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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Baby Elephant Walk - Henry Mancini



Baby Elephant Walk is a tune written in 1961 by composer Henry Mancini, for the 1962 release of the movie Hatari! The composer combines brass instruments (including repeated blasts from the tuba) and woodwind elements to convey the sense of a toddler that is large and plodding, but nonetheless filled with the exuberance of youth. The catchy, jazzy simplicity of the tune has made it one of Mancini's most popular works, prompting its appearance on nearly twenty later compilation and best of/greatest hits albums.

So here is the original clip a sequence from the 1962 movie with John Wayne and Elsa Martinelli


And now for some other versions..................

Pandemonium Steel Drum Band in Prescott, AZ on June 8th, 2008


The Churryjazz Band Concert offered on June 28, 2008 in the house of Miguelturra's culture.

The components of the Churrijazz Band are:
Ángel Ocaña, Mario León and Juan Giralt (clarinets) Francisco Peco and Agustín Vidal (alt saxophones) Francisco Díaz-Pinto (tenor saxophone) Tomás Briz (baritone saxophone).

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra


And finally, you can't have a feature a song nowadays without including a mashup.
A brilliant mash up of Ludacris' "Stand Up" vs Henry Mancini's 1962 classic "Baby Elephant Walk".
A totally unique remix put together by JamHamster, just for fun! Enjoy! FM


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Classical Muppets



Over the years The Muppet's have performed some of the best loved classical music ever written. And some that wasn't.


Here's a few performances to brighten your day.

Habanera from Carmen - Swedish Chef and accompaniment.


The Blue Danube Waltz as conducted by The Great Gonzo and featuring the lovely Camilla


And finally a true Muppet's Classic ..... Mahna Mahna

Creedence Clearwater Misheard



"Have you ever seen the rain" - Creedence Clearwater Revival the misheard lyrics version...
I'm still wondering who Lorraine is?
Ranks up there with the Joe Cocker, Carmina Burana and Meshuggah misheard lyrics gems.



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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

You get what you pay for



OK, so you want to get your daughter featured on a political campaign ad on TV.
What do you have to do, well it's obvious.
You donate $4,600 to the Elect an ancient mariner campaign and Voila!
Then they attempt a good old swiftboat type of commercial, and you are not sure if you want to laugh or cry.
If he was looking for an heiress to star in his commercial he could have stayed closer to home.



According to TMZ the Hilton's are pissed at McCain because he dissed their daughter after they contributed $4,600 to his campaign.
Good Idea, bite the hand that feeds you.
As if poor Britney doesn't have enough problems with that old Dr Phil hanging around she gets dragged in to it by McCain as well.

Maybe Barack needs to create a commercial set in a German Coffee shop in Ohio and have McCain sitting round with his buddies Bush, Cheney, Rice and Rove.
Nahh, don't stoop to their level.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Where did you come from?



A big thankyou to you for visiting me here, and also to StatCounter and Google who assist in tracking and providing information on the number of visitors and what they like. As in which pages are the most popular, etc.
So can you see on the map where you came from?

A Tale of Two Duartes



Celso Duarte began his studies of the harp and Latin-American music at a very early age with his father, the world-renowned Paraguayan harpist Celso Duarte González. Charismatic, talented and deeply profound, Celso Duarte has been recognized as a virtuoso of the harp by many international critics. His expertise extends mainly to the Paraguayan harp, Celtic harp, and Mexican Jarocha harp.
I read a review of Celso Duarte's new CD in Paste Magazine and had to check out his sounds. The harp is so often thought of as a background instrument or maybe even a little new wave.
But this is totally different. Enjoy, I know I did.

The harpist Celso Duarte González playing in the III Paraguaype Festival, held in Asuncion, Paraguay, in August 2006.


Celso Duarte González (harp) and Martin Portillo (guitar) at the Encuentro de Arpa de Durango 2004.


Lila Downs and Celso Duarte improvise in La Iguana, in the Iberoamerican Theater Festival.


Celso Duarte in the international forum of cultures is shown in concert with Lila Downs.

If it ain't got that swing



Some real old musical highlights today.
A friend sent me the first couple of links today which sent my mind back to an earlier age.
When life was not so complicated, so sit back and enjoy.
Or maybe they will set your feet a tapping and you will have to dance.
Either way enjoy.


