Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Does he work for scale?
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
I've just gotta get one of these hooked up to my stereo and then play some Arthur Brown!!!
Two legends perform one of the most beautiful songs to come out of the 80's. Forlorn times and lost thoughts. I need a drink...
So cool. I remember first hearing 'em on GTB back around this album's release. What a great station.
One of my fave bands. Those seven "middle period" albums are all classics. I remember one summer (72?, 75?) going with my cousins up to Telluride to attend a hang gliding festival. Just lying in a field, surrounded by the most beautiful mountain scenery I've ever seen, colorful gliders lazily drifting overhead, and the Moodys playing on my little Sony cassette player. A perfect day.
Great, great rockabilly.
One of the greatest bands you've never heard of. A great pub rock/proto punk band from around '76. I think they recorded on the late great Chelsea label, (along with the Count Bishops, another band that should've made it...).
Fantastic 70's punk. Another essential.
Should've been bigger. Cool band.
A staple on Where The Action Is, I think this was their biggest hit. One of the first Top 40 anti-drug songs.
One of my fave dark fantasy writers. Huntmaster of the Hounds of Tindalos...
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Great all-female band from the early 70's; almost forgotten now. They were cool.
I know Stevie's range is kind of limited, but I've always liked her; and Rhiannon is one of those songs where over exposure has probably hurt it, but it really is a great tune, and using Welsh mythological imagery in a pop song is pretty neat too.
Friday, April 25, 2008
The only guy to ever get me interested in watching basketball. Genius.
Today marks the 70th anniversary of one of my all-time favorite movies - The Adventures Of Robin Hood, starring Errol Flynn. I've been watching this masterpiece since I was a kid - at least 40 times, and love it more and more. A swashbuckling classic! And it features one of THE best entrances in all of filmdom: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rwKj7S-ysA Brilliant!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
This would be quite an experience...
(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)
Imagine! The horror of a beast that can nearly travel 2mph! Only that rarest and mightiest of weapons can stop it - a hand grenade! IT'S THE END!!!!
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I definitely want a Slime Mold computer!
I know, he's a great and under-appreciated rock guitarist, and was an important member of one of the great British bands - Humble Pie. But we'll always remember Peter for his live album - an inescapable soundtrack to the Summer of '76. In the long run, it probably hurt his career, and I'm sure he's had his regrets regarding it, but it was a fun album, (and actually represented a nice recap of a multi-album solo career that had been lackluster in the States); and how many artists can lay claim to so dominating a particular time period?
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Whoop-ee-ti-yi-o! Get along little doggies!
I confess that it's amusing, sitting here along the Beltway, filling out a questionaire about exactly what part of the cows I plan on burning the brand on, etc. Meanwhile, there are plenty of stray cats and children in the neighborhood; round-up time is going to be amusing..
Record stores and radio - those were the coolest things. Radio is shot to hell, (at least in terms of broadcast radio), and record stores are going fast, (at least the good ones). I consider myself so fortunate to have worked at one which, at least for a time, was one of the best. (So did quite a few of you (maybe) reading this - Here's to Pete, Carol, Chris, Doug, Paul, Stella, Debbie, Jane, Sarah, Andrew, Richard, Charlotte, Erik, Mathew, Karl, & Geoff - we had some fun, didn't we?)
Generally celebrated on the third Monday in April, this is the official day. There are quite a few events in the Revolution that I find quite moving, this is one of them.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Roth was sooo cool!
People think they're so god-dmaned hip these days. NO ONE is cooler than Senor Wences! The man was a surrealist genius. A guy just talking to a box that says "S'alright". Brilliant. Essential.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Sad news. I see no end to this. Too much of everything - people, chemicals, etc., around the Chesapeake. You'll be able to tell your gandchildren about the fun we had at a crab feast, and they'll wonder what the hell you're talking about.
I'm in awe of those people.
Most folks think of Gerry as a one, or maybe two, hit wonder, which is too bad. While not a prolific recording artist, he's put out some very good albums and tunes over the years. And Baker Street is wonderful - Summer of '78, thinkin' you own the world, tearing down Indian Head Highway...
One of the great blue-eyed pop/soul singers. Really moving.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
I love this sucker! We used to make fun of it at the record store - talking about how many great porno themes were actually from the Old Masters, etc. The English accent is perfect, (everyone knows we Colonials are incapable of appreciating anything beyond some inbred grit banging away on a banjo). So cool - get the 8-Tracks!
