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Billy Idol – Save Me Now

Vevo released Billy’s Western-Themed ‘Save Me Now’ Video today…

Billy Idol’s redemption anthem “Save Me Now” gets a fitting tribute with a new video from frequent Muse collaborator Thomas Kirk, featuring a priest, a cop, and (of course) Idol himself…

The California desert is the setting for this story. The archetypal characters head for a roadside confession in a stolen cop car, courtesy of Idol’s longtime guitarist Steve Stevens. “I went for a concept which very much took the lyrics of ‘Save Me Now’ and turned them into a surreal story that I felt was as true to the very visual lyrics as possible,” Kirk says of the video. “I loved the image of a bruised cop and a priest trapped inside a car.”

The single, which was co-written by Idol, Twin Shadow, and Greg Kurstin, comes courtesy of Kings & Queens Of The Underground, the British rock legend’s first studio album in almost a decade. He’s currently on the last leg of his world tour to support the album (which was released last fall) with North American dates wrapping June 4, followed by a run of shows in Europe this summer. He’s be back in the U.S. this fall, including stops at Outside Lands and Austin City Limits.

What’s on your mind tonite…?

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  1. Chris Maukonen
    May 12, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Chilly tonight CT. Supposed to get down to the 40s and the hight 30s tomorrow. Burrrr

  2. May 12, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    Aloha, and Brrr, indeed, cmk…!

  3. jo6pac
    May 12, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    If I had a mind I would say thank you to those behind the curtain that made the evil ad go away:)

  4. Pluto
    May 12, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Just wanted to share:

    US Secretary of State, Lurch Kerry, traveled to Russia, read Putin a long list of grievances that the US has with Russia’s ongoing opposition to everything Obama does around the globe and prevents him from setting a unipolar global agenda, and left — but not before he handed the Russian a basket full of potatoes.

    Just in case anyone wonders why the world has turned against the US empire.

  5. May 12, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    Aloha, jo6pac…! That’s good to hear and it’s great to see ya…! 😉

  6. May 12, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    *heh* Aloha, pluto, I do have a plethora of links to share about it…! 😉

  7. Chris Maukonen
    May 12, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    And I thought the biggest jack asses around were republicans. My bad.

  8. May 12, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    Hit a Bong, err…

  9. Chris Maukonen
    May 12, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    I’m surprised he didn’t give him an order of fries.

  10. Pluto
    May 12, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    You do produce some very interesting links, CT. They’ve taken me to places I never suspected existed. My bookmarks runneth over.

  11. Pluto
    May 12, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    Or a bottle of Ketchup.

  12. NightriderXP1
    May 12, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    This new layout is still broken in Opera. It was fixed for a single day after I pointed it out, but it reverted back to its previous state the next day. I’m guessing someone accidentally overwrote the modifications that fixed the Opera display problem. It’s clear that this problem can be fixed if the right person gets this message…

  13. May 12, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    Aloha, Nightrider…! May I ask what your old FDL nom de plume was…?

  14. TalkingWarrior
    May 12, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    G’evening, all … I’m listening to Tom Ashbrook’s On Point radio show as I type. It’s time-delayed by my local public radio station and also available as a podcast. Of likely interest to firepups/DOGS, because:

    1st Hour
    Greenwald and others debating the pros and cons of upcoming “national security” votes in Congress

    2nd Hour
    Chris Hedges discussing his new book, out today, Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt


  15. May 12, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Partially attributable to the Ukraine sitch… Kerry urges all sides to prevent breaches of Ukraine’s ceasefire

  16. May 12, 2015 at 10:45 pm
  17. TalkingWarrior
    May 12, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    Fascinating … For one morning FDL looked great for hours on my Android phone; when I later came back, the unreadable mess again.

    Sonenstein did reply to my comment in the “Changes” post about this and agreed that FDL did look “difficult to read” on Android, said he’d have it looked into.

    When a great Android look appeared for at least a few hours then reverted, I decided that … they are working in it.


  18. Pluto
    May 12, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    He would totally pull his bootstraps if only he could see them!

