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Op/Ed Columnist: It goes on and on and on part 93766, by Ross Muir
Op/Ed Columnist: It goes on and on and on part 937Aw to hell with it, I can't be arsed counting any more..., by Ross Muir
Op/Ed Columnist: Recent Muirsical Thoughts, by Ross Muir
Op/Ed Columnist: Don't Stop Being Cynical/Big in Japan, by Ross Muir
Op/Ed Columnist: It goes on and on and on part 93768, by Ross Muir

Op/Ed Columnist: It goes on and on and on part 93766 (top)
by by Ross Muir
January 19, 2010

Except this time I go on and on and on with it...

ok so I'm a cuppla months late to the table and some of you may have already seen/ heard/ bought/ avoided (depending on taste) but Rock Sugar and their re-imagined rock just hits a spot with me...

So thanks RS - You just cost me 17 bucks or so to order a copy of the album.

And thanks, RS - for putting a smile on my face this week, and more importantly providing a version of DSB that I can listen to, and thoroughly enjoy, other than the original.

No band should have that much fun recording and performing.

Will have to update the site now to include a bit on Rock Sugar...

Even their 'story' and 'bio's are re-imagined tongue in cheek pieces, and you could do worse than check out the audio clips from the album and see how many pop or rock hits you hear...


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Op/Ed Columnist: It goes on and on and on part 937Aw to hell with it, I can't be arsed counting any more... (top)
by by Ross Muir
January 21, 2010

Oh FFS....

Is this ever going to end, or is it truly destined to go on and on and on and on?

After the refreshing and clever cover sounds from Rock Sugar and their Reimaginator concept, normal services have been resumed...

Nick Pitera, who could almost be described as a professional YouTube singer and who has also been featured on the Ellen DeGeneres show, is the latest to deliver a cover/ take of the rock 'anthem' Don't Stop Believing. This time around however it's a tribute & cover of the 'Glee' version of the song, which in turn is based on the 1981 original, as written and performed by Journey.

The Glee version came in at #5 in the U.K. Singles chart, with the Journey original just behind it based on it's recent high volume of i-tune downloads, which were themselves based on the curious wanting to hear the original after hearing an X-Factor singer covering it here in the U.K. and, of course, the U.S. Glee remake.

You're all 29 years too late, kids.

We all miss musical era's, significant events, or 'back in the day' moments we truly regret not being part of or simply weren't around to see/ hear - but that's life. So move on, nothing to see here (or hear) people - go create your own musical moments, stop re-imagining someone else's.

Goddamn lazy entertainment for a lazy Hollywood re-imagined movie generation.

What? You do have your own musical creations? But they're called the X-Factor and Pop Idol?

Ah, I see your point - keep on re-imagining, then. Sorry to have bothered you.

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Op/Ed Columnist: Recent Muirsical Thoughts (top)
by by Ross Muir
February 4, 2010

Steve Perry was interviewed by Planet Rock's Nicky Horne on the Wednesday evening of February 3rd which was quite a scoop for the station, but for others was more a case of same 'song' (and dance), different interview...Don't Stop Believing, the importance of said song (globally and personally), his Wannabee DJ thoughts, and the old 'testing the waters'/ possibility of new material soundbite, amongst other topics.

I have to admit though I did have a wry 'bloody told you so' smile on my face when he confirmed his writing/ demo processes and how far he had gone with the recordings over the last couple of years, thus obliterating the credibility of The False Prophets of the Musical God Internet, who all claimed that a February 2010 release date (or at least the 'first quarter' of the year) for new material was on the cards (they all know who they are).

Clearly though, not only was there a misunderstanding about interview schedules (it was originally announced that the interview would be on Monday 1st February) there was also a misunderstanding about what he was going to be talking about...

I, for one, was disappointed and surprised he didn't use the opportunity for an 'exclusive to the U.K.' announcement for the forthcoming 'Steve Perry's Revelation' Triple CD pack that will include a Sam Cooke covers album and a 're-recorded classics' album, which would have then led to the confirmation that his 2010 Comeback World Tour would kick off in the U.K. with the first date in Glasgow, some thirty one years after his last (and only) musical appearance within my own Scottish borders. You'll probably now find the above on the sites that expected a new album in February 2010...

Oh, just to finish on another wry smile, I was talking to Nicky earlier that day (about American Football, of all things) and mentioned I had heard the Monday misunderstanding was all their (Planet Rock) fault. His considered, delicate, response? "Bollocks".

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Op/Ed Columnist: Don't Stop Being Cynical/Big in Japan (top)
by by Ross Muir
February 9, 2010

Following the Nick Pitera 'Glee cover', this is the next in line, and takes the phrase 'big in Japan' to a whole new level...

Kerrist almighty, this, truly, will go on and on and on and on. The only person on the entire planet who hasn't had a go at this song lately would appear to be the guy who sang the original.

Whatever happened to him?

Op/Ed Columnist: It goes on and on and on part 93768 (top)
by by Ross Muir
February 15, 2010

As I was writing the first Draft of an article for my site yesterday, my wife Anne was watching the live final of 'Got To Dance' on SKY television, a new dance/ entertainment show featuring predominately teenage and younger children.

One of the finalists were a young dance troupe collectively known as 'The Box' from Glasgow - they didn't win, but they did win the hearts of the audience and judges with their 'dreamscape' dance to Hallelujah (Alexandra Burke's version, highly unsurprisingly), while their other performance was a more colourful routine... to Don't Stop Believing (the original version, highly surprisingly)

Co-incidentally, the piece I was writing at the time was about the association DSB now has with Glee (the U.S. musical comedy drama), and the 'Glee effect'.
Except I don't believe in co-incidence.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go do a second/ final Draft...

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