Thursday, April 19, 2007

Oh, And This Is A Bad Idea

There's no way this can be good. No. Way. It didn't work for Captain America, Superman, or Batman. The only comics characters it worked for were the Peanuts. This looks awful. Or awesome.

This Applies To Marvel Characters, Too!

Circulating the internets is a discussion about how the comic character Robin* is being written inconsistently across his own title and Teen Titans. Apparently, in his own book, which I don't read, he freaks out a bit and cracks jokes. Whereas, in the team book, which I do read, he's cool and collected and serious. The thought is that this is bad writing and they should co-ordinate more. I disagree.

Having a character appear in too many books by different authors can often cause too many inconsistencies in the character's personality making them seem as two different characters. What I see in this case, though, is a person, when on his own, is freer to respond how he wants. When he's with his friends in a leadership position, he's able to shunt those insecurities aside and puts up a brave face. I could also see the opposite: someone brave and fearless in their own book, allows himself to fade in the back or joke around on a team as there are more people around to carry the load (like, maybe, Blue Beetle in the old Justice League books). So, rather than hurting the character, I feel this potentially helps, adding depth to the personality.

Oh, and, err, Dio rocks!

*I said the comic character, Robin!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

An Evaluation Of The Dio4President Website!

Now that we have thrown our support for the Dio4President concept, we must now tear apart the website that promotes it.

Firstly, Dee Snider? Please. The correct answer is Ritchie Blackmore. His English birth is of no consequence.

Next, we see that Dio is only third in the list of bands. I don't know how this ranking system works, but we should all know the order by now*. Black Sabbath being number two is a good attempt, though it should stipulate Dio-era Black Sabbath.

Now, onto the forum. Sometimes they get it right:
?**: Tell me why you plan to vote for RJD in '08!
Stumpflower: Because he knows how to Rock
Pretty good, right? Could of used some exclamation marks. They also handle this dissenter with intelligence and aplomb:
Electric_Gypsy_: Well personally, I don't like his music at all.
VampyreAngel: That is not possible by Quantum Physics. Think again.
couchpotato258: yes, i checked the math. not liking dio's music=your head asplodes
Very nice.*** I don't know if couchpotato258 was trying to write explodes or invent a new word.**** Either way he rocks. It's also always nice to see those who truly get what Dio is spreading the word and working together. And using science to do it, too!

Here's where the group falls, however:
?: Gene (Simmons-SUPERMEGADIO!!!!!) has a dominating personality, and I'm afraid he would overshadow the main man. Plus I don't like the way he treats his guitar players.
What? Is he insane? He honestly thinks that that self-promoting jack-a-nape could truly dominate Dio?***** Dio is a force unto himself! He is the one-true Rock God! It's a good thing this guy's no longer running the show with that kind of attitude!

So, there's some good and some bad. But, overall we still stand behind this popular movement to get Dio elected president!

*I can't believe you had to look here! You should know the order! Very well, I will once more relate the official greatest bands ever order: Dio, Black Sabbath (Dio-era), Rainbow, Elf. Now, commit it to memory! Don't make me repeat myself again!
**Not sure the guy's name, he's been deleted.
***Wish I thought of this Quantum Physics bit!
****Ass-plodes, maybe?
*****I would suspect this to be Shawn in disguise, though Peter Cetera is probably more her speed.

Dio 4 President?

The friends of SUPERMEGADIO!!!!! know of our insatiable need for Dio related info on the internets. With that in mind Rodney P. Brady pointed out this lastFM group, Dio4President. The question is clearly what do we here at SUPERMEGADIO!!!!! think about such an idea?

There are many positives to the idea of Dio being a good president:
1. He hates witches.
2. He rocks. Hard.
3. He's got some kinda special vision powers.*

There's only really one negative that I can think of:
1. If he's busy being president, will he have time to rock?

See, there's the rub, as they say. Will we, the lover's of Dio, be denied his rocking? Is it fair to rob the free world of that awesomeness?

No. It's not. However, what you simple-minded sorts fail to realize is that those are trick questions! Dio can rock hard AND rule the free world! That is the greatness of Dio!

