raw, revelatory power of beauty; music can give itself to the unknown whisper of the eternal in ways that other forms of art only hint at. The collage of sounds communicates something deep to the heart and, when combined with the presence of the voice, can be downright liberating. Few individuals, let alone bands, ever really reach a point where they are that open to the Unknown that it can give itself so freely through their music. U2 has done so time and again, but never with the level of directness and sincerity as they accomplished on the Joshua Tree.

A joshua tree is a real tree that thrives despite the dry environment it lives in. The image - the icon - of life amidst its seeming absence, embodied in the joshua tree, is one that is fully appropriate to U2 - particularly at the end of their first decade. U2, like the joshua tree, stood in stark contrast to its environment: ascetic, prophetic and disarmingly (some would say "naively", but let the tension stand) sincere. (Their foray into the realm of post-modern sampling, irony and sarcasm was an identity crisis fully in line with where they stood in the 80s: cynicism is frustrated optimism.)

August 6, 2006

Janet Jackson Exclusive

Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966) is an American singer-songwriter, producer, dancer and actress. She is the youngest child of the Jackson music family; the sister of legendary pop icon Michael Jackson. Jackson is well known for her detailed dance choreography and music videos. Jackson initially stepped into the limelight as a young actress, appearing in television shows. Upon her father's insistance, she released two studio albums; neither garnered much attention nor success.

After a brief marriage to James DeBarge, Jackson set out to find her own identity. She collaborated with producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and the trio created Jackson's breakout album, Control (1986) and the socially-focused follow-up, Rhythm Nation 1814_Part2 (1989). In the early 1990s, Jackson signed a record-breaking recording deal with Virgin Records for the sexually-charged album janet_part2. (1993) which proved to be a larger success than its two predecessors. Jackson also returned to acting, starring in Poetic Justice (1993). By the end of the 1990s, Jackson's relationship with Rene Elizondo Jr. had begun to come to an end and by early 2000, the couple announced their divorce; Jackson and Elizondo had kept their marriage a secret for nearly a decade. While filming Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000), she continued to work on All for You _part2(2001), which became successful on the Billboard charts.

August 4, 2006

Pet Shop Boys - Performance

01. The Alpine Symphony Op 64
02. This Must Be The Place I Waited Year
03. It's A Sin
04. Losing My Mind
05. What Have I Done To Deserve This
06. My October Symphony
07. I'm Not Scared
08. We All Feel Better In The Dark
09. So Sorry I Said
10. Suburbia
11. So Hard
12. Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Mo
13. How Can You Expect To Be Taken Serio
14. Rent
15. Where The Streets Have No Name (I Ca
16. West End Girls
17. Jealousy
18. Always On My Mind
19. Your Funny Uncle

Madonna Gets The Pope All Huffy With Crucifixion Act

Madonna's ability to shock is matched only by Madonna's ability to star in films that make us want to kill ourselves and Madonna's ability to freak everyone out with her minuscule leotards.

Remember ages ago, when Madonna decided that hopping up on an enormous mirrored cross to crucify herself while singing a song on her latest tour? Remember that all kinds of religious leaders went bananas at Madonna for doing it, and then everyone sort of forgot about it? Well, now Madonna is plying her wares around Europe and the Pope has got wind of this mirrory crucifixion malarkey. And he's reportedly not very happy about it, which he finds somewhat disappointing since was a big fan of Hanky Panky era Madonna.

We're assuming that The Pope doesn't read hecklerspray all that much. That's a shame, because we're certain he'd have come up with a brilliant Mel Gibson Haiku, and because he wouldn't be getting his knickers in a twist so much about Madonna larking about on a cross.

Back in May, Madonna kicked off her new world tour in America. Knowing full well that she'd already done the graphic gynotard thing and the kissing girls thing to death, she needed to to think up a new way to drum up publicity. And what better than her old friend religious outrage. In the past, Madonna has annoyed religious types by getting off with Black Jesus in the Like A Prayer video and writing a song which will officially stop her getting into heaven so - to continue the theme - Madonna hopped onto a giant crucifix and sang a song in the face of exactly the type of moral outrage she was expecting, even though Jesus himself didn't really mind.

Now, though, Madonna is touring Europe in a whirlwind of claw-dipping and Swedish clothes-wearing. And the Vatican is responding to the crucifixion stunt as if it's only just heard about it. Cardinal Ersilio Tonini told an Italian newspaper on Wednesday:

“To crucify yourself in the city of the pope and the martyrs is an act of open hostility. It’s a scandal created on purpose by astute merchants to attract publicity.”

