You’re In The Jungle Baby.You’re Gonna Dieeee!

24 11 2008

Well currently I’m still recovering from this year’s Comic Con in Dublin. Those Marvel folks really know how to booze, but I called it a day at 4.30am for fear of being hospitalised. Will post more up about it at some point (including some snaps of the sweet Daredevil and Hulk sketches I got from Michael Lark and Liam Sharpe)but for now I just want to say to any readers that are interested, tune in to Arts Extra tonight from 6.30pm on BBC Radio Ulster to hear me reviewing the new GNR record. After the initial shock from some of the tracks I have to say I now love it.

More Later.

Reasons Why I Like Journalism Number 13

21 11 2008

It hasn’t been a marvelous week here in Blogging a Dead Horse-Land. While I’d never swap freelance journalism in favour of a staff job for all the copies of ‘the Soundhouse Tapes’ in the world, it can sometimes be a pain in the hole dealing with Little Hitlers and chasing payments.

After being a bit hacked off this morning I prepped for my interview with the Wombats for the Hot Press crimbo issue. I wasn’t sure how the piece would go, but Dan from the band was a total sweetheart and a great interview. It really cheered me up and it’s always heartening to work with people who are genuinely charming and are in music for all the right reasons.

Off to the Dublin City Comic Con now so will maybe blog a bit later

The Dutch Shredder

20 11 2008

Last night we went to see Zach and Miri Make a Porno. Zach and Miri make a shite film morelike.

What a dose.

Rollins In Belfast

14 11 2008

This morning Ron from the Black Bear Saloon(  sent me a link to see a clip from the new Henry Rollins spoken word DVD that was filmed in Belfast. If you take a look at the trailer you’ll catch the young McFee sitting there in the crowd (I’m the one with the tattoos).

A Little Solidarity

14 11 2008

Just a quick one about the A Little Soldarity local band fest this weekend. Curating the event are the amazing And So I Watch You From Afar (check out my feature on the bash in today’s Telegraph- so if you can make your way down to it make sure you do.

The lads have just signed a deal with Smalltown America ( so congrats!

He’s Just A Sexy Boy

14 11 2008

Well after slabbering in my blog yesterday about always hoping Shawn Michaels would turn up in Belfast but never does, he only bloody made an appearence last night!

JBL came out and had his usual “America’s great” promo and mentioned kicking Michael’s ass.I was trying not to get my hopes up but once his music hit I was well chuffed. I even did a wee dance as he made his way to the ring. The da’s in the crowd were amused.

Needless to say I was as happy as a dog with two Mickeys. All in all it was a brilliant night. Batista led a tribute to Eddie Guererro (he died three years ago to the day) and they played his music. Got to see Santino too but sadly he wasn’t playing a heel which kinda sucked.

Freaks and Peaks

13 11 2008

Just for laughs, here’s another wrestling promo.This time by the Big Bad Booty Daddy Scott Steiner. What the chuff is he talking about?

This is also hilarious for a few minutes.

No Holds Barred

13 11 2008

It seems like it’s starting to become cool for people to be wrestling fans again. With Valient Thorr and Fight Like Apes writing songs about the sport and countless websites and newspapers all devoting space to the baby oiled behemoths, it ‘s never been a better time to get in on the action.

I’ve been a wrestling fan since I was about 6 or 7. We used to watch the British stuff (Giant Haystacks,Danny Boy Collins, Adrian Street etc) up in my granda’s house in High Street and woe betide anyone who spoke during the broadcast. If they did, my granda would usually shut them up pretty quickly. He loved watching the action in the squared circle and so did I, much to my Da’s disbelief.

As I got older and the British stuff got cancelled, I started to watch the WWF. It didn’t take long to get into the catch as catch can style and my favourites were the Million Dollar Man, Jake the Snake, Ravishing Rick Rood and Shawn Michaels. Basically I liked the pretty boys who were there to piss off the hicks and camp it up while stealing their girlfriends.

As the years went by I still continued to watch the sport even though there were a few lean moments (I’m looking at you British Bulldog) and I started to become interested in the backstage stuff. Wrestlers are an unusal breed. Most are stand off-ish and defensive when they’re taken outside the world of spandex and there are dozens of dark characters whose dabbles with drugs has completely destroyed their bodies,mental state and reputations (Jake the Snake,New Jack,Lex Luger…).They’re almost like carnies, travelling the world working for fuck all money as they put their bodies through massive amounts of pain purely for the love of what they do.

I’ve only ever interviewed one wrestler. His name was Chris Jericho and at the time he was coming to Belfast to play a gig with his band Fozzy. At the time Jericho had “retired” from the WWE and was trying his luck as a full time warbler. His agent told me that under no uncertain terms was I to ask about his wrestling days or anything related to that world, then gave me his mobile number and told me to ring him whenever I liked. To be honest, with all due respect to his agent, there was no way I wasn’t going to ask about him about his former life. He spent three decades on the road wrestling and that’s where the story was. To pretend it didn’t happen was pretty fuckin’ daft if you ask me.

So there I was, ringing up a Canadian wrestler from my glorified squat at the time feeling all excited and deviously planning ways in which to make him talk about Vince McMahon and Co. Chris answered the phone with an abrupt “Yeah,” and for the next 20minutes we had a prickly conversation that was as much fun as getting my pubes pulled out by a 20stone biker. I’d always found Jericho to be quite a charismatic bloke when he was cutting promos, but in person he was an utter tool who was taking himself far too seriously. At one point we had a full blown argument about Iron Maiden. Now usually I’ll let my subject say their piece and slabber on about whatever is in their heads but this was 15minutes in, I had more than enough quotes to go on and his obnoxious behaviour was starting to piss me off so he was fair game. Oh, and did I get him to talk about wrestling? You bet your arse I did.

Tonight I’m going to watch WWE Raw at the Odyssey. I already know what’s going to happen before it does. I’ll get a few beers, shout a some daft things and ultimately be kinda disapointed when HBK doesn’t show up.In honour of tonight’s fun here’s a few clips of wrestlers cutting silly promos. The first one is of Lex Luger (who has now, not surprisingly, snuffed it) and the second is a compilation of some greased up grapplers losing the run of themselves. Enjoy.

Avengers Assemble!

12 11 2008

Today I spent most of my time putting together my comics pages for the Christmas issue of AU.It took a while assembling everything, but I will say that Ed Brubaker’s Captain America won ‘Book of the Year.’

When it gets close to crimbo I’ll post up the published piece, but for the time being I thought I’d give you some images of Cap in the alternate opening scene of the Incredible Hulk.

If you need a closer look, here he is, lying under his shield….

Who Doesn’t Love A Bit Of Rod?

12 11 2008

Just read that the Faces are set to reform. I’ve always loved a bit of Rod and when I saw him last year he “put on a great show” as millions of ma’s would say.

Let’s hope they can come up with some tunes as good as ‘Stay With Me’ and ‘Ooh La La.’