Saturday, July 16, 2011

"It’s possible, but I doubt it"

Okay, we conclude with "Head to Toe" and for this I want you to pull your acid wash denim jacket off your shoulders but keep it on around your back, because that's the official Club MTV look, mmmkay?

"And you, don't you know my tears will burn the pillow?"

About 13 years ago Allure covered this and had a pretty big hit with it. But c'mon, this is totally begging for a country music cover: Wynonna and Clint Black; Lorrie Morgan and Ty Herndon; Tanya Tucker and Alan Jackson. Do my bidding people! (No, not Tim McGraw, not this time.)

"Que-sera, que-sera"

I'm realizing how segregated pop radio in Atlanta was back in the 80s. I'm pretty sure an "urban" act like LL&CJ was relegated to V103 (well, relegated to Atlanta's highest rated station, how sad) while similar sounds from Debbie Gibson and Expose got airplay on 3 or 4 "white" stations (note: the stations themselves weren't actually white, but the audiences were heavily Caucasian, and as everyone knows, only Caucasians spend money on things and thus only Caucasian audiences have value to advertisers--or so the logic seemed to go, it was the 80s).

"Your love is... take me home"

I associate this song with driving home really late at night--bars in Atlanta used to close at 4:00 a.m. and that meant bands didn't start until 10:30 at the earliest. So it could be 12:30 or 1:00 before a headliner started playing. And the drive home to Lawrenceville, even on empty I-85, was a good half hour. So late night driving, sometimes in the sultry summer night air (possibly because I didn't have a/c in some of my cars).

The production on this song is a little trippy--the vocals seem to be mixed down, the bass pulled forward--it's almost like you're rolling but I'm sure I don't even know what that would mean. Nor would you.

"Can you see my love shine through the dark"

LL&CJ really do have this wonderful "totally 80s" urban/dance sound that needs more love!

"In order to play with this record you must turn your bass to up"

I've made a unilateral decision to celebrate the music of Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam (sometimes with, sometimes without Full Force) today. As always, refunds will be made after filing out forms in triplicate.

Song of the Day: "Hard Times"

The remarkable Gillian Welch returns with The Harrow and the Harvest. This song has a glimmer of hope in its plaintive sound, and since it's another depression era, it's a song we need. Needless to say I blame George W. Bush, but really I blame everyone that voted for him too.

Song: "Hard Times"
Artist: Gillian Welch

Friday, July 15, 2011

I randomly realized

That it was 29 years ago today, plus or minus a week, that I first heard The Jam, over in Japan. It was a record store from which you could rent an LP the way you could a DVD (remember when people used to go to a place and rent a DVD? quaint!). Then I realized that if I stopped posting here I might finish my fucking report and go home...

I heart you Adam

22 days straight and no day off for July 4th can certainly lead to this... (Details here)

Song of the Day: "Dressed in Black"

The Balkans, and not, surprisingly, The Strokes. Great song, by the way, regardless of who it is. I want to make sure that's clear. That was not a dis... you'll know when that happens.

Song: "Dressed in Black"
Artist: The Balkans

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Congratulations and you're welcome!

Emmy nominations were announced this morning, and my elaborate "for your consideration" posts are obviously paying off again this year. How else could you explain nominations for Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope) and, um... hmm. I'm thrilled Dot-Marie Jones (Glee) was nominated, but I'm surprised that she was eligible for Guest Actress (6 or fewer episodes during the eligibility year). Chloris Leachman (Raising Hope) was nominated as Guest Actress as well and that REALLY has me confused.

Matt LeBlanc (Episodes), Louie C.K. (Louie) and Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory) were all nice, non-Charlie Sheen surprises. And while I have not been able to sit through an episode of Mike & Molly, I'm happy that Melissa McCarthy is having such a great year (she got an Emmy nomination and is in one of the summer's big hits [she's Shia Lebouef's new girlfriend in Transformers]).

And I love that Mary McDonnell (The Closer) competes with her Passion Fish costar Alfre Woodard (True Blood... wait she was nominated for that?) in the Guest Actress in a Drama category. Alfre is one of my favorite actresses, but since she's won 4 Emmys with an additional 11 nominations before this one, I think maybe we can give Mary a chance. Now Julia Stiles (Dexter) will win, just wait.

Okay, gotta run to work, but congrats to all the usual loves like Colbert, The Daily Show and the evil geniuses (Matt Parker-Stone and Trey Stone-Parker).

Song of the Day: "Hits Me Like a Rock"

New music from CSS and NOT, I sweat, Ace of Base.

Song: "Hits Me Like a Rock"
Artist: CSS

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Things I remember from 26 years ago

That would be Live Aid, 1985.
1. I took the day off from work. Yes it was a Saturday, but I routinely worked Saturdays at Sears.
2. It was hot. Duh, it was Atlanta in July and we didn't have a/c.
3. I recorded a lot of the day onto VHS and I probably have several of those tapes; unlabeled because why would I want to know what was on a tape?

I may be repeating myself, but here are some favorite performances I recall.

I think I remember Gary Kemp's chest as much as their performance.

