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The Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips are an American rock band formed in 1983 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The group recorded several EPs on an indie label, Restless, in the 1980s and early 1990s. After signing to Warner Brothers, they released their first record with Warner, Hit to Death in the Future Head, they released The Soft Bulletin, NME magazine's Album of the Year, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. In February 2007, they were nominated for a BRIT Award for "Best International Act"; the group has won three Grammy Awards, including two for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. They were placed on Q magazine's list of the "50 Bands to See Before You Die" in 2002; the Flaming Lips formed in Oklahoma City in 1983 with Wayne Coyne on guitar, his brother Mark singing lead vocals, Michael Ivins on bass and Dave Kotska on drums. The band debuted at Oklahoma City's Blue Note Lounge. After they got Dave Kotska as the drummer, Richard English joined the band in 1984; that same year they recorded The Flaming Lips, their only release with Mark Coyne singing lead vocals.

After his brother's departure, Wayne assumed the vocal duties and the band released their first full-length album, Hear It Is, on Pink Dust Records in 1986. This line-up recorded two more albums: 1987's Oh My Gawd!!! and 1989's Telepathic Surgery, the latter planned to be a 30-minute sound collage. Drummer Nathan Roberts replaced English and guitarist Jonathan Donahue joined in 1989. In a Priest Driven Ambulance, their first album with producer Dave Fridmann, was recorded at the State University of New York in Fredonia for $5 an hour on a $10,000 budget; the album was host to a marked expansion in the band's sound and their previous experiments in tape loops and effects were given a more prominent role. During this period, Coyne made his transition to a higher, more strained vocal style akin to Neil Young, which he first used on Telepathic Surgery's "Chrome Plated Suicide" and has employed since. In 1990 the band caught the attention of Warner Bros. Records and were signed promptly after a label representative witnessed a show at which the band burned down the venue with the use of pyrotechnics.

There are several ideas as to. One possibility is from 1953 feature film, Geraldine, in which comedian Stan Freberg sings several songs including one called "Flaming Lips". In 1991, the band started recording their major label debut Hit to Death in the Future Head; the album's release was halted for nearly a year because of the use of a sample from Michael Kamen's score for the film Brazil in the track "You Have to Be Joking", which required a lengthy clearance process. After the recording of this album Donahue left the band to concentrate on Mercury Rev and Roberts left the band as well, citing creative differences, they were replaced by Steven Drozd respectively. In 1993, they released Transmissions from the Satellite Heart; this was the only studio album since In a Priest Driven Ambulance to date in which Dave Fridmann has not been involved. Because of the success of the album and the single "She Don't Use Jelly", the band was featured on four popular television series: Beverly Hills, 90210, Late Show with David Letterman and Beavis and Butt-head.

The success of this record led to long stints of touring, opening for bands including the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Candlebox. Clouds Taste Metallic was released to much critical fanfare in late 1995, though it did not achieve the commercial success of its predecessor; the strain of the year-long Clouds tour, added to the stress from the three years touring in support of Transmissions, was a major factor in the departure of Ronald Jones in late 1996. He was said to be suffering from a severe case of agoraphobia, although the documentary Fearless Freaks states that he left because of his growing concerns over Drozd's drug use. In September 2014, the Lips paid tribute to former bandmate Ronald Jones and the impact his music had on their developing sound by performing Transmissions from the Satellite Heart live at First Avenue. In February 2015, they performed Clouds Taste Metallic live at the same venue and in December 2015, a 20th Anniversary box set called Heady Nuggs: 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic 1994–1997 surrounding the album's release, the cult status it has achieved over the years was released.

The departure of Jones and a general dissatisfaction with standard "rock" music led to the three remaining members of the group redefining the direction of the band with the experimental Zaireeka, a four-CD album, intended to be heard by playing all four CDs in four separate CD players simultaneously. The music incorporated both traditional musical elements and "found" sounds heavily manipulated with recording studio electronics; as part of the development of this project, the band conducted a series of "parking lot experiments" and later, "boombox experiments". In the parking lot experiments up to 40 volunteers were given cassettes created by the band to be played at a parking lot in their cars' stereo systems simultaneously. In the "boom box experiments" an orchestra composed of up to 40 volunteers with modified "boombox"-type tape players was "conducted" – directed to vary the volume, speed or tone of the tape they were playing – by Wayne Coyne. Meanwhile, a series of unfortunate events beset the band.

