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Is Veganism Child Abuse?
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Food companies have spent billions of dollars to cover up the link between sugar consumption and health problems
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Bucket List: 12 Battered & Abandoned KFC Stores
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Harley-Davidson testing electric motorcycles
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‘Vigilante motorist’ faces fine after using mobile signal jammer to keep others off their phones
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The TaTa Top
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Pirate Radio Station for $55 Could Help Decentralize Big-Telecom

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Man Almost Killed Girlfriend After Hallucinating Bear Attack While on MDMA
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Look out for tainted “Hello Kitty” heroin
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Gimpsuited greenscreen fluffer flicks shampoo model’s hair
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30-foot Marilyn Monroe statue trashed in Chinese dump
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SUPER BASS ORGASM: Sound System Makes Girl Orgasm! – EXTREME BASS

‘Black Friday’ chronicles the abandoned malls that are rotting across America
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That Toy Is Now a Drone, Says the FAA
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Russian Policewomen to Be Disciplined for Wearing Short Skirts
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Students Arrested For ‘Upskirting’ Teachers at Va. High School
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China Builds Its Own Manhattan — Except It’s a Ghost Town
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Barney Fife Meets Delta Force
Hypermilitarized police departments are more dangerous than whatever they fight
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NYC Subway Graffiti from the 1980’s

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Mayor of the Sunset Strip (2003) Rodney Bingenheimer Hollywood Rock Scenester

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The Rodney Bingenheimer of today seems always to be smiling through a deep sadness. He is a small man who still has the youthful cuteness that must have won him friends in his early days. His hair is still combed in the same tousled mid-1970s rock star style, and his T-shirts are the real thing, not retro. He lives now in an inexpensive apartment jammed with records, tapes, discs, and countless autographed photos of his friends the stars. And, yes, they are still his friends; they have not forgotten him, and David Bowie, Cher, Debbie Harry, Courtney Love, Nancy Sinatra and Mick Jagger all appear in this film and seem genuinely fond of Rodney.

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Well they might. He introduced some of them — Bowie in particular — to American radio. He was known for finding new music and playing it first: The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, the Clash, Nirvana. Stations all over the country stole their playlists from Rodney. “Sonny and Cher were kinda like my mom and my dad,” he says wistfully at one point. He ran a little club for a while, featuring British glam rock, and the stars remember with a grin that it was so small the “VIP Area” consisted simply of a velvet rope separating a few chairs from the dance floor.

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The story of how Bingenheimer entered into this world is apparently true, unlikely as it sounds. As a kid he was obsessed with stars, devoured the fan magazines, collected autographs. One day when he was a teenager, his mother dropped him off in front of Connie Stevens’ house and told him he was on his own. He didn’t see his mother for another five or six years. Connie wasn’t home.

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He migrated to the Sunset Strip, but instead of dying there or disappearing into drugs or crime, he simply ingratiated himself. People liked him. He hustled himself into a job as a gofer for Davy Jones of the Monkees (they looked a little alike), and then became a backstage caterer; a survivor of a Doors tour remembers a Toronto concert where Rodney had enormous platters of fresh shrimp backstage. But the Beatles were backstage visitors, and Rodney gave them the shrimp, so there were only a few left for the Doors, who had paid for them. Challenged by The Doors, Rodney shrugged and said, “Well, they’re the Beatles.”

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Wherever Bingenheimer went in the music and club scene, his face was his passport. Robert Plant says, “Rodney got more girls than I do.” We hear a little of his radio show from the old days, and what comes across is not a vibrating personality or a great radio voice — it’s kind of tentative, really — but an almost painful sincerity. He loves the music he plays, and he introduces it to you like a lover he thinks is right for you. The road downhill was gradual, apparently. We get glimpses of Rodney today, repairing his mom’s old Nova with a pair of pliers, shuffling forlornly through souvenirs of his glory days. He seems very even, calm, sad but resigned, except for one moment the documentary camera is not supposed to witness, when he finds that another deejay, a person he sponsored and gave breaks to, is starting a show of new music — stealing Rodney’s gig. He explodes in anger. We’re glad he does. He has a lot to feel angry about.