I am soooo glad I grew up at a time when a kid was allowed to be a kid... I don't know why all these worthless prisses just don't make a law permanently encasing children in three layers of bubble wrap and smothered in antibiotics. No tag! No dodge ball! Man, I was the KING of dodge ball. Oh, I couldn't throw worth a damn, (no accuracy and all the power of an enraged hamster), but I have a highly developed sense of self preservation and could dodge like there was no tomorrow. Dunder-headed jocks would collapse from exhaustion trying to hit me. And I'm still dodging them today...
Neat stuff! Reminds me a little bit of crop circles.
(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)
Monday, April 14, 2008
I'm fascinated how Zero Intelligence is now renamed Zero Tolerance.
I've always felt that potential parents need to openly and honestly discuss the religious upbringing their children will receive BEFORE conception, and reach a consensus early on that everyone finds acceptable. Sometimes, compromise is essential. In this case, perhaps the child could join the Bloods. Another possibility is that he could deal crack for each group on alternating weeks. We are all adults here and should act accordingly.
I'm familiar with the 43 Group, but had no idea Sassoon was a member!
One of the great voices in pop music. King of the One-Hit-Wonders!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
A very rare art film starring Jim Morrison
Just finished reading Himmler's Crusade which talks of the nazi expeditions to Tibet. Mildly interesting. One interesting thing that comes across during any study of the Ahnenerbe is the dichotomy in Himmler - bloodless, detail-oriented master bureaucrat of death on the one side, and woolly headed romantic crackpot on the other.
The only Presidential candidate I've ever met.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
I'm left devastated....
I had pretty much gotten away from cartoons at this point, don't even remember some of these. But the cool thing is the YouTube presentment of Super 6 features their theme song, performed by Gary Lewis and the Playboys. When I met Gary, many years later, and many years ago, he was amazed when I brought that up.
I find that a little Don Knotts goes a long way, but have always enjoyed this movie. The Vic Mizzy soundtrack is great - one of the best. This site has a wonderful rendition of the Haunted Organ piece on it.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Bill Haley & His Comets recorded this Classic on this date in '53.
The Redcoats are a VERY good Herman's Hermits fake!
Guess they should have tested 'em first....
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Does any airline really work well anymore? I don't travel that much by air, some of my decision is based on previous experiences and hassles. At times, my flights have seemed like the slave galley scenes from Ben Hur....
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Should've hanged him in '45...
Great song by one of my fave bands from one of my fave movies, Rock'N'Roll High School.
Monday, April 07, 2008
Cold, cold nights in the Winter of '74 playing pinball down at the Electric Circus in the bowels of Hybla Valley. Horrible pizza. Fun song.
Interesting set of coincidences...
(Thanks for the link, Linda!)
Sunday, April 06, 2008
A very cool intro and theme song, (performed by the great Johnny Rivers). The TV show was and is one of my faves, and starred my boy Patrick McGoohan. Despite his denials, it WAS the precursor to my all-time favorite TV shos - The Prisoner.
Saturday, April 05, 2008
One of the best and most famous intros in the history of music. I believe that's the Wondermints backing him. Should be the state anthem for California.
One of the great "Escape" songs. Essential.
Sinister carnival music. Winter of 77/78. Dank and dark skies and times. And the Stranglers...
One of the great garage bands, featuring Moulty, the hook-handed drummer!
One of the great, great Soul songs.
Early pub rock, and one of the few tunes to break into the American market, back in '75...
A minor classic.
The Swiss have always had an easy run of it. I always believe we should have invaded in the Summer of '45 and cleaned out that nest of parasites, (for all the talk of an armed citizenry and vast "mountain fortresses", Switzerland's military situation was and is laughable). What the author does not recount is the still semi-secret history of Swiss POW camps where Allied prisoners were tortured. Nor is there any recounting of the many Swiss allowed to volunteer in the nazi military machine. One of the continuing and most nauseating myths of the War is about the so-called "neurtral" countries. Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Portugal - they were all pro-nazi, they all actively helped Germany and they all lie like rugs about it.
Friday, April 04, 2008
(Thanks to Infidel 753 for the link!)
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Sorry, I'm much more concerned about what real people do in real life. As for the mimicking of terrorism - yawn. I've played wargames for years and mimicked Ghengis Khan, Adolf Hitler, and Attilla the Hun. BFD. Real guys with real weapons are what worry me, not some dweeb pretending he's Osama Jr. in a silly computer game/business that's pretending to be important. Go ahead and mess with me in your little electron fantasy, come over to my house and I'll blow your fucking head off. Let's see who laughs last....
(Thanks for the link, Rick!)
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Very cool info and offerings here, including a broadcast by Lord Haw Haw.
“The passion for destruction is also a creative passion.” - Michael Bakunin
(Thanks for the link, Pete!)