Stan Kenton and his Orchestra recorded in London 6 February 1972 playing The Peanut Vendor


Tex Beneke and the Glenn Miller Orchestra perform the jazz classic: In The Mood


The Duke Ellington Orchestra performing in Turin in 1958. One of his finest periods. Ray Nance is the stand-out soloist on trumpet. I love the way he remains seated - the very essence of'cool'.
Take the 'A' Train


Benny Goodman and Carmen Miranda feature together in this 1934 movie 'The Gang's All Here' and we get to see and hear J.Stacy, L.Bellson, J.Rushton and Miff Mole.

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Three Graces



Meet the Three Graces. Meet Joy, Kelly, and Sara: a trio of gifted and beautiful singers from a range of musical backgrounds who, together, are Three Graces.
I stumbled across this CD today and had to go search to see if there was any video around. Happily there was plenty.
In Greek mythology, the Three Graces represent beauty, wisdom, and charm. Just like the legendary figures who inspired their name, these artists personify exhilarating talent. On their self-titled debut album, the trio explores a stunning array of musical styles and moods, singing in English, Italian, Spanish and French. Their mix of the best of pop, Broadway, and opera creates a unique listening experience that will undoubtedly win audiences' hearts. Three Graces is compromised of Sara Gettelfinger, Kelly Levesque and Joy Kabanuck.


Thursday 29 November, 2007 in Miami Beach at the Sabrina Cohen Foundation for Stem Cell Research charity event everybody was treated to the fabulous talent and voices of the Three Graces, Joy Kabanuck, Kelly Levesque, & Sara Gettlefinger. "I Wish" was the first song they sang.


Three Graces 'Requiem' music video shot in NY by Panasonic. Directed by Gregg Simon


Three Graces sing with Paul Potts - Brindisi from Traviata - Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida March 1, 2008

David Gilmour



David Jon Gilmour CBE (born March 6, 1946) is an English musician best known as the lead guitarist, one of the primary singers, and one of the main songwriters in the band Pink Floyd. In addition to his work with Pink Floyd, Gilmour has also worked as a record producer for a variety of famous artists. Gilmour has been actively involved with many charity organisations over the course of his career. In 2003, he was appointed CBE for services to music.
His guitar sound is distinctive in whatever setting it may be used. Check him out here with three totally different styles of music.

With David Bowie - Comfortably Numb


With B.B. King - See my woman


With Kate Bush - Running up that Hill

Dubyah - The Movie



E Online wants you to rate this trailer.
CBS News says: The trailer for Oliver Stone's biopic of President George W. Bush, "W," is now online. The film is expected to be released October 17th, less than three weeks before voters go to the polls to choose Mr. Bush's successor.
The movie appears to portray the young Mr. Bush as a beer-drinking, hard-partying screw up who looks chastened during a lecture from his father, George H.W. Bush.

Wonkette says: Well, this looks terrible. And, uh, Lloyd Bentsen as George H.W. Bush, that’s very inspired casting. The Laura Bush and Condi Bush Rice actors/characters look like they might be semi-believable, and that’s about it. Terrible soundtrack. Just looks terrible, all around. Of course, no biopic could ever compare with the rancid stupid tragedy that is the life of George W. Bush, who should have been cremated at birth.

I have to agree with her regarding the Lloyd Bentsen casting. But my thought is however good or bad this movie is, if it moves the American public one inch closer to prosecuting that poor excuse for a human being, or gets the Democrats a half inch out of their seats in doing something about his crimes then it will have been a worthwhile exercise.


Tokota - And So They Say



Tokota is a 5-piece band from Roosdaal, Belgium. They joined together as a band in mid August 2005.
After 6 months of playing together, Tokota was selected for the final of Humo’s Rock Rally 2006, which is the most important rock rally of Belgium.
I like this video and the sound. The lead singer has a very interesting voice.
The video is by Michael Wysmans.
You can listen to more of their music at LastFm.


TOKOTA 'And So They Say' from Michael Wysmans on Vimeo.

