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    2. Synthetic

      Synthetic

      Weird video that is hard to understand...depending on how to look at it. The man is waiting for a date that is never going to show up...probably a lover that died or an old friend. Some how parallels with the young girl who wants her favorite band to show up yet knows they won't.

    3. Jules

      Jules

      Interesting video. I see a parallel with grown up despair portrayed by the man against the youthful innocence of the young girl. Both are full of hope that someone is going to show up. But, neither will get it. The why part is up to interpretation but both long for it. And in the end we are all hopeless.....just waiting......for nothing. But, in the end all you can often do is laugh and live in the moment.

    4. Synthetic

      Synthetic

      Great interpretation. it's a well done video.

  1. Grunge did not kill hair Metal: debunking the myth. 

     

    You've probably heard this myth your whole life how Grunge "killed hair metal" but I'm going to explain why that is a myth and more than anything a marketing creation to promote Grunge bands (specifically Nirvana). 

     

    Let's go back to the final years of the 80's and the early 90's. Hair Metal or "Pop Metal" or "Glam Metal" (whatever you want to call it) had just about run it's course in general...

     

    By hair metal; this is a reference to bands such as Cinderella, Ratt, Poison, Warrant, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, Loverboy, Honeymoon Suite, L.A. Guns and soooooooo many others. 

     

    At the height of the glam metal phase, most of the heavyweights of Metal who had been already established for some time and widely considered cornerstone bands of the genre eventually adapted to glam metal to sell more records. Judas Priest for instance released the album 'Turbo' 1986. Ozzy Osbourne also released a glam based album in that same year called 'The Ultimate Sin'. Unless you are a big fan of one or the other, these albums are mostly forgotten from their catalogs. 1986 was the height of glam rock, but it was beginning to fade out by 1990.  

     

    Going into the 1990's, most hair metal bands were left standing on their last leg and things did not look good for them; Poison was beginning to break up due to guitarist C.C. Deville's cocaine problems worsening over time, and Bret Michaels was beginning to develop the rock star ego or what is often called 'lead singer god complex'. Ratt was in trouble due to Robin Crosby's heroin addiction and more than anything, the band could never top their mega hit of 'Round and Round'. Warrant was getting sick after lead singer Jamie Lane had ate too much 'Cherry Pie' and the band lost it's minds, and using them as an example; most of these bands and the L.A. glam scene had become a caricature parody of their former selves. 

     

    There was also the underground "Thrash/Speed Metal" scene that began in the 80's, and bands like Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax arguably had something to do with this, cause they were beginning to peak in popularity going into the 90's. 

     

    My point here is, most of these bands were already on life support before Nirvana even came out and grunge was marketed to the forefront. There were various underground scenes that were beginning to take over and could've easily been picked up and marketed by the music industry. Kurt Cobain admitted before that he got most of his ideas from the Pixies and Sonic Youth, who were big in the underground grunge of the 80's (R.E.M. also was a big underground band in the 80's with that "indie" sound that grunge is associated with, more proof that Nirvana did not create grunge). But further note; these glam bands were about to fizzle out regardless due to all their problems. 

     

    Heavy Metal was still a force by the time Grunge came out; the 'Thrash' or 'Speed Metal' bands (Whatever you prefer to call them) of the 80's were beginning to enjoy great success in the mainstream: Metallica's self titled 'black' album sold millions of records and to this day is one of the highest selling albums in lists. In 1992, Megadeth's single 'Symphony of the Destruction' hit #2 on the Billboard 200 chart and the album 'Countdown to Extinction' is their highest selling record of that decade; Anthrax's album 'Sound of White Noise' debuted at #7 on the Billboard Top 200 albums (an album they made without their lead singer from the 80's). And of course, the last surviving L.A. scene glam band going into the 90's was Guns N Roses and they were still selling millions of records during the height of Grunge. In 1993, Guns N Roses released 'The Spaghetti Incident'. The album debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 charts. That is an album that is mostly forgotten about, but it hit #4 and sold millions upon it's initial release. GNR is also an example of how self-destructive the glam bands were going into the 90's with drug problems and feuds with band members, setting up the table for their own destruction. 

     

    In 1994, while Grunge was still the main force to be reckoned with, Motley Crue released a self titled album without singer Vince Neil that managed to peak at #7 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. 

     

    So no, Grunge and Nirvana did not outright kill Hair Metal. It was already dying by the time they came around.  

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    2. southwest1

      southwest1

      ["Record companies stopped developing bands and artists, and instead began to search for what would be an instant homerun with a debut album in sales. I blame Nirvana on that. Originally, selling around 150,000 was considered a great success and bands could make it and live comfortably with those numbers. After the explosive hit with these Grunge bands on just the debut album alone, the benchmark was raised beyond that, and if a band couldn't sell at least 200,000 copies, then the album was considered a failure."]
       

      So true Bogie. Labels in the early 90's demanded success right out of the gate now. Instead of allowing bands to find their sound or niche over say 2 albums before the company expected growth from the group of a substantial nature. By that I mean, touring to find your loyal devoted audience meant more than radio station play & mainstream Billboard success.

