Archive | June, 2008

My Favorite Carlin Quotes

30 Jun

This is dangerously close to a dead horse, but the car talk guys mentioned their favorite Carlin quotes, which made me think of mine:

“When someone asks you, a penny for your thoughts, and you put your two cents in, what happens to the other penny?”

“Before they invented drawing boards, what did they go back to?”

“Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?”

“Electricity is really just organized lightning.”

“Women like silent men, they think they’re listening.”

“Honesty may be the best policy, but it’s important to remember that apparently, by elimination, dishonesty is the second-best policy.”

“There’s no present. There’s only the immediate future and the recent past.”

“Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”

And my favorite:

“The very existence of flame-throwers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done.”

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Respect for langauge

27 Jun

George Carlin loved language. He respected the use our English language more then anyone, and that’s one of the great tragedies of his death. Who else is going to warn us of the dumbing down of our language?

George Carlin – Saving the Planet

24 Jun

Damn I’m going to miss this guy. I loved his rif on Environmentalists and “Saving the Planet.”

Carlin was one of the few people who questioned our popular culture and the reasoning behind movements like environmentalism. He was more then a comedian. Carlin was an entertainer who made us think, and thats a rarity in our culture today.

Long live the king…

23 Jun

George Carlin passed away at 71. Damn.

George Carlin was the best. I can’t think of another way to put it. There are many giants of comedy, but Carlin was in a class of his own. No one else could tackle and dismantle our language like George Carlin. He was so good, he transcended comedy. I don’t think there’s a person out there who can’t think of a famous Carlin bit. His famous sketches about the 7 words, or the difference between football and baseball, were constantly referenced in small conversations or popular culture. He always took the small things in life and made us re-think them. That’s really what all great artists do, but he was one of the best at it. In fact, I’ll say he was the best comedian that ever lived. In my life, there will never be another like him.

Thanks for the laughs George.

This song rocks

17 Jun

Muppets are awesome. Thats all I really need to say about this.

Tim Russert

15 Jun

I’m going to miss this guy. I can’t think of another trusted resource for political news then Tim Russert. He was the benchmark of political journalism and the one person who really would go after politicians with tough questions. Guys like him don’t get replaced, they just come along every other generation and inspire others while they’re here.

Van Halen

6 Jun

The Good Ol\' Days

Wednesday, May 28th at the Manchester Verizon Center, was the long awaited Van Halen reunion concert that I thought would never happen, but it did and it was awesome.

Van Halen is a mythic band for me since the time they broke up in 1985. Much like the Beatles (although I am not comparing them musically) they broke up at the height of their strength. Their last David Lee Roth album, 1984 is one of the best rock albums ever made, and the countless hair metal bands that followed Van Halen’s lead are testament to that fact. While many copied the look, sound and vibe that Van Halen created, none would ever come close to that thing that David Lee Roth, Eddie, Alex and Michael had. And that is how I thought the story would end. Years later, Sammy and that extreme guy would take turns at fronting the band, and although I’ll give Sammy credit, it was never the same as that period that Roth and the guys were together.

Once the opening band finished it covers of “Imagine” and “Piece of my heart,” the stage was emptied a pair of Van Halen Zeppelins were flown around the inside of the civic center, controlled by hand held laser pointers. I don’t know the full story behind these cool toys, but someone directly behind us, shot a beam over our heads and seemed to be operating one of them. My brother I wanted immediately. What a cool toy.

When the stage was completed, the zeppelins went away and the rocking began. They opened with “You Really Got Me,” and rolled right into “I’m The One” and “Runnin’ With the Devil.” It was a great selection to the night started, but they could have played anything from those early albums and it would have been great. What followed was just one hit after another. Each time a new song came on, either Erik or I would nudge each other – like here comes another great one.

Roth had some audio problems early on which the stage crew failed to fix, even when he said,” I need some more mic!” in the middle of Remeo Delight. Ever the showman, he soldiered on and didn’t even with some feedback and rough patches.

One thing that struck me was the age of the crowd, myself included. But then this band (this version anyway) broke up in 1985. Since then, devoted fans have been listening to but the albums to listen and those iconic shots of Roth jumping from the drum deck and Eddie Van Halen’s greatness with the guitar. So, 23 years later, we get to watch the same band, only older. That didn’t stop these guys from putting a great show though. For one thing, David Lee Roth is in good shape. He may have partied more then Keith Richards (maybe not) but he’s in good shape for his age and he can still throw a couple of roundhouse kicks. Not bad for a 53 year old. Eddie and Alex were also great. Eddie especially looked in great spirits and played phenomenally as always.

All in all, a great show. I can’t wait for the next round. Another tour seems to be a no brainer, since this one was the highest grossing for the band.