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April 5th, 2009
I can't imagine anyone
other than a few friends still views this website, but if you do and you've been looking
to contact us, we have a brand new email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. We had to
ditch the Freeservers email address a while back as the interface was absolutely atrocious
and the spam was unbearable.
March 1st, 2009
Damn, has it really been three years since the last update? I guess so.
I suppose it goes without saying that this site is mainly an archive now. It's pretty
rare that I add anything new, although I did write a tribute to Phil Hartman on the
10th anniversary of his death. I finally got around to adding the link in the "other" section.
I also finally cleaned up the links section. Wow, most of those sites are long gone. It's
kind of amazing to witness how much has changed in just a few years. Everyone rushed to
get their own websites up at the beginning of the decade. Personal websites have now
become largely a thing of the past, superseded by MySpace, Facebook and the blogosphere.
I'm slowly going through and removing any email links. The email@example.com address was
discontinued a while back, as it was completely and utterly useless. The Freeservers
interface was the worst I'd ever seen and the thing was just LOADED with spam. Anyone
interested in contacting me can do so via my music MySpace.
has been a LONNNNNNG time since I've updated, spuds. This can be
attributed to various factors, chief among them being writing
new songs, playing in a band and being distracted by the great black
hole of MySpace. Updates for this site will probably continue to
be few and far between, although I would really like to have the album
guides be an ongoing thing. On that note, I've uploaded an introductory
page for the album guides, and I've revised the Devo
guide to include some reader comments.
keep forgetting to mention this. I've had two accounts on MySpace
for the past few months. One is for my
music but the other is a standard
account. I don't do much there, though...just fill out survey
after survey and tweak my profile. Oh, and I like to torture other
people by posting crazy video clips in their comments. (Like, for
been a while. I tidied up the concert
reviews today, making all the reviews look more uniform and adding
some disclaimers to a few of the older ones. This had been bugging
me for a while so I'm glad I finally got around to tweaking them.
Please note that the URLs of all concert reviews have changed. I
wrote some of those when this website was just starting up...back when
I thought an html page's url could only be eight letters long. Ha!
been quite a while since a proper update, spuds. I did a little,
uh, pre-spring cleaning tonight.
Music Non Stop button had been bugging me for quite some time, so I designed
a new one. I suppose it's only fitting to have Kraftwerk be on the
button, since that section is named after one of their songs. Eh?
my review of "The
Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads" to the music section. Another
album guide will be on the way soon. I hope to crank out more and
more album guides in the next few months.
will soon have a "Miscellaneous" section, just like the old days.
I have ideas for some new features here on the site that simply won't fit
in any of the other sections.
a little bit of cleaning up tonight. I cleaned up the Redlands page,
adding a new logo (that I'd made about two years ago) for the "Louis
Demon Project." I also added the long anticipated Chapter 2!
Well, part one, anyway. Expect two more parts soon.
finally uploaded the Beatles
Album Guide, even though I didn't include any compilations. Perhaps
in the future. I also uploaded a slightly revamped version of the
Album Guide, with a uniform style to the new Beatles guide.
anyway. Yet another Ramone has fallen. Johnny Ramone, a founding
member of the group, has died of prostate cancer. The story that
he was sick first broke a few months ago, but his doctors quickly tried
to quell the story by saying it was an exaggeration. (But that's
exactly what happened right before George Harrison died.) It's amazing
that the bulk of this band has passed away in the course of the last two
years. It's the end of an era. Between them and Joe Strummer,
practically all the godfathers of punk rock--REAL punk rock, that is, not
this watered down mall crap you hear today--are gone. When the Pistols
start dying in a few years, you can officially call it a day.
Ramones not only gave rock and roll a much needed kick in the ass in the
mid-'70s, they also launched an entire movement that resulted in punk rock
and, later on, new wave. Their influence is vast. Even if you
aren't a fan of the band, if you enjoy the music of that period, you should
be a fan by default. I enjoy their music *and* the countless bands
they influenced both directly and indirectly in the late '70s and early
'80s. Another thing I admire about these guys is that, over the course
of 25 years, they remained largely true to their vision and their ideals.
