Love him or hate him, Horst Christian Simco, a.k.a. the rapper RiFF RaFF, says some entertaining things. You almost have to respect someone who constantly seems in character. RiFF RaFF takes his persona very seriously. In July, he announced he was suing the creators of the movie Spring Breakers for 10 million dollars for sampling his life without his permission, referring to James Franco's character, Alien. For a deeper look inside the most enigmatic rapper of the moment, we suggest you take a gander at this recent in-depth cover story by our sister paper L.A. Weekly. But for now, join us a for a little slice of absurdity, courtesy of some choice RiFF RaFF quotes in illustrated form.
Yes, The California Raisins were a viral marketing ploy consisting of a claymation band of pruny grapes, but they released four studio records; reached the Billboard Hot 100; and won an Emmy. Pretty impressive for fictional group of food characters.
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Merchandise and memories are all that remains of the group whose vocals were provided by the late Buddy Miles. If you're a product of the '80s, you've probably owned some of the merchandise shown here. If not, it's never too late to start a California Raisins collection. (These items are considered 'vintage' now. Gosh, that makes us feel old).
Wikipedia.org Styx's infamous backmasking message
For years, uptight people have been accusing various metal bands of influencing their flock with hidden messages that could only be heard by playing the vinyl backward. Overnight, this "backmasking" became a threat to national security, especially after Dan Rather played clips of hidden messages on CBS Evening News in 1982. Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd were also implicated in promoting Satanic messages that "can manipulate our behavior without our knowledge or consent and turn us into disciples of the Antichrist." Furious, politicians demanded that TG&Y and Woolworths, the grandparents of Wal-Mart, place warning labels on the records.
Here's some of the more infamous backmasking messages for your not-so-virgin ears.
Gentleman, this is a public service announcement.
Credit: Timothy Norris We're not saying this guy is a boner sidler, but his t-shirt illustrates the problem.
We know that things can get hot and sweaty on the dance floor. The atmosphere is festive, the music is peaking and the ladies are looking good. You see one you like, and you want to dance with her. Totally cool. Men and women have been dancing together for thousands of years. It's nature.
But there's a right way and a wrong way to go about this, and a lot of you are doing it the wrong way. R. Kelly may have said that there's nothing wrong with a little bump and grind, but you have got to stop putting your boners on us.More »
Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, especially if you are a famous musician who has millions of people dangling on your every word. Here's what a few rockstars had to say about politics.
"We're like licorice. Not everybody likes licorice, but the people who like licorice really like licorice." ~Jerry Garcia
Summer festival season is in full-swing, so what better time to recognize the King of Jam Bands, Jerry Garcia. (August also happens to be Garcia's birth and death month). Here are our favorite handmade items, honoring the Grateful Dead frontman. Licorice for everyone!
This awesome Jerry Garcia painting by RyanJacobsonArt (above) is an original and framed, so you better snatch it ASAP.More »
Don't call Pussy Riot a band. They are three young, brave women (plus a few anonymous members) who started a feminist movement in Russia. Although we don't agree with their 'protest' which involved surprise open-mouth kissing female security guards, we admire their gumption to stand up to a Russian dictator... err, president.
Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich has been freed, but Nadezhda Tolokonnikovan and Maria Alekhina, who was recently denied parole, will remain incarcerated until March 2014 on charges of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.More »
Annie Clark has talent, brains and beauty. Yes, it's hard to not love the mastermind behind St. Vincent. She and David Byrne (of the Talking Heads) are currently wrapping up the U.S. leg of their "Love This Giant" tour before heading overseas. Here are five illustrated quotations from our favorite curly-haired crooner.