Monday, December 23, 2013

Finding Another Skating Partner-Peanuts 1969

copyright of course Charles M. Schulz, apologies for the wonky scanning, click to enlarge!
Here's a bit of what is going on in my world as I'm sure all of you are dying to know- been reading The Complete Peanuts 1969-1970 and listening to Irma Thomas. I have a very happy home! Consider this post an approximation, a little taste of my world late December 2013. I knew a girl once who reminded me of Lucy, to clarify I thought that was kinda cute, course I was Charlie Brown to her Lucy and I told her as much. Not sure if she got the implication but in short she was always pulling the football away right before I was getting ready to kick it. Anyway she told me later that she thought of me more as Schroeder to her Lucy which I guess was nice, encouraging even, but it didn't stick, you know how whimsical women are, feel one way one day and another the next. Good grief.


Irma Thomas

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A Future in Ladies' Garments


Dylan, a man of his word, was asked in 1965 "if you were gonna sell out to a commercial interest which would you choose" he replied "ladies' garments"and almost 40 years later in 2004, looking much like Vincent Price, he did just that! God bless him and a Merry Christmas to all!!!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Tell Me If She Laughs Or Cries

Cover Star-Geraldine Chaplin (in Cannes)
Geraldine Chaplin circa 1965-67 is one of my ultimate feminine ideals, good Lord, look at her! Such a delicate beauty, almost otherworldly- lithe, classy, sweet, stylish, graceful and intelligent. I knew a girl once who reminded me of her a bit.

As you might have guessed I re-watched Doctor Zhivago recently, it's a great winter time movie, beautifully shot and with an amazing cast -Rod Steiger, Julie Christie, Tom Courtney, Geraldine Chaplin, and Alec Guinness. But I have to say the purported romance of the movie is completely lost on me, I'm sure its partly because I dig Geraldine during this period so much, but even more because her character Tonya seems like the only person in the film who is truly acting out of a selfless love.

I can't help thinking while watching the film, what the hell is Yuri doing- he has this amazing wife, who is totally dedicated to him, supportive, loving and beautiful and he's spending all his time daydreaming and writing poetry about Lara with whom he has really only a passing and superficial familiarity, but then again I guess that's the deal with so much "romance"- it's really mutual delusion and projection. I've never read Pasternak's book but maybe Yuri and Lara's relationship is more fleshed out in the novel.

So here's to make believe love, yours and mine. Make believe, love.

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1. Gabrielle- The Nips
2. Yesterday's Numbers- Flamin' Groovies
3. Frontwards- Pavement
4. Come On, Come On- Cheap Trick
5. Spanish Harlem Incident- The Byrds
6. Coz I Luv You- Slade
7. Secrets- Van Halen
8. Walk Away- James Gang
9. Here Comes The Night- The Them
10. I Gotta Dance To Keep From Crying- The Miracles
11. I Remember  You- The Ramones
12. Sorrow- David Bowie
13. You're Breaking My Heart- Harry Nilsson
14. Shouldn't Have Took More Than You Gave-Dave Mason
15. Dead Flowers- Townes Van Zandt
16. Cried A Thousand Times- Liam Hayes
17. Love Makes You Feel Ten Feet Tall- The Velvet Underground
18. I'm Through With Love- Marilyn Monroe
19. Sitting In The Midday Sun- The Kinks
20. Fade Into Evening (instrumental)- William
21. Here I Go- Syd Barrett





Geraldine on the set of Doctor Zhivago-1965


Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Montalban School of Fine Acting, Jes!

These past two weeks I've been watching episodes of the late 70's TV show The Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew (more on this, perhaps, in another post) this show is very nostalgic for me as I remember fondly watching it as a child but it also holds up well as great goofy 70's feathered hair, bubble gum pop (the show starred David Cassidy's half brother Shaun) and cheese filled fun- lots of guest appearances, and bad guys who laugh too much at their own schemes, which are of course never funny and it seems like every episode there's at least one character with an outrageous usually indeterminate but decidedly "foreign" accent, so far Ricardo Montalban has not yet appeared as a guest star, though the likelihood of this happening remains high, and as George Harrison quipped in A Hard Day's Night "I'd be quite prepared for that eventuality", as all of these over the top foreign accents do put me in mind of Mr. Montalban who at roughly the same time (1977/78) was in regular rotation on Fantasy Island, all of which leads me to the following clip, one of SCTV's best -the Ricardo Montalban school of fine acting.