Drozd's arm was amputated needlessly because of what he claimed was a spider bite, Ivi

Al-Hakam I

Al-Hakam Ibn Hisham Ibn Abd-ar-Rahman I was Umayyad Emir of Cordoba from 796 until 822 in the Al-Andalus. Al-Hakam was the second son of his older brother having died at an early age; when he came to power, he was challenged by his uncles Sulayman and Abdallah, sons of his grandfather Abd ar-Rahman I. Abdallah took his two sons Ubayd Allah and Abd al-Malik to the court of Charlemagne in Aix-la-Chapelle to negotiate for aid. In the meantime Sulayman attacked Cordoba, but was defeated and driven back to Mérida where he was captured and executed. Abdallah was forced to stay in Valencia. Al-Hakam spent much of his reign suppressing rebellions in Saragossa and Mérida; the uprisings twice reached Cordoba. An attempt was made to dethrone Al-Hakam and replace him with his cousin Mohammed ibn al-Kasim, but the plot was discovered. On 16 November 806, 72 nobles and their attendants were massacred at a banquet and displayed along the banks of the river Guadalquivir; such displays of cruelty were not unusual during this period, with the heads of rebel leaders or Christian foes killed in expeditions to the north being put on show at the gates of Cordoba.

Following the rebellion in Cordoba, Al-Hakam established a personal bodyguard, the Al-Haras, led by the Visigothic leader of the Christians in Cordoba, the Comes Rabi, son of Theodulf, who served as the Emir's tax collector. Rabi was removed and executed by crucifixion for corruption. In 818 he crushed a rebellion led by clerics in the suburb of al-Ribad on the south bank of the Guadalquivir river; some 300 notables were crucified, while the rest of the inhabitants were exiled. Some moved to Alexandria in some to Fez and Crete. Others joined the Levantine pirates. Al-Hakam I died in 822 after having ruled for 26 years. Ibn Hazm considered him the most bloodthirsty of all Cordoban rulers. Al-Hakam was the son of Emir of Cordoba and a concubine named Zokhrouf. Al Hakam was the father of: Abd ar-Rahman II, Umayyad Emir of Córdoba 822–852 al-Mughira Said Umayya al-Walid bin al-Hakam, he led an army to attack Galicia in 838. Al-Hakam had a concubine named Ajab, she established a foundation for lepers in the suburbs of Cordoba.

The leper colony was funded by the proceeds of the Munyat'Ajab, an estate built for or named after Ajab. Ajab was the mother of: Abu Abd Al-Malik MarwanAnother concubine was named Mut'a, she established a cemetery, still in existence in the 10th century. Arabic biography

World Women's Tag Team Championship

The World Women's Tag Team Championship was a women's professional wrestling tag team championship defended in member promotions of the National Wrestling Alliance from the early 1950s through 1983. It was the first women's world tag team professional wrestling championship and was sometimes referred to as the NWA Women's World Tag Team Championship adopting the NWA prefix; the championship was acquired by the World Wrestling Federation in 1983 when the WWF, once a member of the NWA, bought the rights to the championship from The Fabulous Moolah and continued to use the belts. This ended the lineage of the NWA title and began a new one for the WWF Women's Tag Team Championship. National Wrestling Alliance WWE Women's Tag Team Championship Women's World Tag Team Championship

The Futurist (Shellac album)

The Futurist was an album issued by Shellac in 1997 to their friends only. The album was used as music for a performance by La La La Human Steps; the cover of the album contains 779 names—one for each copy of the album. At the bottom of the cover is a blank space for anyone not named on the cover to write their name; each person who received the album got a copy with their name circled on the cover. For reasons unknown, The Futurist was never released commercially. There is speculation. A year Shellac released their second commercial full-length, Terraform; the music on The Futurist is divided into ten total movements. Versions have floated around on file-sharing communities which have divided the album into five movements, into two sides. Andy Kellman of Allmusic gave the album a mixed review. "Rather than proper tracks or songs," he writes, "the record seems to have ten "movements," as each piece flows into the next. Oscillator tweakings mixed with Morse code transmissions and overseas correspondence give way to brief guitar/bass/drum bursts.

