Saturday, June 27, 2009

Stonewall songs: "I'm Coming Out"

I came thisclose to selecting "Swept Away" from Ms. Ross (Diane), but decided this was 1) gayer, and B) allowed me to point out the always wonderful production of Mr. Nile Rodgers. I probably need to get a Chic song in here.

Stonewall songs: "Flash Gordon" (theme)

Total hot mess.

Stonewall songs: "Sordid Lives" (theme song)

By Olivia Newton John.

Stonewall songs: "Groove is in the Heart"

Cherry season hits!

Happy summer.

Stonewall songs: "Let's Go to the Mall"

Okay, this is somewhat self-indulgent, but also pretty fucking gay. It's from How I Met Your Mother, a throwback to Tiffany and Debbie/Deborah Gibson classics. But this one has a robot!

Stonewall songs: "Let the Music Play"

Clark used to listen to this in his white Pinto station wagon. Gay.

Stonewall songs: "Losing My Mind"

There has to be a special award in "gayness" for this: Liza + Stephen Sondheim + the Pet Shop Boys! From 1989.

Stonewall songs: "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)"

Sylvester's #1 dance track from 1978.

Remade recently by the reunited ladies of LaBelle (Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash):

Stonewall songs: "If I Can't Have You"

I think I'm spending too much time in the 80s... this jumps back to the 70s nicely.

Stonewall songs: "Gloria"

This song was already an established classic before I ever set foot in the Armory.

A question about the bible

How did Noah get polar bears for his ark?

Stonewall songs: "Don't Leave Me This Way"

Thelma takes us back to the 70s, while I take a break.

Stonewall songs: "I Heard a Rumor"

This is as much a tribute to the producers (Stock/Aiken/Waterman) as it is to Bananarama (but I do love the girls). My single of the year for 1988, I think.

Stonewall songs: "Come Go With Me"

Chris Wilson once famously commanded WSB-FM to play Expose. And they listened. This is for him.

Stonewall songs: "I Will Survive"

Greatest. Dance. Song. Ever.

Stonewall songs: "Never Can Say Goodbye"

This is the first song that makes me want to stand up and dance (but then, I am old and don't have a cocktail in my hand).

Stonewall songs: "Chains of Love"

Erasure warrants inclusion. This was their first crossover hit.

Stonewall songs: "Maniac"

From Flashdance. Ooooh ooooh.

Stonewall songs: ANYTHING FROM CONTROL!!!!

Or Rhythm Nation 1814, or about half of Janet. It goes down hill kinda quickly in the 90s, but in 1986 Control was the shit. Ask any homo who was "alive" then.

Stonewall songs: "Holiday"

My recent apathy for Madonna prompted me to ask Clark what I should include. I might have selected "Borderline" or the recent "Hung Up" (it's an ABBA sample), but this is what he picked. And it's perfectly acceptable.

Song of the day: God Help the Girl

A new side project for Stuart Murdoch from Belle and Sebastian:

Here's the original by Belle and Sebastian:

Flashback song: "Everywhere That I'm Not"

Translator, from 1982:

Happy birthday Ted Haggard

Happy Pride!

Happy birthday Julia Duffy

Happy birthday JJ Abrahms

So I'm going unusual here. 15 years ago, JJ was an actor. He has a great small role as Doug, one of the clueless kids in Six Degrees of Separation.

While fighting with his dad he screamed:
"She said having sex with you was like having sex with a salad with bad dressing! Why did you bring me into this world?"


"She looked at me when she said drugs!"

It's much funnier than I describe. See it.

He's NOT in the trailer:

Friday, June 26, 2009

Stonewall songs: "Can't Get You Outta My Head"

I'm told old to impart Kylie with the diva status she seems to have earned, but I don't begrudge her it. She's certainly more deserving than Britney, and less cloying that Xina.

Stonewall songs: "MacArthur Park"

A 70s-era classic.

Love this song, and always thought MacArthur Parker would be a good "drag" name. For a chick.

Stonewall songs: "(I Know) I'm Losing You"

This song is the Armory, 3 a.m., summer night, 1986. Oooh oooh. A personal "coming out" favorite!

3 a.m. seems so late these days.

Stonewall songs: "And I am Telling You"

Never understood the purpose of bringing the Armory dance floor to a complete stop with this, but it certainly qualifies... get your drag on boys, we're hitting the stage.

Stonewall songs: "Nobody's Supposed to be Here"

This song was ubiquitous in gay clubs in the late 90s.

Stonewall songs: "Freedom 90"

George Michael's coming out song.

