Username:

Password:

Forgot Password? / Help

News

NEWS LOGO
0

Sometimes You Need a DIRTY MIND

As I sit here and listen to Prince's 26th studio album Planet Earth, it makes me realize why I have been a fan of his for almost 3 decades now. The man is just dripping with talent, sometimes too much to comprehend. Some people think he is no longer relevant in today's music industry of one hit wonders, boy bands and manufactured music, but I say that is total nonsense. He may not have the radio play and albums sales of the 80's, but no one can touch him as far as stage performance goes..no one. This brings me to the topic of this blog, Dirty Mind. I was a mere lad when I came across this album at the local record store where I grew up. The album cover alone was bad enough to were my mother said I couldn't get it. But, I went ahead on my own and purchased it, but never told her that I did. Realize, this album came out in 1981 and was the very first cd in the music industry to receive a Parental Advisory sticker. I played it several times and although I did enjoy it, I didn't actually realize what I was listening to....a groundbreaking masterpiece. Flash forward years later and several Prince albums later, I was home one night and decided to dust off the cd and play it again. It had been a while since I had listened to the entire cd. I was completely floored at what I heard coming from my speakers. How could this album be from 1980? It was truly groundbreaking, it had elements of funk, new wave, rock and pop. But how could an album that was only 8 tracks and 30 minutes long accomplish this? One word, Prince. Every instrument, every vocal and every lyric was Prince, unprecedented at the time. His touring band was made up of different races and women, another first for that time period. As I continued to listen to this album, I thought to myself, I can't be the only one realizing the greatness of this album. So, I searched the web and found many critics agreed with my opinion. Rolling Stone magazine named it one of the 500 best albums of all time. Here is a review from AllMusic.com that pretty much sums up this album:
Neither For You nor Prince was adequate preparation for the full-blown masterpiece of Prince's third album, Dirty Mind. Recorded in his home studio, with Prince playing nearly every instrument, Dirty Mind is a stunning, audacious amalgam of funk, new wave, R&B, and pop, fueled by grinningly salacious sex and the desire to shock. Where other pop musicians suggested sex in lewd double-entendres, Prince left nothing to hide — before its release, no other rock or funk record was ever quite as explicit as Dirty Mind, with its gleeful tales of oral sex, threesomes, and even incest. Certainly, it opened the doors for countless sexually explicit albums, but to reduce its impact to mere profanity is too reductive — the music of Dirty Mind is as shocking as its graphic language, bending styles and breaking rules with little regard for fixed genres. Basing the album on a harder, rock-oriented beat more than before, Prince tries everything — there's pure new wave pop ("When You Were Mine"), soulful crooning ("Gotta Broken Heart Again"), robotic funk ("Dirty Mind"), rock & roll ("Sister"), sultry funk ("Head," "Do It All Night"), and relentless dance jams ("Uptown," "Partyup"), all in the space of half an hour. It's a breathtaking, visionary album, and its fusion of synthesizers, rock rhythms, and funk set the style for much of the urban soul and funk of the early '80s.
That review right there sums it up. To give you even a better taste of this album, here is the video of the title cut:
0.0/60votes
Voting statistics:
RatePercentageVotes
60%0
50%0
40%0
30%0
20%0
10%0
0

Idris Elba meet Superstardom!

