Monday, April 30, 2007
Ah, nihilism! For a few cool months in the Winter of '77 & '78 it was the Pistols, the Clash, the Ramones, Patti Smith, and a horde of noisy, angry, out-of-control rejects shaking the foundations of earth, heaven, and the media corporations. Fun stuff!
Fantastic tune. Probably the best Motown song that was never actually released on Motown.
The soundtrack and incredible notes on this obscure cult classic.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
I've probably told most of you this story before, but for those of you who came in late: Jet is my fave Paul McCartney solo song. A near-perfect power pop anthem. If my remaining brain cells remember correctly, it was a huge hit in the Spring of '74. I went out and bought the single as soon as I heard it. But I was always puzzled about the lyrics*. They're pretty obtuse. Who is Jet? What kind of name is that? What does it mean? What's the deal with the Sergeant major, and what do suffragettes have to do with anything? WHAT THE HELL IS HE TALKING ABOUT?!?!?
These question plagued me, vexed me; always stuck in the back of my mind. Now, there are a lot of rock songs with equally obscure lyrics, but I either didn't care, or was eventually able to at least get the gist of them, or the writer would spill the beans in some interview, but Jet remained un-dissected. It haunted me.
Thirty years went by. And like some old war wound, I kept feeling an occasional twinge of pain from having not solved the mystery. And then, one night on TV, there was a McCartney interview, and the announcer stated that after the next commercial break, they'd ask him about Jet! My quest was about to end, the secrets of the Universe were about to be opened to me! I was in near religious ecstasy. My entire body entered a state of rigidity, my face bare inches from the TV screen with the volume turned to maximum - I wanted to experience this moment in all its metaphysical glory. Shakti awaited, as every fiber of my being strained to absorb every sound wave and electron from the television.
Paul came on, the interviewer asked him about Jet, and he basically said he'd just been stoned, sitting outside on a hill and written whatever came into his head at the time. It had no meaning - not even to him! It might as well have been the old moon/June rhyme scheme. It was just some stoner stringing word together! My thirty year wait was a complete waste of time! Worlds collapsed, oceans dried up, day turned to night, and I turned to Virginia Gentleman...
A little part of me died that day. And I think I've developed a nervous tick since then. Oh, it's still a great pop song, and I still love McCartney, but I'd love him dead, as well as alive...
*Found here: http://www.oldielyrics.com/lyrics/paul_mccartney/jet.html
Probably my fave song from the summer of '70. So cool! War was a great band, both with Eric and on their own. Should've been bigger than they were, with that whole R&B/jazz/funk/Latin fusion going for 'em.
Beautiful. Essential. A perfect time capsule of when things mattered and oaths were sworn.
Cool stuff! Now, if we could only get the Gashleycrumb Tinies on film...
This'll get all the D&D players' hearts pumping a little faster... ;)
The original by the Sonics is stronger, but I've always liked this band.
A nice tribute to him on Count Gore's site. For those of you in the hinterland, Sir Graves was broadcast in the late 60's and early 70's in the DC market on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons, (if I remember correctly). Very cheesy and very fun.
I can see it now, he'll grab a blonde and waddle to the top of the Empire State Building, only to be shot down by Smithfield's secret air squadron.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
The carnage will be appalling. I'm surprised the schools aren't already shut down...
Needless to say, I think I've caught every one of these movies. Ah, mis-spent youth!
I always loved Big Brother & The Holding Company, probably for the same reason a lot of sophisticates hated 'em - they always sounded like the musical equivalent of a car taking a turn too fast - two wheels off the pavement and everyone waiting for the crash. But they had a beautiful enthusiasm and love of musical experimentation and combination that made them unique. And Janis, well, there's only one Janis.
One of the GREAT soul singers. I think Benton's main problem, like Jackie Wilson, was to have record companies and producers that generally couldn't deliver songs up to his talent. Really incredible song from the Spring of '70. My family was travelling over Spring break down South then, (and we really did spend a rainy night in Georgia!).
Hmmm, possible; but I'd like to see some double-blind test results. Meanwhile, I'll keep my aluminum foil hat ready...
Hmm, I can't help but think of The Prisoner...
I loved this set when I was a kid!
I really am saddened by this. Pickett was a one-hit wonder, but what a hit. He created THE Halloween anthem, and launched dozens of imitators and covers. Like the obituary states, Guy Lombardo is probably the only other artist so closely associated with a single holiday. Here's to ya, Bobby, hope you're a Graveyard Smash...
