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:: "BENDER IN
THE BEER GARDEN"
with GREAT GABLE,
ATTILA MY HONEY,
CHINESE NEW YEAR,
BERMUDA BAY and
THE ROYAL GALA
:: GRACE: THE SONGS
OF JEFF BUCKLEY,
and SONS OF ZOKU
(Fringe Festival)
:: ROGUE ROMANTIC
(Fringe Festival)
:: BAD LUCK CABARET
(Fringe Festival)
:: MIO, FACEMEAT -
A ROCK OPERA, and
LITTLE CAPTAIN
(Fringe Festival)
:: HALL OF FAME ::
:: 20TH CENTURY GRADUATES** :: ANNIE SIEGMANN :: ARTAX MISSION :: THE AVES :: AVIATOR LANE :: BASTARD SONS OF RUINATION :: THE BATTERY KIDS :: BEARDED GYPSY BAND* :: BOOSTER :: CENTRAL DELI BAND :: CHEER ADVISORY COUNCIL :: CIRCLE CLAN :: COERCE :: COOPS & THE BIRD :: CONCHILLIA :: DANVERS & GHOST KNIFE :: DEAD POPES OF THE VATICAN :: DELUSIONS OF GRANDMA :: DIRT PLAYGROUND :: DOUBLE HANDED* :: THE DUNES :: EGYPT :: ENCARTA / COLONEL KERNEL** :: FIRE! SANTA ROSA FIRE!*** :: FRIENDS :: GLASS SKIES :: GOD GOD DAMMIT DAMMIT* :: THE HONEY PIES** :: HORROR MY FRIEND* :: ISLE OF VISION :: JUNGLE CITY :: KAMIKAZE :: THE KEEPSAKES* :: THE KILLGIRLS*** :: KORAL & THE GOODBYE HORSES :: LADY STRANGELOVE** :: LEADER CHEETAH* :: LIKE LEAVES** :: LUMONICS* :: LYLA :: MAX SAVAGE & THE FALSE IDOLS*** :: MERE THEORY :: MORALS OF A MINOR* :: THE MOTIVE :: MR WEDNESDAY** :: NO THROUGH ROAD*** :: QUIET CHILD :: QUIET IN THE LAB! :: REALIST FEW :: RIDE INTO THE SUN** :: THE SEA THIEVES* :: THE SHINY BRIGHTS* :: SINCERELY, GRIZZLY*** :: SKELETONS :: SOFT WHITE MACHINE* :: SONS OF ZOKU :: SPARKSPITTER* :: SQUEAKER :: ST. MORRIS SINNERS :: STEERING BY STARS* :: SWIMMING :: TEA :: THE TIMBERS :: TONY FONT SHOW** :: TRACER :: THE TRANSATLANTICS** :: TWO SUNS :: TYGER TYGER* :: THE VILLENETTES* :: WEST THEBARTON BROTHEL PARTY :: WOLF & CUB** :: ZETA ::
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:: ARTIST INDEX ::
:: !!! :: 20TH CENTURY GRADUATES :: 20TH CENTURY GRADUATES (DUET) :: 200 MOTELS :: 4 KINGS LOUD :: 4 VOICE :: 67 SPECIAL :: 78 SAAB :: A.B. ORIGINAL :: A BASKET OF MAMMOTHS :: A.D.K.O.B. :: A RED DAWN :: AAARRR! ALL ABOARD FOR PIRATEY VARIETY :: AARON THOMAS :: ABBEY HOWLETT :: ABBEY HOWLETT & THE GOLDEN REALM :: ABLACKWELL :: ACID MOUNTAIN :: ACROSS THE ATLAS :: ADALITA :: ADAM PAGE :: ADELAIDE'S PIPE GUY :: ADNAAN BARAKY :: ADRIAN BELEW :: ADRIAN DEUTSCH :: AFFAIRS OF MEN :: AFI :: AFTER THE FALL :: AIRBOURNE :: ALANA JAGT :: ALARM BIRDS & THE SEA THIEVES :: ALIAS & THE JAMS :: ALITHIA :: ALL FLIGHT CREW ARE DEAD :: ALL MADE OF RUBIES :: ALL NIGHT GIRLS :: ALMA KALORAMA :: ALPEN :: ALPHA BETA FOX :: ALPHABETTE :: ALPINE :: ALUKA :: AMBUSH MARKETING :: THE AMCATS :: AMUNDSENS FLAG :: ANDREW HIGGS & THE SAND CASTLE HARUM :: ANDREW P. STREET :: ANDY BULL :: ANDY ROBERTS :: ANGEL & THE BADMAN :: ANGEL EYES :: ANGEL OLSEN :: ANGELIK :: ANGELS OF GUNG-HO :: ANGIE HART :: ANIMAL SHADOWS :: ANIMAL TRAPS :: ANNIE BASS :: ANNIE SIEGMANN :: ANNY DUFF :: ANTHONY ANT :: ANTHONY WIGNALL :: ANTONY OF THE FUTURE :: ANYA ANASTASIA :: ANYA ANASTASIA & THE BIRD WIZDOM CABARET :: ANYA MCNICOL-WINDRAM :: THE APE :: APHELION :: APPOMATTOX RUN :: ARAKEYE :: THE ARCADE FIRE :: ARCHERS :: ARCHIE :: ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI :: ARGUS & THE LIAR :: ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI :: ARLO COOK :: ARMOUR FOU :: ARRAY :: ART OF ESCAPE :: THE ART OF FLYING KITES :: ARTAX MISSION :: AS THE PENNY DROPS :: THE ASTEROID BELT :: THE ATLANTIC STREET BAND :: ATLASIS & AMICA :: ATTILA MY HONEY :: ATTONBITUS :: AUBERON DANCE ACADEMY :: AUDIUM :: THE AUDREYS :: AUGUSTE :: AURA FORM :: AURORA :: THE AUTHENTIC REPLICAS :: AUXILLA :: AVANT GARDENERS :: THE AVES :: AVIATOR LANE :: AWKWARD LOVE TRIANGLE :: BABES ARE WOLVES :: BABYLON BURNING :: BAD//DREEMS :: BACHELOR OF ARTS :: BACHELORETTE :: BACK$EAT ROMEOS :: BAD LUCK CABARET :: THE BAKER SUITE :: THE BAKER'S DIGEST :: BAKEWELL STREET :: BALL PARK MUSIC :: BANG! BANG! AIDS! :: BANJO JACKSON :: BANJO WEATHERALD :: BANOFFEE :: BARCODE :: THE BARON :: THE BARONS OF TANG :: BASEBALL :: THE BASKERVILLES :: BASTARD SONS OF RUINATION :: BAT FOR LASHES :: BATPISS :: BATRIDER :: THE BATTERY KIDS :: BATTLEHOUNDS :: BATTLE POPE :: BATTLES :: BEACH HOUSE :: BEANIE MY FRIEND :: BEARDED GYPSY BAND :: THE BEARDS :: THE BEASTIE BOYS :: BED WETTER :: BEDHEAD :: THE BEDROOM PHILOSOPHER & HIS AWKWARDSTRA :: THE BEERBELLY BUSKERS :: BEFORE THE AFTERMATH :: BELITTLE LEAGUE :: THE BELLE CURVE :: THE BELLRAYS :: BELOVED ELK :: BEN GEL & THE BONEYARD SAINTS :: BEN ELY'S RADIO 5 :: BEN REVI :: BEN REVI ALL-STAR REVIVAL BAND :: BERMUDA BAY :: BETTY AIRS :: BIG BAD BARRY & THE DEAD SETS :: BIG DADDY'S DISCOTHEQUE :: BIG RICHARD INSECT :: BIG SCARY :: BIG