Wednesday, April 19, 2017

I Want My Little Winghead! -1976 Edition

I just got back from 1976 and came across some minor points of interest that I thought I'd share with you. In a very stoned NME interview with Patti Smith in Amsterdam she tells Charles Shaar Murray the following- There's no shame in not being cool sometimes, y'know....I'm often really uncool. Back in the States they call me "winghead" because my hair always...didj' ever notice how my hair sticks out?

I immediately flashed on Television's "little johnny jewel" and it's "all that guy ever said is I want my little winghead" lyric, which I always found both puzzling and funny.  Charles Shaar Murray also mentions a drunk Frenchman named Claude hanging around who obviously knows Patti and ends up vomiting all over the place before the show. I wonder if this might be Claude Bessy (aka Kickboy Face)?   Oh she also calls Bowie's Station to Station and The Stones Black & Blue the Sgt. Pepper and Pet Sounds of the 70's.  Station to Station is pretty much established as a great record, but Black & Blue still comes in for a lot of heat, personally I dig it, but it took a while.  Anyway I like to hear interesting people babble even and sometimes especially when stoned. And one thing about Patti she knew her influences backwards and forwards and was good at making connections between the dots, using them to create something new, mixing and matching, creating hybrids in her alchemical lab in the Chelsea Hotel.  Shit, she was doing vision boards when you were still in short pants and nobody had come up with a dumb name for it.

Other enjoyable lagan discovered back in '76 was a guest appearance by the always awesome Mary Woronov on the infamous Charlie's Angels women's prison episode called "Angels in Chains" where, you guessed it, Ms. Woronov plays a rather sinister, most likely lesbian, prison matron. One of the great things about the often poorly written television of the 1970's is this interesting guest appearances, for instance in addition to Mary Woronov I also sat through a silly and amusing Welcome Back Kotter episode called "The Museum" with John Astin (aka Gomez) as a museum curator named Mr. Gore-"its pronounced gore-ay". Some great old Marx Brothers routines were referenced with Kotter as Groucho and Epstein as Harpo.  

Of course any 70's TV binge is incomplete without the Six Million Dollar Man-particularly funny is a Season 3 episode called "The White Lightning War" where Steve Austin goes down south to Georgia to break up a moonshine operation, with plenty of hokey banjo background music accompanying the usual bionic "boing boing" effects. Steve's disguise is a stick on beard and a cowboy hat, and the locals are strictly corn. So with all this 1970's nonsense in mind here's an old mix centered mostly in that decade that I'm still real happy with called We Can Rebuild Him- click below and enjoy

Steve Austin deep undercover
Well I'm off to 1966 to watch the new Criterion edition of Blow-Up and Moonrise Kingdom- there's a somewhat disturbing connection between Blow-Up's star David Hemmings and Benjamin Britten whose music is featured in Moonrise Kingdom. Its weird how these connections form sometimes when you're not even looking for them, originally it was just a 1966 thing. 
Mary Woronov on Charlie's Angels

                                 Patti reads The Soft Machine whilst working on her winghead

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