Go, Go Godzilla

I saw this on Youtube the other day. Blue Oyster Cult did a remote live performance of their hit “Godzilla.”

I saw this song performed live – and in person, when such a thing was the norm – back in 1982 in Potsdam, NY. I saw .38 Special the following week, and Van Halen the week after that. Needless to say, my ears were ringing for a few weeks afterward. But great shows all.

Programming note: I hope to have my Friday movie quote up by early afternoon tomorrow. I need to get back into the habit of regular posting here. I’ve been falling down on the job for too long.

critics gonna critic

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the disparity between critics and fans. Just look at the Rotten Tomatoes critic score for The Joker: 69%. The fan score is 88%. That’s a pretty big gap. But it pales in comparison that the critic-fan divide for Dave Chapelle’s Sticks and Stones. While 99% fans liked it, only 35% of critics gave it a thumbs-up. Were they even watching the same movie? (FWIW, I loved it.)

Of course, critics being out of touch with the hoi polloi is nothing new. I’m old enough to remember that there were critics who hated Star Wars when it was released in 1977. I was reminded of this when I saw this Youtube video yesterday. Our “betters” aren’t just out of touch when it comes to movies. They often miss the mark on music too. And probably a lot of other things, if we’re being honest here. It serves as a nice reminder that “appeals to authority” are logical fallacies for a reason.

this day in crime history: june 1, 1948

On this date in 1948, bluesman Sonny Boy Williamson (not to be confused with another musician who had appropriated his name), was murdered during a robbery in Chicago, IL. Williamson was walking home after playing a gig at Chicago’s Plantation Club when he was attacked. His last words were reported to have been, “Lord have mercy.”

Further reading:

The Blues Harp Page – Sonny Boy Williamson I

Fact Monster – Sonny Boy Williamson

Wikipdeia – Sonny Boy Williamson I

this day in crime history: june 1, 1948

On this date in 1948, bluesman Sonny Boy Williamson (not to be confused with another musician who had appropriated his name), was murdered during a robbery in Chicago, IL. Williamson was walking home after playing a gig at Chicago’s Plantation Club when he was attacked. His last words were reported to have been, “Lord have mercy.”

Further reading:

The Blues Harp Page – Sonny Boy Williamson I

Fact Monster – Sonny Boy Williamson

Wikipdeia – Sonny Boy Williamson I

this day in crime history: june 1, 1948

On this date in 1948, bluesman Sonny Boy Williamson (not to be confused with another musician who had appropriated his name), was murdered during a robbery in Chicago, IL. Williamson was walking home after playing a gig at Chicago’s Plantation Club when he was attacked. His last words were reported to have been, “Lord have mercy.”

Further reading:

The Blues Harp Page – Sonny Boy Williamson I

Fact Monster – Sonny Boy Williamson

Wikipdeia – Sonny Boy Williamson I

this day in crime history: june 1, 1948

On this date in 1948, bluesman Sonny Boy Williamson (not to be confused with another musician who had appropriated his name), was murdered during a robbery in Chicago, IL. Williamson was walking home after playing a gig at Chicago’s Plantation Club when he was attacked. His last words were reported to have been, “Lord have mercy.”

Further reading:

The Blues Harp Page – Sonny Boy Williamson I

Fact Monster – Sonny Boy Williamson

Wikipdeia – Sonny Boy Williamson I

35 years in the black

ACDC-BackInBlackOn this date in 1980, rock band AC/DC released the album Back in Black. It was the band’s seventh studio album, and their first with lead singer Brian Johnson, who replaced the late Bon Scott. It has been certified as the second best-selling album of all time. Back in Black, in my humble opinion, is tied with Led Zeppelin II as the greatest rock and roll album of all time. Hard to believe it’s been 35 years already. Time flies when you’re alive.

Here’s a video of the album’s title track.

this day in crime history: june 1, 1948

On this date in 1948, bluesman Sonny Boy Williamson (not to be confused with another musician who had appropriated his name), was murdered during a robbery in Chicago, IL. Williamson was walking home after playing a gig at Chicago’s Plantation Club when he was attacked. His last words were reported to have been, “Lord have mercy.”

Further reading:

The Blues Harp Page – Sonny Boy Williamson I

Fact Monster – Sonny Boy Williamson

Wikipdeia – Sonny Boy Williamson I