    Man Who Would Rather Go Blind Than Get Obamacare Now Going Blind

    Who should save the sight of an uninsured South Carolina man who can’t afford eye surgery? That’s the question the Charlotte Observer asks in a story about a 49-year-old Republican who declined to sign up for Obamacare because he “prided himself on paying his own medical bills,” and is now upset that the Affordable Care Act won’t bail him out.

    Luis Lang, a self-employed handyman from Fort Mill whose clients include the federal government, told the Observer he “knew the act required him to get coverage but he chose not to do so. But he thought help would be available in an emergency,” like the mini-strokes and deteriorating vision he suffered in February.

  19. May 12, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Aah, my Daughter just landed at HNL, all’s well in the Aina…! 😉

  20. NightriderXP1
    May 12, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    If you’re responsible for the quick fix, thanks CTuttle. The site looks much better in Opera again. Was it a problem in a CSS file or a site setting???

    I’ve always gone by Nightrider, NightriderXP, or NightriderXP1. I’ve offered online technical support under those names for I’m guessing close to a decade now. That was also my CB handle when I drove semi truck in the 80s. I pulled a Revere Furniture trailer early on, which is where my CB handle originated. I made my best progress at night thanks to lighter traffic, hence The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, aka the Nightrider…

  21. May 12, 2015 at 11:25 pm
  22. NightriderXP1
    May 12, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    Try it again dancingrabbit. They seem to have responded quickly to my plea for help. It looks much better in Opera again…

  23. Pluto
    May 12, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    Russia Invites Greece To Join BRICS Bank As Greek Financial Crisis Deepens

    Greece should definitely leave the EU. It makes geopolitical sense. Although it will totally spoil the anagram.

    Russia on Monday invited Greece to become the sixth member of the new regional bank for the BRICS countries that include Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The invitation was extended during a phone conversation between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Russia’s Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak, Agence France-Presse reported, citing a government source.

    Tsipras, who reportedly called the invitation a “pleasant surprise,” said Athens would consider the option and formally discuss it with other officials of the BRICS countries at an upcoming economic summit in Russia in June, according to the source.

  24. May 12, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    Btw, on the MENA front… So while the UN is heralding… UN Security Council Welcomes Halt in Yemen Fighting

    KSA sends tanks to the border… Saudi Arabia moves tanks to Yemen border

    As PressTV is reporting… Saudi Arabia violates ceasefire with Yemen minutes after it took effect

    With those tanks…! 8-(

  25. May 12, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Russia has reached out to Tsipras on numerous occasions, Pluto

  26. May 12, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    *sigh* Dancing with myself…

  27. Suzanne
    May 12, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    white wedding *waving howdy to everyone*

  28. May 12, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    Aloha, Suz…! Gotta give Wyden credit for standing tall on TPP, eh…? 😉

  29. TalkingWarrior
    May 13, 2015 at 12:02 am

    I went through the front page, and it is better! More words per line, better leading between lines. Much more readable than when I first came to LN through the front page ~15 minutes after LN started, but …

    Margins are still too wide, and

    I much, much preferred the sans serif , Helvetica-like typeface I saw that morning to the too-serif-heavy typeface I’m seeing now.

    (from my Android)


  30. May 13, 2015 at 12:07 am

    Well folks, I’ve disappointing news on eCAHN’s prolonged absence from the Lake, it’s permanent from her terse reply to my query…! 8-(

  31. Pluto
    May 13, 2015 at 12:09 am

    They’ve offered loans. But no doubt they’ve discussed a number of important oil related issues. For example:

    Greece is sitting on recently discovered oil & gas reserves worth perhaps up to $600 billion, mainly located south of Crete.

    But, more importantly, Greece is the final distribution point for Gazprom’s South Stream (now Blue Stream) pipeline, after it was diverted to Turkey last year, due to Bulgaria acting like sanctioning fools. Greece will now control southwest Europe’s gas supply.

    In fact, construction began today:

    Russia’s Gazprom says launches construction of Turkish Stream gas pipeline

    The head of Russian gas producer Gazprom said the firm had taken a decision to start building the Turkish Stream pipeline and that preparations to build the undersea stretch of the pipeline were under way.

    “From today Gazprom moved to the stage of construction of the sea part of the Turkish Stream pipeline,” Alexei Miller, Gazprom chief executive, said in an interview with Rossiya 24 television.