They very rarely deviated from loud, punchy tunes with a couple of chords,
hooks and simple lyrics. And there were always those leather jackets
and torn jeans...
evening, I went down to the local Wherehouse (I know, I hate them too)
to purchase a concert ticket. I noticed "Ramones Mania" was on the
playlist. Later on, some friends and I went down to a local British
pub. I went to the CD jukebox and programmed in three of my favorite
Ramones tunes. We went upstairs to play pool and a Ramones tune came
on...but not one of the ones I'd picked. We were treated to about
ten Ramones songs over the course of the next hour...until we finally got
to the ones I'd picked. It was nice to know that other people were
paying their respects. Such is the impact of this band.
yourself a huge favor. If you consider yourself a true music fan
and you don't own it yet, go out right now and purchase this album:
The Ramones self-titled debut
album. Probably the best--and purest--punk rock album ever made,
next to "Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols." Song for
song, it's a knockout, and it's in my personal top 30 of all time.
It changed the face of underground music in the '70s, paved the way for
a lot of great music to come and still sounds fresh, raw, rocking and downright
fun nearly 30 years later. Never mind the fact that modern day pinheads
like Blink 182 have ripped these guys off wholesale. This album is
the REAL DEAL. If you like it, buy the next three albums after that,
"Ramones Leave Home," "Rocket To Russia" and "Road To Ruin."
When are mall creatures like
Britney Spears going to kick the bucket?
along with 400 other websites, participated in Grey Tuesday. This
was a worldwide organized protest urging reform of copyright laws and the
music industry in general. It was spurned by an album called "The
Grey Album," which features remixed versions of Jay-Z's "The Black Album"
utilizing elements of the Beatles' "white album." (This makes our
participation a bit ironic, considering our site's name is a parody of
the Beatles' company Apple Records.) The album was released briefly
in stores before EMI sent all stores a memo to destroy the album.
They then threatened any websites offering the album for download with
a cease and desist order. On Tuesday, February 24th, 400 websites
comitted an act of defiance by either posting the mp3s or turning their
page grey and posting a link to the Grey Tuesday main site (we did the
latter). For more information on this historic event, click here.
For more on the people behind this massive protest, click here.
a really nice piece about John Ritter by Larry Miller to the end of our
Ritter tribute page. The piece appeared in The Daily Standard
on September 22nd.
work in progress since August, we've finally added the Devo
album guide to
the music section. More album guides forthcoming!
if the day of September 11th couldn't possible get any--excuse my language--shittier
than it already is, this evening, at roughly 5:00 a.m., I came across two
news stories. Johnny Cash and John Ritter are both dead. Bizarrely,
they passed away within an hour of each other. Cash's death was not
a surprise, as June Carter just passed away recently and Johnny was living
with serious health problems. Ritter's death is a total shock.
I won't go into how much fondness I had for Ritter here. I'm working
on a tribute page
that will more than aptly convey that. Quite honestly, I haven't
been this bummed since the tragic death of Phil Hartman.
a review of Ben
Kweller's "Sha Sha" album to the music section. More album reviews
coming soon (hopefully)!
apparently we finished *and* uploaded our review of the Divine
Comedy show in January and didn't even realize it until now! There's
a link to it in the music section now.
and a word to the wise...adding profane messages to our guestbook
lambasting us for not offering our "Ferris Bueller" soundtrack to the public
does *not* help to endear you to us in any way, shape or form. For
the right way to do it, see Bob Bert's entry. Thank you.
days ago we recevied another bummer in our inbox (in a long line of bummers
as of late). The legendary Fred Rogers had passed away from cancer.
"Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" was a childhood institution for over 30 years.
Much less in your face than its competitors like "Sesame Street" and "The
Electric Company," the show encouraged young children to be more ponderous,
imaginative and thoughtful. In addition, Fred seemed to be just about
the kindest soul you could ever hope to meet.
should have mentioned this earlier but Freeservers recently turned off
free e-mail forwarding with the exception of two addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org
and email@example.com. We hope to update every link on
the site, but that will prove to be a long and arduous process.
at Crapple seem to be slowly getting back into the swing of things.