Stonewall songs: "True Colors"

Love Cyndi.

Stonewall songs: "Believe"

Cher needs no introduction, bitches.

Stonewall songs: "True Faith"

Had to get out of the maudlin of Judy (who we may re-visit later).

"When I was a very small boy,
Very small boys talked to me
Now that we've grown up together
They're afraid of what they see"

Stonewall songs: "Over the Rainbow"

Probably should have started here, since Judy's death was a catalyst for Stonewall. Despite the cliche, her voice is remarkable.

Stonewall songs: "It's Raining Men"

The gayest songs I can think of, in honor of Stonewall's 40th anniversary this weekend.

Chief Justice John Roberts sure does know him some fancy words!

"I recommend that no such letter be sent. The Jackson tour, whatever stature it may have attained as a cultural phenomenon, is a massive commercial undertaking. The visit of the tour to Washington was not an eleemosynary gesture; it was a calculated commercial decision that does not warrant gratitude from our Nation’s Chief Executive." from a White House memorandum written by then counsel to Ronald Reagan, John Roberts

Details of John Roberts reluctance to honor Michael Jackson during the Reagan administration are here.

I don't disagree with Roberts at all. In fact, it's heartening to find someone willing to stand up to the Jackson PR machine in that era ("king of pop" my ass).

But the Latin? Really John? It's a bit much.

Obama more powerful than Jesus? According to Rush

Rush Limbaugh says that Mark Sanford (family values!) a self-proclaimed Christian, was DRIVEN to infidelity because of Obama's stimulus package spending.

Which means that Obama is more powerful in Sanford's life than Christ.


From a great DailyKos diary here:

"Gawd, what other things are Republicans going to be driven to, in their deep depression over having a president who's from a different party and has different priorities? If they were willing to ask for teenager's penis measurements, have diaper sex with hookers and solicit gay airport bathroom sex during the good times, I can't imagine what they'll be driven to do in their current despair. If we pass an energy bill, will John Boehner be found overdosed on crack after an all-night, five-hooker session in a Washington hotel? If America gets real health care reform, will Newt Gingrich then be photographed naked riding a donkey through a Montessori school at recess?"

Happy birthday Patty Smyth/Terri Nunn/Gretchen Wilson

God this is a popular day for birthdays. I randomly selected this to represent these 3 women... on a lesser day, any one of them might be featured on her own, but I need to get dressed for work eventually. This video was easily the trashiest, most-80s-est I could think of. It's so fucking "Cats"... And don't get me started on people who confuse her with Patti Smith. Dolts.

Bang bang.

Happy birthday Sean Hayes

Happy birthday Mick Jones

Of the Clash:

Of Big Audio Dynamite (and B.A.D. II):

Of Carbon/Silicon:

And one of my least favorite Aztec Camera songs (which I at least have fond memories of drunkenly playing on a jukebox in London back in 2004):

Happy birthday Jason Schwartzman

Proof that a little nepotism goes a long way. But I think your Mom was robbed of an Oscar nomination for Godfather III, so here you go (thank her).

Happy birthday Chris Isaak

Thanks for some GREAT live shows!!!

Song of the day: Green Day

I'm pleased that, 15 years later they're putting out rather mature albums and not just "the Offspring" or whatever Stone Temple Pilots ended up as. Or worse: Billy Joe & Green Day. Gah. I tend to resist their "songs that sound like 'Time of Your Life'" tracks, but I genuinely like this one.

Flashback song: "Across the Great Divide"

I can't find anything with the original by Kate Wolf. So here's a random dude covering it, on her behalf:

And the cover by Nanci Griffith with Emmylou Harris (1994):

A sunny Friday morning

Look at the kids at play.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Flashback song: "Iceblink Luck"

From 1992's Heaven or Las Vegas, which I picked up at the public library the other day. I needed a break from Michael Jackson songs. This seems sufficiently different.

Quote of the day

"It is my personal view that the largest proclamation of one's faith ought to be in how one lives his life."--Mark Sanford

We hear you, loud and clear.

Work it Grace Jones!

This is why my dog is named (partially) after her!

Song of the day: Skint & Demoralized

My mother will be so proud

Another politician with a conservative mind and a liberal penis

Thanks Jon!

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Happy birthday Hunter Foster

Friend John was not, officially, stalking him several years ago. It was just a serious of coincidences, running into him like that. All over Manhattan... small town and all.

Happy birthday Ricky Gervais

Happy birthday George Michael

Stay out of trouble! Or come visit.

Happy birthday Carly Simon.