    Gazprom started work on the Turkish Stream pipeline after it abruptly abandoned the South Stream project in December, citing objections from Europe.

  32. Suzanne
    May 13, 2015 at 12:10 am

    got an email from merkely at 2:27 pacific today with a poll asking “Based on what you’ve heard so far, do you think the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) being negotiated in Congress
    right now would make things better or worse for most Oregonians?” i believe that poll should have been emailed ahead of the vote, not afterwards

  33. TalkingWarrior
    May 13, 2015 at 12:14 am

    That is one hell of a well-written article! If most of that reporter’s articles in her series are that well done, she’s in contention for a Pulitzer, dollars to do-nuts.

    I’m bookmarking your link so I can go back and read her earlier pieces, and follow her in future.

    Great link, Pluto. Thanks.


  34. May 13, 2015 at 12:21 am

    *heh* Follow the Money, err… Pipeline…! 😉

  35. May 13, 2015 at 12:24 am
  36. Pluto
    May 13, 2015 at 12:24 am

    I’m sorry to hear that. I was enjoying getting to know her.

  37. May 13, 2015 at 12:25 am

    So was I, Pluto…! 8-(

  38. NightriderXP1
    May 13, 2015 at 12:26 am

    Just keep being the squeaky wheel. Whoever is managing the software seems to be on the ball. Someone knows what they’re doing so they should be able to make the site display on your Android the way you want it to…

  39. May 13, 2015 at 12:40 am

    In a sure sign of our waning hegemonic supremacy of the Seas… Russian-Chinese Drill in Mediterranean Sends Signal to US – Western Media

  40. May 13, 2015 at 12:45 am

    2:27 pacific today

    Well after the 3 pm eastern time vote, Suz…! 8-(

  41. TalkingWarrior
    May 13, 2015 at 12:45 am

    If only I knew where or to whom to squeak!

    Sonenstein did explain that FDL is now using a “responsive template” that re-sizes the display depending on the screen size being used – which explains why it works well for some to unreadable for others.

    Oh, heck, for FDL, I’d even fetch my software beta-tester hat, if I only knew where to send reports of my experience.


  42. Suzanne
    May 13, 2015 at 12:48 am

    yup. it is all kabuki… the final outcome was bought off a long time ago…

  43. May 13, 2015 at 12:49 am

    Oh, heck, for FDL, I’d even fetch my software beta-tester hat, if I only knew where to send reports of my experience.

    You’re not the first, TW, trust me…! Unfortunately, I only volunteer here as well…!

  44. TalkingWarrior
    May 13, 2015 at 12:53 am

    That is a loss. She so often raised uncomfortable, yet important points.

  45. Chris Maukonen
    May 13, 2015 at 12:59 am

    Ah…just got my internet connection back. OY !

  46. May 13, 2015 at 1:00 am

    The weather is something fierce, eh cmk…?

  47. Chris Maukonen
    May 13, 2015 at 1:02 am

    No…twc. I called them up and they were performing maint. But as soon as I got off the phone, it was back. {{{sigh}}}

    Engineers…grumble grumble.

  48. May 13, 2015 at 1:04 am
  49. TalkingWarrior
    May 13, 2015 at 1:04 am

    On the off chance someone interested in feedback is reading …

    Suzanne’s quote above appears on my Android as left-justified text with exactly one word per line.



  50. NightriderXP1
    May 13, 2015 at 1:04 am

    Based on that upvote, I would guess that CTuttle is on the job already. Your squeak was heard round the world!!!

  51. Chris Maukonen
    May 13, 2015 at 1:05 am

    Think I’ll hit the hey now. Nigh CT and all.

  52. May 13, 2015 at 1:06 am

    *heh* I wish I could wave my wand, nightrider…! 😉

  53. Suzanne
    May 13, 2015 at 1:06 am

    i went in and removed the blockquote html that was causing that and put it in quotes instead. is reading fine on my desktop now

  54. May 13, 2015 at 1:08 am

    Pleasant dreams, cmk…! 😉

  55. AKBob
    May 13, 2015 at 1:27 am

    Evenin Mr Tut,an all. I must have missed the eCHAN terse reply scene. Then again i remember she did not deal well with the change. Boy howdy it just gets deeper an deeper what with the TPP shit.