       

      If a band finds the right independent label that gives the artist time to perfect their sound, they've got a shot. But, most major labels view success now based solely on iTunes downloads over the 1st couple of months which doesn't foster creativity longterm.  

    3. southwest1

      southwest1

      ["You mentioned Neil's solo effort 'Exposed'. I own a copy of this album. Been many, many years since I last listened to it, but I'm pretty sure that his guitar player on that album was Steve Stevens, who you may know for doing guitar work on Michael Jackson's 'Bad' album. It's been ages since I listened to it but I overall remember his guitar work being pretty good on the 'Exposed' record. Stevens was one of those working studio guitar players of the 80's who was always great on whatever he did. 
       
      I might dig out my copy of 'Exposed' and listen to it this coming week. Been many years since I last heard it, I think you may have just inspired me."]

       

      Yes, I'm well versed in Steve Stevens riffs & fingering on guitar necks. He worked with Billy Idol too. Steve's solos meshed nicely with Vince Neil's voice as well. That Exposed record sounded more like Motley Crue-ish than Nikki Sixx & Tommy Lee did that yr which was released in 1993. 

       

      Favorite track on that album: You Can't Change Me. Spanish guitar vibe intro always appeals to me I guess. See..

       

       

    4. southwest1

      southwest1

      ["Iron Maiden released that god awful album 'No Prayer For The Dying' and practically became a joke of themselves (Holy Smoke!!!). Then they released 'Fear of the Dark' which I know the title track is widely popular (and seriously, the only good song on the whole record), but that album was even worse than No Prayer for the Dying. I don't think most people have listened to it all the way through to remember how bad it was...Then Bruce Dickinson quit the band, they got a new singer and released some albums in the 90's that no one remembers."]

       

      I agree with everything you said about 'No Prayer For The Dying' an atrocious album indeed. My favorite studio album with Bruce & the boys is hands down 'Somewhere In Time' released in 1986 with classics like "Stranger In A Strange Land," Heaven Can Wait, & my sentimental favorite "Wasted Years." I never get tired of that track. Gotta hear it on guitar like pronto now. Checkout this woman known as Six string Kitty giving this song it's metal dues: 

       

       

      It's a travesty that Iron Maiden is still absent from the Rock & Roll HOF man. 

       

      I also have a soft spot for "Seventh Son Of The Seventh Son" too. One of the most challenging & creative percussion arrangements ever created. 

       

       

      Nicko McBrain rocks! 

       

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  2.  

    Beat down massacre commencing in Boston. A lot of people seem upset at this. lmao

     

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    2. Synthetic

      Synthetic

      Just the reason most are scared of playing in Boston again...They're a dirty team. 

    3. Jules

      Jules

      We will be okay. I mean just have to hope for the best. Hoping is what Lebron teams is all about.......

       

      Kyrie is locked in. He could barely talk after the game.

       

      Kyrie DOES sort of now remind me of a young Kobe now. HOLY CRAP.  This was like young Kobe tonight.

       

      Oh yeah, Cavs over Warriors in 6. lmao I won't change. It's going to be BRUTAL though. OMG it is.......Warriors have the starting lineup from hell.

       

      But, I do think it's not impossible and it's quite possible the Warriors are the 2007 Patriots and Durant is Randy Moss.:lol:

       

      I am actually replying in "the thread" for the first time in weeks. 

    4. Jules

      Jules

      Yep it's in the archives. CLEVELAND ALL THE WAY ALL THE WAY ALL THE WAY.

       

      LEBRON THE GOAT GOAT GOAT GOAT GOAT

       

      GOAT.

       

      *screams* GOAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

       

      Warriors gonna go down 2007 Pats style coming right back at ya punks.

       

      lmao tonight TNT made it with Kyrie spanking the Celtics over Lebron this time. lmao 

       

       

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      Just the reason most are scared of playing in Boston again...They're a dirty team. 

       

      Yeah they can get chippy but then again this is also playoff basketball at it's highest level.

       

      It's going to be MUCH rougher in the finals. We have to face Draymond and Zaza, think about that and let it register. It's like going against two Nazi Guards. Kevin Love is going to have to be at the TOP of HIS GAME. He's the pretty talented 3 point shooting white guy and you know he is the one they will go after. 

       

      Since well they all go after Kevin Love.........

       

      Boston actually plays a lot like the Warriors will against the Cavs with dirty big men and guards who can hit loads of 3's.

       

  3.  

    Cavs rings are going to look beautiful 

     

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    3. southwest1

      southwest1

      That is a very tasteful championship ring Bogie. I agree 100% 

       

      Great scavenger hunt find on that West Coast plate Jules! 

    4. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      The Lakers back to back rings from 2009 and 2010 are some of my favorite ring designs ever. 

  4.  

    Discogs needs to make a sister site for a catalog database on video game collections and a sister site for movies. 

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    2. southwest1

      southwest1

      Jules, where did you find that cat with headphones on jamming out?haha It's awesome! 

