Virtual reality: Golden Globe 2020

sssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss 10:20 p.m. I was not a fan of Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, but “What is more dangerous — the virus or Democrats?” is question C-PAC answered this weekend. 10:48 p.m. Chadwick Boseman uses his high insinuaaing crag to terrific effect in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, 10:11 p.m. Jodie Foster wins Best Supporting Actress — MotionContinue reading “Virtual reality: Golden Globe 2020”

Singles 2/26

Pop house as lilting as Shygirl’s “Tasty,” compensating for the usual slush. In careers obsessed with monumentalizing their banality, Dan + Shay offer a tune whose title could’ve been “You Make Me Happy” it’s so generic. I cribbed a passage from my most recent political post from my review for Skepta and slowthai’s “Cancelled,” aContinue reading “Singles 2/26”

Ranking #34 singles, U.S. edition: 1980-1985

Assembling these things can get irritating. Many readers may not know I use this website, then CNTRL-F that day’s chart position. Invariably I get thing wrong if I move too fast. Some positions produce blah results: several once promising posts will never emerge from WordPress drafting. Tonight’s post exemplifies why I keep doing this shit.Continue reading “Ranking #34 singles, U.S. edition: 1980-1985”

On the perils of aspirationalism

The trouble with political aspirationalism: if you are, say, Joe Biden, you’ve spent decades climbing ever closer to the center of power. You have little incentive to question much less dismantle this ladder. You accept the assumptions because without those assumptions your ascension wouldn’t have happened. This phenomenon works doubly so for minorities.

Ranking #33 singles, U.S. edition: 1975-1978

What do fans hear in “Girls School”? Did Paul McCartney think it was sexy? Did Linda belt him across the face with a haddock? I know a chagrined McCartney didn’t get the mega hit “Mull of Kintyre” released in the States, but I would’ve preferred the British #1 to flop on its own terms or,Continue reading “Ranking #33 singles, U.S. edition: 1975-1978”

The GOP vs LGBT equality: ‘exploiting religion to justify my innate cruelty’

Aware that a supermajority of Americans are okeedokee with gays and lesbians marrying whomever they choose, Republicans have dressed their revulsion toward us queer folk in different clothes. “Religious freedom” is the new cause.

Ranking #20 singles, U.S. edition: 1992-1996

Suspicious as I am of the moniker “Song of the Summer,” Stereo MC’s “Connected” served that function in May-June ’93, pumping out of every car radio and storefront. Because Miami Radio appreciates dance music, CeCe Peniston’s “We Got a Love Thang” prospered the previous summer, the one I would’ve conceded to Sophie B. Hawkins’ “Damn,Continue reading “Ranking #20 singles, U.S. edition: 1992-1996”

Ralph Fiennes does solid work in ‘The Dig’

Ralph Fiennes’ career has followed the usual arc of Anglo-Irish actors. After Steven Spielberg cast him as the sociopathic SS officer in Schindler’s List, his aquiline malevolence made him increasingly impervious to conventional leading parts (the cocked-eyebrow irony on display in The English Patient was not the kind of thing one usually saw in aContinue reading “Ralph Fiennes does solid work in ‘The Dig’”

Ranking #32 singles, U.S. edition: 1985-1992

Slim pickins for a couple years, then these #32s start accumulating. Nirvana’s an obvious one — to get “I swear I don’t have a gun” as a refrain into the top 40 was an extraordinary feat in 1992, not to mention bound up in that guitar riff. But U2 wrote an excellent riff and aContinue reading “Ranking #32 singles, U.S. edition: 1985-1992”

Florida GOP’s war against free assembly and speech

Taking cues from the hundreds of gated homes with perfect lawns and three SUVs and Blue Lives Matter flags in my beloved Westchester, the Tallahassee Lickspittle proposed a bill last fall whose intentions regarding the Bill of Rights amount to gobbles, not bites.

Ranking #11 U.S. edition: 1967-1969

Every time I post a rundown of hits from the sixties I have to say, “Goddamn it” and restrain my nostalgia, but, really, any chart with “Mother Popcorn” and “I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)” and “Is That All There Is” will draw attention. Immune to Simon and Garfunkel, I placed “Scarborough Fair”Continue reading “Ranking #11 U.S. edition: 1967-1969”