Just in is a review of Spoon's "Kill
The Moonlight" album, as well as an article on the great but short-lived
All fans of intelligent, well written music are encouraged to check out
concert reviews will be coming shortly! Also did some tidying up,
including removing the Fab Four photo gallery and many John Linnell concert
photos, due to Freeservers space limitations. *grumble*
reeling from actually seeing The Divine Comedy in concert last night!
woke up today to find a major bummer in my inbox. Joe Strummer, legendary
frontman of The Clash, has died at the age of 50. Cause of death
is unknown, though it's suspected it was a heart attack. Ask anyone...The
Clash were one of the most massively influential bands of the last 25 years.
They were one of the first true punk bands, one of the first bands to adopt
a serious social and political conscience and also one of the only British
new wave acts to become huge in America. The Clash are due to be
inducted into the Rock 'N Roll Hall Of Fame next year, and there were talks
of a reunion...of course those thoughts have now been squashed by his departure.
Check out Joe's post-Clash work with the Mescaleros, as well as some of
his interesting score work...including "Grosse Pointe Blank." It's
a little scary when icons from your music generation start dying...Ben
Orr of The Cars, Joey and Dee Dee Ramone, now Joe Strummer...who's next?
and P.S. I turned on MTV and VH-1 after I'd heard the news to see
if they were running any stories. Nothing. Not a ticker, not
a breaking news update...not a thing. If it wasn't for The Clash,
half of these suck-ass bands they champion so hard wouldn't even exist.
Not to mention...oh wait, whaddya know? Some bald guy on TRL *just*
broke in to announce the news. Wow, Carson Daly actually sounds broken
up. At least the guy set it straight by saying how many dozens of
bands these kiddies today dig gave props to The Clash. Good.
But not until they played a video by those wannabe mutant no talents Sum
41. Listen to a *real* punk record, kids.
has it really been six months, spuds? Anyhow, hope you like the seasonal
redecoration around here. Coming extremely soon will be an article
about one of the best bands you've probably never heard of: Pulsars.
We're just getting clearance from some of the sources we've quoted.
Hopefully, we'll have a few new concert reviews up soon. We've still
got reviews to write for Sparks, Elvis Costello, Ben Folds/Neil Hannon
and Spinal Tap! Stay tuned, oh faithful readers. By the way...this
site will probably be a lot less graphically intense from now on, as we're
rapidly approaching Freeservers' 12MB limit! Ack, the perils of free
for the lack of updates, spuds. As you can see from the picture at
the top of the main page...we've had bigger fish to fry. Yes, that
really is one Mr. Elvis Costello, our founder's musical hero...and no,
it is not digitally edited. Full blow-by-blow review of the outstanding
EC show at UCLA's Ackerman Ballroom coming shortly. For now, you
can peruse our review of his latest album "When
I Was Cruel." We've also added a reader resonse to the new "List"
topic, "Best Cover
finally the guestbook
makes its triumphant return! Now sign
the bloody thing!!! (The Beatles' album guide has been put on hold
indefinitely...we've decided to rewrite the entire thing!)
long last, added a new "List" topic to the music section. This one
is "Best Cover
Song." Make sure you send in your own lists, so they can be posted
right here on the page!
tidied up the music page a bit and took some things down which you probably
SOON: A Beatles album guide, and a review of the recent Neil
Hannon/Ben Folds show at the Anaheim House of Blues. Also, the guestbook
will be back up shortly.
changed the splash page to a picture of Blaine Fabin from the film "Waiting
For Guffman." Not entirely sure why.
guestbook has been taken down for maintenance reasons. Many entries
were inadvertantly deleted recently.
coming soon! Sorry for the delay!
LONG LAST...the Beck
concert review is up. It's written in our old "blow-by-blow"
style, about a show from the "Midnite Vultures" tour. Enjoy!
for the lack of updates, peeps. Where does the time go? Our
founder can currently be seen in the Inland Empire production of "Pump
Boys and Dinettes" at the Rialto Community Playhouse.
the "Good Riddance 2001" banner from the main page and the links to the
"'80s wav of the moment," as Freeservers took it upon themselves to delete
all the wavs recently. Apparently the megabyte limit for a free site
is now 12 megabytes. Thanks Freeservers. :-p
soon: album guides for The Beatles and The Monkees (The Monkees?!?), Beck
and Ben Folds concert reviews, "The List" topic "Best Cover Song" and "The
Louis Demon Project: Part 2."
a two year hiatus, it's finally back! Our humble little tribute to
the film "Grosse
Pointe Blank" is back up and running, this time expanded and revised
to include cast and soundtrack info, images, trivia, and more! Also
revamped our main page a bit. Hope you like it.
much to say folks. That is, words aren't adequate at this time.
