Other than waking up to the concept of Monday in general, veering into the mindless mainstream is one of my least favorite activities...
I hate the mainstream Hollywood movies with more violence than plot, the music with more studio chicanery than songs in it...
The news programming with no no news in it... It's like mainstream food, all sugar, fat & chemicals with no nutrients...
Last night I had a house guest over who wanted to watch hours of crap TV including Nancy Grace ranting about Lindsay Lohan's "problems"
My only problem with Lindsay Lohan is having to hear about her endlessly...
Like anyone should give a flying f*ck!!!
Then every once in awhile, I pay attention to the random mainstream radar just so I can know what everyone's obsessed with this week...
It might be American Idol contestants, or someone's rehab stint, or some athelete's problem/triumph/salary dispute...
one of the one's that popped up earlier this summer was Akon, and his supposed "controversy"
I'm highlighting an interesting new track from Akon today. You may remember we last saw our hero in a concert clip of him mounting, grinding and smackin' the ass of a young girl onstage in Trinidad. The resulting uproar stretched to the boardrooms of Verizon, who pulled a 2 million dollar sponsorship deal for Gwen Stefani's tour with Akon off the table in a NY minute.
Boycotts, and much bad press followed.
including this incident in June where he was clearly seen physically tossing a teen fan off the stage....
Well he's back with what his label & management are hoping is some damage control...
In what may be a first in the Hip Hop world, the artist actually begs forgiveness, and apologizes for all the trouble he's caused. Of course, he's not all about eating humble pie, and attempts to explain his side of the story. This includes the somewhat schizo effect as he also addresses his baby momma, and the nation, and while we're at it Gwen Stefani. He then puts responsibility for the nasty sex act he performed on stage at the girl's daddy for letting her out of the house. A wonderful attempt all in all to set himself up as a musical martyr. All within a tuneful 5 minutes.
We'll see if mainstream radio wants to get back on board the Akon train...
Akon - Sorry, Blame It on Me
Some lyrical excerpts, for those who can't bear to download & listen:
As life goes on I’m starting to learn more and more about responsibility
I realize everything I do is affecting the people around me
So I want to take this time out and apologize for things I have done
And things that have not occurred yet
And the things they don’t want to take responsibility for
I’m sorry for the wrong things that I’ve done
I’m sorry I’m not always there for my son
I’m sorry for the fact that I am not aware
That you can’t sleep at night when I am not there
I’m sorry that it took so long to see
They were dead wrong trying to put it on me
I’m sorry that it took so long to speak
But I was on tour with Gwen Stefani
I’m sorry for the hand that she was dealt
For the embarrassment that she felt
Just a little young girl trying to have fun
Her daddy should never let her out that young
I’m sorry for Club Zen getting shut down
I hope they manage better next time around
How was I to know she was underage
Enter 21 you know the club they say
Why doesn’t anybody wanna take blame
For rising back out disgracing my name
I’m just a singer trying to entertain
Because I love my fans I’ll take that blame
Even though the blame’s on you (3x)
I’ll take that blame from you
I've seen the Akon video that caused the uproar, as i'm sure many have, and the guy's tasteless & retarded dance moves more resembled the acts of a depraved rapist, but it wasn't as horrific as watching a news report from Iraq.
I never saw Verizon step up and complain about any of the activities of our soldiers overseas who've been involved with rapes or other even more heinous acts. Go figger...
Instead ... Like Akon, or followers of christianity, muslims in general, and the whole wide world of pickled penis brand misogyny.
I think we should just always blame women...
those damn wild women...
Always tempting men with their infernal ways...
Alien Sex Fiend - Wild Woman
also available on
Shane MacGowan - That Woman's Got Me Drinking
Minor Threat - Bitch
Cheap Trick - Scent Of A Woman
From the album Special One available at
An I Tunes only version is also available at I Tunes as well
Iron & Wine - Woman King
Brian Hyland - Gypsy Woman
Bedouin Soundclash - Waiting for My Ruca
NWA - A Bitch is A Bitch
to continue on the bad women theme...check out this trailer for a 60's film I found at Easy Dreamer's site that exposes this problem in a very thorough manner. It's basically the 60's sexploitation equivalent of a "Fair & Balanced", scientific survey of a relevant and important gender issue confronting modern times...
that's all fer now...
just wanted to get the Monday Mix up...
and now I must move on to other tasks
hope ya enjoy da tunes...