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A Christmas Classic Has An Even Greater Significance During This Trying Year

December 25th, 2020
A Christmas Classic Has An Even Greater Significance During This Trying Year

It was late 1984, and Boomtown Rats front man Bob Geldof was sitting down to watch a bit of telly as the calendar began to turn towards the holidays. However, what he saw that evening was anything but festive. Geldof watched as a documentary news program detailed the horrible starving and suffering going on in Africa due to incredible droughts and oppression. And as he watched, he was moved to tears, sorrow, and finally, action. He knew he had to do something to help, but just donating money himself seemed so small, so insignificant. How could he do something larger? Finally, he had the idea, and... Read More

Some Like It Hot… With The Video You Deserve

November 30th, 2020
Some Like It Hot... With The Video You Deserve

Welcome back! It’s Monday, and you all know by now that means today you get your Video You Deserve. That’s right, every Monday, to begin your week with awesomeness, we, the kind, tender, gentle, loving, butt-kicking souls at QuadCities.com give you a cheesy music video to start your week with a laugh and maybe a weird video and catchy song or something. This week’s video is from a band that started off as a side project and ended up breaking up a popular band, sending them into a new era. It was 1985, and Duran Duran were the biggest band on the planet. The group had sold millions of records... Read More

Don’t Be Too Shy, Check Out The Video You Deserve!

November 16th, 2020
Don't Be Too Shy, Check Out The Video You Deserve!

Welcome back! It’s Monday, and you all know by now that means today you get your Video You Deserve. That’s right, every Monday, to begin your week with awesomeness, we, the kind, tender, gentle, loving, butt-kicking souls at QuadCities.com give you a cheesy music video to start your week with a laugh and maybe a weird video and catchy song or something. This week’s video is from a band that was a one-hit wonder in the United States and like, a four-hit wonder in their native UK. It was 1982, and a four-piece band calling themselves, pretentiously enough, Art Nouveau, was seeking just... Read More

I Could’ve Been The Kid In That Bullying Video. The Violence Needs To Stop

August 21st, 2020
I Could’ve Been The Kid In That Bullying Video. The Violence Needs To Stop

Bullying. I revisit this subject, and this column topic, every year around this time, because every year, a new school session starts and invariably the potential for children abusing other children rises. Even this year, and maybe especially this year, due to covid-19 and the inherent pressures and stresses surrounding it, the potential for kids to lash out and hurt others is heightened. A couple years back, The Keaton bullying video went viral. It brought tears to my eyes and broke my heart. As anyone who went to junior high with me knows, I was bullied mercilessly seventh and eighth grade years.... Read More

Don’t Be Too Shy, Check Out The Video You Deserve!

July 20th, 2020
Don't Be Too Shy, Check Out The Video You Deserve!

Welcome back! It’s Monday, and you all know by now that means today you get your Video You Deserve. That’s right, every Monday, to begin your week with awesomeness, we, the kind, tender, gentle, loving, butt-kicking souls at QuadCities.com give you a cheesy music video to start your week with a laugh and maybe a weird video and catchy song or something. This week’s video is from a band that was a one-hit wonder in the United States and like, a four-hit wonder in their native UK. It was 1982, and a four-piece band calling themselves, pretentiously enough, Art Nouveau, was seeking just... Read More

Pink, Duran Duran’s John Taylor, Both Test Positive For Coronavirus

April 5th, 2020
Pink, Duran Duran's John Taylor, Both Test Positive For Coronavirus

Pink, best known for her Grammy-award winning hits like “Get This Party Started,” and John Taylor, bassist for Duran Duran, best known for smashes like “Hungry Like The Wolf,” both announced on social media this weekend that they’ve tested positive for coronavirus. Both artists have played to sold-out crowds at Moline’s TaxSlayer Center and enjoy large followings in the Quad-Cities. They join a growing number of celebrities who have tested positive, including Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and Chris Cuomo, as well as Joe Diffie, who passed away from the virus, and John... Read More

I Could’ve Been The Kid In That Bullying Video. The Violence Needs To Stop.

December 11th, 2017
I Could’ve Been The Kid In That Bullying Video. The Violence Needs To Stop.

WARNING: Contains language some may find offensive. The language is used for context and is not gratuitous, but may trigger or offend some individuals. The Keaton bullying video brought tears to my eyes and broke my heart. As anyone who went to junior high with me knows, I was bullied mercilessly seventh and eighth grade years. I was a skinny, awkward, artsy, goofy kid with messy hair who loved art, writing, Dr. Who, David Bowie, Duran Duran and all kinds of other so-called “faggot things.” I was poor and had ripped clothes and went to a rich kids’ school. I was pitifully awkward with girls... Read More

For Waking Robots, Being Different Is the Only Way to Fit In

December 23rd, 2016
For Waking Robots, Being Different Is the Only Way to Fit In

Angi Chapman of Waking Robots, who will play at RIBCO in the District of Rock Island Friday night, says she wrote “Frost” while suffering an incredible fever, days later discovering the recording and hearing it as if for the first time. She remembers thinking that it sounded “hokey,” with its almost western saloon rhythm, but when she reluctantly presented the sparse demo to a trusted friend, their reaction was so positive that she had no choice but to finish the track. It has since become a fan favorite. This story is typical for of one of the Quad Cities’ most unique bands, Waking... Read More

For Waking Robots, Being Different Is the Only Way to Fit In

May 2nd, 2016
For Waking Robots, Being Different Is the Only Way to Fit In

Angi Chapman says she wrote “Frost” while suffering an incredible fever, days later discovering the recording and hearing it as if for the first time. She remembers thinking that it sounded “hokey,” with its almost western saloon rhythm, but when she reluctantly presented the sparse demo to a trusted friend, their reaction was so positive that she had no choice but to finish the track. It has since become a fan favorite. This story is typical for of one of the Quad Cities’ most unique bands, Waking Robots. Its lead singer and songwriters staunch refusal to give in to self doubt or ever... Read More

Hello again, I’m happy to meet you, and me!

March 25th, 2016
Hello again, I’m happy to meet you, and me!

“A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but it is by no means the most interesting.” –  Jon Pertwee Hey! Good to see you again! I’m happy to meet you, and me, actually. I hope you’re saying the same. After all, it’s been almost eight years since my last column. The previous one was published in the first week of 2009 and I’ve been on sabbatical ever since. Thanks, Obama. Actually, believe it or not, the president had very little to do with my leave of absence. I would’ve easily been able to sneak in my duties as a special ops secret agent guarding Air... Read More