Skronking noise here, guitar twists there, familiar band interplay every now and again à la "QRJ" double dutch with each other, never outlasting their welcome." He is, more favorable in viewing the second half and cites the "bombastic" final movement as "the high point of the record". He concludes by writing: "It might be second-rate Shellac, but second-rate Shellac is just fine." A premier source of information about The Futurist, including a definitive list of who all the "friends" are

Chuck Rock II: Son of Chuck

Chuck Rock II: Son of Chuck is a slapstick side-scrolling platform video game developed by Core Design and published by Virgin Interactive Entertainment in 1993 for the Amiga, Amiga CD32, Sega Game Gear, Sega Mega-CD, Sega Master System, Sega Mega Drive/Genesis. The story takes up a little while after the end of the first game. After Chuck Rock rescued his wife, Ophelia Rock, from the T-Rex bully Gary Gritter and Ophelia had a son, named Chuck Junior. Chuck senior works in a factory. A rival manufacturer becomes jealous of Chuck's abilities and kidnaps him, leaving it up to Junior to rescue his father; the gameplay is similar to the first game, but with some minor differences since the player controls Junior, rather than Chuck. This is a side-scrolling platform game with occasional rock-moving puzzles thrown in. Unlike Chuck, Junior carries a club. Chuck Rock II uses an acid jazz soundtrack; the end credits thank various contemporary acid jazz bands listing them as influences. The in-game boss "Ozrics Tentacles" shares a name with psychedelic rock band Ozric Tentacles.

Electronic Gaming Monthly praised the Game Gear retaining all the features and technical merits of the Genesis version, making particular note of the huge levels, "lots of technique", good animations, though they criticized that the control is too loose. They score it a 7 out of 10, they gave the Sega CD version a 6.8 out of 10, commenting that this time the control is too stiff, but praising the opening cinema and the numerous bits of humor implemented in the level designs. Around the time of the game's release, Core commissioned a comic strip in the long-running UK children's magazine Look-in, centering on the day-to-day lives of Chuck and Junior; as a meta-referential joke, Chuck Jr owned a'SteggaDrive' console, as a reference to the Genesis' European Mega Drive name. A year the magazine was closed, the final strip saw Chuck being swept away from his boat, presumed dead but washing up on a tribal island and being revered as a God - as a comic touch, mourners at his'funeral' included then-Prime-Minister John Major.

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Parishville, New York

Parishville is a town in the east-central part of St. Lawrence County, east of Potsdam, in the state of New York, United States; the population was 2,153 at the 2010 census. The town was laid out in 1809 on a tract of land that David Parish had purchased from J. D. Le Ray de Chaumont in 1808; the first settlers arrived around 1810. The town was formed in 1814 from the town of Hopkinton; the town was named for David Parish. In 1843, part of Parishville was used to form the town of Colton; the Luke Brown House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 101.4 square miles, of which, 98.2 square miles of it is land and 3.2 square miles of it is water. The town is in the Adirondack Park; the West Branch of the St. Regis River flows northward through the town; the Raquette River flows through the south part of Parishville. New York State Route 72 is an east-west highway in the north part of the town. New York State Route 56 cuts across the southwest corner of the town.

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,049 people, 797 households, 564 families residing in the town. The population density was 20.9 people per square mile. There were 1,204 housing units at an average density of 12.3 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 98.98% White, 0.05% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.10% from other races, 0.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.73% of the population. There were 797 households out of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.5% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.2% were non-families. 23.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.02. In the town, the population was spread out with 27.4% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older.

The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.9 males. The median income for a household in the town was $32,210, the median income for a family was $37,981. Males had a median income of $30,842 versus $22,938 for females; the per capita income for the town was $14,924. About 6.1% of families and 10.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.3% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over. Allens Falls – A location in the north part of town and site of an early settlement. High Flats – A hamlet in the western part of town on County Road 58. Joe Indian Pond – A lake near the south town line. Blake Falls Reservoir – An artificial lake by the south town line. Parishville – A hamlet, with the same name as the town, on NY-72. Parishville Center – A hamlet west of Parishville hamlet on NY-72. Pickettville – A hamlet south of Parishville hamlet, located on the edge of the Adirondack Park. Rainbow Falls Reservoir – An artificial lake in the southwest part of Parishville.

Sinclair Corners – A location north of Parishville Center. Stafford Corners – A location at the west town line, north of West Parishville. West Parishville – A hamlet near the west town line; the Parishville-Hopkinton boys' soccer team has always been strong. They have won many Section X titles, they won back-to-back Section X titles in 2007 and 2008, 2010, again in 2011. In 2001, the Parishville-Hopkinton boys' varsity baseball team won the New York State Class D Championship to become the first team in school history to do so; the character Rose Lalonde in the webcomic Homestuck lives in a fictional house over Rainbow Falls in Parishville. Early Parishville history