  56. May 13, 2015 at 1:30 am

    Aloha, homer…! Boy howdy does it ever…! 😉

    Her very terse ‘No‘ was in reply to my personal email to her…!

  57. AKBob
    May 13, 2015 at 1:31 am

    No link on the NO.

  58. May 13, 2015 at 1:32 am

    It was a personal email to her, homer…! 😉

  59. AKBob
    May 13, 2015 at 1:34 am

    MMMM hokay.

  60. May 13, 2015 at 1:37 am
  61. TalkingWarrior
    May 13, 2015 at 1:38 am

    CT, Disqus seems to have “lost” my earlier, more detailed comments about your links.

    In short, they appear as boldface words to me. Took me a while to realize bold phrase/sentence = link.

    Unless it’s Pluto’s boldface phrases/sentences, which are not links when I click on them, just bold used for emphasis.

    Grok my problem?

    Do your links appear differently than I’ve described to others? Blue text? Underscored text?


  62. May 13, 2015 at 1:40 am

    I like to bold my links because I don’t like to post ‘naked’ links to the articles I’m featuring, TW…! 😉

  63. May 13, 2015 at 1:57 am
  64. TalkingWarrior
    May 13, 2015 at 2:01 am

    CT, I believe it was Suzanne who lamented hitting 99 the other night by saying hello to you.

    Can some people see numbers with the comments to know when 99 is hit and by whom?

    (I don’t see numbered comments on my ‘droid.)


  65. AKBob
    May 13, 2015 at 2:06 am

    Look in the top left corner of this page DR.

  66. TalkingWarrior
    May 13, 2015 at 2:16 am

    I wondered wtf happened / who edited your comment. ‘Twas you!

    Hope I’m not quibbling too much, but the quoted question is hard to make sense of as it now appears on my ‘droid – maybe put it in italics as well as quotes so that it stands out more from your preceding and following words?


    (I hate that we’re not only beta-testing but also playing customer feedback / help for one another like this.)

  67. Suzanne
    May 13, 2015 at 2:17 am

    is what i used… alas no numbered comments…. as i commented i saw the number upper left change from 98 to 99

  68. Suzanne
    May 13, 2015 at 2:18 am

    it was not just an android problem.. it read that way on my desktop too…. those of us unfamiliar with disqus are still figuring out what html ya can use and what fucks stuff up (like the blockquote – that was a bitch to manually put it all together again)

  69. Suzanne
    May 13, 2015 at 2:19 am

    *waving north*

  70. TalkingWarrior
    May 13, 2015 at 2:27 am

    I see no numbers at the top left. There are numbers on the fourth line below the post title (after date, author, category lines) showing nn COMMENTS, but that number only updates for me when I refresh, and when I refresh I usually get locked out while I do the Disqus “Reload?” dance.

    Life on a “smartphone.”


    Also, scrolling to the top of the page to check comment numbers takes a whole lot of swiping on a small screen.

  71. May 13, 2015 at 2:30 am

    *heh* I suppose it’s not very smart afterall, eh TW…? 😉

  72. TalkingWarrior
    May 13, 2015 at 2:35 am

    Iirc, eCAHN has been known to be terse before.

    She’s been through a lot of PC travails … the “smart geek” she hired to clean up her system who told her adblockplus was causing her problems (it wasn’t) … buying, adjusting to a brand new system.

    Maybe she’s just gone on hiatus for a few months and will check back in later to see if “the change” has sorted itself out.


  73. May 13, 2015 at 2:39 am

    *heh* A real Golden Oldie…! 😉

  74. TalkingWarrior
    May 13, 2015 at 2:45 am

    Time for me to say g’night to all and mahalo, CT, for hosting.


  75. May 13, 2015 at 2:45 am

    Pleasant dreams, TW…!

  76. TalkingWarrior
    May 13, 2015 at 3:03 am

    May I kindly suggest using bold italics as very few ever use both for emphasis?

    TW 😉

  77. May 13, 2015 at 3:09 am

    One last blast from my past…

  78. TalkingWarrior
    May 13, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Of course not. It’s called “branding” for a reason – a subcategory of advertising propaganda Newspeak.