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Top 5 Cool &/or Ice Stage Names

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“What’s cooler than bein’ cool? Ice Cold!”
– Outkast, Hey Ya!

I couldn’t think of 5 “Cool” stage names to properly celebrate LL Cool J week.

Nor could I think of 5 “Ice” names.

But put ’em together, we’ll see if “Ice” is in fact, cooler than bein’ “Cool!”

 

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5. Vanilla Ice
Apparently coming to Kingston this fall, I might have to go!

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4. Ice T
The guy who sang Cop Killer has spent the last 17 years playing an NYPD officer on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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3. Ice Cube
Bonus marks for a stage name that lends itself nicely to a word puzzle (Ice to the exponent 3)

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2. LL Cool J
Although I usually applaud modesty, having “Ladies Love” as a permanent part of a stage name is audacious enough to work…


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1. Tré Cool
…but nothing works better than an accent aigus.

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Verbalize the Positive

When I attempted to add a tag of “Tré Cool” to this post, it kept autocorrecting to “Very cool.”

Which can only confirm Tré Cool’s status as #1 on this list!

Artist of the Week – Quiz #20

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Artists of the week (so far): Brian Eno, U2, Stevie Wonder, Everything But The Girl, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, CSNY, Bob Marley, Miles Davis, Pavement, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Leonard Cohen, Marianne Faithfull, Cream, James Taylor, The Eagles, The B-52s

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My thanks to all who have participated in the “Artist of the Week” quizzes so far.

Congrats to all those who correctly identified The B-52s last week.

Here are the results after 19 quizzes:

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after 19

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Ready for Quiz #20?

If you liked the first 19, this one should be moderately enjoyable as well!

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Quiz Rules/Format
(feel free to skip to the quiz if you know the rules already)

Your Task: Name the mystery Artist, ideally with as few clues as possible.

Correctly guess the artist on the first clue? 500 points.

After scrolling down to the second clue? 400 points.

Still don’t know after the fifth clue? 0 points, but a crisp high-five for participating.

I’ll use google translate to put the correct answer at the bottom in Arabic (if you read Arabic, that’s fantastic, but no cheating by reading ahead!) and you can translate it back to the language of your choice to confirm your answer.

In the comments, please enter your POINTS earned (not the artist name) and I’ll keep track of the running totals in a spreadsheet.

In addition to eternal bragging rights, the winner at the end of the year may even get something as prestigious as a digital certificate.

Here goes!

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Artist of the Week #20
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..The real name of this American Male Solo Artist is James Smith (and it’s not Jimmy Smith, THE Hammond Organ Player)

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400 points………………..He is now an actor in one of those Crime Investigation shows (and he doesn’t have “Ice” as a part of his stage name)

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300 points…………………The title track of his album on the 1001 list is about advice he received from his mother (and it’s not Lenny Kravitz nor the advice that his mother gave)

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200 points………………….The only word in his stage name is the opposite of warm, the other parts of his stage name are letters

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100 points………………..The artist is _ _ _____ _

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Answer: السيدات الحب بارد جيمس
(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

Happy Victoria Day Weekend to all!

Top 5 ‘Shack’ Tracks

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Did you ever play that game ‘MASH’ as a youth?

Where you counted around a square to see if you were going to live in a Mansion, Apartment, Shack, or House?

We shan’t play it here today, but in honour of The B-52s during their residency as Artist of the Week, I give you the Top 5 ‘Shack’ tracks.

Enjoy the list & good luck in your next MASH game!

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5. Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs, Sugar Shack
Incidentally, splendid backup band name.

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4. The B-52s, Love Shack
The musical equivalent of the Leaning Tower of Pisa perhaps, but both draw crowds regardless.

 

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3. The Temptations, Psychedelic Snack
If the song is to be believed, this is where it’s at.

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2 New Order, Rock the Shack
Maybe the most rockin’ New Order track I’ve heard.


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1. Weezer, Back to the Shack
I’ll happily rock out like it’s ’94 any day.

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Verbalize the Positive

It’s been really nice biking to work this week!

The B-52’s – The B-52’s (1979)

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[Album 537/1001]

The B-52s.

Or apparently since 2008, The Artist formerly known as the B-52s.

The apostrophe dropping may be subtle but it got me thinking about the grammar emphasis on possession rather than plural.The_B-52's_cover

In this case, the album, The B-52s.

IS the album:

Like the B-52 hairstyle, a little top-heavy?

Like the B-52 cocktail, full of distinct layers while still being smooth & delicious?

Like the B52 opening chess move, a strategic way to make an entrance?

Like the B-52 aircraft, capable of operating at high speeds without stopping to refuel?

Probably a bit of all of the above.

But I’d argue B-52 is closer to a description of its expected academic grade range.

