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Feeling a little down? Don't worry...it's Fri-day, Fri-day

While the world gawks at the crisis in Japan and scrambles to lend a hand, it's good to know there's something we can all share a laugh over. That something is a video released by 13-year-old Rebecca Black.


The Los Angeles native has signed on with Ark Music Factory in L.A., a company that will, if your daddy will pay for it, make you a star. With millions of hits on YouTube, it appears that Black has become, even if for the wrong reasons, a star. At least for 15 minutes or so.


The song is called, "Friday," and it hasn't gone viral because it's great. It's gone viral because it's laughably bad. Some have even called it the "world's worst song."


To be fair, it must be noted that the girl is only 13, and singing about choosing whether to sit in the back or front seat of a car on a Friday is quite the dilemma for someone of that age. The song contains lyrics that are, well, less than cerebral. She uses the word "Friday" 27 times, "yeah" 21 times, "fun" 20 times, "weekend" 18 times, and "partying" 17 times.


That's not even the worst part of the song. She reveals her firm grasp of the obvious when she sings "yesterday was Thursday, today is Friday…tomorrow is Saturday…and Sunday comes afterwards…"


Wow.


The song has spawned several parodies, including one by Mike Bauer, who took a page from talk show host Jimmy Fallon and re-did the song Bob Dylan style.


Will all of this negative attention hurt Black? We doubt it. Other kids have been exposed to this kind of mockery in the Internet universe, and they've lived to tell about it. She'll survive.


Black's parents obviously believed in their little girl's musical abilities, and we'd all benefit from taking a page from their parenting booklet. Stay focused on your goals and stick to what you believe is best for you. Wear clean underwear every day, brush your teeth, and call your mother once a week. And for heaven's sake, make sure you can recite the days of the week, in the right order.


And when you feel like you just can't survive one more day, remember that it's Friday, and you can have fun. At least 20 times.

Posted: Mar 18 2011, 01:57 PM by Red On The Head | with no comments
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Charlie Sheen tour? Yes, please

If Live Nation has its way, you could purchase your very own tiger blood machete, just in time for Christmas.


There's no disputing that Charlie Sheen's rants have made international headlines in the past couple of weeks. His rants have spawned numerous parodies on the late night talk shows, as well as comedy behemoth, "Saturday Night Live," which featured cast member Bill Hader as Sheen hosting his own talk show just this past weekend. 


Now Live Nation has apparently inked a deal with Sheen to put his catchphrases on mugs, T-shirts and whatever else they think will sell. They plan to place these Sheen-tastic goodies in stores like Wal-Mart, Target and Hot Topic.


The fact that the actor's insane ravings will now make him money is disturbing enough. But apparently, that's not enough for him. Sheen wants to share his ideas with the world, not just on a T-shirt, but in person. That's right. In. Person.


Charlie Sheen wants to go on tour. 


Duh. Winning.


Posted: Mar 08 2011, 11:55 AM by Red On The Head | with no comments |
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We're, um, Banksy

When Justin Timberlake confessed during the Oscars that he's Banksy, people all over the world did two things: they laughed and they asked, "Who's Banksy?"


Banksy is an anonymous English graffiti artist, political activist and painter. His work can be seen all over the world, yet his identity somehow has remained a mystery. He paints on streets, walls and bridges, among other things, and his work reflects an irreverent and dark sense of humor, and often have political and social overtones.


The artist is reportedly from Bristol, England. He supposedly trained as a butcher, but became involved in graffiti during the great Bristol aerosol boom of the late 1980s. He's made headlines in recent days for his film, "Exit Through the Gift Shop," which debuted at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The film, billed as "the world's first street art disaster movie," was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary in this year's Oscars. 


Some of his most famous pieces, include the following:


• At London Zoo, he climbed into the penguin habitat and painted, "We're bored of fish" in letters 7 feet high.

• At Bristol Zoo, he painted, "I want out. This place is too cold. Keeper smells. Boring, boring, boring" in the elephant enclosure.

• A primitive cave painting featuring a human figure hunting wildlife while pushing a shopping cart was hung in the British Museum. Once they discovered it, they made it part of their permanent collection.

• Five hundred copies of Paris Hilton's debut CD, "Paris," were replaced in 48 UK stores with a cover he designed and remix titles like, "Why am I famous?" and "What have I done?"

• He created a controversial opening for the animated series, "The Simpsons."


Banksy hasn't officially commented on his identity, other than to say "I am unable to comment on who may or may not be Banksy, but anyone described as being 'good at drawing' doesn't sound like Banksy to me.


While Banksy has a cult following, he also has critics. Many say his work is simply vandalism, and point out that it's illegal. Those same critics say his work glorifies vandalism, and encourages others to pursue the activity.


Whatever. We think the guy's a genius. Don't ever reveal yourself, Banksy. We love you not for who you are, but for what you do. You make us think.

Posted: Mar 01 2011, 12:03 PM by Red On The Head | with no comments
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