Posts Tagged ‘Jeremy Clarkson’

CONVERGENCE ALERT! ADRIAN BELEW JOINS WITH POLICE DRUMMER STEWART COPELAND AND LEVEL 42 BASSIST MARK KING TO FORM THE SUPERGROUP OF ALL TIME, GIZMODROME!!

May 26, 2018

What happens when a goofball drummer joins a funkoslap bass player, a happy-go-lucky noisemaker guitarist, and a virtuoso keyboardist? Gizmodrome! Photo courtesy Gizmodrome and the internet.

You hear me going on about convergence all the time. This artist I like works with that artist I like. Convergence. Laurie Anderson and Peter Gabriel, the artist who will no longer be named in this column and The Residents, Robert Fripp and Daryl Hall, Talking Heads and Eno, Eno and Devo, Fripp and Bowie, Bowie and the guitarist who is a member in this most unusual band we are about to review, Adrian Belew and if you want circular closure, Adrian Belew and Laurie Anderson.

Slap bassist extraordinaire Mark King has had his unique sound in every household guaranteed. If someone can honestly tell me they haven’t heard the song “Something About You” before, they are either VERY old (and I’m 55, so I know old) or live under a rock. King is one of those ‘taught-myself-how-to-make-a-living-at-this-thing’, type of players. Sophisticated playing with an innovative knack. I could go on about his co-collaborators outside Level 42, but this will be long enough.

The one member I know little about it Vittorio Cosma. He is the host of the band, in Italy. Italy is key to this band’s story as Copeland used the Italian backdrop to lure Belew to compliment the existing band Gizmo. King had opened for The Police back in the day, so Copeland recruited him and with those additions, the band Gizmodrome was born!

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU TAKE A BRITISH SHOW AND LAUNCH IT IN THE UNITED STATES? IT AIN’T EXACTLY AMERICAN IDOL…

March 13, 2013
Clarkson, left, May, center, and Hammond, right.  The original Top Gear brigade.

Clarkson, left, May, center, and Hammond, right. The original Top Gear brigade. Photo courtesy Top Gear’s Facebook page.

We have long been planning to branch out the available topics in this blog.  It starts here.

Television is, in the United States, nearing a religious fanaticism.  After all, we are the country that developed the convenience “TV Dinner” to facilitate more time in front of the idiot box.  Now don’t get me wrong, I have some favorite TV shows, that if I am scheduled to miss, I will record.  But being as I developed most of my friendships in a town where the people are so two faced and self-involved, I have plenty of time to make my schedule around certain shows, like ‘Big Bang Theory’, arguably one of the most well written shows on television today.

This does bring me to my on-going beef with Chuck Lorre, developer of shows like ‘Big Bang Theory’, ‘Mike & Molly’ and the one that festers my contention with Lorre, ‘Two And A Half Men’.  My issue with that show is, Lorre screwed it up by letting Charlie Sheen’s personal meltdown interfere with the integrity of the show.

No one here has felt like their world is spinning out of control?  If you say you haven’t you are a liar.

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