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Luis Suarez ‘Don’t Bite Me’: Tom Rosenthal’s Songs For Football’s Biggest Entertainer

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PIES has spotted this wonderful tribute tio Liverpool and Uruguay’s highly entertaining Luis Suarez.

Take it away, Tom Rosenthal.

 

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Posted: 26th, June 2014 | In: Liverpool, Music, Sports | Comment


Is Rock And Roll Dead? No. It Just Smells Bad

 

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“ROCK and Roll isn’t dead.  It just smells bad.”

I am, of course, paraphrasing Frank Zappa’s famous response when asked whether jazz was dead.  Who would have guessed that quote would be applicable to rock music just a few decades later.

There are many of you already feeling your blood pressure rise at what I’m saying.  I can hear you now: “There are tons of great bands today! All you have to do is stop wallowing in the past you old bastard, and dig for it!”  Problem is – if you have to dig it up, it’s probably dead.

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Posted: 25th, June 2014 | In: Key Posts, Music | Comments (13)


Prince Decides He’s Too Good For The Middle-Class Yoghurt Fest Called Glastonbury

U.S pop singer Prince, second left, and unidentified women, watch Spain's Rafael Nadal playing Serbia's Dusan Lajovic during their fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Monday, June 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

U.S pop singer Prince, second left, and unidentified women, watch Spain’s Rafael Nadal playing Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic during their fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Monday, June 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

 

SOCIAL MEDIA eh? People talking to each other about whatever they want? Dreadful isn’t it? How dare people have another conversational tool to add to the pen and paper, telephone, email and text message canon?

Anyway, social media’s chatter has apparently made up Prince’s mind about something, which shows a remarkable lack of backbone from the pint-sized genius.

Michael Eavis has said that Prince became “really upset” with Glastonbury organisers over what he called “social media rumours”.

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Posted: 24th, June 2014 | In: Music | Comment


Gerry Goffin RIP: His Greatest Hits That Never Get Old

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THE songwriting behemoth Gerry Goffin, has passed away, aged 75 in Los Angeles.

If you don’t recognise the name, you’ll recognise some of the songs he’s played a part in – ‘The Locomotion’, ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’ and ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman’.

The Mozart of Teen Melodrama, Goffin started out in Queens and met and married Carole King. While together, they wrote some of the most evergreen music ever committed to a human ear.

 

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In a statement King said Goffin was her “first love” and had a “profound impact” on her life. “His words expressed what so many people were feeling but didn’t know how to say,” she said.

We can all appreciate that. Goffin’s word have had a profound impact on everyone who has listened to one of his songs.

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Posted: 20th, June 2014 | In: Celebrities, Music | Comment


Straight Outta Central Casting: First Look At The Cast For The NWA Biopic

HIP HOP royalty, Dr. Dre, has shared details of the forthcoming NWA film ‘Straight Outta Compton’, stating that the biopic will see release on August 14, 2015.

The film will tell the tale of how NWA – Dr Dre, Ice Cube and the late Eazy E – came to be.

Dre and Eazy E will be played by newcomers while Ice Cube’s own son will play his father. You have to hope there’s no sex scenes with an actress playing his mother, because that would be weird.

Yesterday, Dre tweeted an image of the cast, and they really look the part, if better looking than the original members.

 

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Ice Cube will be played by O’Shea Jackson Jr, while Dre will be played by Marcus Callender who has had some roles in Criminal Justice, Blue Bloods and Elementary. It is thought that Dre wanted Michael B Jordan, but he’s signed up for the The Fantastic Four franchise.

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Posted: 20th, June 2014 | In: Film, Music | Comment


Bumping Geriatric Balls in the 60s : The Album

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THIS record is proof of a glitch in the Matrix.  Life is an illusion, a computer simulation, created by aliens to harness our biologic energy…. it’s literally the only explanation for this record.

Apparently, in 1968 the Milton Bradley Company tried to market their new “Bump Ball” by issuing a corresponding record.  The rules of the game: (1) Throw the Bump Ball into the air, then (2) you and your partner attempt to catch it between your bodies.

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Posted: 19th, June 2014 | In: Flashback, Music | Comments (2)


The Beatles Go Back To Mono: Or Are They Just Trolling?

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YOU may not know it, but The Beatles split-up in 1969. Since then, they’ve released more albums than when they were actually together.

Of course, most Beatle-nuts can’t help it and will fall salivating onto just about any Beatle release. They’re still capable of fun surprises – no-one expected the ‘Love’ album (with Cirque du Soleil) to contain a stone-cold banger like the Within You Without You/Tomorrow Never Knows mash-up.

It also featured on a video game with a load of fun psychedelic effects.