Photo: (c) Genthology - Tom Verbruggen

Friday, July 25, 2008

Dexter Season 3



Starting on September 28, the new season of Dexter looks to be as good as the previous ones maybe even better. This is of course on Showtime.
Jimmy Smits is joining the cast this year, which can only be a plus.
Maybe it will make up for the loss of Cane.
Watch the sneak preview of Season three, and if you don't have Showtime now might be the time to get it. Not just for Dexter, but for all the other good stuff like Weeds, Californication, The Tudors, Bullshit, etc.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Watchmen



A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, Watchmen is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the "Doomsday Clock" - which charts the USA's tension with the Soviet Union - is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed-up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion - a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers - Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity...but who is watching the watchmen?


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Apology to the USA by Canada



This is an extremely funny piece done by Colin Mochrie who's only USA TV appearances were on "Whose Line Is It" and "The Drew Carey Show".
Does this tell us anything?
While being extremely funny it is also extremely pointed, and in many cases accurate.

Thankfully he won't be back



But unfortunately he is still here, until January 2011. Last night, news broke that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will sign an Executive Order on Monday slashing the wages of over 200,000 state employees to the bare minimum.
Not California's minimum wage of $8 per hour. The federal minimum wage of $6.55. Six dollars and fifty-five cents an hour.
To add insult to injury, the Governor is slashing workers' wages instead of taking leadership to close the "Yacht Tax" loophole.
Man of the people, yeah right.

If this annoys you a bit, then go sign this petition to stop Arnold.

BTW I am NOT a State employee, so it's nothing personal here.

Here's some additional information on the Yacht Tax fiasco.



I'm a Man



"I'm a Man" is a song written by Spencer Davis Group singer-songwriter Steve Winwood and record producer Jimmy Miller. Not to be confused with the Bo Diddley song "I'm a man' based on Muddy Waters' 1951 song "She moves me". Muddy later covered Bo's song and renamed it "Mannish Boy" and that should be meat for a future post.
The original recording was a fast, Hammond organ-driven blues rock track released as a single by the Spencer Davis Group in early 1967, reaching no. 9 in the UK singles charts and no.10 in the US. It was the last hit single by the band before the brothers Steve and Muff Winwood left to pursue their own separate careers.
It was later covered in 1969 by Chicago on their debut album "The Chicago Transit Authority".
And now in 2008 Los Lonely Boys have a great new version on their current release "Forgiven", a terrific album.
So what better for a Thursday than to check out all three versions.

Spenser Davis Group


Chicago


Los Lonely Boys


As with any great tune, there are always the fringe covers.............

Macho (A 70's disco version)


The School of Rock Midwest ALL STARS perform I'm a Man at O'Gara's in St.Paul MN on 07/15/08.


The British Invasion Band #2 performing I'm A Man at Powell Festival 6/27/08

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Happy Birthday David Essex



David Essex is 61 today, and apparently still touring.
David Essex OBE was born David Albert Cook, 23 July 1947, in Plaistow, West Ham just down the road a piece from where I lived in Poplar.
East end kids have to stick together.
He was first off an actor, then he started singing.
His first hit was of course "Rock On" which is all by itself a rock classic.
Even if he never made another record that one would stand as an icon. Of course he made others and he made a couple of good rock n roll movies, "That'll be the day" and the sequel "Stardust".
The only time I ever saw him live was in Evita. I was lucky enough to get seats for the opening week in the west end of London and he was playing Che. Elaine Paige was Evita and Perón was played by Joss Ackland. A far superior version than the movie.
I think it was the same year, 1978, that he also did the voice of the Artilleryman on Jeff Wayne's concept album, a musical version of The War of the Worlds. I still play that album, a terrific version of HG Wells story with Richard Burton as the narrator.

So here's a couple of videos to remind of his past and one current video of him singing on of his other hits on a recent TV appearance in April this year.

Rock On - 1974


Oh What a Circus - 1978


Gonna make you a star - 2008

He still seems as approachable as ever.

Happy Birthday David.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Creep redux



OK, for years I have buried my head in the sand regarding Radiohead. I don't know why I missed out on them, they were not regularly played on the radio stations I listened to and I think I may have confused them with some other group. But for some reason I just never listened to them. Suddenly I did, I don't know why, I just did. I first listened to Nude a great song and then went back and listened to their version of Creep. You can now officially put me down as a fan.
This post on Creep is not to be confused with the one blocked by another creep, whose name shall not be spoken on the web.

