Sick of "White Christmas" and "Jingle Bells"? Rejuvenated, Cincinnati-based online radio station The Gaurdian's Web site (blogs.guardian.co.uk). "Shane's Yule Blog" is a surprisingly coherent collection of random thoughts in his first couple of posts, MacGowan rails against the smoking bans in Ireland and Scotland (something he's ignored while onstage recently) and pays tribute to the late singer Kristy MacColl -- who sings on The Pogues' "Fairy Tale of New York," one of the all-time greatest Christmas songs -- and whose death six years ago remains a mystery.
Boys Hate 'Girl'
Though he seemed perfectly fine with the horrendous The Times They Are A-Changin' Broadway musical featuring jazz-hands versions of his songs, Bob Dylan is reportedly none too pleased about the forthcoming movie, Factory Girl, about his one-time girlfriend and Andy Warhol ingénue, Edie Sedgwick. Dylan's people reportedly sent a letter to producers expressing concern over the character "Billy Quinn," who is portrayed by Hayden Christensen as a popular, Dylan-esque singer who breaks up with Sedgwick and sends her in to a downward spiral of heroin and eventually suicide. Dylan's lawyers have asked that the movie's release be postponed until they have seen the film and determined whether Dylan is defamed (producers had hoped to have the movie out by the end of the year to be considered for the Oscars). Meanwhile, old Warhol associate Lou Reed is also none too happy with the flick. Reed has reportedly read the script and was quoted by the New York Daily News as saying "It's one of the most disgusting, foul things I've seen -- by any illiterate retard -- in a long time. There's no limit to how low some people will go to write something to make money." Oddly enough, they both absolutely loved National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj.