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Published on October 23rd, 2017 | by Alan Cross

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Random Music News for Monday, October 23, 2017

Today is the 59th birthday of The Smurfs. They first appeared in a story called  La flute à six schtroumpfs in a French magazine in 1958. And now, some music news for October 23.

  1. In the latest #MeToo news, Marilyn Manson guitarist Twiggy Ramirez has been accused of rape.
  2. Meanwhile, Matt Mondanile of Real Estate has apologized for some past behaviour.
  3. Hazel O’Connor has come forward about an incident with Benny Hill.
  4. Three dozen women have stories about director James Toback including members of Veruca Salt.
  5. And a reference to Chris Brown has been removed from an episode of 30 Rock, nine years after it was first aired.
  6. Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington memorial is coming up this Friday. They’re going to live stream it.
  7. This is a great article outlining the challenges radio has with the new dashboards in cars.
  8. Beyonce and Jay-Z are dumping millions in their new home in LA. Talk about a renovation project.
  9. The Beach Boys were playing a casino when a tornado hit.
  10. When you decide that you want a pet tiger, how do you have it delivered? Like this–but it’s illegal.
  11. Although this site is in German (hello, Google Translate), you can see that it’s a music-themed hotel. If you’re ever in Berlin… (Via Larry)
  12. Kids don’t want to be singers when they grow up anymore.
  13. Dee Snider agrees: If you’re not a fan of the band, don’t wear the t-shirt. It’s “sickening” and disrespectful to wear band merch unless you’re a true fan of the group.
  14. If you’re awaiting the new U2 album, check out this summary of knowledge to date.
  15. The Mick Jagger drug binge that was stopped by Faye Dunaway.
  16. Maybe you need this for a Monday: Umphrey McGee’s mashed up performance of Beck’s “Loser,” Radiohead’s “National Anthem” and elements of “In the Air Tonight” from Phil Collins. (Via Andrew)
  17. Here’s a Dutch company with an AI application that says it can predict hit songs.
  18. Montreal police gave this guy a $149 traffic ticket for singing while driving.



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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker.

In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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