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Another incredibly under-rated band. Should've been HUGE.
One of the few TV shows I enjoy these days...
Bicyclists around here have their nerve, arguing for anything hinting at courtesy or abiding the law. For years, while working in Old Town, I and the other denizens suffered from hordes of Schwinn nazis blocking or riding us down on the sidewalks, running stop signs and red lights, cutting off our cars, and general ass-holism. Arrogant, spandex wearing vermin.
As for the Beltway, I believe the citizens should have a right, (indeed, a duty), to kill anyone not going at least 5mph OVER the speed limit. They are beneath contempt and deserve no mercy - if they don't like it, they can take their Volvo's and block traffic somewhere else.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Actually, I thought the plan was to hang on until they all caught colds and died...
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
It's always nice to see the old ways respected by the younger generation. Of course, GW being in an uproar over a BB gun is a little on the lame side. I ask you, what happened to those days of yore - the roving bands of thugs, the cherry bombs, the race riots, the fires, the bomb scares, and the assembly line-like robberies, muggings and extortion? How standards have fallen! And what has been the cost to our young? Can they last 8+ hours without having to go to the bathroom, (which in the old days would have resulted in instant death)? Do they have that street wariness to spot a bad situation at least 50 yards ahead of them; to know what hallways are death traps, and when; to slip silently through crowds without attracting the notice of predators? All lost...
And what of GW's senior high school, my proud Alma Mater, T.C. Williams? Why, in the old days, the very mention of our school was enough to send government officials into catatonic fear. The whole state quivered in abject terror of playing against T.C. in ANY sport or activity, and indeed even cancelled chess tournaments, rather than risk the appalling casualty rates that accompanied contact with us, (I am NOT making this up...). I remember our unofficial motto: "We lost the Game, BUT WON THE FIGHT!" It's also interesting to note that we were the best school in the state, both sports-wise AND academically, and the most socially and politically sophisticated. A really fascinating place. And while I would NEVER go back to those days, I am really glad I had the experience
But times and perceptions change, the mere rumor of a BB gun can lock down the school, and any weatherman predicting snow anywhere on earth can trigger a snow day. But the memories remain. Ignore that abomination, "Remember The Titans", it's just Hollywood claptrap. But find a Virginian over 45 and mention you're from T.C. and notice the haunted look in their eyes - THAT'S what people remember about the Titans...
Star Trek fun!
Probably the last American sitcom I ever paid attention to, it's a pity about leaving out the music.
With all that he's taken, I'm shocked if aliens are the only thing that Mick has seen!
Monday, April 23, 2007
One of my fave pop soul songs.
I always liked Rodgers' vocals...
(Doug - this looks very promising, let me know how it goes....) ;)
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Classic performance and song. It was true then, and it's true now.
One of the most under-rated bands ever. A perfect understanding of rock'n'roll. Just take the needle out of your arm and put it on the record at full volume.
Oh yes, I can hear the snickers. Well, Leslie is VERY cool. And still rockin'!
I am extremely unhappy to see the article talking of a movie with the loathsome Tom Cruise playing von Stauffenberg. That means he and his fellow conspirators will be portrayed in a heroic light. Nothing could be further from the truth. Unfortunately, one must look long and deep to find a true anti-nazi opposition within Germany, and virtually all of its members were either liberal civilians or communists, and in microscopic numbers. The German army was as pro-nazi as anyone - as long as they were winning. It was only after they looked like they might lose the war and their precious Prussian estates that the senior officer corps turned chicken and tried, with incredible cowardice and incompetence, to get rid of schicklgruber. In a way, it was fortunate that they failed, most of the opportunists were caught, literally running away from a fight, and hung up like chickens, without so much as a shot being fired. So much for Prussian efficiency, honor, and warriorhood. And it saved us the trouble of doing the very same thing to them in 1945....
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Today is the anniversary of the Red Baron getting shot down in 1918...
Friday, April 20, 2007
Pretty neat representations of everyday consumption.
(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)
Essential. Steve Marriott, you are missed.
I kinda liked these guys, particularly a near-hit they had called Lady Killer.
And they call it, Puppy Love....
Proof of what I've been saying about our own local Crystal City - this is what would have happened if Hitler had won...
