How Mitsou made my day!


Mitou on CBC Newworld
Mitou on CBC Newworld (Photo credit: Elijah)

If you have been following this blog you would know that I like hard rock music… a lot.  If you’ve been following me for a long time, you would also know that I like female artists too, especially Canadian ones, but in general I like female artists such as;  Shania Twain, Jewel, the AM’s (Amanda Marshall, Alanna Myles, and Alanis Morisette), Kelly Clarkson and Mitsou (now known as Mitsou Gelinas).

Mitsou, for those of you unfamiliar with her work, was a very popular singer from Quebec who had some monster hits in the late 1980’s with songs like Bye Bye Mon Cowboy, Dis-Moi Dis-Moi, Spooky, Les Chinois, and La Corrida.  Dis-Moi Dis-Moi was actually banned from Much Music not too long after Madonna’s Justify My Love was and the station had to create a live nightly show called Too Much for Much in order to show these videos and talk about them.  In Dis-Moi Dis-Moi there was a naked shower scene and I don’t recall ever seeing anything worth banning the video, but those were different times we lived in back in the late 80’s and it got Mitsou a lot of press.  Plus being really hot didn’t hurt her either.

Yes, Mitsou was hot.  She was risqué and she was one of the very few French Canadian artists – especially female ones, who made it throughout the country.  I have all her CD’s and yes, I follow her on twitter with the other almost 50,000 fans.  I’m not ashamed.  She’s doing a lot nowadays and you can find a lot through www.mitsou.com, her website.

So here is how she made my day today;

Friday night I was at our Temple’s Tot Shabbat service and we were sitting with the kids singing songs and having fun when my friend Eric @campusdiscs – who knows I like Mitsou – turns to me and says to me out of nowhere, “I have Bye Bye Mon Cowboy” tattooed on my left butt cheek.

So I took to Twitter;

@mitsougelinas my friend @campusdiscs said he has “bye bye mon cowboy” tattooed on his left butt cheek.  #DismoiDismoi

Then I got his wife’s account number and posted this;

@mitsougelinas @campusdiscs #DismoiDismoi his wife just confirmed it to be true.  C’est vrai!

(I took out here address here as I didn’t get her permission to post it, yet.)

Then about mid-day Saturday I got this;

@urbandaddyblog @campusdiscs. I will believe it when I see it!!

I think he’s got to get that tattoo now, or at least get out the marker and then we can make the left side of his butt popular(ish).

Thank you Mitsou for making my Saturday.

Eric, start inking… Marker, I’m thinking.

If case you have never heard of Mitsou, you can find her @mitsougelinas, and her are some links to her videos;

http://youtu.be/8aI0QTEJjIg  – Bye Bye Mon Cowboy

http://youtu.be/wbDpR5jTmqs – Dis Moi Dis Moi

http://youtu.be/H_odYGS7S50 – Les Chinois

http://youtu.be/ugJkI1u2kZ4 – La Corrida

http://youtu.be/qG14xIMW164 – Deep Kiss (in English!)

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Thursday Thirteen – 13 Iconic Canadian artists


A while back I posted a Thursday Thirteen on the 13 essential Canadian music acts that everybody living in Canada should know about, regardless of the type of music they listen to.  They should either be able to recognize the name of the band or name a song, or recognize them on the radio. 

Some of the bands that made that list included; Rush, The Guess Who, Platinum Blonde, The Tragically Hip, etc.

But what about solo artists? 

So please find this week’s Thursday 13 – with some help from Social media guru and all around music genius, Elliott hurst – the 13 must know, Iconic, Canadian individual or solo artists.

1. Neil Young
2. Joni Mitchell
3. Leonard Cohen
4. Oscar Peterson
5. Bryan Adams
6. Gordon Lightfoot
7. Celine Dion
8. K.D. lang
9. Alanis Morrissette
10. Shania Twain
11. Robbie Robertson (of The Band)
12. Stompin’ Tom Connors
13. Avril Lavigne

Honourable Mentions:

Bruce Cockburn
Anne Murray
Rita MacNeil
Sarah McLachlan
Andrew Jacob Scott
Paul Anka
Lee Aaron
Gowan

Justin Bieber
Michael Buble
Nelly Furtado
Robert Goulet
Corey Hart
The late, great Jeff Healey
Colin James
Sass Jordan
Diana Krall
Chantal Kreviazuk
Multiple Grammy award winner Walter Ostanek
Amanda Marshall
Raffi

Whew.

Did I miss anyone?

