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Scare Off Wolves by Blasting Creed February 2, 2011

Filed under: Can You Believe This?!,Too Cool for a Category — NVMP @ 1:14 AM

Review by Zach
On January 21st, 2011, a boy named Walter Eikrem was on his way home from school in Norwegia, in a town named Rakkestad.  Eikrem was on his normal route from the bus stop and noticed that four wolves had appeared on the path.  At the time, he was listening to music on his cell phone so he decided to blast the volume and started playing “Overcome” by Creed in hopes of scaring off the wolves.  He didn’t want to run because he knew if he did, the wolves would have run him down.  So he let the song play and the wolves dispersed.  “They didn’t really get scared,” Eikrem said.  “They just turned around and simply trotted away.”

Source: http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,740680,00.html

In summation: Don’t run away from a pack of hungry wolves, just flail your arms around, yell and blast Creed.  After all, if you heard someone blasting Creed, wouldn’t you turn the other way?

 

Katy Perry on Sesame Street? Really? September 29, 2010

By Alexander Stigz Castiglione

We all saw it on the news.  We all read about it on MSN.  We all know what happened.  If you don’t, allow me to kick over the rock you’ve been living under.

Apparently, Katy Perry, pop-singer and one-hit wunderkind, was in a sketch on Sesame Street that was deemed too racy.  Check it out below.


Now that your brain cells are fried and ears bleeding, let me go on with my rant.

First off, what crack smoking CEO or acid-laced talent manager booked the same person who made the breakout hit “I Kissed A Girl”?  What rum soaked PR agent spun this, and offered a broad who sings about bikini’s and daisy dukes to a children’s program?  And we wonder why kids are getting dumber and dumber…we’re not leading by example.  (“We” being the people who are supposed to be adults).

I got to give it up to Elmo though, because for a red furry little bastard, he gets mad play.  Although the clip was more amusing to watch because of Katy Perry’s laughable acting skills, and even more atrocious lip syncing, I wouldn’t say it went into the category of “racy.”  So all you soccer moms that are up in arms: stop acting like it was Elmo catching some dome while the Cookie Monster hit it from behind.  It wasn’t that bad.  It was dumber and more irrelevant than offensive.

On a side note: Isn’t Sesame Street supposed to be about learning?  I don’t remember much about the show, but I remember the alphabet and counting skits, not skits about how to chase around a 3 ft ball of red fur to play dress up.  What are we teaching these kids in the subtext?  Be a level 7 clinger that chases around guys?  Don’t take no for an answer when you want some Muppet ass?

We, as a collective America, complain about violence on TV or risqué ads in the media.  We bitch about violence in movies.  We complain about sexually explicit language in songs.  Yet these same parents will take their kids to see Britney Spears hump chairs, or let them be fans and look up to the most recent abhorrence in Hollywood dumbfuckery: Lindsey Lohan.  But that’s a whole other story.  They let kids act out violence in GTA or Call of Duty but don’t want them seeing a movie with titties.  Newsflash folks, every kid on this planet has seen tits: They actually spent the first few years of their life equating them with sustenance.

My point in this rant?  The Katy Perry Sesame Street cameo was inane.  It wasn’t thought out.  And it may (and I stress may) have been to risqué for young children.  However, there are other things to be up in arms about.  Like the double standard we perpetuate when it comes to “controlling what our kids watch/listen to.”  Personally, I’m for open season and not sheltering any child.  The world is a scary place sometimes and acting like it isn’t doesn’t make it go away.  I’m sure not all of you agree with me, but if you’re going to do something, don’t be a hypocrite.  Do it unilaterally.  My other point, is that parents today would rather have their kids being fat little shits playing Xbox and blocking them from the world, rather than…say, here’s a thought, parenting.  Explaining.  Teaching.

Let’s not worry about having the same lesbian-curious-theme song singer on Sesame Street.  How about the pharmaceutical ads that dominate daytime TV, and spout bullshit like “do you ever get tired/do you ever get depressed/do you ever have anal leakage” and make everyone think that there is something wrong with them because they are not windsurfing or playing in a field of sunflowers?  Can we stop trying to sell people gum or makeup or Dr. Scholl’s Insoles with the false assertion that it will somehow make you a more complete and happy person?

There are better things to object to, and some no talent hack and billboard hooker trying to tickle a Muppet’s Elmo is not one of them.  Lady Gaga being the role model for 8-year-old girls…now that’s a problem: “Let’s have some fun/this beat is sick/I wanna take a ride on your disco stick” is not something I want to hear a second grader say…ever.