The Hardy Boys with Nancy Drew

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Fuck That Other Shit-The White Albums

The covers of the 100 White Albums used to make Rutherford Chang's composite 100 White Albums record
The Beatles' White Album is one those special records that creates an entire world of its own, an alternate reality that you can enter anytime you place the needle in the album's grooves, its interiors are vast, varied, and durable and its a stellar example of a group working (together and apart) at the height of their powers, it seems to change and develop new meanings every time you visit its myriad landscapes. I hear new things every time I visit, it's a mind blowingly eclectic collection of songs that are creatively sequenced so that the album hangs together as a whole in way that never ceases to fascinate and move me. Like some kinds of love, the possibilities are endless! I have a similar experience with Blonde on Blonde and Sandinista, a double and triple album respectively which also create unique worlds that the listener can enter, wander around and even get lost in. I've spent months inside of Blonde on Blonde, but that's a story for another day, another post.

So though I'm not much of a fan of conceptual art (not against it, it just doesn't usually ring my bells) I really dig Rutherford Chang's We Buy White Albums project. Earlier this year Rutherford had a storefront exhibit in Soho's Recess Gallery that only stocked original pressings of the Beatle's White Album.  He doesn't sell copies of the White Album he buys them (and files them by their numbered covers, he's got over 800 at this point) the more damaged and worn the condition the better. All of the original pressings of the White Album (over 3 million) were numbered on the front cover so each album was already a unique though mass produced artifact but Chang is more interested in the way the album's stark white cover and the vinyl inside has aged and been shaped through its interaction with its owner over time. And boy he's got some real doozies, I own five or six copies of this record (two of which are original numbered copies) but they are all pristine compared to the numerous weathered, torn, beat up and drawn on copies that Rutherford has acquired. I'm actually surprised now having seen his collection at how rarely I've come across copies in a similarly disheveled condition.

A humorous touch to the exhibit was how the White Albums Rutherford listened to in the store went up on the wall as staff picks! He listens to a copy of the album every day as well as documenting the unique condition of each cover and record as he acquires it. You can find an amusing interview with Chang about his project at this site along with fascinating pictures of some of his collection.



Even more interesting is the composite version of the White Album Chang has created and pressed on vinyl by layering recordings of a 100 different unique copies of the album on top of one another. Things start out roughly in synch for the first song "Back In the USSR" but due to the damage and weathering of the 100 copies used (warps, pops, skips, etc.) the music gradually slips out of synch creating an effect that though chaotic is surprisingly listenable, and at times downright mind altering.

The fact that he's using a record that is among my all time favorites as raw material is certainly part of the reason why I love this project, but it's also worth noting that in doing so Chang has playful re-imagined an immensely popular iconic culture artifact in a manner that would have made both John and Yoko pleased and proud. And with the 100 white albums composite he has created an alternate listening experience for this record that is hauntingly psychedelic, groundbreaking and fresh- and so true to the pioneering and experimental spirit of the original album. You can listen to the first side of the 100 white album composite below and you can see the 100 album composite covers and labels he had printed for the vinyl record by clicking here. I hope to have a copy of this version of the record in my hands before the end of the year.



The composite front cover for Chang's 100 White Albums record
Reading about Chang's project reminded me of Danger Mouse's Grey Album from 2004 which as you probably already know set the acapella raps of Jay Z's Black Album to music that Danger Mouse created using samples from the Beatles' White Album.  If you haven't heard it or don't have a copy I've uploaded it here. I'm not much of a Jay-Z fan, he's alright, but the tracks Danger Mouse created solely with samples from the White Album make for quite a listening experience and is another compelling re-envisioning of the monolithic White Album.
On another tangent the title of this post is inspired by the beginning of "Memory Lane" a track from one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time Nas's Illmatic. Favorite line "I dropped out of Cooley High gassed up by a coke head cutie pie". Cooley High is a must see classic film on yet another tangent. Better quit before we get lost.



