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  • Halloween ideas for the kids that don't suck!

    Posted by Lunchbox

    I think I will have to post a lot of these as we get closer to Halloween...its the greatest holiday ever and you need to respect it. Don't let your kids have a bad costume, it makes you a bad parent. Try something like this...

  • Be careful where you pause your movies...

    Posted by Lunchbox

    It may end the way you view your favorite female action star...

    Yeah, just Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow hepin' and derpin' during The Avengers...can't be unseen...

  • Pearl Jam and Soundgarden on tour next year?

    Posted by Lunchbox

    There are a ton of rock-media outlets reporting that they've heard STRONG rumors about Pearl Jam heading out on the road with the recently reunited Soundgarden for 2013...

    The only issue that I see with this is that Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron is also the drummer for Soundgarden...

    That might be too much drumming for ONE tour...but another grunge drumming legend just announced that his current band will be taking a break from touring next year. He also has a habbit of jumping into other bands and projects when he's not working with his full-time band...of course I'm talking about Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, who has recently hit the drums for Them Crooked Vultures, Tenacious D, and in 2011 he joined Cage The Elephant as a fill-in drummer on their tour. His Seattle-based Nirvana roots would be an instant connection with the two grunge power-house bands...

  • A monkey comes home to his boy

    Posted by Lunchbox

    Ever think you'd shed a tear over a kid's toy monkey?

    The story of Ah-ah and his boy might just do it...

  • Tony Stewart gets a handful of another racer's wife...on camera

    Posted by Lunchbox

    So ESPN was just minding their own biz, doing some NASCAR coverage, when Tony Stewart blew all of that up...he came up on fellow driver Kevin Harvick's wife, and got a big 'ol handful of her behind...

    Stewart, known to NASCAR fans as Smoke, didn't get slapped, or yelled at, or even a finger-point from Harvick or his wife...leading me to believe that all NASCAR drivers are swingers...

  • Sexy Lego ads - NSFW?

    Posted by Lunchbox

    Before you flip, these are all, 100%, made of Legos

    The ads are UNOFFICIAL, and I'm sure that someone at Lego will be pissed, but StillAD put them together, and Lego will get plenty of pub from it

  • BOX TOPS - Top 15 Albums of the 1990s

    Posted by Lunchbox

    Time to put together another list full of debate! This list may actually need some qualifiers though...This is not my FAVORITE albums from the 90s, its not the list of most musically accomplished or the highest sales, or most MTV plays. This is more about ideas; did you own it? Did you know people who had it? Did it change the rock game? Does it still hold up today?

    For those reasons, things like Limp Bizkit's "Three Dollar Bill, Yall" will not appear on the list. Yes, most people owned it at the time, but it didn't CHANGE rock, just expanded on what Korn already brought to the table. Weezer's "Blue Album" was a gate-way drug for the college alt-rock sound in the mid 90s, but does it hold up today? There will be some albums left off, and people will be upset, but under the list, there's a COMMENT function...let me know what I f'd up! Here we go!

     

    ***SOME VIDEOS CONTAIN NSFW LYRICS***

     

    #15 - Bush - Sixteen Stone

    Bush's Sixteen Stone unleashed the british take on the grunge scene to the mass public. It was hard to find a CD case that didn't have this one somewhere in it. The songs "Machinehead", "Comedown", "Everything Zen", and "Glycerine" are all 90s staples that still sound great today. 

     

    #14 - Deftones - Around The Fur

    No, Around The Fur didn't have the same impact that White Pony did, but this album made White Pony possible. It was one of those CDs that you wouldn't find in everyone's car, but the "cool kids" had their copies, and when you heard it, you needed to find it. To have the impact this album head, without love from radio or MTV, really meant something at the time. 

     

    #13 - Tool - Aenima

    Nobody in the 90s just started wearing TOOL shirts because they wanted to advertise their personality as being a tool...Maynard James Keenan is now recognized as a musical genius, and this started that conversation. "Stinkfist", "Forty Six & 2", "H", and "Aenima" are still massive tracks.

