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“I think I’m taking CRAZY PILLS!” Zoolander 2 confirmed by Ben Stiller: http://ping.fm/aSSCB

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Worse than crack, heroin, or PCP: CATNIP!!! Not! Even! Once! http://imgur.com/ZA7WQ.jpg

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Excellent, if subtle, advice, not just for underclassmen: http://i.imgur.com/D3eTo.jpg

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DJ Lurk’s 2010 FESTIVUS compilation posted: https://froggacuda.wordpress.com/2011/01/15/festivus-grievances-and-strength/

I finally got over my “this is not perfect yet” drive to post this. And yes, I know exactly where the blemishes are on this comp, but if I don’t just get it out there, I’ll stall and bluster and not deliver. Warts and all, here is #15 from DJ Lurk.

Download the files to import to your media player or rip the two CDs to your own media from the Virtual Lilypad Mobile Me: DJ Lurk – FESTIVUS.

TRACKLISTING:

DISC 1: The Airing of Grievances

  1. Linkin Park – Wisdom, Justice, and Love
  2. Chicane – What Am I Doing Here? (Part 1)
  3. BassNectar – Bursting
  4. Lady GaGa – Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say) (Piano and Human Beat Box Version)
  5. Keane – Perfect Symmetry (Live at the CherryTree House)
  6. The Killers – Read My Mind (Like Rebel Diamonds Mix)
  7. Electronic – For You
  8. Jackson 5 vs Third Eye Blind – I Want You Back vs Semi-Charmed Life
  9. Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keyes – Empire State of Mind
  10. King Fantastic – Why? Where? What?
  11. Chiddy Bang featuring MGMT – The Opposite of Adults (KIDS)
  12. DJ Steve Porter featuring Katt Williams – Weed Remix
  13. Cee-Lo Green – Fuck You (Le Castle Vania Remix)
  14. Natasha Bedingfield – Frogs and Princes
  15. Lady GaGa – Bad Romance (Chew Fu Remix)
  16. Jay Sean featuring Nicki Minaj – 2012 (It Ain’t the End) (Ultimix)
  17. Far East Movement featuring Cataracs – Like a G6 (Disco Fries Remix)
  18. Make the Girl Dance – Baby, Baby, Baby (Black Block Remix)
  19. Lady GaGa – Boys, Boys, Boys (Manhattan Clique Remix)

DISC 2: The Feats of Strength

  1. Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg – California Gurls (Inner Party System Remix)
  2. Ke$ha – Your Love Is My Drug (C-Rok RokCouture Remix)
  3. Beyoncé – Ego (Ultimix)
  4. Timbaland featuring Katy Perry – If We Ever Meet Again (Chew Fu Ultimix)
  5. Lady GaGa – Alejandro (Afrojack Remix)
  6. Taio Cruz – Dynamite (C-Rok RokCouture RePro V3)
  7. Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are (Smart and Westfunk Ultimix)
  8. Chicane – Poppiholla (The Thrillseekers Remix)
  9. Plumb – Hang On (Ultimix)
  10. Kaskade and Deadmau5 – Move For Me (Remix by FSG)
  11. The Divinyls – I Touch Myself (Love II Infinity Remix)
  12. Depeche Mode – Halo (Austin Leeds and Christian J Main Mix)
  13. Hybrid – Break My Soul
  14. Recoil – Faith Healer (Conspiracy Theory)

As usual, there are a whole bunch of influences to thank for finding these phresh tracks, starting with S.A.T., whom I love dearly, not least for her taste in music old and new. Other contributors include brothers T-Boz, Kleptus, Moonbow, and Jamie & Sioux; Pat and Scot from Stay Classy who do good work every day besides noting dope tracks; DJ Hero from Activision for doing a superb job getting real turntablists to influence the next generation with kickass games — they’ve come a long way from Atari cartridges; my main man C-Rok who crushes shit better than established remixers, the Ultimix family, The CherryTree House for providing that uniquely awesome recording venue, King Fantastic for restoring my faith in that SoCal gangsta shit, Lady GaGa whose preponderance on this comp is easily surpassed by her support of the Little Monsters (of which I am one), my brothers Kyle and Jon who got married in 2010 (FINALLY!), the one-of-a-kind vision and autotune skills of DJ Steve Porter who went on to rock the NBA Finals among other brands, the DJ / Producers that keep it fresh: Chew Fu, Afrojack, Kaskade, Deadmau5, and Pete Tong’s Essential Mix; and last-but-in-no-way-least my version of Charlie’s Angels: Brooke Lee Adams, Gracie Glam, and Kristina Rose.

