Rockstar: MKinMotion

A little background:
In 1994, I saw INXS at the Portland Memorial Coliseum. It was their “Dirty Honeymoon” Tour. They were supporting their album “Full Moon, Dirty Hearts.” Material Issue opened and thanks to The Chindo and The Mad Fishicist, I’d heard of them. At one point in the show, Michael Hutchence tempts the crowd to abandon their strict “Portland Style” chairs and rush the stage. I ended up about 6 or 7 feet from the front of the stage. At one point Kirk Pengilly was playing a solo (on guitar) and Michael ran up behind him and bumped him into the crowd. I caught his head. His sweaty long haired head. A little bit in shock, a little bit starstruck, the only thing I could think to say to him as I helped hoist him back onto stage was, “YOU RULE!”

(Pictured: Kirk Pengilly, c. 1994)


I spent a very interesting afternoon Monday. I registered as a member of KFOG, a local radio station for the bay area. Just a few days into being a registered “Foghead,” I received an email from the promotions department that I won tickets to a private concert by INXS. What a great opportunity! I’d go see one of these private concerts of anyone. Anyone, seriously. The gig was in Berkeley at a little studio. I walked in and about a dozen people were hanging out waiting for the show. Lots of pictures and albums were on the walls. This studio has hosted some amazing musicians including U2, Santana, Aerosmith, Lucinda Williams, B.B. King, Grateful Dead, and INXS to name a few (I’m not even mentioning Journey, Mr. Big, Nightranger or Tesla). At a certain point a guy said, “It’s time, you can go on in.” When I walked into the studio there were about 30 chairs set up in rows and three stools in front of them. 3 members of INXS were going be right there. Mere feet away.
So in walk Andrew Farriss, Kirk Pengilly and newly crowned frontman JD Fortune. A couple of roadies hand a few guitars to Kirk and Andrew (A Martin and a Epiphone for those of you keeping score at home) and off we go. There is nothing like a stripped down set to really display instrumental talent. They played 4 songs. “Need You Tonight”, “Never Tear Us Apart”, “Mystify” and “Pretty Vegas” (written by Andrew Farriss and JD Fortune during Rockstar INXS). There was a lot of chatter back and forth between people in the room and the guys. Most of it was about the TV show. Pretty fascinating, actually. I watched a few episodes when Riche got sucked into the show. The finale was the night I left for Austin in September so I was busy packing but managed to see JD win.
Funny sidenote was that they filmed the episodes early in the morning (well, when I say early, 10am). When they filmed the finale, they started at 5:30am and filmed the show, played a mini concert for the audience, and felt like they’d put in a whole days work, but Kirk said, “All this by mid-day.” It was just past noon when they finished.
Questions got asked, but I didn’t say a word. I had questions. I wanted to ask about the years between November 22, 1997 and now. Kirk, Andrew and Tim Farriss have always been the musical genius INXS and they were pretty much silent for 8 years.
Anyway, to make a short story long, I shook hands with them, mentioned catching Kirk’s head, to which he replied, “I do remember a period where Michael got in a habit of pushing me into the crowd, some nights they caught me other’s they didn’t.” Andrew Farriss was extremely friendly looking us all straight in the eyes and introducing himself, “Hi, I’m Andrew.” JD is tall, much taller than I made him out to be on TV. Our picture was taken (no cameras allowed) by the KFOG staff and they promised to post on their website at some point. I will definately post the link once up. As I walked away, Kirk yelled, “Thanks for saving my life.” And I grabbed my autographed poster and left the building.

Finally: Something MJ Never Did

I’ve seen a couple of headlines that Kobe “wilted” the Raptors and that the previous Laker record (71 by Elgin Baylor) “wilted“. Wilt Chamberlain scored 78 points in 1961 100 points in a game in 1962 without the benefit of a 3 point line, though I bet Wilt never would’ve taken a 3 pointer…
Kobe is great. Amazing, really. He scored 81 points, the second most in a game ever. Much like Reggie Bush’s performance against Fresno State, it took their incredible performances to win the game. The Laker’s shouldn’t struggle against Toronto. Michael Jordan’s highest point total never passed 70. Only David Robinson, David Thompson, Elgin Baylor, and Wilt Chamberlain have scored over 70.
What do Allen Iverson, Marcus Camby, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Stephon Marbury, Ray Allen, Antoine Walker, Lorenzen Wright, Kerry Kittles, Samaki Walker, Erick Dampier, Todd Fuller, and Vitaly Potapenko have in common? They were all drafted ahead of Kobe (who, of course, was coming out of high school, before it was cool). Jermaine O’Neal also came out of high school that year.


What’s the next 70’s/80’s TV series to be made into a movie?