It’s better than a 52 (a pass to be sure) but it might not climb higher than a B (70-79%).

As far as report cards go, that’s generally considered ‘satisfactory.’

Though to their credit, The B-52s pictured below made for a satisfying collaboration!

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Verbalize the Positive

Cheers to bands that release eccentric records. Not all will be up my street but I applaud artists for venturing into largely unexplored areas!

Artist of the Week – Quiz #19

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Artists of the week (so far): Brian Eno, U2, Stevie Wonder, Everything But The Girl, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, CSNY, Bob Marley, Miles Davis, Pavement, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Leonard Cohen, Marianne Faithfull, Cream, James Taylor, The Eagles

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My thanks to all who have participated in the “Artist of the Week” quizzes so far.

Congrats to all those who correctly identified The Eagles last week.

Here are the results after 18 quizzes:

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After 18

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Ready for Quiz #19?

Everybody’s Movin’!

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Quiz Rules/Format
(feel free to skip to the quiz if you know the rules already)

Your Task: Name the mystery Artist, ideally with as few clues as possible.

Correctly guess the artist on the first clue? 500 points.

After scrolling down to the second clue? 400 points.

Still don’t know after the fifth clue? 0 points, but a crisp high-five for participating.

I’ll use google translate to put the correct answer at the bottom in Arabic (if you read Arabic, that’s fantastic, but no cheating by reading ahead!) and you can translate it back to the language of your choice to confirm your answer.

In the comments, please enter your POINTS earned (not the artist name) and I’ll keep track of the running totals in a spreadsheet.

In addition to eternal bragging rights, the winner at the end of the year may even get something as prestigious as a digital certificate.

Here goes!

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Artist of the Week #19
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..Perhaps the only band on the list that shares a name with a cocktail, a hairstyle, and a type of aircraft

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400 points………………..The band is from Athens, Georgia…and it’s not R.E.M.

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300 points…………………Speaking of R.E.M., this group’s vocalist Kate Pierson contributed vocals on Shiny Happy People (and incidentally, her bandmate, Cindy Wilson, apparently invented the phrase “tin roof, rusted”)

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200 points………………….The band name is a letter and a number

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100 points………………..The band is The ___-____s

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Answer: (ب) اثنان وخمسون
(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Verbalize the Positive

Though they’re not helping my 50bookpledge & 1001albums progress, it’s nice to still be watching Penguins games so late in the spring!

The Eagles – Hotel California (1976)

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[Album 536/1001]

“I get so emotional baby, every time I think of you.”
– Whitney Houston, So Emotional

Well, things got a bit emotional on the Facebook this week.

Every Sunday, I post the link to my Artist of the Week Quiz on my Facebook page.

Now I’m not saying I’m proud of it, but a few days ago, I ended up being pretty harsh towards the Eagles.

Fortunately, my wonderful wife was able to rein me in before things got too out of hand.

The whole brouhaha is pasted below.

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My main problem with the Eagles?

Every time I think of them, I do not get so (or even remotely) emotional.

They’re clearly capable musicians; special acknowledgement is in order here for Don Henley, providing the title track lead vocals from behind the drum-kit, not missing a beat (or lyric for that matter) in the memorable mid-song, drum re-entry.

But apart from that moment early on, I was a mostly detached observer for the rest of the album.

It might be easier, to borrow/modify a line from The Big Lebowski, if I hated the Eagles, man.

Of course, if I loved them unreservedly, as tens of millions seem to, that would likely be the optimal solution.

Instead, I’m usually left feeling indifferent about The Eagles

Title track aside, listening to Hotel California this week was no exception.

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The Eagles

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Verbalize the Positive

Cheers to Kristin & Wendy for the post inspiration!

 

 

Top 5 ‘Hotel’ Songs

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Elton John might have the best song about moderately priced lodgings with Holiday Inn.

But alas, no 5-letter sequence H-O-T-E-L in the title, and thus, ineligible for this Top 5.

So will The Eagles end up in the Top spot, during their stay as Artist of the Week?

It’ll be close!

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5. Elvis Presley, Heartbreak Hotel
A fine opening line.

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4. The White Stripes, Hotel Yorba
As with Mr. Presley, I’m not sure if I’ve ever embraced The White Stripes as much as I feel I oughtta. But much like Heartbreak Hotel, I still like Hotel Yorba regardless.

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3. Tori Amos, Hotel
Part of an exceptionally strong run of her records in the 90s.

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2. The Eagles, Hotel California
The best song about a hotel on the west coast…
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1. Wilco, Hotel Arizona
…but a hotel one state further east takes the #1 spot.

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Verbalize the Positive

Cheers to fellow bloggers/readers/writers/music enthusiasts for adding so many other deserving songs/artists in the comments each time I do a Top 5!