• System Of A Down’s John Dolmayan thinks Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is “a moron”

    System Of A Down‘s John Dolmayan has called Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “a moron” in a new interview.

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    Speaking on the Uncle Dad Talks podcast, the drummer shared his opinion on the Democratic Party politician while also discussing cancel culture.

    “I’ve gotta tell you, I’m really disappointed in a lot of people, a lot of liberals — ’cause I have a lot of liberal friends. Most of my friends are liberal,” he said. “I’m a conservative, as some people may or may not know. But at the end of the day, I change my opinion on things based on information. So if I get new information, I re-evaluate, I look at things, and I make a decision based on that.

    “What’s happening right now with this cancel-culture bullshit is really destructive, and it always backfires on the people that are instituting it. And we have to be really careful because in the ’50s, we had something called McCarthyism where people that were hyper-liberal and a lot of people that were considered communists, basically they lost their entire lives — that whole generation of great artists and writers that were just ostracized. And we have to be careful because if we allow that to happen in any way, it could always come back to the other side.”

    He continued: “I will tell you, this generation is very liberal, but the next one might be more conservative and so on and so forth. It does tend to turn around. And especially now with social media and all this bullshit, people go back and they check things, and they’re, like, ‘Oh, really? This is how you felt?’ And you’re judged on that for the rest of your life.”

    Dolmayan then turned his attention to government, explaining that he’s not a fan of “the agenda of a lot of the Democratic platforms” and expressed his dislike for Ocasio-Cortez (aka AOC).

    “I’m a conservative,” Dolmayan said. “I want what’s best for everyone, but I want everybody to have the freedom to do these things. I don’t like big government. I don’t like the agenda of a lot of the Democratic platforms these days. I think AOC is a moron. I just have to put that out there; I like to say that in every conversation.

    “Look, at the end of the day, I just want everybody to have equal opportunity to be successful in whatever that success is. And I want people to be motivated by doing the right thing in life, not rewarded for doing the wrong thing. So that’s my philosophy.”

    Last month, Dolmayan has claimed that companies won’t work with him because of his right-wing views.

    The musician has previously expressed his support for Trump, backed an investigation into the results of the 2020 US election, and accused the Black Lives Matter movement of being “propaganda” for Democrats.

    Meanwhile, Dolmayan has called The Mandalorian star Gina Carano a victim of “woke justice” after she was fired for sharing offensive and controversial social media posts.

    The actor was sacked from the Disney+ show after she shared a post that compared US Republicans to Jewish people in Nazi Germany.

  • Why John Lennon Called the Beatles’ ‘Eight Days a Week’ ‘Lousy’

    The Beatles’ laid-back “Eight Days a Week” has become one of their signature singles: a widely covered No. 1 hit that even inspired the name of a band documentary. So it’s surprising to learn that John Lennon, the song’s co-writer and lead vocalist, hated it — describing it as “lousy” in a 1980 interview.

    In the beginning, though, it was just another tune — the latest from a Lennon/Paul McCartney song factory that, by 1964, could churn out product with minimal effort. This time, the creative spark came from the titular phrase, which McCartney has most frequently attributed to a chauffeur.

    “John had moved out of London, to the suburbs,” McCartney reflected in the Beatles’ 2000 Anthology book. “I usually drove myself there, but the chauffeur drove me out that day and I said, ‘How’ve you been?’ – ‘Oh, working hard,’ he said, ‘working eight days a week.’ I had never heard anyone use that expression, so when I arrived at John’s house I said, ‘Hey, this fella just said, ‘eight days a week.’ John said, ‘Right — ‘Oooh, I need your love, babe …’ and we wrote it.

    “We were always quick to write. We would write on the spot,” McCartney added. “I would show up, looking for some sort of inspiration; I’d either get it there, with John, or I’d hear someone say something.”

    The duo often worked in that seemingly backward style: name first, song later. “Once you’ve got a good title, if someone says, ‘What’s your new song?’ and you have a title that interests people, you are halfway there,” McCartney noted. “Of course, the song has to be good.”

    The breezy rocker — like much of its corresponding LP, Beatles for Sale — highlights the Beatles’ subtly evolving sound: the hint of twang in George Harrison’s 12-string electric guitar, the somewhat dark harmonies on the bridge, Lennon’s nearly anguished vocal ad-libs, the opening fade-in fanfare.

    Still, arranging “Eight Days a Week” took a bit of in-studio tweaking: As highlighted on the first Anthology compilation, Lennon and McCartney experimented with wordless vocal harmonies and falsetto swoops before settling on their final approach. Lennon later reflected, in an interview documented in Anthology, that the end result was “a bit manufactured.”

    “‘Eight Days A Week’ was the running title for Help! before they came up with ‘Help!’ It was Paul’s effort at getting a single for the movie,” Lennon told interviewer David Sheff in 1980, as documented in the 2000 book All We Are Saying. “That luckily turned to ‘Help!,’ which I wrote, bam! bam!, like that and got the single. ‘Eight Days a Week’ was never a good song. We struggled to record it and struggled to make it into a song. It was his initial effort, but I think we both worked on it. I’m not sure. But it was lousy anyway.”

    Despite Lennon’s disappointment, the public disagreed: After appearing on Beatles for Sale in December 1964, “Eight Days a Week” was issued as a stateside single on Feb. 15, 1965 and became their seventh No. 1 in America. (The song was in good company. The Beatles’ previous chart-toppers in one jaw-dropping, year-long streak: “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “She Loves You “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Love Me Do,” “A Hard Day’s Night” and “I Feel Fine.”)

    It’s no shock, given Lennon’s distaste, that the Beatles never played “Eight Days a Week” live. (They did reportedly mime the track for the U.K. TV series Thank Your Lucky Stars, but the footage is widely thought to be lost.)

    It’s more peculiar that McCartney, ever a crowd-pleaser, took so long to perform it. When he finally broke out the tune during a May 2013 show in Brazil, the crowd response was appropriately deafening.


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  • Watch Margo Price cover John Prine’s ‘Sam Stone’ with Swamp Dogg

    Margo Price has teamed up with Swamp Dogg (aka Jerry Williams Jr.) for a collaborative cover of John Prine‘s ‘Sam Stone’.

    The duet was recorded remotely as part of eTown’s Quarantine Sessions series, with Price performing from Cash Cabin in Tennessee and Swamp Dogg from his studio in California.

    Taken from Prine’s 1971 self-titled debut, ‘Sam Stone’ tells the story of a Vietnam veteran who struggles with heroin addiction after he returns from conflict overseas. Williams Jr. has actually already covered the song as Swamp Dogg – in 1972, a year after its release.

    Watch Price and Swamp Dogg’s cover of ‘Sam Stone’ below:

    It’s also not the first time Price has covered one of Prine’s songs. Shortly after the country-folk legend’s death last year due to complications relating to COVID-19, Price and husband Jeremy Ivey shared a rendition of Prine’s ‘All the Best’ from their home in Nashville.

    Last month, Price shared a festive cover of Joni Mitchell’s classic song ‘River’, sending fans “a message of peace and love for the rest of the year, and the hope for 2021 to be everything 2020 wasn’t”.

    Both Price and Swamp Dogg released albums in 2020 – Price with ‘That’s How Rumors Get Started’ and Dogg with ‘Sorry You Couldn’t Make It’.