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Back in the USA….

July 15th, 2010 by Linda Tate

….and I know how lucky I am, boy.

I’ve hit the US soil, set up US house and now have some US TV.

Be warned, Linda’s back.

Vh1 Rock Honors – The Who

July 28th, 2008 by Linda Tate

Anyone who knows me at all, knows that I worship at the altar of The Who.
For more than a million reasons, they were the most influential band in my formative years. As a product of the 80’s, I’m sure you’d expect that answer to be Duran Duran or Cyndi Lauper. Don’t get me wrong, I was into that too, as well as Blondie, The Ramones, Sex Pistols and many others. But, for me, The Who is home. Listening to Roger Daltrey for me is always the right fit. No matter the mood, no matter what is happening, there is a song to fit.  In a happy mood? Try “I’m a Boy” or “Pictures of Lily” on for size.  In the mood to kick ass? Well, I have just the ticket, squeeze into “Long Live Rock” , “Won’t Get Fooled Again” or “I Can See For Miles”.  A calm mood? “Amazing Journey”, “Love Reign O’er Me” or “Blue, Red and Grey”.   No matter the era of their career, whether it’s “Can’t Explain” or “My Generation” of the 60’s, “Baba O’Riley” or “Slip Kid” of the 70’s or even “Athena” or “You Better You Bet” of the 80’s – this band has it all.

Recently, VH1 had “Rock Honors – The Who”.  With me being over in Europe, I didn’t get a chance to see it until today.  I have to say- I was mesmerized though the entire show.  The number and caliber of people who were there to pay homage was great. The opening montage is various people explaining how they feel about the band. From Sting, Noel Gallagher, Tenacious D, Coldplay, Eddie Vedder and Conan O’Brien, Joan Jett, Harry Shearer, Slash and Wayne Coyne.   The opening number was The Foo Fighters, doing “Young Man’s Blues” which totally sent chills up my arms it was great. They bring out Gaz Coombes and whip out “Bargain”. Gaz… was… brilliant.
Incubus roll on out and tear up “Can’t Explain” and “I Can See For Miles” and do both songs in their style but totally worthy.
The Flaming Lips were next, Wayne comes out in his usual ball and walks around on people and then they do a Tommy medley. Which was good but I’m no Lips fan but they were intro’d by Rainn Wilson dressed exactly as Elton John’s Pinball Wizard.
Tenacious D stroll out and do acoustic “Squeeze Box” and got more applause than the Lips.
The next band to sing their praises was Pearl Jam who has always been very upfront about their love for The Who and they came back full force into my good graces by doing a perfect rendition of “Love Reign O’er Me”. Pure poetry- “On the dry and dusty road, the nights we spent apart alone. I need to get back home to cool cool rain.  I can’t sleep and I lay and I think. The night is hot and black as ink. Oooh, God I need a drink , of cool cool rain”.  Eddie Vedder belted that shit out as if his life depended on it, it was a sight to see. Pearl Jam could have done that one song and ruled my world but they followed it up with another piece of heaven in “The Real Me”.
After Pearl Jam left the stage and left everyone breathless, Adam Sandler comes out and does his little song in the tune of “Magic Bus” a nice little tribute ditty. Nice little way to bring The Who out because when he started singing “Do you want The Who” they walked out and the ditty abruptly stopped, the green lasers started and the opening keyboard riff of “Baba O’Riley” started.  Rog started twirling that mic like it was 1975 and I was in love all over again. Hard to believe he’s 64 years old, that’s just.. unbelievable. He puts that nasty ass Mick Jagger to shame. That harmonica came out of his pocket and he was going to town. I will admit to horribly missing John Entwistle though. 8 songs in total did they play but only 4 were televised, damn it! “Who Are You”, “Behind Blue Eyes” ,”My Generation” and they closed with just Pete and Rog doing “Tea and Theatre”. I could watch this all day, in fact I think I will. I think after this, I’m going to watch Quadrophenia, The Kids are Alright, Tommy and Amazing Journey.

Scott Baio is 45 and Single (VH1)- Episode 7

September 5th, 2007 by Linda Tate

This is the end, Beautiful friend
This is the end, My only friend, the end.

Wow, no more Baio…..I wonder what other has been we can exploit for my viewing pleasure.  Seriously though, are there any left that haven’t been thrust in the media spotlight for their 2nd chance at 15 minutes?

Doc Ali suggests that Scott go to see a lawyer about a pre-nup and shop for rings – as a test to see if these really are his issues, as he told her they were.  She wants him to be prepared either way, but be prepared to make a decision to Renee.  Renee had a session with Doc Ali where she told her that if he didn’t make some sort of commitment to her at the end of this, she was outta there. Can’t say I blame her, but, you’d think if you were dating Scott Baio, you’d know what you were in for.

