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Imagine taking incredible talent from various groups and forming a supergroup.
Itís a dream come true for music fans. Cream was the first big supergroup,
uniting Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker in 1966, followed by another
landmark supergroup two years later: Crosby, Stills, Nash (and then Young).
To make this supergroup list, you canít just be a great group like The Beatles
or Nirvana, whose members became famous together; the group must have been
conceived with already famous musicians formed from separate bands who then put
out an album. Superjams alone donít count.
Most times, the parts are much greater than the sum; sometimes thereís too much
talent and ego cooking in the pot. But there are notable exceptions. Country
music recently had a major supergroup, The Highwaymen (Johnny Cash, Waylon
Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson), who recorded three albums
between 1985 and 1995. And in jazz, every one of Miles Davisís lineups would
qualify as a supergroup.
Letís take a look at six present-day (with one noticeable exception) lineups
wearing the big S on their uniforms and hope that they put out more great albums
and rock more arenas before they implode. Supergroups not to miss:
N E W - C D's
The New Pornographers
Can you be Canadian and still be a supergroup? Why, yes you can! The lineup: Dan
Bejar, Carl Newman, Neko Case, Kathryn Calder, John Collins, Todd Fancey, Kurt
Dahle, Nora OíConnor and Blaine Thurier. Maybe you donít know these artists or
their awesome group, but now is the time. Theyíve produced four superlative
albums, including the latest, Challengers, just released in August.
What happens when you put key members of three very influential groups
togetheróTrey Anastasio (Phish), Les Claypool (Primus) and Stewart Copeland
(Police)? This PPP combination equals Oysterhead. Formed for a one-off gig for a
New Orleans festival in 2000, they jammed well and released an album in 2001.
Little more was heard of Oysterhead until their performance at Bonnaroo in 2006.
When will they strike again?
Planning their albums around drug rehab and court dates, the members of this
famously drug-addled supergroup are still going strong. Start with Slash, Duff
and Matt from the core of Guns Ní Roses, add a dash of Dave Kushner (Wasted
Youth) on second guitar, and a giant dose of the Stone Temple Pilotsí Scott
Weiland on vocals, and youíve got Velvet Revolver. Provided that they keep
clean, they have a great future ahead. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
Any lineup with guitar monster Jack White (The White Stripes) automatically
qualifies as a supergroup. This time he has lots more firepower with the
excellent writing talents of solo artist Brendan Benson (vocals, guitar and
keyboards) and the rhythm section of The Greenhornes, Patrick Keeler and Jack
Lawrence. Don't come a knockiní if this joint is a rockiní.
The Good, the Bad and the Queen
Having a few spare moments, Damon Albarn decided to start yet another band.
Besides being the frontman for Blur and Gorillaz, he teamed up with Fela Kutiís
legendary drummer Tony Allen, Verve guitarist Simon Tong and Clash bassist Paul
Simonon to form one helluva eclectic supergroup. They released the eponymous
2007 album and toured to support it. More to come? Letís hope so.
George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan make up the
greatest collection of singer/songwriters (and just plain talent) ever
assembled. Even though they only released two albums, the last in 1990, they are
still being included in this list. I had to make an exception to the criteria of
listing only current acts because the Traveling Wilburys are the number one
supergroup of all time (plus, Rhino recently released The Traveling Wilburys
Collection, a must-have album).
F L I C K S
The 11 Most Classic Movie Lines
Ever since Al Jolson uttered the ironic opening line in the first talkie, The
Jazz Singer (1927), "Wait a minute, wait a minute, you ainít heard nothiní yet!"
there have been countless memorable movie lines. But certain lines have risen
above the scrum to invade our modern-day vernacular and become part of
cultureósayings that, you could say, define the movie. And that makes these
So, what are our picks for the top 11 most classic lines?
Letís start with an oldie familiar to everyone.
1-2. In The Wizard of Oz (1939), Dorothy (Judy Garland) brought us two for the
ages: "Toto, Iíve a feeling weíre not in Kansas anymore," and "Thereís no place
3-4. The first James Bond movie, Dr. No, sparked a line weíve been hearing for
more than 40 years now, which is Bondís (Sean Connery) debonair greeting: "Bond.
James Bond." Another classic, often heard in the 007 series, was Bondís suave
guidelines for the preparation of his martini: "Shaken, not stirred."
5. The first Star Wars launched the series that conquered millions and gave us
the memorable line: "May the Force be with you."