Beatle George Harrison has passed away, and we've added a page in his memory:
Harrison Remembered." It is filled with many touching tributes
from friends, family and collaborators. It also features a few links
of distinction for further perusal. We will probably post a personal
statement on George's passing ourselves in the coming days. After
all, without Apple, there would be no Crapple. George, you will be
get some idea of how important the Beatles have been to us at Crapple throughout
our lives, please peruse our feature "The
Fab Four: An Introduction" which talks about the first time we ever
saw the Fab Four, Southern California's Beatles tribute band. For
all those in the SoCal area, the Fab Four will be performing a concert
at Anaheim's Sun Theatre on January 11th, which will feature a third set
of George Harrison solo works.
a massive update to our section for So Cal's Beatles tribute band The
Fab Four. Added two new concert
reviews, and a detailed description of a typical Fab Four show.
Coming soon will be a review of the amazing John Lennon tribute
show performed at the Sun Theatre on November 9th. However, if you
just cannot wait the extra few days until a review proper is posted, peruse
Crapple correspondent Arvid Engen's Open
Diary entry about the show.
it really been that long since we've updated? Well, anyway, we added
a concert review of the excellent Bis
show we saw last week. Coming soon are reviews of a Beck show from
April of 2000 (we mean it this time!) and a recent Ben Folds show at a
bowling alley in L.A. Not to mention a new "List" topic...
an article on the Beatles' "Yellow
Submarine Songtrack," which recently appeared on the website
The Fab Four 2000. It features an exhaustive side by side comparison
of the original mixes and the new ones, along with a long diatribe concerning
the ethics behind the new mixes. Enjoy, tech-heads!
are beginning to get back to normal (hopefully). Spruced up the main
page a bit and added a wonderful quote from Leonard Bernstein that is currently
circulating in an email forward. Does anyone else find it ironic
that Leonard Bernstein is mentioned quite memorably in the R.E.M. song
"It's The End Of The World As We Know It"? :-/
a page of various comments by members of the music industry on the recent
light of the recent events in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania,
we have added a number of items to our main page, including a link page
to many throught-provoking articles (some negative, some positive...we'll
let you be the judge of that). There is also an apropos lyric by
Elvis Costello from his album "The Juliet Letters," recorded with the Brodsky
Quartet. Coming soon will be a page of comments and observations
from the music industry regarding the tragedy.
changed the "splash page."
Who is that geek anyway? And we added some blatant hype to the main
page about our second anniversary. Looks like we've garnered over
1500 hits. Not bad for a two year existence. Keep those pledges
coming, ladies and gentlemen. It's your generous donations that make
this...errr, sorry. Also added a new set of albums to the heavy
rotation page, as well as archiving
last month's picks.
a small icon in remembrance of Christopher Hewett, best known as TV's Mr.
Belvedere, to the '80s main
page. "Mr. Belvedere" was one of the most memorable sitcoms of
the 1980s. If you're a fellow child of the '80s, chances are you
have fond memories of this show and Hewett's portrayal of the lovable,
witty British butler. Hewett will be missed.
a new submission to the "Best
'80s Album" page...and that's about it. New "List" topic coming
a bunch of things in the music section...mainly added copyright info to
the bottom of the concert reviews. Yeah, I know, what a weak update.
finally, we added a links
page...though only friends are listed for now. We also uploaded the
story (and pictures) of the day our own Sir John met one of his contemporary
heroes, musician/comedian/actor Steven
Banks! We met Steven at, of all places, Disneyland! How
perfect is that? ("D-I-S, N-E-Y, O-N I-C-E.") Also added a new feature
called "You Spin
Me 'Round," where we list our albums and songs of the moment.
