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You must hear Kurt Cobain cover The Beatles, because it's bliss
We’ve seen the trailer for HBO’s Kurt Cobain documentary, Montage of Heck, and, in a word, it’s intense. The film, which comes to HBO on May 3, is being touted as the most intimate look at the Nirvana frontman’s life, and includes many previously unreleased songs from Cobain’s archive. One of them is his cover of The Beatles’ “And I Love Her,” and if you’re already tearing up, we don’t blame you. The original song is jaunty, but with a sadness underscoring its plaintive lyrics. The Fab Four, led by Paul McCartney’s doe-eyed vocals, lay their feelings out bare, backed up by Ringo’s bongos. Cobain’s cover, which is included in the film’s soundtrack, has made its way onto the Internet, and turns the polished love song into a rough but tender lullaby. The audio is coarse, but the depth of his voice cuts through, even when it dips into the lowest end of his register. It’s an instant classic cross-genre cover, but one that had remained hidden until now, unknown even to Cobain’s family: While Cobain is quoted as saying, “I like the Beatles, but I hate Paul McCartney” in his lifetime, it appears that when it came to the music, he was able to put his personal feelings aside. Though plenty of people have tried to understand Cobain’s life and death, it seems that there’s still plenty to absorb from one of rock’s most enigmatic figures, decades after his life was tragically cut short. (Image via.)
Dear David Bowie: A Thank You From Yet Another Odd Kid
I thought about immediately taking to the keys last night, upon hearing the news of David Bowie's passing, but I thought against it. When people don't have time to process things they end up creating these jumbled messes, that don't come out as tributes. They're more akin to shocked streams of consciousness, where neither the reader nor the writer can properly put things into place. After further inspection, I realized that Bowie wouldn't have wanted a proper tribute, because as a champion of all things individual, he valued the pure ideals of hope and art over everything else. I guess the sadness stems from the knowledge that anyone can fall prey to the sickle of cancer, and that just doesn't sit well with us, because if it can get Bowie...where's the hope? But that's not the point, it never was. So the following, is a mis-mosh of thoughts aimed at the cold blooded bummer we're all feeling today. So here is a letter, a bit out of sorts, but exactly what I wanted to say. David Bowie, you are more than a musician to most. You are someone who gave every single person on this planet permission to be themselves. The idea of creation can only go so far as the brain will let you, and for some reason, Bowie, your brain just went a little bit farther than most. From early in your career, you were constantly pushing boundaries, as if to say, "Hey world, you can be whatever the hell you want to be, except boring." And that sentiment always spoke volumes to me. As a kid who was never on the right side of anything, it was an incredible feeling that someone who came before, was brave enough to blaze the trail for the rest of us. Especially considering the societal implication of being an alien at the time, you held down the fort, creating a legacy that nobody would ever touch. I wore glittery makeup and strutted around like I was from a different planet too, and sometimes people would say, "Huh. There's a touch of Bowie in you." I could only be so lucky. Bowie, you never let gender define you. You didn't let society define him. You didn't even let yourself define you. You were utterly unique, do you know how valuable that is? You, and only you, were created from space dust and glitter, roaming the earth among us mortals, gracing us with your presence when when was worth so much more. You stand as the singular voice in a world full of people who couldn't give a shit about being themselves, and you made that cool. You made individuality and sense of self cool. Could you imagine a world without that? Without you, almost all of our artists today either wouldn't exist, or they'd be infinitely more boring. From the 70's onward Bowie provided all people with something otherworldly, something that anyone could sink their teeth into. You know, when your parents and you are mourning the same genius...that