SKY THEORY :: BIG YAWN :: BILLY BISHOP GOES TO WAR :: BILLY BOB'S BBQ JAM BAND :: BING GOES TO MONACO :: BINKY & THE BUNG MICS :: THE BIRD :: BIRD WIZDOM :: BIRTHGLOW :: BIT BY BATS :: BITCH PREFECT :: THE BITTER DARLINGS :: BITTER SWEET KICKS :: BJORK :: BLACK GOLD :: BLACK LIPS :: BLACKCHORDS :: THE BLACK AND WHITE :: BLACK CORAL :: THE BLACK DOVES :: BLACK KNIGHT :: BLAKE SABAN 3 :: BLAST RHOMBUS :: BLEEDING KNEES CLUB :: THESE BLESSED BONES :: THE BLIND HERD :: BLISTERED PALMS :: BLOOD PLASTIC :: BLOODHOUNDS ON MY TRAIL :: BLOW UP BETTY :: THE BLUEBERRIES :: BLUEJUICE :: BLUSH RESPONSE :: BOB DOWNE :: BOB LOG III :: BODY HORROR :: BOHOEFFER :: THE BON SCOTTS :: BOOSTER :: THE BORDERLAND :: BOS :: THE BOTTLEROCKETS :: BOX ELDER :: THE BOX ROCKETS :: THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE :: BRENDAWG & THE DROID :: BRIANNA MAHONEY :: BRIARS :: BRILLIG :: BRITISH INDIA :: THE BRITISH ROBOTS :: THE BRITISH ROBOTS (DUO) :: BRONZE CHARIOT :: BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE :: BROKERS :: BROTHERSISTER :: THE BROUHAHA :: BRUNATEX :: BUFFALO BOYFRIEND :: THE BUMBLEBEEZ :: BURAKA SOM SISTEMA :: BURIED FEATHER :: BURLESQUE BEAUTIES :: BURN THE ASHES :: THE BURNING SEA :: BURNING TOWER :: BURNSIDE MUMS :: BUSHIDO :: BUSTER FIDEZ :: BYE BYE MOUNTAIN :: THE BYZANTINES :: CABBAGE & KINGS :: CABIN CULTS :: CAL WILLIAMS JNR :: CALIFORNIA COUSIN :: CALLERDENIGHT :: CALLING ALL CARS :: CAM GOODALL :: CAMEROM MCTERNAN :: CAMP COPE :: CANDIDA :: CANIDAE :: CANIS VULPES :: CAPTAIN CLEANOFF :: CAPTAIN HELLFIRE & THE WRETCHED BRETHREN :: THE CAPTAINS OF INDUSTRY :: CAPTIVES :: CAR SEAT HEADREST :: CARLA LIPPIS & THE MARTIAL HEARTS :: THE CASIO BROTHERS :: CASKET CASE :: CASS McCOMBS :: CASSETTE KIDS :: CAT DOG BIRD :: CAT PARTY :: CENTAURZ :: CENTRAL DELI BAND :: CERES :: CESARE :: CHAPMAN STREET :: CHARLIE MONSOON :: CHASING PHOENIX :: CHEER ADVISORY COUNCIL :: CHERRY GRIND :: THE CHEVRON WHORES :: CHÉRIE DE KLERK :: CHILD :: CHILDREN COLLIDE :: CHINESE NEW YEAR :: CHRIS FINNEN :: CHORAL GRIEF :: CHVRCHES :: CIARAM GRANGER :: CIRCLE CLAN :: CIRCUS ARCADE :: THE CITRADELS :: CITRUS JAM :: CITY CALM DOWN :: CITY RIOTS :: CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH :: THE CLIQUE :: CLOUD CONTROL :: CLOUD NOTHINGS :: THE CLOWNS OF DECADENCE :: CLUE TO KALO :: COBRA :: COCK :: COERCE :: COG :: COLLARBONES :: COLLIDE/ESCAPE :: COLLIDER :: COLONEL KERNEL :: COLORBLIND :: COLOURISE :: CONCHILLIA :: CONSOLE WARRIORS :: COOKIE BAKER :: COOKIE BAKER & HER SPECIAL SECRET SPELLS :: COOL JUMPER :: COOL JUMPER & TANTIVY FAIR :: COOPS & THE BIRD :: CORPUS :: CORTEZ :: COSMO BLACK :: COSMO THUNDERCAT :: COSMO THUNDERCAT (DUO) :: COUNTERFEIT TRAITOR :: COY CARP :: CRACKWHORE :: THE CRAYON FIELDS :: CREEPERS :: CRUSTY SUITCASE BAND :: THE CRYING GAME :: CUB SCOUTS :: CURSES :: CUT COPY :: CUT OFF YOUR HANDS :: THE DAIRY BROTHERS :: DAISY BUCHANAN :: DAIYE SPA :: DALLAS FRASCA :: DALLI :: DAMN ARMS :: DAMN TERRAN :: DAMNED MEN :: DAMO SUZUKI NETWORK :: DAN DEVLIN :: DANCE TIL YOU CAN'T SAY YEAH! :: DANGER & PLASTIC :: DANGEROUS! :: DANIEL VARRICCHIO :: DANIELE VILELLA :: DANVERS :: DANVERS & GHOST KNIFE :: DAPPLED CITIES :: THE DARDANELLES :: THE DARK LIGHTS :: DAS UBBERDUNG :: DAVE PHILLIPS :: DAY RAVIES :: DAYDREAM :: THE DAYLIGHT BRAVES :: DAYSWORTH FIGHTING :: THE DEAD BELLS :: DEAD END FRIENDS :: DEAD FRENCHMEN :: DEAD JOE :: DEAD POPES OF THE VATICAN :: DEADLY ARE THE NAKED :: DEAFAULT :: DEAR PLASTIC :: DEEP SEA ARCADE :: THE DEER JOHNS :: DEERHUNTER :: DEJA :: DEJA ENTENDU :: DELIA OBST :: THE DELTA RIGGS :: DELUSIONS OF GRANDMA :: DESCRIBE ELIZA :: DESERT CROOKS :: A DEVIL AMONGST THE TAILORS :: THE DEVILROCK FOUR :: DEXTER JONES :: DIAMOND SINS :: DIANA SCALZI :: DICK DIVER :: DIE! DIE! DIE! :: DIESEL WITCH :: DIIV :: DIPLOMAT :: DIPSTONE :: DIRT PLAYGROUND :: THE DIRTY MONKS :: DIRTY WOLVES :: THE DIVINE FLUXUS :: DIZZEE RASCAL :: DJ KELE OKEREKE :: DJ SHADOW :: DJ SPOZ :: DJANGO ROWE TRIO :: DMA'S :: DOE :: DON MORRISON :: DONNARUMMA :: DOUBLE DENIM :: DOUBLE DRAGON :: DOUBLE HANDED :: DOZERS :: DRAWN FROM BEES :: THE DREAMBOATS :: DRILLER JET ARMSTRONG :: THE DRONES :: DROPLET :: DRUID FLUIDS :: DRUNK MUMS :: DUD PILLS :: DUKES OF WINDSOR :: DUMB EARTH :: DUNE RATS :: THE DUNES :: DUNGEN :: DUSTY LEE :: DUSTY LEE & THE ANGELS OF GUNG HO :: DUSTY LEE'S WASTED WANDERERS :: DZ :: DZ DEATHRAYS :: EAST END VILLAINS :: ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN :: ECHO & THE EMPRESS :: EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING :: EGYPT :: THE EL CAMINOS :: ELECTRIC WIDOWS :: THE ELEVENTH HOUR :: THE E.L.F. :: EL-P :: ELECTRIC EXILES :: ELEPHANT :: ELLEN KIBBLE :: ELVIS :: EMDEE :: EMERGENCY RULE :: EMILY DAVIS :: EMPERORS :: EMMA HORWOOD :: EMPIRE VAGABOND :: ENCARTA :: ENDLESS NAMELESS :: ENEMY OF :: ENNIS TOLA :: ENVY STREET :: ES IST SUPER :: EVEN :: EXPATRIATE :: THE EXPLODERS :: EXPLODING PLASTIC INEVITABLE :: EZRA HOPE :: FACEMEAT :: FACEMEAT - A ROCK OPERA :: FAITH NO MORE :: FAIR MAIDEN :: THE FAK :: FAKE LAKE :: FAKE TAN :: FASCINATOR :: THE FAT SACK :: FAT TAILED ANTICHINUS :: FAVOUR THE BRAVE :: FEAR AND LOATHING :: THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS :: FEIST :: FEMME FATALES :: FERGUS O'REGAN :: FEZ FAANANA :: FIGHTERPILOT :: A FILM FOR THE FUTURE :: FILTHY LUCRE :: THE FINISHING SCHOOL :: FINNEN & DAVIDSON :: THE FINNS :: FIRS :: FISHING WITH HENRY :: FIRE! SANTA ROSA, FIRE! :: FIST PUMP, FIST BUMP :: FISTFUL OF TROJANS :: FLEUR GREEN :: FKA TWIGS :: THE FLEEING MINDS :: THE FLOORS :: FLORENCE & THE MACHINE :: FLUME :: THE FOLKO-OH-NOES :: FONT PLAYS FONT :: FORCES :: FOREIGN/NATIONAL :: FOREST OF GNOMES :: FORMER CHILD STARS :: FOX FAEHRMANN :: FOXX ON FIRE :: FRANZ FERDINAND :: FRAUD MILLIONAIRES :: FREESTATE :: FRESH KILLS :: FRIDAY'S FOX :: FRIENDS :: FROM THE DEAD SEA :: FULL CONTACT SAFARI :: THE FUMES :: FUNK LATIN UNION :: FUNKOARS :: FUTURE FARM :: FUTURE ISLANDS :: THE FYOOGS :: GALAPAGOOSE :: GALAXY CAT :: GALLEON :: GAVIN DE ALMEIDA :: GAY PARIS :: THE GELS :: GEMINI DOWNS :: GENERATION SWINE :: GEORDIE LITTLE :: GERMEIN SISTERS :: GG ALAN BINDIG :: GHOST WALK :: GHOUL :: GHYTI :: GHYTI (DUO) :: GHYTI & THE PHILANTHROPIC ORCHESTRA :: GINDIANA BONES AND THE SEVERAL KIDNEYS OF THE UNDERGROUND TRAIN STATION :: GINFOX VS HELLO NEWMAN :: GIRL TALK :: THE GIVEAWAYS :: GLASS :: GLASS DUNES :: GLASS SKIES :: GLASS TOWERS :: GLISK :: GNARLS BARKLEY :: GOD GOD DAMMIT DAMMIT :: GOD GOD DAMMIT DAMMIT (Lounge Set) :: GOLD BLOOM :: THE GOOD CHINA :: GOOD BOY :: GOON WIZARRD :: GOTYE :: GRACE: THE SONGS OF JEFF BUCKLEY :: GRACE GOODFELLOW :: GRAFTON PRIMARY :: THE GRAND RAPIDS :: THE GRATES :: GRAVEYARD TRAIN :: GREAT GABLE :: THE GREETING METHOD :: GRENADIERS :: GREY DATURAS :: GRIMES :: GRIMEY :: GROOVE ARMADA :: GROUND COMPONENTS :: THE GROWL :: GUILLAUME SOLO ACOUSTIC :: GUINEAFOWL :: GUN IT :: GÜNTER & THE SAFEWORD :: GYRO :: HAIM :: HAL BIRD :: HALCYON DRIVE :: HALFWAY TO FORTH :: THE HAPPY ENDINGS :: HAPPY SOMETIMES :: HAR MAR SUPERSTAR :: THE HARD ACHES :: HARMLESS HUNTER :: HARMONY :: HARRY FREEMAN :: HARTS :: HAWKS OF ALBA :: HAYSTACKS CALHOON :: HEATH WEBER :: HEKYL :: HELLO, LOVER :: HELLO NEWMAN :: HELMET :: HESTON DROP :: HEY FEVER :: HEY LADY! :: HI, I'M RECLUSIVE AUTHOR THOMAS PYNCHON :: HIGH STAKES :: HIGH TENSION :: HIGH VIOLET :: HIGHTIME :: HILLS & TRAINS :: HIT THE JACKPOT :: THE HOLD STEADY :: THE HOLIDAYS :: HOLOGRAPHIC CHARIZARD :: HOLOGRAPHIC COLTS :: HOLY FUCK :: HOLY HOLY :: THE HOLY SEA :: HOLY SERPENT :: HOME FOR THE DEF :: THE HONEY PIES :: HORROR MY FRIEND :: HOSPITAL THE MUSICAL :: HOT WINGS :: HOUSE OF JADE :: HOWL AT THE MOON :: HOWL 'N BONES :: HOWLING BELLS :: THE HOWLING FOG :: HUMBLE BEE :: HUMMINGBIRD :: HUNGRY KIDS OF HUNGARY :: THE HUNTED CROWS :: HURRICANE JANE :: HURRICANES :: THE HUSHES :: HUXLEY :: I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S NOT WEEZER :: I HEART HIROSHIMA :: I, A MAN :: ICE ON MERCURY :: ID :: IGGY POP & THE STOOGES :: IIAH :: ILLICIT EVE :: IMMIGRANT UNION :: IMOGEN BRAVE :: IMPARTIAL :: THE IMPOSSIBLE QUICHE :: THE INCHES :: INDIAGO :: INSTITUT POLAIRE :: INTERCOOLER :: INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF MOJO :: THE INTERNET :: INTERPOL :: INTERZONE EXPRESS :: INTROVERT :: INUETTE :: INWOODS :: IRAAN SANADZADEH :: IRIDIUM :: IRIE KNIGHTS :: THE IRRESPONSIBLES :: ISLE OF CAPRI :: ISLE OF VISION :: IT'S A HOAX :: IT'S A HOAX (INSTRUMENTAL) :: IT'S WARSAW :: IVORY :: J-LO BIAFRA :: J-WAH :: JACK LONDON :: JACKSON FIREBIRD :: JAMES PARRY :: JANE'S ADDICTION :: JAPAM :: JAPANDROIDS :: JAPANTHER :: JARVIS :: JARVIS COCKER :: JASON SIMON (DEAD MEADOW) :: JAY WALKER AND THE PEDESTRIANS :: JAYNE-ANNE POWER :: JEFF MARTIN & TEREPAI RICHMOND :: JESS KENT :: JESS PORTER :: JESSE DAVIDSON :: JESSE FRANCIS :: JESUS CHRIST POSSE :: THE JEZABELS :: JIKA :: JIMMY & THE MIRRORS :: JIMMY EAT WORLD :: JIMMY MARIN :: JIMMY MOUNTAIN :: JOE MCKEE :: JOEL STERN :: JOEL STERN, CURED PINK & TIMOTHY TATE :: THE JOHN STEEL SINGERS :: JON ADDAMS :: JON MARCO :: JON MORTIMER :: JONNY BLIZZARD :: JORDAN TITO :: JOSH CALLIGEROS :: JOURNEY WELL SPACE WIZARD :: JOY & SPARKS :: JP COE & THE DELEGATES :: JUDGE MENTAL :: JUMP! 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:: Wednesday, December 29, 2010

