You Missed It: End of 2012 edition

It's how I do my thinking.
It’s how I do my thinking.

Oh, hello there. I’m just here sitting back in my smoking jacket and enjoying a nice whiskey on the rocks (my third). You know, I’ve been thinking a lot about 2012. It really sucked, didn’t it? Stop and think about it for a minute, did anything good happen this year to anyone but Psy? Not really. However, it certainly was a wild, memorable ride. Perhaps it was the looming threat of the end of the world. It could be the heavy buzz I’ve got going, but I feel like looking back on the biggest stories of this year. Grab a drink and join me, won’t you?

January:

Swingin’ Gingrich
Marianne Gingrich made her ex-husband, Newt, look even worse by dropping the bombshell that he wanted to have an open marriage. Apparently this is worse than asking your wife for a divorce when she’s recovering from cancer treatments in the hospital. Mitt Romney didn’t see what the big deal is–you can have more than one wife, right?

Also, they battle Hitler
In a story that can only end well, scientists in New York made “supersoldier” ants. I’m not really sure why this was so important to do, but now there are ants with really large heads. Their heads are so large that they are able to block the entrances to their nest when it comes under attack. Also, they do this really cool shield-throwing trick.

Equal time rule
A year away from inauguration day, and President Barack Obama was out on the campaign trail. He was raising funds, and he’d do just about anything for your money. At The Apollo, he noted that Rev. Al Green was in the audience, and did his own version of “Let’s Stay Together,” well a few bars of it, anyway. And he’s got the chops for it, too. The American public got to hear his pipes more along the campaign trail when he sang “Red Solo Cup” in Missouri. Continue reading You Missed It: End of 2012 edition

Are you a man or a rapist?

We can only assume that’s the way Courtney Love feels the Oscar-winning song from The Muppets should be titled. That’s right, Courtney Love has decided to arise in the world once more, this time shouting the dreaded r-word (resplendent?) from the high heavens in the direction of Jim Henson’s lovable creations.

2011’s The Muppets had the indignity – no, the sheer gall – to use Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” during its run-time without asking Love if they could! Doing so was nothing short of raping her!

Except for one small thing:

Love sold half of her rights to Cobain’s catalog to Primary Wave Music, and that this company not only approved the use of the song, but it also secured the approval of the song’s co-writers Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl

Oh. Courtney, maybe you should go back to that hole in the wall you were living in.

The McBournie Minute: Nirvana wasn’t that great

Recently, my favorite local rock station decided it would ask its listeners to vote for the top 500 songs it has ever played. Last week, that station DC101, played the countdown from 500 up to one. After listening to it, I have concluded one thing: for most people, music was at its apex when they were between the ages of 14 and 18.

Out of 500 songs, can you guess which one took the top spot? If you are thinking anything other than “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana, you may seriously want to consider inflicting pain on yourself. This is not to say that I believe it is the greatest song of all time, merely that everyone else in the world thinks that.

Nirvana is ridiculously overrated. There, I said it. Continue reading The McBournie Minute: Nirvana wasn’t that great