Peeping Tom (band)
Peeping Tom were an American electronic rock group, led by Mike Patton. To date, they have released two singles on Ipecac Recordings; the band has featured a wide variety of well-known artists such as Massive Attack, Norah Jones and Kool Keith. Peeping Tom has been called Mike Patton's most mainstream accessible work since his days with Faith No More. Work began on Peeping Tom in 2000 and after six years of delays, caused by Patton's recording or touring work with Fantômas, Lovage, General Patton vs; the X-Ecutioners, Kaada/Patton and guest turns on Björk and Massive Attack records, two feature film scores, his film acting debut in Firecracker, videogame voice work in The Darkness and an "ridiculous" major label flirtation, the self-titled debut album, Peeping Tom saw the light of day in 2006. It was released through Ipecac Recordings; the entire album was written by Patton with a wishlist of collaborators in mind that he hoped would perform on the finished tracks. "It was charming, really. None of the usual Animal House stuff.
Instead of swapping spit and underwear, we were swapping files." The finished album featured performances by artists such as Norah Jones, Kool Keith and Massive Attack. Referring to the fact that none of the artists recorded their parts with Patton there he said: "Plenty of people on the record are still complete strangers to me." The first single from the album was Mojo. It was accompanied by a music video featuring appearances by Danny DeVito, Mark Hoppus of Blink-182, Rachel Hunter as well as song performers Dan the Automator and Rahzel; the video was created by music video director Matt McDermitt. The band made its worldwide live debut on the May 2006 episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Describing the band's sound, Mike Patton said:"I don't listen to the radio, but if I did, this is what I'd want it to sound like; this is my version of pop music. In a way, this is an exercise for me: taking all these things I've learned over the years and putting them into a pop format. I've worked with many people who have said to me,'oh you have a pop record in you you'll find it,' and I always laughed at them.
I guess I owe them an apology." Rahzel Dan the Automator Kool Keith Doseone Norah Jones Bebel Gilberto Massive Attack Dub Trio Jel Odd Nosdam Amon Tobin Kid Koala Mike Relm Imani Coppola Butterscotch Rob Swift DJ Z-Trip DJ Quest DJ D-Sharp 2006 – "Mojo" Allmusic: Biography Discussion of Peeping Tom on Ipecac Recordings site Official MySpace HoboTrashcan's One on One with Mike Patton Peeping Tom Discography
Peeping Tom (Peeping Tom album)
Peeping Tom is the only studio album by American band Peeping Tom. It was released by Ipecac Recordings on May 30, 2006, it peaked at number 103 on the Billboard 200 chart. In 2000, Mike Patton conceived Peeping Tom, it is a tribute to Michael Powell's 1960 film Peeping Tom. The album was created by swapping song files through the mail with collaborators such as Norah Jones, Kool Keith, Massive Attack, among others, it took six years to complete the album. Patton said of the album. In way, this is an exercise for me: taking all these things I've learned over the years and putting them into a pop format." "Mojo" was released as a single from the album. It is accompanied by a music video, directed by Matt McDermitt and featuring appearances by Danny DeVito, Mark Hoppus, Rachel Hunter, Dan the Automator; the album was released by Patton's own record label Ipecac Recordings on May 30, 2006. The vinyl version was released by Anticon on August 28, 2006. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 64 based on 22 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
David Raposa of Pitchfork gave the album a 6.2 out of 10, saying: "For all the great ideas and fantastic moments sprinkled throughout Peeping Tom, it turns out that Mike Patton's idea of pop is as uncompromising as his other musical notions." Cammila Collar of AllMusic gave the album 4.5 stars out of 5, calling it "Patton's most accessible work since Mr. Bungle's 1999 album California." Peeping Tom at Discogs Peeping Tom at MusicBrainz
Black Market Music (album)
Black Market Music is the third studio album by English alternative rock band Placebo. The album took nine months to record, from between late 1999 to mid 2000, it was released on 9 October 2000 by record label Hut. Four singles were released from the album: "Taste in Men", "Slave to the Wage", "Special K" and "Black-Eyed"; the album reached number 6 in the UK Albums Chart, received a favourable reaction from music critics. Speaking to Kerrang! in June 2009, Brian Molko remembered: We had a real swagger and bravado when we went into the studio for this one. We had just come off a successful tour and felt we'd exploded. We felt like cowboys of rock! We were really medicated and beginning to get quite deep into drugs. That's why it took nine months to make an album; the drugs contributed to a certain amount of arrogance. At least that's. I think. We thought it was cool that, though other people were a little afraid to get deep down and dirty, we could take it on ourselves to write about those things.
