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Ben’s 10 Volume XLV

Most children are fond of animated female leads, especially when it’s a dazzling princess or a lovable animal character. They’re beautiful, they smile, laugh, and often express themselves in song, creating endearing figures for kids. Too often, though, it seems the male leads take the more heroic roles, while females are portrayed as unambitious, helpless damsels in distress. You’ll see …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XLIV: Questions for Bob Seger

Recently, I was fortunate enough to sit down and have a brief, but informative conversation with rock legend Bob Seger. Seger is an incredibly successful recording artist, known for his accessible songwriting referred to by some as “heartland rock.” Some of his biggest hits include “Against the Wind,” “Turn the Page” and “Old Time Rock and Roll.” He was inducted …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XLIII: Rock and Roll Refreshments

Most of us will never partake in the excesses and debauchery associated with the lifestyles of some of the most celebrated rock stars. It’s unlikely you’ll ever drive a car into a swimming pool, throw a television out of a hotel window or engage in sexual depravity that would make porn stars blush. I did some research and discovered some …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XLII: Songs Secretly about Smokin’ Sinsemilla

I often listen to music with people who smoke entirely too much grass. These are dudes that Tommy Chong would refer to as “stoners.” Now it may be the mild paranoia, or the fact that these people tend to read too much into things while stoned, but they have provided me with insight into what some songs are “really about, …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XLI: Songs About Scrilla

Hall & Oates “Rich Girl” “Rich Girl” was inspired by true events that took place in the Fall of 1975. Hall & Oates had a three-way with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis one evening after a show in Coral Gables, Florida. Wu-Tang Clan “C.R.E.A.M.” RZA and GZA ran a successful dairy home delivery service before forming the Wu-Tang Clan. They never forgot …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XXXVIII: Popular Musicians and Their Daddy Issues

Jessica Simpson The following is a direct quote by Joe, Jessica’s dad. “Jessica never tries to be sexy, she just is sexy. If you put her in a t-shirt or you put her in a bustiere, she’s sexy in both. She’s got double D’s! You can’t cover those suckers up!” Mackenzie Phillips Starting from the times she was nineteen, Mackenzie has …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XXXVII: A Lesson in Extreme Metal

Heavy metal has never seen a more extreme time than the early 1990s. A whole scene emerged out of Scandinavia and became notorious due to rampant satanism, anti-Christianity sentiments, church burnings and homicides. There was even a vocalist from a band called Mayhem who killed himself, leaving a note that read “excuse all the blood.” In a type of self-fulfilling …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XXXVI: The Technological Visions of Kraftwerk

Back in the late 1970s and early ‘80s, influential German electronic musicians Kraftwerk shared their visions of the future. Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider started the band as a progressive rock group, but quickly became interested in evolving musical technology.  Their songs consisted of lyrical content spoken through a vocoder or computer speech software accompanied by minimalistic electronic percussion and …

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Ben’s 10 Volume XXXV: The Fanciest Outfits of Liberace

Believe it or not, the famous showman known as Liberace was the highest paid entertainer during the 1950’s up until the 1970’s. When he wasn’t busy singing, playing piano and acting in terrible television specials, the man had a sense of fashion that could only be described as “flamboyant.” Some of these costumes look like something Elton John would have worn in …

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