Panic! at the Disco is an American pop rock band from Las Vegas, formed in 2004 by childhood friends Brendon Urie, Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith and Brent Wilson. Since 2015, singer Urie has been the only official member of the band, with drummer Dan Pawlovich, bassist Nicole Row, guitarist Mike Naran accompanying him on tour. Panic! at the Disco recorded their first demos while they were in high school. Shortly after, the band released their debut studio album, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out. Popularized by the second single, "I Write Sins Not Tragedies", the album was certified triple platinum in the US. In 2006, founding bassist Brent Wilson was fired from the band during an extensive world tour and subsequently replaced by Jon Walker; the band's second album, Pretty. Odd. was influenced by 1960s rock bands the Beatles, the Zombies, the Beach Boys, was preceded by the single "Nine in the Afternoon". That album marked a significant departure from the sound of the band's debut. Ross and Walker, who favored the band's new direction, departed because Urie and Smith wanted to make further changes to the band's style.
Ross and Walker subsequently formed a new band, the Young Veins, leaving Urie and Smith as the sole remaining members of Panic! at the Disco. Continuing as a duo and Smith released a new single, "New Perspective", for the movie Jennifer's Body, recruited bassist Dallon Weekes and guitarist Ian Crawford as touring musicians for live performances. Weekes was inducted into the band's lineup as a full-time member in 2010; the band's third studio album, Vices & Virtues, was recorded by Urie and Smith in 2010, produced by John Feldmann and Butch Walker. Crawford departed once the tour cycle for Vices & Virtues ended in 2012; as a three-piece, Urie and Weekes recorded and released the band's fourth studio album, Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, in 2013. Prior to the release of the album, Smith unofficially left the band due to health and drug-related issues, leaving Urie and Weekes as the remaining members; the duo recruited guitarist Kenneth Harris and drummer Dan Pawlovich as touring musicians for live performances.
In 2015, Smith left the band after not performing live with the band since his departure in 2013. Shortly thereafter, Weekes reverted to being a touring member once again, leaving Urie as the only member of the official lineup. In April 2015, "Hallelujah" was released as the first single from Panic! at the Disco's fifth studio album, Death of a Bachelor. In December 2017, Weekes announced his departure from the band, he was replaced in March 2018 by Nicole Row. That same month, the band released "Say Amen", the lead single from their sixth studio album, Pray for the Wicked, released in June. In September 2018, Harris was dismissed following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, was replaced in October by Mike Naran. Panic! at the Disco was formed in 2004 in the suburban area of Summerlin, Las Vegas, by childhood friends Ryan Ross, who sang and played guitar, Spencer Smith, who played drums. They both attended Bishop Gorman High School, they began playing music together in ninth grade, they invited friend Brent Wilson from nearby Palo Verde High School to join on bass, Wilson invited classmate Brendon Urie to try out on guitar.
The quartet soon began rehearsing in Smith's grandmother's living room. Ross was the lead singer for the group, but after hearing Urie sing back-up during rehearsals, the group decided to make him the lead. Panic! at the Disco was a Blink-182 cover band. The band, which aimed to sound different from the many death metal bands in Las Vegas, signed a recording contract without having performed a live show. Urie began working at Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Summerlin to afford rent for the band's new practice space. Urie has stated that he sang for tips during his time working, thus indicating he had some prestige as a singer; the four left their educations behind to concentrate on music. Ross and Urie sent a demo to Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz via a LiveJournal account. Wentz, in Los Angeles at the time with the rest of Fall Out Boy working on the band's major-label debut, From Under the Cork Tree, drove to Las Vegas to meet with the young, unsigned band. Upon hearing "two to three" songs during band practice, Wentz was impressed and wanted the band to sign to his Fueled by Ramen imprint label Decaydance Records, which made the band the first on the new label.
Around December 2004, the group signed to the label. As news broke that Wentz had signed Panic!, fans on the internet began to bash the group. "Almost right away we knew what was going to happen," Ross explained in a 2006 interview. "We had two songs online and people were making assumptions on what kind of band we were and what we were going to sound like."Meanwhile, Wentz began to hype the band wherever possible: from wearing "Pete! at the Disco" T-shirts onstage to mentioning the group in interviews. Wentz gave a quick shout-out to the band during a press junket on the day before the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards: "I've got a couple of bands coming out soon on Decaydance, one being this band called Panic! at the Disco," Wentz said. "Their record is going to be your next favorite record. It's called A Fever You Can't Sweat Out – get it before your little brother does." At the time of the band's signing, all of the band members were still in high school. Urie graduated in May 2005, Wilson and Smith finished school online as
La Maison du chat-qui-pelote is a novel by Honoré de Balzac. It is the opening work in the Scènes de la vie privée, which comprises the first volume of Balzac's La Comédie humaine. First entitled Gloire et Malheur, this short novel was completed at Maffliers in October 1829 and published by Mame-Delaunay in 1830; the first edition was followed by four revised editions. The final edition, published by Furne in 1842, appeared under the title of La Maison du chat-qui-pelote and was itself corrected indefinitely; the idea for the story came from the haberdashery business run by the Sallambiers on the maternal side of Balzac's family. The work is dedicated to Mademoiselle Marie de Montheau; the artist Théodore de Sommervieux falls in love with Augustine Guillaume, the daughter of a conservative cloth merchant, whose house of business on the Rue Saint-Denis in Paris is known by sign of the Cat and Racket. Théodore, a winner of the Prix de Rome and a knight of the Legion of Honor, is famous for his interiors and chiaroscuro effects in imitation of the Dutch School.