With that in mind, we here at SUPERMEGADIO!!!!! wholly support the nomination of Dio for president!**

*He can see rainbows in the dark!
**But, not that wannabe Dee Snider for VP!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

I Did A Search Before Posting This

So, just in case you want to claim you wrote about this already, I checked. With that in mind, we here at SUPERMEGADIO!!!!! just wanted to say we've decided there's only one good thing about the Iraq War. All those Marvel characters with origins in Vietnam now have a more recent war to tie their origins to. Especially seeing how this war is playing out. Those who fought in Korea, now can be said to have fought in the Gulf War, and those who fought in Vietnam can now have fought in the Iraq War. Everyone wins!

Monday, April 16, 2007

Faith In Woody

In searching for good pictures for saturday's post, we came across the following picture:Clearly, Woody Woodpecker wants us to cover this song.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Dio Lyrics Sunday!

Heaven And Hell
Black Sabbath


Sing me a song, you're a singer
do me a wrong, you're a bringer of evil
The Devil is never a maker
the less that you give, you're a taker
So it's on and on and on, it's Heaven and Hell, oh well

The lover of life's not a sinner
The ending is just a beginner
The closer you get to the meaning
the sooner you'll know that you're dreaming
So it's on and on and on, oh it's on and on and on
It goes on and on and on, Heaven and Hell
I can tell, fool, fool!

Well if it seems to be real, it's illusion
for every moment of truth, there's confusion in life
Love can be seen as the answer, but nobody bleeds for the dancer
and it's on and on, on and on and on....

They say that life's a carousel
Spinning fast, you've got to ride it well
The world is full of Kings and Queens
who blind your eyes and steal your dreams
It's Heaven and Hell, oh well
And they'll tell you black is really white
The moon is just the sun at night
And when you walk in golden halls
you get to keep the gold that falls
It's Heaven and Hell, oh no!
Fool, fool!
You've got to bleed for the dancer!
Fool, fool!
Look for the answer!
Fool, fool, fool!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

¿Quién Es Más Dio?

Woody Woodpecker

O
Chilly Willy?

Friday, April 13, 2007

Your Dreams Have Come True

My first real bit of link-blogging. I try to be more original in my posts. I know that won't last. But, I couldn't resist it with this bit of news which I heard here. Everyone rejoice!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Get To Know: Rock Gods!

It's time for us to learn again. This time we're dipping into the great Black Sabbath and the guiding voice of early (pre-Dio) Black Sabbath. No not him, but his childhood friend, the true ruler of Black Sabbath, 'Geezer' Butler.

First of all, Geezer's not his real name. It's what is called a nickname. But, it's a pretty cool one. Geezer. Geezer rocks!

Look at that picture. Doesn't he kind of look like Derek Smalls from Spinal Tap? Wouldn't be surprised if he was the visual inspiration for the character. He looked even more like Smalls back in the day, but this was the best pic I could find.

Geezer was the bassist for Black Sabbath. Not only that, he wrote most of the lyrics. All you fools who thought that Ozzy was the be all end all were wrong! Geezer's the man with the occult fetish. He wrote the song 'Black Sabbath' that the band named themselves for!

He has one of the best pedigree's that any metal musician could hope for. He is, are you ready for this?, the seventh son of a seventh son! Yeah, pretty cool right? But check this: he was also born on July 17, '49. That's 7/17/7x7. Holy shit! That's a lot of sevens! Are your minds' blown? Mine is! Did I mention his name is Geezer?

Geezer also did strange, unnatural things with his bass. First, he wah-wah'd it. Pretty original for a bassist at the time. Then he dropped the tuning. The damn thing just wasn't low enough for him! "How low can I go?" is what he used to say!*

Geezer also had the foresight to kick out his good friend Ozzy when the man was just too loaded to be profitable anymore and brought in Dio. And, you know what, I think he was holding back on those Ozzy songs, cause I think he rocked even harder with Dio!**

Geezer is also a vegan proving to one and all that you don't have to eat meat or drink milk to rock hard!***

In preparing this post, I came across this quote from our man Geez,
"I thought that Dehumanizer was a particularly brutal**** album, because Ronnie came in. You see, Tony wouldn't do any of the stuff that I was writing, but Ronnie came in and listened to all of the stuff I was doing and he insisted on doing my stuff as well as Tony's stuff. It was like a breakthrough! Then Cross Purposes came and Tony Martin (current Sabbath vocalist) - who hates all heavy music - came in and said, 'you can't do that, it sounds like Pantera!'"
See how great and egalitarian Dio is. He's like Solomon! "You two are fighting over whose songs we do, we'll do them all! And they'll rock!" Plus, Dio ruined Geezer for any other singer that came after him! Ruined him so much, they're currently out touring again! Take that Ozzy!

