The Music 5 & 1 04.14.10: Hendricks vs. Howard, Implants Gone Wrong, SuBo Goes Rap and More
Posted by Adam Hill on 04.14.2010
It’s readers choice week as Christina Hendricks does battle with Sophie Howard in Vs, Courtney Love might want RPatz for Team Kurt, Amy Winehouse is a real pain in the chest, Snoop Dogg wants SuBo for his next record, The Beatles are finally forgiven for their sins, Limp Bizkit preview their new sound, 5 Things about Erykah Badu and Maria Brink is your &1 Model of the Week!
It's Wednesday once again so it must be time for music news and gossip. If you've never read this column before, this is where we take a look at five of the juiciest music stories of the last week, dissect them and, usually, take the piss a bit. To top it all off we then celebrate the passing of another 7 days with pictures of a hot chick in the form of our &1 Model of the Week.
If you're wondering what genius could possibly have come up with such a concept than look no further than the Hollywood 5&1 by Steve Gustafson, the Emperor to my Darth Vader.
Right, let's rock this Kasbah.
First up, thanks to those of you who gave up some hip hop recommendations for me last time out. I appreciate all of them and have been listening and enjoying all your suggestions. This week's Top5 was Rappers so I also found some good shit (RAKIM!) when researching my contribution to that.
Also this week I reviewed the new MGMT album Congratulations which you can check out here. I've realized that my reviews tend to echo the album I'm writing about and this was no exception. It jumps about a bit, may leave you a little confused but ultimately satisfied.
Finally, this may be a little short this week, in part due to the lack of any really interesting stories this week and in part due to the fact that I have just got in from seeing Ellie Goulding. She's been tipped by a number of critics in the UK as this year's big thing but the best description of the gig I can think of is ‘meh'.
Anyway, let's see what's out there.
WHO SAID WHAT?
"I had a boyfriend who told me I'd never succeed, never be nominated for a Grammy, never have a hit song and that he hoped I'd fail. I said to him, 'Some day, when we're not together, you won't be able to order a cup of coffee at the fucking deli without hearing or seeing me.'"
I don't know exactly when Lady GaGa had this conversation with an ex-boyfriend but if it was before she got anywhere near the big time I think I want her to start picking my lotto numbers.
I am the (very badly photo-shopped) Mystic GaGa. I can see the future. Watch my music videos and I can tell you which products you will buy
Last week Kelly Brook gave Katy Perry an 11-4 spanking. However two challengers were suggested who could give her a run for her money. 411Games very own Todd Vote suggested that Christina Hendricks would give both Kelly and Katy a kicking and Nathan Summers called for Sophie Howard to get involved in this titanic cleavage war.
Now, I know we're moving well away from the music theme but I'm a firm believer in giving the people want they want. So here we go, Christina Vs Sophie. Winner gets Kelly Brook next week.
Christina Hendricks VS Sophie Howard
CELEBRITY TWITTER A-GO-GO
I was going to talk about Lindsay Lohan yet again using Twitter to have a fight with someone. Last week it was her father this week it was Perez Hilton. But you know what? Lohan is up to that kind of shit week in week out, I need to use that crap only when I've got nothing else. Anyway, on Friday something much more fun happened.
Aimee Mann, by her own admission, forgot that Twitter is visible to pretty much anyone in the world (unless you protect your account and which celebrity is going to do that?) when she started ragging on Ice T for his appearance in Law and Order: Special Victims Unit
"Christ, there is no reason in the world anyone should ever have cast Ice T in a television show."
Almost immediately she regretted it.
"Oh NOOOO!! Someone just told me that Ice T responded to my tweet about him!! THIS CAN'T BE GOOD!!!"
"I am not going to read it. I DO NOT WANT HIM MAD AT ME!!"
Plus, I do not like to hurt people's feelings. I forget that twitter is not just me and four other dorky friends, ragging on TV stars."