Sunday, November 24, 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Seasons In The Sun-1970's AM Radio

That's me as an adorable toddler circa 1972, my oldest sister is holding me, with my cousin smiling sweetly in the middle and her somewhat sullen friend on the end. What a great collection of striped shirts and pants between the three of them! This picture captures the AM transistor radio innocent good times of those golden sunlit magical late afternoons spent outdoors in corduroys. Whew, I'm starting to sound like Allen Ginsberg.

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1. I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing- The New Seekers
2. In the Summertime-Mungo Jerry
3. Saturday In The Park- Chicago
4. Summer Breeze- Seals & Crofts
5. Brand New Key- Melanie
6. Love Grows- Edison Lighthouse
7. Spiders and Snakes- Jim Stafford
8. Bad, Bad Leroy Brown- Jim Croce
9. Jackie Blue- The Ozark Mountain Daredevils
10. Cover of the Rolling Stone- Dr. Hook
11. Knock Three Times- Tony Orlando and Dawn
12. My Maria- B.W. Stevenson
13. Afternoon Delight- Starland Vocal Band
14. Mr. Big Stuff- Jean Knight
15. Give Me Just A Little More Time- Chairmen of the Board
16. Brother Louie- Stories
17. Lady Marmalade- Labelle
18. Brandy- Looking Glass
19. It Never Rains In Southern California- Albert Hammond
20. Sunshine (Go Away Today)- Jonathan Edwards
21. Rose Garden- Lynn Anderson
22. Alone Again (Naturally)- Gilbert O'Sullivan
23. O-O-H Child- The Five Stairsteps
24. Seasons in the Sun- Terry Jacks
25. Welcome Back- John Sebastian


AM radio in the 1970's was chock full of goodness, sadly it's all right wing talk radio and Tejano music nowadays. I'm a dyed in the wool sucker for a good pop hook and the AM airwaves were laden with killer hooks back then, especially in the early 70's, which is the time period this mix trades in for the most part (though I couldn't resist slipping in 1976's "Afternoon Delight" and "Welcome Back" beg pardon). As you can see in the pictures I was just a little guy but I remember many of these songs either because they continued to be played as the decade wore on or because my freshly minted mind was picking up more of what what was being put down by my older siblings than expected. 

Rather than do an annotated track listing I think I will just share some scatter shot memories of this time period. Now the late 1970's for me was all about Star Wars, comic books, Shogun Warriors, birthday parties at James Coney Island and sleep overs arranged around network weekend reruns of the Planet of the Apes movies. I remember staying up to what seemed like an incredibly late hour in order to see KISS on the Jerry Lewis Telethon. I remember a commercial that ran I think with a blank screen and the audio of the JFK's assassination asking the viewer to identify the number of gunshots, this must have been during the Congressional hearings that reopened the Warren Commission's investigation and eventually ruled the assassination a conspiracy. 

Since I was so young at the time my memories of the early 70's are even more vague and impressionistic, almost dreamlike-avocado green appliances, earth tones, The Brady Bunch, EZ Bake ovens, play-doh (the smell of play-doh was such a great thing, damn I want some now), station wagons, corduroys, Handy Andy supermarket, the smell of chlorine, bubblegum baseball and football cards and Slurpies (the neighborhood 7-11 was right next to the neighborhood swimming pool) and my grandmother's white Volkswagen bug (only AM radio and no air conditioning) in which I rode shotgun around town. One distinct early memory that survives is of my siblings and I watching a TV screening of Yellow Submarine during the Thanksgiving holidays. 

I recall my older brother's upstairs room as dimly lit and cavernous- strewn with 45's, LP's, junk food, dirty clothes and dirty magazines. I remember my sisters' having sleep overs, inchoate crushes on some of their friends in tight jeans or nighties, and scads of Chicago albums, all dully numbered rather than given actual titles. The family that lived across the street from us used to make tie-dyes together- the 1970's is when the counter culture of the 1960's finally filtered down into mainstream culture and the suburbs. I remember my best friend's family's excitement at purchasing their first color TV set. 

