What unites Michael Caine and Quincy Jones? Apart from the possibility that they were both involved in the same movie in one capacity or another, which is a pretty good bet given that they have each had a hand in about a thousand films, they both turn 80 today. Also, Quincy Jones' middle name is Delight, which I don't think I ever knew before but now will never forget. Michael Caine, who was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, should change his middle name to Delight, both because it would cement the bond and also because Michael Delight Caine sounds awesome. Anyway, best wishes to both, etc.
When, in his Times Magazine Q&A Deborah Solomon collage project, astronaut Buzz Aldrin revealed that he "just did a rap session with Snoop Dogg and a rap composition called 'Rocket Experience,'" I immediately thought, Oh God, here comes another "it's funny because it's a white person doing a black thing!" video. But perhaps I was too quick to judge. The video is now online, so see for yourself. Also, can we please have a moratorium on "it's funny because it's a white person doing a black thing!" videos? Because, you know, enough already. [Angry comment from David Cho coming... now.]
Thirty years ago today a pop music album came out that, for those of us who can count ourselves as members of the Star Wars generation, was a lot like Star Wars. Meaning that it was so culturally dominant for a stretch of our formative years that it became a part of the way that we would think and talk and view the world for the rest of our lives. Regardless of whether or not we even liked it back then, or of how we have come to feel about since, Michael Jackson's Thriller is closer to something like an objective truth than anything else in music history: it [...]
Mellifluent Soul Train creator Don Cornelius shot himself to death early this morning at his home in Los Angeles. "Before MTV there was Soul Train, that will be the great legacy of Don Cornelius," said Quincy Jones in a statement to press. "His contributions to television, music and our culture as a whole will never be matched." Above, the first (and reportedly only) episode in which Cornelius himself danced down the famous Soul Train Line.