person was completely transcendent. It didn't matter what race, nationality, gender or creed you were...you were a David Bowie fan, because some people just can't be ignored. And though the world tended to criticize and marginalize your efforts, nobody ever said you weren't talented. The true heart of an artist takes a beating, and with every single hit, you came back stronger, better, more creative. There was nobody like you. Nobody before or after you will ever touch you. The mark you leave on this pitiful world makes it a little more brighter, a little more glitter filled. You took the music of yesterday and splattered it with technicolor. The rules of the passed were smashed to smithereens, and Bowie, you had the sledgehammer. No musician ever, could dispute the raw influence of you. In fact, I would say that no person who has ever come across your music could dispute your raw influence, and we are forever grateful. You see, without someone tending the gate of creativity, none of us would ever have the courage to open it. Now you're tending another gate, somewhere high up in the stars, where you always belonged: because Bowie is not from this planet, he can't be. He can't be mortal. And that's the hardest part. You see, he isn't mortal. He never was. He's now off to another place where he can really shine. He's the spaceman after all. The world changed when this man picked up a microphone. And in the halls of Gods and monsters, Bowie will sit atop a shining pedestal of stardust, waiting for another trip to the moon. On behalf of all people, musicians and freaks alike, I want to extend this fervent and sincere thank you to our very own alien: Mr. David Bowie. Returning to space must be an incredible feeling, and we hope to someday meet you there. It took me a full 12 hours to realize that I was experiencing the stages of grief, and that I should give myself time and all of that...but you never gave yourself any time right? You never stopped for anyone. You accomplished more in your 69 years than most of us could in three lifetimes, and for that reason, I will continue on. I will not stop to cry or hold my breath. I will sit at the desk, cry on the keyboard and continue my journey. "I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring." Until then, I'll be holding down the keys, making sure that whatever tears that fall are not in anger or sadness, but celebration, that our world could even begin to hold such an incredible talent, spirit and genius. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. --Tess
Who Said It: Zoolander Vs. Bieber?
Welcome to this week's edition of 'Who Said It'! Every week, I ask put two different popular movies, roles, or actors head-to-head to see if you can identify who said what. This week, I am celebrating the return of Derek Zoolander with a 'Zoolander' themed showdown! Who said it? International male model Derek Zoolander? Or the equally absorbed (and, admittedly, also kind of dumb) Justin Bieber? The rules are simple: 1) Read the quote in your best really, really, ridiculously good-looking voice. 2) Guess who said it: Justin Bieber or Derek Zoolander. 3) Swipe the quote to the left to reveal the right answer. 4) Share your results below! Will you be able to tell the difference? Quote #1: Quote #2: Quote #3: Quote #4: Quote #5: Quote #6: So, how did you do? Did you get them all right? Let me know how you did in the comments below! Also shout-out to our usual 'Who Said It' suspects - @Swordsman @BrianTaylor @TiffanyWallace @sammsosa @reesesrisa @Gabby991 @littlealice @Angelika @TerrecaRiley @AshelyJewell @aabxo @chris98vamg @JacobRivas @InPlainSight @RaquelArredondo @CheyenneJessee @stevieq @raenel @unbreakable1109 @lovelikematoi @VixenViVi @GabeOwens @electica @MarySEW @RobertMarsh @AimeeH @CourtneyDoose @ZoilaObregon @ButterflyBlu @Danse @MelissaMae @CandaceJordan @Beeplzzz @ShaheedRonny @MichaelMahoney @yaakattackk @MoraSolstice @JoshVillanueva @grammur @cburgoon @AmyRGarcia @IMNII @AngelJimenez @Gracielou0717 @WiviDemol @Dunkelheit @NickySerban @MichelleHolly @nykechun @Kylie88 @KatieShiminski @SarahIvester @redapple615 @BoltofGreece @Jessicalista @JohnRodack @NellaKim @KennyMcCormick @SydneyHogg @MadAndrea @TBird @zoemvillarreal @nigel1322 @ChloeMesa11 @jannellvillanue @ZacharyPasano @SarahVanDorn @KarleyFrance @BT2581 @buddyesd @EvanYannetti @JakeErter @BryanFritz @reyestiny93 @Silver925 @YunBao @BluBear07 @KellyOConnor @BeannachtOraibh @LilianaZeferino @cfangiayala @JohnBrock @minni @ChanceBeranek @ZwankimaWalker @KirinScott @JessAS @AlexAckerman @mcbubbles @luna1171 @ChangoLeon @CurtezWillaby @VeronicaArtino @JessicaChaney @JamiMilsap
