Anvil's Bid for Sweden's Xmas No. 1, Henry Rollins's Charles Manson Album and the Passing Captain Beefheart Lead This Week's News Roundup

Anvil's Bid for Sweden's Xmas No. 1, Henry Rollins's Charles Manson Album and the Passing Captain Beefheart Lead This Week's News Roundup
While much of the world will be in a Christmas shopping scramble this weekend, at Exclaim!, we're still in news mode. So if you feel you might have missed some of the week's top stories, have a look-see at our always trusty news roundup.

First up, Canadian metal heroes Anvil may be on their way to getting the band's first Christmas No. 1, well, in Sweden at least. Thanks to a Facebook campaign, head-banging Swedes are hoping to make the group's classic 1982 cut "Metal on Metal" No. 1 in the country over the holiday. So far, the song is in the lead and things are looking good. Now if only Canadian Anvil fans were so ambitious...

Then, late Friday (December 17), we got the sad news that musical visionary Captain Beefheart (aka Don Van Vliet) has died. As a man responsible for some of the most forward-thinking music ever made, he will be dearly missed.

Then there was Badly Drawn Boy's unfortunate onstage meltdown, Deadmau5 lashing out at his label over the handling of his latest record, word that Tom Waits would be getting inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore revealing that he was working with Beck on a new solo LP. Oh, and Kanye dropped a Christmas song.

To end with a little WTF, some Cypress Hill backup singer came out with the allegations that Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas stole his life story, and Henry Rollins revealed he recorded an album with Charles Manson. Yeah, we know, that blew our minds too.