The Incredible Hypno Monkey Shirt

Jan 7th, 2011 | Filed under Shirts
Funny Hypno Monkey Shirt

The Incredable Hypno Monkey Shirt - Click Image $19.99 USD

Since time began, humans have felt an urge to control others.

Unknown to most, complete control was discovered almost 2000 years ago by Dr Fu Manchu of China. Dr Fu took our attraction to circular objects, the color yellow, and almost magnetic focus on zoo primates, to created the ultimate hypnotic image. Too powerful to be shared with the masses, the knowledge was nearly lost over time.

We now bring that image to you, on this shirt. The yellow swirl causes what is known as “The Whirlpool Effect” drawing the viewers eyes directly into the centre of the diagram, a chimpanzee at its heart, reverts viewers to a more primal, less complex, state of mind. Seeing the chimp’s headphones will then cause observers to listen intensely for your commands.

Wearing this shirt could make you achieve things impossible to achieved without it.

Analysing The State of the World Through Statistics

Jan 4th, 2011 | Filed under Interesting, Opinions and Perspectives, Video

Reading the news from day to day as I do, hearing about wars, violence, corruption and poverty all around the globe, and having witnessed a lot of it with my own eyes through travel in the third world. Sometimes I get a little desperate about the apparent state of the humanity.

A friend of mine recently shared a YouTube video of Hans Rosling’s 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes, I watched Han’s before on TED, and he is definitely an excellent presenter of what you would normally think is a very dry subject, but when presented as it is in four minutes as this video does, it is really quite amazing.

Have a watch and enjoy.

Now don’t get me wrong and think suddenly I think all is right with the world, of course it isn’t, but it looks as though we are all living longer, and that is definitely a gauge that we are all going in the right direction.

Beck – Heaven Hammer – Missing – Lyrics and Video – Air Remix

Jan 2nd, 2011 | Filed under Artistic, Beck, Music, Song Lyrics, Video

This song popped up on my iTunes today, I was thoroughly enjoying it, so I thought I would share it with all of you here.

Beck’s songs are not always uplifting, think of “Loser“, but they are usually all very interesting. Though this song’s lyrics are a little bit of a downer, the music and rhythm seem very positive at the same time, leaving you just about as happy when your done, as when you started…

Beck’s Heaven Hammer – Missing – Remix By Air

Beck – Heaven Hammer – Missing Lyrics

I prayed Heaven today
Bring its hammer down on me
And pound you out of my head
I can’t think with you in it

I dragged all that I owned
Down the dirt road to find you
My shoes worn out and used
They can’t take me much farther

Something always takes the place of missing pieces
You can take and put together even though
You know there’s something missing

Something always takes the place of missing pieces
You can take and put together even though
You know there’s something missing

She rides in a car, like a queen on a card
And the guns of her mind, aim a line straight at mine
To a heart that was broke, tried to feel but got choked
In the smoke of a desert, a beach with no treasure

A night that’s so blue, feed the aching in you
And the background birds, take a flight from the earth
Where the bonfire burns and the night current turns
On a lifeboat floating, down a river of sleep

I can’t see her hollow eyes
I’m walkin’ along with my boots full of rocks
I can’t believe these tears were mine
I’ll give them to you to keep away in a box

I’ll give them to you to keep away in a box
I’ll give them to you to keep away in a box
I’ll give them to you to keep away in a box

Something always takes the place of missing pieces
You can take and put together even though
You know there’s something missing

Something always missing
Always someone missing something
Something always missing
Always someone missing something

Something always missing
Always someone missing something
Something always missing
Always someone missing something

Pearl Jam – Black – Lyrics And Video

Dec 16th, 2010 | Filed under Pearl Jam, Song Lyrics, Video

I find it hard to believe how old this video and song are now. Pearl Jam was young when they made this, but the song itself is ageless. This in my opinion is one of the great rock songs of all time, and I have heard it so many times it seems to have burned itself into my soul like a video game on a glass television screen…but in a positive way.

I have bought this Pearl Jam Ten CD four times now, although I am always very careful with my CDs somehow this one has gotten worn out a couple of times and stolen once. I guess that’s what happens to truly great albums.

Crank it up, and enjoy the song.