     

    #12 - White Zombie - Astro Creep: 2000

    Ladies and gents, Rob M'Fing Zombie. Its not their first album that makes it onto the chart, it was their last. White Zombie's Astro Creep: 2000 was the loud and violent crescendo of their career. Spawning the solo career of Rob Zombie was the only salvation from the desctruction of a great band. This CD was a solid choice for the front-pouch on your zip binder of CDs, one of those good spots where anyone could see that YOU had a White Zombie CD.

     

     #11 - Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral 

    No, it wasn't as ground-breaking as Pretty Hate Machine, but that was a 1989 release, so it can't make the list based on that. But The Downward Spiral was the breakout album for Trent Reznor's baby, debuting at #2 on the Billboard chart...which isn't hard to do today, but this was in the time of CD release parties and massive sales. This would be a game-changer, the constant profanity through the album opened a lot of eye, and ears, to the concept of saying whatever the hell you wanted on a track, and not giving a damn about if it will effect sales. 

     

    #10 - Marilyn Manson - Antichrist Superstar

    Going right off from what NIN did, Marilyn Manson busted into the mainstream without a damn about censorship, leading to non-stop protesting of his shows for years. This became a must-own CD across high schools everywhere. With over 7 million copies sold, you probably know someone who still has a copy of the CD. 

     

    #9 - Metallica - The Black Album

    Metallica fans will be divided on this. Half will be excited that this made it, the other half despise this album, what it did to the band, and everything this album stands for. BUT, even with division, this has to be one of, if not THE, biggest Metallica album ever. They left their metal roots and embraced a more mainstream sound, and it paid off for them, over 30 millions copies sold worldwide. BUT, they lost their long time fans when they changed sound. Minus the sound-change, the efforts of Load and Reload, and their whole Napster situation, Metallica could be viewed in better light than they are. And because they lost so much to gain so much, this album cannot be higher than #9.

     

    #8 - Sublime - Sublime 

    Sublime came, saw, conqured, and tragically departed all in the span of 4 years. Just as the band was ready to blow-up with their third release, the self-title album Sublime, lead singer Bradley Knowell overdosed before the CD even hit stores. He was never able to watch the landscape of rock in the US change by his very own hand. Sublime, along with No Doubt, pushed ska into the mainstream and opened the door for bands like Reel Big Fish and Save Ferris to enjoy a moment in the sun during the late 90s ska wave. 

     

    #7 - Pearl Jam - Ten

    Oh Pearl Jam, how we all love to ignore you. That's a little unfair, there are people out there who will argue that Pearl Jam is the greatest band ever...and maybe their right, I'm just not cool enough. Pump the breaks before you get too upset. I respect them, they're in the top 10, and I dig a lot of their songs. They seem to be just a little overrated. It wasn't a great success right away, the album took over a year to hit the top 10 on the Billboard chart (remember, this was the 90s, that still meant something). It set a tone, and pushed the grunge sound and scene over the edge into the mainstream. The tracks "Even Flow", "Alive", "Jeremy", and "Black" still rise to the top of the 90s grunge sound, but it would have just been nice to understand what they were saying. 

     

    #6 - Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine

    Dear Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, and Hollywood Undead...you really need to send Rage a fruit-basket or something. When Rage Against the Machine busted onto the scene in 1992, there were bands who mixed rap and metal as a novelty item, but Rage made it their sound. They did it well too. This is a game-changer right here, after this CD dropped, the doors were wide open for the sound that would morph into NU-METAL to start forming. 