I first became aware of the song "Creep" while watching Rockstar Supernova. It seems everybody on the show wanted to do this song. This is one of the better versions from that show by Lukas Rossi.
Updated 10.23.2013

Talking of TV music competitions, here is a fine version by David Cook pre-Idol with the band Axium.


Of course we must have the original by Radiohead, from the Pablo Honey CD in 1993.


And who knew that Moby could give you shivers.


And whoever Richard Cheese is, here's his lounge singer version. Interesting video.
This is a new version from this year [2013], the previous one dissapeared.

Updated 10.23.2013

Here is something from Japan, I believe her (or their) name is Aco.

Updated 8-13-2011 not such a good video, but the original disappeared for all the usual reasons.

And finally an awesome live version by one of my other favorites, Chrissie Hynd and the Pretenders. An amazing arrangement of this great song.


And if you want more there is a nice audio (blank video) of the Damian Rice version here.

CREEP
When you were here before
Couldn't look you in the eye
You're just like an angel
Your skin makes me cry
You float like a feather
In a beautiful world
And I wish I was special
You're so fucking special
But I'm a creep, I'm a weirdo
What the hell am I do here?
I don't belong here

I don't care if it hurts
I want to have control
I want a perfect body
I want a perfect soul
I want you to notice
When I'm not around
You're so fucking special
I wish i was special
But I'm a creep, I'm a weirdo
What the hell am I do here?
I don't belong here

She's running out again
She's running out...
run...

Whatever makes you happy
Whatever you want
You're so fucking special
I wish I was special...
But I'm a creep, I'm a weirdo
What the hell am I do here?
I don't belong here
I don't belong here

Send Karl Rove to Jail



This sounds like a dream, doesn't it? Well, it's not. We have a unique opportunity right now to send Karl Rove to jail, but only if we take immediate action.
All we have to do is pressure the 40 members of the House Judiciary Committee, make them hold Rove in contempt and send him to jail. We've never had such a direct opportunity to hold Rove accountable. No, this is not enough punishment for his years and years of crimes, but it's a huge start, and will send a very clear message to the entire Bush administration.
The specific issue regarding Rove's failure to testify before Congress is a little complicated, so they put together this video that explains exactly why Rove should be held in contempt and sent to jail. Check out Send Karl Rove to Jail, and sign their petition to ensure that the HJC holds Rove in contempt.

After you watch the video, sign the petition at sendkarlrovetojail.com

Monday, July 21, 2008

Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen



The group originally formed in 1967 in Ann Arbor, MI; Commander Cody (born George Frayne IV; piano), John Tichy (lead guitar), Steve Schwartz (guitar), Don Davis (bass), Don Bolton (aka the West Virginia Creeper; pedal steel guitar), and Ralph Mallory (drums) formed the original lineup. When the group relocated to San Francisco the following year, only Frayne, Bolton, and Tichy made the move; the group's membership included Billy C. Farlowe (vocals, harp), Andy Stein (fiddle, saxophone), guitarist Billy Kirchen, bassist "Buffalo" Bruce Barlow, and drummer Lance Dickerson at the time of their 1971 debut album, Lost in the Ozone. The following year the group scored a fluke Top Ten hit with "Hot Rod Lincoln," taken from their first album, Lost in the Ozone. Commander Cody was never able to capitalize on the single's success, partially because their albums never completely captured their live energy. [JBauder1948]
So here we have three versions, the first two show what a difference 35 years make. And the last one is the original track with some cool photo's of guess what? Hot Rods, very nice JBauder1948.

1971 - Live


2006 - Live in Plymouth Massachussetts


Original Track - video by JBauder1948

Lykke Li



Lykke Li (born Li Lykke Timotej Zachrisson March 18, 1986), better known by her stage name, is a Swedish indie singer.
Li was born in Ystad, Skane, in Sweden, in 1986 and was raised by artistic parents; her mother was a photographer, her father is a musician. The family moved to Stockholm when Li was a toddler and later moved to Portugal when Li was six, where they lived for five years; the family also spent time in Lisbon and Morocco and spent winters in Nepal and India. She moved to New York for three months when she was 19, where she recorded her album, before returning to Sweden.

