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Costing Costello, Lyin Ass Bitch and Judas Priest

By Staff · November 30th, 2011 · Minimum Gauge
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“Wheel” Costs Fortune

’Tis the season for record companies to repackage music by your favorite artists in an effort to get you to give (to yourself or others) the gift of music. And if the artist objects to, say, another expensive “greatest hits” collection on the grounds that it is exploiting their fan base, there isn’t much they can actually do to stop it. Upset that a “Super Deluxe Edition” box set featuring a CD, DVD and 10-inch vinyl record culled from a pair of recent live shows was selling for around $250, legendary singer/songwriter Elvis Costello at least knew he could give fans the heads-up with a ringing non-endorsement. And he did so with his usual impeccable wit via a statement on elviscostello.com. Costello writes that he can’t recommend the Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook collection because “the price appears to be either a misprint or a satire.” Instead, he recommended waiting for a more affordable version in 2012 and purchasing a new Louis Armstrong box set (for $100 less). “Frankly,” he writes, “the music is vastly superior.” 

[WARM]

“Lyin’ Ass Bitch”-Gate?

That bright glint of light you’ve been shielding your eyes from recently might well be the sun’s reflection off of the huge, toothy grin of Angelo Moore, frontman for over 30 years with Los Angeles Funk/Pop/Soul/Ska/Rock band Fishbone, who was unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight recently.

When GOP candidate Michele Bachmann appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, music director/Roots drummer ?uestlove led the band through a version of a song Moore wrote when he was a teenager — the Ska/Punk burner “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” — as her “walk on” music. When the obscure tune’s title was reported, the Bachmann camp latched onto it as another example of the “lamestream” media’s bias, and also called it sexist. Fallon apologized, ?uestlove said he meant no harm and Fishbone co-founder John “Norwood” Fisher told The Bay Citizen the band thought it was “masterful.” Bachmann said such a thing would never have happened to Michelle Obama, who, around the same time, appeared at a NASCAR race and was loudly booed. Though we’re sure the polite, respectful masses were actually just yelling out the dress color they felt the First Lady looked best in — “Bluuuuuuuuuue!”

[COLD]

“Farewell” Doesn’t Mean “Goodbye”?

Iconic Metal group Judas Priest is already laying groundwork for an inevitable comeback. Singer Rob Halford told Creative Loafing that the Priest’s current “last world tour” is not the end of the band, admitting they just needed a hook for the global jaunt. Halford said he and the members thought “long and hard” and decided “farewell” was the best way to describe the tour. “You can’t really call it the ‘you are slowing down a bit tour,’ ” Halford said. The way things are going, the only time a fan will really know they’re seeing their favorite artist for “the last time ever!” is when they’re watching the artist’s body being lowered into the ground at their funeral. 

 
 
 
 

 

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