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When rock stars age, one of two things usually happen: they fade into elderly obscurity, whether it's because they were doing too many drugs or were just unpopular, or they keep touring and are an embarrassment to everyone involved. We're looking at you Paul McCartney. Fortunately, German metal band Rammstein has studied these examples and is forging a new path. Today is lead singer Till Lindemann's 50th birthday, and he is still as crazy and weird as he was the day he blowtorched his way out of the womb.
Lindemann and his buds formed Rammstein in 1994, and they've been touring since 1994. But where they avoid the pitfalls of bands like The Rolling Stones and Soundgarden is in their performance: Rammstein does so much crazy s**t on stage, no one really cares if Till's voice is hoarse or he looks too wrinkly. Everyone in the band is a certified pyrotechnician, meaning they can do more cool fire tricks than your average metal band.
In honor of Till's birthday, here's our five favorite badass things Rammstein's done in its career, three of which are from live performances and two are from music videos. Read More...
2012 has been another solid year for viral videos. From Kate Upton doing "Cat Daddy" to DMX singing "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and backwoods boat crashes to bus driver uppercuts, this year has given us a wide range of Internet stupidity and awesomeness--and it's tough to determine which side of the spectrum we enjoy more. Psy must have spent thousands to produce his awesome "Gangnam Style" video, but is it really a better viral video than "Frog Sitting Like Human?" Millions of people have enjoyed the crap out of both.
Selecting a year-end list of the best viral videos is a tricky task. What criteria do you use: funniest? most views? biggest cultural impact? Since we don't have the answer, we polled the Guy Code staff and cast for their favorites. The 12 videos that came up most often are below. Take a look and vote for your favorite viral video of 2012 below.
Kanye West has been wearing a leather kilt (or man-skirt, or whatever it is) at his concerts for awhile, but last night's 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit was many people's first exposure to it. And whenever a celebrity does something weird, the masses turn to Twitter.
No surprise, #KanyesKilt became a whole thing, even spawning its own account with tweets such as "You would not believe the chafing going on in here right now" and "For those of you wishing to purchase a similar garment, go to your local Scottish S&M outlet." Here's the best of the rest...
With lyrics like "I'm so gangster you can find me baking cookies at night/You out clubbing but I just made caramel delight," you can't go wrong. She had everything in the video from the cars to the bling...
To be fair, Swift warns LL and the audience to lower their expectations, but we suspect false modesty on her part. She clearly had the confidence to go through with it. And where did she get that confidence? Possibly from reading our blog, in which case, here's our mea maxima culpa to hip-hop as an art form.
Because when you're in the wrong, you take it back and eat your crow like a man. That's Guy Code.
If your dog runs away, go ahead and offer a million bucks for its safe return. The legal system probably won't hold you to the exaggerated figure. But if you're a Grammy-nominated artist and producer who conceivably hasa million bucks, then watch your words.
After losing his computer back in 2010 on a tour of Germany, Ryan Leslie posted a YouTube declaration: "In the interest of retrieving the invaluable intellectual property contained on his laptop & hard drive, Mr. Leslie has increased the reward offer from $20,000 USD to $1,000,000 USD." (The files included collaborations with Jay-Z and Kanye West.)
The good Samaritan/German told reporters, "I'm very happy ... that the American judicial system, which is so totally different from ours, functioned so well with a jury that are not professionals and are laymen." And he doesn't have too much sympathy for the musician: "No one forced him to make an offer of so much money for a finder's fee."
Before you enter a serious relationship with a girl, you should pay attention to how she talks (or sings) about her exes, because history has a way of repeating itself. In the case of Taylor Swift, you'll probably wind up becoming fodder for bitter lyrics. She once even promised a boyfriend that she wouldn't write a song about him... and then backtracked:
Of course I was like, "Oh, don't worry, I won't." And then I did. Look, it's not like it was written somewhere in the fine print that I write songs about my life. If we break up, I'm going to write about it. But I'm probably also going to write about when I fell in love with you. So there's an upside.
