1979, the year of Off the Wall and his first nose job, marks an obscure crisis. Around the start of that year, they offer him the gay lead in the film version of A Chorus Line, but he declines the role, explaining, “I’m excited about it, but if I do it, people will link me with the part. Because of my voice, some people already think I’m that way—homo—though I’m actually not at all.”
Kind of Screwed is an awesome read about fair use in which Andy Baio, writer of waxy.org, got kicked in the teeth to the tune of $32k for pixelating Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue album cover photograph for his Kind of Bloop project.
…Kind of Bloop [is an] 8-bit tribute to Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue, one of my favorite albums of all-time. I’ve always wondered what chiptune jazz covers would sound like. What would the jazz masters sound like on a Nintendo Entertainment System? Coltrane on a C-64? Mingus on Amiga?
To be honest, it’s sounds crazy but it’s an interesting listen for sure. Kind of Blue is one of my favorite albums. Hearing it in 8-bit form is strange, to say the very very least.
When I was 17, maybe 18, I went to Spain with other members of my high school on a cultural trip for Spanish class. My roommate and I would sneak out of the hotel at night and go shopping in the markets, drink in the local bars, and eat at the restaurants. One night, we stumbled into a music store and I picked up Madonna’s Ray of Light album and a Michael Jackson remix album that had a lot of cool tracks on it, including mashups with Rick Astley and Billy Ocean. I have been scouring the internet for this album for years and never really found anything. Recently, I did find the Astley mix on a youtube video, and then the actual track on another website.
It’s a great remix and easily one of my favorites. I will probably forever hunt for that CD. For all I know it’s tucked away in a box in my folks’ house in its original sleeve.
Amazing show. Here’s the setlist, with studio albums noted by number:
:: Heartbreak Warfare (4)
:: Why Georgia (1) with a semi cover, in the middle, of Message in a Bottle by The Police, which he also covered for Any Given Thursday.
:: Vultures (3)
:: Something’s Missing (2)
:: Slow Dancing in a Burning Room (3)
:: Perfectly Lonely (4)
:: Assassin (4)
:: Wheel (2)
:: Daughters (2)
:: Crossroads (4)
:: Steve Jordan drum solo that lasted 6 minutes!!
:: Waiting on the World to Change (3)
:: Semi cover of Just Like a Woman (Bob Dylan)
:: Half Of My Heart (4) (with a semi cover, in the middle, of Dreams by Fleetwood Mac) [John Mayer said it was the opposite of Half of My Heart, as told from a woman’s perspective].
:: No Such Thing (1)
:: Who Says (4)
:: Gravity (3)
Between the main set and the encore the entire Scottrade Center lit up with cell phone screens, like thousands of fireflies. John walked back onto the stage, and stated he had goosebumps at the sight. John requested, during Gravity, that the lights be off and that everyone use their cell phone screens for the first half. It was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.