THE THIRD ANNUAL SPOZ'S RANT AWARDS / PART ONE
ADELAIDE MUSIC SCENE / January - December 2010 / PART TWO / PART THREE

Aaaah is there anything more hilariously pretentious, self indulgent and ultimately superfluous than posting a "best of awards"? especially one that celebrates all that was "awesome" about the Adelaide scene in 2010!? HA HA HA shit duuude.. look who's talking here! OF COURSE THERE IS!! This IS Spoz's Rant afterall! and all it's ever done over the years IS grossly overinflate, damn near mythologise and simultaneously destroy the egos of so many Adelaide "artists", musicians and live performers who admittedly should have known so much better than to seek fame and fortune in this: Australia's most universally rubbished, ridiculed and reviled of cultural backwaters. I mean shit duuude, we all know the score don't we? Adelaide is a pissy little hick town masquarading as a capital city (and it's not fooling anyone), Adelaide is an open sewer to incestuous excess, Adelaide is THE serial killer/paedophile capital of the world (and how!), a notoriously button down arch conservative "retirement village", a best forgotten "speed bump" stuck between everywhere you're frantically escaping from and everywhere you'd much rather be. Move to Melbourne, move to Perth, fuck it.. move to Hobart, Newcastle or Canberra and you'd still get so much more street cred with all the hipsters, scenesters or fickle fashionistas in Australia; let alone regular high rotation airplay on Triple J (that's if you don't get buried under all the Aussie hiphop of course) "BUT NOOO!! COME TO ADELAIDE!!" *snicker* *chortle* "WE HAVE EVER SO MUCH AWESOME SHIT TO OFFER!!". But the weird thing is we DO maaan! and if we look past all the tired punchlines, the raging sarcasm and the soul sucking nihilism that's ever so rife in this city? there's so much talent to celebrate here it's ridiculous! even more ridiculous when in absence of any kind of "industry awards" it's left upto an idiot like ME to provide it: the one misguided music blogger Vice Magazine once laughably called "a tasteless drug-fucked tool"? the one you'd rightfully rank bottom below RollingStone, Richard Kingsmill or Rip It Up for ever providing "critical" kudos for your band bio? because we all know I'm nothing but a town drunk!? Oh yes! welcome to the most hideously biased "best of awards" you'll ever read for 2010, as judged by ME: Spoz, the one jackass who should never be allowed to judge anything (but hey.. it still beats the ARIAs!). Welcome to The Third Annual Spoz's Rant Awards!