Since Steve had to go and shop for a wedding band for his future Mrs, Scott went with so he could check things out.  The entire time, Johnny V. is texting him more than a jilted girlfriend- it’s really sad. Scott said that he had been sending pictures of himself also.  I think that Johnny V. needs Doc Ali’s help to find his own self.  It’s clear he doesn’t know who he is without Scott.  His texts were stuff like…’Scott, why don’t you call me back? This isn’t over, you bastard’.  Isn’t that something you’d text to an ex that you wanted to get back with?

Scott has a graduation party for himself, for making it through the Doc Ali weeks.  Jason couldn’t be there, but Steve was and Johnny wasn’t invited.  A few of the ex girlfriends were there- odd that they’d all be together but…   (Julie, if you are reading this, lose the out of style haircut and throw that hat in the trash)  Julie and Renee go for a little chat which to me is the weirdest, after all, Julie’s the most bitter of his chicks.  Things seem to be going nice and smoothly when Scott calls Renee over and they pan to a bouquet of flowers tucked out of site.  I guess he IS going to marry her.  In his smooth Brooklyn wop way…he proposes… (‘Renee, I’m ready to marry you now’) she doesn’t really say much at first, but then grins.   Scott’s voiceover was actually really sweet though, he said that all his reservations melted away when he kissed her after proposing.  Renee, not to be outdone, leans in and whispers in his ear – ‘Guess what?’ And you just kinda see what’s coming next…it’s a bit cliche but cute nonetheless.   She tells him that they are having a baby.   The end shot is just his mouth catchin’ flies.

I’m a little disappointed that they didn’t show any other reaction to Renee’s news other than the mouth agape.  After all, he did say a few times that he wanted to have kids of his own.   Now will we ever know what really happened? Or how he really felt about it at the time?  I wonder if it was staged, if he knew that she was pregnant …. hmmmm.
Damn you Scott Baio- I have unanswered questions.

Saving Grace (TNT)

September 5th, 2007 by Linda Tate

As a Holly Hunter fan (Come on, Copycat….Little Miss Firecracker…The Piano)  when I heard about this show on TNT, I had to check it out.  But, as a fallen Catholic, the religious aspect of the show had me running just like The Last Temptation of Christ and that Mel Gibson piece of shit. I thought, well, I’ll just watch the first episode and if the Jesus stuff is too much, I’ll just stop watching it.  It’s not. Holly plays a detective, single, alcoholic, slutty as can be,  but she’s been given a last chance from God to make her life right. It’s set in Oklahoma City, and her sister dies in the OKC bombing, leaving a son and husband behind.  She does all that she can in her wild and backward way for her nephew.

In the first 15 minutes of the first episode, she’s drunk and buck naked riding a dude like she’s in the rodeo. I was a little put off by that to be honest but as in the context of the show, it makes sense.  You see what her life is really like and frankly it’s a little disturbing.  Her angel, Earl, first appears to her while she’s drunk and standing over the body of a man she’s run over.  The man is actually a death row inmate, who had the same ‘dream’ as she did.  Earl, offers her a last chance to make her life right and get right with God.   And we’re off…..

I’ve seen the first 5 episodes and have loved everyone of them.  The way all these characters interact, the history between them it’s all brilliant.  Bailey Chase is great as her ex-lover and current co-worker, Laura San Giacomo is wonderful as always as her best friend since childhood and scientist for the police force. Leon Rippy steals the show as the redneck, tobacco spitting angel, Earl.  I hate to say, but the theme song by Everlast really ices the cake.  Yes, I said that.  It’s just that the song fits the show really really well.

TNT is becoming a major player in the TV game.  Some of the shows they have been putting out are impressive to say the least. I’m still heartbroken that Tom Everett Scott’s show ‘Saved’ got axed.  Bad TNT….  The Closer and Saving Grace are redeeming you.

The Two Coreys (A&E) Episode 5 – Wing Man

September 5th, 2007 by Linda Tate

This episode should be called ‘Haim Needs Laid’  The Feldmans get ideas to get haim a girlfriend and their first attempt is a local ‘speed dating’  at a club. That doesn’t go well, the women there just don’t pique his interest and frankly I can see why.  While there were some women there that weren’t actresses (Haim’s deal breaker is that he won’t date another actress) they weren’t very attractive and one even said she wasn’t single. His next attempt is online dating….he looks through some profiles and picks what seems to be a really pretty normal girl.  They meet up for a frisbee date and it all seems to be going really well, they seem to be having fun.  Then the girl tosses out the deal breaker….yup, she’s an actress.  the 180 that Haim does is awesome.  This girl might as well have said that she has a contagous disease spread through sharing the same AIR.

