Random 10

James Brown – “Hot (I Need To Be Loved, Loved, Loved)”
Procol Harum – “Skip Softly (My Moonbeam)”
Randy Newman – “Sail Away”
George Harrison – “Life Itself”
Guided By Voices – “The Worryin’ Song”
Roy Orbison – “Only The Lonely (Know How I Feel)”
Marshall Crenshaw – “There She Goes Again”
Neil Diamond – “Smokey Lady”
Guided By Voices – “Smothered In Hugs”
The Magnetic Fields – “Underwear”

What, no Charlie Sheen?

Here are my results on the facial recognition program. Since you asked.

Andriy Shevchenko – 68%
Winona – 64%
Orlando Bloom – 60%
Therese of Lisieux – 58%
Maxim Gorky – 58%
Nick Carter – 53%
Michael Vartan – 51%
Patrick Swayze – 49%
Andre Breton – 48%
Raymond Chandler – 47%

Pretty much useless, isn’t it? And here are four people I’ve been told I look like. Told by humans.

Lloyd Cole

Charlie Sheen

Wes Bentley

Jim Adkins

NRO’s new blog: Meh

Greg (*snicker*) Pollowitz posts a Rasmussen poll on the Virginia Senate race showing Sen. George Allen holding 20-point leads against two Democrats who haven’t started campaining yet. Says Greg:

The $5 Million that Howard Dean gave the Kaine campaign to make Virginia a “Blue” State looks pretty silly now.

Yeah, I’m sure Jerry Kilgore is laughing it up. As are the Republicans who saw their majority in the House of Delegates cut from 64 to 56 (out of 100) since the start of the Warner years.

Is NR seriously going to spend a year thoughtlessly blogging poll numbers? Bring back Eric Pfeiffer.

Randy Manc Git

The new MOJO special edition is out – a history of Manchester, pegged to the currently-hot (again) hometown icon Morrissey. It’s really terrific, as are all of the MOJO specials that aren’t just collections of photos (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, and I think there was a Beatles one). The opening essay by John Harris attempts to explain why a dingy industrial city in Britain’s northeast has spawned basically all of the major musical movements (in the UK) of the last 30 years. He goes with the “when the economy died, people picked up guitars” theory. Fair enough. But I’m still mystified as to how Manchester produces completely different scenes every few years. The same city produced the edgiest punk, the smartest post-punk, The Smiths, acid house, Oasis, and Badly Drawn Boy. The closest American equivilent I can think of is Memphis, Tenn. – they had Sun Records in the 50s, soul (Stax-Volt) in the 60s, and crunk in the 90s and new millenium.

Fantasy “American Idol” themes

The Smiths Night!
Taylor Hicks – “Vicar in a Tutu”
Paris Bennett – “Never Had No-One Ever”
Katherine McPhee – “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me”
Chris Daughtry – “London”
Elliot Yamin – “Bigmouth Strikes Again”
Kellie Pickler – “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now”
Ace Young – “Girlfriend In A Coma”

Leonard Cohen Night!
Taylor Hicks – “Don’t Go Home With Your Hard-On”
Paris Bennett – “Ain’t No Cure For Love”
Katherine McPhee – “Song of Bernadette”
Chris Daughtry – “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye”
Elliot Yamin – “Halleluljah”
Kellie Pickler – “Bird On The Wire”
Ace Young – “Suzanne”

Guided By Voices Night!
Taylor Hicks – “Teenage FBI”
Paris Bennett – “Motor Away”
Katherine McPhee – “Hold on Hope”
Chris Daughtry – “Gold Star For Robot Boy”
Elliot Yamin – “To Remake The Young Flyer”
Kellie Pickler – “Tractor Rape Chain”
Ace Young – “My Kind of Soldier”

Whatever it takes! I’m gonna make it through!

It’s my solemn belief that “Degrassi: The Next Generation” is one of the most entertaining shows on TV. Don’t dispute me. It’s like “The O.C.,” except the kids actually spend their days at school, they have horrifying teenage problems (as opposed to rock star/supermodel problems) and they live in the dullest place on earth.* But I’m finally watching through season three on DVD, and I have to say that the addition of Daniel Morrison as the cool DJ kid, Chris, is as close to a shark-jumping as you can get without a motor boat and pair of skis.

*A suburb of Toronto.

Operation Get Behind the Darkies

Ah, so Jason Zengerle saw the N’awlins mayoral debate, too. He notes Republican candidate’s Peggy Wilson odd reference to “the welfare cheats, the pimps, the drug dealers, the murderers,” and adds “You don’t have to have a very sophisticated understanding of racial politics to know what voters Wilson’s courting.”

If you missed this – boy, you missed out. The best part was the cut to Nagin’s facial expression. Somewhere between “I pity you” and “If these cameras weren’t on I’d throttle you with my damn crazy hands.”