Saturday, October 25, 2003

Odds & ends:

Inspired by similar projects by Michael Daddino and Tom Ewing, in which they attempt to review every #1 pop single in the U.S. and U.K., respectively, Michaelangelo Matos has decided upon a similar undertaking regarding the U.S. R&B charts, from 1942 to the present. It's titled Boogie Fever, and (of course, it's Matos) it's pretty brilliant. It also reminds me of my aborted project compiling the #1s on Billboard's R&B charts in the 1980s. And it inspires me to get my ass back to it. So I think I will.

Travis really does look angelic when he sleeps.

Saw Pretty in Pink, uncut, all the way through, for the first time in eons last night. Funnily, I was just listening to its attendant soundtrack this week; it's one of my all-time fave OSTs (alongside Peter Gabriel's Passion [for Scorcese's The Last Temptation of Christ] and '92's state-of-the-hip-hop-union declaration that was Juice). I've always been a huge fan of what I refer to as "the Molly trilogy," of that transcendent trio of films Ms. Ringwald made in the mid-'80s with director John Hughes, though Sixteen Candles and Pink resonate a big more strongly for me, since I so completely identified with Ringwald's characters in this pair: both girls are outsiders who long to break down the class divisions and go out with the cute, popular boy. Trust, I identified more than a little bit (though pink's never been my color). Additionally, I was part of the precise target audience for these flicks, being a teenager during Ringwald's halcyon days. With the news of an impending sequel to Sixteen Candles comes Chrisafer's suggestions for other updates of classic teen movies. But how dare he include Can't Hardly Wait amongst the other teen classics! Jennifer Love Hewitt, I know Molly Ringwald. And (to paraphrase) you're no Molly Ringwald.

How hot are these pics of Devon the Escort and his buddy Hoku? Hot like fire, methinks. Devon's nipples, especially, nearly make me weep. Oh, to have $300 an hour lying around, and be in San Fran this weekend...

Does anyone outside of Yankees fans really give a fuck about this year's World Series? [Based on their attendance figures, I've a hard time believing that there even are such a thing as Marlins fans, natch.] I know I certainly, don't, especially when there are college football games with mondo implications (BCS, conference title, and otherwise) this weekend. Foremost among them for me is, of course, this afternoon's Purdue-Michigan contest, with the Boilers trying to win in the Big House for the first time since 1966. Kirk Herbstreit likes our chances, and I've gotta say that I do, too (at the risk of sounding like a Homer). And how big is the pressure on the Wolverines? Not only do they effectively knock themselves out of the Big Ten running if they lose again, but they've got matchups with the two remaining undefeated teams in the conference back-to-back (Michigan State next week).

Britney & Madonna's "Me Against the Music" is one of those rare singles which is actually improved by its accompanying video - Madonna, especially, comes off much improved (and looks great).

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