If you've visited us here at The Manor, then you've probably been served this, my favorite salsa, Religious Experience, shipped direct from Grand Junction, Colorado. I particularly like their top of the line: The Wrath Of God.
We visited with them once, (toured the "factory") - very nice guys. And essential salsa...
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Unbelievable - you gotta see these!
(Thanks for the link, Infidel753!)
I'm not as scholarly as the writer, either in regards to film, Elliott Gould, or the whole Brooklyn Jewish experience as it relates to baby boomer pop culture. I just know that back in the early and mid 70's, I considered Gould the coolest actor since Bogey. MASH, SPYS, Getting Straight, and The Long Goodbye - all are major or minor classics in my little psyche. I even liked his now-forgotten comedy series - E/R. Very neat stuff!
The shot heard 'round the world...
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Appeared with Groucho and the boys in A Night At The Opera. One of my earliest childhood memories is watching her on To Tell The Truth.
Perhaps I could play a resurectionist....
Think I'll stick with Cabernet....
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
A great version of a great ballad.
A sad and scarey deal...
Warning - you will spend hours browsing on this site.
(Thanks for the link, Linda!)
I'm sure these are all CD-R's. The Spike Jones & Dracula's Greatest hits are Classics! No Halloween party is complete without them.
A surreal genius. Light years ahead of his time.
Monday, April 16, 2007
THE first real female rock band. Very under-rated.
King of the Surf Guitar! (The Del Tones may be the stiffest backing band ever - someone needs to check for a pulse!)
Unbelievable wind today
*The one and only time I was in wind so fierce was one summer travelling across the country with my folks on vacation. It was 1969, and we were surrounded by high winds and tornadoes in Eastern Wyoming. After battling furious winds for a couple of hours, my father finally stopped us at a little gas station in the old cowboy town of Medicine Bow, (ironically enough, that was the town where "The Virginian" western was supposedly situated). We had our travel trailer with us and just parked by the side of the one gas station in town, (it still had glass tanks on top of the pump with a gravity feed!!!). That night the trailer was buffeted, I can tell you. It's a wonder we got any sleep at all. The next morning we took off during a break in the weather. My father later confessed to me that he'd stopped driving when he looked in his side mirror and had seen one set of trailer tires leave the pavement due to a particularly stong gust!
The other item of note was that after we parked, I went outside the trailer in the 75mph wind to take a photograph. Normally, I couldn't have done so, (for those who don't know - I have a condition called Essential Tremors that causes a nearly unstoppable shaking of my hands). Camera shots were always bleary as a result. But not this day! The photo I took was perfect! It was all I could do to stand up in the gale, but for whatever reason, my hands were like iron that moment!
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Interesting list. I'm not familiar with all of them, and am a traditionalist, at heart, (I'd of placed Citizen Kane in the Top 10 and made Casablanca #!...). I'd also at least consider the endings to Monty Python's Life Of Brian, Gone With The Wind, Miracle on 34th Street, Rock'n'Roll High School, Getting Straight, True Grit, White Heat, V for Vendetta, The Good The Bad & The Ugly, Vanishing Point, Harold & Maude, The Matrix, and Z. But it really doesn't matter, you might say I Don't Give A Damn...
A classic Vincent Price horror film presented by that Ghost Host With the Most!
Saturday, April 14, 2007
(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)
More on the Zimmers;
I can think of no better way to treat what passes today for "trendsetters and influencers" than as advertising cattle. Nice trend, losers...
I stand in awe of someone like Mordechai Anielewicz & his fighters.
Friday, April 13, 2007
Somewhere, I want there to be an Unlawful Accomodation of Donkeys Act of 1837.
I loved this guy! Great presence, and what a voice! He should have gotten an Oscar for his work in The Cowboys*. Stole the show from John Wayne in his own movie - how many people have done that?
Unfortunately, he mostly played bit parts - mores the pity. Browne gave off an air of authority, education, calm, style, and most of all, wisdom. In other words, he played a grown up in a media too often dominated by clowns and frat boys. It's too bad he didn't go into public service, he was practically an archetype for what one would want in a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Secretary of State, or President Pro Tempore of the Senate.
*The scene between his character and a madame is one of my all-time favorite movie moments.
Finally, a modern sneaker almost as cool as my sacred Converse All-Stars!
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Great voice and song.
Neat, more soulful version from Shindig.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
I can't tell you how relieved I am to find that others plan their cross-country diapered murders based upon fortune cookies. Don't leave home without it!
