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Why Google loves ‘The Internship’

Posted by Scott Holstad on June 7, 2013

Why Google loves ‘The Internship’ – CNN.com.

I really, really want to see this movie. I love Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson so much. They really make me laugh. I’ll go see virtually any movie they’re in. This one sounds really good. Will I see it this weekend? I still have to see the Iron Man and Star Trek movies first, and I’m curious about the Hangover 3 too. Too many movies, too little time. Still, I’ve got to see this movie….

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A Review of Stairway To Heaven

Posted by Scott Holstad on March 27, 2013

Stairway to Heaven: Led Zeppelin UncensoredStairway to Heaven: Led Zeppelin Uncensored by Richard Cole

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was a quick and easy read, and quite entertaining at times. But I’ve got one word to say: debauchery. I thought I had heard/read it all, but I was wrong. These hedonistic, narcissistic, thoroughly debauched drug addled alcoholics were disgusting human beings, and the author, their road manager for 12 years, is no better, and perhaps even worse. The book is told from his perspective, and I’ve heard that Robert Plant really hated the book, and the band denied most of what is written, so who knows how much of it is true, but the thing that annoyed me the most was Cole’s insinuation that he was virtually a part of the band, that John Bonham was practically his best friend (and apparently his roommate on the road, much of the time), and that Zeppelin couldn’t have done it without him. This from a man who basically confessed to kidnapping, drug trafficking, assault (sexual and otherwise — battery too), bribery, and willful destruction of property. I mean, this book should have been written from prison! Yes, it was fun to read about the hedonism at times, like when the band, Cole, and their manager consumed 260 drinks in four hours, or virtually anything they did, since it was so degrading to others, but Cole was a heroin addicted alcoholic who got prepubescent girls for the guys in the band to, you know, … bang. It was especially appalling to read about Jimmy Page falling for a nubile 14 year old, especially as he was 28 at the time. He apparently liked them very young.

It was interesting to read about the beginnings of the band, back in 1968, and their tours, mainly through America, and the terrible reviews they got even though they sold more records than virtually any other rock group in history. It was interesting to read about the music — how it was created, snippets of information about many of the songs, how it was performed, etc. But the books really is about sex, drugs, and rock and roll — meaning, mostly sex and drugs — and it gets redundant after awhile. I’ve read a lot of band bios over the years. Journey stayed clean. Rush stayed clean. Until now, I thought Queen threw the most debauched parties, but I think Zeppelin beats Queen in this area. Sadly, the band was steeped in moral degradation on the largest possible scale with their craziness, their nutso destruction of property, assaults on concert-goers, out of control spending and alcohol and drug use, and a sexual preference for girls barely into puberty, if even. I was prepared for some debauchery, but nothing like this. Sadly, I think I’ve really lost a lot of respect for the band, and I think it’s fair to say they should all be rotting in prison. I mean, they got away with everything, and they expected to. And Cole was instrumental in helping them get away with anything. He bribed cops, he beat up people, he got them drugs. What a slime ball.

Cole had a crush on John Bonham, clearly, and barely tolerated Robert Plant, which made me wonder how skewed events in the book were. Cole was crushed with Bonham’s death, which incidentally, a lot of people chalk up to Zeppelin’s “curse,” brought on by Jimmy Page’s dabbling in the occult, which Cole really tries to steer clear of. Why? I’m not sure. I wanted to read about Page’s occult fetishes, aside from his obsession with A Crowley, but Cole writes that Jimmy didn’t really introduce them to his occult practices and beliefs. That’s a little hard to believe, but oh well. Other things happened to the members of Zeppelin that helped this curse idea along. Bonham got in a car wreck, as did Plant. It took Plant a long time to recover. Plant’s five year old son died. $230,000 is stolen out of a safe box. There’s more. Cole goes to prison in Italy, accused of terrorism (which is how the book begins).

There’s a lot of craziness that goes on in this book. Televisions are thrown out of hotel windows, hotel rooms are trashed, cars are bought and crashed, girls are bartered like livestock, drugs flow freely, the alcoholic consumption would be enough to kill most people. There are transvestites and transsexuals, hookers and groupies (including the famous Plaster Casters). There’s one memorable moment that involves two groupies, a bathtub, and an octopus, and it’s truly disgusting. Then there’s the girl with the famous red snapper incident, which is also disgusting. The band members have got to be the most immature and spoiled men in the history of the universe, most especially Bonham. It’s rather disappointing.

This book is entertaining, if you can stomach the filth, and it’s a real page turner — I couldn’t put it down. If half the stuff in this book is true, everyone involved should be in prison, as I’ve already alluded to. I hope in their older years, the remaining members of the band have matured. Cole has apparently been sober and clean for over 15 years, so I guess that’s good. If you like reading about rock and roll excess or about Led Zeppelin, this is the book for you. If your stomach is easily turned, maybe you shouldn’t read it. Cautiously recommended.

