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The Savage Animal 03.16.11: 10 Songs About Winning
Posted by Mikey MiGo on 03.16.2011



It's been awhile since I've been excited for a new album release. I'll anticipate some, but to actually look forward for one is a thing of the past. Right now there are actually a couple I'm excited to hear and the Foo Fighters are one of them. I've not heard any of the new singles or anything so really; the video is my first impression of the song. The video starts off pretty simple. They rock out in a white room. I really appreciate the simplicity of it all. One of my favorite videos of all time is "March of the Pigs" by Nine Inch Nails. The whole thing was in a white room. This video takes it one step farther. By two minutes in it silhouettes and light flashes come into play. It's still really cool. I can imagine some people saying it looks like an iPod commercial. But at like 2:50 they go back to normal with some cool looking flashes and then the red comes into play. I have a big place in my heart for music videos like this. I love in depth narratives for sure, but stripped down rock videos like this are hard to get right. The direction has to remain simple to the design but still layered and interesting enough. The editing has to be smooth, yet jumpy. The performance has to be contained, but still feel like it COULD have been spontaneous. That vibe comes through here. On the song front of it all, I liked it a lot. I'm definitely a fan of Foo Fighters. The opening riffs and build up is awesome. I always dig when Grohl expands his vocal styles. This sounds like Foo Fighters, but a whole new world. Dave has a knack for making really good and catchy rock songs. They have to one of the most poppy rock bands out there right now that still manages to keep their balls and credibility. It sometimes feels like pure rock and roll is hanging on by a thread, but then these guys show up and reminds you that it can still be done. With the White Stripes broken up, the upper echelon of rock is going to be pretty lonely. Someone get them a blanket.



10 SONGS ABOUT WINNING
The Charlie Sheen Tribute
I'm going to start this off by apologizing. I didn't want to do this. I didn't want to get sucked into the Charlie Sheen thing. I don't currently reside under a rock so I'm well aware of what's going on. I know way more than I wanted to about this current spree of insanity. I'm a somewhat avid watcher of The Dan Patrick Show and that's pretty much were all of this started. Before he called in to Paulie's phone and then to the main line, this was all contained pretty much to TMZ and gossip trades. Once he got on there it was all over. He started showing up EVERY WHERE. He had "candid interviews" with anyone who'd book him. He charmed the hearts of everyone he crossed and everyone he encounters ends up not having anything but positive things to say about him.

I think we all want to believe him. We want him clean and sober, but we still want him crazy. It's a bit disgusting if you think about it. Obviously this guy is having a breakdown, meltdown, and downfall in front of the world. He needs help and to calm down. His rationale can't be THIS crazy to be real. There is a very good chance that something tragic is going to come of this. At that point everyone will proclaim their heartfelt nonsense and sentimental bullshit. Meanwhile, right now… while it's a popular joke… you'll ride it out. The hypocritical hype that's going to come from this is going to cripple me.

But maybe… just maybe, he knows EXACTLY what he's doing. Maybe it's all some Joaquin Phoenix-style scam. What if Simon Rex is really recording a documentary about all of this. I want this to be the truth. I want Charlie Sheen to be responsible for one of the greatest "works"(wrestling term #59026) of all time. If he didn't get an Oscar for it then I'd be shocked. It would be monumental and would change the entertainment business forever. This is probably just the wrestling fan in me, but I'd love for this kind of swerve to come.

I will take some positivity from this though. The words of Charlie Sheen are sticking with people. They might be ironic and snarky, but in reality what's so wrong with "winning"? He might drink tiger blood, he might have ruined John Cryer's life, and he may have rocked it in "Men At Work"… but "winning" is cool with me. With that, I'm going to throw a list together in tribute to Charlie Sheen and winning. He has a few "tour dates" coming up. Maybe he could use this as his preshow mix, who knows….


" If You Leave" by Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark

This has nothing to do with "winning". I know. I include this because of the late great Jon Cryer. He's still alive, but now with Sheen jumping ship the show is going to be really iffy. It could manage to stay on for another ten years but a recasting THIS big might screw up the show for good. I can only imagine Jon Cryer sitting on a pile of sitcom money(it's shiner than real money) with a single tear coming from his eye as he put on his circle sunglasses… then,… and only then… he cues THIS song.

