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Drummond

- February 15th, 2012

Got any thoughts on the Drummond report?

I find it hilarious one of the recommendations is to cut high school back to four years by eliminating the so-called victory lap.

Wait, what? Didn’t the Ontario government do this already?

They certainly did. But it turns out after serving their standard four years, many kids come back for a second shot at the final year anyway.

So eliminating the fifth year — which, in my day, was called Grade 13 — was all for nothing.

By the way, even when high school officially took five years, some students still came back to improve their grades. We called that Grade 14.

You had to party real hard to wind up in Grade 14.

Halen

- February 15th, 2012

According to this story on lfpress.com, Van Halen’s new release has underperformed in its first week on the charts.

The album includes songs that are based on outtakes of half-finished tracks from back in the day.

Maybe the group would have sold more units if they followed my repeated advice to re-form the band with BOTH David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar as singers.

Wouldn’t that strategy have appealed to ALL of the band’s fans? Wouldn’t that have maximized their appeal?

If East and West Germany can reconcile, then Roth and Hagar can put aside their differences — especially when there’s money to be made.

Has anyone heard the new disc? I watched the video for Tattoo, the leadoff single, which was pretty much the same old same old.