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Published on February 7th, 2013 | by Brent Chittenden


Everything is Connected 7 February 2013

By Brent Chittenden

Welcome to Everything is Connected, where we use the force of pop culture knowledge to explore the galaxies of music trivia.

In the last few weeks, a constant entertainment item that pops up is Star Wars. Since Disney bought the property from George Lucas, we’ve heard from tons of people who are involved in the films, have been involved in the past films, people who want to be in the new ones and people who were in the originals and prequels but one of the guys who hasn’t said much was prequel Obi Wan Kenobi, Ewan McGregor.

Of course that might be due to Ewan’s spot as a actor with a career outside the galaxy far far away. He’s been involved with a few music related movies like Moulin Rouge! and a small often overlooked film, Velvet Goldmine where McGregor plays Curt Wild. Wild’s background is based off of another wild man of rock, Iggy Pop.

For those who have never seen Iggy, even at his current age  of 65, Pop can control a stage better and with more energy than most everyone… in music… ever…  His career in terms of music goes up and down and one of his high points was when he moved to Berlin and worked with David Bowie.

Bowie’s career is pretty legendary but as I’ve said before, as an actor, I have a soft spot for his film, Labyrinth. A great fantasy story book film created and directed by the uber talented Jim Henson. In order to get the film made, Henson turned to a kindred spirit to produce the film. The man who created Star Wars, George Lucas.


This week’s chain goes:

George Lucas – Ewan McGregor – Iggy Pop – David Bowie – Labyrinth – George Lucas

Do you have a chain we should know about? If so, please post it in the comments below!

About the Author

Brent Chittenden is a freelance writer with a gift for the geek. Currently a writer with A Journal Of Musical Things and Geek Hard Radio, he's also written for Comic Book Daily, Explore Music and a dozen other places. You can find out more at www.facebook.com/bcchittenden

19 Responses to Everything is Connected 7 February 2013

  1. Bill says:

    I imagine one could do another chain, connecting "Everything is Connected" through a very brief chain–one link, I'd wager–to a very enjoyable Canadian podcast called "Newbsradio." The guiding idea here seems to suggest that this is a close cousin, a twin possibly, or even a clone, of the latter. The link, to assess:


    So many new ideas out there, like snowflakes falling in the Canadian February. Might as well catch one of those, instead.

  2. Brad says:

    I love this concept. The great Newbsradio podcast has been doing the exact same thing and are currently on their 3rd season. In fact Alan Cross has been a guest 3 times so I'm surprised the Newbs aren't mentioned. I just started following them this year and I'm hooked. Check it out at http://www.newbsradio.com. Quite funny.

  3. Here's a chain I've just whipped up.
    Newbsradio has Alan Cross on as guest. Alan Cross rips off segment idea from Newbsradio.
    ta-daaa. Like some sort of asshole Ouroboros ..

    and yet I quite like Alan Cross so what can ya do.


  4. Alan Cross says:

    What? Huh?

  5. Newbsradio Fan says:

    It's quite ridiculous that someone of your stature (Alan Cross) would stoop to this level. You know exactly where you got your "chaining" idea from. It's absolute crap that you would rip off an idea from a podcast that you have been a guest on multiple times!! Did you think that the Newbsradio fans, and there are a lot of them, wouldn't notice the similarities? These guys have spent a lot of time perfecting their craft and entertaining listeners since 2011. Who the hell do you think you are to rip off this idea without a) contacting the hosts (we know you have their info) and b) not mentioning at all where your inspiration for this idea came from? Needless to say, it's quite obvious that you are running out of ideas and need to steal some from the talented podcasters of Newbsradio. Well done Mr Cross, glad you know how to be a complete ripoff artist.

  6. Brent Chittenden says:

    Actually the idea of these posts is mine and we actually took the idea from a British television show.

  7. Newbsradio Fan says:

    Right, from James Burke, Who was also a guest on Newbsardio, funny isn't it? Yes, the idea of "Connections" was not originated by Newbsradio. However, the pop culture music based podcast was. Check it out, Newbsradio.com started in 2011 and is on it's third season of doing exactly this. Just saying..it's quite clear that you and Alan Cross need to get your story straight.

  8. Uh oh! says:

    Right, it was created by James Burke. Surprisingly enough, he was also a guest on Newbsradio. Yes, the "Connections" idea wasn't created by Newbsradio, but the pop culture, music based podcast was. I think you need to do a liitle research here. They founded their podcast in 2011, Alan was a guest then, you started your little "Chaining" thing in 2012…something doesn't add up does it?

  9. Er-hemmm says:



    All you need to know is right there. Written in April 2011.

  10. Brent Chittenden says:

    The idea came about due to a long car ride and spit balling ideas back and forth with my girlfriend. I had been writing reviews and Top Ten lists for a while at that point and wanted to try something new. Pitched the idea, Alan liked it and we've been running with it ever since. You'll also notice the format does change every once and a while as we're still playing with it.

    Up until today, I hadn't heard of the podcast, I was just basing it partially on a British tv show and honestly, six degrees of Kevin Bacon (it had come up while talking with my girlfriend on our way up North one weekend… it was a long car trip).

    Hope that answers your questions.

  11. Er-hem says:


    All you need to read right there. From 2011.

  12. Rob says:

    Jeez…some people?
    I do a top 5 list on my blog every Friday. I guess I am ripping off everyone who has ever done a list. Stop bitching people and enjoy Brent and Alan's work here.

  13. Rummblestrips says:

    It must be fun to know everything and be able to be a dick without anyone being able to do anything about it. I bet you were all were bullied at school and this is your righteous revenge! Yah for Internet trolls!!! You guys sure are cool!
    Don`t let these dumbasses get to you, Alex and Brent. You guys do amazing work and even if you did get the idea from another source, it doesn`t matter, you made it your own!

  14. I`m not Rummblestrips says:

    And hey! I can change my name too! Because it`ll look like more people are outraged! Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon has been around since 1994 so those bastards over at newbsradio must have stolen that idea!! I`m going to go troll their boards now and tell them that I know that they know what they did and it`s wrong, oh so wrong, and I will then post the same thing again and again under another name, because, yeah, that`s how I roll!

  15. Megan says:

    Human beings naturally look for connections between things. I think that predates newbsradio by about…oh…all of humanity? 😉

    Also, Alan Cross is hot.

    That is all.

  16. sounds like rummblestrips is pretty asshurt over some unkind words on the internet. gosh.
    six degrees of go fuck yourself!

    anyway, as a fan of both AC and Newbs I saw this as too similar not to comment on. It may have been completely unintentional. You guys do great stuff and so do those guys. You should all be pals and get together and touch dinks in a big cool guy dink pyramid! (I mean that in the nicest way possible)

  17. You're missing the point says:

    Ok, all of this banter is fine and dandy but there is a valid point that clearly isn't being picked up by Alan Cross fans here. No, Newbsradio did not invent the six degrees of seperation theory, nor are they claiming to. I'm sure that someone has had this idea before. The concerning factor is that Alan Cross was a guest on this podcast multiple times before his chaining began. This seems a little odd, no? Call me crazy but if you're a guest on a show about music connections then a few months later you start doing the same thing it may come across to Newbsradio listeners as using their idea. That can't be argued, plain and simple.

  18. Terry says:

    I agree with the sentiments above!

  19. I`m really not Rummblestrips says:

    Banter? You and your -ahem-'friends' started the banter, and when called on it, you suddenly play nice. There, there, internet troll. I'm sure you'll find another place to throw your mightier-than-thou comments at and have one fleeting second of superiority. Nothing shouts "I'm COOL" more than anonymous internet bashing.

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