Anorak » Celebrities http://www.anorak.co.uk News you can use Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:06:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 How To Erase U2 From Your Apple Cassette Player http://www.anorak.co.uk/406704/celebrities/how-to-erase-u2-from-your-apple-cassette-player.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/406704/celebrities/how-to-erase-u2-from-your-apple-cassette-player.html/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:48:55 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=406704 PA 20920938 How To Erase U2 From Your Apple Cassette Player

 In this Sept. 9, 2014 photo, Apple CEO Tim Cook, left, greets Bono from the band U2 after they preformed at the end of the Apple event on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif. 

 

THERE’S been much chatter about Apple’s move to give away U2′s new album Songs of Innocence to 500 million iTunes customers in 119 countries to coincide with its iPhone 6 and Watch launch.

U2′s singer Bono (Mr G21) opined:

“People who haven’t heard our music, or weren’t remotely interested, might play us for the first time because we’re in their library,”

They might. But they might not know what a self-agandizing, moralising pillock Bono is. Happily, he’s here to explain:

“And for the people out there who have no interest in checking us out, look at it this way… the blood, sweat and tears of some Irish guys are in your junk mail.”

Let it bleed.

Although, you can now remove the theme song to globalised, corporate America.

But hold on a moment. Have we been here before? This picture has been all over twitter:

 
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No. That’s a fake based on an Argos 1986 catalogue ad.

 

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Yeah. One day your cutting-edge mobile phone will be as cool Bono’s wasabi enema. Auto Rewind, anyone?

 

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Spotter: Retro Mash

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The Best Worst Last Films by Legendary Actors http://www.anorak.co.uk/406670/celebrities/film-celebrities/the-best-worst-last-films-by-legendary-actors.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/406670/celebrities/film-celebrities/the-best-worst-last-films-by-legendary-actors.html/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:02:22 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=406670 wagons east The Best Worst Last Films by Legendary Actors

 

DEATH is a terrible inevitability. You could pop your considerable clogs at any given moment. You might be half way through a banana. You could be mid-poo, like Elvis. You could be *this close* to finishing that computer game that proved so difficult all those years. You might suddenly die just before someone finishes a joke.

Worse than all these things put together, is when great actors die before they’ve had the chance to do one last film that is any good.

There’s a whole host of brilliant actors who have been in absolute crap – Robert De Niro in ‘The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle’, Michael Caine in ‘Jaws: The Revenge’, Kevin Spacey in ‘Fred Claus’, Faye Dunaway in ‘Dunston Checks In’ and Al Pacino in Adam Sandler’s beyond woeful ‘Jack & Jill’.

However, they all got another shot at correcting the blips on their showreels.

Sadly, there’s legendary thesps who went and died, bowing out on some pretty awful dreck. It is only fair that we should dredge these films back up and remind everyone that, sadly, the last thing you contribute to the human race might be a load of old shit.

 

 

Orson Welles

Orson Welles is a proper, bona fide legend of the silver screen. We all know about Citizen Kane, but what about him finishing his career as the voice of a large robot orb in the pretty crappy animated ’80s Transformers: The Movie? Eric Idle also provides a voice in the film.

 

 

 

Raoul Julia

A marvellous, respected actor who went too soon. While it is true that Julia hadn’t outstayed his welcome and we certainly weren’t finished with him when he died too young, Raoul’s last role was that of M. Bison in the dreadful Street Fighter film with Kylie Minogue and Jean Claude Van Damme. The poor shit.

 

 

 

Paul Newman

Another living legend, Paul Newman exited stage left in his role as Doc Hudson in ‘Cars’. It is a little unfair to say ‘Cars’ is a pile of crap, but it does seem beneath Newman to bow out on a film that only Pixar fans truly enjoy.

 

 

 

Dennis Hopper

Crazy Dennis Hopper, part of cinemas reinvention in the ’60s and ’70s, famed for his roles in Apocalypse Now and Easy Rider, left the world with his last acting credit as ‘Tony’ from the supremely dire ‘Alpha & Omega’, an animated romp about some bloody wolves. Still, it probably paid for the buffet at his wake.

 

 

 

Joan Crawford

One of Hollywood’s leading ladies, Joan Crawford ended her career with the craptacular British horror film, ‘Trog’. Now, to some, crap British horror films are better than any other genre, but to scholars of film, they’d probably wished she’d ended on a more refined note. Tough cheese.

 

 

 

John Candy

John Candy is another fine actor who left us too soon. Star of the wonderful Uncle Buck, Spaceballs and Trains Planes & Automobiles (and more), Candy’s last film was the awful ‘Wagons East’. If only he’d lived a little longer to eradicate that from his CV.

 

 

 

Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando may have been immense in the Godfather and grippingly dynamic in A Streetcar Named Desire, but alas, Brando’s last gig was to appear in Michael Jackson’s ‘You Rock My World’ video (so not a film as such, but worthy of inclusion). He appears as the boss, before MJ indulges himself in a protracted dance scene when you’re dying for someone to throw a punch. Ah well.

 

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Kanye West Commands The Disabled To Dance To His Songs http://www.anorak.co.uk/406660/celebrities/kanye-west-commands-the-disabled-to-dance-to-his-songs.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/406660/celebrities/kanye-west-commands-the-disabled-to-dance-to-his-songs.html/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:51:03 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=406660

KANYE West began his move into TV evangelism by commanding an audience to ‘Stand up’.

On stage at Sydney’s Qantas Credit Union Arena, West tells the fans:

“I decided I can’t do this song. I can’t do the rest of this show until everybody stands up.”

A few don’t. He spots two of them.

He asks: “Is he in a wheelchair?”

Adding:

 “Stand up! Stand up! Stand up! … There’s literally two people left. There’s two people left. They don’t want to stand up.”

And then:

“This is the longest I’ve had to wait to do a song. It’s unbelievable.”

It is. Because they can’t stand up. Unless they truly believe in the power of Kanye…

Spotter: Independent

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Release The Lawyers And The Offended: Danièle Watts Has Been Handcuffed http://www.anorak.co.uk/406636/celebrities/release-the-lawyers-and-the-offended-daniele-watts-has-been-handcuffed.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/406636/celebrities/release-the-lawyers-and-the-offended-daniele-watts-has-been-handcuffed.html/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:22:38 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=406636 Danièle Watts arrest Facebook Release The Lawyers And The Offended: Danièle Watts Has Been Handcuffed

 

ACTRESS Danièle Watts (Django Unchained, Weeds) was stopped by police in Studio City USA for kisisng her boyfreind. Police requested her ID. She refused. Why should she hadn her ‘papers’ over? Police then put her into their vehicle. She was handcuffed.