You know it's very rare that I admit that I am wrong when it comes to my choices in entertainment. I've been a pop culture junkie for a long time and when it comes to picking great films, TV series, music and so on, I think my track record speaks for itself. Now I have to swallow my pride and admit to a grave error...I didn't watch The Wire when it initially aired on HBO. My reasons were actually pretty valid. Yet, another cop procedural with the same hum drum storylines and characters. So, after having at least 25 people tell me I needed to watch the series. I finally sat down to watch it. Thanks to my good friend Jessica Howe, I sat down to watch the pilot episode. Ok, fast forward one hour and I was sitting in my apartment with my jaw on the ground! What did I just watch? Why didn't I watch this from the beginning! I just witnessed probably one of the best hours of television I have ever seen and I've seen alot! Needless to say, I ran through those 60 episodes in under two weeks. I couldn't tear myself away from the screen. Each hour was as riveting as the one before it. I would look forward to getting home from work, getting things ready for the next day and just sit and watch The Wire until it was time to go to bed. There are many fascinating characters on the show, Jimmy McNulty, D'Angelo and Avon Barksdale, Bodie, Poot, Kima and Lt. Daniels to name a few. But the character that stuck out to me was Stringer Bell. He was the partner in crime with Avon Barksdale. A drug dealer, but one with ambition and drive. Someone who was educated and wanted to take the money they were making and invest, not splurge in the drug lifestyle. I found his character fascinating and the actor who played him, Idris Elba, fascinating as well. I knew I had seen him before on TV and the movies and found out that alot of projects he was involved in, I enjoyed. He's a fantastic actor whose range is top-notch. So, to my surprise, I found out that Idris was a British actor and had a series on BBC America called Luther. Well, without hesitation I jumped at the chance to watch this series. If you haven't heard of it, check out this trailer for the first season: As you can see by this trailer, the show is not your normal bad ass cop procedural, yet one with depth and an Emmy nominated performance by Idris Elba. If you have BBC America, you should definitely check out this series. The first season was only 6 episodes and season 2 was only 4 episodes. I don't understand the British way of doing things as far as episodes per season goes, but I did really enjoy watching this series. Idris Elba is an actor to keep on your radar. He has several big time movie projects coming up, including the Ridley Scott film Prometheus. So, remember the name Idris Elba, he is going to become a big star in the industry!
0.0/60votes
Voting statistics:
RatePercentageVotes
60%0
50%0
40%0
30%0
20%0
10%0
0

Upcoming interviews at The PC Principle!

We are slowly getting things in order here at The PC Principle! We are working hard behind the scenes to bring you some very exclusive content and interviews. Speaking of interviews, we have several that are in the pipeline right now that we think you will enjoy. Joel Gretsch (V, The 4400)           Damian Lewis (Life, Band of Brothers)             We'll also be interviewing award winning author John Kenneth Muir, Alice Jester of The Winchester Family Business website and much more! Definitely stay tuned for some exciting content on the site!!
0.0/60votes
Voting statistics:
RatePercentageVotes
60%0
50%0
40%0
30%0
20%0
10%0
0

Tha Darkside Vibe - The End of An Era

As they say, all good things must come to an end. That is the case with the first blog and podcast I ever did called Tha Darkside Vibe. I started the show back in 2007 because I began to listen to many podcasts on the internet. Some of the good, most of them really bad. I thought to myself, why not give it a shot and do one about something I want to talk about...pop culture. As I am a pop culture junkie, I decided that would be the theme of my show and nothing was off limits. At the same time, I decided also that I wouldn't hold my tongue and be politically correct. Fuck that! I was going to say what was on my mind. Some people liked it, some people didn't. That was fine with me as long as they were listening. At the height of my show, I was averaging around 500 plus downloads of my show, not too shabby. I have to send huge shoutouts to my friends Big White Ryan and Bad Ass Frank. Those are the two who helped me get started and answered all my technical questions. They themselves had great podcasts of their own. There was no subject that I didn't talk about. If it was pop culture, I gave you my thoughts. This definitely isn't a podcast for the kiddies so make sure they aren't around if you are listening. 🙂 The one I have included in this blog post is a best of episode. Some of my most hated and most loved skits. I must say, I did get alot of hate email about some of my skits were people really got mad at something I talked about or a skit I did. Remember guys, these are all jokes, nothing serious, just trying to make people laugh.  These are some of my favorites. So, hopefully you will enjoy them as well!
0.0/60votes
Voting statistics:
RatePercentageVotes
60%0
50%0
40%0
30%0
20%0
10%0
0

The Devil's Playground - A Brimstone Tribute

Every once in a while, a show comes along that resonates with a core group of people. In this crazy world of TV ratings, demographics and core viewing groups, some shows although excellent, fall through the cracks because they don't post the big ratings that the networks would like. Unfortunately for us, Brimstone was one of those shows.