 

On behalf of our readers and the fans of music that we know still have brains and the ability to think… September 10, 2010

…we, the editors of NeVerMindthePosers are officially boycotting the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards in protest of the overtly engineered marketing machine, designed to narrow the focus of popular music to a small pool of already over-exposed artists.  MTV has for some time been distancing itself from the point of its inception, altogether dropping music videos from their regular programming.  As such, we feel that they have lost touch with the popular music scene, and have instead been co-opted by a select group of record labels and producers, to effectively hijack the audience they once lovingly embraced and exposed to more music than free public radio was ever able to.  The list of nominees for this year’s awards show is irrefutable proof that the network has a specific agenda and is strategically manipulating its audience to control their opinions.  We at NVMP are all for marketing and supporting artists, we understand that the music industry is as much a business as it is an artistic endeavor and phenomenon.  However, we cannot in any good conscience support MTV’s decision to all but handout awards to a handful of pre-selected artists that they are poising to be the ONLY artists that their audience should be listening to.  What legitimacy is there to an awards show where the same group of people are up for ALL the awards?  Even the Academy Awards (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) has categories designed to widen the scope of artists being prominently featured and considered for honor.  MTV’s 2010 VMA Nominee list is a slap in the face to the music loving public, and should be taken as such with no room for excuse or explanation.  Therefore, we will not be covering this event, and we strongly discourage anyone out there from wasting their time by letting MTV tell them who they should be listening to.

Signed,
Dave ‘Klone’ Maresca
Tina Nicole Teresi
Alex ‘Stigz’ Castiglione
Angela Blasi
Mark B
Daniel Edward Petrino
Hoverbee


Out of 16 categories and their nominees, here are some interesting facts:

– 16 categories are broken down into 9 artist categories and 7 professional categories.
– Lady Gaga is nominated in 11 out of the 16 categories (The 5 categories that were not crazy for gaga?  Best Male Video, Best Hip Hop Video, Best New Artist, Best Rock Video, and Breakthrough Video).
– Lady Gaga has 13 total nominations (nominated twice for Best Choreography and Video of the Year; “Bad Romance” and “Telephone”.)
– Eminem is nominated in 8 categories, all for “Not Afraid”.
– The only category we will acknowledge is Best Breakthrough Video- Dan Black “Symphonies”, Gorillaz ft. Bobby Womack & Mos Def “Stylo”, Coldplay “Strawberry Swing”, and The Black Keys “Tighten Up”.  Four great artists, four phenomenal videos. Is this still MTV?  If you had any insight to good, new music (or read NVMP) you would have already seen these videos, so still, we boycott.
– 16 categories with 5 nominations each should leave 80 spots available for nominees.
– A total of 36 artists make up the 2010 nomination list.  22 artists are nominated once, 5 appear twice, and that leaves 9 artists nominated three times or more to fill the rest of the spots.  No thank you, I do not want my MTV.


A little background on the TV monster that MTV has become
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by Stigz

MTV in the late 80s and early 90s used to selectively air music videos based on their content, and even banned Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, presumably for racist reasons.  MTV only wavered when Jackson’s label claimed to pull all of their other artists from the channel.  This led to a massive PR campaign to get away from their racist image.  MTV’s answer?  They concocted “The Real World.”  For any onlooker to the first season, a very liberal agenda is pushed, and they consistently make things out to be a race argument; this is no coincidence.  Even though it is unscripted TV, they select the most diverse arrangement of people imaginable and throw them into the mix with each other.  This, coupled with their more liberal selection music, “racially informing” PR and programming campaign, and sympathetic stand towards the AIDS epidemic, gained them the support of the masses and diffused attention and racist claims from them.  Back then though, up until the late 90s, they ACTUALLY PLAYED MUSIC VIDEOS; and these videos hit a lot of different genres, artists and age demographics.  Soon after “The Real World,” something went terribly wrong.  Now there are a bunch of MTV Channels and good luck finding a music video.  Pack a lunch; it’s going to be a while.  Now that the history is out-of-the-way, let’s talk about the present.