She says the cuffs hurt her wrist.

 

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She writes:

“Today I was handcuffed and detained by 2 police officers from the Studio City Police Department after refusing to agree that I had done something wrong by showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place. When the officer arrived, I was standing on the sidewalk by a tree. I was talking to my father on my cell phone. I knew that I had done nothing wrong, that I wasn’t harming anyone, so I walked away. A few minutes later, I was still talking to my dad when 2 different police officers accosted me and forced me into handcuffs.”

Her boyfriend, Chef Brian James Lucas adds:

“Today, Daniele Watts & I were accosted by police officers after showing our affection publicly. From the questions that he asked me as D was already on her phone with her dad, I could tell that whoever called on us (including the officers), saw a tatted RAWKer white boy and a hot bootie shorted black girl and thought we were a HO (prostitute) & a TRICK (client).”

Racism? The black woman is a hooker; the white man her trick?

Says Watts:

“I remembered the countless times my father came home frustrated or humiliated by the cops when he had done nothing wrong. I felt his shame, his anger, and my own feelings of frustration for existing in a world where I have allowed myself to believe that “authority figures” could control my BEING… my ability to BE!!!!!!!”

So says the actress.

But is it racism?

Variety says officers didn’t officially arrest Watts. The only record of the incident is in the form of photgraphs now all over the web.

The LAPD calls the matter ”Actress Generates Radio Call After Citizen Calls 9-1-1″. They repsoinded to a call that  “involved in indecent exposure inside a Silver Mercedes with the vehicle door open”.

This story could run. But one thing is certain: in American everyone wasnta  alice of the action. The couple have been in contact with 3 lawyers, the ACLU, and the NAACP.

Spotter: GawkerDaniele Watts

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Before They Were Famous: The Music of Pop and Rock http://www.anorak.co.uk/406588/keyposts/before-they-were-famous-the-music-of-pop-and-rock.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/406588/keyposts/before-they-were-famous-the-music-of-pop-and-rock.html/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:01:28 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=406588 lady gaga Before They Were Famous: The Music of Pop and Rock

 

IN September 1994, a reel-to-reel tape emerged and was put up for auction. Sotheby’s were all over it because this wasn’t any old recording they had on their hands.

What had arrived was a reel to reel tape of The Quarry Men appearing at St Peter’s Parish Church garden party Liverpool in July, 1957.

The Quarry Men would of course, turn into The Beatles, who are still the biggest band in the whole wide world. The tape went for what is a reasonably low price of £69,000. That wouldn’t buy one leg of a Champion’s League footballer in 2014.

So with that, we got to thinking about famous rock stars, pop singers and rappers before they were famous. Of course, there’s a lot of them who were on television and there’s yearbook photos of just about every celebrity online, but we wanted to look at the music they were making and the evidence of it.

Pull up a chair, remove the wax from your ear and let’s get stuck into rock’s flipside.

 

 

The Beatles

Before they became the famous Fab Four, The Quarry Men cut a shellac disc. Lennon, Harrison and Macca were on the cut and, if you listen, you can pick out their distinctive voices, especially that of Lennon. A fan remastered the track, so have a listen. Aren’t they cute?

 

 

 

Lou Reed

Before Lou Reed became the dark cloud of The Velvet Underground, he cut a record as The Primitives (no, not that one from the ’80s and no, not the other ’60s bands called The Primitives). Here, we see Lil Lou trying to get in on the dance record craze with his song ‘The Ostrich’. Even then, there was something wonderfully askew about Lou’s loud playing and deadpan delivery.

 

 

 

Kanye West

One of the most influential producers and artists in the game, Yeezy started off trying his material out in Chicago and here, at 19 years old, we see a little Kanye getting busy in a freestyle.

 

 

 

Arthur Lee

Love’s Arthur Lee had to wait to make baroque psychedelic masterpieces like ‘Forever Changes’ and ‘De Capo’. Before Love, he cuts some record with The American Four, a pretty typical garage band, but Lee’s voice is unmistakable.

 

 

 

Lana Del Rey

Before she became the Queen of Ketamine Comedown Pop, Lana Del Rey was singer-songwriter Lizzie Grant who played the clubs for anyone who would listen. Here’s a video of her in action.

 

 

 

Lady GaGa

Before she transformed into GaGa, there was a young singer in the New York clubs called Stefani Germanotta. She cut her teeth on the Lower East Side and here’s a great video of her wailing on a rock ‘n’ roll song.

 

 

 

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi played as a touring member of a number of bands before turning rock ‘n’ roll inside out. In this video, you can hear Hendrix providing the licks for the excellent Curtis Knight. Hendrix was probably itching to do a ridiculously long wah-wah solo with his teeth, but alas, he woulda got his arse kicked by Curtis.

 

 

 

Katy Perry

Before she was Katy Perry with ice-cream firing out of her nipples and conquering the world with her arena-sized pop, she was plain ol’ Katy Hudson who sang Christian Rock. There’s full albums of hers on YouTube, should you like that sort of thing.

 

 

 

Beastie Boys

A little more well known, but no less fun – The Beastie Boys weren’t always a crate digging hip hop outfit. Indeed, the weren’t just that when they were famous. Either way, back in ’82, they cut a record called Pollywog Stew (hmm), indebted to the hardcore punk that was livening up disenfranchised teenagers all over America.

 

 

 

Parliament/Funkadelic/George Clinton

George Clinton’s Parliament didn’t always look and sound like they’d just come from space. Once upon a time, they were a great doo-wop band. The Parliament name remained, but the sound soon transformed into something spectacular and bizarre.

 

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The Truth About Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey Letter http://www.anorak.co.uk/406619/celebrities/film-celebrities/the-truth-about-stanley-kubricks-2001-a-space-odyssey-letter.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/406619/celebrities/film-celebrities/the-truth-about-stanley-kubricks-2001-a-space-odyssey-letter.html/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:39:47 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=406619 femur The Truth About Stanley Kubricks  2001: A Space Odyssey Letter

 

 

YOU’LL have seen the sweary letter signed ‘Stanley Kubrick’ written  to the head of AGM about the sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The letter fetures a threat to impale James T. Aubrey Junior with a prop femur. This one:

 

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In 1984, there was a sequel. Both Kubrick and Aubrey were still alive in 1984. The femur never was an exhibit in a courtcase or hospital ward.