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My Favorite Albums

Posted by Scott Holstad on August 31, 2012

My favorite albums of all time

Greatest hits-type collections don’t count, and I know I missed some good albums, but here are my top 90.

1 Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine
2 Boston – Boston
3 Queen – The Game
4 The Cars – The Cars
5 Depeche Mode – Violator
6 Type O Negative – October Rust
7 Jeff Beck – Wired
8 The Cure – Pornography
9 REM – Document
10 Rush – Moving Pictures
11 David Bowie – Let’s Dance
12 The Cult – Love
13 Dead Can Dance – Into The Labyrinth
14 Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
15 Queen – A Night At The Opera
16 Queen – News of the World
17 Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against The Machine
18 Van Halen – A Different Kind of Truth
19 Ministry – The Land Of Rape And Honey
20 Jethro Tull – Aqualung
21 Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking
22 Lovespirals – Windblown Kiss
23 Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
24 My Dying Bride – The Angel And The Dark River
25 Manufacture – Terrorvision
26 AC/DC – Back in Black
27 Asia – Asia
28 Faith & the Muse – Elyria
29 Evanescence – Fallen
30 The Sisters Of Mercy – Floodland
31 Dead Can Dance – Within the Realm of a Dying Sun
32 Love Spirals Downwards – Ardor
33 Lovespirals – Free & Easy
34 Norah Jones – Come Away With Me
35 REM – Life’s Rich Pageant
36 Single Gun Theory – Like Stars In My Hands
37 Styx – The Grand Illusion
38 Journey – Infinity
39 Journey – Escape
40 Disturbed – The Sickness
41 Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV
42 Queen – Sheer Heart Attack
43 The Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet
44 Nine Inch Nails – Broken
45 Meat Beat Manifesto – Armed Audio Warfare
46 Deee-Lite – World Clique
47 INXS – Kick
48 Front 242 – Front By Front
49 Chick Corea – Light As a Feather
50 Moev – Yeah, Whatever
51 The Cure – Disintegration
52 Bauhaus – In The Flat Field
53 My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult – Confessions of A Knife
54 Marilyn Manson – The Golden Age Of Grotesque
55 Skinny Puppy – Rabies
56 Manufacture – Voice of World Control
57 Nine Inch Nails – With Teeth
58 London After Midnight – Psycho Magnet
59 Red Hot Chili Peppers – Mother’s Milk
60 Love And Rockets – Love & Rockets
61 The Cult – Beyond Good And Evil
62 Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin
63 Dead Can Dance – Aion
64 Peter Murphy – Deep
65 The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead
66 Tears for Fears – Songs from the Big Chair
67 U2 – How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
68 The Church – Starfish
69 Pink Floyd – A Momentary Lapse Of Reason
70 Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik
71 Sinead O’Connor – The Lion And The Cobra
72 Shinedown – The Sound of Madness
73 Rush – Clockwork Angels
74 Magic Sound Fabric – Uplift Drift
75 Love Spirals Downwards – Ever
76 Tom Petty – Damn the Torpedoes
77 The Go-Go’s – Beauty and the Beat
78 The Cars – Heartbeat City
79 Van Halen – 1984
80 U2 – The Joshua Tree
81 The Cult – Sonic Temple
82 Jeff Beck – Blow By Blow
83 ZZ Top – Eliminator
84 Zero One – Prototype 2
85 Styx – Paradise Theater
86 Linkin Park – Meteora
87 Rush – Hemispheres
88 Zero One – Psy-Fi
89 Staind – Break The Cycle
90 3 Doors Down – Away From the Sun

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My Favorite Songs

Posted by Scott Holstad on August 5, 2012

I decided to create a list of my favorite songs. The list kept growing until it reached its current number of 240 songs. These are largely in order of preference, although it was hard to make a decision on some of these. Feel free to read through them and comment. Also, I’m sure I left some good songs out, so feel free to recommend songs you feel should have made the list. Cheers!

