I wish I could recall exactly who it was who introduced me to LA-based superstar drummer Matt Laug. Along with a long list of many other rock artists, Matt might be best-known for playing drums on Alanis Morissette’s 1995 breakthrough album, Jagged Little Pill, which sold over 16 million copies and was the number one album on the US Billboard 200 for the decade 1990-1999. I met Matt when he was drumming for Slash’s Snakepit, and after interviewing him for Modern Drummer Magazine we finally had the chance to meet in person over Margarita’s and Mexican food at El Compadre restaurant in Hollywood back in 2002, I believe. Good times.
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I can’t believe I managed to miss this news. I was just on the phone with my friend Neal Smith (2011 R&R Hall of Fame Inductee with the band called Alice Cooper) and he sort of casually mentioned to me, “You know that Jack Richardson passed away a couple of weeks ago, right?” Seriously, I had no idea. Richardson was a studio legend best known for producing over fifteen albums for The Guess Who, but he’s also responsible for sending a young Bob Ezrin to New York to produce Alice Cooper (the band)‘s breakthrough album, Love it to Death (1971). He went on to produce John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy and Alanis Morrisette’s phenomenally successful debut, Jagged Little Pill among many other best selling albums. Jack was considered to be a “Drummer’s Dream Producer” and during the time I wrote for Modern Drummer I interviewed many players who sang Jack’s praises. Jack Richardson is also the father of noted music producer Garth Richardson, who actually mixed the sound for the reunited Alice Cooper Band when they performed at Revolver Magazine’s Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles last month. Richardson was 81 years old when he passed away on May 13, 2011 after years of declining health. You can read more about the life and career of Jack Richardson at This Link.
You know that fucking retarded “My Humps” song by the atrocious, self-wetting, non-singer Fergie? How can you even miss it: that shit is everywhere. Well, watch this genius video send-up by my formerly least-favorite-female-artist-in- the-universe-turned-new-goddess, Alanis Morrisette. Genius! Alanis, I apologize for once writing in a review that “You Oughtta Know” is the contentious wail of a woman scorned that would have anyone rooting for the man who dumped her.” That was harsh, and I’m sorry, because you fucking rule!