The letter is a joke, created by the site Glossy News, on which you can read stories as:

Kelly Clarkson Wants to be First Annoying US President
Asteroid RC 15: “I Purposely Avoided Collision With Earth”
God to Withhold Prayer Requests From Cor Jesu High School Administrators Since Firing of Gay Teachers

Such are the facts…

 

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R Kelly Misses The Jeering Laughter As He Announces New Trapped In The Closet Episodes http://www.anorak.co.uk/316707/celebrities/r-kelly-misses-the-jeering-laughter-as-he-announces-new-trapped-in-the-closet-episodes.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/316707/celebrities/r-kelly-misses-the-jeering-laughter-as-he-announces-new-trapped-in-the-closet-episodes.html/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:01:53 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=316707 COMPLETELY insane he may be, but the Colonel Kurtz of Soul, R Kelly has made an announcement that will reverberate around the halls of the sneering mockers the world over. Despite his alleged fondness for urinating on young women and …

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COMPLETELY insane he may be, but the Colonel Kurtz of Soul, R Kelly has made an announcement that will reverberate around the halls of the sneering mockers the world over. Despite his alleged fondness for urinating on young women and creating baffling songs like Real Talk and Shut Up, nothing has come close to R Kelly’s ego-lunacy project, Trapped In The Closet.

And, startlingly, he’s made more episodes of the bizarre pop-opera so he can finally share some of its‘mysteries’ with us. We suspect one mystery he’ll be leaving well alone is ‘why did he think it was a good idea to make an soul-operetta about a midget, a gay pastor and mystery package.’

Kels has found a home for the next stage in the series on a US cable channel, which means everyone outside of the States will have to wait for someone to stick the whole thing on YouTube.

Baffled viewers will be able to see chapters 23 and onward on IFC and, of course, Uncle Rob is talking it up without even the vaguest trace of irony.

Kelly says: “When I first began experiencing the unknown journey of writing Trapped in the Closet I knew after the first chapter that I had tapped into something that was not of this earth.” He’s promising to answer the “million dollar question”, which is to show the contents of a mysterious package passed between characters.

“Well, ladies and gentlemen, not only am I ready to reveal what the package is, but I have many more chapters to share.”

Oh God. This will never, ever end will it?

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Kardashian Functional Sex and Beckingham Palace http://www.anorak.co.uk/317088/celebrities/kardashian-functional-sex-and-beckingham-palace.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/317088/celebrities/kardashian-functional-sex-and-beckingham-palace.html/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:39:32 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=317088 THE Kardashians are a gruesome spectacle, determined to tell us all about the ins-and-outs of their lives. Quite literally. Of course, we saw the ins-and-outs of Kim’s life when her sex tape with Ray J got leaked online, turning her into a star overnight. Since then, she’s… well… done very little of worth, apart from a very brief marriage to a man who throws balls at a hoop for a living.

With the untold wealth that comes with Kim K’s life, she’s looking at buying a house in Europe. A bedsit in Montrose? A terrace in Telford? Of course not! She’s looking at buying Beckingham Palace - David and Victoria Beckham’s mansion in Hertfordshire.

If the Queen Of Trash buys it, she’ll be £18 million out of pocket, but will have a pool, golf course, gym, helipad and a recording studio that has never, ever been used (arf!). And if Kim should buy it and let her sister Khloe stay over, she will have soiled sheets too.

Khloe has been trying for a baby so hard that she’s now finding sex astonishingly dull. Talking to New, she said: “Kourtney had Mason and was saying, ‘I want him to have someone to grow up with.’ Sex became a job instead of it being fun and easy. Now it’s in God’s hands and I’m very comfortable with that right now.”

So, Khloe isn’t at all sex-obsessed, despite what viewers of the reality show think. Referring to the latest season opener when Khloe talks A LOT about her fondness for sex, she said: “I did cringe a little – it was a little intense. It was very depressing in our house… I was trying to make the house fun, but you can’t tell that from the episode – people just think I’m sex-crazed!’”

Excuse us a moment, there’s a great arc of vomit with our name written all over it.

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Carrie Fisher: How I Became The Star Wars Blob http://www.anorak.co.uk/406504/celebrities/carrie-fisher-how-i-became-the-star-wars-blob.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/406504/celebrities/carrie-fisher-how-i-became-the-star-wars-blob.html/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:01:48 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=406504 PA 8654848 Carrie Fisher: How I Became The Star Wars Blob

Actress Carrie Fisher, 16, daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, poses in New York City on May 2, 1973.

 

CARRIE Fisher is writing about looks and beauty for the Times:

Despite the fact that I have been employed as an actor, repeatedly and sometimes unfortunately (an occupation where looks can be very much an issue) I remain immune to my physical charms. This is, in part, because, since I was 13, I have spent months, nay, years, being, on and off, quite chubby and, therefore, conspicuously unattractive. I decided early on that I was officially a fleshy and forlorn blob. Couple that with self-absorption to spare and comparing myself unrealistically with the gorgeous and, voilà, you’ve got the recipe for my delightful and disastrous self-image…

 

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Actress Debbie Reynolds, left, and her daughter Carrie Fisher, 15, are en route to Madrid at Heathrow Airport in London, England, Feb. 12, 1972. (AP Photo)

She romanced a ten called Simon.

One day, unable to reach him by phone, I half-heartedly went to an audition for a part that would, no doubt, require a beautiful actress to play it. I didn’t care anyway. I barely wanted to be an actress, and I didn’t have Simon. What did it matter?

Matter or no, the script I didn’t care about was extraordinary, especially after they told me it took place in outer space, where perhaps another standard of beauty would apply.

Cut to: I got it.

 

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In this Oct. 5, 1978 file photo, actors featured in the “Star Wars” movie, from left, Harrison Ford who played Han Solo, Anthony Daniels who played the robot C3P0, Carrie Fisher who played the princess, and Peter Mayhew who played the Wookie, Chewbacca, are shown during a break from the filming of a television special presentation in Los Angeles.

 

And then she got the Star Wars job:

Cut to: I knew they would eventually realise they had made a mistake in hiring me. Remember I told you how I thought I was fat? Apparently, so did they. I was politely asked to lose 10lb before we started filming. After losing 6lb, I tiptoed around on my fat little feet for three months and finally breathed when filming was complete. Now things could get awkward. How could I explain to my unexceptional self that they had cast a stooped, beauty-free lump of colourless cereal as the princess of a galaxy? Either they were wrong about me, or I was wrong about myself… when I was hired to play Princess Leia, the intergalactic heroine, I knew they made the only choice they could. So, I thought about it. I thought about it in the brain I hid behind my dysmorphic, coin-round, hopeful face and I remembered not only that I ended up being her, she ended up being me. And one of us has been a slug-killing pin-up for teens everywhere. Which means someone was pretty, or there was no one else in the film to fantasise about. Or both.

