Might a fishy new muscle car be bound for U.S. market consumption? According to USA Today, Ralph Gilles, the man who ably heads Chrysler’s Dodge brand, indicated to a crowd of Mopar-obsessed fans at the 2010 SEMA Show that a resurrection of the classic Barracuda is indeed a possibility.
Keep in mind that Dodge has already re-released the Challenger, which was the Barracuda’s fellow pony car sibling from 1970 through 1974, so the car’s platform is seemingly already there. That raises an interesting conundrum, though: how would The Pentastar differentiate the two models if they shared a platform and featured similar styling?
Another question that would need answering is where the model would fall into the current Chrysler portfolio. Remember, the Barracuda wore a Plymouth badge way back when, and that brand got sent to the great scrapheap in the sky several years ago. As such, if it were ever to happen – which is a very, very big ‘if’ – we may be in store for a Chrysler Barracuda.
Would the purists object? Probably, but certainly no more than they did when Dodge brought back the Charger nameplate for a four-door sedan… With that in mind, we want to know what you think. Should Chrysler reintroduce the Barracuda?
While signing a contract might be your goal. Here are five reasons to be cautious before signing on the dotted line.
1: The Right Label? - Major labels, now more than ever are forced to split their focus between multiple acts. The doors closing at Jive, Arista and J Records are a prime example. RCA Records, now with the inclusion of the remaining acts after the takeover has a larger roster and now a smaller staff. Artists are often forced to compete for release dates between label mates and label execs.
2: Quantity over Quality - A record label’s main concern is the monetary return on their investment, but an artist’s main passion is the quality of the music being produced. Conflicting core values between labels and artists unnecessarily inhibit the creativity and uniqueness of the artists’ music.
3: Control - Lack of creative control? A portion of their own paychecks? Restrictions and inflexible deadlines? Binding obligations to labels leave much to be desired when artists can now rely on themselves to get their music produced, promoted and purchased. This is an anomaly in today’s low record-selling music industry. With the easy access to cheap or free music online, labels are rapidly losing their relevance for turning their focus more towards the importance of live performances. Even major bands like Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails addressed their labels’ irrelevance by selling recent albums directly to fans online.
4; Compensation - Signing with a label big or small? What are you really getting in return. The 360 Deal is the new mandate of the majors, do you trust your future to a corporation you don’t control? Small labels, can be just as bad. Limited resources, combined with pages of legal red tape can put the brakes on a career for years
5: Taxation without Representation - Labels take a cut of the money earned by artists for performing tasks that the artists could actually do themselves with the right access to resources and guidance. A growing number of site and services including likeZEBRA.com and others offer recording and promotional tools to get the music directly out to an audience without being an expensive middle man.
After Miami Zombie Apocalypse, Maryland Cannibal Feasts On Housemate’s Brain and Heart
In another bizarre and shocking incident of human flesh-eating, a 21-year-old student in Maryland allegedly confessed to murdering and eating his roommate’s brain and heart.
Maryland Student Kills And Eats Roommate’s Heart And Brains
Alexander Kinyua, an electrical student at Morgan State University, was charged with first-degree murder after severed head and hands of a housemate were found in his Harford County home.
Kinyua admitted of murdering his housemate Kujoe Bonsafo Agyei-Kodie by cutting him with a knife and then eating his heart and portions of his brain, cops told the Baltimore Sun.
This is the second horrifying incident of human flesh-eating that has shocked the whole world.
Last week, on May 26 Ronald Poppo became the unfortunate victim and lost most of his face in a horrible cannibal attack in Miami.
The Hartford County Sheriff’s office said that while searching the town home on Terrapin Terrace in Joppa, Maryland, they discovered the body parts.
Sheriff’s office searched the house after receiving a tip from Kinyua’s father, Antony Kinyua, who reported that Agyei-Kodie went missing last Friday after going for a jog.
On Tuesday night, Antony called police when Kinyua’s brother, Jarrod Kinyua, reportedly found the dismembered body of Agyei-Kodie in a metal tin in the basement.
Both Anthony and Jarrod left the room for a short time, but when they came back they discovered that the remains had been moved and Kinyua was washing out the tin, the Baltimore Sun reported.
But police were able to locate the head and hands of Agyei-Kodie on the main floor of the house. When police inquired Kinyua, he allegedly admitted the shocking revelation. He also directed the police to Towne Baptist Church where the rest of the body parts were found in a trash container.
Sheriff Jesse Bane told the Sun that “the body parts were being sent for further analysis to assure investigators that we’re dealing with one victim.”
On Wednesday, Kinyua was charged with first-degree murder, but the motive behind the killing is not yet clear.
In another incident on May 19, Kinyua allegedly beat a man with a baseball bat on Morgan’s campus and then fled into the woods, Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the Associated Press.
Later Kinyua was arrested with first-degree assault and was released on $220,000 bail. The University officials have also said that the school was in the process of expelling him.
Kinyua’s Facebook page suggests that he had been increasingly troubled during his third year at school, the Sun reported.
As for the victim, the 37-year-old Kodie is a native of Ghana. According to police records, in November 2008 Koide was convicted of sex offense in Baltimore County and in September 2007, he was convicted of sexual harassment, stalking and misusing phone for making repeated calls to a woman.