"He's out there doing his job. He doesn't need any heckling from the peanut gallery. So, I am sorry, Mr. T! You get out there and DO IT!
So, what was it that Ice T said that got Aimee more scared than a kid who's just been told the boogeyman does exist and is waiting in their bed to get them?
"Hey @aimeemann stop worrying bout my acting bitch, and worry about your WACK ass music. In the mean time.. Eat a hot bowl of Dicks! Ice T"
And of course you can follow me for random thoughts on music amongst many, many other things.
5 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT ERYKAH BADU Erykah Badu has been all over the news in the last couple of weeks thanks to her controversial "Window Seat" video where she stripped naked while walking down Dealey Plaza. There have been a number of articles on 411Music about the controversy and her subsequent fine by the Dallas Police but a few people posting in the various comments sections have asked, ‘Who she?'. So here we go, five things you didn't know about Erykah Badu.
1 She was born Erica Abi Wright but changed the spelling of her name from Erica to Erykah, as she believed her original name to be her 'slave' name. 2 She runs Beautiful Love Incorporated Non Profit Development (B.L.I.N.D.) which is a charity providing community-driven development for inner-city youths 3 She has appeared in the films Blues Brothers 2000, The Cider House Rules, House of D, Before the Music Dies, and Dave Chappelle's Block Party. 4 Her 1997 debut album Baduizm is her most successful so far, going 3x Platinum in the US. 5 She's a vegan and believes that "'Vegan food is soul food in its truest form."
You learn something new every day.
This is just an awesome video. Patrick Jean has produced a superb animation of New York under attack from 8-bit sprites. Enjoy.
Is Courtney Love about to set up Team Kurt?
Can you see the resemblance?
Reports this week suggested that Courtney Love could. The Sun newspaper reported that the oft rumoured Kurt Cobain biopic is very much on the cards and that Love is keen to give the big screen story of her life a glamorous overhaul by getting Scarlett Johansson and Robert Pattinson to play her and late husband in the movie.
The latest story is that director Oren Moverman is to write and helm the film, based on Charles R. Cross' 2001 book Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain. Love is supposedly acting as an adviser on the project and wanted to get tween heartthrob Pattinson to portray the doomed rocker.
The ever reliable unnamed source said "This is a big money deal for Courtney. She has agreed to the film on condition that she gets to decide the main aspects of the project including director, casting, screenplay and music. Robert has been calling and emailing her non-stop... he is her number one choice to play Kurt."
Naturally the internet near exploded when this story hit with the general consensus of online opinion being that Pattinson as Cobain was quite frankly:
The good news for the sane world is that Love's manager, Jonathan Daniel, says it's all bull.
He told Spin.com, "That's an amazing story, and the first I've heard of any of this... I'm not sure she (Love) knows who RPattz (sic) is, but he sure is cute."
But Daniel refused to rule out the idea of Johansson playing Love "Courtney likes Scarlett Johansson as an actress and as a person, so it wouldn't surprise me if she wanted her to play her."
ScarJo as Courtney Love? I could live with that
Amy's a real pain in the tit Amy Winehouse was in the news this week but surprisingly it had nothing to do with drugs, drink, getting divorced/married to Blake Fielder-Civil, screaming at random people or any activity (other than actually singing) that you would associate with her.
Nope this time she hit the headlines because she was rushed to hospital as she was in agonizing pain. ‘But where Adam?' I hear you cry, ‘Where was this pain? Was it her leg, her appendix, her throat? Please tell me it wasn't her throat that is essential for the ongoing success of her singing career! Please Adam, for the love of God, I must know; WHERE WAS AMY IN PAIN?'
Ok, so maybe you aren't quite that desperate to know but I can confirm it was none of those places. Nope, poor old Amy Winehouse was bricking it because she thought there was a problem with her £35,000 breast implants.
Last I heard she was still waiting to discover whether she must undergo corrective surgery - or even have the 32D implants removed.
A family friend reportedly said "Amy was in agony and became convinced it was something to do with her boobs. She thought she would leave it for a while but the pain got worse. She went into the clinic on Thursday and they kept her under observation."