There are even more updates coming soon to the music section, including
a Spinal Tap concert review (!!!) and a brand spanking new edition of "The
List"! ROCK 'n' roll!!!
around with the opening page a little bit. Vinz now has something
to say, so click on the link! Puzzled? So are we. Big
updates coming to the music section in just a few days, as well as another
nifty little thing for the main page.
better way to celebrate Independence Day than with an album review of a
British artist! :-) Uploaded a review of The Divine Comedy's
album that's been in heavy rotation for us this summer.
to Anthony Kane for clearing up the mess with the "Head
of the Class" episode guide, and for the addition of the original airdates.
Oh, and happy Independence Day everyone (said the man with a British flag
on his ceiling). At any rate, it's a good excuse to listen to some
John Phillip Sousa recordings.
kinda toyed around with the main page a bit.
the new logo for the "Redlands is Deadlands" section.
of updates this time around. Probably because we're still reeling
from the fact that we've recieved 1,000 hits! Okay, so it took us
a little less than two years to do it, but who's counting? Anyway,
we've got some nifty new graphics on the main page, as well as in their
respective sections. In the music section we've got an album review
of Weezer's latest effort "Weezer," also known as "the
green album," written by one of our new staff writers who goes by the
moniker of Pope Penguin. Welcome aboard, Pope! And in the '80s
section is a treasure trove of new stuff. Our "Head
of the Class" page has been totally revamped and is starting to look
quite nifty, we must say! It now features a cast list, two versions
of the theme song and a cool photo gallery! Thanks to Kerry from
Milwaukee for all the help!!! And at last, the "Ferris
Bueller's Day Off: 15th Anniversary Special Edition Soundtrack" CD
is finished! Be sure and check it out! Lastly, we added one
new question to the FAQ.
Coming soon..."The Louis Demon Project: Part 2"!!!
working on a number of updates at the moment, but for right now we've added
a good portion of our long-awaited Fab
Four section! For those not in the know, The Fab Four is an excellent
Beatles tribute band that plays around Southern California. Rockin'!
You may have seen them play at Disneyland, where they show up quite often
at the Tomorrowland Terrace, usually on the weekends. Also, we added
exactly seven new words to our main
page. Can you spot them? If so, email
us and you just might win a prize!
a few new questions to the FAQ.We've
recieved quite a few questions recently, so good work, everyone!
Keep it up! Up the workers! Majority vote, and all that lot!
going to have to do something to remedy the lack of updates recently.
Anyway, there are two new articles up: one a review of the rocking Weezer
show on March 18th, and a complete album
guide for They Might Be Giants, a new feature here at Crapple.
We expect to add more artists in the near future. Also, if you haven't
done so already, please sign
there. This website is not dead, gum by durn! We've just been
spending far too much time watching "The Daily Show," listening to The
Divine Comedy, going to '80s clubs, memorizing SNL Celebrity Jeopardy sketches,
seeing The Fab Four play at Disneyland and laughing at our newly elected
president. At any rate, there is now a guestbookyou
can sign, if you are so inclined, and we have updated the FAQ
with a few more "poseurs" and witty reportee. We are poised to make
some changes here at Crapple, and will be adding interactive (hopefully)
features that will be updated regularly. If you have any ideas for
features you'd like to see, drop
us a line. Oh
yeah, and we have Weezer tickets for
the entrance page with a nifty new graphic. And while we're here...WHAT
in the HELL is up with this election?!?! This is the most insane
thing we've ever seen. Anyway, be sure and watch "The Daily Show
with John Stewart" for all your election-related nonsense. It may
just be the best show on television right now.
'Sup? Thought we were gone, didn't you? You thought we'd been
abducted by aliens or kidnapped by terrorists or perhaps even consumed
by our television set, eh? Well, you were wrong. Unfortunately,
only one new thing is up: an article shooting down allegations that Beck
is a sell-out. Any suggestions for our site? E-mail
us, for crying out loud!
Crapple FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions list) is now back up. So
why not submit a question?
C'mon! It'll make an old guy feel good!
Non-Stop: Added readers' choice page to "The List." Added
our story of the day Sir John met XTC (finally!!!).
Non-Stop: Added our own version of VH-1's "The List."
Men At Work (under construction) page was taken down, and the main entrance
was changed a bit.
it appears that no one give's a tinker's cuss about the '80s page, we will
not be updating every two weeks.
