Portland artist Eloah of the All Seeing Cat, has truly taken Hunter S. Thompson’s quote “when the going gets weird, the weird turn professional” to heart with this totally Gonzo version of Hello Kitty ($150). I highly recommend you check out All Seeing Cat’s Etsy page for more of her creations.
Since pretty much every band out there has put their name on a bottle of booze, here comes Queen with the latest entry into the world of heavy metal beverages, Killer Queen vodka. Made by vodka giants, Stoli, Queen guitarist Brian May says that Killer Queen is a fitting tribute to vocalist Freddie Mercury as Freddie used to travel with a dry ice cooler full of vodka while the band toured. Freddie Mercury was truly a class fucking act.
But don’t rejoice yet if you live anywhere but Canada as KQ will make it 1st run debut there in November. You can order your very own bottle of Killer Queen vodka for about $30 (+shipping via the EU) here. Also on the horizon for Queen is a line of yet to be named wine. In other news, if you’re very quiet, you can hear the sound of my liver weeping.
And because I can never get enough Queen in my life, I’m happy to report that the band will be releasing a massive comp in November called, Forever Queen. Included among the nearly 40 tracks on the double CD are a duet Mercury did with Michael Jackson, “There Must Be More To Life Than This”, an unfinished song called “Let Me In Your Heart Again”, and a new version of the 1984 song”Love Kills”, a track that Mercury did while going solo with Georgio Moroder, as well as other new and rare Queen music.
I’ve heard Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds perform this one live, and I’m happy to report that the track loses none of it’s eerie, stalker-in-the-alleyway charm it achieves live on stage. Give Us A Kiss was recording during the sessions for 2013’s stellar, Push the Sky Away. So lock the doors and lower the blinds. I’ll meet you under the bed after you push play below.
Since I’m reviving things here at Cherrybombed.com, I figured it was time to bring back my favorite muscle-bound muse, Mickey Rourke. So here’s Mickey strolling around Beverly Hills with his new teef, new improved face, new hair, and a shirt he got off the kids rack at the Gap. And it’s all working for me. Mickey turns 62 today, and his shirt doesn’t look a day older than 10. Happy Birthday, Mickey. Please keep on giving not a single fuck.
Proving my headline to be 100% accurate, here’s a photo of Iggy Pop teasing us about the debut of his collaborative clothing line with Sailor Jerry, due out in October. The line will feature three items, and I’m betting that at least one of them will be something Iggy ain’t got no time for, some sort of shirt.
Simonon’s sweet leather jacket ran a cool $2300, so I’m sure that Iggy’s line will have at least one if-I-sell-my-kidney-it-will-be-mine kind of wearable. And if it’s a shirt, it’ll probably look like this:
A very metal resident of my forever hometown, Boston, has made my day after I discovered a garden gnome version of Lemmy Kilmister is a real thing. Ian the Gnome customizes boring old garden gnomes in the image of headbanging, hip-hop, and punk legends, as well as other TV, film, and cartoon idols. Like Ian’s “Wu-Tang” garden gnome. WU-TANG GARDEN GNOME!
Yeah, me neither. But it did happen and the episode “111 Harry’s Will“, aired on November 5th, 1990. And it was as awkward and as awesome as it sounds . Extra heavy metal points go to Marion Ross (dressed as the flying nun) who got to hip-check Wendy at an ice skating rink, and to for Wendy for probably really scaring the piss out of Abe Vigoda. The entire cast of this episode deserved an Emmy for this. Bonus? The clip above also contains a scene from the 1989 movie “Pucker up and Bark Like a Dog” that Williams also appeared in along with Phyllis Diller. PHYLLIS FUCKING DILLER. Mind blown.
As if Austin, Texas wasn’t awesome enough already, James Moody, part of the Austin Music Council, and owner of the famous music venue, the Mowhawk, proposed that the city build a statue of Glenn Danzig riding a dragon that would “welcome” visitors to downtown Austin. Although Moody said he made the suggestion “mostly in jest”, the news made a pretty good splash on the heavy metal part of the Internet. The Music Council will meet on again on Monday and will hopefully vote in favor of this epic idea. Portland, Oregon, you’re going to have to try harder to keep it weird if the Danzig Dragon statue gets the go ahead.
I’ve been sick in bed all weekend. Which means I’ve been swilling NyQuil and watching way too much TV. Some of it good (Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo), and some of it bad. So bad, that it also gave me a case of the sads, which I really didn’t need. Which is exactly what happened when I tuned in to the 2014 Revolver Golden Gods Awards.
Bring on the hate mail, but this performance by Guns really didn’t need to happen. Axl doesn’t look or sound good. He looks uncomfortable – he’s completely over-dressed and looks like he’s ready to go into some mid-evil heavy metal battle. And his vocals on one of metals greatest anthems, “Welcome to the Jungle” are so bad at times, it actually heartbreaking. It’s like a very metal friend of mine (almost) always says whenever the opportunity arises to see a long-ago band live:
“I want to keep the good memories of my idols intact.”
It would be nearly impossible to find a headbanger that would disagree with the fact that Axl Rose is one of the greatest front men and vocalists of all time. A recent interactive chart put together by Concert Hotels comparing the vocal ranges of singers from the past and present, placed Rose at the top of the heap with the widest range, beating out Freddie Mercury, Steve Perry, and Jeff Buckley.
I was lucky enough to let this band melt my face off back in the day, and I’ll never forget it. That said, I can say with 100% certainty that I don’t need to see GNR trying to recapture that same energy and ferocity again, and failing, ever again.