Motliest crew in rock?
Mötley Crüe rivals KISS for worst band ever [Crüe's Adieu," Aug. 9]. The Crüe's music is derivative junk, and Vince Neil sounds like a duck.
Oh puh-lease. NO ONE rivals KISS for worst band ever. NO ONE!
A favorite old 'U.N.C.L.E.'
It's true that the pacing, production values and plots in the 1960s series "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." pale in comparison to today's ultra-sophisticated shows ["'U.N.C.L.E. Was Like Family for TV Viewers," Aug. 9]. But "U.N.C.L.E.'s" idealism was one of its stars. To think that the U.S. and the Soviet Union could cooperate for the common good was beyond imagining in the Cold War 1960s. Many people hold up "Star Trek" as an example of diverse people working peacefully together, but "U.N.C.L.E." preceded it.
I thought that Season 2 is the classic season of "U.N.C.L.E.," beginning with "The Alexander the Greater Affair." I love the DVDs, but it's amazing how the high-def brings out production shortcomings like cheap sets and painted backdrops (often used for caverns and caves). When the scenes switch to stock footage of European locations, it can be jarring. The series ended fittingly with "The Seven Wonders of the World Affair" — shot in the LAX restaurant that closed a little while ago.
And amazingly, after 50 years, David McCallum is still co-starring in network television's top-rated drama series —"NCIS."
Springboard to a 'DWTS' slot
C'mon, "Dancing With the Stars"["A Springboard and a Platform," Aug. 2] — give this silver fox a shot. Who wouldn't want to see Greg Louganis on your show?
The negative sides of rap
The glorification of N.W.A and other rap groups ["Straight Into Now," Aug. 2] has brought nothing positive to Compton, or the country as a whole; it has made the inner-city drug culture and crime epidemic acceptable to many of the people living in those areas while demonizing the police departments there to help residents lead normal lives.
The lyrics degrade women and portray young people who aspire to educate themselves and distance themselves from the rap culture as sellouts.
The real sellouts are the rap moguls who've enriched themselves without investing money back into the very cities they so proudly spew their message about in their lyrics.
90 minutes he'll never get back
I just watched the 90-minute finale of HBO's second season of "True Detective." I truly wish there were a rewind button I could push for time from my life wasted.