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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Ricky Martin Gives Bush the Finger (and I like it)

First, a little bidness outta the way:

CD Shelf Clean-Up:

AC/DC - High Voltage - Just from the opening licks of "It's a Long Way to the Top If You Wanna Rock 'n Roll," this album asserts itself with sheer confidence and it uses bagpipes for good measure! See, Jonathan Davis of Korn wasn't the first rocker to do it. This album is raw but polished, primal but focused. And one million AC/DC fans screaming "'Cause I'm TNT!" couldn't be wrong. Indispensable

AC/DC - Let There Be Rock - To me, this, Highway to Hell and Dirty Deeds are the definitive AC/DC albums. By far the loudest of the Bon Scott era albums and this one moves and shakes on all cylinders. The CD splits up the title track and "Whole Lotta Rosie," which were run back-to-back on my old cassette. Such thunder was almost too much to handle in one sitting. It never grows old and "Whole Lotta Rosie" has yet to be dethroned as my favorite all-time song ever. Indispensable

AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap - One of the meanest hard rock riffs of all-time, "Dirty Deeds" is a definite statement of rock at its grimiest, while the hilariously cheeky and lowbrow "Big Balls" was like a secret code between us young'uns over our confused parents. Indispensable


Okay, so almost nobody cares about Ricky Martin in the United States anymore, not until he puts out another pop album. I'm not a fan of his music, honestly, and I could care less if he's gay or not. After Rob Halford proudly came out and everyone got over the intial shock (please, what shock?) the metal community has protected Halford as the god he is....you don't fuck with that man, period.

And if he keeps at this pace, Ricky Martin may just get into that protected status. During a recent concert in San Juan, Martin reportedly hoisted his finger middle finger during a song entitled "Asignatura Pendiente," which included the line "a picture with Bush." The photo in question, of course, was a shameless photo op for Bush on his 2001 inaugration, which Martin performed at.

Obviously, Martin has regretted being associated with Bush and made no bones about his thoughts now. In defending his elevated bird, Martin has stated "My convictions of peace and life go beyond any government and political agenda and as long as I have a voice onstage and offstage, I will always condemn war and those who promulgate it."

Did you know the US-seized Puerto Ricans can be drafted by the United States Army? Granted, they don't have to pay any federal taxes and thus have no voting power in this country, but isn't that a little hypocritical to be able to pluck random Puerto Ricans like Risk or Stratego pawns and send them off to war and be able to claim it constitutional? God forbid there really be a draft, but you can't really blame Ricky Martin when you think about it.

Of course, this means the right wing won't be dancing la vida loca anytime soon, but there's always The Electric Slide, Strokin' and the unspeakably embarassing Macarena for them to make idiots of themselves at weddings, graduation parties and Republican fund raising events. Seriously, I am trying to cut down on my political banter, but still, this photo does make you want to puke, doesn't it?



AP Photo


And don't worry, Ricky, everyone in America crucified the Dixie Chicks for doing the right thing and they were eventually rewarded with multiple Grammys this year. Stick to your convictions.

9 comments:

Kay said...
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Kay said...

Let's try this again -- thanks for visiting my blog! I also respect Ricky's views more than his music ("I will not shake my bon bon...")

Invisible Oranges said...

Holy crap, you are going to review your entire record collection??? You are an intrepid man. Maybe you could collect the results somewhere, as other people might find such thumbnail knowledge useful.

Since you asked, I write for Stylus and Metal Injection, but not Chronicles for Chaos. You left comments on my test blog, so here's the real thing :) - http://invisibleoranges.com. Also, Full Moon Productions is a metal label/distro in Colorado, mostly specializing in black and death metal. Really agree with the sentiments of this entry!

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Thanks for dropping in, Kay...no bon bon shaking here either, lol...

Oranges, sounds good, man. I tried to pitch myself to Stylus but they weren't interested. I was thinking of the old horror film distro assuming I'm thinking correctly.

As far as this CD collection project goes, I wanted to get some of the dead weight outta here, so I wanted to be productive and possibly hope to entertain the readers. Assuming people still come to this blog and find it interesting to read, I'll continue to log my project. Not sure where to do a database to give everyone access...something to think about, thanks!

Antsy said...

Ok, I'll admit it, I would like to shake Ricky Martin's bon bon! Married mom of 2! Gay, straight, whatever.... he is hot! Even hotter for giving the finger! Thanks for checking out my blog yesterday! Only one visitor today - Manic. She has become my blog mentor. How did you find her? Anyway, if you get a chance, stop by again!

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Yeah, again, sexuality really has no bearing on my attitude towards someone's artistic merits, or in this case, just being a damn good human being. Unfortuantely, I can't bear any attraction for the man, good looking or no. Now Zhang Ziyi or Angelina Jolie on the other hand...

You know, I tripped upon Manic at another blog. Like yourself, I'm trying to generate more traffic. It looks like certain bloggers have a good loyalty from certain readers, my friend Metal Mark, for instance. Keep hanging in there, read other blogs, connect, that's how it'll get done.

Trust me, I'm giving myself the same advice since sometimes the turnout gets disappointing, lol... I will be by frequently as you are on the link list. :) Oranges and Kay soon to join...

Anonymous said...

Excuse, I have removed this idea :)

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