EGOMANIACAL BASTARD OF THE YEAR
MATT BANHAM /
NO THROUGH ROAD
Now I know what you're thinking in seeing my first prize winning category here, "ouch" riiight? But like everything else I'll be celebrating in following? (and the only way I know how.. by taking the absolute piss out of it) I totally mean this shit as a compliment, and the recipient here is no less lauded for exemplifying its awesome qualities either! For to be Spoz's Rant's "egomaniacal bastard of the year" is to embody an all too increasingly rare commodity in the Adelaide scene (or in any other indie scene of late for that matter) that of the "lead singer". Yes.. the LEAD SINGER!! And I don't just mean someone who's assumed that role by default, or by defacto, or by a loose time share agreement with the guitarist singing gang vocals with the keyboardist. One who's been thrust unwittingly, scrawnily, squinting into the spotlight, microphone in hand (or more frequently propped up behind a microphone stand shitscared for their lives) whilst hiding under matted hair, mumbling into the floor in near absolute darkness. As much as yes that TOO can be ridiculously awesome in its own right (and yes, we totally have a category for that too.. see below!). But no THIS award is for those who truly embrace all the loud mouthed extremes that come with being the "in your face" lead singer (not the one who hides behind it). The lead singer of cliche, the raging "FUCK YOU" persona of rock & roll infamy: all ten foot tall in screaming ego, everything short of belching fire in a "rock god" ridiculousness that makes THEM the exploding shitstorm epicentre of an audience's attention (and rightfully so!). And as much as hiphop has long since used and abused this shit to arsehole extremes (or worse still, given us Kanye West), while the indie scene embraces borderline social retardation and faceless DJs? it's been egomaniacal bastards like Matt Banham who've given it right back for us! Yup in 2010 it was damn near impossible to ignore him, quite like 2009 before it, he stood loud and proud as both an undeniable master, and in absolute mockery to the form! Whether fronting his band No Through Road, by assuming (defacto?) lead duties in The Crying Game (simultaneously the best AND worst karaoke cover band ever to be confused for an Adelaide supergroup we witnessed this year) or simply branching out on his own as a solo performer in his own right, he was a gift that kept on giving. He showed no fear, he had no shame, frequently suit and tie akimbo, more than often howlingly drunk, near blithering from one misguided tirade to the next in search of a between song segue.. duuude, we couldn't get enough of him! In fact people would frequently flock from far and wide (or just from the beergarden at The Metro) to flood front of stage whenever he performed, wide eyed in wonder! Only to hurl abuse, their drinks, swing fists, trip him up and do everything short of tear him limb from limb in utmost screaming adoration. And this kamikaze lunatic did nothing less than feed off that chaos, thrive off it, and spit it right back at us with shit grinning aplomb: a feeding frenzy of chronic alcoholism, giddy nihilism and pent up sexual frustration that knew no bounds (as let's face it: next to every one of his most staunch "supporters" were mishapen and unshaven male post graduate trolls of the psychotically sarcastic persuasion, not that I'm passing judgement of course!). Yup if you hadn't witnessed this near suicidal pissweasel running amok this year you truly hadn't lived.. Matt Banham? what a legend!






NOMINATED: ANYA ANASTASIA / BIRD WIZDOM
NOMINATED: PAUL NASSARI /
...SO YEAH
NOMINATED: SANDY CENIN /
AVANT GARDENERS





SHRINKING VIOLET OF THE YEAR
LACHLAN WILSON / STEERING BY STARS
Of course in saying all that we should never discount, discarding or even dream of discrediting those "quiet achievers" who've done us proud in the Adelaide scene this year for foresaking all the ridiculous circus antics of above (save for politely asking people to take one step forward towards the stage between songs). For seeking out very opposite in "egomaniacal" in fronting a live band and truly making it into a "performance art" all to its own. Those who've truly mastered the art of the "negative space", the awkward silences, the nervous shoe gazing glances of the cardigan clad, the overgrown fringes and the squirmingly introverted.. to the point of being practically invisible on a live stage (but no less celebrated for it) I mean shit duuude? how could we ever forget them!? (hell! short of the fact WE possess no singing talent whatsoever.. WE COULD TOTALLY BE THESE PEOPLE TOO!!). Yup and it's these "shrinking violets" with their squeaky voices of an angel; more impressive in their absence of boast OR bravado; frequently knock kneed, vitamin D deficient, forever wracked with guilt and self doubt; perhaps dime a dozen now after a decade of diminishing returns in fanatical hipsterdoom: where everyone did their utmost to paint each other into corners (as epitomised by poster child Thom Yorke, his band Radiohead, their album Kid A, and the song "How To Disappear Completely".. WOOOO!!) but no less sought after that THIS award aims to celebrate the exploding fuck out of: with giant neon flashing letters and an airhorn blaring to boot, even when they've long since fled the room howling at the mere mention of their name (or in some cases simply turned up the feedback up on their guitars till we left them be!?). And for a prize example of this esteemed quality in 2010? we need look no further than Lachlan Wilson; or at least once we found him cowering in a corner with a lampshade on his head hoping we wouldn't notice him. Yup, in fronting Steering By Stars as their "lead singer", keyboardist and occassionally guitarist (in that one song where he totally loses his shit at the end) he was every definition the shrinking violet for us all! He was a living legend like the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot or Santa: always talked about, almost never seen in sunlight! He expressed all our secret fears, our sorrows, our self inflicted pain and maybe even our teeny tiny faint glimmers of hope (awwww!) by bottling it all up deep inside him and then slowly venting it out like a slow tire puncture, or a balloon pissing out air; only magnified a hundred-fold by a clusterfuck of effects pedals until he sounded like a swarm of bees, or like that Swedish Chef out of The Muppet Show on a shitload of valium. YES!! And granted ANY sadsack bastard could do all that (practically any recommended artist on Pitchfork would have it nailed) but THIS undeniable master took that introversion one step further in making his vocals, his heartfelt lyrics of existential ennui so damn near utterly incomprehensible we never understood a single word of it.. and yet in doing so we could endlessly reinterpretted them to echo our own inner turmoil like he was our tuning fork? Yup that's what it is to be Lachlan Wilson! Like wallpaper with the volume cranked, like a warm glass of milk spilt while someone bursts into tears. We could never quite decipher his lyrics, but we all understood him implicitly.. what a champion!






