Morning News Report; Sept. 22, 2011


One of the great rock bands of all time, R.E.M., decided to, as they said, “call it a day as a band.”

My take: It’s amazing how close you become to the music you grew up with — and R.E.M. was one of the bands (U2, The Police, Boston and Chicago are others) that shaped my teenage and young adult years. Say what you want, but Michael Stipe and R.E.M. did it their way — and it seemed like that era of their music marked my mood perfectly, at that moment.

(Here’s an excellent retrospective piece on the boys from Athens)

There are so many significant moments of my life that R.E.M. was the soundtrack for that particular portion. My top 5 R.E.M. songs (with album in parentheses):

1. Nightswimming (Automatic For The People)

2. What’s The Frequency, Kenneth? (Monster)

3. It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (Document)

4. Crush With Eyeliner (Monster)

5. Orange Crush (Green)

Thanks for everything, Michael, Peter, Mike and Bill. You’ll live forever in my iPod!


The world’s No. 1 social networking site, Facebook, significantly changed its appearance yesterday — mostly to negative reviews.

My take: You know what? I hate it, too. I also realize this is a completely free service that can do whatever the hell it wants to. If I was paying for it and it made these dramatic changes, then I’d have something to bitch about — but I’m not.

Just means I’ll be spending a lot more time on Twitter — which, frankly, I enjoy infinitely more than Facebook anyway. While YOU’RE on Twitter, throw me a follow (@BCHanks).


One of the leading Republican candidates for president, Rick Perry, is quoted in a book saying he hates Kinston’s own King’s BBQ. The quote (from before Perry was governor of Texas): “I’ve had road kill that tasted better than that.”

My take: WTF? Seriously? Dude …

Maybe that’s the reason he’s way, way behind in the latest round of GOP polls in New Hampshire — because he hates America! Not that he was probably going to get a boatload of votes in Kinston anyway, but now … wow.

I came from Western N.C. and couldn’t believe there was BBQ better than what Shelby and Lexington have to offer, in the tomato/ketchup-based product. But I have totally fallen in love with King’s and ENC BBQ and really am not much of a fan of that “red” BBQ any longer. Yep, I’m a convert.

The iPod shuffle (R.E.M. Edition)

Try Not To Breathe — R.E.M.

Losing My Religion — R.E.M.

Man On The Moon (Live) — R.E.M.

Everybody Hurts — R.E.M.

Find The River — R.E.M.

9 Responses to Morning News Report; Sept. 22, 2011

  1. PeteyPablo says:

    Hanks…in Texas it is all about smoky, thick sauce covered beef brisket. It is not BBQ to me….but they seem to love it.

  2. randycapps says:

    For the record…

    1. Western N.C. BBQ

    297. Texas brisket

    412. Eastern N.C. BBQ

  3. guitarwrecker says:

    To be fair, King’s probably isn’t the best example of eastern NC BBQ.

    And I probably wouldn’t put a whole lot of faith in a poll that consisted of only 400 people.

  4. PeteyPablo says:

    And I use to think Capps was a logical guy. Anyone that ranks Western NC ahead of Eastern NC = lunatic fringe. Of course anything is better than the mustard based sauce that is South Carolina Q.

  5. randycapps says:

    The exception is a Low Country pig pickin’.

    The hog is so good, the sauce is almost immaterial…

  6. runsdeep says:

    No BBQ beats ENC’s and no top list of REM songs is complete with out Driver 8……….of course, I’m from ENC and Driver 8 is my favorite REM song.

  7. randycapps says:

    It’s “Night Swimming” for me…

  8. jdawson says:

    I’ll miss R.E.M., and the best BBQ (commercially available anyway) is in La Grange.

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