Dave Mustaine: If He Is Selling, Then I Am Buying

   For the past 20 years I have been a metal fan. I dig all sorts of music, of course, but metal really shaped my adolescent years through self expression. I could identify with Judas Priest and Motorhead more than the mainstream grunge era. I guess that I have always been the opposite of main stream in that way. It wasn’t that I aspired to be different but I was just myself and I think that in itself made me less of a freak. The one thing that I really went against, even among my closest metal friends was the fact the Dave Mustaine was the soul of the metal/thrash movement and not Metallica. It seems that Dave has been painted a loser by the millions of Metallica fans and for what? Because he was a true artist and lived his passion for metal even through highs and lows? So what if he couldn’t handle his drinking and drugs. He still is the greatest thrash artist that ever lived and at least he is not a sell out.

I don’t think the music industry has ever had a more fiery and feud enthused artist than Dave Mustaine. He lived, ate and breathed his art and over the past two and a half decades he still puts out his thrash licks from his Jackson V. He controls Megadeth and that is the way it should be. Do you know what happens when you sell out to the mainstream shit and other influencing artists? You get Some kind Of Monster. If I was to take that album back in time to the year 1986 and played it to Metallica fans I guarantee they would turn their backs on James and Lars because that is what they did to their true fans. Dave doesn’t put on eyeliner, black nail polish and write songs about hurt feelings because the popular bands of the time are. Fuck no! He would put a bullet in the band before selling out. I remember Jason Newsted responding to the question of selling out and you know what he said?

“Sure we sell out. We sell out every damn show.”

Maybe to teens and pop wannabes,  but not the fans who propelled you to the status that Metallica is at. Sure you sell out, but who’s buying, Jason? Who is buying? You’re not in the band so maybe you want to recant.

I’m not stating that James, Kirk, Lars or anyone of the bassists are bad musicians. They are amazing. I am stating that Dave Mustaine holds their talent in the tip of his pinkie. People know this when they see him live. I have been to a few Metallica shows and a few Megadeth shows and as far as vocal and guitar goes there is no comparison. Dave has got it and he didn’t adjust his sound or style just because NIN or Limp Bizkit is on top of the charts at the time. I know when a new Megadeth album comes out, it will aspire to rock harder and achieve new heights and not go in a new direction because Bob Rock, a panel of Rolling Stone magazine exects and psychologists say so. That is the furthest direction from both rock and metal that I have ever heard of.

Thank you Dave.

One Hit Wonders Of The Simpsons

 It is tough to form an opinion from the 400 plus episodes of The Simpsons so I will not even try. I will say I like the first five seasons much more than any of the others and I feel I am not alone on that. For 18 years the animation has been apart of pop culture and has cleverly covered the “normal” nuclear family and the perils of suburban life.  The one thing, however, about The Simpsons are the rich and indepth characters. For as long as the show is on the air, these characters have their own thirty minutes of spot light like McBain and his daughter dating Bart to Moe and his found riches in the “Flaming Moe.” But the characters I always enjoyed were the ones who came and left, never to be seen on another episode again even though they touched us (and the Simpson family) the most. Here are the ones that stand out to me.


       Lisa’s substitue, Mr. Bergstrom was such a great character. He was a traveling teacher that moves from town to town, teaching from his heart rather than from a lesson plan.  Lisa sees Mr. Bergstrom as the one person in the town of Springfield who appriciates her talents. She also developes a crush on him and knows he is intellectually superior to the only other man in her life, her father Homer. Unfortunatly for Lisa, as quickly as he came into her life he left. Mr. Bergstrom left by train to another town where he can inspire more kids to be who they are. But before he boards the train he is confronted by Lisa and he leaves her a note for insperation when ever she is down. It reads “You are Lisa Simpson.”



     I don’t know why but I was touched a little. I hope there are Mr. Bergstom’s among the teachers in America.  Maybe it was Dustin Hoffman’s voice for Mr. Bergstrom that made his character so likable but I can watch this episode over and over and I still feel a heavy heart when Lisa reads his note. I have to remember it’s a cartoon.


           Another great character that only had a brief time in the spotlight was Karl. Karl was the angel in disguise that helped out Homer as his personal assistant. Homer cheated the system by comitting insurance fraud for a miracle hair replacement drug which by looks alone propelled him up the corperate ladder after his hair grew in over night. With a new position, Karl came to the rescue and gave Homer the confidence and knowlege to be a sucess. But soon Homer was found out and Karl, like a soldier, took the blame and was terminated. He even gave Homer his umbrella and walked to his car in the rain after his dismissal. What a guy.  Some say he was gay and had a crush on Homer but I like to think he is just a nice person who gives a strange his all.

       More tomorrow!   

       It’s tomorrow!


        Beatrice Simmons also only had a short stay on the Simpsons. She stole Abe Simpson’s heart when they accidently had their pills mixed up at the retirement home. With one look at each other they fell in love and spent the day doing what old people do. Personally, I liked the provocative pill scene. Unfortunatly, good intentions from the Simpson family to take Abe on a day adventure to Discount Lion Safari, Abe missed Bea’s birthday and she also passed away during the night. But to show her “undying” love, she left Abe $100,00 dollars in her will. Determined to enjoy his new found riches, he spent the day trying to have fun but ultimately came to the conclusion that no amount of money can mend his broken heart. So with much thought he finally decided to spend the money and bring back dignity to the retirement home where he met Beatrice to begin with. Great story.

     I think each of these three characters are far too rich to keep forever on the Simpsons. They bring a moral lesson to their own episode and help shape the main characters for future seasons. Mr. Bergstrom reinforced the need for Lisa to be proud of herself. Karl brought the same lesson to Homer but also taught him the lesson selflessness. Last but not least, Abe’s lost love, Beatrice, gave him love and the ability to bring dignity to the aging population of the retirement home. While all these characters are great I understand why they are the one hit wonders of the Simpsons. To bring morality lessons to the show we don’t need to see their faults. They are a bright spot in a long airing series and their mark has been left for all the future seasons.

     I think I have been too serious about a cartoon. :\                                                                                                                                                                                 

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