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10 Movies For American Audiences About Sports That Aren’t Popular in America (Like ‘Rush’)

I’m sure that the story of famed Formula One car-racing man Rushmore “Rush” Rushingford is an interesting human drama packed with thrilling twists and turns, otherwise an A-list director couldn’t get a movie like Rush made. But still, it’s the sign of some Hollywood hubris to make a big-budget, widely-released movie for American audiences about a sport that most Americans aren’t familiar with, let alone follow or enjoy. Here are 10 other A-level movies about B-level sports. Side Out C. Thomas. C. Thomas Howell. C. Thomas Howell plays beach volleyball, which tends to do well on American TV only when its being played in the Olympics by ladies in sports bras, and not for pretend by C. Thomas Howell. Kicking and Screaming Will Ferrell took a break of playing wacky characters to play a regular guy caught up in the no-stakes and dreary world of soccer. Invictus Most Americans probably don’t know how important of a moment the 1995 Rugby World Cup was in the history of South Africa or the life of Nelson Madela, …

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Like, Omigod! Digging Through the ’80s Pop Culture Box, Part 6

Oof. This week’s batch of songs are – well, they’re certainly songs that were on the radio in the 1980s. #6 Billy Vera and the Beaters, “At This Moment” (1981) Peaked at #79 on its initial release; the 1987 re-release hit #1 Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary. Dw. Dunphy – I’m going to get slaughtered by the hardcore Billy Vera fans out there (gotta be some of those, right?) but this is one of the most desperate, teeth-grindingly bathetic songs ever. Vera has made a decent living as a sitcom theme song singer and this track, though not recorded for a sitcom, came to power as Alex P. Keaton’s love song in Family Ties. Matt Wardlaw – There’s at least one hardcore fan of BV, Dunphy. Watch yourself! Jack Feerick – You’re a hardcore fan of bacterial vaginosis? Mike Heyliger – As good as heartbroken, blue-eyed soul gets. I’ve sung this one loudly to no one in particular during many of my moments of infatuation and heartbreak, although my favorite memory of the song has …

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Rush, Donna Summer, Heart, P.E. & More: Meet The Rock Hall Class of 2013

Imagine a year when the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame nominees are announced and everyone shut up? Well, that’ll never happen, but most people seem fairly cool with this year’s inducted artists, who were announced by Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers at a press conference yesterday. Let’s take a quick look at this year’s nominees-who will officially be inducted next spring. Albert King: One of two posthumous honorees (he died in ’92,) blues guitarist King didn’t have […]

50Prog50: The Best Prog Albums, Part Five

There’s been a lot of comments about this series and I want to thank everyone, even the folks who are incensed that I didn’t make The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway the #1 choice. The beauty of the Internet democracy is that you can make your own list and I will look forward to reading it. The most comments I’ve been getting from various outlets (comments, Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, rock through the window) have been like this: “Why do you hate Emerson Lake and Palmer?” I don’t hate ELP, but one of the necessary ingredients for my list candidates was that you had to appreciate the album straight through, even if some of the songs don’t scream “Prog!” When I was a teenager, it was cool that the band rocked-up classical pieces. Nowadays, it just doesn’t seem as clever anymore, and they come off like audio Cliffs Notes rather than good ideas. That wouldn’t be a problem if they didn’t stuff almost every one of their albums with a redux. Heck, Pictures At An Exhibition …

Live Music: Rush in Mountain View, Calif., 8/9/10

Rush –the world’s most famous cult band — brought their Time Machine Tour to the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA for a marathon set (or should I say, two sets) of old and new songs that spanned their 30+ year career.  I’ll say one thing for Rush: in this era of evaporating disposable incomes, Rush gives their fans their money’s worth.  Now, even in more economic flush times, the band has been performing three hour sets, but this show seemed like the group really rolled out all the bells, whistles, smoke and lights to enhance their music.  Not that the group really needs all the extra flourishes, since their music is pretty dynamic to begin with, but while the production values aren’t quite at KISS levels, they are impressive for Rush. Before getting to the music, I have to mention the stage show.  The boys have always been a goofy lot, but their comedic skills were on full display with three short films that were placed at the beginning, middle and end of the …

