Category Archives: Daily Drivel

MM writes about whatever the heck Mike wants to write about

Happy Birthday, Sept. 20 People !!

Michael C. Moore

wishes HAPPY BIRTHDAY, wherever you are, to Spencer Locke, Holly Weber, Jon Bernthal, Asia Argento, Moon Bloodgood, Ben Shepherd, Kristen Johnston, Robert Rusler, Gary Cole, Brinke Stevens, Guy Lafleur, Ted Neeley, Dale Chihuly, Sophia Loren, Anne Meara, Joyce Brothers, John Dankworth, PEG PHILLIPS !!, RED AUERBACH !!, Upton Sinclair, and … SOPHIA FEDERIGHI !! and BETHANY PRINDLE !! and F. JAMES RAASCH !!

So Long Ed, Farrah and Michael

Jeez, a guy can’t take a few days off without the all-time great sidekick, one of Charlie’s Angels and The King of Pop all checking out.

Well, they say stars go out in threes.

In this particular trio, there’s not a lightweight. All three were cultural icons, in their own way.

Ed McMahon might’ve been just Johnny Carson‘s sidekick, but he hung in there for 33 years, chortling and “Hi-Yo”-ing and “You are correct, sir”-ing himself into the very fabric of American TV culture.

Farrah Fawcett might’ve been just one season on an Aaron Spelling jiggle show and a poster … but oh, what a poster. I’ll bet there are millions of ’em up in workshops and garages around the world, to this very day. (Not mine … I was a Cheryl Ladd guy, myself.)

And Michael Jackson. Wow, what a last publicity stunt. The first thing I thought of when I heard he was gone was the old Warner Brothers cartoon with Bugs and Daffy competing for the audience’s affections in some Vaudeville-type stage show, and Bugs always coming out with the loudest applause as Daffy’s frustration mounted. Finally, the Duck strapped himself to a heapin’ helpin’ of TNT and blew himself up. As his ghost floated upward, Bugs pointed to the cheering crowd and said, “Daffy! They loved it! They want an encore!” And all Ghost-Daffy could do was shrug and say, “Unfortunately, it’s the kind of thing you can only do once.”

I don’t mean to make light of Michael’s demise with that cartoon recollection; it really was just the first thing that came to mind when I heard the news on the radio Thursday afternoon.

I’ve spent more time than I care to admit over the last decade feeling sorry for Michael. For all his fame and fortune, the man had issues; King of Pop-sized issues.

I do think he was running out of ways to keep our attention. And the stress of mounting his comeback tour — well, that and all the painkillers and other abuses his body had suffered, his financial woes and tarnished reputation — finally did him in.

When I remember McMahon, it won’t be as the desperate old guy struggling to keep from having his house repossessed — it’ll be handing envelopes to Carnac the Magnificent, and guffawing away at all the punch lines.

When I remember Farrah, it won’t be as the cancer-ridden tabloid target — it’ll be staring quizzically, grinning that toothy grin and shaking that immense mane of hair, at the intercom from which Charlie’s voice emanated every week.

And when I remember Michael, it won’t be the long, painful, freak-show decline. It’ll be the insanely talented little guy fronting the Jackson 5, the showman, the philanthopist (he did have a little something to do with “We Are The World,” remember), the star who created and inspired a wave of hype so huge that it finally crushed him.

More later … — MM

Reunions of Bands We Didn’t Need in the First Place

I get a kick out of typing up the schedules for the local nightspots — mainly the Seattle ones — because I love good band names.

But it struck me this week how many of these shows over in Seattle are labeled as “Reunion” shows. Some band I never heard of, which means they never did anything worth hearing about, is reuniting.

Like: “Meat and the Gristle (Reunion Show)”.

I never noticed when Meat and the Gristle broke up. I never noticed when they did anything. Neither did you. Neither did anybody else. So why are they reuniting?

The listing should be more like: “WARNING: Meat and the Gristle (Needless Reunion Show)”

On the other hand, if Drive It Like You Stole It ever reunites, let me know …

Sorry for ranting.

More later … — MM

DAILY DRIVEL — Does Howie Have Insurance? Call the Banker!

Game-show host ("Deal or No Deal," "Howie Do It") and comedian Howie Mandel , 53, checked into and out of a hospital Tuesday to be checked out for an irregular heartbeat.

Since it apparently turned out to be nothing serious, I wonder if the attending doctor had the wherewithal to point at Howie and ask:

"Pain? … Or no pain? "

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I can hardly wait to see talented C&W singer-songwriter Taylor Swift act, which she’ll apparently get the chance to do on an upcoming episode of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation " (the real, original one, set in Las Vegas, not the two cheesebag spin-offs).

Reports say Swift, 19, will play a "strange teenager." Not exactly a stretch for the country wunderkind , but it’s a start. On that show, it’s a positive any time you don’t have to play dead.