Will Ferrell as Murdock? The Rock as BA? Luke Wilson or Jason Bateman as Faceman?

I see 21 Jump Street re-done as a drama instead of a spoof, like it looks like the Miami Vice movie will be. So I’d cast some up and comers that I haven’t heard of.

Topher Grace as Ralph?

Magnum would be tough to cast, unless you were going all out comedy and then anyone who could pull of the Tigers hat and moustache would do. Maybe Paul Rudd or it could be a Sandler movie.
Vince Vaughn as Cody, Matt McConaughey as Nick and Justin Long as Murray. I’d suggest someone for Roboz, but he didn’t talk in the series.

WilmerValderrama and Stiffler as Ponch and John?

Ben Stiller as the Fonz?

I’m sure it’s inevitable. Suggest your cast member choices…

Digging for Gold and Getting Dirty Fingers

I listened to a podcast of an interview with Glen Hansard of The Frames (backstage at the Austin City Limits festival that I attended in September) where he was asked what was on his Ipod. He said a few very interesting things. The first thing he said was, “no one will top Pink Floyd as a band.” I tend to agree. Roger Waters has put out some amazing music over the years, and I’m partial to Floyd with Rog, but David Gilmour is pretty impressive. The way they made music can’t be duplicated except by themselves, I guess that’s why no one has tried.
He goes on to say that he listens to Radiohead the most. He says that a band like Radiohead is searching, and that they are bored enough to be digging and digging. He describes Thom York as digging through the mud and finding Pyramid Song. Then he says bands like Keane and Coldplay take that gold that Radiohead dug up and make wonderful music with it, but emphasizes that Radiohead got its hands dirty. “They dug for gold and got dirty fingers, and a bunch of other bands are wearing the gold and their fingers are clean” was the exact quote after mentioning Coldplay and Keane. I think it’s pretty accurate. He also describes them as avante garde. He goes on to explain that in the battlefield the avant garde or vanguard soldiers went into battle knowing they were going to die. They were the frontline running towards the bullets spitting and screaming, the last man standing would plant the flag before he was killed and the rest of the army would know they could advance to the flag. He describes Radiohead as destroying their career experimenting to pave the way for hundreds of other bands.
I’ve often been heard saying, “I appreciate them as an influence, but I can’t get into their music.” I’ve never said this about Radiohead, but I’ve said it about Sex Pistols and Lou Reed and Grateful Dead.
Also in the interview Hansard is asked who his favorite songwriter is. He says there’s a trinity of songwriters for him. Dylan, he’s the actor wearing the mask. Leonard Cohen, he’s the poet. And Van Morrison, he’s the bull, the emotion. A fascinating interview from a fascinating time.

Destined for Cancellation

Love Monkey. The pilot was on last night. If you’ve watched CBS at all for the last couple of weeks, you know what Love Monkey is all about. It’s a Dramedy starring Tom Cavanaugh. You might remember him as “Ed” or as “Dan Dorian” on Scrubs. He teams up with a nice ensemble cast to play a music business guy who loves music. Much like his character on “Ed”, he’s a little idealistic. I watched it and I liked it. The reason I use the title of “Destined for Cancellation” is because shows that I tend to like tend to not make it. I mention “Ed”, perhaps one of the best shows on TV a few years back. “Sports Night” an Aaron Sorkin creation about a Sportscenter type show. “West Wing”, yes it’s still on TV, but every year people talk about it being horrible, though I still love it. Another great show was “Northern Exposure.”
Riche and I had a sort of game that started with him pointing out actors on other shows or movies that were in “Band of Brothers” by saying “Band of Brothers.” I would say “West Wing” if I saw a minor cast member or guest star in another show. Perhaps one of the best was while watching “Catch Me If You Can” and saying that Martin Sheen was in “West Wing.” We’re both TV and movie geeks, so it doesn’t take much…
With Love Monkey, we know that Tom Cavanaugh (also a producer of the show) isn’t doing to bad after Ed, here’s a look at a few other members of the “Ed” cast.

+ “Carol Vessey” aka Julie Bowen. She’s recently popped up as Jack’s ex-wife on “Lost”
+ “Mike Burton” aka Josh Randall. He’s been all over the place lately. He played Nathan on “Lost” who was mistaken for one of “the Others.” He played until recently Eliot’s boyfriend on “Scrubs” and now is in the sneaks for Jenna Elfman’s new show.
+ “Warren Cheswick” aka Justin Long. He was in Dodgeball and deleted out of Anchorman.
+ “Diane Snyder” aka Ginnifer Goodwin played Vivian Cash in Walk the Line.
+ “Stella Vessey” aka Nicki Aycox. She played a pretty minor character in Ed, but very memorable. She’s been on Cold Case lately.