Every time the groundhog frees the western hemisphere from its tyrannical graps on winter the contributors to The Irrelevant will share the one thing we've been into this week. It can be a movie, a book, a song, an album, some youtube video, a random meme, or twitter user, anything that's been taking up more space in our mind than it should. We want to share this with you because we like sharing things we're into.
Like A Prayer
It was the 30th anniversary of the iconic Madonna jam Like a Prayer and she celebrated by releasing an exclusive album. It includes a dance mix of the tune as well as other special singles, but the remix has been on repeat for me all week. Unlike some remixes where we're left hanging forever waiting for the beat to drop ala that one time I saw Lady Gaga’s opener Lady Starlight and she trolled the crowd for a good 10 minutes before a groove came in. Speaking of Lady Gaga this album has an Express Yourself remix and now I totally hear the Born This Way comparison that was a huge controversy in 2011, but also gifted me the awkward experience of watching Madonna perform the latter song during her concert. Anyway, they're good now and all conflicting feelings that have plagued me for years are gone. Back to Like a Prayer, watching that classic video is my favorite Madonna memory and while the original is still a good dance tune, this anniversary version is a very welcome edition.
Also in the spirit of WrestleMania this Sunday I would like to share this video...wait for it:
Bryce Harper's swing
This week I stated a blasphemous opinion I have on twitter. I know that is par for the course on that platform but because of my anonymity I was able to get away with it. Against my better judgement I am posting it here as well.
I'm not claiming it's better, prettier or in any way superior but for my money I'd rather watch Harpers swing than Griffey's— Joseph Aguirre (@psylocibin) April 1, 2019
To reiterate The Kid’s swing is objectively the most aesthetically pleasing and the only one to that should have ever become a logo but this is not about him. Bryce’s swing is not a thing of beauty to be framed and admired. Bryce’s swing is violent and fierce and commands attention. The torque he generates captivates as much as the majesty of Griffey’s. I could literally watch this all day and I have. I’ll leave you with the following, you’re welcome.
It is truly a treat to get to watch this man murder baseballs.
Crime Diaries: The Candidate
On 23 March 1994 in Tijuana Mexico the man who was more than likely going to become the next president of Mexico was killed as he walked through the crowd of his political rally. I was 6 years old, going on 7 when it happened and the image of a gun emerging from the ocean of people surrounding Luis Donaldo Colosio almost touching his head before it opened fire and blew him up is seared into my mind. Pandemonium broke out, people were getting beat up, crying, running away, and then a supposed gunman emerged. They dragged this bloodied beaten man away and my mom and I sat there shocked. Colosio stood for so much hope, for change, for progress in Mexico and even at such a young age I remember being excited at seeing so many people on TV being hopeful and happy, that all came tumbling down that Wednesday.
Later that day when they showed the supposed gunman arrested, his mugshot was very clearly not the same guy we had seen on TV earlier that day. I remember jumping up and saying “Ese no es!” to my mom. For weeks after that Mexico was rocked, the news would only talk about Colosio and what was a country that was hopeful all of a sudden was so unsure and filled with fear.
1994 is also the year of the OJ Trial and for many people in America that’s what took over everything but for me it was the Colosio murder and everything that came after. I bring up the OJ trial because in addition to the happening in the same year it was the focus of a fantastic tv series The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story and Netflix has given the American Crime Story treatment to the Luis Donaldo Colosio murder in The Candidate. If the first two paragraphs of this piece aren’t enough to get you hooked then I’ll add that this show not only covers the weird different gunman aspect of the story but it sheds light on so many things that I had no idea were even going on. From how party politics in Mexico worked at the time, to the fact that Colosio’s wife was battling cancer at the same time as her husband was running for president, to the meddling of the current president’s brother in national affairs. The Candidate is a brilliantly done miniseries that captures what was one of the most seminal moments of my childhood and of all of Latin America.