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1990's

Enjoy the Experience



This 2-disc compilation of "homemade recordings" is pure caviar for all WU-vies. Listen to more at the link below, then buy your copy--which features many other "hits"--soon!

YouTube playlist here.




FLUKE



I wonder why the trailer neglects to tell us that the dog houses the reincarnated soul of the little kid's father, who croaked in a car accident. Read the synopsis of the rest of the film to learn of its heart-warming tale of death, malevolence, vivisection, and heartbreak. A feel-good pic!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jan 28, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Disguises, Impersonations, Mimics and Forgeries, Movies, New Age, Religion, Superstition, Dogs, 1990's

The Day Today



A UK comedy show from 20 years ago, still offering laughs in this era of THE ONION and Borat. Once non-UK listeners get past a few very local allusions.

Full story here.

More episodes on YouTube.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Nov 24, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Humor, Television, 1990's, Europe

Brass Eye:  Drugs



An explanation of what you are watching. If you can stop laughing long enough to click the link.

Parts 2 & 3 on YouTube.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Sep 11, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Bombast, Bloviation and Pretentiousness, Drugs, PSA's, Documentaries, 1990's, Parody, Europe

Duelling Organs



You don't often see musical duels on this instrument--especially between a sixty-two-year-old woman and a seventy-year-old man!

Shirley Scott, Jack McDuff and Duke Jethro. ("Jazz/blues organist/pianist Duke Jethro has played with artists such as Bobby Bland and Freddie King but he's most recognized for his time in B.B. King's band. He was organist for King's classic 'Live at the Regal,' recorded in 1964 in the famous Southside Theater in Chicago.")

Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jul 29, 2013 | Comments (1)
Category: Contests, Races and Other Competitions, Music, 1990's

Jimmy Tayoun, Prison Consultant

Jimmy Tayoun was a Philadelphia City Councilman who got busted for accepting bribes and concealing income from the IRS. As a result, he spent some time in a federal prison, but he used the experience to good advantage by penning a 64-page guide of practical advice for those on their way to prison, which was published upon his release in 1995. He titled it, Going To Prison? It seems like a book that deserves a place in any library of the weird. [Allegheny Times]

He also set up a 1-900 number to answer questions from "fearful first-timers," charging them $2.50 a minute to select from a menu of seven topics. In this way, according to wikipedia, he pioneered the profession of "prison consultant" (apparently he was the first to use the term), that being someone who "provides newly convicted criminals with advice on how to cope and survive in the unfamiliar surroundings of prison."

Jimmy's tips included these words of wisdom:
  • Bring a good amount of cash if you can.
  • Ask the custodial officer for a couple more razors, some more soap, and later for toothpaste. After a while you will learn where it is stored, check the door until you find it open, and help yourself — though never take too much since your lockers do get checked
  • See a dentist before serving time
  • Be wary of probation officers
  • Never snitch on another inmate or guard
  • Bring two pairs of eyeglasses, though "nothing fancy schmantzy"
  • Get a doctor's note to avoid being assigned a top bunk
  • Arrange private transportation to prison to avoid being handcuffed on the trip

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Apr 17, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Jobs and Occupations, Prisons, 1990's

Pre-internet Underground Book Distribution

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Original ad here.

Gather around, children, and you shall learn of an ancient time, before the internet. A day of paper fanzines and weird information obtained only via books delivered by snailmail.

The main purveyor of such good stuff was the Loompanics catalog. Alas, they were driven out of business in 2006. The current website using their domain name is a shell and a scam by cybersquatters.

Over one hundred Loompanics books have been tagged as a Goodreads collection. You can get a small sense of what they were all about there.

Eye Bra and Smoking Lip Panties

Part of Thierry Mugler's "ready to wear" collection that he presented in Paris in March 1991. Don't know if "ready to wear" would be the best term to describe it.


Incidentally, Thierry Mugler is himself a bit of an oddity. A few years back, after his fashion label went bankrupt, he started calling himself Manfred and working out a lot (and paying for some plastic surgery), thereby transforming himself in his late 50s (he's now 64) into what the NY Times recently described as a "240-pound spectacle of muscle and nipple and tattoo."

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Dec 15, 2012 | Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, 1990's

Woodsy Owl







Woodsy in the 70s, the 80s and the 90s. The newest look is horrifying, in my opinion, like some creature from THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU.





Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Dec 02, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Authorities and Experts, Government, Nature, 1970's, 1980's, 1990's, Fictional Monsters
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