Of all the songs in this mix "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" is the one that I remember the best as I inherited a 45 single of this song which I used to play over and over fascinated by the rhythmic play of the words. What a great set of lyrics, my favorite line is "He's got a custom Continental, he's got an Eldorado too, he's got a 32 gun in his pocket full of fun, he's got a razor in his shoe". The weird bubblegum morbidness of Terry Jack's "Seasons in the Sun"captures the melancholy nostalgia for these times nicely, hence the title of this post. I hear a lot of sadness in these songs, (good Lord check out Gilbert O' Sullivan's "Alone Again" or the story behind "Brandy")  but it's often a melancholy mixed with a warming joy, it's there in that little instrumental hook in "Summer Breeze" for instance. Maybe it's just hindsight or nostalgia, or maybe there was some subconscious realization of the intertwining of joy and sadness that was channeled into these songs. Things certainly didn't "get easier" as the Five Stairsteps promised or maybe just hoped. Sebastian sang that your dreams were supposed to be your ticket out, but if you're already in the suburbs, out to where!? You never had it so good or so it seems. Then, as if to knock us down reality comes around and cuts us into little pieces. 









Christmas probably 1973, a rare snow in Houston, my brother and sister look on unimpressed by me and my ability to channel that Gerber baby look at will, they're perhaps pondering darker things. I love those large sized Christmas lights you can see on our house, the neighborhood delinquents liked to unscrew them and smash them, they made a great popping noise.

Monday, November 11, 2013

That Girl Belongs To Yesterday

Get Smart was one of many shows from the 1960's that was still in syndication in my childhood and adolescence in the 1970's and 80's. Barbara Feldon, who portrayed Agent 99, was one of my first crushes, before I had any idea what the word or, for that matter, the feelings meant. Barbara had a delicate beauty, a lot of style, cute hair, and a unique and sexy voice. The character she played was a smart, competent, single working female, which at that time was rare for television. Below you'll find a clip of the single she recorded about her character agent 99 and the commercial that first brought her to the public's attention, followed by a short documentary and a clip from Get Smart of her singing "La Vie En Rose" in a blonde wig. I still love to have 1966 TV marathons which always include my favorites from that year; Get Smart, Batman, That Girl, The Monkees and Star Trek.






Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sex In The 1980's-The Vaselines

Stephen Pastel and Frances McKee
It's been a long time since I've watched any of Nardwuar the Human Serviette's interviews- there's no particular reason why I stopped watching, other than I might have seen all the ones I was interested in and at some point I stopped getting emails from his list. A gradual falling away I guess, like so many things. But I've always enjoyed his unique style of interviewing, a strange and enticing combination of abrasive and goofy, and the subsequent range of reactions he draws out of his subjects/victims. Recently I was reminded of this when I stumbled across Nardwuar's interview with the reformed Vaselines, Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee. It's an encounter that I found interesting and funny enough to share here with you dear readers. I was especially amused at how Frances is still eager to throw in cheeky references to sex (bit of a potty mouth) which seem to, judging from the look on his face, make Eugene a little uncomfortable.

For those not aware these two Vaselines were boyfriend/girlfriend in the 1980's so when Nardwuar asks Frances how sex was in the 80's and she replies, "sex was pretty bad"- ouch for Eugene!!! Though she is quick to follow up with the usual scapegoats; youth- okay granted there's a learning curve, uptightness- alright yes it's important to relax (Eugene should have explained that), and then she drops the big all purpose baddie- Catholicism, come come Frances, being Catholic only makes sex hotter, as both myself and any Catholic school girl can testify. Jeez, surprised she didn't throw Thatcher and the dole in the mix at that point. Well in any case all's well that ends well and Frances is still quite the looker- cute accent and all! Maybe it's all that yoga. She's got me craving a jelly donut! (some of this will make more sense after you watch the interview)

After the Nardwuar interview is a clip of the band live in Japan. I hardly ever see live shows, and usually have little interest in reunions, but I think I would venture out of the house to see the Vaselines- it's a strangely sweet rush to hear the roar of the crowd in response to "Son of A Gun" as if we've entered some alternate universe where good music became hugely popular, though its probably just nirvana.



Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

You'll Never See Those Faces Again

Two of my absolute favorite American creations together- Coca Cola and Lou Reed


Thursday, October 24, 2013

THE DEVIL RIDES OUT (HALLOWEEN MIX)

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I'm rather pleased with how this mix turned out, even more so because I had a such hard time at first making myself arrange the proposed tracks into a final mix-it's always a bit of a jigsaw but it feels great when the pieces finally fall into place. And I'm delivering it to you dear readers a week before All Hallows' Eve, giving you a fair amount of time to download and utilize as you will. As one judge said to another be just, and if you can't be just, be arbitrary.