Still not sure why you wrote that "vain" song about me, but whatever.

Flashback song: "Absolutely Immune"

Circa 1988 (UK), 1989 (US), this always got phone calls when I'd play it at Album 88. A cross between Pet Shop Boys and Book of Love.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Coming soon: Hump Day

Song of the day: Noisettes

Technically this makes 2 for today, but I liked this so much I wanted to share.

"We based"





Yours Faithfully,
Mr. Daniel Foster.
Payment Officer,
Salvador Picture Gallery
Gallery Road, Dulwich Village,
London SE21 7AD
Tel: 009447045716287

Email all the information requested to:

Mark Sanford, noted ethicist

“The issue of lying is probably the biggest harm, if you will, to the system of Democratic government, representatives government, because it undermines trust. And if you undermine trust in our system, you undermine everything.” [Mark Sanford on Bill Clinton, CNN, 2/16/99]

We await your resignation Mark.

You can apply for unemployment.

But don't take the extra weeks. That would be tacky.

A big family values shout out to Mark Sanford

Who voted "no" on gays adopting. Who adamantly feels that marriage is only between one man and one women (no man+man or woman+woman).

Here's to you, you fucking hypocrite. Cheating on your wife. Cheating on your kids. Shirking your fucking responsibility to your state.

Fuck you.

Fuck you.

And fuck you.

Take your family values, and shove them up your ass.

You will probably be ashamed to admit how much you enjoy it... but then you do like the exotic.

Buenos fucking Aires.


Flashback song: "Don't Cry for Me Argentina"

In honor of Gov. Mark Sanford (R, SC), who up and disappeared leaving a state in financial crisis, having tried to deny extended unemployment benefits to hundreds of thousands of jobless in his state.

Sinead O'Connor's version from around 1994:

And Karen Carpenter's version from the early 80s (ignore the video):

Song of the day: Dinosaur Jr.

Not to put too fine a point on it

In 2009 Mark Sanford has said:

1. I do NOT want money to fix the decaying schools of my state.

2. I am going to Buenos Aires for an exotic vacation at the spur of the moment.

So once again, fuck you poor people of South Carolina (aka most people in South Carolina)--ESPECIALLY POOR KIDS, love Mark S.

Did we say hiking the Appalachin Trail?!

We meant to say flying to Argentina. They sound really similar.

So here's what we know:
1. Mark Sanford's staff are a bunch of fucking liars.
2. Mark Sanford doesn't give a rat's ass about the people of South Carolina.
3. Mark Sanford hates his family.
4. Mark Sanford is some kind of liberal elite, going off to South America instead of a NASCAR rally.

Anyway, fuck you South Carolina, love Mark S.

Happy birthday Mindy Kaling

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Lemony Snicket likes Eurythmics's Savage

A new anthology has 20 writers discussing albums that deeply influenced their lives. Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, cites Savage. The write-up on the anthology (here) says he's one of 2 (the other being Dave Stewart). Well make me #3! The album is genius and deserves listening to from start to finish.

Their label did a poor job in selecting "I Need a Man" as the first single. The concept nature of the supporting videos didn't help it on MTV (this was the cusp of a time when MTV played videos, mind you).

Here are a couple of tracks:

Notes on Into the Wild

An impressive, expansive movie that is uniquely epic and intimate in its scope. Artfully compiled by writer/director Sean Penn, cinematographer Eric Gautier, and editor Jay Cassidy.

The movie's cast, lead by Emile Hirsch but filled with great appearances by Hal Holbrook, Marcia Gay Harden, Katherine Keener, Vince Vaughn, William Hurt and others, is a testament to the casting work of Francine Maisler. There is occasional talk of adding "casting" to the categories for which Oscars are awarded--it's an easy area to overlook, but when it works like this, it warrants appreciation.

I'm sorry I didn't see it on a big screen, but now that it's out on cable, I highly recommend you make time for it.

Flashback song: "Downtown Lights"

Original by the Blue Nile, circa 1989:

Covered by Annie Lennox around 1995:

John McCain cares about the people of Iran

Why it was June of 2008 that this happened:

"John McCain sparked amazement yesterday when he suggested America should keep exporting cigarettes to Iran as a way of 'killing em'....

It is not the first time the Republican has gotten into trouble over Iran. He once sang the words, 'Bomb,bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran' to the Beach Boys' tune 'Barbara Ann' after being asked about the country by a supporter.

The incident comes after it was revealed that U.S. exports to Iran - including brassieres, bull semen, cosmetics and possibly even weapons - grew more than tenfold during President George W. Bush's years in office even as he accused Iran of nuclear ambitions and helping terrorists.

