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Metal Songs About Men and Women

I admit it – I’m a music snob. Especially when it comes to the many genres of rock n’ roll. So, whenever I read a site or mag’s list of the greatest songs of all-time pertaining to a certain rock style, I immediately begin pondering, “Which songs are missing? Which songs stink to high heaven? What changes would I have made download lagu?”

As I’m no stranger to “best of” lists (having assembled quite a few over the years for quite a few different outlets I write for), I finally came to a realization – the time is now right for me to start making my own lists and issue them as Kindle-only books. So, I present to you the first entry in what I plan to be an ongoing series (for how long, who knows?), entitled Greg Prato Presents…The 100 Greatest Songs of Heavy Metal.

The set-up is simple. We start at the bottom and work our way to the top of the heap – with little old me offering my two cents as to why the tune is worthy, a quote from either the artist or a renowned name, a recommendation of three additional first-rate tracks by the artist, and then, a link to listen to the tune.

Shortly after the arrival of drummer Neil Peart in 1974, Rush found their niche – prog metal. But when the trio’s original time keeper, John Rutsey, was still a member, Rush was much more Zeppelin-esque – as evidenced by this heavy duty rocker. And while the band was never bashful of offering up extended compositions (“2112,” anyone?), not many were elongated primarily via jamming – which was what makes “Working Man” work, man.

“‘Working Man’ was written in the early 1970s when we were 17 years old. Influenced by our love for Cream, it became one of our longer jam songs and an opportunity to stretch out and exhaust our teenage fingers. Working kids, indeed!” –Alex Lifeson

The British ska revival yielded at least two great albums. I Just Can’t Stop It, the 1980 debut of the English Beat, features the irresistible “Mirror in the Bathroom” and style to burn. But The Specials came first, and their debut plays like a greatest hits. The best-known cut is “A Message to You Rudy,” and it’s gratifying to see 32 million views for the YouTube video. The album brims with great songs: Toots Hibbert’s “Monkey Man,” the originals “Concrete Jungle” and “Nite Klub” and, on my old U.S. vinyl copy, the band’s understated first single, “Gangsters.” Rowdy, bawdy and hilarious.

The Pretenders’ debut is a transatlantic triumph. Chrissie Hynde, an Ohio transplant, fell in with the London punk scene and eventually formed one of the finest post-punk bands on either shore, recruiting crack British sidemen. Like The Cars’ debut, Pretenders is a front-to-back classic. The big hit, “Brass in Pocket,” doesn’t arrive until midway through side two. The cover of Ray Davies’ “Stop Your Sobbing” is lovely but unnecessary: Hynde needed no help writing killer material. The excellent sequel, Pretenders II, features an even better Ray Davies cover, the exquisite “I Go to Sleep.”

Ravi Ashwin replaces Jimmy Anderson as No.1 ranked Test bowler

Veteran Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Wednesday jumped to the top of the latest ICC Men’s Test Bowling Rankings, replacing England ulasan film pacer James Anderson.

Ashwin claimed the top spot after taking six wickets in India’s emphatic victory over Australia in the second Test in New Delhi.

Anderson dropped to second place after England’s stunning loss to New Zealand in the Wellington Test.

The 36-year-old Ashwin first claimed the top honour among Test bowlers in 2015, and has returned to the top spot on several occasions since then.

Ashwin bagged big wickets in India’s win in Dehli, removing Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith in the same over of the first innings before returning to pick up Alex Carey for a duck.

The off-spinner was at it again in the second innings, picking up three of the top five while his spin-bowling accomplice Ravindra Jadeja rattled through the rest of the Australia batters from the other end.

Ashwin has an opportunity to extend his latest stay in the No.1 spot in India’s remaining two Tests on home soil in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy

Ashwin is the third No.1 Test bowler in as many weeks, after Anderson replaced Australia captain Pat Cummins at the summit last time around. The trio continue to make up the top three bowlers in the latest rankings.

Anderson is now five rating points behind Ashwin, who remains on 864 points.

Jadeja’s 10 wickets in the second Test against Australia also sees him move up the bowling rankings into eighth spot,

Jadeja and Ashwin occupy the top two positions in Test All-Rounder Rankings.

England’s Joe Root is the other big mover in the all-rounder rankings, up two spots to eighth.

Women’s T20 World Cup Final: Australia

The final of the Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 will take place between Australia and South Africa at the Newlands in Capetown, South Africa. The hosts beat England in a scintillating semi-final by seven runs while Australia defeated India in a thriller as well.

Playing 11 combinations of Australia Women

The Australian side would look to persist with the same team as they were able to beat the Indians with the same team and have remained unbeaten throughout the tournament as well.

Australia Women predicted playing 11

Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning (capt), Ashleigh Gardner, Grace Harris, Ellyse Perry, Tahlia McGrath, Georgia Wareham, Jess Jonassen, Megan Schutt, Darcie Brown

Playing 11 combinations of South Africa Women

Laura Wolvaardt and Tazmin Brits at the top were brilliant and Marizanne Kapp was brilliant with the bat as well. Shabnim Ismail and Ayabonga Khaka did surprise the English with the ball as well.

Thus the Proteas women will also look to play with the same team that played in the semi-final.

South Africa Women predicted playing 11

Laura Wolvaardt, Tazmin Brits, Marizanne Kapp, Sune Luus (capt), Chloe Tryon, Anneke Bosch, Nadine de Klerk, Sinalo Jafta, Shabnim Ismail, Ayabonga Khaka, Nonkululeko Mlaba

Gunmen threaten Lionel Messi, shoot up family-owned supermarket

Gunmen threatened Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi in a written message left on Thursday when they opened fire at a supermarket owned by his in-laws in Argentina, and marketplace bandung.

Nobody was injured in the early morning attack, and it was unclear why assailants would target Messi or the Unico supermarket in the country’s third-largest city of Rosario, owned by the family of his wife, Antonella Roccuzzo.

The city’s mayor, Pablo Javkin, went to the supermarket and lashed out at federal authorities over what he called their failure to curb a surge in drug-related violence in Rosario, located about 190 miles (300 kilometers) northwest of the capital of Buenos Aires.

Police said two men on a motorcycle fired at least a dozen shots into an Unico branch in the early hours, leaving a message on carboard that read, Messi, we’re waiting for you. Javkin is also a drug trafficker, so he won’t take care of you.

Messi has not commented. Widely considered the greatest soccer player of all time, Messi is revered in Argentina, especially since he led the national team to the country’s first World Cup victory in 36 years in Qatar in December.

Messi currently plays for Paris Saint-Germain and spends much of his time overseas, though he often visits Rosario where he has a home in the suburb of Funes. The French team posted a photo on social media of Messi training on Thursday morning.

In Rosario, prosecutor Federico Rbola said authorities were reviewing security camera footage and that the investigation was preliminary. It was the first time Messi’s in-laws had received this kind of threat, he added.