No singer can release a live album (or
a remix album, or even worse a greatest hits album!) before they have released at least four
studio albums. Lately, it has become standard procedure for the new flavor of the
month to release a live or remix album within a year to keep the momentum going (see Erykah Badu, Hanson,
Linkin Park, Mariah Carey, Milli Vanilli, etc.) It never works, the albums never
sell well. Artistically, well, theyre just the same old songs performed
poorly, with maybe a cover or two to make the die hards feel they have to have it. Just
remember this this novel marketing concept was first employed to show off the
talents of Vanilla Ice on Extremely Live.
It would be understood that the term
"Its a great thrill ride" in a movies ad is just shorthand for,
"this movie has no plot and no acting, but the special effects are okay."
This has become the standard review-speak, any hack who writes about movies in Peoria can
make a national ad campaign if he just uses those five words. In the poster for the
horrible Ray Liotta/Lauren Holly action pic Turbulence, this quote
significantly larger type than the movies title. A movie isnt a thrill ride, a
Series on the TV
networks should be allowed the same freedom as the ones on cable.
Once cutting edge series like NYPD Blue and Friends seem pretty
toothless now when compared to the everything-goes cursing and nudity of The Sopranos, Sex & The City and Six Feet Under. Not
that those are necessarily the most important parts of the shows, but they
give cable fare a realism that a network show just can't approach with their
action and dialogue having to get past the network legal department. And
please don't give me the tired old argument about kids. If you can't
parent your children well enough to keep them away from adult fare, why should
the rest of us have to pay?
The dumbest lines in good movies should
never become the catch phrases. Suddenly we are inundated by a series of stupid tag
lines coming from otherwise good films. "Life is like a box of chocolates,"
"Show me the money!" and "I see dead people" are the last lines that
should have caught on with the public from Forrest Gump, Jerry Maguire and The
More Jennifer Love Hewitt! Some
people would say that she is getting over-exposed with the TV series and three or four
movies a year, we say bring them on! We cant get enough!
No more than two artists could get a
credit (or for that matter, even perform) on a song. If two talentless people
cant make a song listenable, how could five? There would be no more songs by
Talentless featuring Old Jerkoff, Lil Talentless, The Goofball and Whore. If this
rule puts Master P out of business, so be it
Jay Leno can only
use a punchline once.
The Tonight Show, host Leno has a bad habit of repeating the punchline
over and over when the audience is silent. We heard you the first time,
Jay. It wasn't funny. Saying it over won't make it funnier.
A third and fourth time even less so. It was just a bad joke. Move
No Tom Green!
one is pretty self-explanatory, don't you think?
Jay S. Jacobs