Posted tagged ‘entertainment’

A Treat for Purple Rain Fans: Vanity’s Version of “Sex Shooter”

May 16, 2013

When most people think of the song “Sex Shooter”, they think of Appolonia 6, the girl group who performed the song in the 1984 movie Purple Rain.


For those unfamiliar with the movie, Purple Rain stars rock star Prince as a troubled musician in the Minneapolis music scene.

 

Prior to filming the movie, Prince dated Vanity of  Vanity 6, a girl group he also produced.

 

Yet, Vanity dropped out of the movie.  But before she quit the movie, she recorded an earlier version of “Sex Shooter”, something I found out recently.  Despite the song being just a demo version, I personally believe Vanity sung it better.  Yet, I’ll let the reader be the judge.

Appolonia’s version.

 

Vanity’s version.

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An Excellent Song Deserving More Attention: “Gone For Good” by DJ Muggs feat. Everlast

May 12, 2013

Following his career since his days of producing hip hop group 7A3,  I rank DJ Muggs high among hip hop producers.  Most people

DJ Muggs

know DJ Muggs for producing hip hop group Cypress Hill, a Latino act known for lyrics involving marijuana smoking and LA gang life. (For those who want to know, Muggs is Italian and Norwegian.)

Many DJ Muggs’ productions contains an eerie yet funky mix to it.  A prime example is Cypress Hill’s “Throw Your Set in the Air”.  As a funky bass line plays over a thumping beat, a strange wailing is heard.

In 2003, DJ Muggs released Dust, an album mixed with trip hop and electronica.  The album contains “Gone for Good”, one of my all-time favorite songs.  Rapper Everlast sings the blues over a rock and trip hop mix.  Just like many blues songs, the lyrics involve an old flame.

"I was foolish cause I loved her so
Never put no one else above her, no
She put it on me like no other did before
Now she telling me that she wants to go"

Loving the song so much, I created a video for it.  I downloaded photos of black and white noir movies figuring they fit the dark and moody song.  That was back in 2010.  Though not huge numbers, I’m surprised it gain over nine thousand views on You Tube.  Plus it received over sixty thumbs up.

Here it is.  Enjoy.

Boy Bands: Orlando’s Shameful Past

May 2, 2013

Know how to piss off some Orlando people?  Bring up boy bands.  Remind them both Backstreet Boys and *N Sync formed in Orlando.

Backstreet Boys

Bring this up and you might have a fight on your hands.

(If you want to be extra nasty, remind them the lead singer of rock group Creed was born in Orlando.  Yet, this is about boy bands, not a rock group some folks hate with a passion.)

I lived in Orlando during the boy bands’ heydays.  One Tuesday night, I saw Kevin Richardson of Backstreet Boys hanging with some friends at The Social, a Downtown Orlando music venue.  A friend of mine gave singing lessons to boy band C-Note, a group on the same label as Backstreet Boys and *N Sync.

Like many others, I hated boy bands.  Yet, my hatred had nothing to do with their music.  Personally, I always thought of them as pop versions of r&b group Boyz II Men, a pop version aimed at suburban girls.   In fact, I recently learned this on Wikipedia: Backstreet Boys answered an ad wanting a singing group with a New Kids on the Block look with a Boyz II Men sound.  If you remember New Kids on the Block,  you don’t have to be a genius to know what the New Kids on the Block look meant.  Yet, that isn’t what ticked me off about boy bands.

*N Sync

Sure, I found it annoying how the media portrayed boy bands as the nice guys next door.  These were the days rap controversy was at its peak.  East Coast rap feuded with West Coast rap.  Rappers were shot or murdered.  After being shot, one rapper was later murdered.  Plus after that rapper was killed, another rapper was murdered months later. Also, rap lyrics inspired a religious figure to have a bulldozer run over gangster rap CDs.  Compared to media coverage of hip hop, boy bands were definitely the nice guys you wanted your daughter to date.  Yet, that isn’t what pissed me off about boy bands either.

What was it, you ask?  What annoyed me so much about boy bands?  I am going to admit something that many dudes won’t fess up to.  I hated boy bands because I was extremely jealous of them.  I realize many of their female fans were too young for me at the time.  In fact, many were jail bait.  Still, who wouldn’t want mass amounts of fame?  Anyone who says they don’t is lying.  They need to jump off their psudedo-hippie high horse and stop bullshitting. They desire fame as much as the next person.