 

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This April 7, 2011 file photo shows Carrie Fisher at the 2011 NewNowNext Awards in Los Angeles.

 

 

Read on.

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The Best of Nosemouth http://www.anorak.co.uk/406445/celebrities/the-best-of-nosemouth.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/406445/celebrities/the-best-of-nosemouth.html/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 07:57:40 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=406445 TUMBLR of the week is Nosemouth “the single topic photo manipulation blog featuring popular people with just one simple alteration — “All Nose. No Mouth” . It might be a tribue to Karl Malden:

 

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Cilla Black Sends Ringo Starr Out For A Lump Of Coal http://www.anorak.co.uk/406423/celebrities/cilla-blacksends-ringo-starr-out-for-a-lump-of-coal.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/406423/celebrities/cilla-blacksends-ringo-starr-out-for-a-lump-of-coal.html/#comments Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:00:15 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=406423 PA 1092432 Cilla Black Sends Ringo Starr Out For A Lump Of Coal

30/7/64 CILLA BLACK AND GREYHOUND “RINGO” WHEN SHE MADE THE DRAW FOR THE FIRST ROUND OF THE 1964 NATIONAL INTER-TRACK GREYHOUND CHAMPIONSHIP

CILLA Black:

“Who threw the best parties in the 1960s? Obviously me! I used to throw parties at my Portland Place flat with all the Beatles and Mick Jagger. In fact Ringo Starr was sent out to get a lump of coal and a piece of bread one New Year’s eve — and we forgot about him! He turned up two hours later, freezing cold, with two Americans who’d recognised him in the street.”

All wonderfully innocent, family-friendly fun…

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The Chuckle Brothers Tweet From The Dave Lee Travis Courtroom Laugh-In http://www.anorak.co.uk/406371/celebrities/the-chuckle-brothers-tweet-from-the-dave-lee-travis-courtroom-laugh-in.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/406371/celebrities/the-chuckle-brothers-tweet-from-the-dave-lee-travis-courtroom-laugh-in.html/#comments Sat, 13 Sep 2014 06:50:20 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=406371 chuckle brothers dave lee travis The Chuckle Brothers Tweet From The  Dave Lee Travis Courtroom Laugh In

 

THE Chuckle Brothers - Barry and Paul Elliott – have been appearing as themselves both inside and outside Southwark Crown Court - where Former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis is accused of indecent assault and sexual assault.

The Chuckle Brothers have been starring for the defence…

Previously.

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After 9/11 By Hunter S Thompson http://www.anorak.co.uk/406369/celebrities/after-911-by-hunter-s-thompson.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/406369/celebrities/after-911-by-hunter-s-thompson.html/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:00:30 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=406369

HUNTER S Thompson wrote for ESPN on Sept. 12, 2001:

The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for Peace in Our Time, in the United States or any other country. Make no mistake about it: We are At War now — with somebody — and we will stay At War with that mysterious Enemy for the rest of our lives.

It will be a Religious War, a sort of Christian Jihad, fueled by religious hatred and led by merciless fanatics on both sides. It will be guerilla warfare on a global scale, with no front lines and no identifiable enemy.

Spotter:  Glenn Greenwald

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Gary Busey Wins Celebrity Big Brother: ‘Prophet Or Madman?’ Trading Card http://www.anorak.co.uk/406364/tv/gary-busey-wins-celebrity-big-brother-prophet-or-madman-trading-card.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/406364/tv/gary-busey-wins-celebrity-big-brother-prophet-or-madman-trading-card.html/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:38:55 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=406364 GARY Busey has won the 2014 series of Celebrity Big Brother.

His trading cards is worth a look.
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And the back.

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Remembering Throb: Primal Scream guitarist is gone, but his riffs not forgotten http://www.anorak.co.uk/406308/celebrities/music-celebrities/remembering-throb-primal-scream-guitarist-is-gone-but-his-riffs-not-forgotten.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/406308/celebrities/music-celebrities/remembering-throb-primal-scream-guitarist-is-gone-but-his-riffs-not-forgotten.html/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:56:09 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=406308 SAD news – Primal Scream guitarist Robert ‘Throb’ Young has died, according to reports and testimonials from friends.

The band’s publicist has confirmed the news, but there’s been no word from the band themselves. Former Screamteam members and friends have …

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SAD news – Primal Scream guitarist Robert ‘Throb’ Young has died, according to reports and testimonials from friends.

The band’s publicist has confirmed the news, but there’s been no word from the band themselves. Former Screamteam members and friends have tweeted about their sadness at the news, with Mani (member of Primal Scream between Stone Roses gigs) posting on a forum:

“Robert young , AKA the throb, passed away this weekend in hove. Truly devastating news.”

Liam Gallagher tweeted “RIP Robert Young AKA ‘Throb’. Live Forever LG x,” while Tim Burgess added: “So sad to hear of the death of Rob ‘Throb’ Young … A real good un.”

Friend of the band and Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh paid tribute, writing: “RIP Robert Young. One of the best, the most beautiful, who WAS rock n roll. Big love bro, give them it big time over the other side. #Throb”

Throb was a member of Primal Scream from pretty much the off until his departure in 2006. He was there for all the band’s greatest LPs, from ‘Screamadelica’, though to ‘Vanishing Point’ and the super underrated ‘XTRMNTR’.

When he left the group, Bobby Gillespie said at the time: “Let’s just say that he’s got some problems that he’s got to sort out for himself. It’s a hard thing to talk about, because it’s private and it’s his life, and I don’t think I have the right to judge him. I’d like Throbert to be alive. I’d like him to be well. I’d like him to be happy. Further than that I can’t really say. I just hope he wants to get better.”

So now, we’d like to share some of Throb’s best moments with the band.

Jailbird

When the Screamteam went back to their classic rock sound, a lot of people were unhappy because they wanted more acid house. However, Primal Scream are are varied as their record collections and Throb was a talisman during the ‘Exile On Main Street’ years.

Accelerator

Noise fun terror is one of the thins that Primal Scream are best at and, with Throb and Innes in full ‘attack hippies with noise’ mode, Accelerator is one of the most fabulous things to witness live.

Slip Inside This House

Slip Inside This House, a 13th Floor Elevators cover, is a stand-out track on ‘Screamadelica’ and features Throb on vocals.