Whew, good job Christians are legally obliged to be forgiving isn't it? At least Madonna hasn't upset the Jews and the Muslims? What's that? She has? Jewish spokesman Riccardo Pacifici says:

“We express solidarity with the Catholic world. It’s a disrespectful act, and to do it in Rome is even worse.”

While Muslim bigwig Mario Scialoja says:

“It’s not the first time Madonna stages such an act. We deplore it, we feel it is an act of bad taste.”

But, hey, let's look on the bright side. Madonna's dead-eyed cynicism and opportunistic publicity-seeking seems to have forced the Jews and the Muslims into common agreement, and could possibly be the catalyst for world peace for ever and ever. Maybe Madonna actually is Jesus after all…

No, that's a stupid thing to think. Jesus could stay on a horse, for one.

Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion I & II

1. Right Next Door To Hell
2. Dust N' Bones
3. Live And Let Die
4. Don't Cry (Original)
5. Perfect Crime
6. You Ain't The First
7. Bad Obsession
8. Back Off Bitch
9. Double Talkin' Jive
10. November Rain
11. The Garden
12. Garden Of Eden
13. Don't d@mn Me
14. Bad Apples
15. Dead Horse
16. Coma

Many people will say that Appetite For Destruction is Guns N' Roses best album, but I prefer UYI2 by far. The opening track, Civil War, is the second best song the band ever wrote. 14 Years is very good, as is Yesterdays. Knockin' On Heaven's Door is the best cover song ever, it is even better than Dylan's version, and Dylan's version rocked. Get In The Ring and Shotgun Blues give the album a bit of a lull, because Axl basically tells everyone "F**k off" over and over, and this wrecks the songs. Breakdown is okay, and the first few minutes of Pretty Tied Up are good, too, but both songs bore me a little. Locmotive is alright, but it's too long. I heard So Fine and thought the CD was really sucking now, and that the band had run out of ideas before they had even started recording the UYIs (I didn't like much of the first album, except November Rain, Don't Cry, and Right Next Door To Hell). Holy crap, was I wrong. Estranged is the greatest song ever written by G N' R, or almost any other band for that matter. It is the perfect rock song, and I never get tired of listening to it. This song IS Use Your Illusion. Plus, it's followed by You Could Be Mine, one of G N' R's best hard rockers. The alternate version of Don't Cry is pretty sweet, but the original is better. I consider this the real end of the CD, despite the fact that their is a fourteebth song, My World. Axl wrote it; it is basically a minute and a half of distorted vocals, effects, and porn sounds. It's the only song on the CD that I hate. Shotgun Blues is better because it's fun, So Fine is better, even though it's too quiet for my taste. Even the profanity-laden Get In The Ring is better than this song. And no, I'm not one of those censorship freaks. F**k you, ;). In closing, this is, in my opinion, the best Guns N' Roses album, and is necessary to any fan of the band, or rock/metal music in general. Don't bother with the first half of UYI. It's okay, but only for fans of the band. But if you aren't a fan, just buy the horrible Greatest Hits CD released in 2004.

The Rolling Stones - Big Hits

1. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
2. The Last Time
3. As Tears Go By
4. Time Is On My Side
5. It's All Over Now
6. Tell Me
7. 19th Nervous Breakdown
8. Heart Of Stone
9. Get Off Of My Cloud
10. Not Fade Away
11. Good Times, Bad Times
12. Play With Fire

After reading the post of Al4321 in Minneapolis, MN I'd like to add the following. In the making of these SACD Hybryd remasters the producers looked for the best master production copies available due to the bad condition of some original master tapes; in others cases, the master tapes of some songs are simply lost!. What they have assembled here is all what we have from now on. Many of the mixes included in the old LPs are unavailable, maybe are lost forever!. So, these releases deserves all my approval as Stones Fan. This compilation is great, nice stuff for listening while driving my car if coupled with BIG HITS 2 (Through The Past darkly).

Shakira - Grandes Exitos

After Shakira's international breakthrough with her first English-language album, her record company decided to release Grandes Exitos, targeted at Spanish-speaking audiences. This record gathers her hits from Pies Descalzos, Dónde Están los Ladrones?, and MTV Unplugged, as well as some Spanish versions of hits from Laundry Service (previously edited on the same album in Spanish-speaking countries). The smash hit "Whenever, Wherever" here is "Suerte," while "Objection" is "Te Aviso, Te Anuncio." Even though Shakira is usually compared to other Latin stars like Thalía or Paulina Rubio, she has more to offer and you can hear it on this album. She manages to make the sound her own, mixing pop, rock, and some oriental sounds (such as on "Ojos Así"). For those who are looking for all of her hits in Spanish, this is the disc to start with.

