#RocktoberMusicFest ♫ “Seven Nation Army” – The White Stripes

Speaking of musicians dabbling in the movie industry: Former White Stripes singer, Jack White’s best-known supporting acting role was as Georgia in Cold Mountain starring Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellwegger. However, his IMDb profile has an impressive list of movies and TV shows he’s contributed to as a composer, producer, actor and he’s even written episodes for some of TV’s most popular shows like Peaky Blinders, Lucifer, CSIHouse and Gotham – just to name a few out of many, many more.

I think everyone is quite familiar with “Seven Nation Army” as it still receives air time and has been used on numerous soundtracks since its debut. I will always find “Well It’s True That We Love One Another” from their album Elephant hilarious. The greatest thing about The White Stripes is all the tracks with the best musical compositions have the oddest lyrics, which just makes listening and singing along to them amusing – but it’s like going into the fun house at a carnival, your brain can only handle so much manipulated madness before needing a break.

Fun Fact: White is Jacks’s married name and Meg’s maiden name. When they wed, he snubbed convention and took his bride’s last name as his own, instead of the other way around. Up until their wedding day, he was Jack Gillis.

Enjoy!

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#RocktoberMusicfest ♪ “The Kill” – Thirty Seconds To Mars

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Jared Leto as The Joker in “Suicide Squad”

Look, it’s Mr. J playing Mr. J!

Hehe, I couldn’t help myself. But loooooooooong before Jared Leto was winning Oscars for blockbuster hits like The Dallas Buyers Club or taking on the role of the greatest super-villain ever created, he was making music with his band, Thirty Seconds to Mars. “The Kill” was the first song I ever heard by them, but 30STM’s sound evolved over the years with quite a lot of success. I like tracks from a variety of their albums, as my bloggers know, because this isn’t the first time I’ve featured them. 🙂

Plus, as we creep closer to Halloween, this video is a great start to put you in the mood for haunting horrors; it’s kind of like The Shining meets Ghost Ship with a 30STM twist.

Enjoy!

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#RocktoberMusicFest ♪ “Carry On My Wayward Son” – Kansas

Whoa, why are we back in the 70’s? Because, my life in music is a bit backwards. It wasn’t until I became a bartender in my early 20’s that I started listening to a lot of classic rock again. It couldn’t be helped, when that was the only thing on the jukebox…not that I’m complaining! I had to pick carefully for today’s post, because I’m running out of days for #RMF, so unfortunately can’t share all of my classic rock favorites from this time in my life. But, I can name them: Bad Company, Fleetwood Mac, Bob Seger, Don McLean, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Blue Oyster Cult, Tommy James and The Shondells, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin, The Doors, and I’m sure a handful more that I just can’t recall off the top of my head.

My favorite song by Kansas is actually “Dust in the Wind”. It’s one of those songs that reaches right in and grabs me in all the feels for the total sound of it. The music, the voice, the entirety of it is a masterful composition.

However, I am a die hard Supernatural fan. Anyone who follows me on Instagram is already well aware of that – and “Carry On My Wayward Son” by Kansas is the Supernatural theme song, so there was no way I could pass up sharing it. And of course, I had to use a Supernatural video for it, too! 😀 You’re welcome…

Now, for a bonus video! At the 2018 San Diego Comic Con, the cast of Supernatural and the band Kansas surprised fans with a live performance of “Carry On My Wayward Son.” The only video on YouTube was filmed by an audience member, but was edited to include clips from the show. It’s pretty cool to watch. Enjoy!

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#RocktoberMusicFest ♪ “Stand Alone” – Godsmack

Dwayne Johnson made his acting debut in the Mummy Returns, and then quickly followed it up by revising the same role in the successful spin-off, The Scorpion King. However, it came with much criticism from movie-reviewers and WWF fans, alike. “Oh look, another wrestler trying to make it in showbiz.” Unfortunately, statistics showed the odds were stacked against The Rock. Too many other wrestlers had tried and failed miserably before him. Godsmack saw their own career hurdles right around the same time. They were moderately successful with their debut album, but then it got pulled from store shelves for a parental complaint about their lyrics. After slapping an advisory label on it to make everyone happy, they came back and found even more success. As lead singer, Sully Erna, pointed out to Rolling Stone Magazine: “It’s almost taunting kids to go out and get the record to see what we’re saying on it.”

