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August 27, 2012

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Jan Martin Löhndorf

How vicious! Who taught you about animal testing - Dr. Mengele? The Eagles ... Rush ... that's evil!

Ellemef

But wherever will you find rat-sized tuques?

Martijn

Rats or Mice? Those are diffetent rodents. Sorry... I was a professional facts checker once and old habits die slowly. Nice to see you post again, Mike. I've been thinking all evening about a comment involving a human ear cultivated on a mice's back, 70's music and the severed ear in Blue Velvet. But I failed. I'm a mess. Still love this blog.

UF Mike

Good catch Martijn. And yes, Jan Martin, I studied under the good Dr. M. in Brazil. Ellemef, you ask a damned good question. I will have to ponder it...

Martijn

Good, innit? And I was very drunk too! Hence the 'a mice'. That's what you get when you encourage drunk posting.

Everybody go see Woody Allen's new film "To Rome with Love". It is really good.

There should be lab eagles to experiment on.

Martijn

Actually, I'm not sure I should promote this film. I liked it today, but who knows what others think of it. Go see it if you like and not if you don't.

Jan Martin Löhndorf

Hey Martijn! Leave the eagles and The Eagles alone, eyperiment on cops & politicians & bosses & I would also recommend soldiers, but they are already experimented on. In large scale-experiments. Out of their own will! (How stupid of them!)

UF Mike

Martijn: If you want to experiment on The Eagles, the band, I am behind you 100 percent. Otherwise I must agree with Jan Martin. Lab politicians sounds good to me!

Oh, and I'll gladly see the new Woody Allen flick. Is he in it?

Martijn

I meant the band, yes. I'm with 'The Dude' on that one. Perhaps we can build Eagles-Arctic Monkeys hybrids.

Yes, new Woody Allen film. And he is in it! He has become sort of his own parody. But that's what I love and like to see... the neurotic anxiety ridden pessimist. He shines in this film. And apart from him you get beautiful specimen like Ellen Page, Alec Baldwin and Penélope Cruz as a whore... But more importantly: this film is really funny and the best Allen film I've seen for decades.

gillian

OK, I'm not happy to be sick at home, but I am happy I was home reading this because I was laughing uncontrollably, starting with "Most of the rats either curled up and died or chewed their own ears off, something we scientists conducting the experiment didn't think was even possible." through the end of the piece. You rock my world.

Charlzm

Oh, for crying out loud! Rush haven't done anything with an Ayn Raynd lyric since 1976. Their lyricist/drummer Neil Peart has more or less renounced her philosophy AND Geddy Lee lowered his voice in 1980, starting with the "Permanent Waves" album. It may make me look like a Rush geek, but at least I'm aware of what they've been doing for the last 32 years, unlike smug people who hide behind comedy and lob bitter, sad "everything sucks" bombs into the cultural battlefield.

gillian

I love The Eagles and some Rush songs, and I thought this was hilarious.

Martijn

I know neither Rush, nor Geddy Lee, nor Ayn Rand, but Charlzm's comment made that bit in retrospect totally funny. 'Geddy Lee Syndrome'. Yes... more in vitro research should be done on GLS and its effect on the moonwalk.

More bombs please!

Martijn

Oh, and sorry you're sick Gillian. Get well and fight another day with us lot.

gillian

Thanks, Martijn. I'm back at work today. Finished the last of the antibiotics yesterday. Hoping I don't relapse. Still feel cruddy, but not as cruddy as before. Yay!

Jeffers

Has Rush done anything since 1976? Neal Peart should be a pool cleaner, he of the bombast, & sound & snivel, signifying nothing.

Marc

A sample of the torture playlist at Guantanamo (as well as in Iraq and Afghanistan):

"...Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears
"Killing In The Name" by Rage Against The Machine
"Don't Gimme No Lip" by Pearl Jam
"Somewhat Damaged" by Nine Inch Nails
"Enter Sandman" by Metallica
"Bodies" by Drowning Pool
"Shoot to Thrill" by AC/DC
"Hell's Bells" by AC/DC
"I Love You" from Barney & Friends
"Born in the USA" by Bruce Springsteen
"Babylon" by David Gray
"White America" by Eminem
Theme song to Sesame Street

In October 2009, a Freedom of Information Act was filed requesting sealed documents that detail the use of music as a torture device. Musicians wanted to know if their music was used to torture detainees. The request was made for the National Campaign to Close Guantanamo, a group which includes musicians Trent Reznor and Tom Morello (of Rage Against the Machine) and the bands R.E.M. and Pearl Jam. Morello said, "... the fact that music I helped create was used in crimes against humanity sickens me."

Marc

Three songs I would add to the torture list:

"Seasons in the Sun" (Terry Jacks)
"Dream Weaver" (Gary Wright)
"Benny and the Jets" (Elton John)

Bulletholes

"chewed their own ears off, something we scientists conducting the experiment didn't think was even possible"
Crack me up!

gillian

By the way, Too Much Joy's cover of Seasons in the Sun is epic.

You may hear it in its entirety here: http://www.toomuchjoy.com/index.php/music-2/index.php?page_id=351

You're welcome.

UF MIKE

Marc, tell me you're not serious in your post. Gillian, thanks, and I hope you're feeling better. Charlzm, it's unfortunate but some bands have to bear their history with them, despite the changes they make. Mainly because the thought of listening to 32 years of Rush to find out if they've changed fills me with horror. But I'll take you word for it, and thanks for writing.

Marc

Mike, all true. That's a real-deal list. Not making it up. The release of info request is the truth, too.

UF MIKE

egads. truth is indeed stranger than fiction. what I want to know is, why isn't "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" on that list. Or the Eagles "Witchy Woman" for that matter. "Witchy Woman" would have the inmates begging for a more innocuous torture, such as waterboarding.

UF MIKE

By the way, Marc, I happen to like "Bennie and the Jets." So there.

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