Saturday, March 29, 2008

Celebrities in Peril - Rikki Rockett

Rikki Rockett, drummer for the rock band Poison, has been arrested for rape in Los Angeles.

Rockett - real name Richard Ream - was held after a woman filed a complaint claiming she had been raped at a casino in Neshoba, Mississippi.

A police spokesperson said prosecutors were deciding whether the star would be sent back to Mississippi. The 46-year-old musician, who was unavailable for comment, has been released from police custody.

The band, best known for releasing the song Talk Dirty to Me, was founded in the 1980s by Rockett and singer Bret Michaels.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Local Celebrity Death - Wally Phillips - March 27, 2008

Wally Phillips - March 27, 2008

Here's another passing that doesn't quite make the "Celebrity Death" tally on the righthand toolbar, but he's clearly a Chicago Celebrity, make no doubt about that. You were one of kind, Wally.

Wally Phillips, one of Chicago's most popular and influential radio personalities of all time, has died, he was 83.

Phillips, a Radio Hall of Famer, had been battling Alzheimer¹s disease since 2004. He began his ground-breaking 42-year run (!!!) at WGN in 1956.


WTF?! So, FTANG! would like to know why in the world it has received over a DOZEN hits this week from around the world (!!!) from people looking for an image of the Muppet Fozzy Bear?!? What's the deal? WTF is up with that? This is equally as disturbing as the people who stumble across this site thinking they're going to find photos of granny panties. (You guys are in a club all to yourselves!)

So seriously Muppet People... what gives? Would anyone care to share in the comments section what the deal is? Curious minds would love to know. Google Fozzy Bear and you'll find thousands of images.

Here! Here's your shot of that third rate Muppet Fozzy. Happy now? (FYI - it's the first image I grabbed off of Google. Why don't you do the same?)

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

FTANG! Musical Moment - Stevie Ray Vaughn - Crossfire

FTANG! was in the mood for a little SRV - - any time is a good time for a little SRV, don't you think?!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Not Quite A Celebrity Death - Herb Peterson - March 25, 2008

Herb Peterson - Inventor of the Egg McMuffin - March 25, 2008

With respect to his family and friends... while FTANG! doesn't consider this a true "Celebrity Death", and won't post it as such... this still warrants a mention. Egg McMuffin inventor Herb Peterson has died in Santa Barbara at age 89. Who on this planet hasn't eaten one of these breakfast grease-balls on a road-trip, or in the office cafeteria?!?

Celebrity Death - Abby Mann - March 25, 2008

Abby Mann - March 25, 2008

Abby Mann, the Oscar-winning writer of the (extremely good) 1961 film "Judgement in Nuremberg", has died at the age of 80.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Celebrity Death - Richard Widmark - March 24, 2008

Richard Widmark - March 24, 2008

Hollywood star Richard Widmark, who made more than 70 films between 1947 and 1992, has died at the age of 93 after a long illness.

In addition to numerous classic appearances in many fantastic films, Ftang! will always remember him for turning in a pair of excellent performances in two of its favorite films,"True Colors" and "Who Dares Wins"... Or, as it's known in the U.S. "The Final Option".

Celebrity Death - Neil Aspinall - March 24, 2008

Neil Aspinall - March 24, 2008

Neil Aspinall, longtime friend and former CEO of Apple Corps Ltd. has died at age 66. He was a Liverpool school friend of Paul McCartney and George Harrison. He was their first road manager and would drive them to gigs in his van. He later became their personal assistant, and in 1968 was given a management role at Apple Records, the band's own record label.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Achtung Baby! It's Easter!


Friday, March 21, 2008

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Ramones Live Drinking Game

If you were fortunate enough to see them perform live, consider yourself lucky! If you were fortunate enough to see them perform live as many times as Ftang! and Brother Ftang! did... well... then consider yourselves true punks.

This is for you brutha! Gabba Gabba Hey!