In a turn of events some people might call karma, the complainer ended up helping Godsmack sell more records, and that had to sting (pun intended, cuz I’m a nerd). By the end of 2001, their debut album was certified 4x platinum and I don’t even have to tell you how Dwayne Johnson’s acting career turned out. Just goes to show that “statistics” aren’t always that reliable – unless, of course, it’s the number of kids who do the opposite of what their parents tell them to. Those are pretty solid.

Now, for the point of all this rambling: I present Godsmack’s hit single “I Stand Alone” from The Scorpion King soundtrack, [briefly] featuring Dwayne Johnson, himself. Enjoy!

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Penny Dreadful

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In Victorian London, the term “penny dreadful” was used as derogatory slang for all the horror stories that were published as weekly serials and cost…yep, 1 penny. People love the Victorian era, we even have an entire Steampunk culture dedicated to it. But romanticism aside, coal pollution, consumption and corsets weren’t the only things suffocating the masses during those times. Excessive personality oppression was the norm; emotionally, behaviorally and especially sexually, and the people needed some kind of outlet for all the things they weren’t allowed to mention in proper society – lest they wanted a lobotomy for being “hysterical.”

Disease and poverty grew as rapidly as the new inventions or scientific and medical ‘breakthroughs’ which gave the creative types more than ample fodder for their caged imaginations. And the literary world benefited greatly from it! Dracula, Frankenstein, Jekyll & Hyde…all of our favorite horror classics (which tend to have strong, sensual undertones) were penned during the Victorian era and Penny Dreadful covers almost all of them.

Not the serials – the TV Show I just totally binge watched on Netflix and now have a massive hangover from! Have you seen it? Well, I don’t usually rush out to encourage others to watch TV shows, especially one with only 3 seasons, but DO IT! Do it now!!! It wasn’t “cancelled” as many shows are. It doesn’t leave you hanging, it’s a story and therefore has an end, but each episode is an hour long, so it covers quite a bit.

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Characters L-R: The Creature (Frankenstein’s Monster), Ethan Chandler, Brona (aka Lily Frankenstein), Vanessa Ives, Sir Malcolm Murray, Sembene. Back: Victor Frankenstein and Dorian Gray.

For those who’ve never seen it or heard of it, Penny Dreadful is what would happen if The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen had wild, fetishist sex with Sherlock Holmes and The Exorcist, then gave birth to the slightly less evil twin of Game of Thrones. If you love everything paranormal, classic horror literature or Victorian, you can’t miss out on this little gem, even if it’s short and often disturbing (or because it’s disturbing! LOL) fans of this twisted genre will undoubtedly love it.

If you do decide to watch it, just keep in mind that it’s called Penny Dreadful for a reason – actually, for every possible reason you could think of. This show is extremely graphic and covers a lot of taboo topics and practices. It’s not a romance…or is it? Just like those classic horror stories, that will be up to the individual to decide in the end.

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And can I rave about the cast? Joshua “Delicious” Hartnett (Nuff said), Eva Green (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), Timothy Dalton, Billie Piper (Rose from Doctor Who!), Patti LuPone, Wes Studi (Dances with Wolves, Last of the Mohicans) and a whole list of other actors and actresses that I’m less familiar with, but were no less brilliant!

Now, to whet your appetite…

This was the official trailer for the premier of Penny Dreadful. It is 100% graphic and not for sensitive eyes! Watch at your own risk:

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Does anyone have any similar shows they would recommend, I’m currently devoid of binge-worthy options! O_o

#ThrowbackThursday

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WISTFUL

 Stars aloft

Stars alight

I wish all day

I dream all night

To kill that bastard

Oh, delight!

To kill him dead, just for spite.

⚔️ ~

Originally posted February 14, 2014

Was that my ode to Valentines day? Your guess is as good as mine, I can barely recall my motives from five minutes ago, let alone 3 years. LOL However, anyone who’s ever attempted to play Alice: Madness Returns can surely feel my homicidal pain. I still haven’t beaten that game!