Ah yes, the planet's most amusing sound format. Who can forget the clunking noise of the player shifting tracks, the interruptions to longer songs, and the mounds of tape glistening in the sun by the side of the road at every major traffic intersection.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Fun tune! It ain't no big thing...
Weird little sound/visual mix on this video. But my fave DC5 song.
Just heard about this. The link above inlcudes shows by Nils Lofgren, Joan Armatrading, Arlo, and my boy Al Stewart.
Just read about this - fascinating.
Monday, April 09, 2007
What rough beast slouches towards Alexandria?
Great song by an under-rated band.
A great rocker covers a great song.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
As I've done in the past, I recommend Infidel753's blog at: http://infidel753.blogspot.com/ . For all sorts of interesting news, particularly in regard to life extension and other future developments in our species. Really interesting and thought provoking commentary and links.
I can see the movie promos now: "He's been hiding eggs from you for years. Now, can you hide from him?!?". Or maybe: "He's decided to put something special in his basket this year..."; or "Nobody said the Bunny Trail led to HELL!".
Saturday, April 07, 2007
Kill me now...
Friday, April 06, 2007
April's Fools in DC
One of my faves, a great soul song.
(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)
(Pete, you and Perry are going to have to ask Al about this next time you go to his church!)
Great song. Inescapable if you were in a 14th Street strip club in '74...
Debbie Gibson, the Circle Jerks, & the Soft Boys - the Harmonic Convergence...
Unfortunately, it's only available on satellite. And I refuse to pay those buzzards a single penny for reasons I've gone into in the past.
The newest episode is to be released later today and will have a guest appearance by Mike Nelson and Kevin Murphy of MST3000!
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Enjoy your Bud Lite, wimps.
I am somewhat calmer than the above, when it comes to visitors to Byzantium. If you do come here, just remember this and you'll be okay:
DON'T GET IN THE WAY. It's that simple.
1. When riding an escalator, ALWAYS keep to the right side, unless you're racing up/down it as fast as all the natives do.
2. The same goes for sidewalks and hallways, leave room for the rest of us to get around you.
3. And don't stand in doorways/entrances - you're blocking the rest of us. Especially the Metro. We are allowed to kill you if you block a Metro door.
4. When driving, do the same thing, do not get in any left lane for any reason unless you are planning on going AT LEAST 20 mph over the posted speed limit. Make that 30 mph when I'm on the road.
5. We all know that the traffic circles in town suck. We know. It was a terrible idea. But if you insist on driving here you've got to have courage, face your fears, and MOVE. Endlessly circling around them at one mile an hour like some sort of wounded nun will not get you anywhere and will simply lead the rest of us to hurl insult and invective on whatever state is listed on your license plates, (I'm talking to YOU, Florida). Get off and keep moving.
Follow these simple suggestions and your stay in DC will be pleasant for you - and us...
Actually, this looks like a nice site for all sorts of military miniatures from well known and more obscure conflicts: the Ukrainian Cossack Revolt, the Boxer Rebellion, Spanish Civil War, etc.
What's the limit?
And that doesn't include the 2+ million for Baltimore (which a lot of marketeers and others include in our region these days).
I guess this is one of those instances where you know that nothing worse is going to happen to you that day.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
(Thanks for the link, Erik!)
Try and say that without smiling...
((*If you get this joke, give yourself ten Pop Culture Points!)
Run Away! Run Away!
An earlier encounter:
Mildly amusing, this'll take a few minutes to load.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
It should have been Black Sabbath or Motorhead...
How many skaters must die before this terrible scourge is outlawed?!? I am forming Meddlers Against Zamboni Drunks & Alcoholics (MAZDA). Please act outraged, and send me lots of money.
They'll only get my pate when they pry the spreading knife from my cold dead hand...
Monday, April 02, 2007
Under-appreciated genius. One of the great Rockers.
Unfortunately, the video is cut off at the end. But a nice example of neo-psychedelia, nevertheless.
Great power pop!
Sunday, April 01, 2007
Get along, little Shoggoths...
One of the foremost scholars and critics of the Cthulhu Mythos. Also the deliverer of the Sermon at the legendary Cthulhu Prayer Breakfasts at Necronomi Con.
I've mentioned The Eldritch Dark website in the past. An excellent source for all things Klarkash Tonian!