NOMINATED: CAITLIN DUFF / FIRE! SANTA ROSA, FIRE!
NOMINATED: SARAH CHADWICK / BATRIDER
NOMINATED: SARAH MASTERS / HAWKS OF ALBA





AXE MURDERER OF THE YEAR
DAVE WILLIAMS + NATHANIEL MORSE / FIRE! SANTA ROSA, FIRE!
Ok now before I start dishing out all these "backhanded insults" in lieu of actual praise over the two guitarists from Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire! (oh and congratulations by the way.. for what it's worth?) lemme just point out that I really don't know guitars, or what it takes to actually play them. I mean I don't. I mean I really don't. I mean I really REALLY FUCKING DON'T (short of fumbling about with the opening bits to Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven", rather badly, left handed.. but hey who DOESN'T know that!?). And usually this wouldn't be an issue, because hey it's not like EVERYONE who ever goes to a live gig with aims to write a blog about it has to know how to play a fucking guitar like a pro before they can pass judgement. Seriously get fucked! If a guitar sounds cool, it sounds cool riiight? THAT SHIT'S UNIVERSAL!! But at the same time, I'm acutely aware that I am surrounded 24/7 by fanatical "guitar nerds", I mean quite literally here in the facebook sense I'm SURROUNDED BY THEM and they're FUCKING FANATICAL and all I get in my newsfeed day after day (occassionally breaking for holidays) is a constant circlejerk of "shop talk" on wacky effects pedals, pickups, re-wirings, stepping stone guitar purchases "blah-di-blah it's an authentic 60's FUCKITY FUCK and it only costs $65,000!!" and endless jam sessions and inquiries about rehearsal spaces. GUH!! And as such, I just KNOW I'm gonna look like a fucking retard here no matter what I write, yup even more so than what I usually write (and for the record I used to play all my "music" on a laptop and call myself a "breakbeat terrorist".. I think you can see where I'm going with this and yes it's me licking windows on a bus) and thus if you were even nominated for this award? fuck it you've already won! Each and every one of you bad baaaastards do mad shit with it, mind blowing, face meltingly fuck off insane shit. It is indeed an honour to get hideously drunk with ALL you freaks of nature; if I wasn't otherwise taking photos and laughing my arse off at how stupid you look (trust me, it's the only way I keep an even playing field). Still that being said? and feel free to argue this point as much as you want; because yes Daniel Cava you DO cut sick in those solos (even when there ISN'T an actual solo and you're just showing off) and don't get me started on Josh and Mathias (or Mathias' Marshall amp) or all three dudes from Ride Into The Sun (that one time when they joined forces and my mind went missing for 45 minutes!? DUUUDE!!) but both Dave Williams and Nathaniel Morse from Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire! are freaking masters at this shit. They truly are! They make wickedarse buzzing, "guitary" noises, I dig that shit something fierce, it's even better when you're blind drunk and the mix is good, but yeaaah maybe you want something more substantial huh!? Well first off it's the sound they conjure: this interlocking apocalyptic chunk, like playing Tetris with real life mammoths substituted for coloured blocks, it's pure madness and it beats my brain black and blue shit grinning with glee anytime I hear it. Secondly it's the mad precision, the fuck off fidelity in listening to them pop and lock, dive bomb and interweave with eerie precision: like those same mammoths substituting for Tetris blocks are making the biggest patchwork quilt EVER in your mind, it's just rolled me up in it and now it's throwing me off a bridge. Thirdly it's simply hilarious watching them bob their heads like spastic pigeons, especially Dave, it never gets dull, so there's a visual component too! Yup In short I obviously don't know WHAT I'm talking about here, but at least I know what I like! So feel free to argue all you like.. but for me? Dave Williams and Nathaniel Morse were every reason I WISH I knew how to play guitar in 2010!







NOMINATED: DANIEL CAVA / YOUR MOTIVE FOR
NOMINATED: JOSH CALLIGEROS / SINCERELY, GRIZZLY
NOMINATED: MATHIAS NORTHWAY / TWO SUNS





HONOURABLE MENTION: RIDE INTO THE SUN WITH THREE GUITARISTS



SPASTIC FLEA OF THE YEAR
TOM KRIEG / THE BATTERY KIDS
Now as much as I've observed over the years, the key to being able to play the bass has very little to do with actual "technical prowess". And let's face it.. if we DID judge it on that and that alone? then Matt O'Callaghan from Tony Font Show would win it every single year by default, or at least he WOULD have if only Tony Font Show hadn't broken up back in 2008 (damnit!). I mean seriously that mad cat was nothing short of fucking bass incarnate (like "Les Claypool" the next generation in slap down booty funk.. I shit you not!) and we'll be all the poorer without his influence after he left that stage two years ago and left his bass guitar far behind (WHY DAMNIT? WHY!?). But this isn't about that level of a-grade proficiency, or even about the ability to grow wickedarse facial fuzz whilst playing the bass (no Patrick Saracino from Like Leaves, you will not be forgotten!) it's about the OTHER ability a bass player aspires to above all else and that's in pulling mad shapes: mad mind boggingly stupidly awesome shapes in human origami like a rubberband come to life that truly sets them apart from the crowd. And it's not something to be looked down upon or scoffed at either. When you're playing in the rhythm section for anything other than a funk band? most of the sounds you'll be cranking (if you've done it right) will be all but invisible anyways, seamless in sync to the beat of the drummer. So what else are you gonna do? BLEND IN!? Which is why we must give due credit to each and every one of our nominees who HAVE gone above and beyond the call of duty in making themselves hilariously conspicuous in 2010 (because hey, how else will we ever recognise their contribution?). From Steering By Stars' Adrian Reveruzzi: mad grinning and whizzing off his chops, anytime he guns that bass riff for "Dissonance". To Jon Wignall for being.. well.. Jon Wignall (need I elaborate?) anytime he chases his own tail for either 20th Century Graduates or The Keepsakes. To Josh Flavel from Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire! for pretty much being the exact same dude he's always been for four years running, strumming that bass guitar like a human statue, like they simply thaw him out each and every gig and point him in the right direction (and he's all the better for it too!). But then along comes the head exploding insanity that is Tom Krieg from The Battery Kids: the very epitome of "The Spastic Flea" (so named in honour of the Red Hot Chili Pepper's infamous Flea in case it wasn't bleedingly obvious) who truly makes THIS into an artform all of its own. YEAAAS!! And no it's not the first year he's won this award, he won it before in 2009. Just like we may suspect he'll simply keep on winning it again and again in years hence until some kamikaze pissclown pulls a "Nick Oliveri", sets himself on fire and spontaneously explodes all over the audience in effort to outdo him (and no Jon, that's not a suggestion!). But either way you look at it? you can't deny what he's brought to a live stage. Equal parts feral beast thrashing and flailing, hooting and howling, and a marionette puppet thrown into a ceiling fan.. there's never a dull moment watching him at play. Better yet (or much worse depending on how you look at it) he's even wields a wireless bass, and he went everywhere with it: on stage, off stage, scrambling up the walls and pissing on the ceiling. He is every inch the bass player without ever having to actually PLAY the bass, he is Tom Krieg! And in 2010 when he was on the scene? NOWHERE WAS SAFE!!