My Favorite Songs of All Time

1. Sanvean – Lisa Gerrard

2. Stigmata – Ministry

3. Hurt – Nine Inch Nails

4. Cantara – Dead Can Dance

5. Tom Sawyer – Rush

6. Wanting – Moev

7. More Than a Feeling – Boston

8. Cars – Gary Numan

9. Bohemian Rhapsody — Queen

10. Tin Omen – Skinny Puppy

11. Blue Wind – Jeff Beck

12. Lucretia My Reflection – The Sisters of Mercy

13. American Dreaming – Dead Can Dance

14. Groove Is In the Heart – Deee-Lite

15. Down With The Sickness – Disturbed

16. Do You Fear For Your Child – My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult

17. With a Little Luck – Wings

18. We Will Rock You – Queen

19. Don’t Know Why – Norah Jones

20. Come Sail Away – Styx

21. The One I Love – REM

22. Killing In The Name – Rage Against The Machine

23. Shine On You Crazy Diamond – Pink Floyd

24. Knock Me Down – Red Hot Chili Peppers

25. Wish – Nine Inch Nails

26. Policy of Truth – Depeche Mode

27. Black Sun – Dead Can Dance

28. Pornography – The Cure

29. Phoenix – The Cult

30. Good Times Roll – The Cars

31. Whip It – Devo

32. Sail On – The Commodores

33. Led Boots – Jeff Beck

34. The Trauma Coil – Faith & the Muse

35. Bring Me to Life – Evanescence

36. People Get Ready – Jeff Beck

37. Another One Bites The Dust – Queen

38. Street Fighting Man – The Rolling Stones

39. Sympathy for the Devil – The Rolling Stones

40. Dominion/ Mother Russia – The Sisters of Mercy

41. Panama – Van Halen

42. Sunday Bloody Sunday – U2

43. Black No. 1 – Type O Negative

44. Shout – Tears for Fears

45. The Trees – Rush

46. Begin the Begin – REM

47. Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne

48. Control I’m Here – Nitzer Ebb

49. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin

50. Let’s Groove – Earth, Wind & Fire

51. Enjoy the Silence – Depeche Mode

52. Fashion – David Bowie

53. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – Beatles

54. My Best Friend’s Girl – The Cars

55. 25 Or 6 To 4 – Chicago

56. Ziggy Stardust – David Bowie

57. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds – Beatles

58. Bela Lugosi’s Dead – Bauhaus

59. Don’t Look Back – Boston

60. Double Vision – Foreigner

61. Wheel In The Sky – Journey

62. Detroit Rock City – KISS

63. The Beautiful People – Marilyn Manson

64. So What – Ministry

65. Virus – KMFDM

66. Flashback – Ministry

67. More & Faster – KMFDM

68. Space Truckin’ – Deep Purple

69. Ball Of Confusion – Love & Rockets

70. As the End Draws Near – Manufacture

71. Lightning Man – Nitzer Ebb

72. Terrible Lie – Nine Inch Nails

73. Let’s Dance – Queen & David Bowie

74. Higher Ground – Red Hot Chili Peppers

75. I Want Your (Hands On Me) – Sinead O’Connor

76. Peek-A-Boo – Siouxsie & the Banshees

77. My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend – Type O Negative

78. Go! – Tones On Tail

79. Got Me Under Pressure – ZZ Top

80. Honeybabysweetiedoll – Van Halen

81. Dirt – Death In Vegas

82. Block Rockin’ Beats – The Chemical Brothers

83. EST (Trip To The Moon) – Alien Sex Fiend

84. Headhunter – Front 242

85. Are We Ourselves? – The Fixx

86. Desire (Come and Get It) – Gene Loves Jezebel

87. Welcome to Paradise – Front 242

88. We Got the Beat – The Go-Go’s

89. It’s My Life – Talk Talk

90. Hyperactive – Thomas Dolby

91. Biting My Nails – Renegade Soundwave

92. Ridin’ the Storm Out – REO Speedwagon

93. Trouble Me – 10,000 Maniacs

94. Act I (Duettino) – Leo Delibes

95. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes – Crosby, Stills & Nash

