O-Bits: Au revoir, 2017 Edition

Not sure of your New Year’s plans? Not making any recommendations, but we like the sound of a bar named Death and Co. A cocktail lounge that has an intriguing menu—it’s impossible for us to resist a place that divides their drinks into “shaken” and “stirred”—and a name we can’t help but like. The next time we’re in New York or Denver… (If any of you are looking for work, they have an ad up on Craiglist)

And no matter how pessimistic you feel about New Year’s Eve (and let’s face it, NYE is one of those holidays primed for disappointment) , it will still be better than the one Jamie Kennedy had in 2012-13. His “First Night 2013” for independent Los Angeles station KDOC was…well…imagine the Titanic, only with the crew drunk and celebrating as the ship lists and sinks. When Macy Gray is the most together person on stage, you know you’re in trouble. Missed cues, incoherent interviews, enough F-bombs to blow-up the FCC and, adding injury to insult, a fight broke out on-stage as Kennedy desperately tried to sign off. Sadly, the complete recording doesn’t appear to exist on-line, but here’s a supercut of some of the show’s more embarrassing moments.

Finally, someone else who had a New Year’s Eve they’d rather forget. Here’s Mariah Carey from last year’s New Year’s Rocking Eve broadcast, foiled by either a bad mic, missing vocal tracks, or gremlins. She’ll be back to tray again this year, but it’s hard to imagine anything she does being more memorable than this, so…good luck?

We’re taking New Year’s off, so have a happy, and see you in 2018!

Steven Mirkin

Steven Mirkin’s diverse career has taken him from politics to pop culture to high art, offering him a front row seat to some of the most fascinating events and personalities of our time: writing speeches, fundraising appeals and campaign materials for Ed Koch, John Heinz and independent presidential candidate John B. Anderson; chronicling the punk/new wave scenes in New York and London; interviewing musicians such as Elton John, John Lydon and Buck Owens; profiling modern masters Julian Schnabel, Paul Schrader and Jonathan Safran Foer; and writing for TV shows including 21, The Chamber, Let's Make A Deal, and Rock Star: INXS.

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