City

Again, Throb provided extreme terror on this wonderful version of ‘City’, where the Screamteam take names and numbers with paranoia and volume. Perfect.

Velocity Girl

Back to where it all started, with Bobby G, Innes and Throb showing their love of jangly garage psychedelia, where they became unlikely poster boys for the C86 movement.

Movin’ On Up

One of Primal Scream’s most enduring songs.

I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have

The song that would eventually morph into ‘Loaded’, this song seems rather apt for a band who have had to say goodbye to one of their oldest friends.

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RICHARD Kiel (1939-2014) – Jaws, Monkees And A Teenage Heartthrob http://www.anorak.co.uk/406293/celebrities/richard-kiel-1939-2014-jaws-monkees-and-a-teenage-heartthrob.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/406293/celebrities/richard-kiel-1939-2014-jaws-monkees-and-a-teenage-heartthrob.html/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:13:11 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=406293 RICHARD Kiel (1939-2014):

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Date: 01/10/1976

 

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Richard Keil arriving for the premiere of Stormbreaker, from the Vue West End, Leicester Square, central London. Picture date: Monday 17 July 2006.

 

It wasn’t all Bond:

 

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Probably The Best Story About James Corden Ever http://www.anorak.co.uk/406254/celebrities/probably-the-best-story-about-james-corden-ever.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/406254/celebrities/probably-the-best-story-about-james-corden-ever.html/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 19:46:26 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=406254 Screen shot 2014 09 09 at 20.43.28 Probably The Best Story About James Corden Ever

 

THIS is probably the best thing you’ll ever read about James Corden. Even the article gets bored halfway through a quote.

Spotter: @michaelmphysics

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All pretty same-old. And then Mel showed us fingers. All 11 of them:

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Filmakers Norman Lear, left, Mel Brooks sporting a prosthetic finger, and Carl Reiner, right, pose for a photo during a Hand and Footprint ceremony for Brooks on the 40th anniversary of the movie “Young Frankenstein,” in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood section of Los Angeles, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

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FZZZZZZ: In Celebration of the Fuzz Pedal http://www.anorak.co.uk/406227/celebrities/music-celebrities/fzzzzzz-in-celebration-of-the-fuzz-pedal.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/406227/celebrities/music-celebrities/fzzzzzz-in-celebration-of-the-fuzz-pedal.html/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:03:51 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=406227  FZZZZZZ: In Celebration of the Fuzz Pedal

 

THIS week, in ’65, The Rolling Stones crash-landed at the top of the pop charts with a song that would become the band’s signature tune.

(‘I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ gave the group their 4th no.1 single in the UK, which Keith Richards came up with while in Florida. He recorded a rough demo of the riff in a hotel room. Famously, he knocked the riff out into a tape and then fell asleep.

The song started life as two minutes of acoustic fumblings and and “then me snoring for the next forty minutes.”

One of the main ingredients that made the song so memorable was the Gibson Maestro Fuzz Pedal. That FZZZZing, BZZZZZing noise would become one of the hallmarks of ’60s beat music and the Stones taking it to the toppermost of the poppermost only ensured that everyone was going to jump on the sound.

A plethora of other fuzz pedals hit the market, with bands gobbling them up and firing out records that had added attitude, thanks to their guitars becoming even more primal.

So with that, let’s look at the glory of the fuzz pedal, with some famous songs, and some less so.

 

 

The Rolling Stones ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’

The most famous fuzz guitar of them all, which needs no further introduction.

 

 

 

The Kinks ‘Til The End Of The Day’

The Kinks would slash their speakers to get a fuzz tone and that can be heard on ‘All Day And All Of The Night’ and ‘You Really Got Me’. Another one from that period is the ferocious ‘Til The End Of The Day’.

 

 

 

Demonstration Record for the Fuzztone

Here’s a great demonstration record, which were commonplace for new innovations at the time. Around 2 minutes in, things really get going. It is lovely to hear ‘the tuba’ sound et al, which would soon be applied with wild abandon on psychedelic and garage records.

 

 

 

The Ventures ’2000 Pound Bee’

The Ventures were quite possibly the first band to utilise fuzz guitar on a pop record and this absolute barnstormer is the finest example of a band pushing the guitar to new possibilities.

 

 

 

Electric Prunes ‘I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night’

When they weren’t doing adverts for Vox Wah-Wah pedals, The Electric Prunes were making monstrous fuzz tracks like this, which was written by two teenage girls. It isn’t about drugs – the girls were writing about dirty dreams.

 

 

 

The Nazz ‘Open My Eyes’

Todd Rundgren, before he turned into a one-man Beatles, was in The Nazz, and in their brilliant ‘Open My Eyes’, he not only flexes his considerable songwriting skill, but also, one of the most killer fuzz riffs ever recorded.

 

 

 

The Yardbirds ‘Heart Full Of Soul’

Hardly surprising that The Yardbirds, what with them having the greatest roster of guitarists ever, adopted the fuzz pedal quickly. Jeff Beck was a huge fan (check ‘Beck’s Bolero’) and a fine fuzz can be heard cutting through this stomper.

 

 

 

The Guess Who ‘American Woman’

There’s little to say about this record, other that it sounds like, as well as the fuzz instrumentation, the singer sounds like he swallowed a fuzz pedal as well.

 

 

 

The Intruders ‘She’s Mine’

Ridiculously snotty garage punk number from the pretty much unheard-of Intruders… but check out the overdriven fuzz in the intro. It nearly runs away with itself.

 

 

 

The Beatles ‘Hey Bulldog’

The Fab Four weren’t afraid of fuzz, but it was mainly taken up by McCartney’s basslines. In ‘Hey Bulldog’, the Beatles’ finest fuzz moment. They employed it on ‘Think For Yourself’, ‘Revolution’ and loads more.

 

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Your 100% British Soul Extravaganza! http://www.anorak.co.uk/406151/keyposts/your-100-british-soul-extravaganza.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/406151/keyposts/your-100-british-soul-extravaganza.html/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 15:31:58 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=406151 PA 4485065 Your 100% British Soul Extravaganza!

Blues and Northern Soul singer Joe Cocker (r) buys a copy of his own record from a London record shop
Date: 01/09/1964

 

BRITISH soul music is in a very, very good place at the moment and one of the leading lights of the scene is the wonderful Sam Smith, who has just announced a big ol’ UK tour for Spring 2015.

Smith just reached number one in the album charts and is currently being wooed by America, which will either make him or break him into a puddle of nervous breakdown.

