Rion, if you're in need for some good Brit-rock, you should really give The Jam a listen if you haven't yet...I've just started getting into them after they've been on VH1 Classic 24-7. Yeah, they're pretty good. Kinda working-class, not too punk, little 1st-gen ska thrown in, and alot of American soul influence. Good, wholesome take-the-tube-to-the-local-pub-for-a-pint rock music. Right now, I'm listening to Mike Ness: Under the Influences, as well as some King Diamond/Mercyful Fate. And since this kind of relates to music, yes, I watched the MTV Video Music Awards. Anyone want to fight me over it? Yeah, I just wanted to see what the kids pass for music nowadays. It was a pitiful display. Jack Black brought the thunder like always as host...the typical riffing on a popular movie bit was sacrificed for a semi-funny musical number. Then The Raconteurs performed, I couldn't believe it. What crap. I swear, they sounded like a band practicing for when they actually perform. Jack White can go OD already, I'm so sick of this kind of music...Then Lou Reed plays with them...on MTV? I challenge anyone in the audience at the VMAs, musician or otherwise, to even know who that guy was, other than what looked like a bad Boris Karloff impersonator. Uh. Then, Wyclef Jean (who I respect as an artist) performed with Shakira...Oh, Shakira....she did some dance number to Hips Don't Lie dressed all Belly-Dancer/Bollywood...Man, that gave me teh stiffie...toned abs, just smoking hot. I loved her. Rewound on the TiVo and watched it again. And not a bad song, either. HB got props when our boys Avenged Sevenfold received the Best New Artist award. It's about time we start recognizing metal music...how many "100 top metal songs/bands/albums/frontmen TV anthology shows are we going to have to endure before the radio DJs take the hint and start actually playing metal music? Jesus, it's what the people want, already, but no...the advertisers want us to keep requesting Panic! At the Disco and All American Rejects. I would have thought those kids were girls...get haircuts, already. A bunch of hip hop artists that all sound the same got honored. It's not hip-hop I have a problem with...It's just that it's literally all the same, with no regard for actual talent. These new artists all just chant gutteral, barely intelligible, illiterate-speak about all the cash money and hoes they run. Just tacky. Let's get more performers like Common to represent the genre with some brains. However, I was particularly impressed with a performance by Busta Rhymes. I've actually seen him perform live. If that guy isn't the most entertaining man in hip-hop for my dollar, I don't know who else is. I was a little sad for Christina Aguilera. She got snubbed an award for literally every category she was nominated for. I mean, let's face it. Like her or not, the girl has a set of pipes. Her new single is freaking good. Really good. Bitchin' video to go along with it, and now that Britney Spears has become her own redneck joke, Ms. Aguilera now has no competition for the top spot of young, female vocalists. It's just that MTV refused to admit it in any way, passing her up over and over again. Just mean. The evening culminated with a performance by the newly reunited Tenacious D! The D reigned supreme, as expected, perfect closer for the evening. All in all, music is in a nosedive with no hope of recovery. There are no new artists on the horizon that will bring the media out of this hole it is perpetually digging itself into. I am constantly unearthing older albums by existing artists...all the new stuff is absolutely terrible, and this program cemented that fact. That's about it from me, I'm going to go cry in my beer and not listen to some tunes. Too sad.