    3. Jules

      Jules

      Can't remember where right now but I have seen and saved so much cat stuff it's almost embarrassing. lmao 

    4. southwest1

      southwest1

      No need to apologize Jules or be ashamed of it. We all have our obsessions trust me. 

       

      Remember, you're preaching to the choir here. SW1 has an affinity for cats myself. It's all good. 

  5.  

    DVD Flipper discs; good or bad? Been reading a lot of tech junkies with problems on flipper discs but so far I haven't had one issue. Maybe I am lucky? 

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    2. Synthetic

      Synthetic

      The double sided discs. Seen them called "flippers" in an Amazon review earlier. 

    3. Jules

      Jules

      Oh I see, I don't have real experience with those to be honest. My sister would. 

    4. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      I've got a few DVD sets with them. Universal seems to package them often with doubles. So far, no problems. I'm just curious after reading so many Amazon reviews with them having errors. 

  6.  

    Finally, the ring is revealed. 

     

     

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    IMO I think the last several NBA rings have looked better than Super Bowl rings. The Pats ring from 2014 being an exception, while a lot of rings have looked generic lately. I thought the Lakers last 2 rings and the Miami Heat ones looked better than SB rings. 

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    2. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      Well gee, no wonder NFL ratings are down. Who wants to watch the Jags-Titans throw down? lmao

       

       

      Lakers have a brutal schedule of road games but they could be OK...They looked like a completely different team last night. They haven't passed the ball around like that in years. This could be the resurrection of the Showtime Lakers of the 80's, at least I hope. I greatly miss seeing that kind of effort and all around team work with an LA team. It's what we get from watching LeBron these days and the assist stats he puts up. 

       

       

      No problem Southwest, I forgot one picture though. The bottom of the ring has 7 jewels, white and red showcasing the 7 series (red in wins, white in losses). Absolutely beautiful rings, they really put a lot of work into it. 

       

    3. Jules

      Jules

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      Well gee, no wonder NFL ratings are down. Who wants to watch the Jags-Titans throw down? lmao

       

      AFC South games are the bomb........

       

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      Lakers have a brutal schedule of road games but they could be OK...They looked like a completely different team last night. They haven't passed the ball around like that in years. This could be the resurrection of the Showtime Lakers of the 80's, at least I hope. I greatly miss seeing that kind of effort and all around team work with an LA team. It's what we get from watching LeBron these days and the assist stats he puts up. 

       

      Lets slow down. lmao But yes I admit to dreaming big too.:excited:

    4. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      Ohhhhhhhhh boy, I've got a migraine tonight after reading. :pokerface: My brain needs a break to recharge it's batteries. 

       

       

      I didn't touch the NFL game. One look at who was playing and that was enough for me. I hope the NBA ratings blow the NFL out the water. Would be hilarious 

       

       

  7.  

    I saw this today and just had to show you. 

     

     

    Laughed so hard I was in tears at Le'veon Bell's rap music. lmaolmaolmao

    1. Jules

      Jules

      OMG I actually did watch the entire video. lmaolmaolmao 

       

      My fave part actually is the terrible towels on the newborn babies.:lol: I almost wish I had a still photo of that.:lol: I mean are you kidding me? That looks like CHILD ABUSE, those poor babies. Those towels could be DIRTY too.

       

      And then after they show a wedding with everyone holding up those stupid towels. lmao Probably use them at funerals too.

       

      Well if there is one thing I have going for me this year it's rooting against these clowns. I despise them. Most hate the Pats more, but not me. Steelers are #1. They are the crud of the Earth and for all we know they even win the Super Bowl this season.

       

      But it will be tough to win it all for them.

       

      If we went 1-15 and beat the Steelers to me thats a good season.:thmup:

       

      And that rap music, omg.........WHY. lmao It makes me prefer to listen to Shaq rap instead since he wasn't even that bad at it really.

       

       

      Thanks for posting this. 

    2. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      Oh yeah the part with the babies wrapped up in the towel is sad. lmao I've heard about that for years but never believed it until I seen it. 

       

      My favorite part though is Le'veon Bell's crappy rap music. WHY YOU HATIN ON ME should be his nickname. lmao

       

      Big Ben got married and had kids as a PR move though lmao

       

      And it even shows the Neil O'Donnell pick six they act like never happened. WORST PICK SIX EVER in the SB....I know the Tracy Porter INT hurt but seriously, that one was way worse and is still funny. You have to see that clip, there was no one there, O'Donnell literally gave that to them gift wrapped. lmao

       

      God I hate the Steelers, same here. My #1 AFC team I hate more than anything, never liked them ever. I like certain historical players on their teams (Bradshaw, Swann, Rod Woodson, Bill Cowher) but I hate that team so much, and I felt so bad for the Colts losing to them in 2005. I know that had to be painful. 

    3. Jules

      Jules

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      Big Ben got married and had kids as a PR move though lmao

       

      Honestly that was odd. He was literally accused of rape and I thought he was single. And then a few weeks later he had this picture perfect family. lmaolmaolmao 

       

      I love the Steelers too and their classy image and this video shows how many bad things most of them have done.

