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Comment: Re:Cigars, Scotch, and Sinatra (Score 1) 361 361

Actually on a purely technical level he was one of the outstanding vocalists of all time - opera singers admired his skill, if that impresses. I think he was a great singer in his early days but lose interest at a certain point, when the Rat Pack came along perhaps - after reading the His Way unauthorized biography it's hard to enjoy his music knowing what an insufferable dickhead he was, and the massive ego seems to seep into his vocals as well. Likewise he was an excellent actor at first, really, but he churned out reams of junk later on, too.

Comment: Re:Here's to hoping they don't find oil (Score 1) 152 152

I was surprised to learn that the Toba caldera was the most powerful volcanic outburst of the past 25 million years, packing more of a wallop than the Columbia River Basalt flows or any resurgent caldera, such as those associated with the Yellowstone hotspot. Seems like humans, acclimated to their native environment, are really resilient.

Comment: Re:Taking it further (Score 1) 57 57

Someone once pointed out that a whole mess of hard rock tunes ultimately seemed to derive from La Bamba. You Really Got Me, Louie Louie, Blitzkrieg Bop, forget what else. Smells Like Teen Spirit of course was a takeoff on More Than A Feeling. You don't need an algorithm for this stuff. John Fogerty was famously sued by Credence's record label for ripping himself off - the ultimate in legal intervention in this instance - the case was dismissed. Haven't really heard of musical litigation since that happened in the late 80s.

I don't know what "artists" are ripping off any more; I can't remember a single chart topping melody from the last 15 years, it doesn't seem to be necessary anymore. I think the music serves other functions well now, i.e., inducing tweens to scream in delight, giving young men soundtracks for their strutting/posing, etc. Why burden it with actual tunes?

Comment: Re:An old fashioned jester. (Score 1) 277 277

Somebody doing a good delivery is what is required. That is much easier to find than the creative idea behind the show.

Yes he is acting, but he's certainly not your average "news reader" reading everything from the autocue, it is HIS act, we have similar act here in Oz, but Stewart is the original and still the best.

Hey, don't sell yourself short, mate.

Comment: Re:Besides the blantant bloodshed... (Score 5, Insightful) 490 490

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