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411 Music Fact or Fiction 07.11.14: Pulse of the Maggots
Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.11.2014

Welcome to another edition of Fact or Fiction: Music. I'm your host, Joseph Lee.

This week we have Sean Garmer against me again, subbing for somebody else.

1) The new Slipknot album will be worth the wait.

Joseph Lee: FACT. I'm a huge Slipknot fan. I'm a huge Corey Taylor fan and will pretty much listen to whatever he does. But it started with Slipknot so I prefer them. It's been six years since the Maggots have had a proper Slipknot album. I like Taylor's enthusiasm and his declaration that it sounds like a cross between Vol. 3 and Iowa (even if I actually enjoyed All Hope Is Gone). However there are two things that give me pause. One, was the unfortunate death of Paul Gray. Two is the departure of Joey Jordison. Jordison is probably one of my favorite drummers working today and a big part of what made Slipknot's heavier songs heavy. I hope they don't lose much with two of their original members gone.

Sean Garmer: FACT. If Corey Taylor is promising that fans will "lose their minds" when they hear it and that is a combination of Vol 3 and Iowa, it sounds like this album will certainly be worth the wait. I'm glad they are taking their time with it, there is no need to rush something out because it will just make fans even more furious if it doesn't live up to par.

Score: 1 for 1

2) You're not a fan of Lily Allen's music video for "URL Badman".

Joseph Lee: FACT. Hey everyone, Lily Allen's making fun of people who comment about her on the Internet! Because that argument isn't old or anything. The song has a good hook and she's a decent enough singer but I just can't get past the fact she dedicated an entire track to insulting people who she's never going to meet. Man it's not offensive or anything it's just...really stupid. Why waste the effort? Shouldn't having a child have matured you? The "keyboard warriors" you call out just wrote some stuff on a computer. You made an entire song to call them out. Who's acting more childish here?

Sean Garmer: FACT. The song is decent and has material that might offend a few folks in this very comment section, but the video is just sort of blah and there isn't anything really creative about it either. It is mainly her just walking and singing behind the main guy that she makes fun of in the song and until more of them appear towards the end. Like I said, I don't mind the song all that much, in fact it's sort of catchy in a Gwen Stefani B-A-N-A-N-A-S sort of way.

Score: 2 for 2

3) Headbanging is a dangerous activity that should be stopped.

Joseph Lee: FICTION. I'm sure there are people getting in an uproar somewhere, but the doctor of the guy who suffered the injury has already said there's nothing to worry about. Even as a metal fan I happen to think headbanging is kind of dumb, but I don't think we should stop it because of an isolated incident.

Sean Garmer: FICTION. No. We've been fine all these years before this one guy got a blood clot, and we will be fine after it as well. Obviously, you shouldn't just go around headbanging all day, but within moderation, headbanging is ok. It's like anything really, too much of something usually winds up as something that is harmful to you. Especially, with all the things we've found out about concerning head injuries and things involving the brain, you just have to be careful. If we were talking about outlawing mosh pits, it is more likely that needs to be stopped as I've seen that go too far and people get seriously injured doing that.

Score: 3 for 3


4) You're interested for Meek Mill's next album.

Sean Garmer: FICTION. Meek Mill is not really my cup of tea, so no I'm not really interested, but for anyone that is hope you are excited.

Joseph Lee: FICTION. Yeah, ditto. Meek Mill isn't really the kind of guy I listen to. Not because he's rap, I'll listen to it occasionally, but mostly because there's really nothing that differentiates him from all the other rappers of his generation. Remember when mainstream rap music was varied and you could tell the artists apart? NWA sounded different from Public Enemy. 2pac sounded different from Snoop Dogg. Eminem sounded different from Jay Z. Coolio sounded different than Sir Mix-A-Lot. Etc. You're seeing that less and less these days. Sorry, where was I? Oh yes. Meek Mill. Nope. Not excited for his album.

Score: 4 for 4

5) The Disclosure remix of Usher's "Good Kisser" is better than the original.

Sean Garmer: FICTION. The original version of the song is much better because it is different than the "dance-pop" Usher has been doing for a while now. I like the slowed down tempo of the original and it makes sense with the lyrics a lot more than the generic dance sped up version you get with the remix. Usher is better than the beat and music used is in the remix, it really ruins the song for me. I hope the radio realizes the same thing and decides that the original version is the one to play.

Joseph Lee: FICTION. If this were a question about if the song is good on its own, then sure. It's good enough for a song about oral sex. "Don't nobody kiss it like you"? He's totally talking about oral. But better than the original? Probably not. I've yet to hear a remix that is better than the original. As Usher songs go though, it's not bad.

Score: 5 for 5

6) You're excited about the new Pink Floyd album.

Sean Garmer: FICTION. I'll probably listen to it at some point because I love Pink Floyd, but if it's mainly going to be instrumentals and ambient stuff, I'm not that excited about it. A lot of times these hidden tracks or lost songs that band members or engineers find years later don't always wind up being the best stuff the band puts out, or we would have heard it on one of their actual albums at some point. There's obviously reason to be excited because it is a "new" Pink Floyd album, but I think I'm going to keep my expectations low for this one.

Joseph Lee: FACT. I would have to be insane not to want more Pink Floyd music. I'm not quite there yet. Yes, yes I'm excited for more Pink Floyd. I don't care if it's an album of B-sides and rarities. It's Pink Floyd. Bring it on.

Score: 5 for 6

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