Chris Issak’s “Wicked Game” was not a quick success. Despite being released in 1989, it didn’t achieve real attention until it appeared on the soundtrack of David Lynch’s movie Wild at Heart. In fact, David Lynch directed a video for the song as it was rereleased for the movie soundtrack. It definitely casts a different emotional context than the one in which he rolls around on the beach with a model.
Here’s your reminder that Nirvana’s Nevermind was released 23 years ago today: September 24, 2014. Armed with new veteran producer Butch Vig and a happier outlook on life by Cobain, the songs were cleaner, catchier and much more accessible than its predecessor, Bleach (and definitely its successor). It also introduced a new drummer in Virginia’s own David Grohl, whose drumming was arguably as integral to Nirvana’s sound as Cobain’s songwriting.
It also changed rock music forever. Sure, the words mostly made absolutely no sense whatsoever, but I guess that’s the whole point.*
* One of the most amusing things from the Nirvana Wikipedia page is this tidbit about Cobain’s songwriting: Cobain told Spin in 1993 that he “didn’t give a flying fuck” what the lyrics on Bleach were about, figuring “Let’s just scream some negative lyrics and as long as they’re not sexist and don’t get too embarrassing it’ll be okay”, while the lyrics to Nevermind were taken from two years of poetry he had accumulated, which he cut up and chose lines he preferred from. In comparison, Cobain stated that the lyrics to In Utero were “more focused, they’re almost built on themes”
It’s almost like this song is broken, which is perfect.
First, I want you to look at this:
That’s U.S. soccer superstar Landon Donovan while appearing on ESPN during this summer’s World Cup. That’s also the face of a man that we’re pretty sure is being held hostage and is reading his captors’ demands.
Now, we have another super creepy and weird political ad today (earlier). This one is from Louisiana Representative Vance MacAllister, who really, really wants to remind you that he and his wife a super-duper Christians hashtag blessed.
You see, the problem with this whole “I’m wicked Christian” thing is that Vance got caught making out with a lady who isn’t his wife. But that’s okay—because he is blessed to have “a wonderful Christian wife,” so that makes it okay because she is blessed “to have a husband that owns up to his mistakes.”
But good lord, are we sure she isn’t being held hostage?
Here’s a new gem for the archives in the annals of weird-ass political ads. In this one, titled “Dating Profile,” from Americans for Shared Prosperity (some Californian rich guy’s Super PAC) a sad love-worn woman is mad about her
Because the reason women voted for “Barack” was because they were “in love,” because he was “smart, handsome, charming articulate, all the right values.”
Weird, though, because she knows she’s stuck with him for two more years (this analogy sure is holding up well), but she know she doesn’t have to hang out with his friends or something (no, really, this analogy is really good)?
It’s all kinds of creepy, pretty super sexist, and wicked weird. So, perfect for our collection of amazing political ads.
Good morning, everybody. Kris Jenner filed for divorce. Now, your morning constitutional:
The U.S. and five Arab allies launched air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria for the first time. Air strikes against IS in Iraq have yet to dislodge the militants from the territory they control.
What we know and don’t know about the air strikes in Syria.
Israel said that it shot down a Syrian fighter jet that violated its air space.
In an early morning raid Tuesday morning, Israeli special forces stormed a basement in Hebron in the West Bank and killed two Palestinians suspected of the June kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers.
The Obama administration is taking steps to prevent companies from moving overseas to avoid U.S. corporate taxes.
Ukraine is largely withdrawing artillery from the east as the ceasefire seems to be mostly holding.
Three months after announcing that the U.S. would ban land mines, the Obama administration has made an exception for the Korean peninsula, which it says is a unique circumstance.
On Biden, the vice presidency and political time. It’s a good read.
Frank Luntz, political huckster, and the man behind the Roger Goodell’s horrible press conference.
A sad, sad story that is the unfortunately result of state campaigns against reproductive rights.
FIFA official says that he doesn’t believe that Qatar will actually host the 2022 World Cup.
Texas man traded cocaine for votes in a school board election.
Seems that all anybody wants to talk about today is iPhone, iPhone, iPhone, but here are some other things:
Today in Fuck You: Chuck Norris doesn’t know his history as well as he thinks.
This is a pretty good piece about the difficulity of figuring out what the fuck to do about the Islamic State.
A major counter-terrorism operation is underway near Sydney, Australia.
Islamic State fight helps snuff out conservative opposition to government funding continuing resolution. Go ahead and read it, it’ll make more sense.
The Federal Reserve pledged to keep interest rates near zero.
A 50-50 Senate? Sure, why the hell not.
A Christian rap album is on top of the Billboard 200 chart.
Americans have no idea how regressive their state and local taxes are.
Finally, two arguments regarding tomorrow’s Scottish independence referendum:
Any video in which Settlers of Cataan is prominently featured.
If you frequent this here premier “web log,” there’s a good chance you may once or twice have read the New York Times op-ed page. You might even recognize the names of the columnists, who every day spout the most conventionally wise of the conventional wisdom. This is a feature that is dedicated to these folks, highlighting one line that is either funny, ridiculous, strange, or actually intelligent or well-written.
Today’s is from Thomas Friedman because of course it is. In his column today, “Take a Deep Breath,” he writes:
How did we start getting so afraid again so fast? Didn’t we build a Department of Homeland Security?
Nooooope, this is where I get off.
Good morning, folks. Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling had a baby. Now, your morning constitutional:
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey told the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday that he would recommend the president send ground troops to battle Islamic State militants in Iraq if air strikes didn’t work.
House representatives appear ready to give President Obama the authority to give training and arms to moderate rebels in Syria battling Islamic State militants.
Almost 50 people have been killed in Syrian government airstrikes against rebels in Talbiseh.
South Korean authorities arrested a U.S. man who was trying to swim across a river into North Korea.
Los Angeles schools’ police said Tuesday that it would return three grenade launchers it received for free from the federal government.
Unfortunately, wages for most are pretty much not growing. But: Child poverty dropped for the first time since 2000. The gender pay gap has also narrowed since 2009.
U.S. consumer prices dropped for the first time in a year and a half in August, so no inflation here.
The U.S. current account deficit narrowed in the April-June quarter to $98.5 billion due to growth in exports and overseas investment earnings.