Afterween: I review Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit”.

I am truly an 80s lover. I was a teen in the 80s, not a child, but I coveted a lot of things kids liked in the 80s(My Pet Monster, for example) as well as the stuff teens were into. So I feel I have a sort of double-whammy 80s love.

I especially reveled in the music. Although I am probably a bigger fan now of hand-played music, all the techno of the 80s radio airwaves was like nothing we’d ever heard before; it was fresh, exciting, and sometimes really bizarre.

Enter the music video. Called “promo films” in the 60s, music videos were nothing new; it’s simply that when I was a teen a mind-blowingly cool channel called MTV gathered all those promo films of current songs together and came rocking into the lives of those of us who had the mystical “cable”, which I at first thought was an actual cable that connected to a movie theater!!!!!

So where am I going with this? I’m setting up that I was a true MTV kid.  My generation was always ready for the next big video that came out, talking with friends at school about new videos that next day, taping videos on my family’s top-loading VCR to be able to not only hear the song over and over until I could get the record or tape, but to analyze the video or be able to pause it on cool shots and cute guys wearing way too much makeup. Videos might be surreal mini-movies or straight-up “live performances” on stage with the artists lip-synching.

Then there was Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit”.

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Halloween Countdown 2017: Booger Hollow!

Today I went to visit my dad in Blairsville, up in the north Georgia mountains. Very close to his area is a little town(?) called Booger Hollow, and this time I was determined to snag some evidence.

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The sign out front of the one convenience is the best! Although I swear it used to have a ghost on it.
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Aha! Found a pic online of the old sign,
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It’s even on the street sign!
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Here I am in good ol’ Booger Hollow!
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Dad and me.  I have never given this man any reason to be proud of me…I’ve pretty much failed at everything he had hoped I would be. But I know he likes me because he said he wore his shirt today especially for me!

Halloween Countdown 2017: Lindsey Buckingham’s “Go Insane” Video!

I have reviewed several spooky/unsettling videos on here; I still have yet to review “Rockit”,but I may overcome that this season.

A video whose song I loved and was a little freaked out by its video is “Go Insane” by  Lindsey Buckingham. Buckingham is one of those artists whom I didn’t know were part of other, bigger entities when I discovered them back in the 1980s, when my music tastes were developing. Once I learned he was part of Fleetwood Mac, I felt a little embarrassed. Same story with Paul McCartney—– once I figured out McCartney was one of the Beatles, I had to backtrack and realize that was Paul singing on on so many of my favorite old songs. I could go on—-Robert Plant, Roger Daltrey, Jeff Lynne, etc. Anyway, Lindsey Buckingham’s “Go Insane” video has some of the early roots of computer animation and good old superimposing at work, making some pretty wacky stuff for its time..for instance:

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For the lyric “Two kinds of trouble in this world/ 
Living, dying “, Lindsey holds up two boxes and out pops a mini-me of himself plus an adorable little skeleton marionette.

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Halloween Countdown 2017: “The Thing on the Fourble Board”. Quiet, Please! radio show,1948.

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Quiet, Please! was a fantasy/horror radio program created by Wyllis Cooper. He also created the show Lights Out.

“The Thing on the Fourble Board” is regarded as one of the scariest episodes of Quiet, Please! and, to some critics, in all of radio history.

The episode is narrated to us by Porky(Ernest Chappell) an oil-field worker who encounters a bizarre creature dragged up from the earth’s depths hiding high up on the  “fourble board” of an oil derrick . This is a bit of oil worker jargon: the “fourble board”  is a narrow catwalk that is as high up as four lengths of drilling pipe placed vertically (two lengths of pipe are a “double”, three are a “thribble” and four are a “fourble.”)

Cecil Roy’s vocal performance as the creature was said to be especially chilling, managing to sound barely human yet strangely sympathy-inducing. Roy was a radio actress who was well known in radio broadcasting of the 1930s and 1940s as “The Girl of a Thousand Voices”.

“And, believe me, I didn’t want to see its body — I can see that in my nightmares. But its face… I can’t help wanting to see that pathetic, little girl face.”–Porky

Click HERE to listen to this chilling episode.

AND:

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Halloween Countdown 2017: The Stockholm Monster Tree!

My pal Erica, who married a Swedish fella and moved across the pond, sent me this photo; she snapped it from a bus she takes regularly. She had told me about the “monster tree” and I was really looking forward to seeing it, but I didn’t exactly want her to be hanging out the window or anything to get it. To my delight, she got a super-clear pic of it.Stockholm Monster Tree.jpg

She explained additionally:
It seems to just be a random tree with a big creepy hole in it that someone decided to paint like a monster, complete with sharp teefs. I just love it! There’s a lot of random art in/around Stockholm though, so not sure if it’s official art or just some awesome vandalism. 😉