I think. We had so much hatred for rap-rock bands like Limp Bizkit and all they represented – misogyny and commercialism – that we wanted to do our own version of it; the album is dedicated to music publicist Scott Piering, who died of cancer in early 2000. The song "Commercial for Levi" is a reference to the sound technician Levi Tecofski, who on one occasion saved frontman Brian Molko's life: Molko and about to cross the road, was pulled back by Tecofski from the path of an approaching vehicle. Black Market Music was released on 9 October 2000, it reached number 6 in the UK Albums Chart. Black Market Music received a favourable critical response, though a less enthusiastic reception than previous records. Dean Carlson of AllMusic wrote that "Black Market Music finds Molko in such moody lust that his strangled, androgynous wailing rivals anything the band has flashed to the world Placebo seem to have found that sweet wet spot between beauty and perversion." Dale Price of Drowned in Sound called it "a revised upgrade of their back catalogue.
And some." Nicholas Taylor of PopMatters called it "highly listenable dark guitar rock". Among its detractors were NME, who called it "a case of ambition eclipsing talent, of hubris, of a band losing the plot. Placebo's frame of reference has always been narrow, but they've now been reduced to empty gestures without any visionary tunes to tip the balance."Brian Molko ranked this as his least favourite Placebo album. All tracks written except where noted. Placebo Brian Molko – vocals, keyboards, 6-string bass, mixing Stefan Olsdal – bass, guitar, 6-string bass, backing vocals, mixing Steve Hewitt – drums, production, mixingAdditional personnel Rob Ellis – string arrangements Bill Lloyd – bass on "Peeping Tom" Severe Loren – backing vocals on "Taste in Men" and "Special K" Dimitri Tikovoï – string programming Justin Warfield – rapping vocals on "Spite & Malice"Technical Paul Collins – sleeve art direction Ian Cooper – mastering Paul Corkett – production, mixing Lorraine Francis – engineering Scott Kannberg – sampling Dare Mason – production Kevin Westenberg – sleeve art direction, sleeve photography Black Market Music at Discogs
The Last Dragon
The Last Dragon is a 1985 comedic martial arts film produced by Rupert Hitzig for Berry Gordy and directed by Michael Schultz. The film stars Taimak, Julius J. Carry III, Chris Murney, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Faith Prince. Choreography was done by Lawrence Leritz, it was released in theatres by TriStar Pictures on March 22, 1985. The film was a critical disappointment but a financial success, is considered a cult classic. Set in New York City, the movie follows a martial artist named Leroy Green, who has dreams of becoming a great martial artist like his idol Bruce Lee, his master explains that he has reached the final level of martial arts accomplishment known as "The Last Dragon". Martial artists who reach this final level are said to be able to concentrate such mystical energy into their hands that they begin to glow. Only a true martial arts master would be able to exhibit "The Glow" over his entire body. Leroy doesn't understand and, in possession of a medal belonging to Bruce Lee, Leroy embarks upon a journey to find Master Sum Dum Goy, whom his master claims can help Leroy unlock the power of "The Glow".
Another martial artist, Sho'nuff sees Leroy as the only obstacle to being acknowledged as the true master of martial arts. Leroy refuses to fight him and a furious Sho'nuff vows that he will defeat Leroy. Sho'nuff and his gang break in and assault one of the students at Leroy's martial arts school, Johnny Yu, demanding that Leroy bow before Sho'nuff. Sho'nuff and his gang attempt to send a message to Leroy by destroying the Green family pizza restaurant. Meanwhile, video arcade mogul Eddie Arkadian sends his men to kidnap 7th Heaven video host Laura Charles in the hopes of getting his girlfriend Angela Viracco's new music video featured on her show; the kidnap attempt is thwarted by Leroy who fends off the thugs. He loses his medal during the struggle. Leroy witnesses Laura being kidnapped by Arkadian's brutish henchman Rock. A clue left behind reveals. Laura refuses to promote Angela Viracco's video on her program, but as Arkadian's men prepare to coerce her by force, Leroy bursts into the room disguised as a Ninja and rescues Laura once again.