*Not really. I just made that up.
**Never Say Die! any one?
***It helps though.
**** In a good way.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Who Else Likes Station Wagons?

Asked, and, now, answered! Here are actual still shots of Tony Soprano from this past week's episode about to embark on his trip to the Adirondacks! Many Bothans died to get me these pictures...
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Anyway, here they are! And who could that be sitting in the passenger's seat, really excited to go upstate?That's right! It's supermegamonkey's own Rodney P. Brady! Ready to go on some hikes with Tony Soprano. In the woods. Where noone ever goes.

But, wait! That's not all! We were also able to get a shot of the station wagon from the back. You'll never guess who was in the back also eagerly anticipating this trip up north.

Damn right! Dio even rocks hard while in a station wagon!

Monday, April 9, 2007

Adirondacks!

We here at SUPERMEGADIO!!!!! like to point out when things we love are present in the popular culture in places you don't expect. With that in mind, we'd like to point out that on last night's Sopranos, Tony and his wife went to visit his sister and brother-in-law in (are you ready for this?) the Adirondacks!That's right, the mountainous region of New York State that we like to mock Rod incessantly for liking! It looked pretty nice.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

¿Quién Es Más Dio?

Robert Rodriguez

o
Quentin Tarantino?

Friday, April 6, 2007

How Come We've Never Heard Of This Place Until Now?

The place is falling apart and that's when we find out about it? See here.

World Series Of Rock!

Here's a response we've neglected for far too long, but we knew we'd get to it eventually! Someone out there praised Kenny Rogers, over Dio! It's an odd comparison to us, but you know what that means! That's right, another head-to-head challenge!

"Pine tar won't help you here, Mr. Rogers!"
"No sir, err, that's just dirt."

Kenny Rogers is a baseball pitcher. Dio rocks. Hard. Advantage? Dio!

Kenny Rogers pitched a perfect game once. Sounds exciting doesn't it? Ooh, a perfect game. Sorry, it is nothing but boredom magnified. No runs? No hits? No walks, even? Bor-ing! Wake me when it's over. Dio, on the other hand makes sure to entertain at every turn and wrote the perfect song!*

Kenny Rogers has a few** golden gloves. Big deal! He got them for throwing a ball! Let me repeat that. For a (very good) living, he throws a ball. Dio co-writes & sings to earn his golden records! That's a two to one advantage for Dio!

Kenny Rogers beat up a bunch of reporters. That's good rock rage right there! But, he didn't channel it the way he should've, into rock! That's what Dio'd do!***

Kenny Rogers often gets confused with some lame country singer who got some crappy facelift recently and who is not even worth facing down in a head-to-head challenge! Dio doesn't get confused for anyone! He's an original!

This one wasn't even close folks! I didn't even have to mention how Kenny Rogers was accused of cheating. Next time think twice before challenging Dio!

*Rainbow In The Dark or Holy Diver. Your choice.
**Alright, five.
***And did!

Thursday, April 5, 2007

What The Hell?

It just snowed for a good fifteen minutes or so. Very heavy with lots of wind, but not sticking. And then it all of a sudden stopped and the sun is shining brightly. God bless global warming! or something.

Where's Yesterday's Post?

Due to a technical* error, yesterday's post was not posted. What's worse, is that it didn't save either (at least I can't find it)** and I don't have the energy to re-write it***. What's worse than that, is I went looking for the Best of Black Sabbath: The Dio Years (with three new songs!) and couldn't find it! I thought it was supposed to come out Tuesday! Damn record execs!