The "Ramones Live" Drinking Game

Source/From: Den of Geek

Buy a Ramones live album. Any of ‘em will do. Get some beer. Get some friends. Throw that sucker on and follow the instructions. Have fun getting plowed!

Take a sip:
If the CD starts with the music from The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
Every time Dee Dee/C.J. shouts, "1-2-3-4!"
Every time Joey introduces a song by awkwardly saying its name
Every time Joey mispronounces Dee Dee’s name as "Dee Tay"
Every time Joey inserts extra syllables into a one syllable word ("dog" = "daw-hawgg!")
Every time Joey mentions chicken vindaloo, mental institutions, or surfing
Every time Johnny refuses to play a guitar solo

Chug two mouthfuls:
Every time Dee Dee/C.J. counts off in German
Every time Joey mentions what city/state/country the band is in
Every time Joey is too lazy to sing the complete chorus of "Blitzkrieg Bop"
Every time Joey skips a song’s entire verse in favor of a few "yeahs"
Every time Johnny attempts to play a guitar solo

Chug an entire can:
If C.J. sings two songs in a row
If Dee Dee sings any songs
If you hear Eddie Vedder, Chris Cornell, or any member of Rancid singing
If they don’t play "I Wanna Be Sedated"
Every time you hear Joey attempting to convince the audience the venue was built atop a pet semetary

The ultimate step:

If any of the Ramones start playing or singing a different song than they're supposed to and they have to stop and start the song over, shoot Budweiser directly into your veins with the nearest hypodermic needle.

Celebrity Death - Arthur C. Clarke - March 19, 2008

Arthur C. Clarke - March 19, 2008

Author Arthur C. Clarke, who wrote "2001: A Space Odyssey" has died at age 90.

Celebrity Death - Paul Scofield - March 19, 2008

Paul Scofield - March 19, 2008

Paul Scofield, one of Britain's greatest Shakespearean actors and an Academy Award winner, has died due to leukemia at the age of 86.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Celebrity Death - Anthony Minghella - March 18, 2008

Anthony Minghella – March 18, 2008

Oscar-winning director Anthony Minghella, who won in 1996 for "The English Patient," and also made "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and "Cold Mountain" has died of a hemorrhage after a routine operation on his neck. He was 54.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Ftang!

Irish Language Lab

Denis Leary – Traditional Irish Folk Song

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Celebrity Death - Ola Brunkert - March 16, 2008

Ola Brunkert - March 16, 2008

What do you mean you don't know who Ola Brunkert is?! What?! Do you live under a rock or something? OK... Ftang! admits that it doesn't know who Ola Brunkert was. He was a session drummer with the Swedish mega-band ABBA. He was found dead in the garden of his Spanish home with cuts to his throat, police say.

His death appeared to be accidental. Police believe Brunkert fell from a window and died while he tried to seek help. Brunket, who retired to Majorca, was the only session musician to have appeared on all of Abba's recordings.

And your interesting ABBA tidbit of the day:
Despite breaking up more than 25 years ago, the group still sells between two and three million albums a year.

Celebrity Death - Ivan Dixon - March 16, 2008

Ivan Dixon - March 16, 2008

Ivan Dixon, actor, director and producer best known for his role as Kinchloe on the 1960s television series "Hogan's Heroes," died of complications from kidney failure. He was 76.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

GrandMa's Got A Brand New Bag... Of Grenades!

Police officers, secretaries and criminals were evacuated from a Russian police station after a granny walked in with a handbag filled with hand grenades.

Irene Fedorova, 67, walked into the station in the Orenburg Region in the Urals and said she wanted to take advantage of an arms amnesty.

She said she wanted to get rid of some old weapons that her late husband Boris had kept under their bed.

Officers who opened the bag found it contained several hand grenades including two that had faulty pins and could have gone off at any moment.
She said: "I read they were disposing of old weapons and thought it was a good idea. I bought them in on the bus in my handbag. I was sorry to have caused such a fuss - perhaps next time they should offer a collection service."