       

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      Oh yeah the part with the babies wrapped up in the towel is sad. lmao I've heard about that for years but never believed it until I seen it. 

       

      Haunting image with those babies with the terrible towels.:eek:


       

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      My favorite part though is Le'veon Bell's crappy rap music. WHY YOU HATIN ON ME should be his nickname. lmao

       

       

      NBA stars rap better. lmao Or I just like them more with it.

       

       

      ^^

      That always cracked me up.

       

       

      I will be back later. Just got home. Dodging off and on rain storms and thunder today that happens in spurts. Yikes. Nothing bad, just annoying.

       

      This hurricane coming btw looks like a BEAST.:eek:

       

  8.  

    Kristine deserves more hits on Youtube and Soundcloud. Buy her music she is amazing and deserves the fan support.

     

     

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    2. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      Mitch Murder is an underground producer, he's had some big hits online over the past several years. I've never bought one of his albums sadly, but I love the singles he puts out. Very very well rounded production with all the synth madness. He reminds me a lot of some strange hybrid between Gary Numan and Jan Hammer. 

       

      Speaking of cats, I got some new ones I took of white kitty this morning. :yahoo:

    3. Jules

      Jules

      You had me at "white kitty". I lost all train of thought after that.

       

      :heart:

    4. Jules

      Jules

      Oh and yeah btw this music is all pretty good. Listened to some of Kristine's songs on youtube and been looking around a bit on stuff.

  9.  

    Looks like the Saints have been doing pretty good....shame i haven't been able to really enjoy it much this past month. Managing music seems to have taken up all my time now...

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    2. 2006Coltsbestever

      2006Coltsbestever

      Sorry to hear about your health issues, that is terrible. Take care of yourself as well as you can. Yeah of the Saints Defense plays well you always have shot because of Brees.

    3. southwest1

      southwest1

      Bogie, 

       

      Never be afraid to call it like you see it in either your Saints or the Colts.

       

      I really respect that about you: Your candor, your musical knowledge, your kind treatment of cats; & your knack/talent at evaluating albums, musicians, movies, & television shows you enjoy breaking down. You know your stuff & your presence on this forum is definitely an asset my friend. 

       

      Like CBE stated above, I hope you feel like yourself again soon. Your slant on things always intrigues me. Glad to see Brees & the Bayou turn their season around. 

    4. 2006Coltsbestever

      2006Coltsbestever

      Yeah Bogie has always had the guts to debate me, for that I respect him. We have had some unreal debates over the years that many may not know about because they weren't on the open threads. Most of them were on his page. Above I meant - If the Saints Defense plays well, not of lol. This keyboard has tiny keys and I do that a lot with O's and I's.

  10.  

    Mini NES, I want this bad....Sadly, I own at least half the games it comes with. 

     

     

    1. 2006Coltsbestever

      2006Coltsbestever

      Tecmo Superbowl which came out in 1991 is my favorite football game on Nintendo. It was the 2nd Tecmo game. That game had all the teams and full rosters where you could play seasons and the Computer AI was Great as well. I used to get with a couple of other friends and we would pick bad teams and play whole seasons over a whole weekend. The Colts and Patriots both stunk on that game so they were always fun teams to pick back then. Bills and Giants were awesome! I was the Bills and went undefeated with them one season and won the SB but it wasn't easy, the computer gave me fits during that Playoff run. Oilers were really Good too with Moon on that game. It was basically the 1990 teams so it was the season Bills/Giants made the SB. I went undefeated with the Oilers as well at 16-0 but lost in the Playoffs.

  11.  

    Saints finished 4-0 against the NFC West. If someone had told me this back during the summer, i would have guessed they were going to win the division. 

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    2. Jules

      Jules

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      I think I was the main one on here who believed the Colts would be 7-9 this year....I put them on level with the Saints, cause it's pretty much the same thing. You have a quarterback and a receiver who are pretty much the entire offense, and then no defense just like us, and a vastly improving bad division. The Saints time is long gone. Tampa Bay is the young team of the South to take over, just as Tennessee is gearing up to become a sledgehammer in the future. Atlanta and Carolina will always be the mediocre teams that have winning seasons from time to time. 

       

      Yeah you were the main one who said 7-9. lmao  You may be one game off though but to be honest......we do share a lot of similarities with the Saints.

       

      And yes our division is getting better, TN is the one I am mainly worried about though since I think their arrow is going up.

       

      I do hope though the Saints can make one final run sometime with Brees......

    3. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

       

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      I do hope though the Saints can make one final run sometime with Brees......

       

      he deserves it, he truly does...

       

      After last year, I don't think I'll ever stop being bitter, since Peyton played the absolute worst statistical season of a SB winning quarterback and had a roided up, dirty defense bail him out every step of the way. If the Saints defense did half of the stuff Denver gets away with, you'd never stop hearing about "bounties". Brees is still playing at a high level, as did Favre at 40 years old. But I don't have much faith in the Saints management to make one final run, but it's what I would want. Forget the records, I want a second ring. 

       

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      And yes our division is getting better, TN is the one I am mainly worried about though since I think their arrow is going up.