Any way...

"Win" by David Bowie

I could have easily gone with "Fame" in this case. I love "Fame", but there are like a million and four other David Bowie songs that deserve your attention. In this case, this mid 70's somber track in the way to go. It's just a really good laid back track. Bowie displays some awesome vocals to a simplistic tune while the backup singers only compliment what I'd have to consider a really underrated gem. Throughout this song we hear Bowie almost sneak in the words "it ain't over". I would hope so in Charlie Sheen's case. At the same time the line "Me, I'm fresh on your pages/Secret thinking sometimes listening aloud" kinda works perfectly too.


"The Best" by Bonnie Tyler

Screw Tina Turner. It's not HER song. This Bonnie Tyler lady did it first. Yeah, I don't know who Bonnie Tyler is either. And yeah, so what if Tina Turner's version is like a thousand times better. I feel for Bonnie. This could have been her big shot, but no. Oh well, neither of them wrote it to begin with. Charlie Sheen is a winner. When you win enough you pretty much automatically become the best. Makes sense to me.


"Wild Thing" by X

Chip Taylor, brother of Jon Voight, wrote this song. It was originally recorded in 1965 and then again in 1966 by The Troggs. Their version reached number one and is considered one of the greatest songs of all time. In 1989, the movie Major League used this song but a cover version by a LA punk band called "X". The song was the entrance theme for Rick "Wild Thing" Vaughn and has to be the song most associated with Charlie Sheen out there. I like it because of the built in crowd singing a long and the chick's vocals are sorta sexy. I also didn't know Sheen was actually a pitcher in school. When the movie was shot, this actor was hitting speeds of 85mph. Impressive! WIN!


"Winning" by Santana

It's not that I don't like the band Santana. Carlos Santana obviously a very talented guitar player and seems like a really cool dude, but I've just never found myself a fan of his music. I'd be lying if I could even pretend to know anything about the original "Santana" band. The song is cheesy and hell, but the message is clear... "I'm win-ning!"


"We Are The Champions" by Queen

Winning a lot does just make you Charlie Sheen or the best; it also often leads to being a champion of some sort. They may be a few, but I don't many songs are as EPIC as this one. Freddie Mercury was a bit off kilter too, but should and will go down in rock history as one of the greatest vocalists of all time. I'm not making THAT comparison, but surely there's no time for losing on Planet Sheen.


"You're The Best" by Joe Esposito

A list about winning that does not include Rush isn't that victorious in my book. It's a newer Rush song, but it's still pretty bad ass. It just seems that Sheen has tons of wins throughout the day. Like he pours his bowl of cereal every morning only for the toy to be in EVERY bowl his pours. That kind of "win" is nothing to Charlie. Just part of a normal day. Just "one little victory" of many…


"Playing to Win" by Little River Band

In 1984, Charlie Sheen was 19 years old. I'd be almost sure that he probably had an 80's mullet and loves this song. It's honestly the first time I've EVER heard it. But I can't help but enjoy the video. It's 80's cheese at its best. The key-tar, yellow rimmed glasses, and extreme glow make this video classic. I know a lot of people think Charlie Sheen might be milking his situation and doing all of this for publicity. I don't know about that. I don't think he's playing but if he is, I'm positive he's playing to win.


"Greatest Man That Ever Lived" by Weezer

Holy shit, this song is awesome. I'm a bit surprised I've not heard this before. I'm a Weezer fan, but I don't get my hands on all their albums. The video is simple, but it's fun and different. It manages to sneak in eleven different themes including rap, Nirvana, Slipknot, Aerosmith, and others. Just like Charlie Sheen, this song encompasses a lot of win yet does their own thing. Epic win!