MTV’s stagnant pool of brainless programming, rigged music scheduling and general lack of respect for anybody outside of the Billboard Top 5, is abhorrent.  I, as a music fan and mindful citizen of our culture, must object.  Until diversification of content, or at the very least, programming which doesn’t make anyone with an IQ over 17 go searching for a straight razor, you will be given no refuge here.  Music is not a soda pop.  Music is not a line of cocaine.  Music is not a brand of shampoo.  Music is not a personality contest.  Music is freedom, and sadly, MTV, you are the jailer. Boycott the “MTV Video Music Awards,” if you can call them that.  Find your music elsewhere.  Watch other shows.  Tell Snooki to “Fuck Off.”

 

NVMP on the Record with Andrew W.K. March 1, 2010

It’s no secret that achieving acclaim and stardom comes with a price.  Think of any celebrity and there’s a good chance that at one time or another they’ve had to deal with a cadre of skeptics and nay-sayers (more commonly known as “haters” these days), and Andrew W.K. is no exception.  2010 started off with a fresh whirlwind of controversy for the “Party Hard” rocker, rife with flat out accusations that he is not the person we think he is, that “Andrew W.K.” doesn’t actually exist but is rather the result of a vast music industry conspiracy to brain-wash performers and turn them into idealized puppets.  (Lady GaGa and Kanye West have been thrown into this mix as well.)

    It started with a message posted by Andrew W.K. on YouTube.

This was followed by a message posted on his website.

http://www.andrewwk.com/index.php?page=page.php?id=64

If you’re like us at NVMP, you’re thinking, “What the hell is going on?!”  Well, we went straight to the source to find out.  We were lucky enough to score a phone interview with Andrew W.K. himself a few days ahead of his February 23rd appearance at Santos Party House in NYC, and had a chance to get his perspective on how this all got started and the real truth of the matter.  Check out the highlights of the interview below and be on the lookout for our first Poser Free Podcast this week, featuring audio from the interview.

NeVerMindthePosers: So, from your perspective what is this controversy all about?  How did this start?

Andrew W. K.: A lot of that started and has been going on just because of the way some of the way the press reacted at the beginning of the whole story…because I appeared out of nowhere, some people approached it with a more doubtful point of view, where I think they just figured it was too good to be true., or too whatever to be true.  Rather than giving me the benefit of the doubt, they just went with the doubt and decided that they knew my whole story, when of course they didn’t.  And at the time it was very frustrating for me to have people say that I’m not a real person, or that I didn’t make-up my music or that other people tell me what to do.  But at the same time, there’s enough partial truth to a lot of the accusations or rumors that it’s still hard for me to really deny some of the elements.  I mean, yes I’ve worked with people at my record labels, yes I have a team of people that I’ve worked with from the beginning.  Yes, I have made efforts to approach what I do in a certain kind of spirit that to some people might seem like acting, but it really gets down to just how you really define these words.  I think you can look at anything and pick it apart and convince yourself that it’s whatever you wanted to believe.  So if people want to believe that I’m not real, I’m sure they’ll figure out a way to prove that to themselves and other people.  But the fortunate thing, since I do exist, all I have to do is keep going on, and I kind of by default disprove a lot of these accusations.

NVMP: Well, we’re all supporting you here.  We’re all behind you, 100%.

AWK: Well, I mean just by the fact that you’re speaking with me, I hope that you also understand now that I exist.  I don’t take a lot of these things too seriously because it’s on such a level of absurdity, that when someone doesn’t believe I’m a real person for example, all I have to do is appear or live one more day, being a real person, to show that that’s not true.  But even with all the proof I could ever offer people, they could still say that I’m lying or it’s not true…but I’m just trying to be present in this moment, I’ve always tried to be accessible…so I want to be here to respond to people, I may not be able to answer every question in a way that’s going to satisfy every single person, but I just want to say that I’m not hiding away at this time.

NVMP: Did you ever know a Steev Mike?  Who is he?

AWK: That’s the producer on my first album, unaccredited on the second album, credited on the third one that’s coming out in March.  Again, there’s not a lot of hidden facts when it comes to that kind of stuff, I just, there’s people whose names I don’t name and that allows them to have their privacy maintained over the years, and that’s really the biggest problem.  When you make a promise to someone to keep something a secret, one side effect of it is that people assume that there’s some bad reason you’re keeping the secret, or that there’s something you’re trying to hide that is malicious or dark or something like that, but of course it’s only that some of the people I’ve worked with from the very beginning, part of the agreement was that they wanted privacy, certain types of privacy.  I don’t care about that kind of privacy, that’s why I don’t obscure my name or anything like that, but there’s different people.  Some people like to be in the spotlight, some people like to work behind the scenes…and some of them have a different way in which they manage their privacy.  I can understand why someone might think there’s something fishy about that, but if you’ve ever made a promise to not tell a secret…you understand that it may not be a big deal, it’s not like it’s some big revelation, it’s just private.