The basic premise of Brimstone is this....Ezekiel Stone was a highly decorated New York police officer. His wife was raped and when the case went to trial, the rapist was let go due to a technicality. Several weeks later, Detective Stone tracked down his wife's rapist and killed him in cold blood. Months later while on a routine drug bust, Detective Stone was shot and killed in the line of duty. Since he killed someone in cold blood, he was sent to Hell. The show starred Peter Horton as Ezekiel Stone and the brilliant John Glover as the Devil. Fast forward 15 years and we find out that 113 souls have escaped from Hell and have gone back to Earth. Since Stone was a cop, the Devil makes a deal with him. Send back all 113 souls to Hell and you will get a second chance at life on Earth. I thought this was an excellent concept. The show was created by Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris, who now have the show Eleventh Hour on CBS. Like I said before, great concept, but it doesn't mean the show will work with the general public. The show was to debut on a Tuesday night for FOX. Then president of the network had high hopes for the show and began promoting the show in the 9pm time slot. 2 weeks before the show was to air, he stepped down as President of FOX network to take another job and a replacement took over. This person did not like the dark nature of the show and wanted more programming that was upbeat and light, but decided to give the show a chance anyway. Brimstone was moved to the death time slot of 8pm on Friday nights, paired with another great show Millennium. Without any big promotion or support from FOX, the show aired its first thirteen episodes with decent numbers. FOX had ordered 6 more scripts of the show, but during post production on episode 14, FOX cancelled Brimstone. Needless to say, I was not a happy camper! The final episode of Brimstone entitled Mourning After, aired on February 12, 1999. There was no announcement publicly that the show was cancelled, it just stopped airing. After a couple of months, I decided to go on the internet and find any information that I could about the fate of the show. Nothing was on the FOX website, although the Brimstone link was still there. While digging for information, I came across a save Brimstone website. There I found out that the show had indeed been cancelled and that I was not the only fan of the show. After weeks of talking with other people on the site, we decided to start the usual steps to try and save the show. Start writing to FOX, Warner Bros and other stations to see if we could save Brimstone. After 4 months with little head way, we gathered money from people who could contribute and placed and ad in Variety magazine, yes, Variety! It garnered our little campaign some national attention...so much so that the head of the SciFi channel wrote to the head of our campaign to state that they were interested in Brimstone. Almost a year later, the SciFi channel picked up the rights to air the original 13 episodes, which was great. We were actually seeing results due to our hard work. We later found out that Warner Bros. would not give the SciFi channel the rights to produce new episodes. So after 6 months of showing the original episodes, Brimstone was taken of the schedule. The campaign was obviously disappointed that the show stopped airing on SciFi, but was happy that we were able to get the show back on the air. I was proud to be part of that campaign. In February of 2009, will be the 10 year anniversary of Brimstone being cancelled. Over the years I have tried to find copies of the 13 episodes with varying success. Most of the complete sets I found were on VHS and not in great quality. Recently I came across a great site that actually put a DVD set together of the show and I got my copy a couple of days ago. It is by far the best fan made set of the show and the picture quality is a solid A. I watched the episodes from the beginning and it made me remember why I was so into this show. You may be thinking to yourselves, why is this guy so wrapped up in a TV show. Hasn't there been anything that you were passionate about? That you wanted to make sure that people knew about? Well, one of my passions is the show Brimstone. Excellent acting, writing and top-notch storytelling that just pulls you into the world of Ezekiel Stone from moment one. It gave you a mixture of humor, drama and fantasy all rolled into one. It made you ask questions about faith, religion and what is truly good and evil. If you haven't seen the show, find it and watch it. If you have seen the show, watch it again. Remember, nobody beats the Devil....or so I hear.
0.0/60votes
Voting statistics:
RatePercentageVotes
60%0
50%0
40%0
30%0
20%0
10%0