Blur Reunion Done, Most Likely; Byrne Calls Out Bono; Ranking McCartney
Headlines: Remember when I politely requested that Brit-pop heroes Blur bring its reunion tour to the U.S.? For some reason it didn't seem to sway frontman Damon Albarn or bassist Alex James, both of whom said the band's recent gigs would be the end of any Blur activity. But guitarist Graham Coxon doesn't seem to be on the same page and is already planning Blur's next move. It's good to see everyone on the same page. The recently released "A Beginner's Guide to Blur" double-disc has been on repeat a lot lately. David Byrne called out U2 for its excessive tour, which includes a $40 million stage and hundreds of tractor trailers. "It sure looks like, well, overkill, and just a wee bit out of balance given all the starving people in Africa and all," he said. Hey, they need something to distract the crowd from all the boring new songs. Byrne does offer that it could be "professional envy" prompting his complaint.
Speaking of psycho killers, Charles Manson approached his fellow inmate Phil Spector (via prison guard) about collaborating on a musical project. Spector's publicist called the request "creepy" and ruled out the possibility of the two working together. All it takes is a little viral video sensation to get people buying Chris Brown albums again. I think there's some sort of lesson to be learned here about domestic violence and new paradigms in music sales, but I don't want to take the time to figure it out. Here's one to keep in mind, though: Don't tell Van Morrison that you love him. Got it? Just pay your $250 and keep your mouth shut. And Kid Rock would like you to take your 140 characters and shove it. Translated to Kid Rock speak that's: "It's gay. If one more person asks me if I have a Twitter, I'm going to tell them, 'Twitter this [expletive], [expletive]."
And in "that sounds familiar" news: Men At Work are being sued for stealing parts of their massive hit "Down Under" from a 1934 Australian children's song "Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree" (you know the one). And Ryan Tedder, one of the guys who writes songs for -- er, collaborates with -- Kelly Clarkson and Beyonce, among others, defends against allegations that he ripped himself off on Clarkson's "Already Gone" and Beyonce's "Halo."
List of the Day: Top 5 McCartney Beatles Songs
Sir Paul is in town tomorrow night at FedEx Field (see you there, eventually) so why not bust out a predictable but irresistible list? No real left-field choices from me. Feel free to share your own. No wrong answers, unless you include "Ob-La-Di" or "The Long and Winding Road."
1) "Hey Jude" - Really, I'm not joking. Not just for it's perfect, epic sing-along sappiness, but for every little Ringo drum roll or Macca screech during the last couple minutes.
2) "Can't Buy Me Love" - This one just sizzles.
3) "I've Just Seen a Face" - One of the most interesting vocal cadences in any Beatles song with some weird little rhyme structures and it manages to be jaunty with minimal percussion.
4) "Paperback Writer" - The only non-love song on my list. Something really hypnotic about this one. I guess those creepy backing vocals. With "Rain" on the B-side this very well might be the best 45 ever.
5) "Michelle" - Pure sap, yet I can't resist it. I think "Hey Jude" is just about as long as the rest of these other four songs combined.
Video of the Day: Jarvis Cocker - "Further Complications" on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon"
Well, ?uestlove successfully fought his urge to beat up the former Pulp frontman as retribution for his stage-crashing incident with Michael Jackson more than a decade ago. Nice restraint. The Roots drummer did note that Cocker looked "throwed" but that's exactly how you want Cocker to look and this performance of the title track off his recent solo album just makes it more disappointing that his brief U.S. tour doesn't come any closer than New York.
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