If you recall, I’ve been a fan of Swift since I saw her rock out with Def Leppard on the CMT show "Crossover."

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On the subject of young country stars, I heard a bit of an interview with Kellie Pickler on my favorite morning radio show (Bob Rivers and Co. on KZOK). I tried for a long time not to like Pickler, because she emerged from the venal "American Idol" ranks. But I have to admit I like her music, even her twangy voice, and in the interview she came off as really intelligent and — especially — down to earth.

Now I can just sit back a spell and wait for Miranda Lambert to do something, so I can blog about her, too …

More later … — MM

DAILY DRIVEL — How Long Before Paul Claims He’s Really Sean’s Dad?

Little by little, Paul McCartney seems to be laying claim to everything good the Beatles ever did, even things previously attributed more to the late John Lennon .

The AP just moved this little ditty:

"Report: McCartney says he’s the political Beatle
LONDON — Paul McCartney claims that he was the real politicized figure in The Beatles, not John Lennon, according to an interview published Sunday.
McCartney was quoted as saying it was he who first raised concerns over the Vietnam war within the group and advocated their anti-war stance.
Fans have long regarded Lennon, who wrote songs such as “Revolution” and — in later years — “Give Peace a Chance,” as the group’s authentic political voice.
But McCartney claimed that his meeting with philosopher Bertrand Russell in the mid-1960s sparked his own — and eventually Lennon’s — curiosity about world affairs.
Following his talk with Russell, McCartney said he told “the guys, particularly John (Lennon), about this meeting and saying what a bad war this was,” The Sunday Times quoted McCartney as saying in the interview.
The newspaper said McCartney was interviewed in Britain’s Prospect magazine, which is published on Wednesday.
According to the newspaper, McCartney said he believes his stance has inspired the work against African poverty carried out in recent years by Bob Geldof and U2’s Bono ."

The way things are going, pretty soon Macca will be telling us it was really him in the bag with Yoko in that hotel room …

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While I’m in a snarky mood … I was channel surfing one night over the weekend and caught this item on Joel McHale ‘s very funny Comedy Central show "The Soup" (speaking of snarky). He had a clip of Tom Cruise making an appearance on "The Hills" Aftershow, a Canadian-produced cable show where dingbats sit around and discuss the deep sociopolitical fallout of a just-aired episode of "The Hills."

Tom. Dude. You don’t have anything better to do?

You really are dumber’n a box of rocks, aren’t you?

OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THE DAILY DRIVEL PORTION OF THIS BLOG THINGIE ARE SOLELY THOSE OF THE AUTHOR AND DO NOT REFLECT THE OPINIONS, POLITICAL OR RELIGIOUS LEANINGS OR SPORTSWEAR PREFERENCES OF ANYONE, LIVING OR DEAD, CONNECTED IN ANY WAY TO THE KITSAP SUN, ANYONE WHO READS THE KITSAP SUN, ANY BIRDS OR PUPPIES WHO RELIEVE THEMSELVES ON SPENT ISSUES OF THE KITSAP SUN AS PART OF THEIR RESPECTIVE HOUSE-TRAINING OR CAGE-KEEPING ENDEAVORS OR ANYONE WHO HAPPENS TO WALK, JOG, REEL, SPRINT OR CRAWL PAST THE KITSAP SUN OFFICES AT ANY GIVEN TIME.

More later … — MM

DAILY DRIVEL — If This is the ‘Circus,’ What Was the Last Three Years?

Britney’s coming, people. She’s going to be in Tacoma April 9.

There. You’ve been warned.

Britney Spears is feeling much better, thank you, and her hair’s grown back, so she’s going on tour. The 27-city "The Circus Starring Britney Spears" tour will touch down at the Tacoma Dome April 9. Tickets, for those of you with more cash than you can reasonably account for, go on sale Dec. 6 through the Nice Folks at Ticketmaster. She’ll be accompanied on the tour by the Pussycat Dolls .

Two things can happen, and I don’t know which would be worse. First, the tour can be a sell-out, returning The Britster to the top o’ the pop world. Second, ticket sales can tank, which will mean that the only way for her to get our attention is to go bonkers again and do something even more over-the-top than shaving her noggin, kicking the crap out of a defenseless SUV, eschewing underwear and giving her rug-rat sons lap-rides on their way to Burger King.

Given the state of the economy, and the appalling lack of anything likable about her new CD ("Womanizer," supposedly the best track, sounds like it was written by 9-year-olds, and that’s probably an affront to 9-year-olds), I’m afraid this "Circus" is headed for Tanksville.

Either way, we can’t win. Britney as star, or Britney as basket case … neither one sounds like any fun any more.

