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Top Ten 90's Punk Songs You Should Never Forget Corey O'Brien |
05/28/2014 | Filed In: Punk | 90's | Corey O'Brien | NoFX | Lagwagon | No Use For a Name | Guttermouth | Face to Face | Suicide Machines | Pennywise | The Descendants | Bad Religion | Rancid |

Top Ten 90's Punk Songs You Should Never Forget

These are the days of streamlined synths, whining about lost love, who loves who more, unrequited love, how love makes you feel, taking a walk, and other simply dull metaphors that couldn’t cut through 11 1/2” college ruled.

That is why some days you just need a little anger along with some fast paced guitars and antisocial lyrics. Songs about hating your mom and/or dad. Song about being pissed when things don't work out - when you burn your hot pocket in the microwave and some talking head is spouting nonsense, nonstop on any of the 10 screen in front of you at any given time. There is only one genre for that. It has been archived and mostly laid to waste these days, but I want to bring it back even if it’s for only one blog post.

I will leave it up to you to carry the message, add to or take away from the list or just bitch about it.

These are presented in no specific order. Just like kids, no one can have a favorite punk song (notice how a lot of these songs don’t have videos - shame Kickstarter didn’t exists in the 90’s).

I was a huge poser, but I loved and still love this music.  With that said I give you my top 90’s punk tracks.

1. Lagwagon “Mr. Coffee” - I don’t drink coffee but this song had me seriously reconsidering my position. “On legal speed the American way…”

2. Guttermouth “Derek” - While certainly not their most fun song- I’d leave that up to “Mr. Barbecue” or “1,2,3 Slam or “Lipstick” - this is my favorite song. Straight ahead…”I’m old enough to think / I’m old enough to drink / I won’t ebb with your tide.”

3. NoFX “Don’t Call Me White” - Where to even start with NoFX? Throw a dart and your are likely to be content with any of their tracks. “What’s the explanation for the malice, for the spite? Don’t Call Me White” Mahler’s 6th of punk.

4. Suicide Machines “S.O.S.” - Can ska be punk? Can punk be ska? Who gives a shit? “Destruction by Definition” and “Battle Hymns” are both brilliant albums. I remember seeing this band multiple times when In the Venue was called Bricks and had nothing but a 1 foot concrete high-rise in the back.

5. No Use for a Name “Justified Black Eye” - Shame Tony Sly had to leave us so soon, but No Use certainly left a legacy. This song is at the heart of it.

6. Pennywise “Bro Hymn” - There really are only two Pennywise songs I ever got requests for and one was a cover. The other, a tribute song to their friends who died in a car wreck. No better used of the “whoas” has ever or will be used.

7. The Descendants “I’m the One” - Before Milo went to college they proved punk could be catchy. Could be my favorite song about codependency and delusional love. I could be wrong though. Who wants to overanalyze? This isn’t NPR.

8. Bad Religion “21st Century Digital Boy” - There was no way I was going to get away with a list like this without including Bad Religion. You can bitch about the song choice, but it was one of the few that broke through. Thankfully as a generation raised on TV we all grew up perfectly adjusted and never felt neglected. Warm and fuzzies all around!

9. Rancid “Roots Radical” - In my opinion no other song on their 1995 album has the pop this one has. You’ll sing along. You’ll kick something and you’ll want a goddamned leather jacket with a side of liberty spikes.

10. Face to Face “A-OK” - This song drops the bottom out of your stomach. “I don’t know what you want from me, but it’s probably already gone…don’t say I’m okay…I’m not okay.” I don’t think I had ever heard a song that cuts like this. Give up. Not everything is good. Sometimes life sends shit and you just let yourself wash over in empathy and other’s denial. 

There are so many more I could have included, but I'll let you do that. I went through at least 100 songs to those these together. Music from when the Warped Tour actually felt warped and somewhat aggressive. The only guy wearing guy-liner was Davy Havok and band names weren't 20 syllable.

Have a loud summer.

-Corey O'Brien

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X-Men, You Lost Me Corey O'Brien |
05/28/2014 | Filed In: X-Men | Corey O'Brien | Movies

X-Men, You Lost Me

I came across this article on one of my favorite sites, Vice.  Titled, "What the F*@k Is Going on In "X-Men: Days of Future Past?" and after reading it pretty much sums up my feelings as I left the theatre last weekend.  Though I really liked the movie I couldn't help feel like the line between exposition and action was a tough one to walk. We would get a great action scene followed by a lot of explanation. It's a famous story line in the X-Men universe, but if you never read the comics (I know, everyone says they did, but they really didn't) you are are a lost puppy and probably have a lot of questions.