     

    #5 - Foo Fighters - There is Nothing Left To Lose

    This is where I lose you isn't it? Look, The Foo Fighters were one of the biggest bands in rock in the 90s, and they STILL are today. That can't be said for a lot of the artists on this list. Their self-title debut could have taken this spot, The Colour and Shape could have made this spot, but There is Nothing Left To Lose was the band's first Grammy award winning album. Released in late 1999, it barley makes the list...but songs like "Learn To Fly" and "Next Year" remain relevant today. The Foo Fighters work in the 90s get overlooked on these lists, because Dave Grohl's other band steals a lot of the thunder...

     

    #4 - Green Day - Dookie

    To beat this one, the top 3 have to be huge...Dookie was THE game-changer in the 90s. Most of the other bands with ground-breaking, genre-shifting albums, were the cream of a larger crop. Green Day didn't have a large punk push that they were championing, they just busted on the scene, doing something totally different, and everyone loved it. This album is responsible for "When I Come Around", "She", "Basketcase", "Welcome to Paradise", and "Longview"...I think I still have the original cassette tape of this.. 

     

    #3 - Soundgarden - Superunkown

    The breakthrough album for a band that helped define the rock sound of the 1990s needs a spot in the top 3. With the argument I made for The Foo Fighters, these guys may have taken 16 years off, but they're back to making music, meaning that a whole new crop of fans will dig back and find this one. "Black Hole Sun", "Fell On Black Days", "The Day I Tried To Live", "Spoonman", and "My Wave" could all come out TODAY and be massive hits. This album is timeless. 

     

    #2 - Korn - Follow The Leader

    Do you remember the first time you heard "Got The Life" or "Freak On a Leash"? Do you remember that feeling? THAT is why Follow The Leader is at #2. The power and velocity that Korn took to the mainstream can't be duplicated. There was buzz around the band after Life is Peachy produced "A.D.I.D.A.S." and "No Place To Hide"...but no one expected this. Nu-Metal became mainstream becuase of this album. Rage Against The Machine gained new acceptance, MTV earned a few more years or music relevancy because of their videos bringin rock back to a channel dominated by Mariah Carey and Celine Dion, and the success of this CD gave birth to dozens of bands and tours. Everyone had it, it changed rock music, and created a new genre for other bands...yes, it deserves the #2 spot.

     

    #1 - Nirvana - MTV Unplugged in New York


    Didn't see that coming...did you? Hear me out, Nirvana's MTV Unplugged in New York should have been #1 over Nevermind...I will give you that case now: Yes Nevermind threw Nirvana and the grunge sound (that would help to define the 90s) into our laps, BUT their Unplugged album pushed the band into a whole new level. It also did something that Nevermind or any other Nirvana release could do...it won a Grammy award in 1996. Also using the metrics that I put together for this, I didn't know many people who OWNED Nevermind, I really didn't. Unplugged was released after Kurt Cobain's death, and was still able to give us singles like "Lake of Fire" and "The Man Who Sold The World" that hold strong today. If you're still that pissed about me not making Nevermind #1, just switch it out in your head and call it a day...or leave me a pissed off message in the comments section or on our Facebook page. 

  • BOX TOPS - Top 5 Most OVERRATED Rock Songs EVER

    Posted by Lunchbox

    Time for another edition of Lunchbox's BOX-TOPS, where I count down a list of whatever the hell I please. Today, I was listening to a song and found myself thinking "Why do people love this song?" So here are my Top 5 Most OVERRATED ROCK SONGS EVER...

     

    #5 - Pink Floyd "Money"

    Here's the deal, Pink Floyd is legend. BUT, this song grinds my gears. The YouTube comments are correct, it sounds like Squidward from Spongebob is playing the cash register at the start. The songs as a whole, is like a bad run-on sentence, going on, and on, and on, and on, and on...