       

      Titans traded their #1 pick last year to the stupid Rams who wasted it on Goff who looked like he was going to be a bust after preseason. I think the Titans are dangerous cause they're building a young team through the draft and now that Adams has kicked the bucket, the management knows what it's doing now. 

       

      I want Tennessee in the playoffs. If we get the Dolphins, Steelers, and Titans in the playoffs, already with NE, Oakland and K.C, we'll get a full 1970's AFC playoff picture. The Titans are the old Oilers after all. Would be so cool to have all those old classic teams in the playoffs. 

       

       

      And THANK YOU to no Denver in the playoffs!!! No more orange!!! 

       

       

    4. Jules

      Jules

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      And THANK YOU to no Denver in the playoffs!!! No more orange!!! 

       

      I don't think Denver is officially eliminated yet though. I think that final seed can still be open if some whacky old testament style stuff happens in the final 2 weeks. I mean right now it's Miami but I can see it even being Baltimore or Denver but I don't know......

       

       

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       Brees is still playing at a high level, as did Favre at 40 years old. But I don't have much faith in the Saints management to make one final run, but it's what I would want. Forget the records, I want a second ring. 

       

      Maybe next year, you never know. The NFC South loves to switch places. I am not sold as much on the Bucs as you are right now. I just am not. Falcons probably right now win the South unless something major happens, they are getting Julio Jones back this weekend too. But, the Falcons are very low odds likely to make a big playoff run.

       

      The Saints need to fix special teams and get some secondary help IMO.

       

      Fixing special teams isn't even rocket science either, I don't see why they can't fix that before next year unless they are too arrogant to do so.

       

       

      BTW there is something new here on our pages that says "we won the day" with the most likes. lmao You last won it all on November 2. lmao 

      It's at the top of your profile. You won November second!!!!

       

  12.  

    The X Files is back with it's groove. Really enjoyed the last episode, Mulder and Scully and their adorable chemistry is back. 

    1. MTC

      MTC

      I'm on Season 2. Started the series last week. 

    2. Synthetic

      Synthetic

      If you are watching the old ones, you're going to love this season reboot. They kept the same formula and the actors have aged into their roles without missing a beat. I loved the show back in the 90's when I was growing up 

  13.  

    With NFL season just 1 week away, I'm still heavily anticipating the NBA season beginning, and watching Cleveland drop that banner on opening week. 

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    2. Jules

      Jules

      Bogie showed me a good long video about the zone defense and comparing it to the old era.

       

      I have to say after seeing this video, I think even more highly now of guys like Lebron and Kobe then ever before if that was even possible for me.

       

       

    3. 2006Coltsbestever

      2006Coltsbestever

      Yeah throughout most of the Kobe era you could play Zone Defense which means doubling and tripling teaming a player was legal. Back when Jordan played in his prime you could only double or triple team for a couple of seconds, any longer it was considered Illegal Defense and a Technical Foul. The NBA was more physical when Jordan, Magic, and Bird played in their prime years but I think it has been tougher for a player to dominate a game pretty much throughout the Kobe era because of Zone being allowed. Regarding the Warriors, them signing Durant isn't fair. They have great enough Coaching IMO to avoid chemistry issues, Kerr will figure it out. Curry's minutes will be watched this upcoming season as well because they now have Durant. The Spurs are really the only team that maybe can give them a scare in the West IMO. Clippers choke every season and cant even get out of the 1st Round most of the time and the Blazers aren't ready for the bigtime. You cant hate the Warriors all you want like I do the Patriots but unfortunately they will be great again.

    4. Jules

      Jules

      I always knew about the rule changes on defense, but seeing direct comparisons from now to then was kinda mind boggling to me. I mean in a video with it all broken down so easily to see.

       

      It was more physical then, but I think I might prefer it now since it has a more fluid pace with more passing and just seems more like you have to think on the court and not just plow around.

       

      Kobe IMO might be the best vs. the zone defense we have seen, maybe. There are several out there but he really peaked in that era. The Lakers didn't seem to need Shaq as much after the rule changes if you ask me and the dominant big man became more neutralized a bit.

       

      And after thinking about this, with the rule changes......it is tough to compare now to then with eras too. 

       

       

      Oh I know the Warriors won't go away lol. I just am curious to see how they gel and also how this all kinda operates, there is only one ball on the court. lmao  Curry has to stay healthy too but then again I still think they were slightly worried about his injuries too and feel they need more scoring at times. 

       

      People forget too the Durant contract I think is only two years and I think he can even leave after a year if something happened. 

  14. #RetroWaveMondaysListen The Midnight - Summer 

     

     

     

    GREAT use of the lead guitars over all that synth, superb pop song! 

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    2. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      lmao I hate the Grateful Dead so much. They are the most overrated band of all time. #1, always have been, always will be.....BUT it's wrong to not say some positive things about Jerry Garcia as a guitar player and song writer. Dude was a beast on the pedal steel and credit has to be given with his disadvantage not having a middle finger. Jerry Garcia was a great guitar player, he definitely deserves praise and especially for what a monster he was with the pedal steel. But I still don't care for the Grateful Dead. 

