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“10 THOUGHTS FOR TUESDAY…”, 2/23/21

10 RANDOM THOUGHTS THIS WEEK BY THE HERMIT OF MINK HOLLOW  CONCERNING TOPICS ACROSS THE POP CULTURAL MATRIX.

1.BAD BUNNY. I don’t give a shit if Bad Bunny ruins pop music, just get him the hell out of ruining WWE’s Monday Night Raw. I get it. I’ve been watching pro wrestling since the 1970s. I have seen everyone from Andy Kaufman to Dennis Rodman and Rob Gronkowski enter the squared circle and dominate storylines for weeks, months, even a year. But if Bad Bunny doesn’t represent the nadir of the celebrity cameo then who does. And who exactly in the exalted WWE “Universe” was clamouring for this? And when will our collective nightmare end?!?

2.THE DIVORCE.

Who didn’t see this coming? As much as I semi-loathe Kayne West I am curious to see if he has a Blood on the Tracks up his sleeves. And who will be Kim Kardashian’s next high profile BM victim?

3.THE INTERVIEW. Won’t watch a minute of it, including the “highlights.” Anyone who marries into the House of Windsor gets what they deserve. Prince Harry just may be the biggest simp on the planet at this moment. And Meghan “Yoko Ono” Markle is probably worse than Wallis Simpson which is really saying something. And don’t even start me on Oprah Winfrey, who remains a national nightmare even after her talk show ended. She’s the house guest who never leaves.

4.ROBBIE ROBERTSON DISCUSSING HIS NEVE CONSOLE. I didn’t find this clip in enough time to use last week in a capsule mention of the passing of Rupert Neve, who revolutionized the recording studio with his innovations. It’s a fantastic clip from one of my favorite musicians, extolling the virtue of the Neve console he owns. 20 years from now will there be clips on YouTube with aging artists remembering the glories of Fruity Loops?

5.“COMING TO AMERICA2” MOVIE TRAILER.

I haven’t seen the original since 1988, nor been much inclined to watch it since. I liked it enough at the time and I understand its appeal, especially to Eddie Murphy’s fans. What’s on display isn’t just Murphy’s character dexterity, but his Chaplin-esque warmth and humanity. As with the first and stellar remake of The Nutty Professor, there is an inner sweetness to many of Murphy’s characters, an endearing naivety which is in contrast to his other persistent quality of wolfishness. The Nutty Professor was so unexpectedly great because it dramatized these two competing traits of his personality: the smarmy rake versus the innocent Everyman.

The trailer looks fine–except for the presence of Tracy Morgan. His popularity is inexcusable. Or depressingly obvious.

6.R.I.P. QUBO. The ridiculous news that Scripps Inc. is shutting down the Quobo channel at the end of this month is yet another sign of the Apocalypse. One of only a handfull of remaining full-time children’s cable networks going bye bye for what corporate reason?

Thank God I don’t have children! What respite do they have in this crummy world? Qubo seemed to be the most age-appropriate, least smutty “children’s” network (other than the Christian Smile) around. Sometimes I turned to Qubo for just a respite from the swirling decay all around me/us. Babar and Inspector Gadget may not be much, or maybe they are a bigger deal than I would admit to as an adult. Cartoons can be a relief, especially at the end of another day in which the world seems to be spinning out of control. Poor, poor children. Sorry adults are obsessed with destroying your innocence even before you reach the crib.

7.DAFT PUNK.

The French dance music recently announced they are disbanding after 28 years. Why not add two more years and call it a day? Their goofy helmets aside, the cyborg style never outpaced the human substance. Their success was well warranted, and they should be missed. I fell deeply for them when their commercial breakthrough album Random Access Memories so thoroughly upset some critics, like the unctuous Sasha Frere-Jones, alarmed that a duo admired had rejected a narrative they were imposing upon them: a scorched-earth manifesto which asserted only the present and future matter and the past was to be thoroughly rejected. But Random Access Memories had Daft Punk positing that they were part of a lineage, an analog trail of influences which had always infused them.

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It was a glorious moment, akin to The Band upon their release of their debut album Music From Big Pink; at the height of the hippie nonsense of not trusting anyone over 30,  deciding to be photographed with the members of their extended families and for it to be titled Next Of Kin.

Of course if their self-appointed lecturers had been paying attention to an earlier Daft Punk track, the glorious “Teachers,”(1997) maybe they could have seen it coming.

8.ARIANA GRANDE’S POSITIONS VS. MILEY CYRUS’S 

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The former better than I thought, the latter much worse. More to come at a later date.

9. “‘SINGLE GOING STEADY'”:

LANA DEL REY, “CHEMTRAILS ABOVE THE COUNTRY CLUB”

(the music) Our Lady of Provocation’s latest entry. The title is the best thing about it. Musically it breaks no new grounds. It has the drippy, dreary tone of much of her work, but quickly evaporates from your memory after the listen stops. If not for the symbolically layered music video I would have no interest.

10.”CHEMTRAILS ABOVE THE COUNTRY CLUB”: THE ILLUMINATI ANALYSIS. If the music is a meandering muddle, the video is entirely something else. For those with their eyes wide shut, “Chemtrails” continues the surreal WASP-y aesthetic of previous Del Rey videos while indulging in both a Stepford Wives narrative and a horror story segment reflective of both Cat People and Wolf. But for those of us with our eyes wide open we decode it in other ways. Ways more nefarious.

 

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