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Video of the Week: “Eighteen” by Alice Cooper February 16, 2012

This week’s video is dedicated to my kid brother, who’s celebrating a very special birthday today.  Happy b-day, bro!

 

 

It’s a very special someone’s birthday today… September 6, 2011

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I know it’s a bit late in the day to be announcing this, but today (okay, yesterday, by the time this is posted), September 5, 2011, is the sixty-fifth birthday of a rock ‘n’ roll legend.  The man I speak of is quite possibly the greatest rock vocalist of all time, a charismatic performer, and the man I voted prom queen back in 2007 (true story).

I am talking, of course, of the late great Farrokh Bulsara, better known as Freddie Mercury.

Happy Birthday, Freddie!

 Freddie rose to fame in the mid-1970s as the frontman of Queen, one of the biggest rock bands of all time, who remained active up until the singer’s untimely death from AIDS in 1991 (yeah, maybe Freddie’s former bandmates Brian May and Roger Taylor may have re-united under the name Queen and toured with that guy from Bad Company and Free a few years, but I tend not to acknowledge that whole…thing).  The group’s ecclectic array of musical style owes much to Mercury’s songwriting, which draws inspiration from diverse genres ranging from opera to ragtime to old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll (apparently, there are those who are still fooled into thinking “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” is an Elvis song, despite being recorded after Presley’s death).  With Freddie’s help, Queen stole the show at the already star-studded Live Aid concert in 1985 (to give you an idea of how big a deal this is, they shared a bill with Bono, David Bowie, and Paul McCartney.  That’s right.  They upstaged a freakin’ Beatle).  Other instances of badassery in Freddie Mercury’s career and posthumous legacy include providing the soundtrack to two films (the film adaptation of Flash Gordon and the first Highlander movie.  At least one of these soundtracks was almost certainly better than the film itself), collaborating with Spanish opera singer Montserrat Caballé, having a statue of his likeness erected in Switzerland, and did I mention he was voted prom queen by yours truly at the senior prom (okay, but I didn’t tell you that I also spent most of the dinner course at said prom singing “Bohemian Rhapsody” into my fork, now did I)?

 

Happy b-day, bro! February 16, 2010

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Today is a very special day.  Namely, it’s my kid brother’s 16th birthday.  Seems like just yesterday my parents brought the little sucker home.  Unfortunately, his musical tastes are largely a mystery to me (as he’s never been as huge a music fan as I have, or at least not as vocal.  Plus, he’s going through that phase where he generally doesn’t say more than a couple of syllables at a time, so I’m not too sure what his interests are nowadays), which means sending a birthday dedication to him (which I doubt he’ll see anyway, since I’m pretty sure he never comes on this site) will take a bit of guesswork, but I’ll do the best I can.

What little info I’ve been able to glean about the bro’s interest in music has led me to the conclusion that he’s a fan of The Who.  A couple years ago, I remember him expressing his outrage after a DJ at a middle school dance refused to play “My Generation” after he and his friends requested it, since apparently “not enough kids would appreciate it” (screw that.  This song’s about teenagers and young adults.  Whether they’re aware of it or not, those little snot-nosed middle schoolers can relate to this song).  So, here’s “My Generation”.

I also know that my brother is quite the Beatles fan (something that he couldn’t really avoid, as we were practically raised to worship The Beatles).  In fact, there was once a time when he was so obsessed with the movie Yellow Submarine that he’d beg us to watch it every chance he’d get.  And if memory serves, this was his favorite Beatles song back in the day.

Now here’s something the little weasel might not own up to:  when he was about five or six, he was in love with the song “Love Has No Pride”, as it was featured in a very touching scene of his then-favorite movie The Little Rascals (another film he would make me watch with him ad nauseum).  I think the version featured in the film was by Bonnie Raitt, but since I think we had yet to own a CD of Give it Up at the time, and we did have some greatest hits compilation of Linda’s that had the song on it, we’d listen to Ms. Ronstadt’s version when we weren’t watching the movie.

So, once again, happy birthday, little bro!