Daily Archives: May 6, 2010

Thursday Night Music Byte

The Jam were an English punk rock/mod revival band active during the late 1970s and early 1980s. While they shared the “angry young men” outlook and fast tempos of their punk rock contemporaries, The Jam wore neatly tailored suits rather than ripped clothes, and they incorporated a number of mainstream 1960s rock influences rather than rejecting them, placing The Jam at the forefront of the mod revival movement.

They had 18 consecutive Top 40 singles in the United Kingdom, from their debut in 1977 to their breakup in 1982, including four number one hits. As of 2007, “That’s Entertainment” and “Just Who Is the 5 O’Clock Hero?” remained the best-selling import singles of all time in the UK. They released one live album and six studio albums, the last of which, The Gift, hit number one on the UK album charts. When the group split up, their first 15 singles were re-released and all placed within the top 100.

The band drew upon a variety of stylistic influences over the course of their career, including 1960s beat music, soul, rhythm and blues and psychedelic rock, as well as 1970s punk and new wave. The trio was known for its melodic pop songs, its distinctly English flavour and its mod image. The band launched the career of Paul Weller, who went on to form The Style Council and later had a successful solo career. Weller wrote and sang most of The Jam’s original compositions, and he played lead guitar, using a Rickenbacker. Bruce Foxton provided backing vocals and prominent basslines, which were the foundation of many of the band’s songs, including the hits “Down in the Tube Station at Midnight”, “The Eton Rifles”, “Going Underground” and “Town Called Malice”.

Please enjoy two video clips of The Jam. On the first, from 1978, they appear live on The Old Grey Whistle Test. On the second you will see their music video of the hit “Town Called Malice” from 1982. Good days, those.

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Will Somebody Please Blow The Whistle On Bristol?

Enough is enough already. Bristol Palin was strutting her stuff in New York last night at an event sponsored by the “dress like a teen ho” company known as Candies. You know, the company that brought us these understated advertisements for teens:

The famously pregnant unwed teen daughter of Sarah Palin now has some sort of an unspecified spokesperson’s position with the Candies Foundation who’s stated mission is “to educate America’s youth about the devastating consequences of teenage pregnancy”. Candies also relies upon Britney Spears to push its products. Is that some sort of mixed message or what?

Bristol Palin used her Big Apple appearance to take the opportunity to speak to People magazine about unwed motherhood. The young Palin said,

[My parents] are there for support when I need it emotionally, but I’m on my own financially. I work an 8-to-5 job, five days a week. I’m doing it by myself. I live by myself, I’m working to provide for [my son]. It is difficult. Financially, it’s very difficult. I’d say the majority of any paycheck I ever receive is going to Tripp. Child care is very expensive, formula is expensive, diapers are expensive – and you don’t think about that as a kid, at all.

Just wondering, but what is Ms. Palin’s “8 to 5 job, five days a week”? Does she work at some retail establishment like most school aged young women? If so, was she able to make it back from New York early enough last night to be in at 8:00 a.m. this morning? What about that consulting business she opened a few months ago, does she work at that each day from 8 to 5? If so, who are these clients that have hired a high school drop-out as a consultant? Does the Candies Foundation pay her? Didn’t Bristol also receive a $ 21,000.00 lump sum from father Levi Johnston for past due child support and doesn’t she receive an additional $ 1,750.00 per month from him?

For some reason I think that Bristol Palin has it a lot easier than most young unwed mothers.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s topical song parody.

I Want Candy song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMICD3aMZpw

SHE WEARS CANDIES

(sung to the Bow Wow Wow song “I Want Candy”)

I know a girl who’ll take some heat
Candies pays this gal to speak
She’s got a mother that is a liar
Sarah sucks like a vampire

She wears Candies
She wears Candies

Bristol’s preachin’ all over town
She should shut-up and sit down
She don’t know squat about abstinence
She’s got a big case of arrogance

She wears Candies
She wears Candies
Yeah

(musical interlude)

Bristol is a gal that should know better
She should be sporting a scarlet letter
She left school cuz she was failin’
Just like almost every Palin

She wears Candies
She wears Candies
She wears Candies
She wears Candies

Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey