The Return of a Guilty Pleasure: Degrassi Season 7 is Tonight.

When I was younger, I used to watch “Degrassi Junior High” on PBS after achool. I had NO Idea that the show was from Canada. All I do know is that the show really tackled some tougher subject matter that I wasn’t used to seeing as a kid. Abortion, AIDS, Drug Use, Teenage Pregnancy, are some of the things I remember them dealing with on the show.

Fast forward to about 4 years ago. I was watching TV with my cousin and she was watching a show where a main character got an STD and a sore throat after performing oral sex on a classmates in exchange for bracelets.

I wondered “What the hell was this kid watching?” and then I realized it was a new incarnation of “Degrassi Junior High” called “Degrassi The Next Generation”.

I am almost ashamed to say, but I am fully caught up with the storylines. And tonight marks the 7th season premiere on The N (aka Noggin) at 8PM.

Why do I watch this show? I will never fully understand. Some of these kids are horrible actors (with the notable exception of Lauren Collins). And these storylines sometimes are on some real ABC After School Special type shit.

But hey, if my good friends Pab and Ted can be unashamed to be 20 something and still watch “Saved By The Bell”, then I have a right to see a show where a kids are not perfect and get into really crazy situations.

I hope this season rebounds from the really stupid death of JT Yorke last season. If they were going to kill anyone off, it should have been Emma (because the actress who plays her CANT ACT)

The promo with Manny and her newly blonde (and not to mention fug) hair chilling with Darcy (who later in a promo I saw was looking like something BAD happened to her) doesn’t instill much confidence. But of course I will watch.

And I hope they change that really stupid opening credits sequence that ripped off 90210.

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The most creative music video you will see today!

Bob Sinclair

Bob Sinclair’s “World Hold On” is a song that I have known about for a while now. My gym has satellite radio, and they only seem to keep it on the dance station. Which is fine by me, I like Dance Music a lot. My brother and I used to watch the dance video show on MTV2 at like 12 Midnight on Saturdays. And all those long ass hours working at H&M back in the day where I endured DVD’s full of dance music exposed me to a lot of stuff as well.

I never really dug the song until I went to my brother’s girlfriend’s birthday party and they actually played the song. And I don’t know if it was because I unfortunately drank myself stupid before I got there and was feeling nice, but the song sounded way different. I actually really liked the song.  

In typical dance music tradition, the video for “World Hold On” is ridiculously creative. Dance music videos are often like those odd dreams you have as you are just about to wake up to go to work.

You guys know those kind of dreams right? No? I’m alone? Oh OK.

Anyhow the video is best described as a story about a boy and his dog mixed in with the movie “Armageddon” and the NBA.

Just watch it and see and I dare you to NOT enjoy it!

Here is Bob Sinclair with “World Hold On”.

Enjoy!

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Bonus Dance Video: Michael Gray “The Weekend” (NSFW-ish)

“Old School” Joint of the Day: Joe Jackson “Steppin Out”

Night and Day

When it comes to my musical tastes I can be a bit of an oddball. My Ipod is filled with different genres of music. So today, I thought I’d deviate from my norm of posting R&B/Hip Hop Music in my “Old School” posts, and expand a little bit.

Hey you can’t fault me for my insane love of R&B, it’s my mother’s fault. Her weekend cleaning sessions while listening to many old school R&B hits stuck with me. It’s funny how I even thought that The Main Ingredient recorded the Seals and Croft classic “Summer Breeze” first (because that was the version I grew up hearing.)

Anyhow, when I was younger, the go to guy in my family for musical diversity was my cousin Tone.

Tone was into every type of music (he still is), and as children we always admired his ecclectic musical tastes. I remember trying to be like him by thinking outside the box when it came to music. And I am glad I did.

This song “Steppin Out” has been a fave of mine for years. My cousin Eddie had the “Night and Day” album when we were kids.

I just liked the feeling that “Steppin Out” gave me. It was just a fun song. It’s also funny how years later the song wound up on “Flash FM” in the “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City” game. So you know I always left it on “Flash FM”. There was nothing like committing PS2 crimes and outrunning the Vice City Police Department to the song “Steppin Out”.

But it is a good song. And I sometimes sing it at Karaoke if I’m bored with the songs I usually sing.

Anyhow, here is the video to the song “Steppin Out”.

Enjoy!

Bonus Jam: Joe Jackson “Breaking Us In Two”

Britney When She Was Well: Redux

It’s a shame how she went from this video to where she is now.

This video for the song “Stronger” is similar in structure to the video for “Gimme More” (with the focus on a solo Britney performance).

But the big difference? In this video she is actually putting in an effort to dance. While in the “Gimme More” video she is just doing amature pole dancing. I mean if she was going to do a video with above the waist glamour shots and pole dancing, shouldn’t she have taken a couple pole dancing lessons at “Crunch” just to give us something good?

Again, I just can’t anymore with Britney. It’s like watching an ex-girlfriend in self destruct mode. Sure there are still some feelings there, but in the end it’s just not the same.

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“Grey’s Anatomy” Wrap Up: 10/4/07

 

Could this be the start of something new?

Sorry to start off a blog with a cheesy lyric from Disney’s “High School Musical”, but as I watched “Grey’s Anatomy” yesterday I noticed a huge change. The level of quality was dramatically different than last week’s ho-hum outing. It almost was like I was watching a lost episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” from season 2. But then the relentlessly awful George-Izzie stuff came back and I was reminded that I was still in Season 4.  

Nevertheless, it seems like the writers are really delivering on their promise of change from the darker Season 3. And I for one am satisfied so far.

The episode starts with the most central characters to the show: Meredith and Derek. They are still broken up, but are sleeping together. I am glad the writers realized that the breakup in Season 3 was contrived. The Mer-Der scenes last night show that their relationship is finally moving in a better direction. I also like that they are acting like a real couple. Last season there wasn’t much of that. And that was a gripe of mine. Meredith almost died, yet they didn’t act like a couple that almost lost each other.

Of course it’s not an episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” without an incident that sets off the drama for the rest of the episode. Last night delivered a pretty good one: a mysterious explosion at an apartment complex that sends a young couple and their baby, their landlord, and a neighbor to the ER. Their baby is crying and won’t stop, and Karev (who has become one of my favorite characters) decides to test the baby’s blood after his CT Scan came out normal.

Turns out the baby was crying due to him going through withdrawals from Crystal Meth. So yup, the poor kid is an addict. And the apartment complex blew up because the baby’s parents were running a Meth Lab from their apartment. This incident also set up some interesting scenes with Karev that shows growth as a character.

Meanwhile Callie is having a hard time dealing with the responsibilities of being Chief Resident. And you know what? Good for her. Callie was so dead set on getting the job last season, and she even had a conversation/showdown with Bailey last season over it. She inexplicably got the job over Bailey (how can Bailey lose over anyone?) and now she is in deep shit. She is lost. And as each episode goes on, Callie’s incompetence in the position is becoming more and more evident.

It also doesn’t help that Bailey has all of Callie’s residents on lockdown. Remember they were all Bailey’s interns. They learned from her. They respect her. They are NOT going to respect Callie. Even if she is George’s woman. So when Bailey needs a resident to cover the clinic and Callie says no, what does Bailey do? She naturally asserts her authority and uses her respect with the Residents to get Meredith to cover for her. And Meredith agrees. It also helps that Bailey reminded Meredith that she saved her life last season.

On to George and Izzie. Can this madness please stop? They are both so selfish and poorly written. They want to profess their love to each other. And Izzie is so gung ho about it. Hasn’t she ever had a one night stand? Why can’t she let what happened go? They had sex. Ok, move on. Why does it need to be a full fledged relationship? It’s just not believable that a girl with good looks like Izzie is so hung up over George.

I also don’t feel like George’s character is natural anymore. It’s like this womanizing thing he’s into now is forced as a result from the real life fall out over “Isaiah Gate”. He slept with a nurse, Meredith, Callie, and Izzie. Who is next? At this rate by season 5 he will probably have slept with the entire cast.

Izzie is a mess. She killed someone, almost got all of her friends in trouble for it, and not only did she kill Denny, she probably killed whoever was in 1st place before Denny to get heart for the transplant. Remember she did steal that heart. I don’t know how much more I can take of this. They really need to get Izzie into a specialty and have her stay there. It’s annoying to watch her roll her eyes and have no place at the hospital.

The stupidest thing also happened last night, Izzie told Callie that she was doing a good job right after Callie was yelled at by the Chief. Really stupid and unlike her character. Especially since she hates Callie and her allegiance is with Bailey too. I don’t buy her being patronizing and full of shit just because she feels guilty about stealing her man. Whatever.

Lexi Grey is annoying. But Meredith is rude, she is so nasty to Lexi. But I like how the writers softened Meredith’s rudeness by having Meredith explain why she was so angry. Let’s not forget that their father is the same guy that tried to shoehorn his way back into Meredith’s life (after a long absence) only to wind up slapping her in the face in front of everyone at the hospital. So yeah, I’d be pissed too. And it’s the pissed off that doesn’t vanish over night.  

Christina spent the whole episode trying to avoid Mama Burke (who had come to Seattle Grace to talk to her). But Mama Burke wound up playing Dr. Phil with anyone who talked to her. It was like watching a Daytime Talk Show spin off with Mama Burke dispensing life lessons to people. (ABC Don’t Get ANY IDEAS, “Private Practice” is bad enough.) She told Meredith about her selfish “It’s Over!” speech at the wedding. She told George not to stay in a marriage he wasn’t 100% committed to. And she finally told Derek that he deserved better than being Meredith’s sideline ho. Well she didn’t use those exact words. But it’s true.

She finally wound up talking to Christina, and they came to a truce. When Christina came home, all of Burke’s belongings were gone and her apartment was free of him. This experience seemed to change her for the better, as her bedside manner has dramatically improved by the end of the episode.  

In the end, all the storylines moved forward. And it seems George and Izzie are on track to end horribly. And that is a good thing. They deserve to be put through it because what they have done to Callie is unfair.

Meanwhile Callie is on a fast track to lose her Chief Resident job, while Bailey is continuing to outdo her at every step.

And finally, Derek didn’t follow Mama Burke’s Mother Love advice. Derek is a better man and deserves more from Meredith, but he still went home with her for a “Friends With Benefits” session.

Overall I’m glad with the new direction of the show. The ferry seems to be back on course. Hopefully this episode will be a starting point for better things to come. 

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