They’re smoking some good crack over at Q

On my way home from work today, I was listening to the radio and it turns out Q Magazine put out their list of the greatest one hundred singers of all time. I’m left wondering who the hell picked these people because most of them don’t even deserve to be on a list of the top give hundred in my opinion. Rounding the top ten are:

  1. Elvis Presley
  2. Aretha Franklin
  3. Frank Sinatra
  4. Otis Redding
  5. John Lennon
  6. Marvin Gaye
  7. Kurt Cobain
  8. Robert Plant
  9. Mick Jagger
  10. Jeff Buckley

Now you’ve got to be freaggin’ kidding me, Elvis Presley??! Kurt Cobain?! FUCKING Mick Jagger?!!! What is this, a popularity contest?

Elvis was a horrendous singer, although he was a terrific entertainer. I mean you still have a buncha yokels who worship the ground that man walks on and are convinced he’s still alive somewhere and collecting food stamps to feed his fat ass. John Lennon was an amazing song writer, though as a singer… Ummm no. Kurt Cobain had an interesting singing voice, though comparing him to Aretha or Marvin is completely apples and oranges. I’ll put him towards the bottom of the one hundred… Hell, Thom Yorke or Chris Cornell completely pwn Kurt’s singing abilities beyond a question of a doubt. So who is the asshat who put Jagger in that list?? He’s a great showman and one of the most entertaining front men of all time, but singer? A dead parrot sounds better than him… As far as Robert Plant? I’m on the border with him. I mean he could scream a good game, but singer? Meh. I’ll give that one to ya.

I will most definitely agree with Sinatra, Franklin, Redding and Gaye, though where’s Whitney Houston? Sure, she likes taking a hit from Mr. Brown and the crack pipe in one fell swoop, but she had one amazing singing voice. What happened to AL GREEN? Where’s Freddie Murcury? Stevie Wonder? Ella? Heck, Fiona Apple’s better than half that list up there. While I am in no way an R&B fan, where’s Mary J. Blige? She’s got a rather nice singing voice and can belt out a good tune or two. Where’s Nina Simone or Etta James? Even though I loathe her with a passion, but I’m very surprised Celine Dion’s not on the top ten. Sheesh… Heck, if I had my choice I’d even throw in Natalie Merchant or even the lead singer of Skid Row, Sebastian Bach. Yeah, you might scoff at me, but I’ve seen that guy up close and personal in a couple of Broadway shows and that boy can muddafreaggin’ sing his ass off.

So what’s your take on these folks listed as the best ten singers of all time?

Birth, life, work, death

You know, for the past few days I have been sitting at my desk here at home and just staring at a blank screen while trying to come up with stuff to write about. I have absolutely no idea how anyone who keeps a daily blog does it and on top of that, keeps it interesting for others to read. Then again, I’ve never been much of a talker so it’s even doubly hard for me to come up with anything for this virtual discussion. The world is against me I tells ya!

A little under a month ago I turned 32 and in usual “Dave” fashion, I really did not go all out celebrating it. Heck, true to form I tried to shun away all forms of congratulations for the day. It’s not that I’m upset or angry over getting older, that couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s just that I have never liked celebrating my birthday and it has always made me uncomfortable being the center of attention even if it is just for a day… Weird eh? Devina however, was very nice enough to sing “Happy Birthday” in a voice mail to me in the morning and then treating me to one of my favorite local Indian places which of course kicked some serious butt. Oh yeah, during lunch Tasha left me a voicemail where she also sang me her own utterly hilarious rendition of “Happy Birthday” complete with a stab at yours truly. I was listening to it on my way to an ATM and I nearly drove off the road laughing my ass off. The next day I went up to the parents’ place to be treated to some super tasty Cuban food and the traditional singing and cake. All in all, it was an enjoyable 32nd birthday.

