Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Poptones 1978-81- Public Image Ltd.

I love the look (real sharp dressers, the lot) and sound of the first four years of PiL, well mainly the first three years as things started to slip after (The) Jah Wobble left, but I like The Flowers of Romance too. I wish these first four years were more heavily documented with photographs and video.

I have assembled here the majority of what I could find of these early years of PiL on the youtube, mainly for my enjoyment, good to have it all in one place, but I hope you like it too. Personally I hate Lydon in interviews, the way he talks and his whole attitude is so annoying, nevertheless I've included the third clip for the bit of performance at the start. The mimed performance on American Bandstand (third to the last clip below) actually brings out the best in him attitude wise and is strangely endearing what with the good natured anarchic approach pulling the audience out on the floor and all. And he's not too bad in the 1978 pre PiL interview that winds things up here. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Shocking Pink- Neil Young in the 1980's

Neil Young went a bit off the rails for much of the 1980's releasing a wide range of strange, stylistically diverse records, like Re-ac-tor (for decades this was one plentiful in the cut out bins), Trans, Everybody's Rockin', and Landing on Water.  Things got so bad that David Geffen, his label head, attempted to sue Neil for making music "unrepresentative of himself". To this day these records are largely despised or ignored, especially by fans of his work from the 1970's, but having just started to investigate them myself I find much of the music oddly likeable. There's also his 1982 film Human Highway featuring Devo, Dennis Hopper, Russy Tamblyn and Dean Stockwell, which will hopefully get a DVD release soon. Videos from the aforementioned records follow.  Long may he dance the poot!

                                                 "Wondering" from 1983's Everybody's Rockin'

"Pressure" from 1986's Landing on Water

"Sample and Hold" from 1982's Trans

"Shots" from 1981's Re-ac-tor

Trailer for Human Highway
Devo and Neil Young from Human Highway

Devo from Human Highway

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Happy New Year From Captain Garth, Marta and the Gang

Star Trek-Season 3, Episode 14 Whom Gods Destroy originally broadcast on January 3, 1969. This episode featured The Sound The Past Makes female favorite Yvonne Craig as Marta, remarkably still sexy even with green skin. Come to think of it green skin reminds me of this Monkees' episode also from a once new year (The Audition-Find The Monkees broadcast January 23, 1967) in which there's a rival band called the Jolly Green Giants, the lead singer almost steals the show with the way he says "yo ho ho". And the Monkees discuss the Sunset Strip Riots at the end of the episode. Ah, TV in the mid to late 1960's so colorful, so silly, so magical.

Star Trek Trailer and full episodes of both follow.

Yo Ho Ho Monkees!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Ass & Lamb Kept Time-The Royal Tenenbaums Expanded

Eli Cash spaced out on mescaline & Erik Satie-very much so!

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Years ago I compiled an expanded soundtrack for The Royal Tenenbaums. The film has a distinctive Autumnal/Christmas feel and was released, at least in some regions, in December of 2001. So I figured for a Christmas present for readers I would post this two disc edition of the soundtrack to the film. I was thinking of the film recently after watching the 1966 movie Chappaqua as the main character played by Conrad Rooks reminded me a bit of Eli Cash, at least his look and substance abusing lifestyle. 

Some notes- The Beatles "Hey Jude" was used in early previews of the films and was replaced by Mothersbaugh's instrumental version of the song most likely due to licensing issues (read- too expensive), so in the version here I use the original as intended and have Mothersbaugh's as a bonus track.  "Sloop John B", and "I'm Looking Through You" are included also as bonuses as they were reportedly used in some previews as alternate ending songs. And Ellington's "In A Sentimental Mood" is from a deleted scene included on the Criterion edition of the movie. Merry Christmas!

Conrad Rooks in his 1966 film Chappaqua-a possible inspiration for Eli Cash?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Convenience & Death or Too Much of Nothing

                                                     CLICK HERE FOR CONVENIENT MIX DOWNLOAD

This mix was inspired by a local convenient store's partially burnt out sign (Brodie Food Mart), pictured above. The first time I saw the sign I didn't have anything to take a picture with, it was weeks later when I got back in that part of town with my camera and I was surprised and amused that they had still not fixed it. Naturally the mix deals with emptiness and deaths of all kinds- literal, metaphorical, convenient and otherwise. And Edith Piaf soul.


Tower of Song- Leonard Cohen

Well my friends are gone and my hair is gray
I ache in the places where I used to play
And I'm crazy for love but I'm not coming on
I'm just paying my rent every day in the tower of song

I said to Hank Williams, "How lonely does it get?"
Hank Williams hasn't answered yet
But I hear him coughing all night long
Oh, a hundred floors above me in the tower of song

I was born like this, I had no choice
I was born with the gift of a golden voice
And twenty-seven angels from the great beyond
They tied me to this table right here in the tower of song

So you can stick your little pins in that voodoo doll
I'm very sorry, baby, doesn't look like me at all
I'm standing by the window where the light is strong
Ah they don't let a woman kill you not in the tower of song

Now you can say that I've grown bitter but of this you may be sure
The rich have got their channels in the bedrooms of the poor
And there's a mighty judgment coming, but I may be wrong
You see, you hear these funny voices in the tower of song

I see you standing on the other side
I don't know how the river got so wide
I loved you baby, way back when
And all the bridges are burning that we might have crossed
But I feel so close to everything that we lost
We'll never, we'll never have to lose it again

Now I bid you farewell, I don't know when I'll be back
They're moving us tomorrow to that tower down the track
But you'll be hearing from me baby, long after I'm gone
I'll be speaking to you sweetly from a window in the tower of song

Yeah, my friends are gone and my head is gray
I ache in the places where I used to play
And I'm crazy for love but I'm not coming on
I'm just paying my rent every day in the tower of song

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tender Communion-Kerouac on Brando, Dean & Presley


Richard Lewis read this previously unpublished Kerouac on the tribute/compilation Kicks, Joys, Darkness. I don't care for Lewis's reading but I quite like the piece, and it's interesting to hear Kerouac comment on these three contemporaries (he actually never gets around to saying anything specific about Elvis, though he knowingly includes him in the trinity), so here it is transcribed so you can read it from Jack's mind to yours.