NVMP: Yeah, you’re keeping your promise.

AWK: Yeah, and that’s something I take very, very seriously.  I made this promise a long, long time ago, and made it over and over again….I guess the same way like when you marry someone, you make your vow, but part of keeping that vow is you sort of make that promise again every day.  You empower the promise by repromising.

NVMP: Do you think that some of this stems from the fact that the public really has no idea that there are so many things that have to go on behind the scenes that are necessities, like business necessities, production necessities, strategic necessities?  I mean once you become a name and achieve the level you have, you are sort of a brand, and you have to find a way to sort of keep that going so that the whole reason you started this doesn’t come crashing down.

AWK: Absolutely, exactly.  You said it very well, and I appreciate you seeing it that way.  I mean, I believe that things will move on, this too shall pass.  It’s been surprising, and at first really frustrating.  The only thing I can think of is when you come on real strong, and people can’t figure out where you came from.  When they can’t trace that line back…people want to understand, it’s a natural human instinct to want to understand, but I think that the confusion begins when we confuse the rest of our experiences with entertainment and show business.  I don’t know that entertainment is designed or best served, or the audience is best served by understanding in most cases.  I think just experiencing is really the fun of it, and trying to understand can sort of chip away at the joy of just reveling in being entertained and having fun with whatever performance you’re encountering.

You can hear more from Andrew W. K. in the pilot episode of the Poser Free Podcast, the official radio show compendium to Nevermind The Posers.  The show features more of the great music news and reviews from the editors and writers of Nevermind The Posers, as well as audio from interviews with artists, indie tracks, concert reviews and more.   So check out the latest addition to our bill of fare, and don’t forget to leave some comments below.  What do you think of what Andrew W. K. had to say?

– Klone

 

Top 5 Songs That Give You Chills February 15, 2010

Filed under: Can You Believe This?! — NVMP @ 7:34 PM

This week NVMP presents the Top 5 Songs That Give You Chills.  Tina and I discussed this Top 5 a bit because it’s a little ambiguous.  Why would a song give you chills?  Because you love it?  Because you hate it?  Because it brings up a memory you tried to bury at the back of your mind?  Is the song creepy?  Is there a lyric that gets under your skin?  Does the song evoke a certain emotion that makes you shake?  We wanted to see what our writers would come up, so without further ado, NVMP presents the Top 5 Songs That Give You the Chills!

Tina’s Top 5:
5. “Send Down Your Angels” by Raining and Ok – This band is unsigned from Arizona, but the music and lyrics to this song could put me in a coma, listen in!
4. “Two Beds And A Coffee Machine” by Savage Garden – This is not a scenario that would ever happen to me, but it’s still chilling.
3. “Soul Shine” by The Allman Brothers Band – The opening guitar riff alone gives me chills, or maybe that’s just Greg Allman’s voice.
2. “Bouncing Ball” by HoneyHoney – If you haven’t heard the band HoneyHoney yet, drop everything and check them out.  Both creepy and love chills here.
1. “Seven Years” by Norah Jones – I relate so much to this song, feel like it was written just for me, so all of the above kind of chills for this one.

Dan’s Top 5:

5. “With Every Heartbeat (Acoustic)” by Robyn – Robyn sings as though she’s about to burst into tears, and the piano accompaniment is simply haunting.
4. “Oh My God” by Ida Maria – I get goosebumps when she starts screaming “Oh my God” at the end of the song.
3. “Make You Feel My Love” by ADELE – ADELE’s voice is like a cup of tea with honey and a warm blanket on a rainy day.
2. “We’re Not Having Any Fun” by Lola Ray – A bittersweet song that needs to be heard.  John Balicanta’s voice is panty-dampening.
1. “Biko” by Bloc Party – “Biko” tells the story of a loved one who died of cancer.  Not only is the subject heartbreaking, singer Kele Okereke’s melancholy plea to “toughen up” makes me shake.  The song is deeply intimate, expressing a sense of helplessness that permeates every chord and drumbeat.