    3. Jules

      Jules

      I might have real interest in this album, "the midnight?"?

       

      I like this song you posted A LOT in the original post.

       

       

      Okay for the Grateful Dead, this song always got me......it's one I sometimes listen to.

       

       

       

      I like the lyrics and sound of it and have for a long time. And it's not one of their over done jam songs that goes on for an hour.

       

      The Dead have a few songs I do like, but it's usually the shorter ones with more singing and not just 10 minute musical zone out pot feasts.

    4. Jules

      Jules

      Sorry to go OT a bit with the Dead from retro synth. lmao 

       

      Sometimes it's the bit of John Lennon/Bernie Sanders liberal stuck in me that pops out at times.

       

      :hide:

       

       

      Heading to sleep now finally.:sip:

  15. Image result for brock osweiler twilight

     

    I couldn't get this post in the game day thread, but here you go lmao

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    2. Jules

      Jules

      Happy you feel better.

       

      Heading off for the night. Good news all around and soon we get some LEBRON.

    3. southwest1

      southwest1

      Whoa Jules, that poster with Brock OZ & that Twilight Star is so identical that it's Halloween creepy. LOL! 

    4. southwest1

      southwest1

      Bogie, 

       

      I'm glad to hear that your teeth are no longer causing you any pain & discomfort my friend. 

  16. 1994 Colts vs Steelers - ugliest throwback uniforms ever. 

     

     

    Jim Harbaugh wearing #12, looking like Luck. lmao

     

    In the opening, the announcer says the Colts had never won in Three Rivers Stadium, can anyone tell me if they ever did win there before the stadium became Hienz? 

     

     

     

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      Jules

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      In the opening, the announcer says the Colts had never won in Three Rivers Stadium, can anyone tell me if they ever did win there before the stadium became Hienz? 

       

      Not sure.......but I just know our history with the Steelers has been horrible.

       

      I would actually be curious myself someday if anyone could ever do a complete run down on the Colts/Steelers in history including the Baltimore Colts.

  17. 80's heavy metal glam slam that no one remembers

     

     

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      BloodyChamp

      Love this stuff Kix, McQueen Street, Herman the German, Babylon AD, Keel and of course the top dogs Great White, Motley Crue, Ratt and more

    3. southwest1

      southwest1

      What's up crockett and tubbs? Miami Vice was a very good TV show that had a ton of soon to be well established stars on it back in the mid 80's & 90's Bogie. 

       

      My sister went to high school with a classmate who's father supplied or rented all the ferraris & other luxury on that production. 

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      Jules

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      My sister went to high school with a classmate who's father supplied or rented all the ferraris & other luxury on that production. 

       

      *fan girl squeal*

       

      BTW I started watching Miami Vice too. lmao I am getting mini hooked as well.

  18. 90's R&B weekend 

     

     

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    2. southwest1

      southwest1

      Hey Bogie, speaking of your Saints, I watched "Rebirth Of New Orleans" on NFL Timeline from my DVR tonight. It was very good. 

       

      http://www.nfl.com/photoessays/0ap3000000707006

       

       

      I feel so sorry for all the Louisiana citizens who lost loved ones, homes, everything they own, & those that never got a chance to return to their birthplace & the center of jazz after Hurricane Katrina. 

    3. southwest1

      southwest1

      I hope your cat is okay with no serious medical complications my friend & thanks for your R & B selection. I liked it. 

    4. Jules

      Jules

      Same here, hope the cat will be okay. :(

  19. 93-1 is the record of playoff teams with a 19+ point lead going into the 4th quarter. Congrats Falcons, that is a record reserved for you and you only! And in the Super Bowl of all games! RISE UP AND CHOKE!

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    2. Jules

      Jules

      BUT THE SAINTS SUCK. AND THEY RAN A BOUNTY.

       

      Sorry I had to. lmao 

       

      But, you still never had "the collapse" so the Falcons got the biggest eggs on their faces of all time here.

       

      And yeah I am sick of hearing about play calling too.

       

      Also one more thing I heard some saying HOW COULD THEY BEAT ATLANTA, the same ATLANTA WHO BLEW OUT THE PACKERS.

       

      No it's true, people are still fawning all over the Packers as if Atlanta beat "God."

       

    3. Jules

      Jules

      It's true though, the Packers fetish will gear up again I bet for another year of breaking our hearts. Unless they can somehow clinch homefield advantage and then everything goes their way.

    4. 2006Coltsbestever

      2006Coltsbestever

      The Patriots will be the team to beat until Brady and Belichick retire, they really always have been since 2001 after they won their first SB. That team could have 10 SB Titles had it not been for Eli's Giants stopping them twice and 3 of Peyton's teams stopping them. I wonder if Falcons fans are ready to jump off a cliff yet? Up 25 points and cant close, SB Rings don't grow on trees. I am not sure what is worse, the way Seattle lost 2 years ago or the way the Falcons lost.

  20. A big Happy Birthday to the man, the space invader, and the cracked actor; David Bowie. 69 is a magically number for ole Ziggy. 

