Johnny Rotten ad is music to dairy’s bottom line

The UK’s Dairy Crest dairy has reported increased sales over the past quarter thanks in part to an ad campaign featuring former Sex Pistols’ lead singer John Lydon (ne Rotten). Sales of the company’s Country Life spreads leapt 85% in the latest quarter, “in part to promotions and also to the success of the John Lydon advertising campaign.

Never mind the butter churn?

Maybe it’s discontented cows that give better butter?


A moment of silence for one of the greats … CBGB founder Hilly Kristal

cbgbMr. K was 75 and died from lung cancer about a year after a dispute with the landlord forced him to close the club which brought us the Ramones, Talking Heads, Blondie, Patti Smith: aka 75% of the music of my adolescence. To my everlasting regret despite living in New York from ’81 to ’85 I never got to the club. At least I made it to Max’s Kansas City before it closed. And to kill whatever chance I might have had of actually having any cool cred let me say that I made it to Max’s for lunch. Yeah, I’m hardcore.

FYI: The complete name was CBGB & OMFUG which stood for Country, Bluegrass and Blues & Other Music For Uplifting Gourmandisers.

A moment of silence for one of the greats…

Dika Newlin, a composer and musicologist who was deeply influenced by avant-garde master Arnold Schoenberg and brought his style into the punk rock era, has died. She was 82.

A composer of several operas and chamber works, Ms. Newlin began exploring popular music in the mid-1980s. Inspired by her college students, she sang and played keyboards in a band called Apocowlypso. More recently she performed as a flame-haired punk rocker and performance artist, singing works such as “Murder Kitty,” composed solely of meows.

I think we can say with some certainty that she did not go quietly into that good night.

Mrs. CollateralDamage: Queen of all alt. media

JMrs. CollateralDamage (motto: "I'm famous in Japan") (no really she is) has a secret identity or two. In one she is the Jennifer Poundcake, lead singer for The Amazing Poundcakes. In another she is the Jennifer Mickey, super expert of all things related to Disney theme parks (no really she is, again). Her two identities have combined to make her queen of all alt. media. She is this week's featured guest on the podcast Mouse Guest Weekly. The Poundcakes have the punk track of the day at and a cut is also a featured cut in this week's's weekly podcast. AND, those of you wanting more Poundcake can hear/download the fruits of their latest recording efforts here.