Honorable Mentions: “Sanctuary” by Utada Hikaru, “Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane

Angela’s Top 5:
5. “Straight Lines” by Silverchair
4. “Breathe Me” by Sia
3. “You Never Know” by Immortal Technique
2. “Agony In Her Body” by Sage Francis
1. “Lose Yourself” by Eminem

Mark’s Top 5:

5. “Flaming June” by BT – The brilliance moves me every time, as every emotion you can feel is musically struck with each stutter edit and note played.
4. “Activity” by Way Out West – The chills prepare me for the trip down memory lane that this song causes.
3. “Theme from Star Trek: The Next Generation” by Dennis McCarthy – Still excites me to hear after all of these years.  Calling all geeks.
2. “Enjoy the Silence” by Depeche Mode – I don’t know whether it is the pangs of sadness or the chills of isolation that get me.
1. “Foreplay/Long Time” by Boston – It was the first rock song that I remember hearing, and 20 years on, it still sends a shiver of excitement up my spine.

Greg’s Top 5:
5. “Christmas Shoes” by Bob Carlisle – When it’s Christmas time I have to change this song if it comes on the radio, or else I begin to cry like baby.
4. “Revelry” by Kings of Leon – I love this song; it almost makes like a smokey room filled with lost souls, all dreaming in revelry.
3. “For Good” from Wicked: Original Broadway Cast Recording – The last song before the finale, it’s about two people who came into each others lives and changed them for good, for the better.
2. “Until the Day I Die” by Story of the Year – “You remind me of a time when I knew who I was, but still the second hand will catch us like it always does.”  Time passes, life changes, friends are forever.
1. “Let It Be” by The Beatles – This is one my favorite Beatles songs.  Whenever I hear it I instantly get chills.  “And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me speaking words of wisdom, Let it be.”

Klone’s Top 5:
5. “Love Is On The Way” by Saigon Kick – A late 80s love song by a band that has existed almost completely in obscurity, despite a moment of popularity on MTV.  The track may be cheesy, but in a decadent and beautiful way that makes one stop and shiver.
4. “Bab O’Riley (Live)” by Blue Man Group – A cover of a legendary track from The Who, the Blue Man Group rendition challenges all the conventions of typical live performance.  The iconic introduction is performed utilizing the BMG’s signature PVC Pipe-instrument back-packs, and a grand piano tilted on its side and struck with a gargantuan mallet to recreate the rhythm guitar progression.  Amazing when seen on video, and I can only imagine it to be MIND BLOWING live…Mind blowing and chilling.
3. “Hero of the Day” by Metallica – This track off of the 1996 album Load, was among the first series of tracks that let us know the ‘tallica boys had grown up a little since The Black Album.  I will never forget listening to the new disc in a friend’s car on the day it was released, and being the only one who was instantly in love with “Hero of the Day”.  I had goosebumps.
2. “Eulogy” by Tool – This haunting lament to a lost loved one inspires visions of a dark and dreary existence, where the twisted forms from Tool’s videos romp and play, and occasionally gather to remember someone who “had a lot to say.  He had a lot of nothing to say, we’ll miss him.”
1. “Down In The Park” by Foo Fighters – Originally by legendary “Cars” crooner Gary Numan, this updated 90s cover for the musical collection Songs In The Key of X: Music From and Inspired By The X-Files, gave the song more presence and body than the original 80s rendition, entrenching the tune in an eerie shadow of dark mystery and sci-fi intrigue.  I will always remember the blizzard during my senior year of high school, and driving through it to this track as my soundtrack.  Chilling.

Stigz’s Top 5:

5. “Walking Dead” by Linkin Park – If a bad acid trip had a soundtrack, this would be it.
4. “Like Moths To Flame” by Thrice – Although it’s off of Vheissu, of which I am not the biggest fan, this track definitely rocks in a creep-tastic way.
3. “Paint It Black” by The Rolling Stones – …Nuff said.
2. “Umbabaruma” by Soulfly – Tribal chants in ancient tongues…always a creepfest.
1. “Time” by Pink Floyd – …Random alarm clocks ringing…sick shit.

 

Scorpions Call It Quits At 50 February 10, 2010

By Klone

Is it just me, or do you hear an all-to-familiar whistling on the wind?  Are those the “Wind of Change” I hear blowing, or is it just the arctic blast making my eardrums ring with icicles?  Nope…it was the news that long-time rock icons Scorpions are throwing in the towel.  Is that chill a sudden sadness?  Or could it be the fact that, uh, well…I kinda thought that happened already.  Okay, assumed is probably a better word, but doesn’t news like this kinda serve more to remind us that these guys existed at all, let alone are breaking up?  Maybe I’m just out of touch.

