Fans of the Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees have been deprived of a good boy band for years. However, the wait it seems has come to an end thanks to band members Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes, Jonathan Gill and Oritse Williams of JLS. The four young men hail from Britian where they got their start from reality talent show "The X Factor." Although they were runners up, the group was noticed by Epic Records and signed quickly after. While in Britain they made quite the name for themselves and a fan base to brag about. Their fist self titled album went triple platinum and single "Beat Again" made it to #1 on the UK Singles Chart.
When I first brought the news that a subversive, independent facebook campaign was gaining headway in their effort to overthrow a single by Joe McElderry, winner of Britain’s The X Factor, as number one Christmas single in the U.K. pop charts with a Rage Against the Machine song from 1992, I had strong reservations as to whether they would actually succeed in their mission. As the U.K. pop charts closed on Sunday and I heavy-heartedly checked the NME website, who had been covering the battle extensively, my reaction was the same as that of “Rage Against the Machine for Christmas No 1” creator/moderator Jon Morter, as well as many others who had been following the campaign, “F--- me, I can’t believe it’s Number One!”
Although normally reserved for upcoming musical performances, I feel it necessary to include comedian Eddie Izzard in the list of imminent tour dates. It has been nearly six years since the acclaimed comedy staple has embarked on a stand-up comedy tour and information such as this cannot be ignored.
Eddie Izzard has been a performing stand-up since he was unceremoniously ejected from the University of Sheffield and began working as a street performer during the eighties. He slowly began to grow in notoriety throughout England and eventually took his act to stand-up comedy clubs that began popping up throughout Britain. He continued refining his material and, after several successful comedy tours, he gained noted public appeal as the result of his “Dress to Kill” tour, whose video was regularly run on HBO. Izzard continued performing stand-up, but his growing public demand allowed for a successful transition into other facets of entertainment, including various voice-over projects, numerous roles in major motion pictures, and the lead character of Wayne Malloy on FX network’s defunct drama series The Riches beside co-lead Minnie Driver.
Now this is most entertaining. In an effort to attract attention on Google Earth, a satellite program that allows internet users to get a bird’s eye view at any location all over the world, Rory McInnes painted a giant penis on top of his parents $2 million dollar home. Nice.
The 18 year-old Brit apparently saw a special on television about the program and decided to gain a little notoriety by painting a 60-foot phallus on the roof. The drawing managed to stay up there for over a year until a helicopter pilot recently flew over the property, spotted it and began to take pictures. He then contacted the British newspaper The Sun in regards to the painting and the rest is well, history.