Some Integrities Are Bigger Than Others
Smiths fans probably don’t need more sadness in their lives but they are finally getting to experience the disillusionment fans of The Beatles, The Who and, well, practically any legendary artist who has sold their songs to corporations to sell product. A holiday commercial (or “advert,” as they so adorably say in the U.K.) for the John Lewis department store is using a cover version of beloved Smiths’ tune “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” and the song’s authors, Morrissey and Johnny Marr, approved the whole thing. Apparently Morrissey has softened his whole anti-animal cruelty stance — not only does John Lewis sell leather shoes and clothes, you can also buy letter openers, passport wallets, bean-bag door stops and change trays made from skinned animal hide. Just to help you keep up with Morrissey’s boundaries — meat is murder, but leather Post-It Notes holders are sleek and stylish. Hey, at least the $27 “waste paper bins” are “faux” leather.
Cynics might suggest celebrities like Kanye West, Susan Sarandon, Russell Simmons and other visitors to New York’s Occupy Wall Street demonstrations are treating the event like a late-night talk show, appearing for a little extra publicity. But at least they didn’t use OWS as a chance to throw together an expensive novelty T-shirt capitalizing on the now-global protest ... and pocket every dime from sales (in lieu of donating proceeds to the movement, or at least to the GOP, if it’s meant to mock). The hardly clever shirts feature the phrase “Occupy Wall Street,” with the letters manipulated to read “Occupy All Streets.” The shirt was removed from the webstore of Jay-Z’s Rockawear clothing line when the outrage started flowing, but it reappeared within a day or two (on back order; they’ll ship in mid-December). We imagine the $22 shirts will be pulled eventually (or “hush-up-media!” money will be donated to some charity), but at least we’re left with this philosophical nugget from an OWS organizer: “Jay-Z, as talented as he is, has the political sensibility of a hood rat and is a scrotum.”
The Infinite Madness
AltRock godfather (or at least great uncle) Billy Corgan is either pulling an Andy Kaufman tribute prank or taking on a quite different second career. Corgan is doing his best Vince McMahon, creating a new pro wrestling company, Resistance Pro, which he says will be a throwback to the “glory days” of wrestling. Corgan is reportedly handling the (spoiler alert — pro wrestling is fake) “storylines,” which we assume means hulking wrestlers will be traveling the seas, pining and crying over lost love and following other Corganian themes (like the “Tonight, Tonight” video meets Hogan Knows Best?). Corgan’s a pro wrestling promoter, Dr. Dre has turned all of his attention on his headphones line, Scott Weiland is crooning Christmas carols and Courtney Love is still alive — is it time for a new ’90s nostalgia revival yet?