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Music, All Shook Down Earworm Weekly: Grace Jones' "Demolition Man"

Earworm Weekly: Grace Jones' "Demolition Man"

A friend of mine is job-hunting. He recently asked for help in crowd-sourcing an answer to a screening question that a popular job site likes to ask its candidates: “If one song could play as your anthem every time you…
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Music, All Shook Down Sam Smith Grabs His Balls, Katy Perry Buys Hillary a Necklace, and Ed Sheeran Doesn't Have a Vagina

Sam Smith Grabs His Balls, Katy Perry Buys Hillary a Necklace, and Ed Sheeran Doesn't Have a Vagina

There are influential women all over the place this week, with Katy Perry hanging with Hillary Clinton and Madonna, Alanis Morissette inspiring an unlikely song cover, Dave Navarro's mom's story getting told in a documentary, and Lionel Richie making an…
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Music, All Shook Down Grace Jones Threatened to Kill Everyone at the Fox

Grace Jones Threatened to Kill Everyone at the Fox

To stand before Grace Jones’s painted body, bare breasts and all, is like having an audience with Hera in the Olympian throne room. Jones is 67-years old, and at the peak of her power. She doesn’t so much sing…
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Music, All Shook Down Music at Queen Elizabeth's Jubilee Concert: Six Things All Americans Should Know

Music at Queen Elizabeth's Jubilee Concert: Six Things All Americans Should Know

Dear Americans, as a British person, I feel I ought to explain a few things about the lunacy of the last four days. If you watch any sort of news whatsoever, you saw a series of increasingly bizarre things taking…
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Hold It Against Me, Britney Spears: A Brief History of Terrible Pickup Lines in Song

Today marks the release of Britney Spears' surprisingly great new album Femme Fatale, whose lyrics -- you may have noticed in single "Hold It Against Me" -- feature a wealth of corny come-ons and played-out playerisms. Do these work…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cheap Queens Behaving Badly

Cheap Queens Behaving Badly

A wise, ancient Roman shut-in once said: “Beauty is skin deep, but a cheap tranny is forever.” Benjamin Franklin said: “Cheap trannies and folly are old companions,” and Kahlil Gibran put forth: “Beauty is a cheap tranny gazing at itself…
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Calendar, Night&Day Camp Fire

Camp Fire

On A Camp's Web site, the band explains why it recently covered Grace Jones' "Done It Again," saying, "The song manages to simultaneously seem nearly asleep and yet totally insane (in the best way), full of this world-weary sadness, plus…
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Music, Reviewed Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand's self-titled debut was a ball of witty postpunk energy and dancefloor savvy. Its follow-up, You Could Have It So Much Better, tried to keep the hot streak going with the stomping glam-rock single "Do You Want To," but…
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Music, BeatBox Catching the Dub Bug

Catching the Dub Bug

For dub disciples, the Bug is aural nirvana. On soon-to-be-released album London Zoo, haunting melodica clashes with sampled helicopter rotors over a deliberate, bassy rhythm. Slow, chanting vocals and Space Invader effects weave throughout the mix, while aggressive toasting contrasts…
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Music, Reviewed Tricky

Tricky

After the seething, explosive brilliance of Tricky's first two albums, 1995's Maxinquaye and 1996's Pre-Millennium Tension, inspiration is spreading thin. Later releases Angels with Dirty Faces, Juxtapose, and Blowback contained a recommended song or two, but as albums they were…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

Folks speak of Ruby as the solo project of Lesley Rankine, former frontwoman of Scottish noise-provocateurs Silverfish, but producer Mark Walk has been there since Ruby's inception. (In fact, the band's moniker is the shared name of the duo's maternal…
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The House of Tudor

Dance music chanteuse CeCe Peniston doesn't stand a chance against the androgynous evil of the legendary Grace Jones, or so you would think. In Barry Singer's version of The Wiz -- an urban, booty-shaking rendition of The Wizard of Oz…
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