See with Your Eyes, Not with Your iPhone
For most of us annoyed by you having your stupid smartphone out for an entire concert —filming, photographing, texting and tweeting like you're at home on the toilet or having an especially aesthetically pleasing lunch — we usually choose to merely ridicule from the sidelines.
But did you know the musicians you’re seeing hate that shit, too? Indie rockers Yeah Yeah Yeahs became the heroes of anyone who’s ever dreamed of concert venues magnetically destroying the devices of any concertgoer who dares to pull them out while someone is on stage when signs posted at their recent New York City concert began making the online rounds. Succinctly, the sign read, “PLEASE DO NOT WATCH THE SHOW THROUGH A SCREEN ON YOUR SMART DEVICE/CAMERA. PUT THAT SHIT AWAY as a courtesy to the person behind you and to Nick, Karen and Brian.” Heroes!
D.R.I.P. Margaret Thatcher
When Ronald Reagan was alive, many liberals despised him with a passion. When he died, it seemed like most forgot why. Not so in the U.K., which recently lost its former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. Musicians were especially hard on Thatcher during her conservative reign — from the late ’70s through the ’80s, you can probably find more songs from U.K. artists about Thatcher than most any other political figure in the world. Political Folk singer Billy Bragg made hating Thatcher a cottage industry while artists like Morrissey, Elvis Costello and The English Beat all famously took aim at Thatcher in song (among innumerable others). And they’re holding their grudge. The arts community is so unforgiving, when Spice Girl Geri Halliwell tweeted kind thoughts about the “1st Lady of girl power,” she quickly deleted the tweet and apologized (lest she face the wrath of Billy Bragg!). And it's not just the musicians who aren't crying over Maggie — thanks to a Facebook campaign, the Judy Garland/Munchkins duet "Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead" from The Wizard of Oz rocketed up the U.K. iTunes chart, hitting the Top 10 within a day and seemingly well on its way to No. 1. Harsh!
Music Hurts Sometimes
According to thesmokinggun.com, a Colorado woman was arrested for choking her boyfriend because he refused to stop singing the omnipresent ear-bug “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Malson reportedly told police she asked her beau — while partying on his birthday early into the morning — to stop singing the song “over and over” 25 times before she lost it. She confessed to grabbing his throat, but only as intimidation — as in, “You sing one more note of that fucking song and I’ll rip these vocal chords right out of your neck!” Maybe that’s how North Korea’s provocative nuclear threats can catch the U.S.’s attention — sing them to the tune of any LMFAO song.