Friday, September 23, 2011

The Deuce Loves Music

Okay. So who doesn't love music. Well, my dad hasn't liked any music since Floyd Kramer was tickling the ivories and The Sons of the Pioneers were singing about "cold, clear water", circa 1955. But he's an extreme example. Me? I groove to the serious rhythms.

Top Artists of ALL TIME:

1. The Rolling Stones

I don't want to hear any noise about the Beatles. They were okay up until they went all Hari Krishna and Yoko put the dork hex on Lennon. The Stones are still rockin' even though they're all older than dirt and Keith Richards has ingested enough drugs to kill all the Beatles five times over. What man wouldn't trade his life for that of Mick Jagger? Damn few.

Best Singles.

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
Street Fightin' Man
Sympathy For The Devil
Jumpin' Jack Flash
It's Only Rock 'N' Roll
Paint It Black
Brown Sugar
You Can't Always Get What You Want

2. Prince

Mentally unstable? Maybe. Obsessed with sex? Seriously, deep down aren't we all? But my God, did anyone put out more high energy funky hits in the 80's? No. And, he actually played an instrument, unlike all these lame-ass rap pretenders we're saddled with today.

Best Singles.

Let's Go Crazy
Little Red Corvette
U Got The Look
The Beautiful Ones
Baby I'm A Star
Raspberry Beret

3. Elton John

He owned the early and mid-seventies with his classic piano ballads with lyrics by long time collaborator Bernie Taupin. He's sold more than 250 million records and had 50 top 40 hits. Appeals to the masses? Yeah. And that 'flamboyant phase' was just a tad embarrassing. But still, the masses aren't always wrong and light-up glasses and feather boas are...forgivable. Just too much talent.

Best Singles.

Bennie And The Jets
Rocket Man
Someone Saved My Life Tonight
Saturday's Alright For Fightin'
Your Song
Honky Cat
The Bitch Is Back
Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me

4. The Eagles

Arguably the best harmony ever with killer guitar riffs and inspired lyrics. A singular mix of folk, country and rock that continues to sell out concerts all over the world. Haunting stuff.

Best Singles:

Hotel California
Sunset Grill
Rocky Mountain Way
Life In The Fast Lane
Lyin' Eyes
The Boys Of Summer
One Of These Nights
In The City

5. The Temptations

One of the greatest groups to come out of the golden years of MoTown. Known for their choreography and stylized harmonies, the Temps put the smooth to the turbulent 60's.

Best Singles:

My Girl
Get Ready
(I Know) I'm Losing You
I Wish It Would Rain
I Can't Get Next To You
Ball Of Confusion
Just My Imagination
Cloud Nine

The rest of my top ten.

6. Led Zeppelin
7. Tina Turner
8. Aerosmith
9. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
10. AC/DC

Honorable Mention.

The Moody Blues; Marvin Gaye; David Bowie; The Cars; James Brown; The Beach Boys; Bruce Springsteen; Aretha Franklin; Guns n' Roses; Fleetwood Mac; The Kinks; Parliment; Otis Reading; Def Leppard; Earth, Wind and Fire.

Let the debate begin!


Sunday, September 11, 2011


Paul Krugman, the sometime economist and full-time elitist commentator on all things political posted this on his blog regarding the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

"Is it just me, or are the 9/11 commemorations oddly subdued?

Actually, I don’t think it’s me, and it’s not really that odd.

What happened after 9/11 — and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not — was deeply shameful. Te atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue. Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war the neocons wanted to fight, for all the wrong reasons.

A lot of other people behaved badly. How many of our professional pundits — people who should have understood very well what was happening — took the easy way out, turning a blind eye to the corruption and lending their support to the hijacking of the atrocity?

The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it.

I’m not going to allow comments on this post, for obvious reasons."

All Mr. Quarter can say is what a f__king coward you are Mr. Krugman. Hiding there behind your keyboard and unwilling to even face the tongue lashing that your readers would administer for such a despicable and cowardly editorial. Shame on you!

Update 09/12/11: Apparently Mr. Quarter was not the only one offended by Paul Krugman's diarrhea of the keyboard. Yesterday, Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense under GWB tweeted that he was cancelling his subscription to the New York Times because of Krugman's comments.