Back at her apartment, Laura gratefully returns Leroy's medal. Consumed with vengeance, Arkadian hires Sho'nuff to defeat Leroy and takes control of the 7th Heaven studio, capturing Laura and Leroy's younger brother, who has snuck in hoping to woo Laura. Posing as a pizza delivery man, Leroy manages to infiltrate the assumed lair of Master Sum Dum Goy within a fortune cookie factory, but is shocked to discover that the "Master" is only a computer churning out cookie fortunes. Leroy consults his former master for answers, but his master suggests that Leroy has known the answers all along. Not wanting anyone to get hurt in the process of achieving her stardom, Angela leaves Arkadian and asks Johnny to warn Leroy about his plan; as Leroy returns to 7th Heaven, he is ambushed by an army of violent thugs hired by Arkadian. Leroy's students, led by Johnny, charge into the studio to the odds. Using Laura as bait, Eddie lures Leroy to a dilapidated building where he faces off against Sho'nuff. During the battle, Sho'nuff reveals his ability to use "The Glow", his hands pulsating with a red aura, beats Leroy viciously before attempting to force him to acknowledge Sho'nuff as "The Master".
As recent events flash before Leroy's eyes, he realizes that his former Master was correct and that everything he needed to achieve the "Final Level" was within him all along. His entire body bathed in the sublime golden light of "The Glow", Leroy uses his newfound power to defeat Sho'nuff. Arkadian appears and fires a single bullet which Leroy catches between his teeth before detaining Arkadian for the police. Laura and Leroy are reunited at the studio. Vanity had just left Purple Rain. Berry Gordy signed her to a four picture contract; the Last Dragon began production in New York City locations on April 16, 1984. This was the first acting role for Taimak, a then-19-year-old black belt who learned to act on the set of this picture. Ernie Reyes, Jr. martial artist and actor, made his film debut at the age of twelve in this film. Julius J. Carry III, in the role of Sho'nuff, trained in martial arts for the film. Berry Gordy was on the set and had many of his Motown artists visit. Producer Suzanne de Passe was hands on with the project.
Billy Blanks was at one point considered for the role of Leroy Green. Notable film locations include the Harlem Karate Institute of Grandmaster Ernest Hyman, Japanese Goju-Ryu, in Harlem, New York City where the Dojo and workout scenes were filmed; the Victory Theater on 42nd Street, an adult movie theatre, was used for the scene where Sho'nuff interrupts the viewing of Enter the Dragon. Ron Van Clief choreographed the fight for this scene in which Julius J. Carry III performed his own stunts. Bernstein's - on-Essex; the film has a soundtrack of the same name. The music was supervised by executive producer Gordy. Featured in this film is a DeBarge song, "Rhythm of the Night", written by Diane Warren; the song reached # 3 on # 1 on the Billboard R&B charts. The film's Richard Perry-produced title theme was nominated for Worst "Original" Song at the 1985 Golden Raspberry Awards, as was Vanity's song "7th Heaven". A song, not featured but still benefited from critical acclaim was
Godiva, Countess of Mercia, in Old English Godgifu, was an English noblewoman who, according to a legend dating at least to the 13th century, rode naked – covered only in her long hair – through the streets of Coventry to gain a remission of the oppressive taxation that her husband imposed on his tenants. The name "Peeping Tom" for a voyeur originates from versions of this legend in which a man named Thomas watched her ride and was struck blind or dead. Godiva was the wife of Earl of Mercia, they had Aelfgar. Godiva's name occurs in the Domesday survey, though the spelling varies; the Old English name Godgifu or Godgyfu meant "gift of God". Since the name was a popular one, there are contemporaries of the same name. If she is the same Godiva who appears in the history of Ely Abbey, the Liber Eliensis, written at the end of the 12th century she was a widow when Leofric married her. Both Leofric and Godiva were generous benefactors to religious houses. In 1043 Leofric founded and endowed a Benedictine monastery at Coventry on the site of a nunnery destroyed by the Danes in 1016.