During this, the happily married Feldmans can’t seem to have any alone time to get a little.  Haim actually walked in twice during some married people time.  Must be hard for them to know that he can walk in any second because the boy has no boundaries.  The Mrs. actually said that she didn’t want to have sex because she was afraid that Haim could hear them.  Ewww..not a visual I would like in my head, please.  Seriously, even back in the day (yes I AM that old) I thought Feldman was creepy as hell and Haim was like the dumbass in school that would follow you around thinking he was so funny.

It seems that Haim has had a lady.  Jo from England whom he met while doing a Lost Boys appearance. He’s apparently got some heavy feelings for her that he’s wanting to explore.  So, he flies her over to stay with him at the Feldman’s.  He gets some roses and meets her at the airport.  They are pretty cute together, I must say. I think that she might actually want to be with him. It’s not that cute London girls have a shortage of hot guys to pick from….so it only stands to reason that the poor girl likes the Haim-meister.

Let’s see what happens with Haim and his lady love.  Perhaps there will finally be some action in the Feldman house.

Big Brother 8 -UK

September 5th, 2007 by Linda Tate

I can not tell a lie. I have spent my first summer in the UK hooked to this show. And whatever shows I missed, I downloaded. It’s a little more intense then the US version and F bomb is dropped frequently on network TV.  It truly is a social experiment here as they don’t have a handful of pretty people dropped in the house. These really are the most diverse group of people that one could imagine being crammed in a house for 3 months together.  We are in the last week here, and I am going to be one empty person when this is over.

They have Little Brother, a chat show about the show- they have evicted housemates on, celebrities on and families of the housemates on to talk about the house.  They have the Daily Show which is highlights of the previous day. They have Big Mouth, an interactive chat show about the house, various celebs host for one week at a time, the audience is loud and quite funny. Pete Burns was the BEST host…. with Chris Moyles a close second.  And they have 2 weekly shows – Diary Room Uncut, where they show pieces of the Diary Room confessions and On the Couch, where they have psychiatrists come on and dissect what is said….and the body language of the housemates.  Pure Gold, I tell ya.  They also have a channel that shows live footage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I can sit in my livingroom and watch these poor bastards sleeping.  Amazing, isn’t it?

The winner will be announced this Friday out of the 6 housemates that are still left….. cross your fingers with me that Brian wins…

I have to wait until next summer to get on this damn ride again.  It’s just not fair.

Scott Baio is 45 and Single (VH1)- Episode 6

August 22nd, 2007 by Linda Tate

This is the long awaited(by me) episode where Baio tells his longtime friend, Johnny V. that he’s crossed the line, he’s too much and he has to lay low and not talk to him for a couple months.

This episode starts with Scott talking to Doc Ali and her wanting to meet his friends, Johnny V. and Steve. She also wants Scott to meet up with these twins that he and Johnny ‘dated’ at one time. Scott, Doc Ali and Johnny V. meet up on the beach, where Steve is with his fiancee and her 2 daughters. Doc chats with Steve and Johnny and of course, her chat with Johnny gets heated. It seems that Johnny is quite the ‘hanger on’ with Scott. For years, he’s just lived off Scott’s fame and his leftover women. He keeps Scott in this life that he’s trying to get out of.

At a pool hall/bar, Steve and Scott meet up with the Murrell Twins, and wow. They look like they’ve seen better days but yet they dress like they are still 20. One of them has no eyebrows or what looks like 4 hairs on her head. It’s very very scary looking. They have had some weird surgeries… lookin’ like some trout pout happening. They play a game, have a beer and make plans to meet up later for some mud wrestling. Well, to watch some mud wrestling.

Scott sees this meeting as a good opportunity to hook up a pre-bachelor party for Steve. They all meet up and Johnny V. ends up in the mud with 2 chicks. He gets rather carried away and runs over the sofa, yells and hugs Scott. At that point, Scott is done. I think he realized exactly what the past 25 years have been to Johnny V.

He talks with Doc Ali the following morning and they decide that they have to talk to Johnny V. to break this off in person. They meet him at the local deli to have lunch together, but you can see that Johnny feels ambushed. They both try to explain that Scott just wants to move on from that life that they’ve had for the last 25 years, but Johnny isn’t hearing it. You can see that Scott doesn’t want this to be an ugly situation but he isn’t being given much of a choice. Johnny is being rather defensive and argumentative about the whole situation. He just feels backed into a corner over the whole thing so Doc Ali leaves and lets Scott deal with his friend. Scott just tries to be honest but nice about things and Johnny can’t take it.  It doesn’t look like it’s been left in a great place.

The next episode appears to have Renee in there…. in some sort of verbal spar with Doc Ali. This could be interesting.