Of course, Sam Smith isn’t the first soul singer Britain has produced, but his success is worth looking back at some of Blighty’s finest balladeers and belters.

Britain has a much richer seam of soul music (and blue-eyed soul) than you think. Of course, Adele conquered the entire world and Beverley Knight has stuck it out for years.

Let’s have a look at some of the best.

 

 

Sam Smith

The current champion of Britsoul, Sam Smith, who has cut a fine furrow himself, along with making some great songs with Disclosure and Chic’s Nile Rodgers.

 

 

 

Amy Winehouse

If there was a title for the greatest British soul singer of all time, Amy Winehouse would absolutely be in with a shout. Dead too young, but with a couple of killer albums released in her lifetime, making the rest of pop immediately up its game.

 

 

 

MNEK

MNEK has gone from writing for others to making a go of it himself and, by God, we’ve needed him. Mixing ’90s R&B sensibilities with modern pop and dance music, he’s creating some of the best music in the world right now and if we don’t make a megastar out of him, we frankly don’t deserve the ears on our heads and the ass in our pants.

 

 

 

Cymande

Cymande are an overlooked London funk outfit from the ’70s who ended up being sampled by De La Soul, thereby giving salivating record collectors and sample hunters a second stab at hearing their terrific music.

 

 

 

Dusty Sprinfield

Few could argue that Britain has produced a better soul artist than Dusty Springfield. No-one channelled the feeling of a song quite like her and that remarkable, unique voice of hers is one that’ll never be copied.

 

 

 

Estelle

You may remember Estelle’s ‘American Boy’, which featured a Kanye West verse, but there’s more to her than that one big smash. That said, if you’re going to go global with a record, ‘American Boy’ isn’t a bad one at all.

 

 

 

Laura Mvula

The critics favourite, Laura Mvula has melted the hearts of everyone with her modern-take on soul. She’s a magnificent artist and, as good as her work is, you get the impression she’s not yet released her best.

 

 

 

Angel

London’s R&B champion, Angel, has all the ingredients to be a superstar, so fans of his are enjoying him up close and personal before he ends up vanishing behind the velvet curtain of the VIP section.

 

 

 

Courtney Bennett

Courtney Bennett is one of the most promising singers in Britain right now. She’s put out loads of great songs and was spotted by Ryan Leslie to sing on his ‘Black Mozart’ LP. One of the future, for sure.

 

 

 

Fatima

Swedish-born, but British raised, Fatima has been making some very interesting and original soul music (‘Circle’ is well worth a listen). Another one who, if we’re not careful, could be huge!

 

 

 

Lianne La Havas

The fabulous Lianne La Havas as dazzled everyone who has seen her live and on record, she’s no slouch either. Mixing jazz, soul and electronics, she’s so good that Prince went ’round her house for a cup of tea.

 

 

 

Chris Farlowe

Another one of Britain’s blue-eyed soulies from the ’60s, Chris Farlowe’s voice is a force of nature. The thing that bellows out of that awkward frame of his provided Immediate Records with some of their best hits. You’ll know him from his famous version of ‘Handbags & Gladrags’.

 

 

 

Lynden David Hall

Britain’s answer to Neo Soul, LDH sadly passed away in 2006, but not before cutting some great records and an amusing appearance in ‘Love Actually’.

 

 

Honorary mentions to:

Katy B, Craig David, Alice Russell, Jay Sean, Taio Cruz, Brand New Heavies, Misha Paris, Rebecca Ferguson.

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Big Brother: ‘Lesbian ‘ Kisser White Dee Becomes The Birmingham Resident’ http://www.anorak.co.uk/406101/tv/big-brother-lesbian-kisser-white-dee-becomes-the-birmingham-resident.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/406101/tv/big-brother-lesbian-kisser-white-dee-becomes-the-birmingham-resident.html/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 07:14:13 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=406101 Daily Star 8 9 2014 Big Brother: Lesbian  Kisser White Dee Becomes The Birmingham Resident

 

WHEN the Daily Star declares “White Dee In BB 3-Way Romp”, you don’t know whether to take a peek or look away.

Deirdre Kelly — “White Dee” — is the break-out star of Benefits Street, TV’s fly-in-the-biscuit tin look at the welfare state through the eyes of UKIP recruiters for whom benefits are the disease not the symptom of poverty, poor education and unemployment.

Dee was the Street’s sedatory matriach and protector of the weak. She’s moved from James Turner Street, Birmingham, to a Z-list holding bay in leafy Elstree, where she’s having a Big Brother threesome.

Given that the Star is owned by Richard Desmond, who also publishes hardcore porn, the “romp” holds much promise for sticky-fingered readers.

But it turns out that the “romp” is like watching the VIP section at Lineker’s Bar.

The latest boozy theatrics include Geordie Shore’s Ricci giving White Dee a lap dance, while Lauren Goodger swept in for a lesbian kiss.. the action kicks off in the garden with the Benefits Street star telling her roomies she’s knackered and “can’t wait to get to bed”. A merry Lauren then tells her “you can’t go to bed”, before straddling the 43-year-old Mother Hen and smothering her with kisses. Giggling, Dee tells her: “Lauren, you nearly slipped me the tongue.”

Adding:

With his white shirt drenched in red wine stains, he spins with his back to Dee, shaking his booty in her face while sprawled across the Birmingham resident.

That might be the best epithet ever “The Birmingham resident”. A Brummie on the magick box? Can we poke her with sticks?

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Watch Dock Ellis The Movie: ‘I Took LSD And Pitched A Perfect Game For the Pittsburgh Pirates’ http://www.anorak.co.uk/406086/sports/watch-dock-ellis-the-movie-i-took-lsd-and-pitched-a-perfect-game-for-the-pittsburgh-pirates.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/406086/sports/watch-dock-ellis-the-movie-i-took-lsd-and-pitched-a-perfect-game-for-the-pittsburgh-pirates.html/#comments Sun, 07 Sep 2014 17:50:44 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=406086 PA 6669778 Watch Dock Ellis The Movie: I Took LSD And Pitched A Perfect Game For the Pittsburgh Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher Dock Ellis expresses his sentiments about West Division Winners San Francisco Giants, after their win, Thursday, in this Oct. 1, 1971 file photo taken in Philadelphia, Pa.

 

DRUGS and sport is a familiar story.  One school of thought says all drugs cheats should be banned. Another says that since cheating is rife, why not make the drugs legal.

Dock Ellis took drugs and played pro sports. He’s the subject of the film No No: A Dockumentary.

