viernes, mayo 12

Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam w/ Full Force's "I Wonder If I Take You Home"

I haven't really been in a freestyle mood these days - but I just watched this freestyle classic's video and it made my day. I was too young to ever notice when it was on the air - but this video features interracial couplings (not just ONE couple either) and it makes me proud (being a half-breed myself). And to do this public display in 1985, well - that's fantastic.

Don't get me wrong, I'm sure in NYC (where this group is from) and other urban hot spots, interracial couplings ran rampant in the 80's but for middle america MTV watchers, I'm sure it was effective! It might be silly, somehow (and I obviously should be) I am very grateful that this video was in rotation. Even if I was seven or eight when it hit the airwaves. Thanks to youtube.com - it can live on...

miércoles, mayo 10

Metallica's "The Wait" (Killing Joke Cover)

By Barry Monahan from Icebird

Hearing Garage Days is, along with Shout at the Devil by Motley Crue, was my first true experience of hard rock. They were my older brother Mark's albums. Up until that point, I hadn't bought much of anything. Maybe I'm exaggerating, my uncle Tim would put my brother Mike and I in the hatchback of his 280Z and blast Van Halen's "Eruption" as we blew stop signs in Brooklyn. At the time, NY was a pretty horrible place for rock. In many ways it still is. Where we grew up on Long Island, there was an explosion in Latin Freestyle with groups like Nice & Wild and Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam. This Killing Joke cover and the rest of Garage Days changed a lot of that for me.


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* 1889 - Mae Murray, American actress (d. 1965)
* 1890 - Alfred Jodl, German general (d. 1946)
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* 1903 - Otto Bradfisch, nazi leader (d. 1994)
* 1909 - Maybelle Carter, American musician
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* 1927 - Nayantara Sahgal, Indian author
* 1928 - Arnold Rüütel, Estonian president
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* 1952 - Kikki Danielsson, Swedish singer
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* 1957 - Sid Vicious, English bassist (The Sex Pistols) (d. 1979)
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* 1960 - Bono, Irish singer (U2)
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* 1965 - Linda Evangelista, Canadian model
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* 1967 - Young MC, American rapper
* 1969 - Dennis Bergkamp, Dutch footballer
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* 1971 - Ådne Søndrål, Norwegian speed skater
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