I've used the Hammer Film Production opening background from Brides of Dracula as the cover pic for this mix for two reasons- obviously it looks great, lovely font, also my Halloween viewing this year consists mainly of classic Hammer Horror films from the late 1950's through the 1960's. If you dig atmospheric horror films that tend towards classic gothic iconography and suspense as opposed to slasher and gore films then Hammer is a great resource.

In this same vein but a bit more arty are the early films of Mario Bava, which compose the second main staple of my Halloween diet this year. As a bonus Bava's film tend to feature beautiful 1960's European females. So it's a definite win win, and the color palette on both Hammer and Bava's films, especially Bava, is a pleasure to look at, they look amazing! A few notes and additional movie recommendations in the annotated track listing below.

1. Sleepy Hollow- The Last Word- A little scratchy from old vinyl, but a great track. Seems to be referencing Van Morrison's phrasing on "Gloria" in the opening lines and the singer as a whole is going for Van in his vocals.


2. Jack the Ripper- Screamin Lord Sutch- Two videos- I dig the slower version in the first videos live performance. Holy shit those poor girls in the audience look terrified. The second video is a scopitone for the single which is the version I've included in this mix. A Joe Meek production obviously influenced by the Hollywood Argyle's song "Alley Oop".



3. My Dear Watson- Thee Headcoats- "Better stay in doors, keep off the moors... there's a hellhound on the loose, that's what I deduce!"  Rather.



4. It's Monster Surfing Time- The Deadly Ones- Surf music, sci-fi and monsters are a great combo.


5. Werewolves of London- The Flamin' Groovies- "He's the hairy handed gent who ran amok in Kent." Warren Zevon of course penned this classic (with Wachtel and Marinell) and the original version is good too, it's the second video below. But I love what the Groovies do with this, which is mainly add those revolving slightly Byrdsian guitar figures, the original being piano driven. But really you can't go wrong with a song that starts with a line like "I saw a werewolf with a chinese menu in his hand, walking through the streets of Soho in the rain". Genius. 



6. I Was A Teenage Werewolf- The Cramps- It's hard to get away from the Cramps and the Misfits when putting together these mixes. I tried to concentrate mainly on 1950's and 60's music in this mix but both of these bands were informed and influenced largely by the horror and sci-fi monster films of the 1950's and 60's so it all works out. The video is a live outtake from Urgh a Music War. A Mid-West monster with braces on his fangs! "I have puberty rites, and I have puberty wrongs"- that line always makes me laugh. Demon possession or transforming into a monster as a metaphor for growing pains/entering puberty remains startlingly appropriate. Keep this in mind the next time you watch the Exorcist.


7.  Alligator Wine- Screaming Jay Hawkins- Mr. Hawkins reveals one of his once secret recipes. 


8. Halloween II- The Misfits- Last Halloween mix I made back in 2011 I included Halloween by the Misfits, so here's Halloween II.


9. Karen- Half Japanese-  A creepy little tune most likely inspired by the film When A Stranger Calls from 1979 which is one of many films based on the urban legend of the babysitter and the man upstairs.


10. Part IV- Bobby Beausoleil- Part of the soundtrack for Kenneth Anger's film Lucifer Rising, composed by Bobby Beausoleil while serving time for murder. 


11. Terror Couple Kill Colonel- Bauhaus- One of my favorite Bauhaus tracks, their best stuff had a filmic quality that was very appealing. I love the telegraph mimicking guitar at the end of the track.  Second video below is their appearance in the early 80's vampire film The Hunger starring David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve. A stylish film with a great cast, stylish in that 1983 manner, sure it's a bit silly but that goes with the territory. Interesting note- Ann Magnuson later of Bongwater has it off with Bowie at the beginning of the film, several years later she would record a humorous song with Bongwater called "David Bowie Wants Ideas".



12. I Am- Roky Erickson- Roky's mind seems like a scary place.


13. Night of the Vampire-The Moontrekkers- Another choice Joe Meek production!


14. Rockin' in the Graveyard- Jackie Morningstar- Rockabilly and monster horror seems like a no-brainer combination. Betcha dollars to donuts many of the rockabilly cats were regular readers of EC Comics. 