2010 Year in Review – Entertainment news that mattered to me…


Here is my take on what mattered in the entertainment world during 2010.

 I started this in November but as the list got bigger and bigger, I started to get worried that I would never get to post it.  Well, here it is…   So let’s begin this urban daddy’s look at 2010 with;

The most memorable moments of the year.

On January 12th, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti 10 miles outside the country’s capital Port-au-Prince, taking almost 250,000 lives and reducing the city to rubble.  While the public outpouring of support and money was appreciated, I feel the world missed an opportunity to do the right thing and rebuild this country and provide homes, clean water and hope for the survivors.

Just over a week after winning her first Academy Award (Oscar), Sandra Bullock was blindsided when her husband of five years, some unheard of douche bag named Jesse James (parents who call kids that should be sent to jail or charged with neglect… Or the guy who names himself this might be a wee bit arrogant, no? admitted he had been unfaithful with some tattooed nazi-chick. They divorced.

Heidi Montag’s a role model for the plastic industry, not little girls…
While Heidi Montag faced several personal setbacks – filing for divorce from “husband” Spencer Pratt in July and losing her plastic surgeon to a fatal car crash in August – 2010 will go down as the year the “reality star” underwent a shocking 10 plastic surgery procedures in one day.  She went from looking young and kind-of hot, to old, plastic and about 50 years old, where she will remain (barring a drug overdose or premature end from yet another procedure) for the next 200 years. Gross.

While I really didn’t know much, or have a special appreciation for Brittany Murphy, I did find it spooky that 5 months after her death, blamed on an OD, her husband Simon Monjack was found dead in the couple’s home. It turns out he died from the same causes – pneumonia and severe anemia – that killed her.

What would a year in review be without mentioning that lunatic Mel Gibson. 2010 brought this wack-job back into the spotlight after his split from girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva ignited a heated custody battle over baby daughter Lucia. Grigorieva claimed that Mel had assaulted her (punched her and broke her nose) which led to a domestic violence investigation, and soon multiple audio tapes arose allegedly featuring Gibson’s hate-filled rants hit the web. The “leaks” were funny and made Mel seem closer to the looney-bin than to an Academy award… Poor nut-job.

But I think the biggest story of 2010 in entertainment involved Tiger Woods. Starting with the car crash / gash over his head, to the multiple mistresses each now getting their 15 minutes of fame and the resistance big business had in tossing this role model down the river. There were a lot of people hoping and praying it was not true, and if it were not for the mistresses, I doubt we would have known the full story to date.  Can anyone look at Tiger the same way again?

Now let’s turn out attention to the most memorable (at least for me) splits of the Year:

1) Courtney Cox and David Arquette.
It was an odd coupling from the start, but the former Friends star and the goofy former WCW World Heavyweight champion seemed to have found lasting love, married since 1999. In 2010, Arquette confirmed it was a combination of his immaturity and their declining sex life that led to their divorce. Now he’s spouting off about how drinking heavily makes him feel better… My only question is what took Cox so long to get the balls.

2) Sandra Bullock and Jesse James Cheater Nazi. Previously discussed.

3) Desperate Housewife Eva Longoria and NBA star Tony Parker. Married in 2007, him like 6 foot 8. Her, like 5 foot 4. Longoria filed for divorce in November 2010 amid rumors of infidelity.

4) Billy Ray Cyrus and wife Trish are divorcing after 18 years of marriage (Hmmm… Miley Cyrus is 18…) filed for divorce on Oct. 27. The parents of six children are going to have a hard time finding someone to re-marry until all the birdies have flown the coup. Although with Miley acting out, is rehab or a sex-tape soon to follow…

5) 3 years seems to be the equivalent to the 7-year-itch in Hollywood as Christina Aguilera and Husband Jordan Bratman divorced after 3 years and one son together. She’s already being photographed holding hands with another guy…

6) For Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels, 9 years of marriage ended in a case of she said, she said as Etheridge said the split was “as mutual as those things can be,” while Michaels says she was “blindsided” and left broke by their breakup.

7) Al and Tipper Gore. After 40 years of marriage, the Washington power couple and parents of four announced their separation in June. The former high school sweethearts said in a statement that it was “a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together following a process of long and careful consideration.”

8) Kids should not have kids! Bristol Palin and butt-wipe Levi Johnston, Bristol being the teen daughter of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, first shocked the world two years ago – by announcing she and her high school sweetheart were expecting during her mother’s Republican vice-presidential campaign. Two months after the birth of the couple’s son Tripp in March 2009, the pair split, only to reunite this past July. But a month later, they called off their second engagement.  Levi is a douche-bag and he totally played the Palin family and is using them for fame and fortune, recently stating that he wants to run for governor because if Sarah can do it, then so can he.

9) Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva.

10) Canadian Pop star Shania Twain & Husband, producer Robert “Mutt” Lange, split up in May, resulted in her making some TV appearances and a lot of Canadian guys happy that they still have a shot.  But now in December she announces she is engaged to the ex-husband of the woman her husband left her for… Get it?  It’s a real-life wife swap.

11) This one is messed up.  Dean Sheremet was married to LeAnn Rimes.  Eddie Cibrian was married to Brandi Glanville.  Eddie and LeAnn hook up while working on a movie together – Both deny it.  Caught kissing they claim to be “rehearsing”.  Both get taken to the curb.  Then while “single” Eddie and LeAnn begin dating.  I hope they both know what they are getting in to…

12) Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zack Morris from the TV show Saved by the Bell) and wife Lisa Ann Russell (who apparently was also on the show), after 14 years of marriage.

13) Plastic girl and douche-boy, aka Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, after 15 months of marriage.  Pratt, who loves his “fame” was quoted as saying this; “Some say if you can’t handle the heat get out of the kitchen. Well, Heidi couldn’t handle King Spencer’s fame so she got out of the marriage.”   Really?  King Spencer?  Where are you now, numbnuts???

14) Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens – broke up, not divorced, but is there now going to be more leaked naked photos of Vanessa?  Chances are good.

15) George Lopez and his wife Ann Serrano had been married since 1993, and she even gave him a kidney when he needed a transplant in 2005.   This one stinks, man!

16) Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy after 5 years.

17) Kelsey Grammer and Camille Grammer after 13 years of marriage.

and the biggest breakup of 2010… #18 on our list, was Tiger Woods and about 16 other women…

Done with the bad, now the good… Here is who got hitched in 2010;

Megan Fox and 90201 “star” Brian Austin Green, after 6 years together.

Canadian Alt-rocker Alanis Morisette and rapper Souleye (real name: Mario Treadway).  Wonder what she calls him in bed?  No I don’t…

Pop star Katy Perry and the very unusual Russell Brand.

Ottawa Senators hockey player Mike Fisher married country star Carrie Underwood. 

Glee super-bitch, Jane Lynch married girlfriend Lara Embry.

Hilary Duff’s married hockey player Mike Comrie, and in an unusual turn of events, her tooth fell out in the morning.  Lucky for Duff, it was fixed before the wedding started. 

(Han Solo married a broom), aka, Harrison Ford married Calista Flockhart. Calista ate a whole raisin at the wedding to really celebrate and she missed the second half of the evening because she was “stuffed”. No truth to the rumours that Chewbacca served as best man.

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton joined the tribe as she married some guy named Marc Mezvinsky in front of 400 guests on July 31 in N.Y.

Dawson!  James Van Der Beek married some model named Kimberly Brook in Tel Aviv. 

With just six guests in attendance, longtime couple Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen said “I Do” in a traditional Jewish ceremony in Paris.  Wonder if Borat was wearing that giant green sling shot ball holder bathing suit under his tuxedo?

2010 WTF were you thinking:

A few stories in entertainment caught my attention during the year.  I present them to you here. 

1) Lindsay Lohan.  I remember when she was in court in July, and for some reason she thought it would have been a good idea to have “FUCK U” stenciled in nail polish on her left middle finger.  Lohan, who claimed it was a “a joke,” spent 13 days in jail and 23 days in court-ordered rehab for violating probation in a DUI case.  She’ll be back… In court and jail.

2) Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, eh?  In April, former NYPD Blue star Garcelle Beauvais publicly aired her husband Michael Nilon’s dirty laundry to his Creative Artists Agency colleagues in an angry, company-wide e-mail. “I found out today that MY husband of almost 9 yrs has been having an affair for 5 yrs with some slut in Chicago,” she wrote. “I am devastated!!! And I have been duped!!” A month later, the mom of two filed for divorce.

In May 2010, a British tabloid captured the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, on video accepting a $40,000 cash payment – and an additional $700,000 to be wired later – in exchange for access to her ex-husband Prince Andrew.

John Edwards’s former mistress Rielle Hunter finally broke her years-long silence in a GQ interview which led to the end of his 32-year marriage – Edward’s wife recently passed away after battling cancer for many years. I’m sure she needed this stupidity at that moment.

Shame!

That was fun!