Suspension of disbelief is key in any movie, but does "X-Men: Days of Future Past?" ask us for too much disbelief suspension?

Vice brings up some pretty solid arguments in their article such as:

-Why are people so bad at shooting at Mystique?

-Magneto frequently moves pieces of metal that are more than 100-feet away from him (the stadium, for instance). So why did keeping him 100-feet under the Pentagon matter at all? Couldn't he just drag every metal object in the Pentagon down on top of him?

-Why does nobody in the past have any questions for Wolverine about what happens with culture or technology or fashion or politics in the future?

These are just a few of the questions that are really ruining this movie for me.  Note: there are some spoilers here, but if you want to dive further down the rabbit hole in the X-Men movie universe take the plunge and read on here.

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Beastie Boys v. Monster Energy (Dum Dah!) Corey O'Brien |
05/28/2014 | Filed In: Beastie Boys | Monster Energy | Corey O'Brien | Legal

Beastie Boys v. Monster Energy (Dum Dah!)

It's the episode of Law & Order we'll never see ripped from the headlines, sadly. The best of intentions can often lead to the worst of litigation. The Beastie Boys are suing Monster Energy Drinks over the use of their music in an ad from 2012. Monster states that the mistake was a good faith mistake in a statement it released as the trial begins today

Monster has no intention of litigating this matter in the media, but since the case has now received publicity we felt we should let the public know the facts as we see them. Monster in good faith believed it had obtained the rights to use a compilation of certain Beastie Boys music for an Internet video. The video recounted a snowboarding event in Canada that Monster sponsored where the after party featured many Beastie Boys songs played by the DJs in honor of the recent death of one of the Beastie Boys’ members. The music that Monster used was provided by one of the DJs [Z-Trip], who told Monster he had permission. When Monster was notified by the Beastie Boys that the company was mistaken in its belief that it had the proper authorization, Monster immediately removed the video from the Internet. The video received less than 14,000 views during the brief period it was online. This lawsuit is solely about what, if anything, Monster must pay to the Beastie Boys because of Monster’s good faith mistake. In Monster’s view the Beastie Boys are demanding sums that are far beyond any reasonable fair market value.

On face value it does sound like a misunderstanding. On the other hand The Beasties have been very outspoken in the use of music for commercial use. It's even spelled out pretty fully in their 1998 song, a very underrated and one of my favorite Beastie Boys songs, Puttin' Shame In Your Game from 1998's "Hello Nasty":

Don't grease my palm with your filthy cash Multinationals spreading like a rash I might stick around or I might be a fad But I won't sell my songs for no TV ad

Seems pretty cut and dry. The Beasties are asking for $1 Million dollars. Monster would much rather have that number capped if they are found at fault. 

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Drink That Milk or Go To Jail? It's Not You, It's Utah Corey O'Brien |
05/28/2014 | Filed In: Crazy Laws | Laws | Utah | Corey O'Brien

Drink That Milk or Go To Jail? It's Not You, It's Utah

Someone at Newscastic's Utah feed had some free time on their hands today. That or they made some stuff up, but after the story yesterday about the Utah's alcohol police possibly yanking the beer out of Oktoberfest, I am willing to believe these anything, even the laws on this list, which are supposedly on Utah's books.

If you ask me peeing on a toilet seat or not flushing in a workplace bathroom should get you a hefty fine. Perhaps a law punishing food establishments that put cheese on your food when you asked for no cheese, twice. I could support that legislation.

Check you the 19 laws such as "not fishing on horseback" and how much you can get fined for throwing snowballs in Provo by clicking here.

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Bill Murray Crashes Bachelor Party Corey O'Brien |
05/27/2014 | Filed In: Bill Murray | Bachelor Party | Corey O'Brien | Deadspin

Bill Murray Crashes Bachelor Party

Strippers, alcohol, loose morals, golf!?! Well, some bachelor parties are different than others. Especailly, when Bill Murray comes along with some advice for the groom and guests.  This happened at a Bachelor party in Charlotte over the weekend.  According to Deadspin:

"Over Memorial Day weekend, 20 of my buddies from Boston College got together in Charleston for our friend EJ's bachelor party. At one point during dinner at a steakhouse, one guy goes to the bathroom downstairs and sees Bill Murray sitting with some people with a fishing vest on. We talked to the waiter to see if we could send him some drinks, to which Bill declined. One of my buddies then went down and asked if he'd come up and say a few words for EJ and got a "No thanks." My buddy comes back up dejected and tells us it's not going to happen. Two minutes later, Bill fucking Murray walks into the room and gives this speech."

Some people have all the luck.  Watch the video here.

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