More later … — MM

DAILY DRIVEL — How to Screw Up a Kid’s Life, in Two Easy Words

In the ongoing efforts of our young wave of publicity-hound stars to create an even more screwed-up generation than their own, we give you the moniker chosen by Pete Wentz and Ashlee Simpson for their first offspring:

Bronx Mowgli

… good one, kids.

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Now Michael Jackson ‘s being sued for $7 million by some sheik in Bahrain?

Poor Michael … now he has to get away from the place he got away to.

More later … — MM

DAILY DRIVEL — Singin’ the Blues About RS’ Latest List?

Now that the election’s over and their Main Man Barack O’Bama ‘s won, Rolling Stone can get back to what it’s supposed to do best — cover music.

The new issue includes one of their inimitable lists: The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

Not "The 100 Greatest Rock Singers of All Time," or "The 100 Greatest Singers of the Second Half of the 20th Century ," but the greatest of all time.

Whew. That’s a tall order, just like some of their previous lits — best bands, best albums, best songs.

They’re exhaustive lists, to be sure, and the folks RS employed to help put it together certainly pack the necessary cred. But this kind of list, however exhaustive, never can be comprehensive. It’s a lot of words, but it’s not the last word.

Instead, it’s to ponder, to pick apart, to argue over. And mostly, it’s to try and figure out who was left off.

In this case, the omissions are glaring. I’ve got no problem with almost everybody who made the list, but judging from some of the omissions I came up with, off the top of my head and in just a few minutes while I was waiting for my "SO EASY EVEN A HOWLER MONKEY CAN DO IT" software to load, some of the judges did (or are still doing) a lot of drugs during their careers.

RS’ top 10 (in order): Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Elvis, Sam Cooke, John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder and James Brown.

Some good pipes there, and some wonderfully evocative, expressive interpreters, both of their own and others’ work.

Just for fun, though, here’s 10 (rendered alphabetically) of People Who Were Left Off:

Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton, Chris Cornell, Ian Gillan (Deep Purple), Lou Gramm (Foreigner), Chrissie Hynde (the Pretenders), Cyndi Lauper, Diana Ross, Michael Stipe (R.E.M.), Ann Wilson (Heart)

Want another 10?

Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Sir Gary Brooker (Procol Harum), Elvis Costello, Ray Davies (The Kinks), Peter Gabriel, George Harrison, Richie Havens, Billy Preston, Layne Staley, Levi Stubbs (The Four Tops)

And if we’re really talking about the greatest singers of all time, where’s Sinatra? Where’s Pavarotti, Sutherland, Piaf, Carreras, Kathleen Battle, Placido Domingo … where’s Belafonte? Where’s Bing?

If Neil Young (37) can be on the list, why can’t David Crosby, Stephen Stills or Graham Nash?

And where in the name of all that is good and decent is the late, lamented Steve Marriott ???

Ah, it’s just a list. It’s there so you can come up with your own list of singers they left off and harrumph off feeling all superior.

It’s incomplete. It’s subjective (since when was anything in Rolling Stone anything but?). It’s selected more in the interest of style than true substance.

But it’s a helluva lot of fun.

Send in the omissions you come up with, and we’ll make up a "100 Not Quite Greatest Singers of All Time" and post it in an upcoming D.D.

More later … — MM

DAILY DRIVEL — The Swiftness of the Break-Up

On the wire today, Joe Jonas says it’s not his fault that he broke up with Taylor Swift in a 27-second phone call. He defended himself by intimating that the call would have been longer had Swift not hung up on him.

Dude.

You broke up with her on the phone. How long it took you to do it is not the point.

As she pointed out in her just-out Rolling Stone magazine Q&A, though, Taylor will get the last laugh. When boys break up with her, it’s just ammo for her to write snarky songs about them.

So, get ready for the heat, Joey. And next time you dump somebody, man up and do it in person.

Harrumph.

OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THE DAILY DRIVEL PORTION OF THIS BLOG THINGIE ARE SOLELY THOSE OF THE AUTHOR (AND REALLY ONLY PARTS OF THE NEAR-DORMANT RIGHT SIDE OF HIS BRAIN) AND DO NOT REFLECT THE OPINIONS, POLITICAL OR RELIGIOUS LEANINGS OR SPORTSWEAR PREFERENCES OF ANYONE, LIVING OR DEAD, CONNECTED IN ANY WAY TO THE KITSAP SUN, ANYONE WHO READS THE KITSAP SUN, ANY BIRDS OR PUPPIES WHO RELIEVE THEMSELVES ON SPENT ISSUES OF THE KITSAP SUN AS PART OF THEIR RESPECTIVE HOUSE-TRAINING OR CAGE-KEEPING ENDEAVORS OR ANYONE WHO HAPPENS TO WALK PAST THE KITSAP SUN OFFICES AT ANY GIVEN TIME.

More later … — MM