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The film was directed by George Hickenlooper, who made the classic doc “Hearts Of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse” (1991), about the nightmare of Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now,” and the wonderful fiction film “The Man From Elysian Fields” (2001). Why did he make this film (apart from the possibility that someone named Hickenlooper might feel an affinity for someone named Bingenheimer)? Hickenlooper has been around fame at an early age. He was 26 when he released the doc about the Coppola meltdown. He cast Mick Jagger and James Coburn in “Elysian Fields.” He was aware of Rodney Bingenheimer when the name still opened doors. His film evokes what the Japanese call mono no aware, which refers to the impermanence of life and the bittersweet transience of things. There is a little Rodney Bingenheimer in everyone, but you know what? Most people aren’t as lucky as Rodney. – Roger Ebert

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Led Zeppelin Stairway To Heaven Opening Guitar Part Stolen?

Led Zeppelin are gettin’ sued for the opening guitar chord progression on Stairway To Heaven


Some say it sounds like this, also (at 3:00)

It’s not like they don’t have a history of bitin’

  • “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” – A folk song by Anne Bredon, this was originally credited as “traditional, arranged by Jimmy Page,” then “words and music by Jimmy Page,” and then, following legal action, “Bredon/Page/Plant.”
  • “Black Mountain Side” – uncredited version of a traditional folk tune previously recorded by Bert Jansch.
  • “Bring It On Home” – the first section is an uncredited cover of the Willie Dixon tune (as performed by the imposter Sonny Boy Williamson).
  • “Communication Breakdown” – apparently derived from Eddie Cochran’s “Nervous Breakdown.”
  • “Custard Pie” – uncredited cover of Bukka White’s “Shake ‘Em On Down,” with lyrics from Sleepy John Estes’s “Drop Down Daddy.”
  • “Dazed And Confused” – uncredited cover of the Jake Holmes song (see The Above Ground Sound Of Jake Holmes).
  • “Hats Off To (Roy) Harper” – uncredited version of Bukka White’s “Shake ‘Em On Down.”
  • “How Many More Times” – Part one is an uncredited cover of the Howlin’ Wolf song (available on numerous compilations). Part two is an uncredited cover of Albert King’s “The Hunter.”
  • “In My Time Of Dying” – uncredited cover of the traditional song (as heard on Bob Dylan‘s debut).
  • “The Lemon Song” – uncredited cover of Howlin’ Wolf’s “Killing Floor” – Wolf’s publisher sued Zeppelin in the early 70s and settled out of court.
  • “Moby Dick” – written and first recorded by Sleepy John Estes under the title “The Girl I Love,” and later covered by Bobby Parker.
  • “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” – uncredited cover of the Blind Willie Johnson blues.
  • “Since I’ve Been Lovin’ You” – lyrics are the same as Moby Grape‘s “Never,” though the music isn’t similar.
  • “Stairway To Heaven” – the main guitar line is apparently from “Taurus” by Spirit.
  • “White Summer” – uncredited cover of Davey Graham’s “She Moved Through The Fair.”
  • “Whole Lotta Love” – lyrics are from the Willie Dixon blues “You Need Love.”

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Black Mass Lucifer (1971) Black Magic Moog

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This bizarre collection of Moog compositions is credited to a band/artist named Lucifer (or is it “Black Mass?”), but the man behind the machine is better known by his more ordinary given name of Mort Garson. Along with scoring films, producing easy listening records, and co-writing the hit tune “Our Day Will Come,” Garson released several electronic music LPs with themes like the Zodiac, the Wizard of Oz, and plant growth stimulation. Black Mass/Lucifer (the cover art is ambiguous as to title) is Garson‘s exploration of the dark arts, an all-instrumental soundtrack for a horror film that never existed. Garson conjures up a sinister, minor-key atmosphere on tracks with titles like “Incubus,” “Witch Trial,” and “The Evil Eye” often achieving a tone similar to the scores that Italian horror-rock band Goblin would record for Dario Argento films later in the decade. The technology available to Garson in 1971 was still being developed, and the record occasionally sounds dated, particularly when some very corny synthetic drums ruin the mood. There’s some evocative music on Black Mass/Lucifer, to be sure, but ultimately it’s just not as wild of a recording as legend has painted, perfectly rendered for a psychedelic Halloween party but hardly strong enough to raise evil spirits on its own. Garson‘s Wozard of Iz album is a freakier Moog ride, a kaleidoscopic retelling of the L. Frank Baum tale. – All Music