He makes an excellent reproduction of the interior of the Cat and Racket, exhibited at the Salon alongside a strikingly modern portrait of Augustine. The affair blossoms with the help of Madame Guillaume's younger cousin Madame Roguin, acquainted with Théodore; the lovers become engaged, somewhat against the best wishes of Augustine's parents, who had intended her to marry Monsieur Guillaume's clerk Joseph Lebas. In 1808 Augustine marries Théodore at the local church of Saint-Leu; the marriage is not a happy one. Augustine is incapable of understanding him as an artist. Although she is more refined than her parents, her education and social standing leave her too far below the level of her husband to allow a meeting of minds to take place. Théodore's passion for her cools and she is treated with disdain by his fellow artists. Théodore instead finds a kindred soul in the Duchesse de Carigliano, to whom he gives the famous portrait of Augustine and to whom he becomes hopelessly attached, neglecting his rooms on the Rue des Trois-Frères.
Realizing after three years of unhappiness that her marriage is falling apart and having been informed by a malicious gossip of Théodore's attachment to the duchess, Augustine visits Madame de Carigliano not to ask her to give her back her husband's heart but to learn the arts by which it has been captured. The duchess warns her against trying to conquer a man's heart through love, which will only allow the husband to tyrannize over the wife. Augustine is shocked to learn; the duchess returns to Augustine her own portrait, telling her that if she cannot conquer her husband with this weapon, she is not a woman. Augustine, does not understand how to turn such a weapon against her husband, she hangs the portrait in her bedroom and dresses herself as she appears in it, believing that Théodore will see her once again as the young woman he fell in love with at the sign of the Cat and Racket. But when the artist sees the portrait hanging in her bedroom and asks how it came to be there, she foolishly reveals that it was returned to her by the Duchesse de Carigliano.
"You demanded it from her?" he asks. "I did not know that she had it", replies Augustine. Théodore realizes that his wife is incapable of seeing the painting as he sees it - a consummate work of art. Instead of falling in love with its subject, he regards its return as a slap in the face from his mistress, his vanity wounded, he destroys the portrait, vowing vengeance upon the duchess. By morning Augustine has become resigned to her fate, her loveless marriage comes to an end shortly thereafter when she dies of a broken heart at the age of twenty-seven. La Maison du chat-qui-pelote has been translated into English at least four times: as The Cat and Battledore by Philip Kent for Sampson Low in 1879, as At the Sign of the Cat and Racket by Clara Bell for the Saintsbury Edition of The Human Comedy in 1895, as Fame and Sorrow by Katharine Prescott Wormeley for Roberts Brothers in 1896, as The House of the Cat and Racket by May Tomlinson for George Barrie & Son/Caxton Press in 1896. Bell's translation is based on the corrected Furne edition of Balzac's works, considered definitive.
Repertory of the Comedie Humaine At the Sign of the Cat and Racket at Project Gutenberg Original French text of La Maison du chat-qui-pelote La Maison du chat-qui-pelote, audio version La Maison du Chat qui Pelote with 1300+ English annotations at Tailored Texts
Tamara Ehlert, aka Tamara Traumann was a German writer and lyricist. She was born in Königsberg, trained in theatre and dance. During the Second World War she worked as a radio operator, she worked as an interpreter for the British occupation government after the war. From 1951 onwards, she was employed by the Bayerischer Rundfunk, her first publication was in the Königsberger Tageblatt in 1938, after 1945 her poems and short stories were in print. She died in Munich, aged 86. Award of Brentano book publishing department, Stuttgart Nicolaus Copernicus Award Andreas Gryphius Award Die Dünenhexe Shortstories Spröder Wind von Ost Poetry Kleiner alter Mann geht durch den Wind Poetry Das silberne Fräulein Tales and Poems So war der Frühling in meiner Stadt" Poems and Prose