NOMINATED: ADRIAN REVERUZZI / STEERING BY STARS
NOMINATED: JON WIGNALL / 20TH CENTURY GRADUATES / THE KEEPSAKES
NOMINATED: JOSH FLAVEL / FIRE! SANTA ROSA, FIRE!





THE RYAN MANOLAKIS AWARD
AIDAN MOYSE / HAWKS OF ALBA / THE BURNING SEA
Now for those of you otherwise uninitiated? Ryan Manolakis is the drummer for Like Leaves: quite possibly the most spastically awesome psychedelic band you've never heard of, and yes you totally SHOULD have (I mean what am I here.. mute on this issue!?). And yes they're totally having their album launch at Jive on Friday January 14th and you should totally come along too (and wait, does me promoting that make my Spoz's Rant Awards any more hideously biased here? HA HA HA who fucking cares!). And as well as Like Leaves? he's the drummer for Curses (they just played their first show last weekend, and here's a live video) and in his own humble "unassuming" way he's also been the drummer for Mr Wednesday, BrotherSister, Bing Goes To Monaco, Cookie Baker and possibly about a billion other fuckarse obscure (but no less stupidly a-grade) Adelaide acts that I've long since forgotten about. In short he's fucking everywhere, he's verily the beast incarnate, and yes this award category is totally named after him: not only because he's five fuck off kinds of ridiculously awesome behind a drumkit and year after year he's pretty much won this category by default.. but also because we must put a stop to this insanity ONCE AND FOR ALL and only by the inherent irony of naming this shit AFTER HIM will we ever achieve this goal. "DIE MANOLAKIS, YOU OMNIPRESENT SCUM!! DIE!! (oh and hi if you're tuning in!). And despite the fact that yes he HAS been nominated once again this year? and pretty much again by default (well shit duuude how could he not!?) in 2010? he may very well have met his match in Aidan Moyse from Hawks Of Alba, as much as he's also faced stiff competition in the murderous intensity of James Thomas from Ride Into The Sun and in the angular "slice and dice" of Sam Stearne from Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire! (and anyone who's ever seen either of them in action this year would sure as shit know it too!). Yup to put it mildly Aidan Moyse is a total freak of nature, A TOTAL FREAK OF NATURE!! possibly even a proverbial "Ivan Drago" to Ryan's "Rocky Balboa" (if it weren't for the fact they're both annoyingly polite, upstanding individuals and no amount of me screaming "fight! fight! fight!" and flicking a light switch is ever going to incite a stoush between them). And why do you ask SHOULD we give him the prize over Ryan Manolakis this year? Well for one he tunes his drums. I mean suuure everyone tunes their drums riiight? but duuude he really REALLY tunes his drums like he has some kinda obsessive compulsive mental disorder in making them run like Swiss clockwork precision (in fact I could've sworn I saw him whip out a tuning fork once just to be sure) and believe me, you've rarely EVER heard a drumkit sound as good as his for doing it too: it makes grown men weep I swear! Then there's the fact he likes to count in all his songs like a classical conductor. Like he's a drill instructor, a precision task master, a master surgeon, sergeant general at arms bordering on a mad scientist with a maniacal cackle to boot. But the real icing on the cake is watching him play drums AND glockenspiel at the same time. AT THE SAME TIME!! Duuude I seriously didn't think that shit was even possible, but Aidan Moyse does it everytime he plays with Hawks Of Alba and he barely breaks a sweat! (I think he's possibly a robot). So as much as Ryan Manolakis may continue to walk the earth, or more accurately skuttle like a mad crap whilst carrying his drumkit from venue to venue playing everything but the proverbial kitchen sink in every other live band in Adelaide.. he is not alone in greatness, there ARE others rising in the ranks here, and until he kills them all in single handed combat I'll damn near celebrate them all! So take a bow Aidan Moyse, this year you did us all proud! And in 2011? it's anyone's game now!






NOMINATED: JAMES THOMAS / RIDE INTO THE SUN
NOMINATED: RYAN MANOLAKIS / LIKE LEAVES
NOMINATED: SAM STEARNE / FIRE! SANTA ROSA, FIRE!