I have been keeping quite busy as of late with the whole Daylight Savings thing at work. Life for the past couple of weeks has consisted of going to work in the morning and then working some more when I got home in the evening. Then eating a bit, taking a shower, sleeping a bit and repeating those exact events the next day (yes, even including weekends). The good thing is that as of this coming Sunday, things will go back to normal and I will have most of my “after work” life back. Of course that isn’t really saying much since I really did not have much of a life after work in the first place. However, I’ll definitely be needing to get my chubby ass back to the gym as the weight that I lost earlier in the year has slowly, but surely been creeping back on. This is not good my fine feathered friends, but such is life sometimes.

In some really good news, Tasha is flying back up to Jersey with her hubby in a couple of weeks! I took a vacation day from work and on the 26th of March, we’re headed to the Museum of Natural History in NYC to catch the sights there during the day. I’m not sure how much of the city her hubby saw the last time they came up, but hopefully I can show them some other sights while in the general area after we get our fill of the museum. Does anyone have any additional hang out recommendations? Devina’s coming up in the evening after she gets off of work to meet up with us to have dinner at one of our favorite Mexican/Spanish restaurants in the West Village, Tio Pepe. So far, Tasha and Michael (her hubby) have been drooling over the menu which is a good thing. I’ll most certainly have a lot more to say after we all hang out though. I’ll have to admit, I’m both extremely over excited and horribly nervous about finally seeing one of my closest and most trusted friends after roughly seven years of no communication.

In some pretty depressing news, I found out last night while talking to my mother that our cat Tony passed away last Friday. When I went up to my parents’ place for my birthday, I noticed that he was disturbingly thin and a bit more tired looking than normal. Of course I attributed it to his age which I can figure is a little over 20 years from my estimation (we got him as I was ending the 8th grade and he was already a few years old) but I did not know he was on his last legs. Turns out sometime last week, my sister took him into the vet and something was wrong with his kidneys. Then my mom said he died on Friday. I’m not sure if he died in his sleep, but I am really hoping he did as it I would imagine it would have been a painless way to pass on. To be honest, I can’t bear the thought of him dying in pain while he was still awake…

RIP big guy, you'll be missed.
RIP big guy, you’ll be sorely missed

Oh stewardess, I speak jive

So here I am, chillin with a glass of some pretty damn good tasting sparkling wine courtesy of my friend Tasha whom just happened to ship a bottle of this stuff from Florida for Christmas. Not really doing much other than chatting with some friends on Yahoo! and ripping some more of my CDs to my machine as mp3s for nice and easy access. Just got to the O’s and right now, some Live Ozzy Osbourne tracks are making their presence known on my hard drives. I think they’re cheering to be honest with you because honestly, what better than Ozzy to make your day better right?

Speaking of Ozzy, do they still play that TV show about the family on MTV? I used to love watching it just to see how Ozzy behaved. Then again it was kind of sad seeing what all of those years of druggin’ and drinkin’ did to the poor chap. Does his wife also have that talk show as well? I never saw it, but I heard it wasn’t too bad of a show.

Ok, so I want to show you something that I found… You may not understand the language, but I am sure you will understand what it is they are attempting to peddle to the public:

Interesting Spanish commercial

Soooooo… Ummm, yeah…

Seriously folks, would any of you place a slug on to your skin so that the slime would make it look younger?

Ahhh, what we do in the name of beauty.

Music makes the world go round

Small image of Shirley MansonYou know I forgot how hot the lead singer of Garbage, Shirley Manson is. Is that band even still around or did they, like many of those old great bands of the 90s, just split up or call it quits? I was chatting with one of my friends recently about how I just can’t get into most of today’s “rock” bands because there’s just something missing with them to me. Who knows, it might just be old age talking here but when listening to the local rock stations, I can’t believe how whiny most of today’s crap is. Sure, some of it is halfway decent, but when compared with something like:


Tell me she wouldn’t make a pretty good Bond girl with that awesome retro look of hers!

I don’t know… Things today just seem so lacking. Eh well, I’ll just continue trolling YouTube for some of my old faves of that decade and share some of them with you.

Bear