L.A Ink (TLC) Episodes 1 and 2

August 17th, 2007 by Linda Tate

I suppose I should preface this by saying I have never seen Miami Ink, nor did I want to.  The previews that I had seen annoyed me so much. The bald boss guy just looked like a prick.  Now, that’s just first judgement, for all I know, he could be the nicest guy on the planet but I didn’t give it that chance.

I decided to watch Kat Von D because she is first: talented, second: well connected and third: the perfect combination of tough rock chick and femininity.  I thought I’d give the first episode a shot, and see what’s what.   And hey, if I was gay, I’d totally do her.  Before I watched it, I used my superior Google-Fu skills and read some background on Kat and checked out images of her tattoos.  She does some really great portrait tattoos, they aren’t my cup of tea….but artistically they are great.  The list of recipients of her tattoos is like a celebrity who’s who and in the first episode actor Eric Balfour (24, Six Feet Under and my favorite- Kids Incorporated!) gets a very meaningful tattoo reflecting his love of L.A.   In the second episode, it’s Steve-O’s turn for a tatt from Kat.  He choses a portrait of himself when he was 2 years old.  Odd choice, but hey, it’s Steve-O and the tattoo was really good work.

Her crew, as she calls them, are made up of some really incredible tattoo artists and Kat was smart enough to pick people that have different styles.  There’s Corey,her long time friend and mentor with 25 years under his belt who specializes in old style black and grey tattoos.  Kim, 16 years experience, who is more colorful and sweeping in her tattoos.  She’s really into Yoga and art nouveau and it shows in her work.  Hannah, a single mom who’s brother Guy is a tattoo artist also.   She’s known for her colorful and bold tattoos, great pin-up work and pieces of Americana.  The last of Kat’s trusted crew is Pixie, her long time friend and shop manager. Pixie doesn’t tattoo but she’s a brilliant go-getter and freelance make up artist.  She’s someone that Kat can trust to handle the shop business so I’d say that she has the most significant job in the place.

During the first two episodes, Kat was dealing with the contractor to get the shop opened as soon as possible.  She had Hannah and Kim move from Chicago and they had no where to work.  It was starting to worry Kim and she was second guessing her decision to come on board.  They were all working sporadically out of Corey’s shop but they were ready to have their own place.  Finally at the end of the second show, the shop was done and Kat gave the inaugural tattoo to the well deserving contractor.  The shop is well fitted, stylish and just the right amount of tacky.

In the next episode, it’s the grand opening of the shop- it’s time for Kat and her crew to get down to business and the world will be watching.

Mission:Man Band (VH1) Episode 2

August 17th, 2007 by Linda Tate

The guys get some music from their new producer, who has done Mary J, Usher and some other R&B songsters, and they try to write lyrics and a melody to it.  It’s pretty bad….nothing that I think they could actually record.

Katie gets a personal trainer for Bryan since he’s tippin’ the scales at 3 large. But his long term drinking problem rears it’s ugly head already.  He blows off the 2nd session with the trainer because he’s still drunk in the morning when she shows up.  Chris throws them a party at his house and not only did Bryan drink, he drank the entire next day. Chris had a talk with him about it, and how Bryan asked them to keep him drinking but it didn’t seem to help.

Katie told them that they have a gig booked already…the halftime show at an Orlando Magic game.  One song.  One chance for it to go horribly wrong.

Mission:Man Band (VH1) Episode 1

August 17th, 2007 by Linda Tate

I swear by all that is holy, within the first 2 minutes, I was giggling. I know that this is going to be ridiculous.  Rich Cronin is a complete twat. You’d think that with his battle with leukemia he’d have a better outlook on life and the Color Me Badd guy, Bryan Abrams is a tool who lives in Oklahoma stacking tires for a living.  Those two are so serious that it makes me kinda sad.   The 98 Degrees guy, Jeff Timmons is at least still kinda hot and has been working in the music industry behind the scenes….and Chris Kirkpatrick is entertaining and from the looks of his house, he’s not doing too bad…  it’s like putting 2 diseased cows in a pasture with 2 healthy ones. Let’s see if any of these bovines survive.

They meet up with their prospective manager, who is a total steel balled blonde. She’s not going to let these clowns get the better of her, which is a rather interesting dynamic.  She wants them to sing a few bars of “Every Breath You Take” by The Police, and they all band together and say no. But the weakness for boobs prevails for all but Jeff who stands firm.

Jeff is very reluctant to stay and do this and is up all night thinking about it.  He is ready to throw in the towel, with Katie, the manager, sends them for a Native American ritual for new beginnings and then he’s sucked in.  All 4 of them were really moved by the ritual and are gungho Man Banders now.