Max Hedroom – Photo: Warner Brothers
These classic commercials remind me of drinking tang and waiting on mom to make me a sloppy joe. I love the eighties spot about environmental preservation where the year is supposed to be 2050, but everyone is wearing side ponytails in scrunchies along with their leg warmers. Luckily, they predicted the touch screen computer correctly.
Continue reading VINTAGE COMMERCIALS FROM THE 60’S, 70’S, & 80’S!
BY PENELOPE GREEN VIA NY TIMES
Patti Smith, Survivor In her new memoir, “M Train,” the punk elder makes peace with her ghosts and finds solace in a century-old bungalow in the Rockaways.
One bright afternoon last month, the Rockaways’ meticulously restored boardwalk gleamed in the sun, as did Patti Smith’s sparsely furnished one-room bungalow a half-block away, the light filtering through the wisps of white linen that draped the new windows. Its minuscule front porch overlooked a raggedy yard turfed with weeds and wildflowers. “It’s the first place I’ve ever lived where I made all the choices,” Ms. Smith said proudly, noting that she has stripped it of closets, doors and rooms. “I don’t like anything superfluous.”
Continue reading PATTI SMITH – SURVIVOR! (NY TIMES)
Fantastic vintage video of Grace Jones helping out the NYC area by asking, “It’s ten o’clock, do you know where your children are?” I’ve heard many of my older friends complain about these old public service announcements. They had made their parents paranoid and start instituting a ten pm curfew as teens, which bummed them out to no end.
Continue reading A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FROM GRACE JONES -1979!
“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.”
Continue reading COLLECTED QUOTES FROM ALBERT EINSTEIN!
Some folks find their religion in church, me I found mine in the 99 cent record bin of a trashy southern Woolworth’s. On that fateful day in 1971, from that bin of unwanted vinyl, came the road map to my life– The Stooges and Funhouse, me all of twelve years of age. Other life changing discs too– Howlin’ Wolf’s Evil, the Flamin’ Groovies’ Flamingo and Teenage Head, I’m Jimmy Reed, The MC5’s Back In The USA, Little Walter’s Best Of and Hate To See You Go. Raw Power would eventually find its way there, although by then I’d already worn out two copies.
Continue reading The Stooges – Part I
Death, its the greatest career move of them all. Ask Elvis, or Jacko. But Iggy did ‘em one better; he’s the only rock star to live through his own death. But I digress…
By the winter of ’74 The Stooges were gone; going out in a blaze of defiance as captured by the posthumously released live document Metallic KO. It seemed their tiny following had taken upon themselves to spread the gospel. Stooges fan clubs popped up in California, Paris and Germany. Fanzines with names like Back Door Man and Denim Delinquent reported on their final shows and current activities (I too joined the ranks of self-publishers naming my zine after Ron Asheton’s first post-Stooges band—New Order). Continue reading The Stooges – Part II
“No, no, we’re not offensive. We’re not offensive people. The music is offensive to a lot of people.”
– Mark E. Smith
A very young Mark E. Smith sneers into the camera, “Yeah, yeah… industrial estate!”
Smith is apathetic and he doesn’t give a damn if you like his music or not. This clip from 1978 is edited to feature live footage of “Psycho Mafia” and “Industrial Estate” mixed in with quick cuts of Smith sharing the public’s reaction to their music along with a strange cut of his blasé opinion on the Stones: “A lot of people appreciate The Stones, ya know? Appreciate the communication.”
This cool demeanor makes Smith very attractive. Even though The Fall are labeled ‘post punk,‘ his attitude is more punk than Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious combined. Where their presence on and off stage came off as juvenile and forced, Smith was relaxed and confident. It’s as if he doesn’t give a damn about the trivialities that exist inside the rest of our heads.
Continue reading “PSYCHO MAFIA” – THE FALL – 1978!
(The famous conjoined twins from Siam, Chang and Eng. The term “Siamese twins” was coined after them.)
This rare 80’s HBO documentary on human abnormalities takes a look at the most well known sideshow performers of the last century as well as more obscure ones. The saddest tale of all is that of the “ape woman,” Julia Pastrana of Mexico, who was a talented opera singer managed by a man named Lent, who proposed marriage in order to keep her from running away to a more profitable sideshow. A pregnancy had Julia on cloud nine until her baby passed away shortly after birth. Julia died from a broken heart three days later. Her shady husband had her and the baby preserved in order to keep making money on his newly silent freak show. Karma eventually caught up with him– he went insane and spent his final years in an asylum.
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By: Amy Haben
Who knew that a scrawny kid from Youngstown, Ohio would become such a legendary player in rock history?
The skinny singer with a penchant for shock value on stage, certainly held a torch in creating the punk rock movement. Snarly and vicious, The Dead Boys’ singer, Stiv Bators was known to get naked on the CBGB’s stage while pelting food onto the crowd.
Continue reading THE EVOLUTION OF STIV BATORS!