To heck with the poetry local folks knew me for in the 90s.  I wanted fame and money like the boy bands had.  I wanted thousands of young girls thinking I was cute too.  Like I mentioned earlier, I knew many fans were jail bait.  Jail bait or not, it does boost the ego when thousands of young ladies think you’re cute and screaming they love you. Okay, about the money part? I had no idea the dudes were being ripped off at the time.

No, I did not want to be in a boy band.  I can’t sing or dance worth a lick.  The same way I was with  r&b group New Edition, I was jealous of the boy band’s success.

Now, back to Orlando.  When it comes to music, some Orlando folks annoy me.  As I DJ in some Orlando venues, some folks complain about my choice in music.  Living in a town that created boy bands and lecturing me about what’s good music and what isnt’t. I get it.  I’m not playing  “important” musicians that only five people have heard of.  I perfectly understand.  I should also be playing what’s hot in Europe.  Or New York.  Or South Beach.   Yep, I definitely understand.

Yet, here’s my thing.  I’m more interested in seeing women dance.  I wanna see women get low and shake it like a salt shaker.  I wanna see booty-booty-booty-booty-booty rockin’ every where.  Call me shallow, I could care less.

Pretentious Orlando crap is why I enjoy bringing up boy bands.  In a town containing people so full of themselves about music, it feels good bringing up the fact Orlando spawned boy bands, a music scene many people to this day despise.

Gigs Cancelled at the Last Minute

April 28, 2013

First let me say this: No one put me up to this.  In order to illustrate what bands and other talent goes through, I took it upon myself to write this blog.

Last Friday, I noticed these two postings on Facebook, postings dealing with a friend’s band cancelled at the last minute.  The postings was by Shad Pearson of  The Actomatics.

band cancelled update

This was the message Shad referred to.

band cancelled

I’m not going to bad mouth Back Booth, a bar located in Downtown Orlando.  Yet, I know exactly how this must have pissed The Actomatics off.  As a DJ, I experienced this numerous times.  You arrange your whole week around the scheduled night.  The next thing you know, your night has been cancelled…at the last fuckin’ minute!

One time, I had the opportunity to watch an all-female football game.  Yet, I had a previous agreement to DJ at a bar that same night, an agreement I honored.  What happened?  One morning on the scheduled date, the bar called me and cancelled me.  The excuse was a scheduling mix-up.  After that, would you believe the same bar  pulled that excuse again?  This time it happened an hour before I was supposed to show up.  It just didn’t stop there either.  The same place did it at least two more times.

Like I mentioned before, I definitely know how The Actomatics must have felt.  For those unfamiliar with the lives of bands and other acts, let this be an eye-opener.  Not all bars behave this way.  Yet, last minute cancellations happens a lot.

Has this happened to any of you?  Feel free to talk about it in the comments section.

The Orlando Bikini Girls

April 25, 2013

Back in 2007, I filmed something called The Orlando Bikini Girls.

bikini contest

During Labor Day Weekend, an event happened in Downtown Orlando.  I forgot what it was called.  Yet, it took place every Sunday during the summer at a pool.  The bikini contest happened during the Labor Day Weekend.

After my filming, I edited the footage and included “Love to Love You, Baby” by Donna Summer.  Enjoy!

The Booty Percussionist Returns

April 23, 2013

In a previous blog,I wrote about Jorge Perez Gonzalez, a dude who plays bongo on booties.

Well, he’s back with another video.

booty bongo

 

This one has a surprise ending. Plus observe how he uses the woman on the left.  Enjoy.

Penguin Gangsta Rap

April 21, 2013

Last Tuesday, I performed another DJ gig at The Peacock Room, an Orlando bar.  During my gig, a guy named The Shinobi MC was scheduled to perform.  Truth be known, I was expecting another MC with the name Shinobi.  Yet, this Shinobi’s performance did not disappoint.

white nerdcore rapper

 

The highlight of the evening was his performance with MC Shammers, an MC whose performance I witnessed before at a nerdcore event.

white nerdcore rapper

As the instrumental of Notorious B.I.G.’s “Ten Crack Commandments” played, the two rhymed about being gangsta penguins.