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    2. Jules

      Jules

      Honestly they might very well be the best all around true rock stars ever. They had everything you had to have to be "rock stars."

    3. Synthetic

      Synthetic


      TRUE; and every rock stars after them copied from them and stole from them. For Jagger, that also includes his partner Kieth Richards. Certain ones in the 90's sure as hell copied from them too. 

       

      Jagger and Richards IMO are the original singer/guitarist duo. Bowie had his guitar partner too with Ronson in his Ziggy phase. 

    4. southwest1

      southwest1

      I feel your sadness & pain today over the loss of Bowie Bogie. 

       

      It's times like this when an artist so groundbreaking leaves us that I have a profound appreciation for your ability to chronicle & document this man's musical contributions. 

       

      I value your keen impressions too Jules on David as well. I really respected David's marriage to Iman too. 

       

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  21. A Forest by The Cure...Robert Smith's guitar sound was so unique at times. All these years later looking back, there really wasn't another guitar player at the time who sounded like him.

     

     

    1. southwest1

      southwest1

      You always post intriguing musical material. I like getting a window into your musical mind Bogie. You are definitely one of a kind Synthetic. That's a complement BTW not an indictment either.

       

      I almost wish you were the director of programming at a music station with a wide bandwidth & range for audiences. 

  22. A friend emailed me this over the weekend and I thought of you after I read it, since I know you love Michael Mann's work. This is one of the best analysis I've read on the internet detailing his work. 

     

    A 4 article rundown of Michael Mann's work. 

     

    https://flickeringscreen.net/2009/08/10/michael-mann-week/

     

    Here, he goes through all of his films and the central themes of his doppleganger characters, masculinity, and isolation. The other articles get into small details like the women in his films, the guns (and a great shoutout to the 'Bren Ten' model that was featured in MV), and a very good article breaking down the themes in Collateral and why that film is a msterpiece. 

     

    https://flickeringscreen.net/2009/08/11/1420/

     

     

    Glad he gave props to Manhunter, that's the forgotten gem of Mann's filmography. i re-watched it over the summer after going through a Miami Vice binge. It's incredibly stylistic, and it puts the remake 'Red Dragon' to complete shame...I liked Thief too, he is right that it could almost pass like a gritty episode of Vice back in it's run. 

     

     

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    2. southwest1

      southwest1

      "The writer breaks down how he uses doppleganger characters, as being two sides of the same coin. I never looked at it that way, but he is correct." 

       

      I'm not sure how to directly quote words in status updates like you & Jules know how to do. But, that doppleganger component is definitely a trademark feature of Mann's film work. Cops, thiefs, & mercenaries don't usually have mutual respect for what the other one does. It's about being thorough, taking pride in your profession, & finding another guy on an equal footing that sees what most people don't even notice or respect about their craft even if the hero & villain are at opposite sides of the spectrum. It's a fine blurry line between cop & bankroller; good taxi samaritan & hired killer; money launderer & DEA enforcer. 

       

      What fascinates about Mann is that he knows that there is evil & goodness in everybody & not everybody is a sinner or saint to their core. Anybody is capable of crossing over & becoming the very thing they fought against for yrs. Mann knows the world isn't black & white but very shades of grey. Drug dealers aren't all bad. They are family men, business men, & they value loyalty & profit above all else. 

       

      There's a line in Miami Vice where Tubbs says to Crockett: "I will never doubt you. There's deep uncover & there's which end is up." Where is your head at right now partner? Crockett looks at him like he's about to fall & he's scared because he loves his money launderer mark. He doesn't know how to climb out, drop the act, or if he really wants to. The audience knows he could cross over & be a valuable cocaine asset if he decided to stop working for the LAPD right now. 

       

      And even in Heat where DeNiro shakes Pacino's hand before he dies near those airport runways, both guys are sad & bummed out because they both respected how smart, savvy, & committed the other one was. Nothing else can satisfy that itch---Not money, not women, not domestication. 

    3. southwest1

      southwest1

      "Mann is a genius, I really wish he was still making movies. His films are always prolific."

       

      Absolutely right Bogie! Mann is a genius & you often have to see his films about 3 or 4 times to really comprehend how brilliant he truly is. Wait. Is Micheal really retired from filmmaking? Darn it. Maybe, he's just very selective about his projects & only directs pictures about once every 4 yrs or something. Mann has earned that right. To be picky about what films he puts his seal of approval on. He's right up there with Clint Eastwood in fame & clout to me meaning Mann can do whatever the hades he wants. 

       

      I have to give you credit too Bogie because without your astute recommendation regarding James Caan I never would have seen "Thief" or appreciated the Tangerine Dream soundtrack. Thank you so much. I sincerely mean that no hyperbole or exaggeration there I swear. 

       

      You're a very good next level music & film critic too. I'm not kidding. You know your stuff. 

    4. southwest1

      southwest1

       I read that review on how Mann treats women in his films as some sort of extension on male prowess, bravery, & masculinity. The implication being that women are only present to satisfy men's urges as central characters. I don't know if I agree with that conclusion personally. Here's why...