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Swamp Thing – Nickelodeon Video Comics (1979-1981)

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“Cameras panned over individual panels from stories selected from DC Comics while voiceover actors read the dialogue seen in the balloons. Comic books chosen for this treatment included “Adam Strange,” (Gardner Fox), “Nutsy Squirrel” (Woody Gelman) and “Sugar and Spike” (Sheldon Mayer). After story recommendations by Larry Hama, hundreds of pages from DC’s vaults were photostatted and then recolored with luminescent dyes. There was no animation and no alteration of the original B&W panels. Complete stories were shown, panel by panel, and most came from back issues of “Sugar and Spike.” Some “Adam Strange” and “Swamp Thing” stories had more extensive production work with the addition of sound effects and music. The live-action opening showed kids arriving at a store to buy comic books.” –IMDb

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The Hills Are Alive With The Sound of Uzis

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Guns N’ Roses Rocket Queen Riot (1991) Axl Rose Starts a Riot in St Louis

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The Riverport Riot was a riot at the Riverport Amphitheater (now named Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis) in Maryland Heights, Missouri (near St. Louis) at a Guns N’ Roses concert on July 2, 1991. It is also known as the “Rocket Queen Riot.”

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During the band’s performance of “Rocket Queen“, the 15th song in the set (counting drum & guitar solos), lead singer Axl Rose, in the middle of the chorus, pointed out a fan who was taking still pictures of the show, saying “…Hey, take that! Take that! Now, get that guy and take that!” When security failed to deal with the person, Rose decided to confiscate the camera himself, saying “I’ll take it, god damn it!” and then jumped into the audience and tackled the person. After taking the camera, striking members of the audience and the security team, and being pulled out of the audience by members of the crew, Rose grabs his microphone and said “Well, thanks to the lame-ass security, I’m going home!”, slammed his microphone on the ground and left the stage.

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The sound the microphone made sounded to some fans like a gunshot. After Rose left, band member Slash quickly told the audience, “He just smashed the microphone. We’re out of here.” The angry crowd began to riot and dozens of people were injured. The footage was captured by Robert John, who was documenting the entire tour for the band. Rose was charged with having incited the riot, but police were unable to arrest him until almost a year later, as the band went overseas to continue the tour. Charges were filed against Rose but a judge ruled that he did not directly incite the riot.

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Rose later stated that the Guns N’ Roses security team had made four separate requests to the venue’s security staff to remove the camera, all of which were ignored, that other members of the band had reported being hit by bottles from the audience and that the venue’s security had not been very strict, allowing weapons into the arena and refusing to enforce a drinking limit. Consequently, Use Your Illusion I and IIs artwork featured a hidden message amidst the Thank You section of the album insert: “Fuck You, St. Louis!”

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Alice Cooper – Killer (1971)

 

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Killer is the fourth studio album by Alice Cooper, released in 1971.

Cooper said in the liner notes of Fistful of Alice and In the Studio with Redbeard, which spotlighted the Killer and Love it to Death albums, that the song “Desperado” was written about his friend Jim Morrison, who died the year this album was released. According to an NPR radio interview with Alice Cooper, “Desperado” was written about Robert Vaughn‘s character from the movie The Magnificent Seven. “Halo of Flies” was, according to Cooper’s liner notes in the compilation The Definitive Alice Cooper, an attempt by the band to prove that they could perform King Crimson-like progressive rock suites, and was supposedly about a SMERSH-like organisation. “Desperado”, along with “Under My Wheels” and “Be My Lover” have appeared on different compilation albums by Cooper. The song “Dead Babies” stirred up some controversy following the album’s release, despite the fact that its lyrics conveyed an “anti-child abuse” message.

The album reached #21 on the Billboard album chart and two singles made the Hot 100 chart.

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Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd. called Killer the greatest rock album of all time.[5] Punk icon Jello Biafra & The Melvins covered the song “Halo of Flies” on their 2005 release Sieg Howdy! Psychobilly musicians Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper covered the song “Be My Lover” on their 1986 release Frenzy. Power metal band Iced Earth covered the song “Dead Babies” for their 2002 release Tribute to the Gods. Guns N’ Roses (featureing Alice Cooper) covered the song “Under My Wheels” on The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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