6-7. Clint Eastwoodís delivery is perfect for his masterful lines, but he has
too many to list, so Iíll pluck two from his Dirty Harry character. "Youíve got
to ask yourself a question: ĎDo I feel lucky?í Well, do ya, punk?" and "Go
ahead, make my day."
8. We canít leave out Tom Hanks as astronaut Jim Lovell in Apollo 13: "Houston,
we have a problem."
9. Robert De Niro, a one-of-a-kind actor has many great lines, but the
topperóand perhaps the greatest line everóoccurs in Taxi Driver. His character,
staring at himself in the mirror, repeatedly and accusingly asks his reflection,
"Are you talking to me?"
10. And now for the master, Marlon Brando, whose career has included many
incredible roles and unforgettable lines. This one comes from the Godfather:
"Iíll make him an offer he canít refuse."
11. Though the following line is not one that people say much, it is just too
good to ignore, so here it goes: Colonel Kilgore (Robert Duvall) makes an absurd
war confession from the powerful antiwar movie, Apocalypse Now (1979): "I love
the smell of napalm in the morning."
And of course, we have to give a big nod to Casablanca, starring the
incomparable Humphrey Bogart, which probably rules the cinematic world of
classic lines, but alas, itís just one generation too old. Just the same:
"Here's looking at you, kid."
Hvarf / Heim
The first CD of this two-CD set from the Icelandic group, Sigur Růs, Hvarf
(which translates to "disappeared") includes five tracks of new recordings of
"lost" songs from the groupís history. The second EP, Heim (which translates to
"home"), features six live acoustic songs.
The Brit Box: UK Indie, Shoegaze, and Brit-pop Gems of the Last Millennium
This four-CD set gathers key recordings from 78 U.K. performers spanning the
last 15 years of the 20th century. While many of these artists enjoyed superstar
status in England, just a handful dented the American charts. The set includes a
photo-filled 80-page book and is housed in a box depicting a traditional English
As I Am
Nine-time Grammy Award-winner Alicia Keys returns with her long-awaited third
studio album. She showcases her songwriting and producing talents on all 13
songs, capturing an old-school vibe and making it feel refreshingly new. Alicia
describes this album as "Janis Joplin meets Aretha Franklin."
In addition to all three of Nick Drake's classic studio albumsóFive Leaves Left,
Bryter Layter and Pink Moonóthis one-time-only, limited-edition pressing (10,000
copies) of Fruit Tree includes, on DVD for the first time, the Nick Drake
biographical film, A Skin Too Few, plus a new 108-page book featuring a
This CD was originally recorded as a continuous, album-length disco symphony,
creating a refreshing audio adventure that is both complete and fulfilling. It
takes the listener through a dynamic range of tempos and rhythms. Included are
three tracks previously available only in the UK.
N E W - D V D's
The outspoken director of Bowling for Columbine, Michael Moore, is at it again.
This time, he exposes the flaws and corruption within the U.S. healthcare system
and pharmaceutical industry via interviews with insiders and comparisons to
other developed countries that offer free, universal healthcare to all its
citizens. Whether you love him or hate him, this film is definitely worth a
Flight of the Conchords
Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie (aka Flight of the Conchords) tout themselves
as "New Zealandís fourth most popular folk parody duo." This hilarious HBO
series chronicles their fictional attempt at American fame, incorporating music
videos of their songs and a lot of jabs at New Zealand (as well as the
inevitable Lord of the Rings parody).
Werner Herzogís brilliant and entertaining film follows the true story of U.S.
Navy pilot, Dieter Dengler (Christian Bale), who was shot down over Laos during
the Vietnam War and captured. Dengler organizes a small band of prisoners and
makes a dramatic escape from the sadistic prison only to find that they have to
navigate an equally dangerous jungle to survive.
Live Free or Die Hard
Bruce Willis has still got it, and he proves it in this fast-paced fourth
installment of the Die Hard series. Willis reprises his role as NYPD Detective
John McClane; this time heís fighting to stop a terrorist (Timothy Olyphant) who
has enlisted a group of hackers to crash the governmentís computer
infrastructure. Even after 19 years, Willis is just as badass as he was in the
24: Season Six
FOXís hit drama about CIA counterterrorist agent Jack Bauer returns for a sixth
season with no signs of slowing down. Day Six finds Bauer released from a
Chinese prison and returned to America where a string of suicide bombings has
been terrorizing the nation. He discovers the true mastermind behind the attacks
and now has to foil the terroristís plan to detonate a nuke in the United