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News Archives - July 2004
July 15 2004
: Big site updates
This doesn't happen that often, you might want to cherish the moment...
The website has been updated again, and this time it is one pretty big update.
Every single section of the Pants Network has been updated somewhat, ranging from minor behind-the-scenes changes to sections with all-new content, like the album review below or stuff in the image galleries. Many changes won't become obvious for a little while, but they were required to facilitate more new content once it is ready...
And although you don't even know who I am, I hope you had a happy birthday today Rachelle...
July 15 2004
: Canadian Bacon
Time for another album review that nobody will read...
At the ripe old age of 17, Avril Lavigne released her debut album Let Go in 2002. I was quick to catch on to the revelation that Avril might just be the next Britney, much to my anger.
Think about it- if you turn the dial back to 1999, an energetic 17-year-old released her debut ...Baby One More Time, sold millions and launched her career. Three years later with Avril, the demographic has changed but Avril still sold tons of CDs and started her own new trends, like the tragic sk8ter T-shirts and those stupid neckties. Gone were the days of 'traditional' pop, replaced with Avril's trademark balance of teen angst and Canadian punk rock, all bottled into a pop formula.
I kept my eye on Avril, mentally plotting points on a graph, watching how her stardom grew in direct comparison to Britney. From my perspective, Avril was the new generation's Britney, and I did not like that concept at all. To Avril's credit, Let Go was a great album (a very decent effort), but I couldn't make up my mind about her until her second album was out. That would be a definitive indication of whether the debut was good because of her, or the suits sitting behind the mixing desk in the recording studio.
Enough personal ranting for now, her new album Under My Skin is now out and I've had enough listens to make some comments. And this would be where the ranting resumes:
And finally, I think the most crucial factor:
So basically Avril has done what Britney did before her, releasing a really strong second album. This confirmed that she is part of a talented team of people who know how to make music that's good to listen to. Assuming she stays on the same track as Brit, she'll probably team up with Madonna in a few years, signalling her career is about to implode.
If you've managed to get this far, feel free to head over to forum.pantsnetwork.com where you're welcome to call me an idiot for writing this review. I can guarantee someone will call you an idiot back for reading it all... :)
July 4 2004
: Yellow hairy balls
I've been watching bits of the Wimbledon coverage on TV this past week (hey, anything's better than Big Brother)...
About as cliché as an Emilio Estevez hockey movie, Sharapova (pictured right, holding an oversized hubcap) won the match in very convincing style against all odds, even managing to make Serena fall on her ass in the process.
The match brings back fond memories of the late nineties, watching a young Swiss Martina Hingis bouncing around doing her thing on the court. She was a good player (winning Wimbledon once herself), but she was also fun to watch, and not just in that "I would stalk her if I could" kind of way... Then the next few times the Australian Open or Wimbledon came around on TV, I didn't see any of her; she was still playing, I just didn't spot her in my extremely casual following of the sport.
This news post was initially meant to be a small whinge on how I haven't seen Martina in any tennis coverage over the past 4-5 years and how it would be good to see her in the tennis top ranks again. If I had done a little research *before* preparing this post, I would've found out that she actually retired last year. That's right, it turns out that this entire news post is pretty much pointless. Oops.
We miss you, Martina! :)
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