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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Still Basking in the Afterglow

It's been over a month since our glorious Melody Bar reunion event. I want to thank everyone who has uploaded photos to the Melody reunion photobucket account. Unfortunately, someone has deleted a few photos, so before mischief makes mayhem, I have closed the account for further uploading or editing. But fear not, the album is still fully viewable and here's the link

Just go there and you can see all the uploads.

Hell Is Now Officially Cold

The very first Altrok article I wrote discussed the wave of TV ads that used authentic alternative music, everything from Iggy Pop to the Buzzcocks. That was back in 2002. Since then many more ads have done the same and from time to time I have mentioned them over the years. I've recently noticed two more. A current Cadillac commercial plays the Jam's Start, which improves on Zep's Roll 'n Roll in my book. And the PGA played the Stone Roses as it's exit-to-commercial music just a few weeks ago. It's time to declare victory over something and call it a day.

Chuck E Cheese Hung Out at the Melody!

The other day my youngest son had his fourth birthday party at Chuck-E-Cheese. My boys have had several birthday parties there, which makes life very easy for my wife. There's no set up, no clean up, and all the food and fun are provided in the cost. I enjoy it too, as I get to play a few video games and watch my boys have a lot of fun.

In every Chuck E Cheese there's a stage area with tv screen's that continually show videos of various young dancers rocking out to a Chuck E Cheese song. I was amused to hear one of the tunes they were dancing to was Ministry's "Halloween". I laughed out loud and no one had any idea why. Typical. Chuck, you ROCK.



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