They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery. While many people think that what Lady Gaga does is unique, others claim that Madonna (amongst others throughout history) has done it before. Regardless of any of that, Gaga certainly takes a lot of inspiration from the horror genre. It’s obvious in her music videos as well as in her…well, let’s just say in her odd dress assortments.
Now, horror legend himself Clive Barker has gone to his fans via his Facebook about one of her over-the-top masks, asking if they think she took inspiration from one of the greatest horror icons of all time: Pinhead. Now, the mask doesn’t resemble Pinhead from the films. However, when one reads the description of Pinhead from Barker’s The Hellbound Heart, suddenly things start to click a bit more.
Here’s the description from the book: “Its voice, unlike that of its companion, was light and breathy-the voice of an excited girl. Every inch of its head had been tattooed with an intricate grid, and at every intersection of horizontal and vertical axes a jeweled pin driven through to the bone. Its tongue was similarly decorated.” (Hellbound Heart, Ch. 1)
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Last night I, along with over 100 million other people, watched Super Bowl XLVI. Did I have any stake or vested interest in either the New York Giants or the New England Patriots? Not really. I honestly rooted for both because they both have Michigan Wolverine alumni on them (go blue!). Also, I wanted to see the commercials (generally a big disappointment this year).
But this isn’t a sports blog or a blog about TV commercials. It’s a blog about music, so I’m going to talk about my reaction to Madonna‘s halftime show and the great many issues I had with it.
I love me some metal. But what you might not know about me is that I also love kicking back to classical and chant every once in a while. So when I hear that the two are mixing, I get a little antsy in my pantsy, know what I mean? Such is the case with Gregorian, who are releasing The Dark Side Of The Chant, an album tomorrow that has them covering bands such as Evanescence, AC/DC, Unheilig, and more. Their cover of Hell’s Bells didn’t really do much for me but I’m really interested to hear Madonna‘s Frozen and Depeche Mode‘s Stripped.
Check out a video after the jump that features sound clips and interviews with several of the members.
This is the first mention I’ve made in the music section about the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear situation that is going on in Japan. It’s not because I’m an insensitive prick (okay, maybe just a little), but it’s because there wasn’t really much I could relate to the situation. But if we think about it, the people in that situation are dealing with horrors far worse than we can imagine. They’ve lost their homes, their families and their livelihood. But now, we can help.
Several music groups partnered up and have put together a 38-track iTunes exclusive album for $9.99 with songs from some of the biggest names in music, including Lady Gaga, Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Lennon, U2, Michael Buble, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, and many more. Proceeds from each sale will go directly to the Japanese Red Cross Society. You can get your copy here