Pearl Jam – Black

Hey…oooh…
Sheets of empty canvas, untouched sheets of clay
Were laid spread out before me as her body once did
All five horizons revolved around her soul
As the earth to the sun
Now the air I tasted and breathed has taken a turn
Ooh, and all I taught her was, everything
Ooh, I know she gave me all, that she was
And now my bitter hands chafe beneath the clouds
Of what was everything?
Oh, the pictures have all been washed in black, tattooed everything…

I take a walk outside
I’m surrounded by some kids at play
I can feel their laughter, so why do I sear
Oh, and twisted thoughts that spin round my head
I’m spinning, oh, I’m spinning
How quick the sun can, drop away
And now my bitter hands cradle broken glass

Of what was everything?
All the pictures have all been washed in black, tattooed everything…
All the love gone bad turned my world to black
Tattooed all I see, all that I am, all I’ll ever be…yeah…

Uh huh…uh huh…ooh…
I know someday you’ll have a beautiful life, I know you’ll be a star
In somebody else’s sky, but why
Why, why can’t it be, why can’t it be mine

What Happened To Disco ?

If you are from North America, you would likely answer the question “What Happened to Disco?” with the statement “It Died”, but for people from everywhere else in the world the story might be something a bit different.

I am posting this story here not because I have some need to wear white bell-bottom rune stone encrusted pants, and point simultaneously at the floor and the sky as I think I look incredibly awesome in the middle of a multicolored dance floor, but because I think it is an interesting bit of history that is worth reading about, and also that the music at the bottom should be listened to at least once by everyone.

I, as a Canadian born in the 70s, was raised by my fellow Rock and Roll countrymen to hate Disco, it was the definition of uncool, and other than owning a Village People albums when I was about six, I have pretty much avoided the music for most of my life.

First a little bit of history here about what happened to Disco in North America, where it did indeed die a very fast and painful death. For a while Disco was very popular, peaking with movies such as Saturday Night Fever, everyone just could not seem to get enough of music that seemed destined with its rhythm to make you get up and dance.

Unfortunately, for Disco, it became too popular too fast, many radio stations started switching from Rock to Disco to try and cash in on the popularity, and that created a backlash against the music.

The beginning of disco’s end in North America can be traced back to a series of events that happened in 1979 in  Chicago, USA. A popular DJ in named Steve Dahl was fired from local rock radio station WDAI for refusing to play disco music, he then got a job at rival album-rock station WLUP and began his anti Disco campaign.  Dahl created a mock organization called “The Insane Coho Lips Anti-Disco Army” to oppose disco.  Dahl with his broadcast partner Garry Meier continually mocked and scorned disco records on air.

On Thursday, July 12, 1979 Dahl, Meier, and Mike Veeck (son of then-White Sox owner Bill Veeck), Jeff Schwartz, WLUP Sales Manager, and Dave Logan, WLUP Promotion Director, devised a promotional event dubbed Disco Demolition Night. People were allowed to bring unwanted disco music records to the White Sox game in exchange for the admission fee of 98¢ (representing the station’s location on the FM dial, 97.9). The records would be collected, placed in a large crate in center field, and blown up by Dahl.

The turnout for this promotion far exceeded expectations. White Sox management had hoped for around  12,000 people, but an estimated 90,000 turned up at the 52,000-seat stadium. Thousands of people climbed walls and fences attempting to enter Comiskey Park, while others were denied admission.

The crate on the field was soon filled with records, and once the staff stopped collecting any more from the crowd, the spectators who realized records were shaped like frisbees, began to throw records from the stands during the game, often striking other fans. Some people also threw beer and firecrackers from the stands.

After the first game of the double header Dahl, dressed as a soldier, entered the field with bodyguards. He led the stadium in a chant of “Disco Sucks” and then after a countdown, detonated the crate of disco LPs, the explosives tore a hole in the outfield grass surface and a small fire began burning. Dahl, Shark, and the bodyguards hopped into a jeep which circled the field once and then exited. Thousands of fans then rushed onto the field. Some started small scale riots, and lit more fires. The batting cage was pulled down and wrecked, the bases were stolen, and the field was destroyed. The scoreboard flashed, “PLEASE RETURN TO YOUR SEATS.”, eventually the chaos was ended by Police in Riot gear, six people had minor injuries and thirty-six people were arrested.

Soon after the event, speaking the word Disco was almost treated as a  swear, and eventually North American disco died.

However, in the rest of the world Disco continued, and has over the last three decades changed considerably, the lyrics are mostly gone, and it has mutated into what is often called Trance  music, it has even made its way back to North America and is often played again in Night Clubs, and at Raves.

Since most people will never hear this on the radio stations back home I decided to put a few examples of this music here, fellow North Americans, I have posted nothing but Rock on this website, and will probably continue to do so after this post, but this is some music that you best have a listen to. I was introduced to this music by Europeans in 1994, and do enjoy it. However I enjoy lyrics with music, so rock is still my favorite.

I hated Disco for the girly voices coming out of men, the outfits, the glitter, and the posing. Thankfully all of that has gone away over the years. Love it or hate it it’s no skin off my back, this is what will great you in most clubs in Europe as you open the door, so crank it up and imagine you are walking through those doors when you hear it.