 

 

There’s been a host of radio session LPs, outtakes, ‘naked’ versions and, of course, remasters. One thing all fans of the Fab Four can agree on is that the original stereo versions of their famous LPs are a pain in the arse.

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Posted: 18th, June 2014 | In: Music | Comment


For Sale: PERSONALISED ASTON JLS BIRTHDAY BADGES / FRIDGE MAGNETS / HANDBAG MIRRORS

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…PERSONALISED ASTON JLS BIRTHDAY BADGE /FRIDGE MAGNET/MIRRORS

 

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Posted: 17th, June 2014 | In: Music, The Consumer | Comment


The 20 Greatest Codas In Popular Music: The Song Goes From Average To Anthem

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SONGS are composed of various different structures: the chorus, verse, bridge, etc. If they’re put together right, it sounds like one cohesive unit. Today, we’re looking at one section in particular – that last piece, the coda. It’s basically a separate section which brings an end to a song. In popular music, it’s sometimes referred to as an “outro”; the opposite of an intro.

It’s not necessarily long- for instance, “cold outros” as in “What I Like About You” by the Romantics end abruptly (and are a DJ’s worst nightmare). I’m speaking more of the “fade-out coda.” The most well-known example in popular music is probably the “Na Na Na” ending of “Hey Jude”.

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Posted: 17th, June 2014 | In: Key Posts, Music | Comments (4)


Stephen Fry Can Sing? BBC Plan Own Toe-Curlingly Bad Version Of Brit Awards

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THE BBC has long eyed up ITV’s pop-cultural weight with envy. ITV has The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. The BBC have got the rather stuffy Later… with Jools Holland and the even stuffier Strictly Come Dancing.

One big hitter in the TV calendar is ITV’s coverage of the Brit Awards and now, trying to muscle in, the Beeb are launching a rival to it, which will no doubt be like the musical equivalent of the incredibly dry Sports Personality of the Year.

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Posted: 16th, June 2014 | In: Music | Comment


‘Dying’ Morrissey, The Sickliest Musician In The World, Cancels Tour

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\IF you work in the music industry, or know someone who works in the biz, you’ll inevitably have hundreds of anecdotes about Morrissey’s behaviour, all them which will result in some kind of libel from the longest face in music.

However, it seems that Moz doesn’t mind making accusations about other people at all, which he did while cancelling all his dates on his American tour.

Morrissey postponed dates in Atlanta, Baltimore and Washington, but how now sacked off the rest of his schedule because he’s a bit poorly.

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Posted: 12th, June 2014 | In: Music | Comment


Man Locked Inside Vegas Airport Driven Mad By Celine Dion

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RICHARD Dunn responded to being locked inside a Las Vegas’ McCarran Airport by filming his version of Celine Dion’s 1996 hit All By Myself – a song best played and sung well away from any other sane human being.

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Posted: 11th, June 2014 | In: Music, Strange But True | Comment


Get Rik Mayall & The Young Ones to Number One!

IT is remarkable that Rik Mayall, who sadly passed away yesterday, was so loved, considering the small matter of his solely playing really horrible people. Somehow, he retained a certain warmth while being slimy, obnoxious and pervy.

Such is the love, that fans have kicked off some campaigns to honour him.

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Posted: 10th, June 2014 | In: Celebrities, Music | Comment


Soccerball Lover J-Lo Sings World Cup Song And Follows The Action On An App.

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THE World Cup is days away and fully grown adults are trying not to vomit with excitement about it all. Women and men everywhere are only half listening to conversations and forgetting to chew their food before swallowing, thanks to the impending cavalcade of football in Brazil.

Of course, the World Cup is big business. Non-football fans will be bitching and whining on social media, talking about how desperately unfair it all is even though they could go to a pub which isn’t showing the football, or go for a walk which isn’t football related or, indeed, look at everything that isn’t football related on the internet, listen to music, watch the numerous TV channels that are showing Not Football and do something else in this gigantic universe that we have, along with all those other people who don’t like football.

However, you can have it both ways – just ask Jennifer Lopez.

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Posted: 10th, June 2014 | In: Celebrities, Music, Sports | Comment


Axl Rose Threatens Everyone With New Guns N’ Roses LP

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THERE was a time when Guns N’ Roses were the perfect, pompous ragtag gaggle of panto rock villains, waddling around giganto-stages and blasting out ‘Welcome To The Jungle’ while smoking fags and drinking booze from the bottle.

Then, like all good enormous rock bands, they cocked it all up with drugs and in-fighting.

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Posted: 10th, June 2014 | In: Music | Comment


Crisis Averted: Justin Bieber Loses No Followers

EVEN though Justin Bieber has been in a fair amount of trouble lately, this week, his ears will be going hot with embarrassment after a video was published which showed him telling a racist joke.

