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Does this guy know how to party or what?

School’s not yet out, alas, for summer.

So until the pile of marking subsides, it looks like a proper review of Alice Cooper’s School’s Out will have to wait until at least next week.

But in the meantime, a modest celebration of perhaps the greatest cameo in cinematic history.

There are walk-ons.

There are bit parts.

There are special guest stars.

And then there’s Alice Cooper’s unrivalled appearance in Wayne’s World.

If you’re only going to have a couple minutes of screen time in a movie, this is how it’s done!

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Tip of the hat to Mike Myers/Bonnie Turner/Terry Turner for writing such a brilliant & educational scene!

Artist of the Week – Quiz #24

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Magnificent logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

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, LL Cool J, The Dictators, Judas Priest, Johnny Cash

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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 Johnny Cash last week.

Here are the results after 23 quizzes:

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after 23 weeks

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Ready for Quiz #24?

Splendid!

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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 #24
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..Born in 1948, this American Artist’s real name is Vincent Damon Furnier

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400 points………………..Thanks to his cameo in Wayne’s World, many viewers are now aware that ‘Milwaukee’ is Algonquin for ‘the good land’

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300 points…………………The title track of his band’s 1972 album will be playing at educational institutions around the world at some point before the end of June

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200 points………………….His album Billion Dollar Babies is also on the 1001 list (along with that aforementioned album about the end of the academic calendar)

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100 points………………..The artist is A______ C_________

 

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Answer: أليس كوبر
(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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I will never grow tired of hearing this week’s artist being interviewed – so articulate, so many great stories!

Top 5 Jo(h)nnys Be Good

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Awkward wordplay in the title, perhaps.

But there was nothing awkward about the music created by these 5 Jo(h)nnys, enjoy!

 

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5. Johnny Ramone
Likely inspired thousands to pick up a guitar and play along.

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4. Johnny Thunders
The New York Dolls’ debut has been among my favourite new-to-me debuts from the list

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3. Johnny Cash
It is Johnny Cash week ’round here but he’d be here on any week

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2. Jonny Greenwood
How about that string bend just before the big reveal in the video?!


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1. Johnny Marr
He was 23(!) when the Smiths broke up.

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The Top 2 could really be a 1a/1b, two of my all-time favourites, regardless of birth name!

Johnny Cash – American IV: The Man Comes Around (2002)

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[Album 541/1001]

It’s that 70/30 time of year again for high school students.

For Ontario high school students, 70% of their final grade in a given course is based on their work during the term, 30% is from their final exam/culminating activity.

So naturally, given that exams begin next week, those percentages were on my mind this week while listening to American IV: The Man Comes Around.

As is often the case with albums that I hear for the first time in the car, I didn’t read the tracklist prior to listening.

5 of the songs (or approximately 30% of the album) sounded like they were Johnny Cash originals.

The remainder of the album sounded like his renditions of existing tunes.

Or graphically:

 

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What I found surprising was that although those original-sounding tunes only made up 30% of the tracklist, they were the tracks that I really looked forward to on subsequent listens.

I might even venture to say I derived 70% of my overall enthusiasm for the album from those original-sounding tracks.

Or graphically:

 

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But as it turns out, of the 5 tracks that I thought were Cash originals, he only wrote 2 of them!

I was correct in thinking that he wrote The Man Comes Around & Give My Love to Rose.

However, I wasn’t quite so correct in thinking he wrote Streets of Laredo (traditional), Sam Hall (Tex Ritter), and I Hung My Head (Sting).220px-AmericanIV

And it turns out he did write Tear Stained Letter, which I had incorrectly lumped in with the suspected covers.

So considering I guessed correctly on the rest of the covers, when it came to my guesswork in the is-the-song-an-original-or-a-cover-game, it looks like I was somewhere in the neighbourhood of 70% correct/30% not so much!

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I suppose I learned four (IV) things with Johnny Cash’s 87th album:

I. Has anyone transitioned as seamlessly between genres as producer Rick Rubin?

II. Although I still prefer the originals, I admire the perspective that Johnny Cash brought as a septuagenarian to The Beatles’ In My Life and Nine Inch Nails’ Hurt

III. If I’m listening to Johnny Cash, even though I like hearing him sing other tunes like Hurt & In My Life, I prefer hearing him sing Johnny Cash tunes.

