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Watto's Junk Yard / Is Rock & Roll dead?
« on: August 23, 2006, 09:12 PM »
I recently got a new car that has a CD player in it.   ;D  My '94 Grand Prix had a tape player, but I usually just ended up listening to broadcast radio in it.  Having 6 CDs to flip through is a real treat.

I've been listening to GnR's Use Your Illusion CD quite a bit, and I'm just more and more impressed by the quality of the music.  I'm at the point when I switch on the Rock station I just can't stomach it.  It's all so bland.  Raspy, nondescript vocals.  Dull, uninspired lyrics... mostly bitching and moaning.  Muddled power-chords instead of melodies.  Do bands even have a lead guitarist anymore?

These days I end up listening to Rap on the radio, because at least Rap has creative lyrics and beats.  The only Rock CDs I've purchased in the past two years were Green Day and Velvet Revolver... both of which are awesome but both by guys that have been around since before I went to college.

I just can't name a good rock band that came out after 2000.  There have been a few catchy singles that I've enjoyed, but all from one-hit wonders.

The thing is... I don't want to sound like an old guy saying "Back in my day music was so much better... now it's crap."  At least not without the evidence to back it up.  I'm not that old yet.  So are there good bands these days that I'm just missing?  Listening to old GnR, I'm just amazed at the craftsmanship of the songs.  It seems to me that the skill is just gone in modern rock.  I mean, I know the melody is gone... but maybe I just can't appreciate the craftsmanship in the new stuff due to my own personal tastes.

So what do you think?  Are there any good modern Rock bands?  Or is Rock dead?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: August 18, 2006, 01:12 AM »
Yeah, nobody who wears a dress like in that first photo is a "good girl."

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Jeff For Fan Club President!
« on: August 12, 2006, 06:54 PM »
Well I offered $20 bucks for it and got this response... "$20 dollars for the most rare item produced?"

Oooooo that must me it's more rare than a Vintage Rocket Firing Fett be right back I gotta go waste 200 bucks on a shirt.  ::)

There probably are more Rocket Fetts than these T-shirts.  They produced more Fett protos than just about any other Vintage proto because of all the various stages is went through before they eliminated the rocket.  But just because something is rare doesn't make it valuable.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Jeff For Fan Club President!
« on: August 11, 2006, 10:31 PM »

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official JD Movie Review Thread
« on: August 10, 2006, 01:44 PM »
Do you feel the same way about Abbot and Costello doing WW2 flicks during that war?  Or Looney Tunes doing the same?  Captain America comics fighting the Nazis?  The recent FX series "Over There?"  Mass media has always covered and replayed current and recent tragedies and wars.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: August 10, 2006, 09:30 AM »
It's probably more so that you call out the correct name at the opportune moment.  Helps their self-esteem.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Rebelscum
« on: August 8, 2006, 07:27 PM »
There was a when you were in second grade??!!  What are you, 11 years old?   ;D

There was barely even a USENET when I was in second grade.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Most hours you've worked in a week...
« on: August 8, 2006, 10:54 AM »
I work 52.5 hour weeks at least 3 or 4 times a year to cover for vacation time for one of my coworkers.  But usually it's 37.5.

I couldn't give an exact number of hours, but there was a week in college when I was working 2 full-time summer jobs in addition to taking a class.  I was transferring from one job to another, so for a couple days I'd work 3pm-11pm at Shoney's, then midnight-8am at a sandwich shop, then go to class from 9am-noon.  Those were some rough days.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official JD Movie Review Thread
« on: August 6, 2006, 03:23 PM »
I saw The Descent, and was really underwhelmed.  I saw it based on the glowing reviews, and it really didn't hold up.  They were talking about "haunting images," but I didn't see anything slightly memorable.  They talked about the great monsters, but they were actually pretty laughable.  I was expecting gore like Saw, but it turned out to be really tame.  And they talked about these 6 unbelievably hot women on a caving trip, but to my tastes there was really only one attractive one in the lot.  It was $8 wasted.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Top 5 Hotties
« on: August 6, 2006, 09:03 AM »
Does anybody actually like that sort of crotch tattoo?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Darth Smartass
« on: August 3, 2006, 11:58 PM »
It had me chuckling.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Happy Birthday JediMAC!
« on: August 1, 2006, 12:35 PM »
Man... you are old!  That's like... more than half-way from 30 to 40!  You must be popping the Viagra regularly at this point. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Simpsons: The Movie
« on: July 31, 2006, 12:12 PM »
The Season Premier of the Simpsons??  That's not until September 10.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Official JD Movie Review Thread
« on: July 31, 2006, 12:10 PM »
That sign is hilarious. Reminds me of the first time I saw Grease.


Grease starts out with Travolta and Olivia Newton John laying on the beach making out, like the final scene of a movie.  I actually asked my wife if she forgot to rewind the tape before playing it.   ;D

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