Bieber says: “Why are black people afraid of chain saws?” The punchline is both racist and not very funny. To save us from laboriously spelling it out and explaining it in text, you can see the joke here.

 

 

Professional ambulance chasers, TMZ, are the people responsible for the video and, apparently, have had it for a while. You see, Bieber was 15 years old when he told the joke. TMZ decided not to share it with the world because of his age and because he “immediately told his friends what he did was stupid.”

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Posted: 2nd, June 2014 | In: Music | Comment


Boy Band Weed Watch: Dull One Direction Make Smoking Marijuana Uncool

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THE video of One Direction members Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson smoking weed has been shared a million times on the internet and a number of op-ed pieces have fretted over the band’s reputation and the potential for the band misleading their fans into doing naughty things.

So, let us look at each in turn.

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Posted: 2nd, June 2014 | In: Music | Comment


Epic Adverts: Dynamic Nashville Bass Player Is Looking For Work In G (Some Restrictions Apply)

A DYNAMIC Bass Player is looking for work in Nashville:

 

 

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Posted: 2nd, June 2014 | In: Money, Music | Comment


The Top 10 Lyrical Low Points of the 1970s

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BACK in January, we covered The Top Ten Lyrical Low Points of the 1980s.  Well, it’s time to tackle another decade – the 1970s.  While there were certainly a lot of good songs with good lyrics recorded during this period, there was a metric f**k-ton of bad ones as well.  But despite the enormity of the task, we’ve waded through it and plucked out the worst of reasonably well-known songs, and here they are…

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Posted: 30th, May 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comments (8)


Rap Genius Founder Fired For Being a Complete Dickhead About Elliot Rodger

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THAT you’re able to think up and found one of the web’s hotter properties does show that you’ve got some smarts. You’re good at doing something at least. But that’s not to say that having done that that you’re smart, as Mahbod Moghadam of Rap Genius has just proven. For he’s gone off and done something so dickheaded that he’s had to immediately resign from the company that he himself founded. He took the manifesto of the UCSB psycho shooter who killed all those people last week and loaded it up onto his own site. Fair enough, that’s what it’s for, you put a document up on Rap Genius and then people can add their annotations to it. But then he started to make his own annotations. Which were not cool, not cool at all:

Rap Genius co-founder Mahbod Moghadam has been fired from the annotation service after posting appalling comments on the memoir of mass murderer Elliot Rodger, who killed six people in a shooting spree earlier this week.

In now-removed annotations on the site on the sick 141-page manifesto, Moghadam added a tasteless series of comments, including “beautifully written” and also “MY GUESS: his sister is smokin hot.”

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Posted: 29th, May 2014 | In: Money, Music, Reviews, Technology | Comment


Copyright Suits: Beastie Boys Lose The Right To Say ‘No’

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WHEN Adam Yauch passed away, his fellow Beastie Boys were told, in no uncertain terms, that they should respect his legacy by never allowing their music to be used in advertisements.

And so, the Beasties are now taking on the Monster Energy drinks company over music used for commercial purposes.

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Posted: 29th, May 2014 | In: Money, Music | Comment


Here’s Some New Music From Shy And Not-At-All-Money-Mad Queen

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THE notoriously shy and not-at-all-money-obsessed Queen have confirmed plans to release a new album featuring previously unheard tracks sung by their late frontman Freddie Mercury.

Since Freddie’s untimely death, Queen have never been so busy, putting out musicals under the band’s name and touring the world with a variety of guest singers, like Paul Rodgers from Free.

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Posted: 29th, May 2014 | In: Music | Comment


Kasabian Release An ‘Important’ Message To The Cool Kids

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MODERN rock ‘n’ roll is in a treacherous place – it is ruled by musicians too masculine and backward looking, while the rest of the world’s genres has mixed it all up.

And without any trace of irony, Kasabian’s furry helmeted Serge Pizzorno has said that rock ‘n’ roll is dying.

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Posted: 29th, May 2014 | In: Music | Comment (1)


AKB48: Japanese Girlgroup Attacked With A Saw

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RECENTLY, women’s rights have been shoved to the forefront of the debate, thanks to a number of dreadful events. It has been difficult for some men to read the #YesToWomen hashtag, which has shown just how unsettling life can be for women.

While most men aren’t to blame for all that befalls women, most things that befall our female buddies is at the hands of men.

And so, to Japan, where two members of hugely popular Japanese pop group AKB48 were left hospitalised after a fan attacked them with a saw.

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Posted: 27th, May 2014 | In: Music, Reviews | Comment