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411 Fact or Fiction Music 12.21.12: Do Not Open Until Doomsday

December 21, 2012 | Posted by Joseph Lee

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Welcome to another edition of Fact or Fiction: Music. I’m your host, Joseph Lee.

This week we have the guys with bizarre last names: Andy Rackauskas against Jeff Modzelewski.

Round 1
1) You enjoyed the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief. Jeff Modzelewski: FACT.

At least what I heard of it. I wasn’t gonna sit in front of my TV for 6 hours, but I saw Roger Waters, Alicia Keys, The Rolling Stones, and a couple of things on YouTube. I’m not huge on benefit shows but it was a good mix of artists so I really can’t complain. I enjoyed everything I saw (good thing I didn’t watch any Kanye). Except Adam Sandler messing with “Hallelujah.” Find another song dude.

Andy Rackauskas: FACT.

Most charity concerts are a bit bloated. This one wasn’t really that much of an exception. However, some of the performances were truly fun. One in particular; the McCartney & Nirvana jam. There was lots of classic rock to go around with the Stones, Springsteen, and Roger Waters. But the old guys did well. It was an enjoyable show. Rock bands are always better than lip syncing pop stars…

Score Card: 1 for 1
Round 2
2) You agree that American Idol focuses more on the judges than competition now.
Jeff Modzelewski: FACT.

First off, I don’t watch the show. I’ve never watched the show. I’m not even sure who the judges are right now. But the only thing I’ve heard coming out of the media has been the fighting between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. I don’t even know if they’ve started the contest yet. So I’ll go with a fact on this one.

Andy Rackauskas: FACT.

Has anyone cared about a winner in the past decade? Who cares about the karaoke competition? It’s all about the judges. But, let’s be honest, the judges have all jumped the shark as well.

Score Card: 2 for 2
Round 3
3) You agree with the choices for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2013. Jeff Modzelewski: FACT.

They definitely got a couple right. Rush and Heart are both deserving. It’s nice to see them put Public Enemy in there, figuring that they are probably the most controversial rap group to be inducted so far. I can do without the disco, but the R&RHoF stopped being about exclusively about rock and roll almost from the outset. Still waiting on Peter Gabriel, Warren Zevon, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and a few others, but this was a pretty good year.

Andy Rackauskas: FACT.

Overall, fact. Heart. That’s pushing it. Good, not great. Albert King. Beyond great! He’s been snubbed for far too long. This blues legend is the best of the lot. Randy Newman. You’re kidding, right? If this guy’s in, so should Weird Al. His songs are gimmicks for the most part. Public Enemy. Totally deserving. These guys changed the game. Rap music would never be the same, and some argue, never better. The wise sage and the court jester…a match made in hell, and their music was filled with more anger than most metal bands. Rush. Much respect. I’m personally not a huge fan, but I totally respect them. As musicians and songwriters, they are fantastic. They have some true classic songs. I’m just not a big fan of Geddy’s odd vocals. But, they deserve to be in. Donna Summer. Meh. I guess it’s fine. Disco just isn’t what I think of when I think Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame. She was one of the best of the genre though. Lou Adler and Quincy Jones both belong for their various contributions to the music scene. You know many others deserve to be in, but this group seems OK to me barring Randy Newman… Seriously, who did he sleep with to get this nod?

Score Card: 3 for 3


Round 4
4) The collaboration between Cee Lo Green and T.I., “Hello”, wasn’t any good.
Andy Rackauskas: FACT.

This is about as run of the mill as you get… Boring…

Jeff Modzelewski: FICTION.

I didn’t love it, but I won’t say that it wasn’t any good. Better than a lot of rap/hip-hop out there. Would’ve liked some more Cee Lo, since I do like the guy’s voice. I honestly don’t know what’s popular in that genre anymore, but this is pretty decent and worth a listen.

Score Card: 3 for 4
Round 5
5) You’re not a fan of Snoop Dogg’s new reggae song “Lighters Up”.
Andy Rackauskas: FACT.

Nice try Snoop, but no dice. You want an odd reggae jam…look for anything off Willie Nelson’s “Countryman” instead.

Jeff Modzelewski: FICTION.

Again, I don’t love it, but I like it a lot more than other reggae I’ve heard. It’s got a pretty cool rhythm, Snoop has a good flow (as always) and, most importantly, it’s not a direct copy of Bob Marley. I don’t know enough reggae to say whether or not it’s an original style, but it’s a style that I’m not familiar with. I’m not going out and buying the tune on iTunes, but, again, I’d rather listen to this than a lot of the other modern music out there today.

Score Card: 3 for 5
Round 6
6) Nirvana and Paul McCartney’s “Cut Me Some Slack” was a great song.
Andy Rackauskas: FICTION.

It’s a good song. Not great song.

Jeff Modzelewski: FACT.

Yeah, that kicked ass. You’ve got some amazing, legendary musicians up there coming from what most people would think are two very different styles. But Nirvana honestly wasn’t too far removed from The Beatles. The song doesn’t sound like a Nirvana song, but, honestly, if Kurt had lived who knows what direction Nirvana would’ve gone. And Paul McCartney proves why he might be the best frontman in rock and roll history. Who else could have stood up in place of the icon of a generation? I didn’t know how this would work out, but given the people involved I shouldn’t have been surprised that it was amazing.

Score Card: 3 for 6

Anything you agree with? Disagree with? Sound off in the comment section.

Special Holiday Bonus Question: What is your favorite Christmas song?

Jeff Modzelewski: Believe it or not, I enjoy Christmas music. More so than I used to. I suppose having a kid does that sort of thing. There’s some classic ones, some funny ones, and some that are rather touching. But I have to go with “Linus and Lucy” from “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” It always puts me in a great mood.

Andy Rackauskas: The Pogues “Fairytale of New York”. Sad, happy, fun, classy, boorish…everything brilliant about the Pogues with the late Kristy MacCall helping the great Shane MacGowan on vocals. This is the best rock Christmas song of all time…


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