Ellis was a player for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1970 he pitched a no-hitter while off his face on LSD.

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Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis, right, gets a manicure in a Detroit barbershop, Tuesday morning, July 13, 1971. Ellis is the starting pitcher for the National League in tonight’s All-Star game with the American League.

 

The Dallas Observer:

Thirty-five years ago, on June 12, 1970, Pittsburgh Pirate and future Texas Rangers pitcher Dock Ellis found himself in the Los Angeles home of a childhood friend named Al Rambo. Two days earlier, he’d flown with the Pirates to San Diego for a four-game series with the Padres. He immediately rented a car and drove to L.A. to see Rambo and his girlfriend Mitzi. The next 12 hours were a fog of conversation, screwdrivers, marijuana, and, for Ellis, amphetamines. He went to sleep in the early morning, woke up sometime after noon and immediately took a dose of Purple Haze acid. Ellis would frequently drop acid on off days and weekends; he had a room in his basement christened “The Dungeon,” in which he’d lock himself and listen to Jimi Hendrix or Iron Butterfly “for days.” 

A bit later, how long exactly he can’t recall, he came across Mitzi flipping through a newspaper. She scanned for a moment, then noticed something. 

“Dock,” she said. “You’re supposed to pitch today.” 

Ellis focused his mind. No. Friday. He wasn’t pitching until Friday. He was sure.

“Baby,” she replied. “It is Friday. You slept through Thursday.”

 

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X Factor Lookalikes: Lola Saunders Looks Like Lindsay Lohan http://www.anorak.co.uk/406050/tv/x-factor-lookalikes-lola-saunders-looks-like-lindsay-lohan.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/406050/tv/x-factor-lookalikes-lola-saunders-looks-like-lindsay-lohan.html/#comments Sat, 06 Sep 2014 20:44:52 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=406050 lola saunders X Factor Lookalikes: Lola Saunders Looks Like Lindsay Lohan

 

LOLA Saunders, a 20 year old fishmonger from South Shields, gave a terrific performance on the X Factor. But, then, she is otherwise known as Lindsay Lohan , star of Freaky Friday and LA courtrooms…

Year of training, darlings. Years…

 

 

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Leaking A Celebrity’s Naked Photos Would Be OK If The Mob Didn’t Like Them http://www.anorak.co.uk/406032/celebrities/leaking-a-celebritys-naked-photos-would-be-ok-if-the-mob-didnt-like-them.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/406032/celebrities/leaking-a-celebritys-naked-photos-would-be-ok-if-the-mob-didnt-like-them.html/#comments Sat, 06 Sep 2014 13:33:47 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=406032 jennifer lawrence nudes Leaking A Celebritys Naked Photos Would Be OK If The Mob Didnt Like Them

DID you search for onude photos of Jennifer Lawrence?  Did you type in ‘naked Jennifer Lawrence photos’ for research purposes? The leaking of photos and videos of 102 female celebrities is big news.

Commentators have been filling the gaps between the photos with opinion. Caitlin Moran writes in the Times:

If, in the “real world”, someone broke into Jennifer Lawrence’s garden and watched her undressing they would, rightly, be branded a pervert, arrested for trespass, treated as a bit revolting and sentenced to a spell in jail and possibly a stiff course of Just Stop Being A Freaky Mad Pervert therapy.

It’s no different to criminally trespassing into her iCloud and looking at her tits, simply because it’s “on the internet”. It’s “the internet” — not “Imaginary Norulestopia where you can do what you like”. When you treat the greatest communication tool the world has ever known like that, you basically turn it into Donkey Island in Pinocchio.

They might sack the security guards.

Kirsten Dunst gets the web, using two emoji to call Apple a “piece of shit”

 

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Dame Helen Mirren (not hacked) approves, advising: “The best thing is to be superior and not take it too seriously.”

Van Badham takes is very seriously. She tells Guardian readers:

If you click on Jennifer Lawrence’s naked pictures, you’re perpetuating her abuse. Actors may offer their image to public consumption as their professional practice, but what they are not trading is their intimacy. To merely look is an act of sexual violation.

You’ve not looked. You’ve downloaded it onto your mind.

The price of fame is always increased scrutiny, but for any celebrity who does venture out in public, mere scrutiny has now given way to ongoing surveillance. The need for privacy is not only a sacred place to work out who we are, what we do or how we think; it’s a psychological refuge from overwhelming public dissection necessary for anyone’s mental health, famous or not.

So. Privacy is sacred.

There are suggestions that prosecution may result not only for the hacker of the photos, but for those who view and share them. Good. To excuse viewing the images just because they’re available is deplorable. It’s the equivalent of creepily hiding in a wardrobe because a conversation may be taking place you’d be interested, excited or turned on to overhear.

When Richard Scudamore, the Premier League’s chief executive, had his private emails leaked by a secretary, The Guardian’s Jane Martinson wrote:

It was a private joke among friends. It wasn’t meant for anyone else to read. He is 54, and his humour harks back to those halcyon days when men could make crude remarks about women and everyone would laugh. Besides, no one is a bigger champion of women and equality than Richard Scudamore.

It’s hard not to laugh at the defence of the Premier League boss, whose sexist emails were leaked to the Sunday Mirror. “Richard realises his comments were inappropriate and wrong but they were not intended for wider recipients,” said a “source”. “It was meant in a Frankie Howerd style way. His commitment to the equality agenda and anti-discrimination is writ large.” You at the back there? Titter ye not.

So. Is privacy only right if you like the person and what they’re saying or doing?

What if the pervert in the celeb’s garden had seen said celeb dresessed in Klux Klan robes, giving a Nazi salute and shooting at cardboard-cut-out faces of prominent Jews and blacks? What then?

Brendan O’Neill wonders:

Recent events suggest it would be the latter – that if the hacker had found a video of a famous woman being hateful he would have been hailed as heroic rather than branded a pervert. In recent months, you see, the private text messages, emails and telephone conversations of various well-known people have been leaked and pored over with widespread media approval. We have watched as the woman who leaked football chief Richard Scudamore’s private and embarrassing emails was celebrated for her bravery rather than denounced for her lack of respect for a man’s privacy. We heard the world cheer in unison as former American basketball boss Donald Sterling was expelled from his sportover an entirely private phone conversation he had, which was secretly recorded and leaked. More recently, some of the same media outlets now outraged by the leaking of private photos from female celebrities’ mobile phones were only too happy to republish and sternly condemn less-than-PC private text messages sent by two British football officials on their mobile phones.