50Prog50: The Best Prog Albums, Part Four

Regrets, I’ve had a few. There were bands and artists I really wanted to squeeze onto this list but, ultimately, the fit wasn’t right. Queen certainly had the originality that progressive rock requires and their pomp-righteous first couple albums might have accepted the shoehorn, but it never fully jibed. Queen is, at heart, one of the great hard rock bands and if the readership demands it be so, they’ll rank high on 50Hard Rock50. Supertramp started its tumultuous life as a prog band, the brainchild of Rick Davies, but when Roger Hodgson signed on a couple years later, a lot of those tendencies arrived only in flashes. I would have chosen the classic Breakfast In America, but I’ve already stretched the boundaries as far as my inclusive viewpoint is concerned. Styx was considered prog, but not their “classic” years, and their one honest-to-goodness rock opera, Kilroy Was Here, mostly burns horribly like hot sauce dumped in your ear canals. I stand by my opinion that Paradise Theater is not as bad as you might think …

Listening Booth: Iron Maiden, Steel Train, Rush

Some singles have just arrived on our doorstep, so now’s as good a time as any to scan what’s sailing ’round the horn. To kick things off, let’s talk about “El Dorado” from Iron Maiden, which is available at the band’s site, www.IronMaiden.Com. The track comes from their newest album, The Final Frontier, and finds the band in that strange position of being who they are. Some groups are expected to explore different areas of sound and maturity, while others are expected to remain true to a pre-designated sound they’ve fostered through the years. Occasionally it is for the best. By now, if AC/DC tries to sound like anything other than AC/DC, it’s liable to be rejected and left for dead. This was a problem for Metallica, where they pushed against their thrash metal roots and became more commercial. At the same time as they were achieving new heights of fame, their longtime fans bristled. Many still carry that resentment, even though their last album, Death Magnetic, tried to inch back to the comfort zone. …

Ticket Stub: Rush in Montreal, September ’84

That sound you heard last week was the sound of an orgasm, shared in unison worldwide by the dedicated legion of Rush fans.  Make no mistake, I’m not talking about Rush Limbaugh – rather, I’m referring to the much-loved Canadian rock trio, who answer individually to the names Geddy, Alex, and Neil. To say that they are beloved by their fanbase doesn’t quite cover it.  “Worship” might be a more appropriate term for your average Rush fan – you know, the curious guy in your neighborhood or office that can quote every lyrical square inch of the Rush catalog?  Every couple of years, around this time as the weather finally begins to head towards the warm side, Rush fans watch and wait to find out if the rumors are true – will Rush tour this summer?  Will Rush put out a new album?  Will that tour be followed by a live CD, DVD and Blu-ray? The answer to the last question:  most definitely.  Rush have released about 63 live albums* to date – so what’s …

Mix Six: “Space … The Final Frontier”

DOWNLOAD THE FULL MIX HERE Outer space … other planets … dying stars … these are the musical metaphors of many bands who use said metaphors to either describe something internal (see Muse, Bjork, and Soundgarden), or something external (see Rush).  Sometimes using space in songs is, quite frankly, rather dorky, but I enjoy a lot of dorky things like space metaphors in songs, so you can see why I’m pushing this mix on you. I guess it all started when I was a little kid watching the Apollo missions on TV.  Seeing space travel become more commonplace, I really thought we were on course for flying cars by the year 2000, food replicators like on Star Trek that would do away with the need to cook your own food,  and vacations in space like in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Well, here we are in 2010, and there are no flying cars, we kind of have food replicators (it’s called microwavable food), and about the only vacation in space you can take is Star Tours …