I once spent two weeks in Ystad in January in the early 70's. It was very cold but the locals were friendly. All in all I have fond memories of Ystad.
Just been listening to Lykke Li's album, Youth Novel. She is a little bit different from the main-stream pop girls of today.
A little unusual, not predictable. Strangely compelling. I liked the album.

Dance Dance Dance


Little Bit - performed on the UK TV show “Later with Jools Holland”, on 25th May 2008.

Name that tune




Check out this guy singing a well known song backwards.
See if you can guess what it is before the halfway mark when he reverses the video and all is revealed.





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Friday, July 18, 2008

Jimmy Rosenberg



Joseph (Jimmy) Rosenberg (born 10th April 1980 in Helmond) is a Dutch musician (guitar), known for his virtuoso playing of jazz, string swing, and gypsy jazz,
He was formerly active in the gypsy environment (Sinti), inspired by his relative Stochelo Rosenberg after his release of the album "Seresta" (Hot Club Records 1989). Jimmy Rosenberg's international reputation started with the British Channel 4 show (Django's Legacy, 1990) with the trio "The Gypsy Kids", who consisted of Falko Reinhart and Sani van Mullum. In 1995 he was in the trio together with Johnny Rosenberg on guitar and Rinus Steinbach on bass.
With this group he toured in Oslo, New York and the Django festival in Paris until his solo career took over in 1997. Rosenberg has often taken part in the Norwegian Django Festival in Oslo, his first attendance having been made at only twelve years of age. In 2000 he made his debut at Carnegie Hall, as part of the Django Reinhardt Festival at Birdland, New York, where he has been an annual guest ever since. He has released many records, and has worked together with Norwegians such as Hot Club de Norvège, Ola Kvernberg, and Stian Carstensen. Internationally, he has worked and released records with Romane, Andreas Öberg, Jon Larsen ,Bireli Lagrene, Angelo Debarre and Frank Vignola. He has also played with Willie Nelson (2002)
Jimmy Rosenberg's problems with heavy drugs have prevented him from an international breakthru, and he is now most of the time in hospitals or rehab.


Why does so much talent drift into drugs? Sad, but hopefully he will get out of the spiral.
So let's listen to a few tracks from this talented heir to the Django Reinhardt throne.

Sweet Georgia Brown

Watch those flying fingers.

Limehouse Blues (with Frank Vignola)


Mélodie au Crépuscule


A medley of tunes by a very young Jimmy Rosenberg

Linda and Amy



The fun of time travel around the internet.
Music from the different eras, linked as one.
First up Linda Ronstadt from 1974 with a live rendition of Your No Good.


Now spring forward to recent times.
Get Amy Winehouse on the scene and mix it up with Linda.
And you now have You Know That You're No Good

Time for some campaigning



Here it is, the latest and greatest movie from JibJab.
Starring the usual suspects.
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And please, when you have done voting for the main contender don't forget this other important issue. Unless you are one of the three Republicans living in San Francisco you know which way you have to vote to preserve his legacy.

SAN FRANCISCO - A measure seeking to commemorate President Bush's years in office by slapping his name on a San Francisco sewage plant has qualified for the November ballot.
The measure certified Thursday would rename the Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant the George W. Bush Sewage Plant.
Supporters say the idea is to commemorate the mess they claim Bush has left behind.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

More Leonard Cohen Dates



Sadly still no announcement about the USA.
But he's your man in Europe.
Most popular tour of the year from what one reads. He is making new fans all over and certainly making his old fans very happy.

So he's going back to Europe from September through December.

September
21 Bucharest Arcul De Trumpf
24 Vienna Koncerthaus
27 Prague HC Sparta
29 Wroclaw Hala Orbita
October
1 Warsaw Torwar
4 Berlin O2
7 Munich Olmpiahalle
10 Helsinki Ice Hall
12 Gothenberg Falconer
15 Stockholm Globen
17 Copenhagen Forum
20 Brussels Foret National
23 Milan Teatro Degli Arcimboldi
25 Zurich Hallenstadion
27 Geneva - Venue Tbc
29 Frankfurt Festhalle
31 Hamburg Colorline Arena
November
2 Oberhausen Arena
3 Rotterdam Ahoy
5 Glasgow Clyde
8 Cardiff Arena
11 Bournemouth Bic
13 London O2 Arena
22 Birmingham Nec
24 Paris Olympia
25 Paris Olympia
26 Paris Olympia
28 Brighton Centre
December
1 Dublin Point