Writing in the 12th century, Roger of Wendover credits Godiva as the persuasive force behind this act. In the 1050s, her name is coupled with that of her husband on a grant of land to the monastery of St. Mary and the endowment of the minster at Stow St Mary, Lincolnshire, she and her husband are commemorated as benefactors of other monasteries at Leominster, Much Wenlock, Evesham. She gave Coventry a number of works in precious metal by the famous goldsmith Mannig and bequeathed a necklace valued at 100 marks of silver. Another necklace went to Evesham, to be hung around the figure of the Virgin accompanying the life-size gold and silver rood she and her husband gave, St Paul's Cathedral in the City of London received a gold-fringed chasuble, she and her husband were among the most munificent of the several large Anglo-Saxon donors of the last decades before the Norman Conquest. The manor of Woolhope in Herefordshire, along with four others, was given to the cathedral at Hereford before the Norman Conquest by the benefactresses Wulviva and Godiva – held to be this Godiva and her sister.
The church there has a 20th-century stained glass window representing them. Her signature, Ego Godiva Comitissa diu istud desideravi, appears on a charter purportedly given by Thorold of Bucknall to the Benedictine monastery of Spalding. However, this charter is considered spurious by many historians. So, it is possible that Thorold, who appears in the Domesday Book as sheriff of Lincolnshire, was her brother. After Leofric's death in 1057, his widow lived on until sometime between the Norman Conquest of 1066 and 1086, she is mentioned in the Domesday survey as one of the few Anglo-Saxons and the only woman to remain a major landholder shortly after the conquest. By the time of this great survey in 1086, Godiva had died, but her former lands are listed, although now held by others. Thus, Godiva died between 1066 and 1086; the place where Godiva was buried has been a matter of debate. According to the Chronicon Abbatiae de Evesham, or Evesham Chronicle, she was buried at the Church of the Blessed Trinity at Evesham, no longer standing.
According to the account in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, "There is no reason to doubt that she was buried with her husband at Coventry, despite the assertion of the Evesham chronicle that she lay in Holy Trinity, Evesham." Her husband was buried in St Mary's Priory and Cathedral in 1057. William Dugdale says that a window with representations of Leofric and Godiva was placed in Trinity Church, about the time of Richard II; the legend of the nude ride is first recorded in the 13th century, in the Flores Historiarum and the adaptation of it by Roger of Wendover. Despite its considerable age, it is not regarded as plausible by modern historians, nor is it mentioned in the two centuries intervening between Godiva's death and its first appearance, while her generous donations to the church receive various mentions. According to the typical version of the story, Lady Godiva took pity on the people of Coventry, who were suffering grievously under her husband's oppressive taxation. Lady Godiva appealed again to her husband, who obstinately refused to remit the tolls.
At last, weary of her entreaties, he said he would grant her request if she would strip naked and ride on a horse through the streets of the town. Lady Godiva took him at his word, after issuing a proclamation that all persons should stay indoors and shut their windows, she rode through the town, clothed only in her long hair. Just one person in the town, a tailor afterwards known as Peeping Tom, disobeyed her proclamation in one of the most famous instances of voyeurism; some historians have discerned elements of pagan fertility rituals in the Godiva story, whereby a young "May Queen" was led to the sacred Cofa's tree to celebrate the renewal of spring. The oldest form of the legend has Godiva passing through Coventry market from one end to the other while the people were assembled, attended only by two knights; this version is given in Flores Historiarum by Roger of Wendover, a somewhat gullible collector of anecdotes. In a chronicle written by Richard Grafton in the 1560s, Grafton claimed the version given in Flores Historiarum originated from a "lost chronicle" written between 1216 and 1235 by the Prior of the monastery of Coventry.
Other attempts to find a more plausible rationale for the legend incl