The buzz is still strong on the fact that the legendary Sir Tom Jones has been confirmed as a mentor on the UK’s new version of “The Voice” that will air on BBC later this year. Fans are now holding out hope from even more from Jones. He has now announced that he would like to judge “The X Factor.”
True fact: Tom Jones's music can be used to culture hack in real life. Remember jukeboxes in old school diners? Stand-up comic John Mulaney, in his years of troublemaking youth, once loaded up a restaurant jukebox with incessant replays of Tom Jones's "What's New Pussycat". What followed is best told by the man himself. But let it be known that any more than four straight plays of "What's New Pussycat" make people in the vicinity start to lose it. Video contains NSFW language.
family films that most people don’t seem to know about. Featuring the voices of Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Bill Nye, and several other big names from Hollywood, it’s the story of a pet mouse (voiced by Jackman) who gets flushed away into the sewer—accidentally, by a sewer rat—and has to find his way home with the help of a spitfire ship captain, voiced by Winslet.
The movie is funny all the way through, and even has a satisfying conclusion (complete with song number and dancing, naturally). Plenty of jokes for both adults and kids are in it—none of them inappropriate, I think—and it’s not heavy in the violence department, though there is some violence.
The Tom Jones moment begins when the ship captain’s grandmother asks the main mouse, Rodney, if he is Tom Jones—or, rather, assumes he is, and demands that he sing her a song. So, of course, we have Hugh Jackman singing “She’s a Lady” to the obsessed old mouse woman and a whole bunch of mouse kids. A particularly funny moment occurs when the mouse throws her underwear at him and he catches them, singing, “And the lady wears big undies.” At one point in the film, she ends up swimming after him, asking him to marry her. Jones is featured on the soundtrack with other songs as well.
For the most part, Teenage Lobotomy hasn’t steered me towards anything I regret hearing. That’s not any different after having heard Marvelous Darlings. At the same time, though, I might rather listen to my roommate have a go at dropping a deuce in the morning before heading out to work. The band, a Canadian one at that, deals in punk, but of the poppiest variety possible. There’s no Blink 182 nonsense here. Or Green Day. But the guy who fronts this group can actually sing, which in a lot of cases, this one specifically, changes the music’s dynamic. A guy with a voice always sounds like he’s got one, even if fronting a hardcore band. So, taking that pent up punk energy and running it across a spate of singles – there’re six over at TL – resulted in something of an inconsistent listen despite my dismay after hearing “I Don’t Want to Go to the Party.”
By the time listeners make it to 2009’s Sleeping Like A Dead Man and it’s second track, “Call it a Night,” and that acoustic guitar, not to mention the harmonica, it’s just about time to give up. There’re a few moments of success, but not enough to warrant a further investigation.