On This Date, November 26th, in 1976: The Sex Pistols released their debut single “Anarchy in the U.K.,” from the very excellent album, Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols. “Anarchy…” peaked at number 38 on the UK singles chart but did not chart in the US. In 2007, the band’s surviving members (not including Bassist Glen Matlock) re-recorded the song for the video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock because the masters could not be found.
“You Can be Ringo with the Tap of Your Fingers!”
I love blogging about crazy toys, and I was actually hunting for a JPEG of a plush “Pee and Poo” (not even kidding) when I stumbled upon Finger Drums, the “electronic drum beat maker,” and I felt compelled to share. This actually looks like a fun toy disguised as a low-quality, mini-drum machine. According to the website, operation looks fairly straightforward. “Turn the Finger Drums on and start tapping your finger.” OK, got it. “Every time you hit a drum head, it lights up and plays the beat. Mix and match the beats to create your musical masterpiece. Use the record button to save your new monster drum loop.” Certainly, who needs ProTools when you’ve got Finger Drums?! It probably sounds like two tin cans banging together, but would still be a fun novelty gift for the drummer in your life. I especially love that the ad copy was obviously written by someone with no knowledge of drums or drumming, as the player is invited to crash the “symbol” (rather than cymbal) or to tap the “foot drum” (meaning the kick or bass drum). Hilarious. The “perfect drum kit for your hand” can be purchased at This Link for only $8.99!
“I have this theory: you know that Guitar Hero or Guitar Band game? I wish those had come out fifteen years ago, because it would have kept a lot of these fucking dipshits from being in bands. They would have just gotten off playing Guitar Hero or Guitar Band and they would have left music to the musicians. Damn! Because there are a lot of kids that can kind of play, they can kind of write songs and they can kind of . . . fuck that man! I don’t do this because I “kind of can do it,” I do it because I live it and I breath it and I love it. I don’t really even get paid that much to do it but even if they weren’t paying me – I’d still do it. A lot of these cats can’t do it and, all right that’s cool. I’m not going to hold that against them. I’m not going to be that cynical bastard, but I just know what the score is. So, don’t player hate me, just stay out of my way (laughs).”