Music: Earworm repellent

Taylor Swift’s ‘…ready for it’ is such an odd track that it has proven perfect to get rid of any earworm that has tried to get stuck in my head; I don’t even have to listen to it now for it to work, a half-remembrance of the jarring juxtaposition between the chorus and the verse does the job

Although that begs the question, does the make it the ultimate earworm?

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My new CEO is probably evil – With added skulls.

My employer got a new CEO a couple of months ago, the old CEO wasn’t keeping the investors happy so they got rid of him – he didn’t see it coming, which is probably pretty good evidence that he had no vision (strategic or otherwise).

The new CEO seems sending chummy blog post style emails, this is a good sign that he shouldn’t be trusted but until the other day I hadn’t actually met him – saying “hi” at 7am when I am rushing to the gym in a t-shirt adorned with a skull doesn’t count.

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(I saved this photo about 10 years ago, no idea from where)

After some prompting he decided to arrange “chats” with a few Business Areas, including mine. He didn’t come over very well. Given I am trying to swear less and chill out I can’t fully express what I felt in my own words, but I was inspired to start a playlist which covered some of my feelings.

Name Artist
Trust? Limp Bizkit
We Must Bury You Katatonia
Fat Around the Heart KING 810
Another Day, Another Vendetta Hatebreed
Let the planets burn Hanzel und Gretyl
Car Full Of Stash Gluecifer
Mr. Wiggly Full Devil Jacket
American Capitalist Five Finger Death Punch
Burn It Down Five Finger Death Punch
Burn MF Five Finger Death Punch
Dot Your Eyes Five Finger Death Punch
Droppin’ Plates Disturbed
Just Got Wicked Cold
Lumps Chimaira
What If I Lost It Bloodsimple
A Better Lie Pitchshifter
Brand New Hate Backyard Babies
Stab You Through The Everything A18
Counterfeit Limp Bizkit
Dot Your Eyes (feat. Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed) Five Finger Death Punch
Sick Of Man Cold
Heffalumps and Woozles Walt Disney

It is still a work in progress and I probably need more screaming in order to properly express how much I don’t trust this person.

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Music: King 810 – Hard to miss

Channel Hopping found me the video for King 810’s ‘Fat Around the Heart’, I vaguely recognised the name (they used to just be called King) and the video was interesting in a thuggish sort of way – people with hoods and bandannas running amok in an urban environment.

Musically it wasn’t anything overly original but the vocals on the chorus made me laugh.

At which point I wondered what else King 810 had done and where they came from – I was aware that they are currently signed to Roadrunner Records. Given Roadrunner’s track record this generally means the band are going to get massively screwed – or they may be one of the lucky (?) ones who the label keeps churning out the same sound for ever.

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(Photo from RockSound)

Possibly the most interesting thing about King 810 is the lack of official background currently available on the internet. The videos make it clear that King 810 consider Flint, Michigan to be home, which could be seen as telling given the crime rate, economic melt down and general anarchy that has plagued the area since the mid 2000s, the seed was which was sown by General Motors closing down pretty much everything in the 1980s.

Typing “king 810” into a search engine tends to get results along the lines of assault, bad behaviour and the word “hater” being used way too much by the bands ‘fans’. The more vocal internet-using fans seem pretty offputting to the point where I am going to refrain from commenting further.

However as King 810 have recently been announced as touring with Slipknot they will probably only get more vocal and hard to avoid.

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Couple Song – But I’m not sure that he knows

Finally getting around to watching the end of season six of  ‘Castle’ and one of the episodes focused on what Castle and Beckett’s song was. It wasn’t something that I’d given much consideration to in my own life but the TV got me thinking.

After some thought I have a sneaky feeling that the husband and my song might be Rob Zombie’s ‘Living Dead Girl’ or White Zombie’s ‘More Human That Human’ – both were certainly popular tunes at a club that we went to.

However I am not open to having as frank a discussion as they did in ‘Castle’ just in case my view of the world turns out to the horribly different to my husband’s!

