May 2, 2002

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Bad Neighbor

’70s British glam rocker Gary Glitter, who was sentenced to four months in prison in 1999 after pleading guilty to 54 charges relating to child pornography, may face deportation from Cambodia.

Officials said yesterday that Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, secrety set up house in Phnom Penh about seven months ago. Glitter’s passport was confiscated by Cambodian police because the former rock star concealed his child pornography convictions and his intention to stay in Cambodia from authorities.

Glitter reportedly held a collection of close to 4,000 hardcore photos of boys and girls, whose ages ranged between 2 and 10.

Great, get him the hell out of there. Cambodia’s been through enough without having to endure the presence of a pedophile British glam rocker.

Keep it Down

AC/DC, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, and Ozzy Osbourne are among several artists donating autographed microphones for an eBay-hosted online charity auction benefiting the House Ear Institute, a hearing conservation charity. The institute helps promote awareness about the dangers constant exposure to loud sounds poses to your hearing.

I’d make a joke about the irony of AC/DC and Ozzy Osbourne donating to an institute warning against loud, shrill noises, but it seems too easy. Besides, Christina Aguilera is probably the worst offender of the group. I hear the army was considering playing her CD’s to demoralize enemy troops, but the idea violated too many points of the Geneva Convention.

Out of Gas

Due to Universal Studios not offering the money he was asking for, Vin Diesel won’t be appearing in Universal’s sequel to The Fast and the Furious. The film will now reportedly revolve around Paul Walker’s cop character carrying the mantle alone “as a cop stripped of his badge who’s recruited to infiltrate the Miami street racing circuit in an effort to redeem himself,” according to movie news site

So in order to make up for the fact that they’re losing their most bad-ass actor, Universal is retooling the movie to sport a crappy, recycled plot? Don’t think about that reasoning too hard, it’ll make your brain bleed out your ears. Universal should be smart and just show an hour-and-a-half of tricked out cars racing and hot girls parading around in mini-skirts. Besides Vin Diesel, that’s the only thing the first movie had going for it.

Though as cool as the culture and the cars are, those movies are like Road Runner cartoons — they never show the gruesome, bloody aftermath. Last year a kid back home was racing and ended up hitting the guardrail of a freeway overpass, flipped over the side, fell to the street below, and skidded for another 150 feet before wrapping himself around a street light.

And unlike Vin Diesel, he didn’t get up and walk away from that crash.

Ultimate Weapon

Fatboy Slim’s “Weapon Of Choice” was declared the greatest music video of all time by a panel of music industry experts in a recent poll for VH1. The Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” placed second, while Jamiroquai’s “Virtual Insanity” snagged third place. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was sixth.

I agree — I doubt you’ll find anything simultaneously funnier, cooler, or scarier than Christopher Walken dancing.

Archived article by Matt Chock