15. Till The Following Night- Screamin' Lord Sutch- Lots of windy sound effects on these tracks.


16. Feast of the Mau Mau- Screamin' Jay Hawkins- The video below contains a different earlier version of this tune, I prefer the one in my mix.  Screamin' Jay giving you some of that inside soul here. "How they talk man?"


17. Voodoo Voodoo- LaVern Baker- LaVern having troubles with the juju.


18. The Werewolf- Alan Vega, Alex Chilton and Ben Vaughn- This 1996 collaboration is still relatively new to me, but this track was a cinch for the mix. Unfortunately no ones uploaded it to youtube, so here's what the cover of the record looks like.


19. I Walked with a Zombie- Roky Erickson- The 1943 film by Jacque Tourneur and Val Lewton is a solid atmospheric film well worth your attention, as are most of Lewton's productions. 


20. Mad Monster Party- Maury Laws & Ethel Ennis- This is the theme song to the awesome late 60's animated (animagic/stop motion) collaboration between Rankin/Bass, Jack Davis and Harvey Kurtzman. The equally stellar soundtrack was composed by Maury Laws.


21. The Whip- The Frantics- For those sadistically or masochistically inclined or just plain kinky, there's a Mario Bava film from 1963 called The Whip and the Body.  It stars Christopher Lee, which makes it feel like some kind of unholy collaboration between Hammer Horror (in whose films Lee often starred) and Bava. Lee's character has a sadistic relationship with his sister in law, he dies and his ghost comes back to continue the whipping. I guess some kinds of love never die! Crazy stuff. 



22. Teenagers from Mars- The Misfits- Probably inspired in part from Teenagers From Outer Space.



23. Plan 9 Channel 7- The Damned- The Damned video and the trailer from the songs inspiration follow. 


24. The Devil's Rumble- Davie Allan & the Arrows- It's from a biker film, but sounds menacing and appropriate here. And the title works. 



25. Surfin' Dead- The Cramps- This was recorded for Dan O'Bannon's mid 1980's re-imagining of the Night of the Living Dead series- The Return of the Living Dead. A very funny film with a punk, or what passed for it by the mid-80's, soundtrack and some goofy clownish "punk" characters starring. Dan has done a lot of entertaining work from his stories for Heavy Metal magazine, to writing Dark Star, two segments of the Heavy Metal movie and Alien to his writing and direction of this modern classic.


26. Toby Dammit- Nino Rota- From Fellini's contribution to the compilation film of Poe inspired shorts Spirits of the Dead. An excerpt and the trailer for the film follow. Some find this film boring, Fellini's contribution is the best, but I enjoy all three stories to varying degrees. I recommend it for those who have patience and enjoy European films (Bardot, Delon, and Terence Stamp, and the Fonda kids!) from the 1960's and or for Poe fans. 


The Devil as a little girl in Toby Dammit

27. Race with the Devil- Gene Vincent- Gene with Cliff Gallup a winning combination, even against the devil.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

On My Training Table Since I Was A Kid

This sketch has been on mind as I was given some of those little powdered donuts (not chocolate but almost as bad for you) the other day and found myself overindulging this morning. They're a treat I remember fondly from when I was kid but one that I wouldn't buy for myself as an adult-still I find them hard to resist when they drop in my lap. After all they've got the sugar I need to get me going in the morning! The entire commercial runs about a minute, not sure why this person only uploaded 30 seconds. But it's all that's available and probably won't be up for long so we'll settle for it, the beginning is just more of the set up of Belushi competing in and winning the decathlon. A short hilarious bit, the cigarette being my favorite touch. I really need to stop fucking around and start smoking in order to reach my peak physical conditioning. Life is short my friends and sometimes it's very long. The fun part of smoking is deciding what brand you're gonna smoke, which reminds me of the second bit below.


Friday, October 18, 2013

The Ali McGraw Ward

Ali McGraw, relaxing with flowers, doing her thing, being natural.

I've got a Halloween mix in the works and I hope to have it posted by next week but in the meantime, here's some of Rutland Weekend where the fab Rutles first debuted. I love Neil Innes as Ron Nasty, my favorite Rutle- he was the "edgy" "arty" one. Ali McGraw had her moments as well (for instance the pic above), though she's a little underfed for my taste, anyway the reference in the title should be explained by a viewing of the first video below. The Ali McGraw Ward would make a fine band name, young-uns take note.