*Technically, I'm an idiot.
**It's true what they say, "Publish or Perish!"
***Which is too bad really since it would've blown the doors off of your ears!****
****Not really, but you'll never really know will you?

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Jack Kirby Update!

Some edits were suggested, so here it 'tis!

Monday, April 2, 2007

The Previous Post

I know I need help. You don't have to tell me that. I actually had work to do, but did that post instead.

An Analysis Of Rod's Song Naming Proclivities, or, I Can't Believe I Wrote This Post

On our parent site, supermegamonkey, I called Rod out* on his song naming tendencies. Specifically, his use of food and animal names for titles. Rod then called me out, (focusing, on the food side) with the following statistics, "2 songs out of 28 Politburo songs and jams. Or 5 songs out of 78 songs on this site**." According to Rod's own numbers (which we will address in a second), 7.14% of Politburo songs, and 6.41% total songs are named for food.

Now, I disagree with Rod's given numbers. Looking on this Politburo page we get 2 food named songs, and 21 songs total. Here we get 1 food named song (chicken wire) and 34 songs total. Here we get 3 food named songs and 20 songs total. That gives us 6 food named songs on the site and 75 songs total. (We've decided that the animal named songs was a false association and, really shouldn't count. Unless it's common to eat the animal, that's why 'chicken' counts). That's 8% on the total site.

As for the Politburo songs specifically***, 9 are jams given merely descriptions rather than actual names. Of the remaining twelve songs, 2 are covers, 1 is an arrangement of a traditional song, and at least 2 were not named by Rod. That leaves 2 food named songs out of 7 total. That's a whopping 28.57% of songs.

Plus, Rod's solo stuff reveals his truest naming habits, as he, theoretically had
no one else influencing him on the naming of these songs. So, what do we find here? A very large 15% of song titles!

But, let's focus on the grand total including all the songs, 6 of 75 yielding 8%. If only there were another musician out there famed for having food related songs. Oh wait! How about "Weird Al"
Yankovic? He is so associated with food songs, he put out an album of just food songs. In a quick survey, I found 17 songs total dealing with food (including 12 with food in the title, 2 of which had nothing to actually do with food & 5 without food in the title, but are about food in some way) and 140 songs total. That's 12.14% of his songs and 8.57% if we eliminate those 5 without food actually in the title. So a comedian renowned for having songs about food had only a little over a half a percentage point more food titled songs than Rod! And it doesn't even come close to the 15% that Rod names on his solo work!

Now let's compare them both to some random, non-satirical musician. Let's say
Dio****. Of Dio's 102 songs, 1 has a food in the title (.98%) and three additional have food related activities in the titles***** ("Hungry" "Eat" & "Feed") (3.91%). Here at SUPERMEGADIO!!!!!, we, logically use Dio as the standard. With that in mind, the numbers clearly show that Rod can be fairly described as having an inclination to name songs after foods.

However, the real reason this perception is in our heads is less technical. In high school, Rod had two songs: Why? and Sour Yogurt. See, half his song titles were seen to have food in the titles. Then, when we were presented with the song titles Smallest Plum, Potato With Wings, and Platypus close together temporally, we further connected them in our mind to Rod's love of song titles with food in them.****** But, it's nice to see the numbers support our beliefs.


*I don't remember what I was gonna footnote here.
**He means his site, supermegamonkey.
***At least the song's presented on this website.
****Surprised? And we mean the band Dio here, not every song Dio recorded with anyone.
*****Presented here for completeness sakes, but should not really factor in.
******This is where the false animal titled songs factors in.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Dio Lyrics Sunday!

Stand Up And Shout
Dio

It's the same old song
You've gotta be somewhere at sometime
They never let you fly

It's like broken glass
You get cut before you see it
So open up your eyes

You've got desire
So let it out
You've got the fire
Stand up and shout-shout

You've got wings of steel
But they never really move you
You only seem to crawl

You've been nailed to the wheel
But never really turning
You know you've got to want it all

You've got desire
So let it out
You've got the fire
Stand up and shout

You are the strongest chain
And not just some reflection
So never hide again

You are the driver
You own the road
You are the fire go on explode

You've got desire
So let it out
You've got the power
Stand up and shout