THE ART ZINOVIEV AWARD
TOM WINDRAM / BIRD WIZDOM
In effort to explain this category and what it's actually "awarding" here (besides the fact that yes it IS named after Art Zinoviev: keyboardist and tambourine player for Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire!) and why despite all implications to the contrary it is indeed the HIGHEST honour to have it bestowed upon you (as much as anything bestowed from a pissy little blog like mine should never EVER be taken seriously) I shall cite two glowing examples. The first is Mark Berry, aka: "Bez", maraca player, dancer and mascot for The Happy Mondays. The second is Joel Gion, tambourine player for The Brian Jonestown Massacre. And yes I think we can all agree that both of these individuals are living legends in their own right.. LIVING LEGENDS!! And both for seemingly doing shit-fuck-all for their respective bands too. I mean we've all seen the movie "Dig!" right!? what the FUCK is it that Joel Gion actually does? ANYONE!? And as such, yup this award is for those proud few Adelaide musicians who aspire to those same lofty heights, those who achieve true greatness and endless infamy in their respective fields for utmost artistic inconsequence. Aaaah I know I'm a little jealous of them too! All the glory, none of the grind? WHO WOULDN'T WANT TO BE THESE PEOPLE!? (short of Jeremy Lake from 20th Century Graduates of course: who I've nominated purely for the fact he does almost ALL the work, only almost no one ever notices him when he's stuffed at the back of the stage behind six other band members.. weeeee!). And in 2010? it gives me great pleasure to bestow THIS honour upon Tom Windram, guitarist for Bird Wizdom. Or at least I THINK he's their guitarist as I swear I've almost never seem him play a single note while he's been on stage with them: and thus his gobsmacking brilliance! No really, picture for a moment "Bird Wizdom"; quite possible the most hysterically shitcrazy nervous breakdown in theatrical excess ever let loose on a live stage in 2010. We're talking megaphones, trombones, ukuleles, top hats, belly dancers, spastic comedy skits galore in a wild explosion of colour and chaos, and both your retinas and your eardrums literally shitting themselves witness to it all (and I should know, I've seen them more than once and lived to tell the tale!). Now picture Tom Windram stuffed in a corner, falling asleep in his chair. Awesome huh!? HA HA HA TOTALLY!! And this ain't criticism implied, hell no! he plays the maddest fucking shit (in the off chance you ever notice him) he's totally got it nailed in the most intricate of detail, he's a freaking artist! But he also does it whilst simultaneously looking like he's biding time at a bus stop. He makes total inertia look freaking badass. Ever nonchalant to the point of being borderline narcoleptic? oh he's truly an inspiration to us all! so much so I've only actually got two photos that prove he even plays guitar with Bird Wizdom, and in both of them he's not even playing it!? SHIT YEAAAH!! So here's to you Tom Windram and whatever the hell it IS you actually do (and yet you do so well) besides slowly dissolving. In 2010 we freaking salute you!





NOMINATED: ART ZINOVIEV / FIRE! SANTA ROSA, FIRE!
NOMINATED: JEREMY LAKE / 20th CENTURY GRADUATES
NOMINATED: STEFAN KRCMAROV / LYLA





HONOURABLE MENTION: ALMOST EVERY MEMBER OF CHEER ADVISORY COUNCIL



SCENE STEALER OF THE YEAR
JESSICA HONEYCHURCH / RIDE INTO THE SUN
It's never easy being the proverbial third, fourth, fifth, or in some cases eighth or ninth wheel in a band is it? Your lead singer, guitarist, drummer, that other guy who plays guitar, that homeless stoner freak you totally found on the street one night who now "plays" the bass, they always get all the infamy and accolades don't they? DON'T THEY!? and what do YOU get for all your troubles!? Questioning glares from doorstaff and security everytime you claim you're "in the band"? (only for some other no-name to push past you claiming they're "the guitar tech" or some pissy arseclown blogger by the name of "Spoz"), nothing but shrugged shoulders from barstaffers whenever you inquire about the rider? (yup totally the bass player's fault!) always stuck riding on the roof rack or in the boot of the car with the keyboard stand poking you in the ribs anytime you tour interstate? pushed to the periphery of every band photo? never given an interview opportunity? or a guest programming spot on Rage or even a second glance from the fans you wanna sleep with!? maaan that must blow.. and I feel your pain too! Which is why it always ALWAYS inspires me when I see a proverbial third wheel, fifth leg, or eighth or ninth appendage to an increasingly confused metaphor get the due credit they deserve.. YEAAAS!! Those proud few who choose NOT to wallow in relative obscurity but claim their rightful place as nothing less than vital to their band's ongoing existence! And for every one of you you were nominated? take a bow, the Adelaide scene would be totally lost without you! And believe me it was hard to pick an shining example to showcase here beyond such esteemed a-grade awesomeness as yours.. I'm not even kidding! I almost went with Ulrich Bones from Bird Wizdom I was that stumped! And could you imagine how stupidly awesome it would be to have a sitcom starring Ulrich Bones simply entitled "Ulrich Bones being Ulrich Bones"!? It'd totally be like Seinfeld, only based in Victorian England, or possibly Transylvania, it'd only have one character, you could screen it 24/7 and peeps would STILL trip balls over it! (and if you don't know what I'm talking about? duuude trust me you haven't lived!). But considering I've never quite figured out what he actually DOES for that band (only it's freaking hilarious when he does it!) I couldn't possibly think of a more worthy recipient in his stead than Jessica Honeychurch from Ride Into The Sun; or more accurately formerly FROM Ride Into The Sun, renamed as Sonic Death Monkey (no wait.. that was just me) and now known as "the band formerly and STILL currently known as Ride Into The Sun".. but yeaaah maybe we won't get into that now (seriously what WERE they thinking!?). Either way you couldn't deny what she contributed to that band. Part keyboardist, tambourinist, singer and ever the ethereal enigma impersonating Queen Cleopatra by way of a demon possessed Liza Minnelli? she practically stole the show in a band fuck full of scene stealers: guitarist Luke Mayes? drummer James Thomas? (shit was practically a Frank Miller film noir come to life!) she truly made them the band that they were, before it all went pear shaped sometime in December (again, probably best we don't talk about it). Yup most of you who'd seen this band live would know exactly what I'm on about and I wouldn't need to elaborate here, she OWNED that shit! But if you were living under a rock (or somehow got them confused with Mona Lisa Overdrive) then you need only see her band cover Mazzy Star's "Wasted" to understand. Jessica Honeychurch? NOOO SHIT!! For being that one in a million unique freak on a live stage in 2010? we salute you!






NOMINATED: JULIET HUNTER / LIKE LEAVES
NOMINATED: LARISSA PERRY / 20TH CENTURY GRADUATES
NOMINATED: ULRICH BONES / BIRD WIZDOM





Well that was Part One.. for what it's worth? Parts Two and Three are yet to come (unless they've been already written). And as is customary for a "best of awards" like this? (especially one that's been posted on the internet) now would be as good a moment as any to dump shit on me, in the comments box, over just how stupidly wrong I've gotten it.. YEAAAS!! MAKE ME PROUD INTERWEB!!

Previously on Spoz's Rant: Lady Strangelove + The Rules + Two Suns

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