The Knack lead singer Doug Fieger passes away, God Bless

One of the Gen X anthems-

NYDailyNews:

Doug Fieger, leader of the power pop band The Knack who sang on the 1979 hit “My Sharona,” died Sunday. He was 57. Fieger, a Detroit-area native, died at his home in Woodland Hills near Los Angeles after battling cancer, according to The Knack’s manager, Jake Hooker.Fieger formed The Knack in Los Angeles 1978, and the group quickly became a staple of Sunset Strip rock clubs. A year later he co-wrote and sang lead vocals on “My Sharona.”  Fieger said the song, with its pounding drums and exuberant vocals, was inspired by a girlfriend of four years.

“I had never met a girl like her — ever,” he told The Associated Press in a 1994 interview. “She induced madness. She was a very powerful  presence. She had an insouciance that wouldn’t quit. She was very self-assured. … She also had an overpowering scent, and it drove me crazy.”

“My Sharona,” an unapologetically anthemic rock song, emerged during disco’s heyday and held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard pop chart for six weeks, becoming an FM radio standard….

February 15, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Celebrities, Entertainment, Music, Popular Culture. Comments off.

Reality Bites: Here come the Social Security payroll tax hikes and benefit cuts- gird yourself Gen X

As usual, Gen X is about to get royally screwed. We are the tiniest generation so the pols feel free to frak us over at any given opportunity.The Boomers suck up all the benefits and live high on the economic hog (sorry guys but it’s true) and drive up the debt and Gen Y, (the spoiled ones that Obama considers his ‘base’, you know the ones WE have to carry on our insurance until they are..27!!!) are going to cut our Medicare and Social Security and send us off on an ice floe….

Boomers– 1946-1964 (inclusive), 75.8 million

Generation X = 50 Million /ages 38 – 45

Generation Y = 78 Million /21 – 40

After spending trillions they are getting ready to talk tough on the deficit, HA! and WE the lucky lucky Gen X can expect to see higher payroll taxes, higher retirement age (neat trick since the healthcare plan wont give us a damn knee replacement to work these extra years after the cuts!) AND lower Social Security benefits. Right on schedule as predicted…

WSJ:

The White House is considering a bipartisan commission to tackle the nation’s swelling deficit, as it seeks to show resolve on a problem that threatens its broader agenda.Top White House officials, including budget director Peter Orszag, met Tuesday with Senate Budget Committee Chairman Sen. Kent Conrad to discuss establishing such a commission, which has been pushed by Mr. Conrad, a North Dakota Democrat, and his Republican counterpart on the committee, Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire.

Senior congressional officials said the idea was gaining traction. Two officials said the White House was likely to make its own proposal for a panel, which could have less power than the proposed Conrad-Gregg commission. White House aides said no final decision had been made.

The idea is to bring Republicans and Democrats together to make tough decisions about how to cut costs or raise revenue in areas including Social Security, Medicare and taxes. For the White House, establishing a commission would show that the Obama administration is serious about tackling the deficit while postponing any real moves until after the 2010 elections….

* Reality Bites clip courtesy of carocia, soundtrack courtesy of juanperezextreme

November 25, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Film, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture. Comments off.

Ode to Gen X…

We are so totally frakked my fellow X-ers, as we kinda sorta always knew we would be…Reality Bites (1994)

The universal legacy of paying for previous generations sins continues to hammer GEN X and apparently will hammer our children and grandchildren as well. Back to my cynicism, it may keep me warm when they turn off the heat to those who make ‘too much’, or whom they deem ‘young enough’ to deal with the cold and carry whatever ‘legacy charge’ they dream up next….

We will always have …well not Paris, but the 7/11 and The Knack anyway, lol:

Cynical?? WHO US?? Gee wonder why! BWAAAAAAHAAAAAAA!!

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February 19, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Economy, Entertainment, Film, Music, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, TARP, Uncategorized, Unemployment Statistics, Wall St. 1 comment.

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