Axl Rose has the greatest voice of all time?

vocalrange_imageLike, who knew he had that kind of range (other than the millions who listen to his records)?

We all know Mariah Carey can hit the high notes. Just listen to her sing “Emotions.”

I mean that’s one of those songs when you first heard it on the car radio, you pulled over and said, “What the hell was that ??!!?”

But, as the chart above shows, Axl has a wider range. Remember “Don’t Cry”?

He’s all over the place on that one. Yes, he goes nowhere near Mariah on the high notes, but then he’s the one who hits the lowest note.

Les vaches qui rient

OK, so that’s French and this video is in German, but the point’s the same. A laughing cow is a jumping cow:

Just another example of animals fully aware of their surroundings. They’ve been cooped up in a barn forever, and they probably knew they were set for slaughter. (And animals are aware when they’re about to be turned into meat. Stand outside an abattoir sometime, and listen to the screams.)

This is like watching a prisoner being released into the world after being stuck forever in solitary confinement.

Or like Tommy when he gets his senses back:

Devo guitarist and co-founder dies at 61

Via Gizmodo:

Devo’s Bob Casale, founding guitarist of the genre-defying new wave band, electronic music pioneer, and wearer of the best hat in music, has died from heart failure at 61. In his honor, drop everything and dance to their breakout hit “Whip It,” which might just contain one of the most memorable guitar riffs of all time.

I’m kind of shocked by this. Not the fact that he died. The fact that he died at 61! How can a member of Devo be 61?

Are we not old?

There is no way these guys could ever be 60!

Knowledge gaps: Superman and the Beatles

You think you know everything about one aspect of entertainment, and then something pops up that comes as a complete shock.

Like, I used to think that I’d seen every filmed live-action presentation of Superman, from the Kirk Alyn serials in the 1940s with the cartoon flying sequences, through the George Reeves television series, the Christopher Reeve movies (remember “The Quest for Peace”?), “Lois and Clark,” “Smallville,” the Brandon Routh revival of the Christopher Reeve persona and the most recent Henry Cavill city destruction. I’d even seen the “I Love Lucy” episode where Superman has to rescue Lucy from the ledge of a building, and I probably was one of the seven people who went to see the Ben Affleck biopic “Hollywoodland.”

But one day I bought a box set of the George Reeves series, and there was an episode I’d never seen where Lois (Noel Neill) is spraying a room with a machine gun, and I’m thinking, “Where the hell did this come from.” Not only that, there was a commercial I didn’t know existed:

But this isn’t about my Superman obsession. It’s about my Beatles obsession.

Last week, I saw this chart of the songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney:

authorship

It shows who was the main contributor to their famous songs. Only, what’s this song “There’s a Place”?

Where the hell did this come from? I’ve never heard this. When this came out in 1963, we bought 45s, not albums. Apparently, this was the B side of “Please Please Me.” Did I never listen to the B side? I thought I knew all the Beatles songs. Obviously, I don’t. Now I have to go through life obsessing about what other things I’ve missed.

You’ve got to see this music video

Go here:

http://video.bobdylan.com/desktop.html

Unfortunately, I can’t figure out how to embed this on a WordPress page, but here’s what you have to know.

It’s the official music video from Bob Dylan for “Like a Rolling Stone.” Yeah, I know, the song’s almost 50 years old. But this video is new and is an amazing interactive experience.

You’re sent to a television screen, complete with multiple channels. Flip the channels, and everyone is lip syncing the song. On ESPN, on the History Channel, on “The Price is Right,” in movies. On a Food Channel. There’s even a channel with a young Bob Dylan.

Or you can watch the whole thing on one channel.

It is definitely one of the most amazing things you’re every going to see on the Internet.

 

Stairway to Heaven: Heart, 2012

They went all out for this one last year in the Kennedy Center tribute to Led Zeppelin. Heart. Full choir. Full orchestra. A really moving tribute.

But listen to the original and see how four guys did it by themselves: simpler and better.