Several months ago we told you about a new video game based on ’70s rockers REO Speedwagon. If you thought, “That has to be the weirdest, most random and unlikely band to have its own video game,” you were right. Until now. Curious Sense, the makers of the REO game, has announced a new game based on The Grateful Dead. The game puts the band members into various situations and settings and features recordings, video, photos and artwork straight from the band’s vault. Like a Dead guitar solo, each game takes 45 minutes to play, but the “Help Jerry Find His Keys” game does sound like a blast.
Bad to the Cone
If you’re going to cover your body with tattoos, chances are, at some point, there will be one or two you’ll regret. We’re still trying to live down our giant portrait of Norm from Cheers we had inked across our back in the ’80s. Rapper Gucci Mane is sporting a new tat, subtly placed right on his face, of an ice cream cone and the phrase “brrr.” It certainly isn’t a “tough guy” tattoo, and we’ve been racking our brains trying to think of some deep meaning behind the ink. Could it be a metaphor for how short-lived and cold life can be? A reminder to himself that if he eats ice cream too fast, he’ll get crippling brain freeze? Did Gucci buy stock in Baskin-Robbins? The MC’s spokesperson gave the official reason (and it’s not much better) — Mane based the tat on a medallion he has long worn and feels it represents how he lives his life, “Cool as ice.” Dude, Chilly Willy or the Abominable Snow Monster from those old Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer TV specials would have given you more street cred.
Is It Really So Dire?
While it’s not as big a controversy as the recent announcement of plans to remove the “N-word” from editions of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer by an Alabama-based publisher, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council has decided that the Dire Straits song “Money for Nothing” will no longer be permitted on the Canadian airwaves. The 1985 song is being singled out for the use of the word “faggot,” sung by the song’s curmudgeonly narrator. According to Rolling Stone, Dire Straits’ singer/guitarist Mark Knopfler says he will substitute the word “fudger” for his Canadian fans, which is actually even more offensive. Perhaps “hoser” would be more appropriate? Or, at the very least, has the “mute” button (the reason some Rap songs on the radio sound like they are being transmitted by a cell phone with really bad reception) not yet been discovered in Canada?