Ten Weirdest Music News Stories Of The Year

2013 was a monumental year for music. Music fans heard new albums from huge bands like Pearl Jam and Arcade Fire, impressive debuts as well as return albums from artists that haven’t released new music in quite a while like David Bowie. Most of the new music sparked many tours and festivals for fans of live music to enjoy. In many ways however, it was also kind of a bizarre year for music. What better way to relive the year by discussing some of the weirdest music news stories to come out this year? With that being said, let’s take a trip down memory lane.

  1. Billy Corgan Teams Up With Walter E. Smithe For Wrestling Commercial- Chicago native Billy Corgan turned heads in February when he was featured in an interesting commercial promoting both his wrestling company and the furniture business Walter E. Smithe. The advertisement starts off with an innocent game of musical chairs being played in a wrestling ring when tempers flare and members of Corgan’s Resistance Pro join the ring to duke it out with Smithe employees. A huge fan of Professional Wrestling, Corgan opened up Resistance Pro in 2011 at the Chicago nightclub Excalibur. If you haven’t already seen it, you can watch the silly ad here. http://wxrt.cbslocal.com/2013/02/20/billy-corgan-steps-into-the-ring-with-walter-e-smithe-in-new-commercial-watch/
  2. Macaulay Culkin Joins a Pizza Themed Velvet Underground Tribute Band- One of the saddest stories this year was the death of legendary musician Lou Reed. As for the most random story, it might be that Macaulay Culkin joined a Velvet Underground tribute band with lyrics about pizza. The star from “Home Alone” joined Pizza Underground shortly after Reed’s death at the end of October. Playing shows mostly in the Brooklyn Area, it’s clear they love the Velvet Underground and Pizza when they play songs like, “Papa John Says,” and “I’m Waiting For The Delivery Man.”
  3. A Beatles Fan Announced Plans To Clone John Lennon- Remember when they brought Dinosaurs back to life in Jurassic Park? A Beatles fan was convinced he could do that with John Lennon when he purchased one of the musicians teeth at an auction two years ago. He was so confident that he announced to the world he was going to clone Lennon using DNA found in the songwriter’s tooth. If this guy somehow pulls it off,  imagine all the possibilities.
  4. Liam Gallagher Was Almost Killed By A Blue M&M- Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher had a scare in May of this year when he decided to eat some Peanut M&M’s from the minibar in his hotel room. He was rushed to a hospital when he started going into anaphylactic shock. They eventually diagnosed the singer with a peanut allergy and he now carries an emergency syringe with him at all times in case he has an allergic reaction. Who would have thought that one blue M&M could be so threatening to a rock star?
  5. Mumford & Sons Were Kicked Out Of A Strip Club In Atlanta- Mumford & Sons had a very successful year, but even they couldn’t escape this list. The band went to Karaoke night at a strip club in Atlanta, Georgia, when they were ushered out for videotaping. Here’s the thing, the British group was apparently just trying to film each other singing Karaoke. What the guys didn’t think about was that the Clermont Lounge has a strict no camera policy, even for a Grammy winning band like Mumford & Sons.
  6. Paul McCartney Claims He Invented The “Selfie”- Paul McCartney stopped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to chat and promote his recent album, NEW. What viewers weren’t expecting was for Sir Paul to claim ownership to some of society’s biggest trends. The singer tried to claim that he invented the “selfie,” the act of taking a picture of yourself on your phone. He didn’t stop there though, he also made sure to claim the invention of the “photobomb.” Maybe we should just let him have the credit, he is Paul McCartney after all.
  7. Brian May Releases A Protest Song About Badgers- Who says that music isn’t political anymore? Brian May had one of the more interesting protest songs under his belt when he released a song protesting the British Government’s decision to cull badgers in an attempt to reduce tuberculosis in cattle.  To save the Badgers, the Queen guitarist recruited help from musicians like Slash for a pro-badger song. “Badger Swagger” was released in June of 2013.
  8. Ozzy Osbourne Started A Fire While Making A Bacon Sandwich- Oh Ozzy, Ozzy, Ozzy. Mr. Osbourne was making a bacon sandwich one day at his house when a fire started. Firefighters hurried to the scene and put out the fire the singer started. His wife Sharon later confirmed the news on Twitter. Maybe Ozzy should stick to cold sandwiches from now on.
  9. Plane Forced Into Emergency Landing After Lady Refuses To Stop Singing- Most of us have probably had an awkward plane ride or two, but things got really strange on an American Airlines flight from LA to New York. The flight had to be diverted to Kansas City in an emergency landing when a lady refused to stop singing “I Will Always Love You,” by Whitney Houston. The passenger was removed when the plane touched down in Kansas City.
  10. Daft Punk Release Brand Of Condoms Called “Get Lucky”- One of the more popular songs of the year had to be “Get Lucky,” by the electronic music duo Daft Punk. In order to promote the new single and album, they came up with one of the strangest marketing tactics ever when they released their own brand of condoms called “Get Lucky.” Leave it to the Robots to come up with something original.
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