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Should Madonna stop performing?


I rant at Sweaty Bitches of Rock 'N' Roll.

Britney and Justin reunite tonight – with Madonna

So reports are all over the ‘net that Madonna‘s show tonight in Los Angeles will feature on onstage reunion of former childhood sweeties Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake.


And for some reason, I’m excited about this, which is weird because I never gave two figs about these two former Mouseketeers when they were an item, but like so many women (and gay guys), I’m a sucker for romance, nostalgia, and drama.

I don’t need to tell all of you at Dodger Stadium tonight to whip out your camera phones, but something tells me Madge has the presence of mind (and PR savvy) to have the reunion officially documented.

Vintage ‘Rock the Vote’ PSAs

On this day before election day, let’s enjoy these vintage ‘Rock the Vote’ public service announcements that aired on MTV.

Here’s Deee-lite in 1992:

Here’s Madonna‘s from 1990 (when her “Vogue” single was a hit):

Here are several from 1992 featuring Megadeth and band leader Dave Mustaine:

Donny Osmond in the late 1980s:

Slaughter in 1992:

and finally, a heavily accented Justine Bateman (of television’s Family Ties) in 1992:

Please vote tomorrow.

It’s official: Madonna and Guy are done

Madonna‘s publicist has confirmed the singer and British film maker Guy Ritchie, her husband of 7 1/2 years, are divorcing. I find it shocking especially since Guy always looks so happy in photos with his wife:

THE BAD NEWS: The couple have no prenuptial agreement, which is interesting since Madonna is worth an estimated $500-million. Though, in the past, Guy’s friends and family have gone on record saying Guy would never accept money from his wife in the event of a divorce. I bet Guy is even more thrilled now that Madonna strong-armed him into adopting that little African kid.

THE GOOD NEWS: Perhaps we’ve heard the last of Madonna’s embarrassing faux British accent? Pip pip.

Maybe Madonna can partner up again with her other ex-husband Sean Penn since his marriage is perpetually on the rocks and he’s recently been texting Madonna about his homosexual dalliances.

MY QUESTION TO YOU: Do you care about any of this?

In hip-hop news: Eminem best rapper?

Vibe magazine has voted Eminem “Best Rapper Alive.” He beat Nas? And Jay-Z? I actually don’t have an opinion on this, I’m just trying to prove I know which fellas are considered the best. Do I at least get street cred for having seen two of them in concert?

Here’s the news about it from MTV.

In crummier hip-hop news: Missy Elliott, who I consider a genius, has a cameo rap bit on the new Pussycat Dolls single (and its accompanying video). You know who the Pussycat Dolls are, they do the trashy kind of burlesque (not like Dita von Teese), all the girls dress like hookers and wear too much lip liner. They look like this:

Dang, Missy. Why? It’s okay to say no. Didn’t you learn from when Madonna suckered you into that Gap commercial?

Psssst, raise you hand if you think Missy has something in common with Queen Latifah.

Sean Penn texts Madonna after first gay kiss

According to actor James Franco, his co-star Sean Penn texted his ex-wife Madonna after the two fellas filmed their first kiss scene together for Gus Van Sant’s Harvey Milk docu-drama Milk.

Franco told The Mirror that Sean texted this message to the pop star:

“I just popped my cherry kissing a guy. I thought of you. I don’t know why.”

Is it too late for those two crazy lovebirds to work it out? It was so fun seeing paparazzi shots of the couple during the 1980s when Madonna would preen for the camera and Sean would be simultaneously swinging at it.

Time for a list! 29 songs about actors and actresses

We haven’t done in a list in a while and life seems empty.

How about “29 Songs About Famous Actors and Actresses”? I’ll start:

Elton John, Candle In the Wind (Marilyn Monroe)
10cc, Somewhere In Hollywood (Marilyn Monroe)
Elton John, Roy Rogers
Gorillaz, Clint Eastwood
Nirvana, Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle
Madness, Michael Caine
Serge Gainsbourg, Intitals B.B. (Brigitte Bardot)
Russell Crowe‘s band 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, Other Ways of Speaking (Jodie Foster)
James, Fred Astaire
Bertie Higgins, Key Largo (Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman)
Roxy Music, 2H.B. (Humphrey Bogart)
Lou Reed, City Lights, (Charlie Chaplin)
Lenny Kravitz, It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over, etc (Lisa Bonet)
Bree Sharp, David Duchovny
Woody Guthrie, Ingrid Bergman
The Eagles, James Dean
Sonic Youth, Madonna, Sean and Me (Madonna and Sean Penn)
R.E.M., Man on the Moon (Andy Kauffman)
Toto, Rosanna (Rosanna Arquette)
Bauhaus, Bela Lugosi’s Dead
Bananarama, Robert DeNiro’s Waiting
The Clash, The Right Profile (Montgomery Clift)
Nine Inch Nails, Starfuckers, Inc (Rose McGowan)
Matthew Sweet, Winona (Winona Ryder)
R.E.M., River (River Phoenix)
Natalie Merchant, River (River Phoenix)
Peter Murphy, Marlene Dietrich’s Favorite Poem
Kim Carnes, Bette Davis Eyes
Alanis Morissette, You Oughtta Know (Dave Coulier)

Now it’s your turn. Add more! Why stay at 29?

My favorite New York styles

I’m still scratching my head over the squeaky clean and boring Us Weekly list of 25 Most Stylish New Yorkers. Where are today’s trendsetters?

Let’s remember some great Manhattan looks from years past, before the city was a wasteland of trust fund kids and fake tans. Shall we?


The Velvet Underground with Andy Warhol:

Bob Dylan:


New York Dolls:

Woody Allen & Diane Keaton:

Halston, Bianca & Liza:

Richard Hell:

The Ramones:

Patti Smith:

Debbie Harry:


Pat Benatar:

Grace Jones:


Jean-Michel Basquiat:


Cyndi Lauper:

I’m cutting my list off there because thinking of hip New York fashions from the 1990s is difficult. Things started switching to the Pacific Northwest around then and everyone grew their hair long and wore flannel. Thanks, Kurt Cobain. And Eddie Vedder. Well, actually, NYC’s Beastie Boys also kind of ruled in the 1990s and reminded everyone how cool hoodies (and matching one-piece jumpsuits) were.

In the 2000s, they Yeah Yeah Yeahs restored my faith in New York cool, but then lead singer Karen O. moved to -gasp! – Los Angeles – the most loathsome city on earth.

Is there anybody left in New York who looks edgy and cool? Tell me if there it is, it will make me happy.

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