Wednesday, September 02, 2015

"Do your Parents Know You're Ramones?"

Some guy wrote about Rock 'n Roll High School yesterday. After Tommy died, I watched the movie for the first time in decades and was struck by two things:

1. Oh my God, they really do sound retarded. Like, they aspire to be retards.
2. Who took longer to show up onscreen in their own movie, The Ramones in Rock 'n Roll High School (almost 38 minutes in) or the shark in Jaws?  - XMASTIME
 Director Alan Arkush and screenwriter Joseph McBride look back on the now cult classic Rock 'n Roll High School:
Arkush was hoping The Ramones would be witty, like The Beatles in A Hard Day’s Night, but as McBride recalls, “When The Ramones showed up, they could hardly talk … they were not verbal people, actually rather monosyllabic. So Allan was smart enough to work around that. One of (famed French director) Jean Renoir’s pieces of advice was, ‘Never change an actor to fit the script. Change the script to fit the actor.’”

“Dee Dee was not really capable of sitting there and reading a script,” Arkush says. “John was, but he wasn’t interested and bored. They didn’t want to rehearse, although I tried to go over some of their lines, but that was kind of useless after a while. When we shot a scene, they either said it well or they didn’t.”

Still, Arkush got along well with the band, and they inspired another great gag in the film when the band gets pizza delivered backstage, but their manager makes Joey eat health food instead. “I had dinner with The Ramones at (Sire Records founder) Seymour Stein’s place,” Arkush says. “They ordered this lavish, Italian take-out meal, and once the band got there, they said, ‘I thought we were havin’ Italian food.’ ‘We are.’ ‘Where’s the pizza?’ So they had to order pizza because they didn’t want to eat the other stuff!”

"Challenge Accepted!" - Newt Gingrich

Ha hahahaha!!

There's hypocrisy, and then there's this woman.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Ba-da-ba-ba-ba, I'm Lovin' It

The one thing that McDonald's sucks at?

In a move to shorten my already questionable life expectancy, McDonald's will start serving breakfast all day next month. Matt Yglesias points out one of the many reasons this is awesome:
Even at the chain's peak, nobody seriously thought those were the best burgers in the world. In terms of ground beef patties, McDonald's has always been selling convenience and price more than actual food. Reasonable people can disagree as to whether the best fast food burgers are at Shake Shack or In-N-Out or Five Guys or Smashburger, but nobody thinks McDonald's is in the number-one position.

Country Western Song to Write Later

"Baby, I Only Use My One-Wipe Charlies When I'm Coming to See You"

Monday, August 31, 2015

Can still remember where I was standing in the record store when this came on.

Officecow Hits Chicago!

Eagerly await Sarah Palin’s carefully nuanced, well-thought out response to Obama changing Mt. McKinley's name to "Denali" OH WAIT here it is, that didn’t take long at all.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

A-Rod Officially Murdering People Now, Picks Up 2 RBI Pinch-Hitting

Born to Run Week Rolls On

The official story of the making of Born to Run, released 10 years ago to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

Williamsburg Rats

Best audio book audition HERE!

Too Far, ISIS! Too Far!

Oh for Fuck's Sake

I know he's history's greatest monster and all but can news sites report on the guy who fell to his death at the Yankees/Braves game without mentioning it was just after A-Rod's coming up to bat was announced as if that's why it happened  thaaaaaaaaaaaanks.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Biopic I Can't Wait For

Looks like they're finally making the Marco Pierre White flick, albeit with Michael Fassbender.

Now someone has to explain to me why it's not Tom Hardy!

Wtf du Jour

What is it with Trump​ and shopping malls? Is his big plan to make America great again re-invigorating Foot Locker​?

State du Moi

If anything's gonna finally make me lose weight it's how rakishly handsome I'll look with my new computer bag on my shoulder.


"Redskins' Robert Griffin III will be retested in 1-2 weeks, doctor says."

Ideas. I Have Them.

Documentary idea: "Seriously, who the hell is buying all those Nickelback albums?"

Friday, August 28, 2015

Bruce Week Rolls On

Sirius radio reminded me of this:
Many, many years later my buddy Op gave me a mix tape of Bruce cuts (remember mix tapes?). I remember riding the Dog down to Charlottesville and I had it in my walkman, kinda listening, not really paying attention etc and then a song called 'Livin On the Edge of the World' came on. Blew, blew blew me away. And just like that, I was in love. After all those years, I was in.


There's a list of things in my mind that are worth dying for. This is that list.

Cheese-Stuffed Burger Dog
Posted by Tasty on Thursday, August 27, 2015

When Sarah Palin Decides to Chime In With Her Thoughts On the ESPN Curt Schilling Suspension

Cue Boiling Outrage from Poor & Middle Class Republicans Along with Jesus and His Scrappy, Loveable Sidekick, Baby Jesus

When the Client Doesn't "Get" Your Labor Day Joke

Office Life

When you wear a dog shirt to the office you are generally labeled as "delightful." You're welcome, people.

UPDATE: from none other than Marley himself: "My instincts are to be casually cruel, but I can't bring myself to it. That's a really great shirt."