The Cool Kids Were Born Lucky
The Nerdy Kids Luckier
This is much like the age old rivalry of the DNA strands of the human genome for hair type: straight versus curly. The girls with straight hair have to spend more time curling hair or getting perms and envy the girls with body and wave. Likewise the girls with the curly locks consider their own doo's as frizzy and a rat's nest, wishing for once they didn't have to fire up the $100 Chi to get a 'flat' look.
Interview with Grim Reaper Vocalist
have you been up to?
Steve: I've done several live recordings.....I hope......I haven't listened to them yet.....We want to release a new live album from Steve Grimmett's Grim Reaper, later 2011, sometime before summer. I'm not really doing anything with SG's Grim Reaper, until later in the year, cause I've got to have a back operation, so I won't be able to do much.
FIBMUSIC: How long will it take to recover?
Steve: At least six weeks and then we'll see how that goes. We've had to cancel a number of shows already, but I think we start either at the end of August or early September. We'll play Greece.....we're coming to America to do a show as well, I think we've got Brazil again, Bulgaria, a lot of places this year that I haven't played before.
MedusaFIBMUSIC: Can you give us a little background on how you became a musician?
Steve: I don't really know; I just kind of fell into it. A girlfriend caught me singing in the bedroom. A couple of weeks later, she had gotten me a gig with a local band. It didn't really last that long, to be fair. From there, several bands, Medusa being one of them. I suppose I got hooked in that respect, but I don't know. I don't think I ever thought of it as a career. Then obviously, we started to do some things in the States with Grim Reaper. It never really dawned on me that I would be doing it full time.
FIBMUSIC: Was there something else you wanted to do for a career?
Steve: No....No....nothing at all, really. (laughs) I was going to go into the family business, so I never had to think about anything else. The actual business was my biggest hobby and still is.
FIBMUSIC: What is it?
Steve: Radio controlled model aircraft. It's been a lifelong passion for me. I suppose my father was one of the founding members of radio control equipment, back in the early 50's.
FIBMUSIC: Did your folks have their own shop?
Steve: Yeah they did and that was basically what I was going to look after. I didn't (laughs)......I got into this music stuff.
FIBMUSIC: You became a rock star by accident.
Steve: It was too. I'm not sure if you know how it all started.
FIBMUSIC: Wasn't there a battle of the bands?
Steve: Well, that wasn't really it either. The battle of the bands was just something we entered into and then won. The prize was 24 hours in a 24-track studio. I had already worked for the band Chateaux; I had done a single for them. Then they asked if I would do the album with them because they didn't have a singer. I was just a hired gun. In between the single and doing the album, Grim Reaper had won this competition and then recorded our demo....and I took it with me when I went to do the vocals on the Chateaux album and gave it to Ebony Records. Six or seven weeks later they signed us. Then a record store in New York, called Zig Zag, got a hold of the import and took it to Walter O'Brien (Concrete Management), who eventually became our manager. I think he owned Combat Records at the time. He got in touch with Ebony Records because he wanted to release it in the States. Ebony Records said they would only go with a major, so then Walter took it to RCA and that is how we got our deal in the States.
Wednesday CNN obtained a copy of a document from the House of Representatives Republican leadership. The 21 page 'Pledge to America' presents a game-plan for what Republicans intend should they gain control of Congress after the November elections.
President Obama addresses the UN
President Barack Obama gives his second address as president to the annual opening of the UN General Assembly and urges member countries to support their pledges to the Palestinians as well as asking Arab countries to 'normalize' diplomatic ties with Israel.
I'll admit I was wary when I first heard that Hollywood was going to remake the Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In. It screamed to me as a move to coddle to those who will not go to foreign films because they don't like subtitles. Therefore, I was somewhat surprised that Let Me In was actually faithful to the tone and mood of the original.
Ten People in Technology You Want to Know
(But Probably Won't)
Here is a list of the Titans of Tech, the Victors of the Valley, the Icons of Info, the Kings and Queens of Cyberland, and some of their companies and reasons why they are molding the future with their leadership.
I'm a little behind on this one, but I just felt I had to say something. I was surfing the net, as I always do, and I came across a Darrell Abbott biography by Zac Crain. Darrell Abbott was mostly known under the moniker Dimebag Darrell and he is the late guitarist for the Dallas/Arlington Tx metal band Pantera. I grew up in Dallas and was one of the many who witnessed Pantera's rise from club act to arena headliner. Despite some people complaining about their early hair band days, Pantera was such a great band to see at the time. The group had released several indie albums and were already packing the clubs with headbanging metalheads and lots of yummy women. I loved going to those early Pantera shows, not only because I was a fan, but because I always got laid, which at the time was really my only priority. Now, I could go on and on about some of the great times I had, but I don't want to take away from the point I'm about to make.
Directing will be "High School Musical" and Michael Jackson documentary "This Is It" helmer, Kenny Ortega with a script by "The Hangover" co-writer Jeremy Garelick.
The project's future is dependent on an OK from the Jackson estate, who have so far remained silence, while the other parties have declined to comment.
Released in 1983, the original 14 minute "Thriller" video directed by John Landis was a high water mark for the music video format and continues to influence artists today, including Kanye West, who makes allusions to the King of Pop in his new video "Runaway".
No plot details for the new film have been revealed, but it has been hinted that it might take a decidedly "meta" take on the material, by focusing on the video's narrator, late film actor Vincent Price and the town he grew up in. If these rumors turn out to be true, start practicing your Thriller dance moves now.
Here is the original video to help you practice:
The Daily Beast on Thursday leaked an internal Fox News memo from the network's Washington managing editor to staff, detailing how to describe the Democrat's public insurance option.
Buckethead, real name Brian Carroll, was born May 13th, 1969. He is a very accomplished guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, and recording artist. As 2010 Buckethead had released 29 solo albums, 4 special releases, and an EP. In addition, he has performed on more than 50 albums by other artists including Iggy Pop, Primus' Les Claypool, Serj Tankian, Faith No More's Mike Patton, and Bootsy Collins. He was also a member of the popular hard rock band, Guns N' Roses from 2000 to 2004, playing on their album, “Chinese Democracy.” Buckethead's persona represents a character who was "raised by chickens" and has made it his "mission in life to alert the world to the ongoing chicken holocaust in fast-food joints around the globe."