America's New Trinity of Love: Dean, Brando, Presley 
[Written at the instigation of the two Helens, Weaver and Elliot 1957]

Love is sweeping the country. 

While wars and riots rage all around the world, in a vortex that resembles the dying Dinosaur Age of Violence, here within her sweeter shores America is producing a Revolution of Love. Three young men of exceptional masculine beauty and compassion and sadness have been upraised by its reaching hands. 

This is strange and it is good. Up to now the American Hero has always been on the defensive: he killed Indians and villains and beat up his rivals and surled. He has been good-looking but never compassionate except at odd moments and only in stock situations. Now the new American hero, as represented by the trinity of James Dean, Marlon Brando and Elvis Presley, is the image of compassion in itself. And this makes him more beautiful than ever. It is as though Christ and Buddha were about to come again with masculine love for the woman at last. All gone are the barriers of asceticism and the barriers of ancient anti-womanism that go deep into primitive religion. It is a Revolution of Love and it will become a Religion of Love. The Garden of Eden might come back in its pristine form. The old American Hero fought the Devil; the new American Hero knows that the Devil never existed except in the minds of anxiety. There will be no more tempting of the woman by the Devil and no banishment from the paradise on earth. 

It's got to be. A Revolution of Love is the positive answer; banishment of war and the Bomb is only a negative answer. There have been Revolutions of Love before, accomplished always by some isolated individual like Cassanova, Valentino, Sinatra. But now the intensity and the need is such, that there are more than one. It's not a vain and self centered thing, but it spreads. This is implicit in the James Dean movie "Rebel Without A Cause" where, when the hero and the girl sneak off to make love in the empty mansion, leaving the desperate boy alone (Sal Mineo), and all the trouble takes place, Dean says: "We shouldn't have left him alone," the girl says "But I needed you," and Dean states "But he needed you too." This is child-like and innocent. "Suffer the little ones to come unto me." There is the need all around to be recognized and adored by some other human being, the need all around for kindness, for the ideal of love which does not exclude cruelty but is all-embracing, non-assertive, simply lovely. Not necessarily the Dionysion orgy but the tender communion. 

As always when something new grows out of the groaning earth, this earth which is a recent event in the cosmic eternity of light, there are angry complaints raised from all stations. The dryer intellectuals complain that the adulation of the dead James Dean by thousands of American girls represents a kind of unhealthy necrophilia; they point out the fact that 1,000 fan letters a month are still being written to Dean as though he were still alive, asking for his pictures and asking him to come back because they love him. "Even if you look bad and you're all cut up from your car-crash, come back anyway." Yet if St. Therese (of Lisieux) can make us the holy promise that she will come back and shower the earth with roses forever, this belief in the immortal lovingness of James Dean by thousands of eager believing chicks is well-rooted in a reverential mystical tradition that has certainly never harmed the sleeping babe in his crib. It augurs well for the world that it will refuse to believe that in death endeth loveliness, or endeth enlightenment. 

Elegant complainers say Marlon Brando is ill-dressed, vain, self-centred, Kowalski-Terry Malloy hoodlumish, irresponsible; they picture him as wandering away to leave his girl crying. Yet what is it he has?--that made a girl say "I just feel that Marlon Brando would know how to love me better than any man in the world, that he would go skipping down the street with me hand-in-hand, that he would do anything I asked him, and be kind. Because his soul is free and that's why he's so beautiful!"... Brando is indeed a free soul; his individual approach to his work as well as to his way of life bespeak a strong faith in himself as a man and as an American.      


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

In Search Of D.B. Cooper & The Nazca Plain

D.B. Cooper artist sketch- looking a bit like Daniel Clowes

Hello again, readers of a certain age will no doubt remember thrilling weekend afternoons spent "in search of" various mysterious phenomenon and cultural events with Leonard Nimoy (aka Spock) who as the hostess with the mostess boldly rocked vivid turtle neck/sports blazer combos. It seemed like every other episode of In Search Of was about Bigfoot or the Lochness Monster, but turns out that those are just the ones that made the biggest impression on me as a child, or maybe they were in heaviest syndication. The entire series has recently been released on DVD and I've been having quite a blast revisiting the show.  Those interested in doing the same can purchase the dvd set here. 

One of my favorite episodes of In Search Of is about the infamous 1970's plane hi-jacker known as D.B. Cooper. Who is, as far as anyone knows, still at large. There's a fairly extensive wikipedia listing for D.B. including more recent updates on the case which you can read here .  The upload below of the D.B. episode is the history channels edited version, which cuts out some of the onscreen appearances of Nimoy and the original credits, but fear not as the official DVDs have the full monty.

Another favorite ep. deals with the Nazca lines in Peru, FELT fans take note! The soundtrack for the show was usually early moog type experiments and the narration was often unintentionally hilarious- "studies determined that some of the lines have astronomical alignments, but no more than can be expected by chance".  The show was very much a product of its time, the 1970's, but it remains very entertaining- in short it's a gas and a groovy way to pass a weekend afternoon indoors.