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Deep Cuts: Judas Priest

Deep Cuts: Judas Priest

Music
You don't even have to be a heavy metal fan to know who Judas Priest is. Over the past several decades, they've cemented their status as metal legends time and time again. This year marks the kickoff of the band's Epitaph World Tour, stated to be the last Judas Priest world tour ever. Who knows if that's really true (KISS, anyone?), but now seems as good a time as any to examine the band's lengthy discography and pick out a few hidden treasures. 1. "Burnin' Up" (Killing Machine/Hell Bent for Leather, 1978) -- By the late '70s the Priest had largely moved on from more complex song structures and the occasional foray into metal balladry. Few songs from this period typify the band's more streamlined approach than "Burnin' Up," a musically muscular and lyrically charged slice of metal. ...
“A gut wrenching day for The ClayNation”

“A gut wrenching day for The ClayNation”

People
I'll start off by stating that I don't care that Clay Aiken has finally decided to let us in on the painfully obvious - he's gay.  I'm offended not by his sexual orientation (I am a huge fan of Queen and Judas Priest after all), but rather by his mediocre and boring music.  But while Aiken's revelation met with a resounding "meh" from most of the American public, there is a subset of the population - self-titled ClayMates - who have had a hard time keeping the old stiff upper lip, as it were. Here's a sampling of dispatches from deep inside ClayNation - The Clayboard forums.  Read and weep, my friends: "This is a gut wrenching day for The ClayNation. Somebody wake me up, I hope its a dream." - strollynn63 "I wish him well and hope he gets some peace of mind now BUT I feel he lied to
“Boys Beware,” or The Courtship of Jimmy Barnes, Pt. 2

“Boys Beware,” or The Courtship of Jimmy Barnes, Pt. 2

Movies
OK, so I'm not so quick on the whole sequel thing. It's been a little more than two years since we last visited the 1961 Sid Davis public domain classic "Boys Beware." I guess it's taken me that long to shake the heebie jeebies I got from watching the first part. To recap - our hero, Jimmy Barnes, fell under the spell of a balding, mustached Lothario named Ralph. Jimmy somehow broke Ralph's spell and ratted him out to the cops. But before we get too complacent, the narrator (Lt. Williamson) jolts us back to reality by warning us that "all homosexuals are not passive. Some resort to violence, as in the case of Mike Merritt."   Our first shot of the new malevolent stranger has him taking in a game of youth basketball. There was no WNBA in those days, but the level of competit...
“Boys Beware,” or The Courtship of Jimmy Barnes

“Boys Beware,” or The Courtship of Jimmy Barnes

Movies
Before the salad days when children and teenagers could look to trusted role models like MTV and professional athletes for guidance on how to behave, there were educational films. School kids were treated to lectures in the popular "talkie" format that showed them how to conduct themselves in all facets of life. So after reading, writing and 'rithmetic, Little Johnny got to learn the do's and don'ts of important areas such as dating, hygiene, good study habits, avoiding the pervasive influence of filthy Communists and, of course, our pal the atom! In retrospect, most of these films appear rather quaint and benign, if not a bit creepy. And then there's 1961's "Boys Beware." In just ten minutes, this Sid Davis Production managed to simultaneously entertain, confuse, and frighten a