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With the new Fountains of Wayne album dropping tomorrow, it's good to have their name back in the rotation. But let us indulge our inner Shakespeare as we ask what, exactly, is in a name? Are Fountains of Wayne named after some elaborate waterworks cluster depicting Wayne Campbell in various poses: The "Shwing," The "Party On," The "Dream Sequence," you get the idea...?
The power poppers in Fountains of Wayne are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the seemingly nonsensical world of band names. At least the FoW moniker is based on a grammatically correct phrase. For many acts, their name sounds as though the members were intoxicated and decided to string together the first words that popped into their foggy minds. Below, we've uncovered the origins behind some of the most vexing band names around. Sometimes there's a method to the madness, and other times it's just murky mythology. Read More...
Getting your ass kicked is certainly no fun. But looking like you got your ass kicked is even worse. Sometimes you can lose a fight and still hit the club with barely a scratch on your face. But these MMA fighters don't have it so good. By the looks on their bloodied, defeated faces, it seems the club hit them first.
[from L-R: Brock Lesnar, Rory MacDonald, Mark Hominick, John Howard, Diego Sanchez, Chris Tuchscherer, Shane Carwin, James Head, Nik Lentz]
If you thought it was impossible to make a Toyota Prius look badass, you'd still be right, but Steve Nash made a damn good effort. In a recent commercial starring the Canadian-born MVP point guard (and pretty good soccer player), titled "What Happens After Practice," Nash draws connections between his own work ethic and the car maker's efforts to refine model until it's perfected.
But the commercial isn't that bland and predictable. Then, Nash shows his competitive side and nearly throws down in fisticuffs over a parking spot (we'll let the person's identity be a surprise). Because that's what Steve Nash and competitive people do. Good for Nash for pulling down a Toyota check, but at the rate the NBA lockout is going, some temporarily-unemployed players may be pimping mattresses and Chuck E. Cheese to keep the cash flowing.
Snowboarder/skateboarder/red head extraordinaire Shaun White recently executed the most perfect interview ever with "The Check-In" hosts Eric and Jeff Rosenthal. Actually, there was at least one regrettable moment, when, citing a lack of props, White declined to explain how "The Flying Tomato" fits into the pantheon of famous sexual positions alongside the Dirty Sanchez and Cleveland Steamer. Another time.
But White did discuss, among other things, the thrill of getting referenced in a Lil Wayne song ("Bill Gates"), what keeps the 24-year-old excited about snowboarding, and what it's really like inside the Olympic village. Oddly, the phenom now known as "Red Velvet" suggested the combination of two '90s films to conjure an image of the little village at the games. Finally, don't be alarmed by some facial hair which may or may not help White get laid. Although gold medals help.
There's no better excuse than summer to have a 64-babe, single-elimination bikini bracket. This is the end, my friends.
It's down to a battle of 3-seeds: Jessica Alba against JWOWW. Alba lit a path through the Hollywood region and then crushed 4-seeded Shakira, who emerged from The Studio region. Alba's opponent, JWOWW, likewise torched her competition, most recently Adriana Lima, en route to this championship showdown.
The final pair, apparently, have been on a crash course toward this smackdown bikini-wearing matchup since we opened the polls in the beginning of July. Now, for the last time, it's bikini wearing o'clock and you're voting. The victorious babe will win her very own gigantic gallery, internet fame and an open invitation to get spoon-fed leftover Ben & Jerry's ice cream that we won last week.
Voting closes on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 10 p.m. ET and the champion will be announced Wednesday morning.
It's tough enough, living in Omaha. But then you gotta deal with overmalted out-of-towners leaning on a jukebox, jamming in a penny (or however much 10 songs costs there), and picking a tune about how you live Somewhere in Middle America.
In New York, it's "if I can make it here, I can make it anywhere." In Omaha, it's "I think you better turn your ticket in--get your money back at the door." On the bright side, at least someone's still listening to Counting Crows.
After the Crows released four albums between 1993 and 2002 and went platinum more times than Lil Wayne's dentist, the band's been essentially irrelevant to pop culture for the past decade--so long that it's tough to remember just how important (seriously!) Counting Crows was to the music scene in the '90s, even outside of "Mr. Jones."
And after we spent some time re-exploring the catalog and wondering if we could have ever pulled off the white-guy-dreads look, we realized the time had come to ask...could Counting Crows be the Best Band Ever? Read More...
"Headbangers Ball" is back with a vengeance over at MTV2, where host Jose Mangin gives metalheads their weekly dose of heavy riffs and thrashing vocals. And each week we'll dive in to the show for some metal immersion therapy and come back to you with the five most face-melting moments for metal purists and noobs alike.
This week Jose Mangin brought the "Ball" to the Vans Warped Tour out in Oceanport, New Jersey, where we learned that the festival's got something for everyone: metalheads who used to rock out to Twisted Sister, headbangers who prefer their metal with bloodcurdling screams, and even rap and prog rock aficionados. It's all about melding different genres and different generations in the latest iteration of the Warped Tour. So let's get to the lessons taught by Jose, our tenured Professor of Metal. Read More...
The Blue Team on "Burnout: The Ultimate Drag Race Challenge" laid the smack down on the Red Team with some major style points. With the help of paint master Doug from Squeeg's Kustoms, the Blue Team turned its hot rod's hood blue with red scallops as if to say, "Yeah, we're using your color too." Well played.
Needless to say, the rest of the Blue Team crew was impressed. If you want to be the best you've got to dress the part and the crew nailed it. We've got to believe that the Red Team will respond with some hot graphics of its own if they don't have something in the works already. And don't mind the ghosts in the image above, they're just their to haunt the opponent.
"Burnout: The Ultimate Drag Race Challenge" airs Saturdays at 12p/11c on MTV2.