January 4, 2010

Streaming from Sisqo

Happy New Year!

Hope your 2010 has been good to you so far. As for us, we're going back to some old school creative writing in our blog. Inspired by the old science series "Connections" we're going to start at Point A and end up at a random Point B, either by design or mere happenstance. Here's an old clip of the show to give you an idea of what I'm talking about:

So let's begin with our hot Twitter trend of the day: Sisqo.

When Sisqo appeared as a hot trend, many people thought he was either dead or had "come out of the closet." Actually, he was getting buzz not because of coming out, but rather, for "going in." The man responsible for "The Thong Song" (and very little else) is one of the contestants on the BBC's version of Celebrity Big Brother. Of course, as is usually the case in these shows, the word "celebrity" is oftentimes stretched a bit, as evidenced by one of his fellow houseguests: Heidi Fleiss.

Fleiss is probably best known for her status as "Madam" to the stars. Clearly she's a publicity whore as well, appearing on this reality show so soom on the heels of filming the soon-to-be-aired season of Dr. Drew's rehab show on VH1, where she tried to get help for her addictions alongside Tom Sizemore, who was was convicted in 2003 of assault and battery against his girlfriend - Heidi Fleiss. That sounds healthy.

In 2003, Sizemore also appeared in the movie "Dreamcatcher" an adaptation of the Stephen King novel about larvae-like aliens who use mind control to take over humans. The movie, starring Morgan Freeman and Donnie Wahlberg, was panned by most critics and contains a scene that can best be described as a "deadly dump" when one of the characters uses "Door No. 2" to pass an alien creature from his body, resulting in his demise.

Of course, the most famous "loss of life in the loo" goes to Elvis Presley, who passed away at the age of 42 in the bathroom of Graceland. My friend Gary and I took a tour of the estate once, and someone actually asked the tour guide: "Are we gonna see where Elvis died?" Sorry, my morbid friend... the throne is not part of the tour of the King's life and times in Memphis, Tennessee.

Memphis is the largest city in Tennessee, and the second largest is Nashville, which is the home of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The street leading up to that museum is full of smaller shops devoted to individual artists, such as Randy Travis, Hank Williams, Sr. and Conway Twitty. When my friend Gary and I passed through town, "Twitty City" was proudly selling T-shirts with the slogan, "I was here the year he died." Even in death, there's money to be made as a country star.

That's probably why a show like "Gone Country" was created. This show takes diverse people like Dee Snider, Lorenzo Lamas and Richard Grieco and pits them in an "American Idol" inspired competition with the winner getting a single produced by country star John Rich. Hey, if Hootie can cross-over, anybody can, right?

And who was one of the contestants on the first season of "Gone Country"? That's right... Sisqo.

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