    #4 - Metallica "Fuel"

    Give you FEW, give you FRYER, give you SANDWHICH IN THE SHIRE? WTF are you trying to say!?!? I get they are rooted in thrash metal, but take the damn mouthgaurd out and annunciate! Not only that, but this seemed like a hail mary play for some cred after people started turning on the band. I think that Metallica maybe one of the most overrated BANDS of all time. #Napster

    #3 - Def Leppard "Pour Some Sugar On Me"

    In one shot, I just lost the 45-year-old mom vote AND the stripper vote...damn. This song was huge at its peak, its still super-recognizable today, and bars will go crazy if you threw it on after 12am once everyone is pretty well lubed-up. But as a stand-alone song, not with any set-up (you know, not as Candy is about to hit the stage) this song just doesn't hold its weight. Joe Elliot litterally sings the word "saccharine" that alone is worth a bucket of fail. 

    #2 - Kiss "Beth"


    Its even hard to include this on a list of Overrated ROCK songs, but Kiss is a rock band, and they did this. Who really green-lights the song when the damn drummer comes in and says "Guys! I wrote a song and want to sing it!"? Nirvana never pulled that S and Dave Grohl was their damn drummer. 

    #1 - Any U2 song

    You know what Bono? I still haven't found what I'm looking for either, but I'm looking for one of your bands songs that I can stand for more than 30 seconds. If you've ever wondered what Chaz Bono would look like thin, just look at Bono from U2. I know he does awesome work around the globe, but I wish he could do it without ever putting out music.  



  • Aaron Rodgers back to photobombing

    Posted by Lunchbox

    Aaron Rodgers kept the tradition up last night before the Bears game, he took a moment to photobomb the Randall Cobb, Clay, and TJ Lang...here you go...

    We'll see if he keeps it up next week...

  • BOX TOPS - Top Football Hype songs for a rock mix-tape

    Posted by Lunchbox

    I always see people post TOP 10 OF THIS CRAP or TOP 5 OF THAT CRAP, and I NEVER agree with their lists...so I thought I would just start making my own. You can agree, or hate everything I say, but I though I would start with a list of the Top Football Hype songs to toss on a rock mix-tape. Since its Bears vs. Packers tonight, I think it works...No "We Are The Champions" no Gary Glitter on this list...this is a LEGIT list to hype you up...I didn't put numbers on them, but consider them counting down, with Iron Maiden at #53, and the #1 song at the bottom.

    ***THE VIDEOS ON THIS LIST HAVE NSFW LYRICS***

    Iron Maiden "The Trooper" - The band and song are timless...I'll take it!


    Kid Rock “American Bad Ass” -
    This one if for the ego, just sing it...
    Metallica "Enter Sandman"
    - Again, it's a staple 
    Anthrax “Bring The Noise”  -
    This is a fun one to mix in a few hours before game time, but not one for just before kickoff
    Nonpoint "In The Air Tonight"
    - Same as above...
    White Zombie "More Human Than Human" -
    A little Zombie love in the mix
    GNR "Welcome to the Jungle"
    - If anyone ever leaves this off a "hype" mix, they're crazy
    AC/DC "Hells Bells"
    - Just that intro, you know S is about to go down
    Three Days Grace "Riot"
    - Listen to it, smash stuff.
    Foo Fighters "Pretender"
    - I had to find a way to sneak the Foo onto the list...
    Disturbed "10,000 Fists"
    - This won't be there last time on the list.
    Coheed & Cambria "Welcom Home"
    - Could be a little off-the-radar for this list, but the build up leads to a massive hammer drop, just mix it in, it works!


    Pantera “Walk”  - Cause Pantera wouldn't work
    Shinedown “Devour”
    - I found myself mixing more Shinedown into the list than I would have expected...their good at the motivation rock thing
    Rage against the machine "No Shelter"
    - Oh Rage, your name has RAGE in it, you do this kind of thing well
    Powerman 5000 "Bombshell”
    - PERFECT! Just wish it was a little more violent


    Slayer - “War Ensamble”
    - Better fit than "Raining Blood"? YES.
    Hollywood Undead "Undead" -
    Good way to break up the metal and keep the motivation
    Godsmack "I Stand Alone"
    - Godsmack is angry enough to land a few others on the list too
    Static X "I'm The One" -
    Wayne's anger is as big as his hair. These guys thrash hard on this one