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Music: Car playlist – Raa raa raa

I know that it has been an odd week when my car playlist on the way to work starts to look like this:

Artist Name
Hanzel Und Gretyl SS Deathstar Supergalactik
Hanzel Und Gretyl Third Reich From The Sun
Hanzel Und Gretyl Fukken Uber Death Party
Hanzel und Gretyl More German Than German
Gravity Kills Fifteen Minutes
Marilyn Manson The Beautiful People
Machine Head From This Day
Linkin Park Faint
L7 Shitlist
Five Finger Death Punch The Pride
Full Devil Jacket Mr. Wiggly
HIM Wicked Game
Hinder Use Me
In Flames The Quiet Place
Incubus Vitamin
Janus Stark Floyd What Are You On?
K.M.F.D.M. Save Me
Chimaira Lumps
Illdisposed Dark
Kill Radio Scavenger
Kiss Strutter
Ladytron Seventeen
Limp Bizkit Counterfeit
Little Hell Hemotoxic
Lollipop Lust Kill Like a Disease
Motley Crue Girls, Girls, Girls
Motograter Suffocate
One Minute Silence Food For The Brain
Hanzel Und Gretyl Burning Bush
Five Finger Death Punch Wrecking Ball
Five Finger Death Punch Burn MF

Music: Amen – The Price of Reality is apparently lots of screaming

As part of the future-planned-house-move I am purging many things, the most recent has been some CDs that were on a high shelf. It transpires that I had a couple of Amen CDs, these seem to consist of raw noise overlaid with swearing and some name-checking to suggest a deeper sociopolitical meaning.

Musically I like noise and I like swearing, but generally it needs to have some sort of spark too.  Lyrics about politics and society have broadly worked for System of a Down but Amen lack the humour and wit of SOAD’s first two albums.

For example, the first album (imaginatively named ‘Amen’) was released in 1999 and demonstrates a vocalist whose idea of a song is a bit of ranting and a chorus of the same sentence repeated several times in increasingly anguished wails.

amen price of reality

(The cover of an Amen CD – which the local charity shop now have)

It isn’t that it is particularly bad really, it is just nothing special and I can’t recall the last time I actually bothered putting it on.

Amen’s second album, ‘We have come for your parents’ has a track called ‘Piss Virus’ and includes the lyrical refrain of “piss virus inside us, takes a nation of millions divided” – which is very nice but I have no damn idea what Casey Chaos is babbling so tunelessly about.

I have a vague feeling that I‘ve seen Amen live, but I don’t recall anything specific to prove this – unlike seeing Gwar live which left me traveling home on public transport whilst covered in fake blood from head to toe.

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Music : Evanescence cause global warming – As Boxing Day is a day for blazing rows

My CD purge is starting off with the dregs – the CDs that live on the top rack and that I can barely reach, the CDs that I haven’t listened to in about a decade.

The CDs which I am not sure I ever listened to more than once or twice, that I was bought or told were worth buying. These are the CDs that acted as a cautionary tale and are the reason why I am very careful what I buy.

To avoid any ambiguity, I don’t download music, I like a physical object to hold and I dislike piracy.

deadsy commencement

(CD on it’s way to the charity shop)

A lot of the dregs I have disposed of without fanfare, a dirty little secret dropped off in darkness and never admitted to. However some I am so happy to be rid of that I must celebrate their departure, for example Deadsy’s ‘Commencement’ and Orgy’s ‘Vapour Transmission’.

Deadsy was (is?) Cher’s fault, her son Elijah Blue Allman formed an eletro-pop band with a silly name. Technically I am sure Elijah would rather call Deadsy’s noise to be darkwave or nu metal, but having listened to ‘Commencement’ I can safely say it is just noise.

Orgy are pretty much the same difference and also helped break Korn’s record label (Elementree Records).

evanescence on fire

(Evanescence cause global warming on some video for some song of theirs)

Actually Orgy are slightly more annoying they swear on the CD but have printed the lyrics on the booklet with the words starred out, which is just pathetic.

There are many theories as to what caused nu metal’s mainstream decline,  whether you liked or hated the genre the rot was definitely growing by 2002 and I happily blame Deadsy to ensuring the rot spread past the point where it could be contained.

Personally I also blame Evanescence, but I would cheerfully blame them for global warming , famine, death and earthquakes if there was a jot of evidence. They were one of two bands that I declined to help promote back in the day when I’d cheerfully prompt most things in return for free CDs, stickers and posters – the other band was Lost Prophets and I am very happy with that decision

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