self-destrüction and düe credit

Oh dear, Mötley Crüe tickets have already made it to Groupon. I don’t think any of us saw that coming.

As opposed to Tom Petty’s victory in his quest to be remembered as the author of a Sam Smith song. For those of you playing at home, Smith’s Stay With Me is a collaboration between Smith, Petty, James Napier, William Phillips and (oh dear, again) Jeff Lynne. Here, give it a listen…

It took five people to write that. And let’s face it, it’s no I’m Livin’ in Shame.

So to recap: Tom Petty (co-)wrote a hit for Sam Smith; k.d. lang penned a Stones song; the Stones wrote a Verve song; Chuck Berry provided The Beach Boys with one of their greatest hits; Bob Dylan worked alongside Hootie and the Blowfish on their big hit; and, well, we’ll leave George Harrison out of this, out of respect. Funny, though, I still don’t see Paul Westerberg’s name on the writing credits for Mr. Petty’s Into the Great Wide Open. But these things tend to work themselves out. Eventually.

Musically, though, the big winner this week may have been The Clash, whose London Calling was heard in the background during many a report on the Greek federal election. Slightly surreal, but a nice touch. As, indeed, is the far-left victors’ decision to form a coalition to govern with the support of the country’s far-right party. What could go wrong, you ask? Well, it sitcoms have taught us anything, it’s safe to say that at the very least, hilarity will ensue.

Hilarity over austerity. It does have a ring to it. No wonder Alexis Tsipras was the Greeks’ choice for PM.

And speaking of imminent collapse, let us praise author James Patterson for taking the disposable society to a new level. For $300,000 (actually, $294,038, but you have to factor in the sales tax), some lucky reader will have 24 hours to enjoy Patterson’s latest novel before the book is destroyed by a SWAT team. It’s an ideal opportunity for those who hate trees as well as for those unwilling to lend a favourite novel to a friend. (“Sorry, I’d love to, but I have only two hours before the book implodes.”)

Of course for the environmentally responsible among you, Patterson also offers a free digital edition. It, too, has a lifespan of but 24 hours. Though, its demise is far less thrilling.

Kind of like, say, the slow demise of Mötley Crüe.

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