    Five Finger Death Punch "Under and Over It" -
    A few more years and albums, these guys could put out a greatest hits of all "pump up" songs
    Adelitas Way “Sick” -
    Again, off script, but I really like it in this kind of mix
    Rob Zombie "Demon Speeding" -
    More Zombie love
    Saliva "Ladies & Gentlemen" -
     The one thing I think Saliva did well was the hype song, great example here
    Godsmack "Awake" -
    More Godsmack, their old school albums could be pump up mix-tapes on their own
    System of a Down "Chop Suey!"
    - SOAD rides a fine line between pumping you up, and confusing you...this one works for plan A
    Shinedown "Diamond Eyes" -
    Again, I was VERY surprised how much Shinedown I worked into this list, they are a good hype band
    Avenged Sevenfold “Nightmare”
    - A7X could be insane, and that works for this
    10 Years “Shoot It Out” -
    Just like A7X, I'm not sure if these guys are 100% with us, but this songs bangs for this
    Breaking Benjamin "Blow Me Away" -
    I should point out, I'm looking at the NEWER version of this cut, the original wouldn't make the list
    Slipknot "Before I Forget" -
     Slipknot brings a lot of anger to the table, but the focus of the anger is needed for a hype list, so this fits


    Rage Against The Machine “Renegades of Funk” -
    Again, RAGE is in their name
    Godsmack "Whatever" -
    Believe it or not, this isn't the last Godsmack song on the list
    Rage against the machine "Testify" -
     Look at that, more RAGE
    Linkin Park "Paper Cut" -
    5 years ago, LP could have had more songs on here, but they lost their edge and didn't keep up
    Disturbed "Indistructable"
    - Its sad that Disturbed won't be putting out more angry songs like this one
    Shinedown "Sound of Madness" -
    Even a Shinedown hater would feel a little something with this one
    Korn ft. Skrillex “Get Up” -
    Dubstep made the list...
    Lostprophets "Shinobi vs. Dragonninja" -
    Call it a reach, I don't care, this is a SOLID song to put you in the frame of mind to run through a brick wall


    Linkin Park/Jay-Z "Numb/Encore" -
    Yes, it has a hip hop vibe, but so does Anthrax's "Bring The Noise" with Public Enemy...and its not your last dose on this list
    Saliva "Click Click Boom" -
    Again, Saliva was really, REALLY, good at the hype song
    Sick Puppies "You're Going Down" -
    Sometimes they go straight alt, but Sick Puppies brought the hammer with this one
    Fort Minor "Remember The Name" -
    A little more hip hop, but this is GOLD for a hype cut


    Powerman 5000 "When Worlds Collide" -
    PM5K creates an image in your mind of two forces in an epic battle with just one song
    Limp Bizkit "Break Stuff" -
    Look at the title
    Godsmack "Crying Like a Bitch" -
    Thank you Nikki Sixx for being a big enough D-Bag to inspire this song
    Drowning Pool "Bodies" -
    It has everything, building intro, loud vocals, and thrashing
    Five Finer Death Punch "War is The Answer" -
    If you don't feel it after listening to this cut, check your pulse
    Disturbed "Down With The Sickness" -
    One of the best hype songs ever, period.
    Pop Evil "Last Man Standing" -
    Pop Evil could have 3-4 spots on this list, but their lack of resume keeps them at one, even though it ends up in the top 3


    Slipknot "Psychosocial"
    - You WILL fell it after this one


    Eminem "Till I Collapse" -
     Its not even CLOSE to rock, but this song is SO powerfull as a hype cut, you have to respect it


    Volbeat “Warrior's Call" -
    This song blows it wide open now...people will HATE this pick for the top song, but people will also LOVE it...so I guess, let the debate begin