You Want The '80s?: We were late with our update again.
We apologize if you were having withdrawals, but we'd also urge you to
take up a good hobby. Bake cookies or...solve your puzzle cube.
You Want The '80s?: Updated lyrics quiz and wav file...just like
we told you we would.
Is Deadlands:Och tamale gazolly gazump deyump deyatty yahoo!
This section is now back up!
You Want The '80s?: Umm, for those of you who may have noticed
the wav file wasn't working, it is now.
You Want The '80s?: Sorry for the delay in updating. We
were at Disneyland. The new lyrics quiz and wav file are now up.
We'll try and be better about updating on time in the future. Really,
we will! Shooter! W-w-wait! I...I thought you said we
were gonna be friends!?!?!
Non-Stop: ..."Techno pop!" Sorry, I just had to say that
once. Anyway, the John Linnell concert review is back up, in all
its graphic intensive glory. Enjoy.
You Want The '80s?: Now open! We have lots of big plans
for this area. Come back often for updates!
hell in a handbasket, it looks like we're back! Hope you like the
new logo, and the hip new look! Sorry for the delay, spuds.
Everything is in the process of being re-organized. For instance,
every section has its own folder now, and within each of those is a picture
folder, yadda yadda yadda, you get the idea. The page that was formerly
the front door - or more precisely, "Frntdoor" - is now called "main,"
which makes a lot more sense. Although it does make us think of pirates,
and pirates make us think of "arrrrrrrrrr!" and "arrrrrrrrrr!" makes us
think of Pizza Pirates! ARRRRRRRRRRRR!!!! Sorry, lost our minds
for a moment. Anyway, right now the music area is the only section
that's fully functional. We'll be opening the three remaining areas
one at a time, as we complete them. Sorry, but it's the easiest way
for our anal staff to make sure everything is a-ok. There's no reason
the whole site should be down just because we can't get everything tip
top. Anyway, the full site should be up and running by next week
sometime, with some really cool new additions. The '80s page should
be particularly "rad," as they say.
Arrrrrrrrr! Added our popular "Millennium Address" to the site.
Me telling you this.
Non-Stop:Oh cousin, I so happy!!! The pictures of the recent
John Linnell show arrived today, and so we finally put up the review.
the "All The Rage" page, which reviews some of Crapple's favorite things
of the moment. Not to be confused with the now defunct "Things Of
The Moment" section, which quite frankly sucked.
hopes to ring in the new year with some surprises...providing computers
still function after December 31st.
it was a bit daft to have that link to the "Hall Of Cult Heroes" when the
bloody thing still isn't done, so we've removed that from the front door.
Unfortunately, we've temporarily taken down the "Grosse Point Blank" shrine,
because it's just too large for this rapidly expanding page (20 MB only
goes so far). We put a lot of work into that section of the site
and have no plans of discarding it for good. Our hope is to put it
on its very own site, possibly in the next few weeks.
for a major update in the course of the next week, as well as one at the
beginning of the new year.
back...in full attack. Due to a heinous Freeservers error our whole
directory was wiped out, but it's back up and running now. Maybe
it had something to do with the 7.1 earthquake...errrr, strike that, that's
silly. Hopefully everything will be 100% back to normal in a few
days. Sorry for the inconvenience.
and a few features have been taken down due to lack of interest.
Non-Stop: At long last, a They Might Be Giants concert review.
This one from the September 24th show in San Diego.
Non-Stop:Updated CD collection.
Added "Ode To The Lady From Fletcher Jones"; Robert Yocum article.
new section "The Things Of The Moment."
added a counter to the "front door."
Stop:Added the complete Crapple CD Collection.
to "Grosse Pointe Blank" audio shrine. It now features a total of
44 sound files!
"front door" was getting a wee bit crowded. All of the rooms have
their own pages now.
Added "Grosse Pointe Blank" audio shrine.
rearranged "index" page.
the "front door" page, made images easier to load.
Non-Stop: Overhauled Milli Vanilli page; added articles and pictures.
Tightened up Louis pages; made images easier to load, added some text.
"Head of the Class" tribute pages, Archie McPhee ad, FAQ.
go away, or I shall taunt you a second time.