The very first Unsolicited CD Review is "Beautiful Targets" by Hopewell. I'll listen to any band whose name I think is referring to archaeology, so hey.
The songs are big-sounding, high energy, choppy, and keyboard-driven. The latter makes sense as band leader Jason Russo used to play keyboards for Mercury Rev. A lot of the songs start of quiet but get loud and insistent - the instrumentation almost becomes too much at times, like on "Windy Day (Giant Dancers)," where it sounds like Trans-Siberian Orchestra/prog. At other times it sounds like the score from a musical, but done in rock.
Album opener "In Full Bloom", "Monolith," and "Over and Over" are the most interesting to me because they're catchy and busy but don't go as overboard as the rest. The vocals on "All Angels Road" are kind of annoying, and "Bethlehem" sounds a little Teenage Fanclubby, but with somewhat unpleasant vocals. Those vocals are a theme of the album - high but not quite falsetto and a little annoying at times.
I think if you like big, insistent, over-the-top semi-indie rock (later Smashing Pumpkins, for example), Hopewell is for you. Although with this photo, I can't help but like them.
I give "Beautiful Targets" three unsolicited CDs out of five.
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No way! You mean the next plague won't come from Geneva or Connecticut or the Yukon Territory? What a shocking development.
Maybe I'm a grouch, but I'd rather be told that somebody loves me randomly, not on some day when people are supposed to do it. To me it's just another day, but with more balloons on the Metro.
Corey Worthington (born March 21, 19911, and also known as '''Corey Worthington Delaney''' and '''Corey Delaney''') is an Australian, best known for holding a large party that was reported worldwide.
Worthington hosted a party at his family's house in the Narre Warren area of Melbourne on the night of January 12, 2008 while his parents were away on holiday at the Gold Coast.2 The party eventually had 500 attendees and there was subsequent vandalism around the neighborhood. Thirty police officers were called in, including a police helicopter and the dog squad.3
The BBC reported that police were attacked with bottles and stones, and that police blamed alcohol consumption on a lack of adult supervision.4
After appearances on Australian news programs, such as an A Current Affair interview by Leila McKinnon,5 Worthington became an internet phenomenon.
The Sydney Morning Herald called the interview "farcical", that Worthington "comprehensively steam-rolled" McKinnon and that "Within minutes of going online, McKinnon's tabloid TV tut-tutting had backfired, transforming Corey, who was interviewed shirtless with his pierced nipple on show, from naughty schoolboy to international hero."5
Some saw his celebrity as symbolic. The International Herald-Tribune wrote an article on Worthington's rise to fame, saying his "rise from obscurity is a modern morality tale, but it is one that reverses traditional values, rewarding disrespect for parents and property with the holy grail of Generation Z endeavors: celebrity" and saying he is "one of the world's most famous teenagers."6 A Sydney Morning Herald columnist used Worthington as an example of why "the letter i will define this decade," and joked "Oh hell, let's call it the decade of Corey."7 Radar Magazine called him "a legend" 8 while other news sources called him "the face of teenage rebellion,"9 a "moron,"10 and a "brat."2
Worthington lives with his mother, Jo Worthington and stepfather Steve Delaney.11 Worthington had left school and was working as a trainee carpenter before the party.12 He said his "real name" is Corey Worthington, not Delaney as has been reported.13
Worthington sent out the invitation to his party via text messaging,14 Myspace and Facebook, reading:15
==After the party==
After the party, Worthington appeared on numerous television programs, and it was reported that his parents may be fined up to A$20,000 for the party.16 He was unapologetic during the McKinnon interview on ''A Current Affair'', appearing with an open jacket and no shirt, refusing to take off his sunglasses because they were "famous," and responding to the question "What would say to other kids who were thinking of partying when their parents were out of town?" with "Get me to do it for you. Best party ever so far, that's what everybody's been saying."16
Following the party, the Police Commissioner wrote an open letter asking young people to be aware of the power of SMS and the internet.17
Since his news appearances, Worthington has hired an agent, Max Markson,2 and has gone into party promoting,18 going on an international DJ tour19 including stops at British resorts Brighton, Torquay, and Blackpool.20 He has also been "earmarked" to host the Big Brother television series on Network Ten in Australia,18 signed a deal with Zoo Weekly which could be worth up to A$10,000, has signed a deal to host a party called "Not So Narre"20, and has been offered a deal to run underage clubs.18 He gave his sunglasses to Zoo Weekly who are holding a contest for them, calling them "most famous item of clothing in Australian history."21
He also received the "Best Week Ever" award from the Best Week Ever television show.
Live News in Australia reported Worthington was attacked outside a shopping mall a few days after the party,22 but other news sources are considering that the fight may have been a hoax.23
A take-off on Worthington has been used in advertisements in Australia as well.24 There have since been Corey Worthington impersonators at parties as well.25
Worthington's notoriety also spawned the creation of Slap Corey, a website game where users can "slap" a picture of Worthington. The site had been accessed nearly a million times as of late January.26 27
*"Corey Worthington Starts to Pocket Riches"
*"Teen brat Corey Worthington just loves the world's attention"
*"Legend, moron or just a naughty boy"
*"Weekend at Corey's: An Idiot's Guide to Fame"
Well, the page was deleted about 6 hours later, which I think is crazy. The kid's all over the news, even now, weeks later. Try doing a Google News search for "corey worthington." (He explains that his name is Worthington, not Delaney, which was in the Wikipedia page, but hey.)
To me, he clearly deserves an article. Wikipedia people are saying he's only notable for one event, which 1. Is dumb, tons of people are only notable for one event, and 2. I would argue he's more famous not for the party but for the appearances on the media and people's reactions to them. Tons of people have parties and get busted, not many become international phenomena because of it - BBC, AP, International Herald Tribune, Best Week Ever, all over Youtube, Facebook groups, a website where you can slap him, and locally, a card for a 9:30 Club dance night which I happened to see today (and which I scanned, at right).
To me it seems like people don't like the kid, so they're trying to get the page erased. That's actually in Wikipedia policy as "arguments to avoid when deleting something". The page was deleted once before pretty soon after the Youtube video came out, and that even spurred news coverage.
Here's the discussion about whether the page should be undeleted or not. I'm "AW".
I think they jump to conclusions too quickly so they'll have something for all the talking heads to talk about, then when their conclusion is wrong, they have even more to talk about.