November 14, 2007

Cage match!!!

by Chris Randall

Yes, it's true. I'm feeling a bit silly today. In that light, Cage vs. Cage. In the blue corner, weighing in at roughly 185 lbs, movie star Nick Cage. In the red corner, weighing in at an estimated "wet sock," John Cage.

1. Nick Cage's real name is Nick Coppola. But he didn't want to trade on Uncle Francis' good name, which is pretty cool. John Cage's real name is John Cage, which is pretty cool in and of itself. Push.

2. John Cage is most famous for "composing" 4'33", which is four minutes and thirty-three seconds of silence. Nick Cage would probably be well-served by shutting the fuck up now and again. Point to John Cage.

3. John Cage collected mushrooms. Nick Cage collects Elvis memorabilia. Push.

4. John Cage's middle name is "Milton." Nick Cage's middle name is "Kim." Point to John Cage.

5. John Cage is well known for introducing the idea of adding chaotic elements to music. Nick Cage is fucking nuts. Point to Nick Cage.

6. Nick Cage made his film debut in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." John Cage did not. Point to John Cage.

It's clear that in the match of the Cages, John Cage is the obvious winner. Wikipedia states that Nick Cage took his nom de plume as a result of being a fan of either John Cage or the Marvel Comics hero Luke Cage. Knowing what I know about Nick Cage, I'd assume the latter. He did name his son Kal-El, after all.



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Nov.14.2007 @ 2:33 PM

Nov.14.2007 @ 2:35 PM
Oh, wow, I was gonna correct you and say that actually Valley Girl, not Fast Times, was where Cage made his debut, but I was wrong. He is in both, and Fast Times wins! I guess you could say that it is his debut as a film lead, though-- that's not what you said though. Hehe. Nice comparison list. You should take a look at this, as a meta-comparison:

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Nov.14.2007 @ 9:01 PM
i've heard from ore than one person who have spent time around nick cage in various situations that he is a sinatra type.. as in:

"Don't look Mr. Sinatra in the eyes!"

props for a silly blog!


Nov.14.2007 @ 10:19 PM
It's not even close as a google-fight. John Cage ca. 8,000,000 hits. Nick Cage ca. 2,500,000 hits.

Nov.15.2007 @ 12:37 AM
dan s
Then there's this absolutly fantastic clip of John Cage performing at a 60s game show.
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Nov.15.2007 @ 3:15 AM
"John Cage" gets 1,950,000 hits
"Nicolas Cage" gets 2,540,000 hits
"Nick Cage" gets 666,000 hits

John Cage loses that one...

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Got Johnny Depp his first acting job.
Close friends with Tom Waits.

No contest, winner: Nick Cage


Nov.15.2007 @ 10:01 AM
I believe John made the bulk of his actual income until late middle age as a mushroom purveyor to NYC fine restaurants. Also: he hobnobbed with some of the towering intellects on the 20th century; was a brilliant author; changed the lives of 2 or 3 generations of serious artists; had great international respect (within relevant milieu); maintained a life-long "marriage" to Merce Cunningham, who was to dance what John was to music.

Nov.15.2007 @ 10:54 AM
john studied under schoenberg who told him he could not not write music since he had no interest in harmony. he said it would be 'like banging your head against the wall'. to which john replied, 'fine, ill bang my head against the wall'. (not direct quotes, but i think i got the general idea).
but then again, I think i could listen to the songs on 'wild at heart' more than any of johns stuff.

it's a complete toss up for me.


Nov.15.2007 @ 11:08 AM
john cage by a landslide for me, though I do enjoy some of nick cage's films.

Nov.15.2007 @ 12:20 PM
Chris Randall
I gotta go with nathanj on this one. On the one hand, I understand in a cognitive way the massive gift that John Cage gave Western Culture. On the other, I'd generally rather slit my wrists than sit through 4'33" of any of it, really. Nick Cage, well... Lord Of War + National Treasure = a whacking fun evening.



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