Apocalypse Now?

by Matthew Curtis
June 8, 2006 4:59 AM
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With all the hype about yesterday's calendar date (06/06/06), the pointless but perfectly timed release (from a marketing standpoint anyway) of THE OMEN remake, and sports radio dangling a "Who's your candidate for the anti-Christ in sports today?" subject for discussion (no kidding!), I thought I might actually make it through the day unscathed. That was until I turned on the TV last evening.

Not only was I assaulted by the husky crooning of ex-Doobie Brother/AdultContemporary megastar Michael McDonald on two consecutive communication system commercials--one for Verizon Business with "Ooh Ooh Child" on the soundtrack, the other with a cover of The Four Tops' "I'll Be There" for a company I've already forgotten--but the "best" was still to come. The caricature formerly known as David Lee Roth was actually the musical guest on Jay Leno/The Tonight Show, and proceeded to perform a bluegrass version of the Van Halen (and later Aztec Camera) classic, "Jump." The 7-piece string band he had accompanying him sounded fine, but Roth was as embarassingly lame as it comes. I thought this guy was retired and doing the radio talk show host thing...too bad.

We're all heading South in a handbasket...

--Matthew

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