If Your Favorite Pop Star Was A Pokémon Gym Leader
Leader: Rihanna Badge: ANTI Badge Special Move: Diamond Storm What's her name? Leader Rihanna! If you're looking for love in a hopeless place, Rihanna will let her Pokémon do all of the talking. Leader Rihanna is known for shining bright like a diamond with Fire and Dark Pokémon types. First she'll make you stay, then she'll give you four to five seconds to recover, and then she'll take her bow after she destroys you. You'll have to work work work work work work to beat this woman of Disturbia. Leader: Britney Spears Badge: Venom Badge Special Move: TOXIC It's Britney, b*tch. You want a piece of her? Be aware, Leader Britney may seem like a womanizer but she'll hit you baby one more time. Leader Britney loves her special move, TOXIC which will make you wanna go until the world ends. Her ending line when she beats you is, "Oops, I did it again." The gym is like a circus as her Pokémon are practically her slaves. But after all, don't hold it against her. Leader: Beyoncé Badge: Alliance Badge Special Move: Blue Flare Who run the world? Leader Beyoncé! Listen, Queen B is known for her fighting Pokémon who will show you that her badge is the best thing you never had. You'll fall crazy in love with trying to beat her but Leader Beyoncé puts her love on top calling out all of the single ladies proving that pretty hurts. Can you see her halo? Don't get an ego if you do happen to win because she's flawless. XO Leader: Adele Badge: Crying Badge Special Move: Mind Reader Hello, it's Leader Adele. We all know that you're looking for that hometown glory but Leader Adele with her normal Pokémon isn't going to let any water under the bridge. When you are young, it's easy to think there's someone like you. However, rumor has it Adele makes her competition roll in the deep, watch the sky fall as she sets fire to the rain and she will take it all. You'll be the one chasing pavements as you run to escape from her turning tables. Don't worry, she'll try to make you feel her love even though she can't make you love her if you don't. Good luck. Leader: Sia Badge: Wig Badge Special Move: Heart Stamp You'll definitely feel alive when you meet Leader Sia. The Dark, Ghost, and Psychic Pokémon Reaper will show you that Big Girls Cry. This is the gym where fire meets gasoline, an exotic experience where Sia frequently hangs from a Chandelier as she triumphs over the battle. Don't worry about your elastic heart, you can try again for another opportunity. Just know you've been changed.
Mac Sabbath: The McDonald's Metal Band Of Your Nightmares
Just when you thought Ronald McDonald was as scary as clowns got, in comes Ronald Osbourne. From the poofy red wig and the yellow gloves, he's got all the fast food joint's iconic colors in place; however, something sinister boils beneath the surface. This is Mac Sabbath, a Black Sabbath cover band that combines all things Prince of Darkness with ketchup, mayo, and the occasional sweet and sour dipping sauce. And in this gig, Ronald Osbourne is the fast food world's Prince of Darkness equivalent. Needless to say, you should be scared. Very scared. And instead of 'Iron Man', their signature song is 'Frying Pan', which equal parts mocks the quality of fast food and the health of the people who eat it a little too frequently. Oh, and you've got to see Ronald's bandmates. There's Slayer MacCheeze, Grimalice, and Catburglar, who looks a whole lot like Peter Criss from the original KISS line-up. And just like the original Black Sabbath, Ronald and the crew are just as notorious for their extreme stage antics. After attending their concert last summer, music journalist Jake Manson observed a move pulled right out of the Ozzy Osbourne handbook: "The highlight came when Ronald reached into his takeout bag, pulled out a hamburger with bat wings, and took a massive bite out of it." So what do you guys think about Mac Sabbath? Have you seen any clown rock this hard? Let me know if you'd be down to see Mac Sabbath live in concert in the comments below, and for more WTF news, follow my WTF Street Journal collection.