       

      Let's look at DeNiro's love interest Eady played by Amy Brenneman in 'Heat.' She's a shy graphic designer originally from Minnesota who now works in an LA bookstore. She spots Bob reading a book about metals & fracturing them & she strikes about a conversation with him. He blows her off initially, then apologizes, & the 2 of them eventually sleep together. 

       

      For the 1st time in life, Bob lets his guard down & sees the gentle sweetness in her. I think Eady appreciates Bob's reserved & quiet demeanor too which makes them a perfect match. Eventually, Bob tells Eady what he really does for a living & he gives her cash & the opportunity to stay or to leave him free & clear. He doesn't hit her, kill her, demean her, or humiliate her. He makes the decision completely hers & her's alone. 

       

      Now, you will remember in his conversation with Pacino at the restaurant, DeNiro says he has a woman but he would abandon her in an instant if the heat go too intense & he was forced to run because Al was hot on his tail. 

       

      DeNiro eventually does this very thing shooting a loose end guy who can ID him that the LAPD has flipped & put into protective custody forcing him to leave Eady alone in his car as Al chases him with a shotgun. 

       

      I actually view Bob's abandonment of his girlfriend as a favor & kind gesture on his part. Bob doesn't want her to ruin her life by seeing her man get gunned down & become a criminal's widow. Bob wants her to have a chance at a clean, wholesome life away from bullets, explosions, & prison. Besides, Eady can probably get her bookstore job back on Monday anyway right considering she just resigned 1 day ago IMO. 

       

      Robert looks at Amy Brenneman & his hand gesture toward the car tells her to remain in the car for her own safety. He loved her that much. Did he transfer any funds into her bank account to make her life easier? Who knows. Some critics might claim that DeNiro's bank robbery lifestyle turned Amy's bearings upside down, which might be considered selfish. However, Bob was trying to protect her from physical harm & incarceration as an accomplice since Pacino has no idea who Bob's woman is or what she even looks like. 

  23. A Star Wars fan film to celebrate the premier of Rogue One  'Han Solo: A Smuggler's Trade' 

     

     

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    2. southwest1

      southwest1

      The small talk banter between Chewy & Han after the wookie is released from confinement is awesome like 2 best friends who pretend to get on each other nerves but would do anything to save the other 1 if he had to. 

       

      That's why I love that scene in Empire Strikes Back just before Han is frozen in carbonite . A lot of people focus on Solo's line to Leah "I know" regarding her love for Han, which is funny. However, what resonates with me in that scene is Han telling Chewy "You have to take care of the Princess now. There will be another time [when we fight back] okay." 

       

      Han the macho guy shares a brief tender moment with Chewbacca just before handcuffs get placed on him where the audience can feel the devotion Solo has to Chewy that goes deeper than a best friend. It's a brotherhood man & both Han & Chewy would do anything to protect the other one. When Chewy moans after Han is frozen, we feel his pain as an audience. 

       

      Your Star Wars fan film briefly tapped into that devotion to the other one. When Han & Chewy are walking off saying "lets go get the Millennium Falcon back" I laughed. 

       

      Chewy isn't just some loyal sidekick or pet. He's family & a brother from another mother to Solo. He's an equal in Han's eyes. Although Solo would never say it out loud, Chewy means more to him than loot, money, adventure, loose women, his ship, or his own safety. 

       

      Not enough writers focus their attention on the dynamic between Han Solo & Chewbacca in my estimation. 

    3. Synthetic

      Synthetic

       

      When I seen this video, I was so impressed with the actor playing Han. He nails the body language, the facial expression, the snarky smart butt style of his speech and pretty much everything. There is a true sense of love for the character and Star Wars in general within that video. 

       

      I especially love when he points his finger and says "now, we made a deal!" That is sooooooo Harrison Ford. The actor playing him in this video definitely did his home work and studied that stuff to nail it down to a T. 

       

       

      In love with Star Wars right now, I feel like my childhood has been resurrected and with the erasing of the terrible prequels. Rogue One was awesome, it was so much better than the Force Awakens. 

    4. southwest1

      southwest1

      Well said Bogie. The guy playing Solo in that clip does do a marvelous job & encapsulating his gambling/risk taking persona down as well as honoring a gentlemen's agreement between thieves & smugglers to a T my friend. 

       

      I trust your film critic reviewing skills Bogie. So, a thumbs up from you regarding 'Rogue One' means a lot & it carries considerable weight to me. It sounds like the plot represents something new, fresh, & original for once. Sweet! 

  24. Absolutely love the Saints color rush uniforms!!! I always wanted to see an all white uniform, as the white jerseys have been my favorite going back to the 2000 season. Looks like they went with the white pants from the 1970's, and the gold numbering from the original 1967 jerseys. Love, love love this. Awesome throwbacks, hopefully they wear them next year for a few games too. 

    1. Jules

      Jules

      Saints have an awesome color rush now, lets hope you guys get a pass rush soon too. lmao 

       

      I am not sure I love the Colts color rush as much......some teams just have it better.

       

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