Sunday, 30 November 2008

Musical Madness

Ever wondered what the weirdest and stupidest things to be done in the name of music have been? Well in this article I will attempt to seek out the oddest and most crazy musical facts so that you can crush your friends with useless musical trivia.

  • 8 names John Lennon used to check into a hotel:
    Dr. Winston O’Boogie
    Long John
    Dwarf McDougall
    Musketeer Gripweed
    Rev Fred Ghurkin
    Dr. Dream
    Kaptain Kundalini
    Johnny Rhythm Honorary John St John Johnson.

  • The smallest guitar in the world is smaller than a red blood cell and has strings that can be strummed. It was made using nanotechnology.

  • Termites eat wood twice as fast when listening to heavy metal music. Well any music with a big pounding beat and fast tempo.

  • Elvis once said, I dont know anything about music. In my line you dont have to.

  • A Mexican musician, Ramon Barrero, famous for playing the world's smallest harmonica, inhaled the harmonica and choked to death.

  • Beethoven dipped his head in cold water before he composed.

  • Pop was once banned in India. The song "Tirchi Topiwale" became so popular that the police were instructed to fine 50 rupees to anyone caught singing it.

  • The Greek national anthem has 158 verses.

  • Monaco's national orchestra is bigger than its army.

  • Elvis Presley once entered an Elvis look-a-like contest in a US burger bar and only came 3rd!!

  • The lead female singer in an opera is called the prima donna.
Well there you go, fascinating facts that will probably never actually come up in a conversation.

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Dr. Pepper Democracy

After 15 plus years and $13 million spent, Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy is finally out. No really it is! Music fans have been baffled by countless release dates that have never been met and because of the way downloading has changed the music industry, the album will probably not make such a spectacular profit.

However, the album has caused a historic day in the fizzy drink world. Earlier on this year, the soda giant Dr Pepper promised that if Chinese Democracy was released in 2008, they would offer every American a free drink. Now that day of reckoning is upon us and the drinks company has lived up to its promise. "We never thought this day would come," Tony Jacobs, Dr Pepper's vice president of marketing, said in a statement. "But now that it's here, all we can say is: The Dr Pepper's on us."

So how does it work? Well actually the offer is already over because to obtain one's free can of Dr Pepper you had to get a coupon, which was only available for 24 hours on Dr Pepper's website starting at 12.01am Sunday 23rd November. That was it - 24 hours. If you were late, no Pepper for you. If you did get a coupon they will be honoured until 28 February 2009.
Back when the offer was first made, former guitarist slash and Buckethead would not be allowed their free sodas but now, Buckethead has been made eligible as his work features on the album. To be honest, I don't think they'll care too much.

Dr Pepper will be flowing like November Rain!

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