America sent more cigarettes to Iran than any other products. Other surprising shipments to Iran during the Bush administration: fur clothing, sculptures, perfume and musical instruments."--Daily Mail June 8, 2008

Happy birthday Joss Whedon

Creator of Buffy, Angel, Firefly

Happy birthday Bob Fosse

Jazz hands everyone!

Happy birthday Frances McDormand

Song of the day: Phoenix

They're from France. (That's a Coneheads reference... I am old.)

Remembering George Carlin

May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008

"Traditional American values: genocide, aggression, conformity, emotional repression, hypocrisy, and the worship of comfort and consumer goods."

Monday, June 22, 2009

Multiple stab wounds a threat to monkeys. Humans?

And this says sooo much about the English-only protestors

Pat Buchanan, who recently called SCOTUS nominee Sonia Sotomayor an affirmative action candidate and insinuated that she is not very bright, hosted an event for advocates of English as the OFFICIAL language of the USA.

Except they couldn't spell conference correctly on the sign.

It would be equally awesome to find out that the sign was printed by undocumented workers. I think I'll start that rumor now.

...and the sign was printed by undocumented day laborers!!!

Seriously, one of my dogs did this?

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40 years ago today

We lost Judy Garland.

Three days later, the day of her funeral, drag queens on edge at the Stonewall Inn decided they'd had enough of the police giving them shit. They fought back. And so began the modern quest for civil rights for the LGBT community (not the BLT community... that is still to come).

The series of events continues to amuse me for some reason.

Today in hypocrisy (Fox News on Letterman)

Quote of the day

"True equality is not a political handout. It comes from activism, litigation, and engagement, rather than blind faith."--Professor Darren Hutchison

From his thoughtful and thought-provoking blog on legal issues, Dissenting Justice.

Song of the day: "Shining Light"

Annie Lennox covers on her recent "hits" collection.

And here's the original by Ash.

John Hodgman at Radio & Television Correspondents Dinner

Giving hope to round-faced geeks everywhere.

Happy birthday Cyndi Lauper

From 1993's Hatful of Stars.

Happy birthday Meryl Streep

Sound quality in this collection of clips is inconsistent (so be prepared to turn it up/turn it down), but they're fun.

Flashback song: "Hitsville UK"

From 1981. Singer/actress Ellen Foley (she was on Night Court for a while) joins Mick Jones on this surprisingly melodic Clash single.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Notes on The Hangover


Easily one of the funniest movies I've seen in a long time. The movie has the best qualities of Flirting with Disaster, After Hours and Into the Night--movies that keep making unpredictable turns and introducing unexpected characters to the cast.

Oscar opportunities? Probably not (maybe a Golden Globe), but I would hope an original screenplay nomination wasn't out of the question.

And of course, original song for "Stu's Song."

Lyrics to "Stu's Song":
What do tigers dream of, when they take a little tiger snooze.

Do they dream of mauling zebras, or Halle Berry in her Catwoman suit.

Don't you worry your pretty stripped head we're gonna get you back to Tyson and your cozy tiger bed.

And they we're gonna find our best friend Doug and then we're gonna give him a best friend hug.

Doug, Doug, Oh, Doug Douggie Douggie Doug Doug.

But if he's been murdered by crystal meth tweakers, well then we're shit out of luck.

Song of the day: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

The band name could be shorter, but the tune is catchy.

Flashback song: "Wise Up"

Originally recorded for the Jerry Maguire soundtrack (1996), Aimee Mann's song is used as an audacious mid-point in PT Anderson's Magnolia in 1999. Every iota of unhappiness in the movie is condensed in these 3+ minutes.

I applaud the sentiment

But WTF is up with Beyonce crouching/kneeling? That does not look comfortable.

The cost of "playing it safe"

A great article from Daily Kos here. An excerpt:

"Dave Kilchen in his new book The Accidental Guerrilla describes terrorism in the terms of an auto-immune disorder. Like lupus, where the systems of the body designed to protect against infection turn on healthy tissue, our response to problems can often result in far more damage than the problem itself. It's not the terrorists that do the real damage -- it's how you respond to the terrorists. Certainly, if you look at all the ways that the United States has responded to the threat of terrorism since 9/11 we've damaged our overseas relationships and reputation, tossed much of our own constitution in the dumpster, and spent millions for every dollar that our enemies have spent. The self-inflicted wounds have been deeper, more serious, and more lingering than anything that was done from the outside."

Meet the Press "transcript"

Hysterical. Here.