IV. That being said, if I’m listening to Johnny Cash sing covers, I like it best when he fools me into thinking that they’re his originals!

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Verbalize the Positive

Cheers to The Pittsburgh Penguins for winning their 2nd consecutive Stanley Cup.

With the Penguins (finally) done and the end of the school year now in sight, I should be a more productive blogger for the next couple of months!

The Motherlode

I’m fascinated by the names of different object quantities.

25 sheets of paper? A quire, or 1/20th of a ream.

Another name for 201.168 metres? Not unlike the actor Edward in Terminator 2, a furlong.

The technical name for arriving home to find 48 8-track cartridges on your doorstep?

That would be the motherlode!

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The “A” in the note above, of course, is for Aaron of keepsmealive, a man whose generosity knows no bounds.

I’m guessing in 2017, very few people would appreciate receiving a, or rather, The, motherlode of 8-tracks in the mail.

Fewer still would think to send such a care package.

Which makes this such a wonderful example of a thoughtful sender knowing their niche audience; I couldn’t be more ebullient!

Cheers Aaron & 1001 thank yous – a bunch of these are on the list, it will be a blast to review them in this delightfully antiquated format!

To borrow an Aaron-ism, Community!!!

Artist of the Week – Quiz #23

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Magnificent logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming

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, LL Cool J, The Dictators, Judas Priest

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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 Judas Priest last week.

Here are the results after 22 quizzes:

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Ready for Quiz #23?

Swell!

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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 #23
Record POINTS Earned (Not Artist Name) in the comments
(scroll down for additional clues)

For:

500 points………………..Though his 2002 album (the final release during his lifetime) was the 87th(!) of his career, it is this American Male Solo Artist’s only studio album on the 1001 list.

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400 points………………..His 2 live albums on the 1001 list both begin with him saying hello, followed by his name

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300 points…………………Will Smith & Tommy Lee Jones were in a 1997 film that is the plural form of this artist’s nickname

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200 points………………….Joaquin Phoenix played the role of this artist in the 2005 biopic Walk the Line

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100 points………………..The artist is J______ C_________

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Answer: جوني كاش
(Please post your points earned in the comments section)

Thanks for playing!

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Kudos to this artist for being so ridiculously prolific!

Judas Priest – British Steel (1980)

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[Album 540/1001]

“The years are flying by…You don’t have to be old to be wise”
– Judas Priest, Don’t Have to be Old to be Wise

The years are indeed flying by; whether I’m “old” may be a relative term, but I’m indisputably getting older.

But thanks to groups like Judas Priest, I’m hopefully getting a bit wiser along the way as well.

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I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of life-affirming lyrics on British Steel.220px-Judas_Priest_British_Steel

Given track names like The Rage, Grinder, and Rapid Fire, I think I was anticipating lots of riffs & lots of angry young male growling, not necessarily decipherable growling at that.

But then I kept hearing lyrics like…

“United, united, united we stand, United we never shall fall”

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“Off the beaten track…got no use for routine…open skies are my scene”

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“live and let live from now on…when I need it, then I’ll ask for advice”

…and I could decipher each & every one of them.

Better yet, the vocals were sung over an impressive vocal range.

Perhaps best of all, I expected plenty of riffs and Judas Priest delivered!

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So perhaps as I continue to get older, when I need it, I’ll refer back to British Steel for advice.

When it comes to musical tastes & opinions, maybe try to live and let live from now on, stand united (united, united) as a diverse community of music fans.

That being said, also try not to fall into a comfort zone listening routine (got no use for that); make the open skies/off the beaten track more of my scene.

British Steel definitely wouldn’t have been on the ‘beaten track’ for me when I started the 1001 project.

But I’d like to think I’m now a little wiser for having heard it.

And I didn’t have to be old to gain that wisdom.

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Cheers to records like this one that deliver what you know you want (riffs!) and surprise you with things you didn’t realize you wanted in the first place (a solid grade 9 math song-of-the-day for when teaching exponent laws & why it’s important to not break those laws!).