"Winning – a Song by Charlie Sheen" by Songify This

This video is actually made specifically for this topic. These guys did that "Hide Yo' Kids, Hide Yo' Wife" video and have been riding the success train through any and every pop culture story they can. They took some of the best parts of Sheen's interviews and remixed them together, threw on some autotune, and added their own verse to it. The dude's verse wasn't horrible, but it felt tacked on to an already cool video. The second he starts rapping it takes away from the winning. Then the winning/weak thing at the end was kind of funny, but it felt too close to a Digital Short type of joke to give them full credit. Never less the criticisms, this video is still funny and has like a trillion views already. Epic.

What songs make YOU think about WINNING and/or Charlie Sheen?


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I've heard a little about this movie before. I've seen websites bring it up fairly often over the last few months. I knew it was an action movie that cast a lot of young female talent and that it was from the 300 guy. I liked 300 for the one viewing I had, but it ended up being kind of forgettable. People will still bring it up. It was a solid action movie and it looked really cool, but at the end of the day it's not one of those "must see" historic movies. I don't expect that from Super Punch either. From the looks of the trailer it'll for sure look amazing. If you have ever been one of those "let's get wasted and go see this movie" type of people then THIS is probably one of those movies to experiment with. I'm not encouraging this, but I definitely condone it. It's an IMAX movie, but the downer is that it's PG13. Going into it knowing it won't be completely "gloves-off" dampers it a little, but I'm still optimistic for a good movie watching experience. It looks awesome, it's well casted, and it could easily be a surprise "too-good-to-be-nerdy" sci-fy movie. Maybe like more feminine, more hipster Matrix-like awesome. Like if kids that just got done growing up with Lord of the Rings needed a Matrix movie to get them though college. That could be THIS movie, but I won't put too much stock into it. I'm just hoping for a good popcorn flick… that'll blow my mind.


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The Farrelly brothers aren't typically "hit or miss", but rather "smash hit or shit". It's mostly their first few movies that keep them in business. They put out "Dumb and Dumber", "Kingpin", "There's Something About Mary", "Outside Providence" and "Me, Myself and Irene". Then the rest of the movies with their involvement vary in quality, but never quite manage to make it to the level of those first few movies. Still, I think we all keep giving them "passes" so to speak. Yeah… pun intended. This is all a footnote really. If a movie looks good, it looks good. I didn't automatically know it was a Farrelly movie at first. I saw Stephen Merchant, JB Smoove, Richard Jenkins, Jenna Fischer, Jason Sudeikis, Owen Wilson, and a slew of others in the trailer. I enjoy those folks work and the jokes in the trailer were amusing. It centers around two couples. Owen Wilson and Jenna Fischer are having passion troubles while Sudekis and Applegate are just having all sorts of issues as they're the "wacky friend couple" in this. The situation is that the wives give their husbands a week long "hall pass" to do whatever they want, sleep with whoever, and all that stuff. Mild amusement ensues. Owen Wilson coasts through this movie and by the time it ends you don't really care what he does or who he does it too. Sudeikis is a one note character. I was excited to see him get a co-starring role, but sadly it got old quick and it wasn't really much of a co-star role. Their other friends are just there. They're all funny and entertaining, but they do nothing to add to the story. The women were lame too. Jenna Fischer is beautiful, funny, and easy to watch. She just doesn't have ANY personality. Applegate is over the top, but didn't hit any marks. There was just something about this movie that didn't connect right. This film had a really cool cast, a really cool idea, and really cool potential. Sadly, it was really forgettable. Do you hate it when they put all the best parts in the trailer? Yeah, that's pretty much what happened here. I enjoyed the movie, but I don't think I could say I "liked it". It was amusing enough for one viewing, but the two or three genuine laugh out loud moments doesn't make me want to recommend it. If you're curious, give it a shot with low expectations. If you were hesitant you can rest easy knowing your gut feeling was just. B-



That wasn't nearly as painful as it could have been. I just wasn't sure what topic to cover this week. I've half joked about going with this topic to friends before, but I never really expected to go for it. It was still kind of… fun. And I suppose… informative. I'm sure next week's will be back on track. I have a few ideas lingering and I'm working on a HUGE SPECIAL EDITION that'll come towards the middle of April. I suppose the topic shouldn't be too surprising. Until next time… Have a Great Week!





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