I had to get up early because The Style Council were the second act to go on. I vaguely recall that they were supposed to open it, but they (Weller, I'm sure) didn't want to be associated with whatever royals were starting the day. I mean, it seems credible. Status Quo ended up going on first.

And I'll close this with a song David Bowie wrote for my dog. And he included her name in the title twice, which is really sweet when you think about it.

PS, what do Sade Adu, Dee C. Lee, The Four Tops, Billy Ocean, Run D.M.C., Ashford & Simpson, Teddy Pendergrass, Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards, Tony Thompson, Eddie Kendricks, David Ruffin, Patti LaBelle and Lionel Richie all have in common? They are all invisible to John Wesley Harding.

Happy Birthday Didi Conn

Apparently there is not an agreed-upon spelling for Conn's character name from Grease (Frenchie) and Grease 2 (Frenchy, per IMDB). Or that was an unrevealed plot point (she legally changed her name) that you can discover on the audio commentary. I know Conn from Grease/Grease 2 (while inferior in nearly every possible sense, Grease 2 did have Adrian Zmed and Lorna Luft, and those are both fun names to say). I kinda know she's involved in You Light Up My Life (in the movie she wrote the song, while in real life the dude who wrote the song killed himself [RIP]) and Benson.

To see the scene in which she first sings the title song from YLUML, click here. Reading the description now, it sounds like a movie I would normally like (especially if it starred Dinah Manoff), but seeing as how I saw Star Wars [OMG, Episode IV A New Hope, nerds!!] 8 times that year, I'm sure the opportunity just never arose. Fun fact: while Conn can sing, she lip-synced the performance; the real singer was Kasey Cisyk, not Debbie Boone (although Debbie did cover the song to considerable success, and was never heard from again). I seem to recall a clip, possible Siskel & Ebert reviewing the movie, wherein Conn was writing commercial jingles and tells the clients (the "egg" people) that special eggs don't make omelets fluffy, milk does.  Clearly the character hasn't lived in a world contorted by client perceptions for long (I have, and will stop typing about that now).

Here she is joining Olivia onstage for a song from Grease:

And here she is on Password with Fred Grandy, which is really perfect in a late 70s kind of way.

She's a spokesperson for autism (her son has the condition), and is (or if she's like me, WAS) a supporter of Barack Obama.

I feel like there's an interesting project for her, Shelley Duvall and Talia Shire out there somewhere, if only someone would write it. It's the kind of thing Robert Altman would have done (possibly because he did 3 Women which starred Duvall).

Oh, Lily Tomlin can be in it too! Clearly we need to reincarnate Altman for this one. Let's just go ahead and say they fight vampires AND zombies, since that will get it backing even if all 4 actresses made the mistake of turning 40.

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

Song of the Day: "Gather"

Jay Farrar released this last year, but I only heard it recently thanks to a free sampler I downloaded from Amazon. It was on the Slaughter Rule soundtrack (me neither), but it's still new to me.

If you're wondering why I'm playing something so autumnal, the high today will only be 71.

Song: "Gather"
Artist: Jay Farrar

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Further adventures in Morrissey assaults!!!

zOMG! Moz has been injured again!

This time by a dog!

Morrissey sustained hand and arm injuries recently after being attacked by a dog in England. (Limited details here)
"You can bite my arm but it won't change the way I feel"

Song of the Day: "My Foolish Pride"

Charlatans from their 11th album, Who We Touch (which I think ought to be Whom We Touch, but they didn't ask me).

Coming soon, new Dexy's Midnight Runners! I'm not kidding.

Song: "My Foolish Pride"
Artist: Charlatans

Monday, July 11, 2011

"He set fire to the kitchen floor, and made noises like a bumble bee"

Was (Not Was) with some old school R&B sounds, from 2008. Enjoy.

Find more Was (Not Was) songs at Myspace Music

Song of the Day: "Chin Music"

Some dudes called The Baseball Project, at something called a record store. Normally I wouldn't post a live clip, but I'm struggling to make sense of my life right now, and there's something about seeing these old dudes working together that makes me think, YOU KIDS GET OFF MY LAWN... or something.

Song: "Chin Music"
Artist: The Baseball Project

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Random G-rated images from my last few weeks

Perhaps a couple from the road trip that never made it to the blog--these came after the nauseating first 45 miles of Ca Hwy 1.

I think we all know the answer to this one:

Did you know that this very gay looking drink is also somewhat tasty? Most things gay are.

If only Freddie's actually stood by the sign?

Oh I do love my juvenile puns...

Rows and rows: certifications at John's doctor's office and spices in John's kitchen.

And finally some classy thrift store shopping with Clark. Well, thrift store shopping with Clark. Well, a thrift store with Clark... well, Clark was there.

Song of the Day: "Run the World (Girls)"

Yes, I am clearly taking the new music thing easy this weekend, so here's Beyonce. I hadn't heard this before last week and this is still only my second exposure. I'm sure there was no way to come close to the zeitgeist of "Single Ladies" but, well, ... yeah. So here's this one.

As for girls running the world, well, not so long as you're paying insane amounts of money to wear uncomfortable and ill-balanced shoes in the hopes of impressing boys.

Song: "Run the World (Girls)"
Artist: Beyonce