Big, big warning flag here. So she told a guy she wasn't going to write about him, then she went ahead a did it anyway? Et tu, Brute? Even worse, Swift doesn't seem to display a tinge of remorse for stabbing this guy in the back with a tell-all breakup song. Instead, she gloats about the "upside" of falling in love with her because she'll write about it.
Win or lose, you're getting a song written about you. How lucky! Swift's attitude reeks of selfishness and comes across as completely ignorant of the feelings of the other person in the relationship.
The Grey Cup is Canada's version of the Super Bowl. It pits the top two teams in the Canadian Football League together and it generates the same sort of hype that our Big Game does. Naturally, the Halftime Show is an over-the-top production featuring a larger-than-life rock star who is supposed to bring fans and non-fans together. Notice we said "supposed to." Somebody apparently thought it'd be a great idea for Justin Bieber to be that guy. Wrong! What should've been an entertaining break in the action turned into a massacre of boos from our Canadian friends. While we're not Maple Leafs, here are the five reasons why we think our Northern friends booed Biebs:
1. Sports & Bieber Don't Mix
Guys use football as a break from their screaming daughters and ex-wives, who usually love Bieber. The pop star is a reminder of what the men there are trying to forget for three hours. Sports are a man's getaway from life's nonsense. There's also the song selection of "Boyfriend" and "Beauty and a Beat". Really? These are the songs you're playing at halftime of a football game? Imagine if at the Super Bowl we see Beyonce thump out her hits "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)" and "Run the World (Girls)" just as the game leaves off at a fevered pitch of testosterone and brutality. Wait a sec. That might actually happen. Moving along... Read More...
The "Guy Code" cast is going international...at least, in spirit. MTV2 announced this morning that cast-members Andrew Schulz and Lil Duval will emcee the US broadcast of the "2012 MTV EMA." MTV's European Music Awards are held in Frankfurt, Germany's historic Festhalle on November 11th and honors musical acts who are truly global. The two dudes who usually bring you hilarious guy advice are keeping you company through the broadcast and will announce the U.S.-only EMA category winner for "U.S. Artist About to Go Global," presented by the new 5® Gum Micro Pack.
Voting for the U.S.-only category launched today at EMA.MTV2.com and will continue through Friday, November 9 at 5:59p ET with emerging artists Mac Miller, A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz, Tyga, MGK and Big Sean vying for the MTV2 EMA award. Make sure you watch the November 11th broadcast on MTV2 at 11p ET/PT to find out if your favorite rapper won.
Anything Justin Bieber can do Lady Gaga can do too. Last week Justin Bieber puked on stage in Phoenix, Arizona during a performance of his "Out of Town Girl" on the first night of his new Believe tour. If you missed it, Biebs turned his back to the crowd, hands on his knees and let it rip. It was a pretty solid stream that was apparently infused by milk, or at least that's how Bieber played it off -- with an "Anchorman" reference (milk was a bad decision) on his Twitter account.
Only a week later, Lady Gaga also vomited on stage! She did it in Barcelona and thanks to a loyal, shirtless male dancer on stage, turned it into some kind of performance art. It looks like she might have pulled the trigger rather than succumbing to her body's mandate, and it took her a few more tries than Bieber to empty the contents of her stomach. But she didn't leave the stage (from what we read), unlike Bieber who excused himself twice to manage the issue. So who did it better? Apply your own criteria and vote. We suggest proximity of dancers, duration, form, and so on.
Unless you've been hiding under a boulder for the past couple weeks, you've heard the infectious, so-bad-it's-good song "Gangnam Style." South Korean rapper Psy is the mastermind behind the song's bizarre music video, which is the latest YouTube sensation to go viral, an honor previously awarded to Rebecca Black's "Friday" and those two little girls singing "Super Bass."
While "Gangnam Style" is fun, we thought we were already hitting our saturation point with it. Then we saw this video and we're back on board. This is the official Guy Code-approved version of "Gangnam Style." It wins over Psy's version for two reasons: more hot girls in short skirts, no weird chubby guys. Nothing flashy or fancy here--just five sexy Korean dancers in impossibly high heels and awesomely skimpy clothes--and that's perfectly cool with us. They even manage to make that awkward horse-riding move look sexy--something Britney Spears failed to do.