Of course, the people that make this go are the original artists, whose rights are completely reserved; this is for promotional purposes only. Go buy music! I am always awed by having to decide what to include on the yearly comp and in what order it is supposed to be in so that I can recreate the spray-Pledge-on-the-hardwood-floors-and-dance-in-your-socks feeling that I got listening to these tracks all year long. Make time to share, dance, and relax while you enjoy this latest installment by DJ Lurk. I have big love for you all. PEACE!

Every once in a while I get the opportunity to mention that I was in a band in high school. This usually provokes mild interest because the immediate assumption is that Monster Zero was like that standard high school band that was doing covers of classic rock or Bob Marley or something similar that everyone heard once or twice during their secondary school career while drinking cheap beer out of red keg cups in someone’s backyard. But when I mention details like “we had a full horn section”, “seven to eight members rocking original ska and funk”, and “covered the likes of Fishbone, Bad Manners, The English Beat, and The Specials” — well, that’s usually when eyes go wide and I get full attention. Ska was perfect for Point Loma High School at the end of the 80’s as a decade: rambunctious, feel-good, jump around, hyperkinetic party music balanced out with a healthy dose of dirty, filthy, get-yo-hips-innit funk as a chaser.

MZ was truly a labor of love; we worked hard to cover covers as faithfully as we could and we poured our best efforts into writing originals that would rock a party. I can’t even recall how many hours were spent in the epic soundproof room built in Alex’s basement under the stern but approving eyes of George Kohrt trying to organize, focus, and practice while figuring out marketing, our next gig, and how on earth we might get paid a little bit for loading 1000 lbs of gear into multiple vehicles and showing up to play somewhere on the spur of the moment. What is amazing is that 20 years out, I STILL fuckin’ love these tracks and cherish the memories:

  • Early on we played a gig for some classmate’s birthday party at the Kona Kai Club; we had no lead singer so I had to sing while playing all of the horns and organ on my keyboard — this is the only time that I fronted the band vocally, and the trumpet solo on Ackee 1, 2, 3, is NOT easy to play
  • MZ played a gig at my (then) girlfriend Jamie Peterson’s house while her dad was away; somebody was so inspired that they climbed on to the roof and stage dived into the mosh pit — unlike Coolio he was caught and I don’t think the band missed a beat
  • Monster Zero had some influence in the subsequent phreshness that was Ed’s Cat [citation / link needed], The Unsteady when sister Sian White was fronting that shiznits, and just setting the bar high for PLHS talent in general

I even remember the early days of formulating Monster Zero — big love to Tyler Lusk (drums), Frank the PLHS TA (bass), and the lovely Adrianna (vocals). I have always regretted never being able to pull off Fishbone’s Lyin’ Ass Bitch when we didn’t have Ms Lazzarini as the centerpiece of the band. I have to acknowledge that even though I had a lot to do with convincing people to give this concept ska-funk revue a try, most of the critical effort came from three planets-are-aligning events:

  1. Imploring friend and Arkanoid-crusher (at Brown Bag Deli, no less) Chris McGee to take a shot at fronting the band with his incredible charisma and vocal chops — McGinty has gone on to his own spectacularity with outfits like 008 and Brass, Beats, and Bows
  2. Putting out an ad in the back of the Reader for horn players, from which we encountered the sax-rocking sexual tyrannosaurus known as John Roy — JR went on to continue keeping it real to this day on the San Diego music scene — and introduced us to Steve Pratchner, our trombonist
  3. Getting awesome volunteer support from fans, friends, and classmates; examples include Security by T. Charman and roadie / sound tech / speaker-schlepping-sherpa Chad Gautier

This goes along with my theme of Press Record; it amazes me that we — Galstefus, actually — spent the time to actually record what we were doing at that time, and that I can actually post these recordings 20 years later…and they still sound good and bring back all those memories. Every time a Monster Zero reunion is mentioned, we all get hordes of messages that people would fly in from other continents and bring their SO’s and / or their whole family including their children and requests for “Camel Jack” or “play Party at Ground Zero!” or “I will throw my panties on stage if you sing me Naked Ladies while looking deep into my eyes”. This sort of behavior can be chalked up to cheesy reminiscence of high school and the end of the eighties, but I put a win in the column of love: that’s why I have spent this Saturday rebuilding the Monster Zero tribute page out on my blog.

I’d be interested in hearing any tales that you have to tell about the rise and fall of Monster Zero in 1989-1990 if you have them. Even if you don’t, check out the page, download the tracks, and play them to your family, friends, and progeny so they subconsciously develop a love for ska and funk music, Godzilla movies, learning to play an instrument beyond Rock Band, and insuring that illicit backyard high school keg parties entertained by cover bands continues to be part of the fabric of growing up, wherever you are in the world.

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The M0nster Zer0 page has been rebuilt with audio and pics! Download ‘em nao! https://froggacuda.wordpress.com/monster-zero/