May 15th, 2007


Linkin Park

This may sound strange because I'm not an angsty teenage frat boy, but I'm a big fan of Linkin Park. I like their 2000 CD Hybrid Theory so much I still play it on occasion, all these years later. Their 2003 follow-up, Meteora, was also good, if a bit lackluster in comparison.

Then they released some kind of remix album that I couldn't care less about. Truth be told, I've yet to meet a remix album I like. The one exception might be Nine Inch Nails' Further Down the Spiral, but even that pales next to the original Downward Spiral.

So I've waited four years for an album of new material from Linkin Park, and now, finally, it's here: Minutes to Midnight. But before I let out a big yay, I have to hold my horses. First there was an annoyed email from leethomas about how lame the first single is. I told him I'd reserve judgment until I read some reviews, but now the reviews are in.

Entertainment Weekly gave it a C-. Worse, they wrote that Linkin Park's signature rap-rock style is gone altogether, replaced by generic nü-metal that sounds like it wouldn't be out of place playing over the end credits of a cheapie horror flick.

One of the things I always liked about Linkin Park was their lack of swearing. I have nothing against swearing per se -- I do it quite often myself -- but I think it takes an extra dose of creativity to write songs as hurt and angry as "By Myself", "A Place for My Head" and "Pushing Me Away" without resorting to dropping the F-bomb. But it seems even that is no longer the case. EW quotes the line "Put me out of my f---ing misery" from the song "Given Up". Sigh.

Sounds to me like Linkin Park is over.

Jerry Falwell's Greatest Hits

The Rev. Jerry Falwell died today at the age of 73. Let's take a moment to remember him with some of the inspiring and compassionate things he said:

Alcoholism: "There are almost as many alcoholics as there are negroes."

Feminism: "I listen to feminists and all these radical gals - most of them are failures. They've blown it. Some of them have been married, but they married some Casper Milquetoast who asked permission to go to the bathroom. These women just need a man in the house. That's all they need. Most of the feminists need a man to tell them what time of day it is and to lead them home. And they blew it and they're mad at all men. Feminists hate men. They're sexist. They hate men - that's their problem"

Jews: "I know a few of you here today don't like Jews. And I know why. He can make more money accidentally than you can on purpose."

Marriage: "Grown men should not be having sex with prostitutes unless they are married to them."

9/11 terrorist attacks: "And, I know that I'll hear from them for this. But, throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way - all of them who have tried to secularize America - I point the finger in their face and say 'you helped this happen.'"

Separation of church and state: "The idea that religion and politics don't mix was invented by the Devil to keep Christians from running their own country."

Tolerance: "If you're not a born-again Christian, you're a failure as a human being."

Tinky-Winky: "He is purple - the gay-pride colour; and his antenna is shaped like a triangle - the gay-pride symbol."