Magic Jewball

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When thinking of him was about the music

Filed under : Famous People,Music
On June 25, 2009
At 10:30 pm
Comments : 2

Once upon a time, when I used to hold my transistor AM radio to my ear as I fell asleep at night, this was my favorite song. It sounded so good! It still does. It always will.

Edited to add the video. I remember seeing this on TV pre-MTV, I wish I could remember where. But it’s useful just to say that the joy you see in Michael’s face in the video is pretty much the same expression I have when I hear the song. I think this is the way I’ll remember him.



The future (less) tense

Filed under : Depeche Mode,Music
On June 23, 2009
At 10:45 pm
Comments : 2

You know, I wasn’t so into the new Depeche Mode album when I first heard it but it’s grown on me. And the second single is one of the tracks I like the best, called Peace. I’ve always sort of considered it a rehash of Clean, the last track on Violator, just stated a slightly different way.

So lyrics like these (from Peace):

I’m leaving anger in the past
With all the shadows that it casts
There is a radar in my heart
I should have trusted from the start

remind me of lyrics like these (from Clean):

I don’t understand
What destiny’s planned
I’m starting to grasp
What is in my own hands
I don’t claim to know
Where my holiness goes
I just know that I like
What is starting to show

But now that I’ve seen the powerful video for Peace, I think I got it wrong. Because I had disregarded the difference in the choruses. In Clean, the constantly repeated line is “now I’m clean.” Whereas in Peace it’s “peace will come to me.” Sort of a desire, rather than a given… especially for the woman in the video.

I really like this video although I’m not sure I will ever watch it again. It wasn’t so much disturbing, just sad. But it helped me to understand that the song is a statement of hope.


Yeah! What that song said!

Filed under : Music
On June 16, 2009
At 11:00 pm
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I know “Billboard magazines of the past” was last week’s theme, but I couldn’t help myself with this one. This is an actual snippet of the Modern Rock chart from a week in September 1999. No, it doesn’t take a lot to amuse me.

PS, no, I have no idea what happened to Splender. Godsmack are still chugging along.

Godsmack – Whatever


The real world 101

Filed under : Life in general
At 8:00 am
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They learn the truth so young! This is my 19 year old cousin’s Facebook status message as of this writing:

[Redacted] never relized how depressing it is to get fired. i really hope i can find another job. and i really hope i can find some way to be friendly to people that are ass wholes, its hard for me to be nice to those people but i ghuess to hold a job you have to.

It’s hard to find this out, it really is. But seriously, if I had to sum up how to keep a job, this would indeed be it. And she didn’t even have to sit through a graduation speech to find out!

Steely Dan – Dirty Work


Trent Reznor leaves Twitter, blames fat chicks

Filed under : Music
On June 11, 2009
At 8:30 pm
Comments : 4

I know, what a small thing to focus on, but I can’t help it.

So, as a person on the Internet, you’re probably aware that lots of people hide behind anonymous names and say cruel and vicious things that they’d never say face to face under their actual personas. I know! Who’d have thunk it! But, since you’ve spent more than one day here in CyberLand, you’ve seen this, I’m sure. Apparently, Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails to non-musical people), never realized this. Listen, he’s a rock star, I’m sure he doesn’t hang out on forums all the time, kind of like how George Bush I had trouble using the scanner while buying groceries that time. But seriously, all props to him for giving it a whirl and interacting with us fans, the common people, on his own website and on Twitter. If you’ve talked to me about Twitter you know that I honestly thought he was the hands-down funniest person on there and it was very, very cool how seemingly open and honest he was. Even people who didn’t brave fire-hazard crowds at Hammerjacks in 1989 to see NIN play would crack up at his comments.

And then I guess there were lots of trolls and people said nasty things or were upset that some promotion didn’t go right… I don’t know, I just read Trent’s tweets, I have no idea what people said back to him. I gather this bothered him a wee bit and he decided to stop tweeting. OK, that’s too bad, I’ll miss those hysterical comments, but when I went to read the long rant (if you listen to NIN songs, you can imagine this guy can rant) on the NIN website about it, I was really unsettled. He goes on about all the vicious stuff that people said to him and his fiancee and how people imagined he was a certain way and were pissed off when he wasn’t. Fair enough. Then he gets to a population from a certain forum where people were especially rotten. It goes like this:

[redacted forum] is the home of the absolutely worst people I’ve ever come across. It’s populated mainly by unattractive plump females who publicly fantasize about having sex with guys in bands. Kind of like a role-playing game where people NOBODY will fuck make up stories about their incredible sexual encounters with people they WISH they could fuck.

There’s more (some of where he advises them how to commit suicide) but I had to stop there and write. Ouch. I don’t care whether you’re plump or unattractive or both or neither (and yes, sorry, it is possible to be both plump and attractive). This is really disturbing. If you’re not familiar with it, NIN’s music is mostly full of pain and anger… the sort of songs that society’s outcasts embrace as a way to release the emotions they can’t express and to find comfort in the discovery that they are not alone. What a horrible, horrible thing to have the person who seemed so connected to them, so understanding of their pain, slam them as unlovable and pathetic. I understand these folks from that forum were especially hateful. Do you need to insult their appearance and have this make your argument that they are worthless? Confidence is attractive. Way to take away your fans’ confidence in themselves, Trent. I’m not talking about the people who spewed hatred at you. I’m talking about your actual fans who are probably looking at themselves in the mirror tonight and saying, “I guess this is why I can’t get a date.”

I’m having a hard time listening to Nine Inch Nails music right now. I hope that passes… but I’m not sure.

Becca expressing anger towards someone with a NIN song.

UPDATE: Trent Reznor posted an… explanation? I don’t think it’s an apology.

I have no issue with PLUMP people and I apologize if some of you incorrectly inferred I was equating being overweight to being unworthy. I used that term for two reasons: one – these cunts on [redacted forum] portray themselves as in a very inaccurate way, because they can. It’s their one place they can wield a little power and escape their pathetic lives. Two – I knew it would hurt them and it most definitely has.
Place my comments in context. If you haven’t seen the type of comments we’ve been getting and the sheer level of ignorance, you have no reference in which to comment on this.

I know MOST of you are not a part of this and I didn’t mean to offend you – this situation has angered and saddened me.

Oh. Well that makes it all OK.