Transsiberian



An American couple, Roy (Woody Harrelson) and Jessie (Emily Mortimer), decide to take the long way home from their recent sojourn in Asia on the legendary Trans-Siberian Express train from Beijing to Moscow. On their way, they meet another couple from the West, Carlos (Eduardo Noriega) and Abby (Kate Mara), with whom they quickly form a familiar bond that often unites fellow travellers away from home. When Roy accidentally gets separated from the group at a stopover, Jessie begins to realize that their compatriots aren't exactly who or what they seem to be. The real danger begins to surface as a deceitful Russian detective (Sir Ben Kingsley) and locals terrorize Jessie in this unforgettable journey.
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer, Kate Mara, Eduardo Noriega, Ben Kingsley
Directed by: Brad Anderson
Produced by: Carlos Fernandez, Antonia Nava, Julio Fernandez
Release Date: July 18th, 2008 in limited areas.

This looks like a genuinely interesting movie, I'll have to check it out.

Cute imitator



I don't usually go for cute stuff much, but this was irresistible.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

X-Files - I want to believe



The trailer for the new X-Files movie.
The movie arrives in theaters July 25.
The X-Files: I Want to Believe is a 2008 science fiction film directed by Chris Carter, and written by Carter and Frank Spotnitz. It is the second feature film based on Carter's TV series The X-Files, following the 1998 film.

With David Duchovny as Fox Mulder, Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully, Amanda Peet as ASAC Dakota Whitney and Billy Connolly as Father Joseph Crissman. That has to be something seeing Billy Connolly as a priest is worth the price of admission alone.


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A penny saved is a penny earned



Chevrolet created a unique billboard made from over 20,000 pennies to launch the value-for-money Chevrolet Aveo car.
The 20 foot billboard was created in New Oxford Street.
But Londoners stripped it of all it's pennies in about 30 minutes.
It was a cool advert to grab the attention of the public and illustrate the 769,500 pence price of the car, but it didn't stand a chance against the sticky fingers of the populace. However I'm sure the stripping of the pennies has produced much more publicity for Chevrolet that the cost of the billboard could normally buy.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Never heckle a comedian



A heckler is a person who shouts a disparaging comment at a performance or event, or interrupting set-piece speeches, for example at a political meeting.
The term originates from the textile trade, where to heckle was to tease or comb out flax or hemp fibres. The additional meaning, to interrupt speakers with awkward or embarrassing questions, was added in Scotland, and specifically perhaps in early nineteenth century Dundee, a famously radical town where the hecklers who combed the flax had established a reputation as the most radical and belligerent element in the workforce. In the heckling factory, one heckler would read out the day's news while the others worked, to the accompaniment of interruptions and furious debate.
Heckling was a major part of the vaudeville theater. Sometimes it was incorporated into the play. Milton Berle's weekly TV variety series in the 1960s featured a heckler named Sidney Spritzer (German/Yiddish for "Squirter") played by Borscht Belt comic Irving Benson. In the 1970s and 1980s, The Muppet Show, which was also built around a vaudeville theme, featured two hecklers, Statler & Waldorf (two old men named after famous hotels). Heckles are now particularly likely to be heard at stand-up comedy performances, to unsettle or compete with the performer.

Billy Connolly once named a comedy album for a Heckler, "Raw meat for the balcony" a true classic.
Generally when heckling a comedian it is not a good idea at all, and if you are drunk it is even more dangerous. Check out some of the best.

Billy Connolly


Jimmy Carr



Steve Touhy


But some entertainers incorporate hecklers into their routine. True John is a singer not a comedian, generally.

