Chris Kelly of Kriss Kross died last night (Wednesday) in Atlanta. He was 34. We’re not getting much info yet about his death. ABC News reports that, “Authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding his death and an autopsy is expected to be performed later today.” He was apparently found dead at his home.
Kriss Kross was super huge in the ’90s. I remember when they were on the cover of Disney Adventures, backwards overalls and all. Their big hit was “Jump.” Chris Smith was the other Kriss. I was a little too young to know much else about them, so here’s some trivia from Wikipedia that was new to me and made me smile. Maybe it’s not new to you. But maybe the nostalgia will bring us all together. Rest in peace, Chris Kelly.
– “Jump” was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 8 weeks. It went double platinum.
– They sang “The Rugrats Rap” for the Nickelodeon show Rugrats.
– They were discovered by Jermaine Dupri, record producer (and Janet Jackson‘s ex), in 1990.
– Kelly and Smith were around 12 and 11 years old, respectively, when they were discovered. And Dupri was only 18!
– They toured with Michael Jackson in 1992 on his “Dangerous” world tour.
– They had their own video game for Sega, called “Kriss Kross: Make My Video.”
– In total, they released 3 albums. The 2nd one went platinum; the third, gold.
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are sick of your bullshit cell phones. At their latest concert, they posted signs asking you not to, “WATCH THE SHOW THROUGH A SCREEN ON YOUR SMART DEVICE/CAMERA” and to “PUT THAT SHIT AWAY.” They mention that it’s really annoying to the people sitting behind you.
I hadn’t thought of that, but it’s true. In a very dark amphitheater it’s pretty annoying to try to enjoy a show when the jerk(s) in front of you are holding up iPhones/Androids/any smart phone/cameras/even IPADS! The screen is distracting, all bright and glowy, and sometimes blocks your view. The iPads are the worst. Idiots. Who the hell holds up an iPad to take photos and video? A surprising amount of people. I would bet this happens a lot at Justin Bieber concerts, but that was before I learned that a lot of his Twitter followers aren’t even real. But anyway, constant photo taking and video recording at concerts is really damn annoying.
It’s almost as annoying as my goddamn neighbors who are playing music so loudly that my windows are shaking. Yeah, “Thrift Shop” is a great song, I like it too, it’s really fun, BUT TURN IT THE F-CK DOWN.
According to Laughing Squid, the notice worked pretty well.
My favorite thing is that you just know this sign was Instagrammed and tweeted thousands of times.
My Chemical Romance, a fantastically mediocre band, broke up. I guess I’m in the minority in thinking they’re very whatever, considering they’ve been around for 12 years and produced four records and got one Grammy nomination.
They left this statement on their site:
Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing. We’ve gotten to go places we never knew we would. We’ve been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible. We’ve shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends. And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end. Thanks for all of your support, and for being part of the adventure.
Some of their noteworthy hits include “I’m Not Okay (I Promise)”, “Helena”, “Welcome To The Black Parade” and “Honey This Mirror Isn’t Big Enough…”
For fans of My Chemical Romance, do you think it was time for them to disband or do you think their best stuff was ahead? I’m not being snarky here, I’m just curious, not knowing a whole lot about their music.