We live in a zoo. We look like a monkey. And we smell like one too.
Believe it or not, it’s been two years since we posted the first posts to Glorious Noise. Last year, we rang in our birthday with a redesign and a concert. This year, we’ll probably roll out a new design in bits in pieces over the next several months.
It’s been quite a year. We caused a bit of hoopla back in May when we dug out some public records and posted them online, Smoking Gun style. This got us mentioned in the NME, Ananova, and even E! Online. USA Today designated us a Hot Site and good, old Yahoo said we were New and Notable. Blogger called us a Blog of Note (and then a couple of weeks later we switched to a different content management system… doh!).
Then there was Ellen. A sub-site that took 15 minutes to develop ended up getting GLONO’s name in Wired, the LA Times, the New York Times, and once again, USA Today. Just silly. Not as silly as the copyright issues raised when we tried sell GLONO frisbees with Ellen’s face on them. NPR narked on us that time, those bastards!
Another cool thing is that it looks like we’re about to hit the 250,000 unique visits mark! But the coolest thing to happen to us was receiving permission from Pennie Smith to use her photo of Paul Simonon as the page background.
To celebrate all this stuff and our birthday, we’ve got a new contest. We’re going to give away a copy of Johnny Marr + the Healers’ new album autographed by the guitar anti-hero himself, Ringo’s boy, and the guy from Kula Shaker. All you’ve got to do to enter is add a comment to this article with the name of your favorite song Johnny Marr plays on, and why you like it. We’ll pick the one that we like the best, based on criteria we’ll make up as we go. (FYI: if you enter something in the URL field, your email addres will not show up on the website but it will be available to us behind the scenes so we can contact you. If you don’t have a URL, you can enter www.gloriousnoise.com.)
Stay tuned for news of the upcoming birthday party. It’ll probably be at a bar with a band. Because that’s what we do. You bring the cupcakes, we’ll bring the candles.