96. Levitation Groove – Magic Sound Fabric

97. Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty

98. Suite Madame Blue – Styx

99. Cold As Ice – Foreigner

100. Feeling That Way – Journey

101. Jane – Jefferson Starship

102. Under the Bridge – Red Hot Chili Peppers

103. Wish I Could – Norah Jones

104. Oh So Long – Lovespirals

105. Endless Love – Lionel Richie & Diana Ross

106. Free & Easy – Lovespirals

107. The Carnival Is Over – Dead Can Dance

108. The Mummer’s Dance – Loreena McKennitt

109. Sentimental Journey – Esquivel

110. Brain Damage – Pink Floyd

111. Saltarello – Dead Can Dance

112. You’re Everything – Chick Corea

113. Mr. Wendal – Arrested Development

114. Silly Love Songs – Wings

115. All Night Long – Peter Murphy

116. Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd

117. Losing My Religion – REM

118. Freewill – Rush

119. From A Million Miles – Single Gun Theory

120. Lovesong – The Cure

121. When Love Comes to Town – U2

122. Hold the Line – Toto

123. When Doves Cry – Prince

124. Lucky Star – Madonna

125. No New Tale To Tell – Love & Rockets

126. Fascination Street – The Cure

127. Love Shack – The B-52’s

128. The Globe – Big Audio Dynamite

129. People Are People – Depeche Mode

130. One Thing Leads to Another – The Fixx

131. Poison Arrow – ABC

132. Time Again – Asia

133. Let’s Dance – David Bowie

134. The Reflex – Duran Duran

135. Synchronicity 2 – The Police

136. Let’s Go Crazy – Prince

137. Gardening At Night – REM

138. Sanctify Yourself – Simple Minds

139. The Lovecats – The Cure

140. She Blinded Me With Science – Thomas Dolby

141. Rock Lobster – The B-52’s

142. Le Freak – Chic

143. September – Earth, Wind & Fire

144. Into the Groove – Madonna

145. Genocide – Meat Beat Manifesto

146. Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before – The Smiths

147. Feel Good Inc. – Gorillaz

148. Telegram Sam – Bauhaus

149. Rockit – Herbie Hancock

150. Guns In The Sky – INXS

151. Cross Eyed Mary – Jethro Tull

152. Juke Box Hero – Foreigner

153. Smoke On the Water – Deep Purple

154. Back In Black – AC/DC

155. Paranoid – Black Sabbath

156. Sheer Heart Attack – Queen

157. Flying High Again – Ozzy Osbourne

158. Your Shameful Heaven – My Dying Bride

159. This Is the New S**t – Marilyn Manson

160. Communication Breakdown – Led Zeppelin

161. My Own Summer (Shove It) – Deftones

162. Christian Woman – Type O Negative

163. The Choke – Skinny Puppy

164. More – The Sisters of Mercy

165. Bitch – The Rolling Stones

166. Stainless Steel Providers – Revolting Cocks

167. Down Rodeo – Rage Against The Machine

168. A Measured Response – Manufacture

169. After The Flesh – My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult

170. Rock and Roll – Led Zeppelin

171. Head Like a Hole – Nine Inch Nails

172. Whole Lotta Rosie – AC/DC

173.  I’m Afraid of Americans – David Bowie

174. Mountain Song – Jane’s Addiction

175. Cry Of Mankind – My Dying Bride

176. Another Brick In the Wall, Pt. 2 – Pink Floyd

177. Gimme Shelter – The Rolling Stones

178. I’m In Love With My Car – Queen

179. Live And Let Die – Wings

180. Locomotive Breath – Jethro Tull

181. Barrel Of A Gun – Depeche Mode

182. Bullet the Blue Sky – U2

183. Runnin’ with the Devil – Van Halen

184. Sound of Madness – Shinedown

185. Wake Up – Rage Against The Machine

186. Fire Woman – The Cult

187. Upside Down – Diana Ross

188. Celebration – Kool & The Gang

189. Borderline – Madonna

190. And This Is What The Devil Does – My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult

191. Been Caught Stealing – Jane’s Addiction

192. What I Like About You – The Romantics

193. Vertigo – U2

194. Hot With Fleas – Severed Heads

195. Cuts You Up – Peter Murphy

196. Right Here Right Now – Jesus Jones

197. Should I Stay Or Should I Go – The Clash

198. Hot Hot Hot!!! – The Cure

199. My Sharona – The Knack

200. This Corrosion – The Sisters of Mercy

201. Stone In Love – Journey

202. Hot Blooded – Foreigner

203. Renegade – Styx

204. Don’t Come Around Here No More – Tom Petty

205. Bigmouth Strikes Again – The Smiths

206. Die With Me – Type O Negative

207. Dead Souls – Nine Inch Nails

208. Burn – The Cure

209. Clubbed To Death – Rob Dougan

210. Let Me Entertain You – Queen

211. Where It’s At – Beck

212. Fight the Power – Public Enemy

213. F—Tha Police – NWA

214. Jahya – Skinny Puppy

215. Orange Crush – REM

216. Reptile – The Church

217. Ticking Time Bomb – Tackhead

218. Greater Reward – Severed Heads

219. What You Need – INXS

220. Pinhead – Ramones

221. Beck’s Bolero – Jeff Beck

222. Subdivisions – Rush

223. Have a Cigar – Pink Floyd

224. Alive and Kicking – Simple Minds

225. Call Me – Blondie

226. A View to a Kill – Duran Duran

227. Because The Night – 10,000 Maniacs

228. Burnt Flowers Fallen – Type O Negative

229. Smothered Hope – Skinny Puppy

230. Mother Goose – Jethro Tull

231. Runnin’ Down a Dream – Tom Petty

232. Finest Worksong – REM

233. Cemetry Gates – The Smiths

234. I Will Follow – U2

235. Outside – Staind

236. Boys Don’t Cry – The Cure

237. YYZ – Rush

238. Learning To Fly – Pink Floyd

239. Bungle In the Jungle – Jethro Tull

240. Eat For Two – 10,000 Maniacs

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