A spokesman said: "These were fragmentation grenades which explode into hundreds of fragments and inflict serious injuries to people up to 50 feet away. Anyone within ten feet will be killed if they go off."

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

That Must've Been One Hell of a Great Magazine!

Special thanks to Ftang! field correspondents Patrick and Kim for their contributions to this story.

A 35-year-old Wichita woman who apparently spent two years in her boyfriend's bathroom in Ness City had become stuck to the toilet seat, authorities said Wednesday.

"She was not glued. She was not tied. She was just physically stuck by her body. It is hard to imagine. ... I still have a hard time imagining it myself," Ness County Sheriff Bryan Whipple said in a telephone interview, adding that it appeared her body fat had grown attached to the seat.

The boyfriend called police on Feb. 27 to report that "there was something wrong with his girlfriend," Whipple said, adding he never explained why it took him two years to call.

He said the boyfriend had brought the woman food and water during the two years and told investigators he asked her daily to come out of the bathroom.

"And her reply would be, 'Maybe tomorrow,'" Whipple said. "According to him, she did not want to leave the bathroom."

Police found the clothed woman sitting on the toilet, her sweat pants down to her mid-thigh as if she was using the toilet. Her legs looked like they had atrophied, he said.

"She was sitting on the toilet and was somewhat disoriented," Whipple said. "She said that she didn't need any help, that she was OK and did not want to leave."

She refused emergency medical services but was finally convinced by responders and her boyfriend that she needed to be checked out. She was taken to a hospital in Wichita, about 150 miles southeast of Ness City, where she is listed in fair condition. Whipple said she has refused to cooperate with medical providers or law enforcement investigators.

"We pried the toilet seat off with a prybar and the seat went with her to the hospital," Whipple said. "The hospital removed it."

When Cheeseburgers Attack!

An Austrian doctor filed a complaint after a truck driver threw a cheeseburger at him for driving too slowly.

But police told Hannes Kohl, from Vienna, that burger throwing was not an offense.

He was hit on the head by the cheese burger thrown by a passing truck driver through his open car window.

Dr. Kohl, who was on his way to a medical conference in the Czech Republic, said: "I was going slowly but that was no excuse for this outrageous attack.

"I complained to the police but they told me it was not an offense to throw a burger at someone, and my insurance company also refused to pay up even though there was melted cheese and ketchup on my suit and all over my car."

Monday, March 10, 2008

Doctor Who - Dubbed for Jamaican TV

Friday, March 07, 2008

FTANG! Musical Moment - Cliff Richard and the Young Ones - Living Doll

As Van Morrison appears to be a COMPLETE AND UTTER BASTARD for blocking yesterday’s tribute to Ftang!’s brown eyed girl... Here’s one for Ftang!’s living doll.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Celebrity Death - Gary Gygax - March 4, 2008

Gary Gygax - March 4, 2008

Extremely small 'c' celebrity, Gary Gygax, co-creator of the fantasy game Dungeons & Dragons died Tuesday morning. He was 69.

Gygax helped develop Dungeons & Dragons in 1974 using medieval characters and mythical creatures. The game is primarily known for its oddly shaped dice - - Ftang! guesses he rolled a twenty-sided zero, then.

Ftang! assumes at this precise moment that
Joe Sepsey and Scott Misek are in a state of supreme RPG-Geek mourning. Ftang! never really cared for the game, but you two practically wet yourselves over your characters ;-)

(You two guys can always e-mail, you know. Ftang! hopes that this blatant use of your names will help - should you Google your own names, of course. Still the same egotistical bastiches.) ;-)

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Celebrity Death - Jeff Healey - March 2, 2008

Jeff Healey - March 2, 2008

Blind rock and jazz musician Jeff Healey died after a lifelong battle against cancer. He was 41.

Here he is performing his hit single “Angel Eyes.”