I’m sorry, I don’t mean to sound harsh.  Who can really say they haven’t done a non-Jersey Shore-guido fist-pump, or banged their head to “Rock You Like A Hurricane”?  I’d be lying if I said I haven’t.  Who can really say they haven’t raised a lighter at a party when “Wind of Change” comes up in rotation at the end of the night?  Hey, I’ve been that guy.  Great songs are great songs, no matter when they were written or when they were popular.  Some things just can’t be denied no matter how hard you try.  That said, I don’t think I’ve heard anything from them since 1980-something.  Now, if I were a resident of Germany, perhaps the case would be different.  I certainly hope that some of our German readers would fill us in on some of the accomplishments this five-decade rock blitzkrieg has been amassing since our last early-90s keggers.  I feel it more than appropriate to get that, “Oh yeah, those guys?” reaction when hearing the news of their retirement.

Fear not though, true believers.  For the rest of you out there who are finding your Scorpions thirst still requires quenching, the band that was founded in 1965 by guitarist Rudolf Schenker, now 61, will not being going quietly into that good night.  They will rage against the dying of the light with a farewell world tour in support of their farewell album Sting In The Tail, due out on March 19th.  The tour will kick off in Prague on March 15th, and spend the next few years making its way around the globe.  So, keep your ears to the digital airwaves and make sure to keep checking in with your friends here at NVMP for the latest news about when Scorpions come stateside.  It’ll be your last chance to catch Klaus Meine, Matthias Jabs, Rudolf Schenker, Pawel Maciwoda and James Kottak, the current and final line-up.

“Taaaaake me…to the magic of the moment/On a gloooooory night/Where the children of tomorrow dream away/In the wind of change”

Related Articles:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/8478359.stm

 

GO BIG, GO BOLD…WE GOTTA BEAT GAGA! LIVE PERFORMERS STEP UP THEIR GAME AT THE 2010 GRAMMYS February 4, 2010

{The 2010 52nd Annual Grammy Awards Edition!}

By Dave “The Klone” Maresca

“Well, it’s Grammy time again, and this year fans of the music industry are in for quite the treat – watching all of their favorite artists perform at a higher level of showmanship than ever before.  You may be asking, “Why’s that, Dave?  What’s the big deal this year?” and if I gave you two guesses, you’d probably only need one.  In my opinion, after an entire year of extrava-GaGa-nt  performances from now heavy-hitter Lady GaGa, going all the way back to her self-sacrificial MTV VMA performance in September, the rest of the music industry is revamping their game for the Grammy stage.  With that perspective in mind, let’s look at some of the more notable GaGa Reactionary performances.”

Pink goes nude.  So cool.

When she appeared scantily clad in the 2001 “Lady Marmalade” video, I remember finding Pink rather unremarkable.  Awkward and sort of not as feminine as the other ladies she was covering the song with, I kind of never wanted to see her even close to nude again.  Tonight has completely erased that last thought from my mind.  She picked a terrible song to perform, “Glitter in the Air”, but she combined eroticism with grace wearing little more than strategically placed ribbons, and pulled off an aerial acrobatic beginners’ routine that kept my eyes glued to the screen.  Can’t wait to see the rebuttal from camp GaGa next year.


Black Eyed Peas 2.0
Armor clad, and ready to throw down, the fearsome foursome of pop-candy hip-hop are propelled up through the floor of the stage by some kind of behind-the-scenes movie magic.  I find it hard to imagine that we would’ve seen a performance like this if we didn’t have an entire year of goo-goo for GaGa’s techno-drenched dominance of the digital and analog airwaves.  Am I supposed to really buy that the same peeps who flowed “Let’s Get It Started (Get Retarded)” would really be sharing the stage with retro Beastie Boys robots, if Lady wasn’t the performance sensation of the year?  Is this supposed raising of the bar for the entire awards show simply an industry-wide knee-jerk reaction to the next generation’s Madonna, Brittney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Lindsey Lohan all wrapped into one?  If this performance says anything, it definitely says, “You know it”.

The Economy Blows, Anything Goes.
Slash performed with Jamie Foxx, T-Pain and Doug E. Fresh doing some awful atrocity of a lip-synched, phoned-in, “we don’t give a crap anymore, people will love it” excuse of a song (commonly known as “Blame It”).  Oh how the mighty have fallen.  Slash must really be hurtin’ for cash, what with no touring money or G N’ R royalties being what they used to be.  A little piece of me died tonight.  When the market crashed, it really crashed, huh?