Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007
My old friend Doug's got a book out on the imagery in money. I recommend it to all of you interested in the study of filthy lucre! Congrats Doug!
I'm a little surprised this idea was allowed to die. I can see commercial/military uses for it today.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
If I remember correctly, I owned both Bog Loo and King Zor! Loo supposedly could talk. You had to crank a cheap little plastic handle on his back, (which snapped off the first time I touched it). This cranked a small record and needle gizmo inside him which had all the fidelity of an asthmatic toad. But his weaponry was pretty cool. King Zor had some sort of remote control motor mechanism where they made a virtue of necessity - the gears and motor were loud and very rusty sounding, as they ground away, reaching speeds that a limpet would scoff at. All this cacophony of cheap engineering was supposed to be his "roar". All of these were competing with Great GarLoo, one of my all-time fave toys, (which I still have today!).
Friday, December 28, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Trust me; It's even more accurate when you use you enemies'....
"Tax dodge" might be a more appropriate description...
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Was released on this date in '63.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)
Monday, December 24, 2007
Here's Emerson Lake & Palmer covering an arrangement of the Nutcracker Suite originally arranged by the great B. Bumble & The Stingers. It's called Nutrocker. Enjoy. I'm off to Millie and Ross's for our annual Lasagna Feast...
A wonderful little tale, particularly if you've ever worked retail.
(Thanks for the link, Karen!)
You'll never listen to Abba quite the same way again...
Sunday, December 23, 2007
And I will need a horned helmet, a Viking longboat and the complete works of Wagner...
Saturday, December 22, 2007
It's The Real Thing!
(Thanks for the link, Vanessa!)
Perhaps Phil Spector's greatest work. It's a classic, going well beyond its Holiday origins. Paul Shafer earned his paycheck that night, this is a great production
Been following the Capitol Steps since their very first recording. I'm not sure how well the humor would play beyond the Beltway - but for us, they're great fun. Going back over their 25 years worth of recordings can give you a pretty good feel of what's been going on in politics and the government. Their site is: http://www.capsteps.com/
I always liked this song and the scene they shot for it. A great King/Goffin tune.
Best wishes to Nick and Alexandra on their wedding!
Friday, December 21, 2007
Very very very weird...
Who goes shooting in a tie? And do you really want something that will label you as "The Happy Daisy Boy"??? You'd of had NO lunch money at my grade school with a name like that...
Thursday, December 20, 2007
As with all times, I hope you have a safe, healthy and happy Holiday Season, spent with those you are closest with. Cheers.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Interesting price. Could it be.....SATAN?!?!
(Thanks to Infidel753 for the link!)
Why does everyone get so New Agey when they move out there?
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Relax, just play it, guys...
(Thanks for the link, Roger!)
Welcome to the working week...
(Thanks for the link & reminder, Mathew!)
(Thanks for the link, Erik!)
some funny ones here...
(Thanks for the link, Erik!)
Monday, December 17, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
I guess it's a measure of my old fartism, but I suspect that this software's success may say less about it, and more about what passes for conversation amongst people in chat rooms. Crushing banality, foundation-less bravado, and shallow come-ons are pretty easy to mimic, (and to make fun of....). I've never been to a chat room, but some of the conversations I see carried on at people's personal websites already resemble the clueless and random sputterings of some Russian geek's idea of scintillating conversation.
Stupid, yet compelling...
Saturday, December 15, 2007
That Ghost Host With The Most is showing the famed Vincent Price movie, (the first film adaptation of "I Am Legend"). Very cool!
Fantastic song and group.
Great 80's-style rock'n'roll.
Taken from Rock'N'Roll High School, one of my all-time fave movies. Someday someone needs to do a serious analysis of it, it's much more than you think it is. I may have to do this...
Great cover of a great Chuck Berry tune.
Essential. One of the great horror movies.
Just heard about this little beastie - very cool!
Weenies. At my middle school, (Minnie Howard), switchblades were the eating utensil of choice...
Daddy! Daddy! I want a goat doll for Christmas!
A forgotten and ignored document; unfortunately no longer adhered to.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
(Thanks for the link, Marcy!)
Not bad! (But I'm still waiting for my personal jet-pack...).
Alert Clint Eastwood!!!*
*If you get that joke, consider yourself a Master of Pop Culture Trivia!
I'd rather get shot in the face than look bad on YouTube....
Read the customer reviews - priceless!
(Thanks for the link, Nick!)
One of my fave Sword & Sorcery authors.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Starring a vey young Pia Zadora. Rejoice!
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Great band with a great sound. Experts at trawling through rock sediment for bits and pieces* to recombine into new songs. Ignored by the public and media, of course.
*So many influences just in this one song - the Troggs, the Ronnettes, the Go Gos, maybe a touch of Genya Ravan, a little Kinks.
Beautiful soft pop. This was the theme to the movie The Sterile Cuckoo, probably the best film ever about college romance, (at least if one is a Baby Boomer). The song was perfect for the theme, and the movie was perfect for its time, (and for once, better than the book). I believe Liza Minnelli once said she was proudest of her performance in it, and she is quite correct - once again, the performance is perfect - the innocence, the bravado, the awkwardness and the sheer goofiness of being young were captured wonderfully by her. The whole project is very touching, and is of course, out of print. The market is controlled by soul-less drones.