August 3, 2006

DMX - The Industry (UNRELEASED CD)

01 - Stop Being Greedy
02 - It's A King Thing (~censored~ DJ KeySley)
03 - Bust Money In The Head
04 - Yeah (Remix)
05 - Go For Dat
06 - 24hrs To Live
07 - On & On (Unreleased Demo Track)
08 - Born Loser
09 - Tales From The Hood (Unreleased)
10 - Tear It Up
11 Freek-A-Leek (Remix)
12 - Shut 'Em Down
13 - Bow Wow (Remix)
14 - Three Stories
15 - In The Air Tonight (Remix)
16 - What It Be
17 - Some X ~censored~
18 - Ghetto Superstar (Remix)
19 - Pull It
20 - Let's Get Crazy


Few artists have created a body of work as rich and varied as Prince. During the '80s, he emerged as one of the most singular talents of the rock & roll era, capable of seamlessly tying together pop, funk, folk, and rock. Not only did he release a series of groundbreaking albums, he toured frequently, produced albums and wrote songs for many other artists, and recorded hundreds of songs that still lie unreleased in his vaults. With each album he released, Prince has shown remarkable stylistic growth and musical diversity, constantly experimenting with different sounds, textures, and genres. Occasionally, his music can be maddeningly inconsistent because of this eclecticism, but his experiments frequently succeed; no other contemporary artist can blend so many diverse styles into a cohesive whole....

August 2, 2006

Bonnie Tyler - Bitterblue

01. Bitterblue
02. Against the Wind
03. Careless Heart
04. Whenever You Need Me
05. Where Were You
06. Save Me
07. He's Got a Hold on Me
08. Keep Your Love Alive
09. Tell Me the Truth
10. Heaven Is Here - Giorgio Moroder, Bonnie Tyler
11. Love Is in the Love Again
12. Till the End of Time - Dan Hartman, Bonnie Tyler
13. Too Hot
14. Why

and Before her well-known collaborations with Meat Loaf producer Jim Steinman, Welsh-born singer Bonnie Tyler (born Gaynor Hopkins) performed off and on in her homeland with the R&B band Mumbles; nodules on her vocal cords prevented her from singing full time until 1976, when she underwent an operation to have them removed. The surgery left her with a raspy, husky voice that proved an effective instrument and drew notice from writers/producers Ronnie ScottSteve Wolfe, who became her managers. Tyler scored a number three hit with their "It's a Heartache" in 1978, but became dissatisfied as the two attempted to steer her into country music. When her contract ran out, she signed with CBS and sought Steinman out, hoping for material with his trademark epic sound. She got it with the ballad "Total Eclipse of the Heart," which was recorded with E Street Band members Max Weinberg...

August 1, 2006

Brandy - Afrodisiac

Afrodisiac is the fourth album by American singer Brandy, released in the United States on

June 29, 2004 (see 2004 in music) on Atlantic Records. The album was primarily produced by Timbaland, with additional production from Warryn Campbell and Kanye West. It reached #3 on the U.S. Billboard 200 charts and included three singles: "Talk About Our Love", "Afrodisiac" and "Who Is She 2 U".

"Talk About Our Love" and "Where You Wanna Be", both produced by Kanye West, were eleventh-hour additions to the album, commissioned after West's success in 2004 with tracks by artists such as Twista and himself. When "Talk About Our Love" became Afrodisiac's lead single instead of its title track, Timbaland and Brandy herself protested the decision in several magazine interviews. "Talk About Our Love" barely made it to the U.S. Top 40, peaking at #36. Unfortunately, the album fell off the charts quickly and was a commercial failure. The album was eventually certified Gold.

Lou Bega - A little Bit of Mambo

A great party starter
Over all, this is a good album. The standout track is Mambo No. 5, which (on this album) is the original hit version. Lou puts more feeling into singing this song than in the remade version. It is subtle but noticeable. As for the rest of the album, there is a certain sameness to most of the songs and it gets a little boring toward the end. There is incredible bass on several tracks and if you have a stereo that can reproduce the lower two octaves without distorting, crank it up and enjoy! Buy this album for Mambo No. 5 and consider the rest as gravy.