She has reportedly gone back to the same private surgery where the boob job was carried out last year. She originally had the op to try and get back the figure she had before the drug habit really kicked in and apparently her Dad, Mitch, was completely behind the move, hoping it would make her happier.
Well, I guess the thought was there, though I'm not sure spunking £35,000 on implants only to have to get them taken out is going to make her very happy. Hindsight's a bitch but you know what, she could've just not done all the drugs, not had to get the boob job in the first place and been perfectly happy as a successful recording artist rather than cannon fodder for tabloid hacks the world over.
Also, I don't know anything about the subject but £35k seems like a heck of a lot of money to me, that's what, about $40,000 these days? You'd expect those bad boys to last more than just a few months. Sounds like you've been ripped off Amy love.
You might want to take those implants back, they're fucked.
What's my name? Snoop-Bo "There isn't much I can't do."
So said Snoop Dogg recently when commenting on his desire to work with one other than Britain's Got Talent runner-up and worldwide internet and singing sensation Susan Boyle. Just to clarify, this wasn't Snoop saying he liked her and wanted to use a sample on a track, nope, this is The Doggfather wanting to get SuBo in the studio to lay down some beats.
"She's a great artist. I'm looking forward to going into the studio with her. Why not? We're going to get our minds together and figure out what we're going to sing about. I'm down with that."
When I first heard this I thought it was a joke but you know what, this isn't as horrible an idea as you might think.
Rap and Hip Hop stars have been using mainstream samples and ballad style choruses for donkey's years and some have even got other hip hop artists to re-record them (see Mr. Hudson's appearance on Jay-Z's "Young Forever" ) so why not get a proper singer in and do it right?
Just as long as he doesn't try and get her to sing something like the track he did with the Pussycat Dolls we should be ok. Or, heaven help us, he gets her to actually rap.
I'm the motherfuckin' S. U. BO. You know I'm rapping with the D. O. Double-G
The Beatles, bigger than Jesus and that's ok
The Vatican decided to celebrate the fact that it has been 40 years since the The Beatles spilt up by officially forgiving them for their past transgressions.
Despite having publicly bashed them in the 60s for their lifestyle and claiming to be bigger than Jesus. The Vatican's newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano ran with the following on its front page:
"It's true they took drugs, lived life to excess because of their success, even said they were bigger than Jesus and put out mysterious messages, that were possibly even Satanic.
They may not have been the best example for the youth of the day but they were by no means the worse. Their beautiful melodies changed music and continue to give pleasure.
Thirteen albums changed the history of popular music and there is little else to add. The Beatles were the most famous and acclaimed band in the world."
So, what exactly are we saying here? That it's ok to sin as long as you produce some pretty sweet tunes? And two of your number must be dead before we let you know that it's all cool, oh and we also need there to be a pretty big scandal surrounding the Church, maybe something to do with paedophilia? Meet all these criteria and only then will we let the world know that actually all your moral sins have been forgiven.
You are forgiven my children
Fred Durst previews new Limp Bizkit sound. It's very similar to before
Fuck it, there's next to nothing out there tonight. Here's a two minute preview of "Shark Attack" by Limp Bizkit to keep you going until this week's model.
Now it's time for the reason you're here, the ‘&1 Model of the Week'.
Last week was the second annual Revolver Golden Gods awards which includes the coveted Hottest Chick in Metal category. This year's winner was Maria Brink and in honor of her triumph she is this week's &1 Model of the Week.
One for the Road can be anything at all, as long as it is music related (no matter how tenuous). Feel free to send in any suggestions for a topic or specific item you'd like to see here in the future.
Yesterday's Top 5 was rappers. While these two guys weren't present on any of the lists I'm sure they only missed out by the narrowest of margins. Enjoy "Hurt Feelings (Tears of a Rapper)" by the most gangsta of all gangsta rappers, Flight of the Conchords