John Otway

Texting on a motorbike



As of July 1, 2008 you can no longer make cell phone calls while driving your car in California unless you have a hands free setup.
I assume motorcycles have the same restriction.
But strangely there is a loophole in the law regarding texting.
I think that loophole needs closing. Why you ask?
Take a look at this and imagine if this was California.


http://view.break.com/535445 - Watch more free videos

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Ronaldo



Manchester United, the best football club in the world has had many fabulous players in the past. Best, Charlton, Beckham to name a few. And they continue that tradition with Ronaldo.
Ronaldo has been phenomenal in 2007/2008, he scored his first United hat-trick and his 50th league goal for the club in a 6-0 romp over Newcastle on the way to netting a staggering 42 goals in the season.
Name: Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro
Born: Madeira, Portugal
Nationality: Portugal
Position: Winger, Striker
Born: 5/2/1985
Current Club: Manchester United (England) and let's hope he ramains there for a long time.

Don't know much about .....



With deep apologies to Sam Cooke.

Don't know much about history
Don't know much economy
Don't know much about a science book
Don't know much about the Viagra I took







Western Spaghetti - PES



Adam Pesapane known as PES creates really strange and intriguing videos using stop motion animation.
This one really cracked me up with the imagination of the ingredients.
Very cool.
Check out more of them here.



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Carla Bruni - L'amoureuse



From enews20: France’s First Lady is releasing her third studio album, titled “Comme si de rien n’etait” (“As If Nothing Had Happened”), showing the world that the man that she loves is more powerful than hard drugs. Carla Bruni confessed that the source of inspiration for her lyrics was her love for her spouse, President Nicolas Sarkozy. The album was also inspired by the songs of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and the Beatles. [Rest of the article].

Here is the official video for the first single I'm assuming. They give out so much info: Clip officiel
But I found it to be a very intriguing video. Very cool. I wonder if Michelle sings?

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Vacationeers ride again




Remember Google Maps The Movie?

Well these guys are back with some more entertaining videos.

First up Google Moon, what happens when you see something you are not supposed to.



My favorite is this one for Google Maps My Maps. Take a nice innocent story and with a little spooky music turn it into a horrifying story.

The Dangling Carrot



Here is the short video called Presto by Pixar. Be sure to feed your rabbit if you want the tricks to come out right.
I guess this is the short shown before Wall-E.
Written and directed by Doug Sweetland, Presto is about an elegant magician and his bunny, whose task, naturally, is to come out of a top hat at the appropriate time.
Presto clearly references Bugs Bunny’s man-outwitting wabbit, but with a Pixar twist: in the end, both are placated: the magician ends up with an jaw-dropping trick and the bunny gets his carrot.
You can see this and many others at pixar.com/shorts.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Seeing Double



The guys from Improv Everywhere are at it again with this human mirror stunt.
15 pairs of twins create a human mirror on a New York subway car.






Remember the Ultimate Baseball Game, the Food Court Musical, the inspired by Trafalgar Square Freeze, and the original Grand Central Station Freeze?

Monday, July 7, 2008

Wife Carrying Championships 2008



Wife carrying (Finnish eukonkanto (or sometimes akankanto), Estonian naisekandmine) is a sport in which male competitors race while each carrying a female teammate. The objective is for the male to carry the female through a special obstacle track in the fastest time. The sport was first introduced at Sonkajärvi, Finland.
Several types of carry may be practised: piggyback, fireman's carry (over the shoulder), or Estonian-style (the wife hangs upside-down with her legs around the husband's shoulders, holding onto his waist).
Major wife-carrying competitions are held in Sonkajärvi, Finland (where the prize is the wife's weight in beer) Monona, Wisconsin, and Marquette, Michigan.
The sport originated as a joke in Finland, supposedly reminiscent of a past in which men courted women by running to their village, picking them up, and carrying them off. The Wife Carrying Contest has very deep roots in Sonkajärvi's local history, despite its humorous aspect. In the late 1800s a brigand called Rosvo-Ronkainen was staying in the area. He allegedly only accepted troops who proved their worth on a challenging track. The sport is now practised around the world and has a category in the Guinness Book of Records.
Although it may have started as wife stealing, in a couple of instances here it looks more like wife drowning.

This years world championships from Finland.


In Hong Kong they had a similar contest on Valentines Day, how romantic.

Courtesy NTDTV

And of course we can't forget our friends from down under in Singleton.

There's many a true word spoken in jest



There's many a true word spoken in jest.
something that you say when you think that something someone has said as a joke may really be true or become true. 'At this rate we'll be walking all night.' 'Be careful - there's many a true word spoken in jest.'

And this Onion News Broadcast is a case in point.


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