He should Malky Mackay to the list.

One Washington Post columnist said of the Donald Sterling case:

“If you don’t want your words broadcast in the public square, don’t say them … Such potential exposure forces us to more carefully select our words and edit our thoughts.”

They were not censured.

When Ricky Gervais made a similar point, blaming the celebs for having naked photos of themselves, he deleted his tweet.

Screen shot 2014 09 06 at 13.54.17 Leaking A Celebritys Naked Photos Would Be OK If The Mob Didnt Like Them

His point was idiotic. Which is why he deleted his tweet – well, that and the flack he got on Twitter for it.

But had the Twitter mob approved and laughed, would it then have been ok?

Who decides what and what is not off limits? Is it all about conforming – if we all agree they deserved it, then fine, they did..?

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Your Vital Beginners Guide to Aphex Twin http://www.anorak.co.uk/405952/keyposts/your-vital-beginners-guide-to-aphex-twin.html/ http://www.anorak.co.uk/405952/keyposts/your-vital-beginners-guide-to-aphex-twin.html/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 18:24:54 +0000 http://www.anorak.co.uk/?p=405952 PA 19650519 Your Vital Beginners Guide to Aphex Twin

A 1997 Aphex Twin Tour Itinerary is displayed at the new exhibit titled “Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience” at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Cleveland.

 

 

THERE’S a lot of excitement about Aphex Twin at the minute, as he’s back to release a new LP – ‘Syro’ – and, for fans of awkward electronic music (which are, ostensibly, the new prog generation), any appearance of Richard D. James is worth your attention.

However, what with Aphex having a lot of stubborn male fans, if you’re new to it all, you will almost certainly run into some elitist bullshit at some point; even though Aphex Twin is not at all elitist himself, getting angry when people refer to his music as ‘IDM’, which stands for the achingly awful ‘Intelligent Dance Music’.

So, you want to know what the fuss about Aphex Twin is?

Well, we’re here to help and create a beginners/bluffers guide, so you can dip your toe in and find out whether he’s for you or not. He’s got a few pseudonyms too, so he can he quite hard to keep up with, but once you’re in, that’s part of the fun.

Pull up a chair, pop your ears, and let us commence.

 

 

Aphex Twin ‘Windowlicker’

Aphex released two of his most popular records back-to-back, with the watershed bothering ‘Come To Daddy’ frightening everyone half to death, and then, the infamous ‘Windowlicker’.

 

 

Aphex Twin – ‘minipops (source field mix)’

The first track to be shared from Richard James’ new album, ‘Syro’. Quite playful and sounds a bit like (the also brilliant) Plaid. This is the first proper new release from Aphex in ages.

 

 

 

Aphex Twin – ‘Avril 14th

From his patchy ‘Drukqs’ LP, Aphex Twin veered from brutal and glitchy drill ‘n’ bass, to most pastoral, pleasant piano work, like ‘Avril 14th’, which Richard James accused Kanye West of stealing.

 

 

 

AFX ‘Flow Coma’

Under his AFX guise, James released a double A-side white label, where he remixed a couple of tracks for shits and giggles. ‘Flow Coma’ sees him getting an acid track and turning it inside out. One of the most brilliant things he’s ever done.

 

 

 

Caustic Window ‘Stomper 101mod Detunekik’

Richard James also puts work out as Caustic Window. This year, the master of the unreleased LP found itself on a Kickstarter thing and now it is out in the wide world. Strange that Aphex felt we weren’t ready for this, given what he was putting out at the time.

 

 

 

Aphex Twin ‘Donkey Rhubarb’

Here we find Aphex Twin in all-out playful mode, which is not a thing to be sniffed at in the too-frequently po-faced world of electronic music. This track’s video is creepy and funny, which is what James excels in.

 

 

 

Aphex Twin ‘Yellow Calx’

One of the stand-out tracks from the ‘Richard D. James’ album, which is arguably the best in James’ back catalogue. This body of work was a real game-changer and everyone suddenly started to look at processing beats differently. Even Timbaland managed to incorporate some of this beat-mangling into his work.

 

 

 

Aphex Twin – ‘Bucephalus Bouncing Ball’

The b-side to ‘Come To Daddy’, this track shows just how breakneck Richard James’ mind works. This has to be seen at one of Aphex’s gigs to understand how punishing his music can be. It rattles along like a usual Aphex track, before breaking down into a bouncing ball, which somehow, James turns into a beat. This kind of thing makes us fans salivate like nobody’s business.

 

 

 

Aphex Twin ‘Xtal’

From ‘Selected Ambient Works 85-92′, this is included to show another of Richard James’ softer sides. This body of work is also a firm favourite in the back catalogue for his fans.

 

 

 

Aphex Twin ‘Digeridoo’

Aphex Twin used to be signed to techno label R&S Records, and during that time, he put out proto-gabba, insane throat beating sonic terror and pacy breakbeaty dancefloor numbers like ‘Digeridoo’.

 

 

 

Aphex Twin ‘Ventolin’

Richard James loves brutal noise and this track, from the excellent ‘I Care Because You Do’ shows Aphex in playful, peevish mood. It is brilliant, for those who like being put through the wringer.

 

 

 

Bradley Strider ‘Bradley’s Beat’

James has also put music out as Bradley Strider and, while not as tricksy and clever as other stuff he’s better known for, there’s still a lot of fun to be had.

 

 

 

Aphex Twin ‘Funny Little Man’

Sometimes, Aphex Twin can turn music inside out while blatantly taking the piss. He’s responsible for the puerile and preposterous (yet still ace) ‘Milkman’, and the poingy fun of ‘Funny Little Man’, which sounds like someone getting increasingly irritated while playing Super Mario Brothers or something.

 

 

 

Polygon Window ‘If It Is Really Me’

More alias fun with Richard James, this time with the rather pleasant ‘If It Is Really Me’ from the ‘Surfing On Sine Waves’ LP. He followed this with an Aphex Twin release, ‘On’, which has a splendid video directed by Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker.

 

 

 

Aphex Twin ‘Isopropanol’

More daft noise making from Aphex, taken from his R&S days.

 

 

 

Aphex Twin ‘Alberto Balsalm’

Again, from the ‘I Care’ album, we again see that Aphex Twin isn’t all about trying to make your ears bleed. This is a fan favourite for sure and borderline straight-laced… well… as straight laced as someone can be when his shoes are made out of hornet nests.

 

 

Feel free to add your own favourite Aphex Twin tracks in the comments or on Twitter. Excited for his new album now?

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