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Tuesday, January 11, 2021

Suffering is the raw material of art. So it shouldn’t be too surprising that some of the most successful pop music was crafted in the midst of breakups:

Does intraband turmoil make for great art?

Fleetwood Mac produced the masterpiece Rumours (1977) during the Buckingham-Nicks split and the breakup between bandmates Christine and John McVie.

The breakup of No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani and bassist Tony Kanal fueled the hit Don’t Speak and much of band’s breakout 1995 Tragic Kingdom. Former married couple (who now pose as brother and sister) Jack and Meg White have found success with the sad blues-rock tunes in the White Stripes.

Other bands that made it big while enduring breakups including the Fugees (Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean), Culture Club (Boy George and drummer Jon Moss), Richard and Linda Thompson (who also toured while divorcing), Sleater-Kinney (singer-guitarists Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein), the Eurythmics, Superchunk and X.

All of those bands, even the ones who split most acrimoniously, have remained together, or reunited, even if just for an isolated gig.

Whatever happened to fueling the creative process with alcohol, nicotine and illicit drugs? Musicians, feh…

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 01/11/2021 09:46pm
Category: Creative, Pop Culture
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you're still fired
Since I’m getting so many hits about Donald Trump’s previously-announced Tampa condo project, I might as well link to the follow-up details about Trump Tower Tampa.

My speculation about The Donald’s halo effect echoes here:

Local condo developer Brooks Byrd, who is not involved in the project, thinks the market can bear the number of condos and the price range floated by his newest competitor.

“There are folks that invest in Trump … going from Trump project to Trump project,” Byrd said. “That name recognition certainly allows them to capitalize.”

Which means that, by virtue of Trump’s validation of the area by investment of his own money, the Bay area could expect a fresh influx of capital, in real estate and other sectors. We’ll see.

I’ll also note that, much as Robert speculated, accountability for this project is being delegated to Kelly Perdew, the latest winner on The Donald’s vanity TV show, “The Apprentice”. Doesn’t exactly bode well.

Is this the start of a Trump-ification of Tampa? What’s next, The Donald buying the local NFL franchise?

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 01/11/2021 09:27pm
Category: Business, Celebrity, Florida Livin'
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“I, Claudius”, the drinking game.

Some highlight rules:

1 quaff for:

* Banishments in General
* Executions in General
* Suicide in General
* Adultery in General
* Orgies

3 quaffs for:

* Assassinations/Poisoning of Emperors
* Banishment of Julia
* Starvation of Livilla
* Livia Becoming a Goddess
* The Winner of Messalina and Sylla’s Contest

I wish I knew more Latin so that I could interject an appropriate Roman phrase here.

Regardless, I’m sure this is a fun game to play with your drama/lit drinking buddies. But it’s no match for the Scareface Drinking Game, nor even the classic Three-Man.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 01/11/2021 08:53pm
Category: Pop Culture
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Brewmaster: It may be the name of an iced-tea maker, but to me, it evokes an action-superhero. Think of his save-the-day catchphrase, uttered perhaps by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie version:

“Consider yourself brewed — and subdued!”

Oh yeah. Hollywood, here I come.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 01/11/2021 08:24pm
Category: Creative
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Yes, there is a Spanish-language version of “Family Feud”, and it’s known as “100 Mexicanos Dijeron” (translation: “100 Mexicans Said”).

It’s hosted by one Marco Antonio Regil, who, despite his many charms, is no Richard Dawson.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 01/11/2021 08:19pm
Category: TV
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