Fine example of early country rock. Interesting how nearly 40 years later it's still timely...
Another essential classic for the Holidays. Heh Santa, pass us that bottle...
A great and fun hiliday song. Forget all the bullshit from wankers on the web claiming this is the Sex Pistols. Not even close. The Ravers were just a one-off studio band put together by the guys who started Rhino Records. it was originally released on a Christmas Tree-shaped vinyl EP that's now fabulously rare, (Yes Missy, I own it...).
Classic stuff from one of my fave bands!
There appear to be no films of the band actually performing this, one of the best rock/pop holiday songs. Nevertheless, this one kinda grows on you.
Pretty neat photos and drawings. There's some nice wargaming miniatures potential here.
Allows one to locate the most/best decorated houses in or near your zip code.
Very cool. If I were four years old, I'd be addicted to this site.
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Friday, December 07, 2007
Maybe this is as neat as it sounds. But mechanical instrument players of great sophistication, (at least to me), were around in the Victorian era. Is this truly different/better?
Thursday, December 06, 2007
As I always suspected...
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
I've posted this before. But it's one of my fave videos and songs. Tracey covering a Kirsty MacColl tune that is right out of the Lesley Gore canon. It doesn't get better than that.
Once again - I know this got way to much airplay in the 70's. But forget that for a moment. It's really a great song, matching emotion with element and season.
I tend to associate Tull with dark weather, and it's been snowing all day here at the Manor, and the temperature is dropping with nightfall - a bad night for an old man wandering lonely...
I know, I know, at this point this tune has an enormous Austin Powers-type campy appeal. But I've always liked it. And, like the Austin Powers movies themselves, there's an almost sweet innocence now about the whole "Swingin' Sixties" vibe...
A nice, dark, take on the Holiday...
Nice mid 70's rock'n'roll.
(Thanks for the link, Carol!)
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
I always loved this band and regret never having seen them perform, though they were regulars in the very early days of the DC punk scene. They later evolved into the Fuzztones, who've put out a bunch of neat psycho-garage-horror albums over the years.
Great band, great sound, great song. Would have been perfect in the Spring of '74...
Muddy sound mix; GREAT song. Wonderful.
I've always like Thorogood, particularly his early days on the Rounder label. This is a cute little tune he put out for the holidays many years ago. And John Lee Hooker playing Santa Claus in the video makes it that much neater.
I love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning!
(Thanks for the link, John!)
Monday, December 03, 2007
Sometimes the jokes just come too easily...
This is interesting. Apparently, back in '72 an Illinois radio station did their own version of a War of the Worlds-type broadcast. This one involved a plague of zombies. Pretty neat!
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Fairytale of New York.
One of the saddest, truest and greatest songs for Christmas time. It sounds better with whiskey. Made all the more poignant by our loss of Kirsty. Here's to ya, Lass!
Another guilty pleasure. I love this song! Ever since it was released back in '74, it's been my fervid and secret desire to be able to sing this tune - without success. This guy comes damn close - more power to him!
One of those bands you probably had to work in a record store to be aware of; but for about two months back in '81 it looked like they'd be the Next Big Thing.
A true guilty pleasure. Some mid 70's Euro-disco band takes Los Bravos' song, Black Is Black, adds new lyrics, speeds it up, and turns it into a minor hit. But I like it anyway...
A fun song. The Irish response to Bruce.
Beautiful example of mid-sixties Top 40. Sounds great on an AM radio.
I've written before about summers in Colorado listening to the Guess Who. Very warm memories...
Great, great song. Hartford wrote it and Campbell make it his personal theme song.
Very cool group, one of the best from the early 80's.
I always liked this tune. My only regret about this video is that it doesn't feature Sonny's yak fur coat!
A great pop country song from a sad point in my life. Virtually inescapable on AM radio in late '77. It's a pity that Dolly and the media focused on her breasts/hair/etc., she's a very good songwriter.
Great song. Very interesting, probably the best song I know of on suicide. Many years ago in my record store days, I worked with a young lady who then went off to college. She was very discouraged and saddened by the experience, and we corresponded regarding that and I tried to tell her things would get better. It did no good. One Saturday morning I was home listening to the radio - it started playing this song and at that very moment I got a call from one of the assistant managers - she was dead. Official details were understandably vague, but I was able to piece together that she'd died of what was almost certainly an intentional overdose from a prescription. Very sad, and I am always reminded of her and the potential lost when I hear this tune.
Nice country rock song, written by Mike Nesmith, (of the Monkees).
There are some nice knitting projects here!
Saturday, December 01, 2007
I don't know why we're supposed to protect these things. Around here they're like rats with feathers...
Individual paintings are used to create a mural. Very neat!
(Thanks for the link, Carol!)
They have no respect for the older galaxies, their rooms are a mess, and they constantly want to borrow the car.