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Tommy James, “I Am a Tangerine”

Posted By: Paul - Sat May 19, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Food, Music, Psychedelic, 1970s

Rock ‘n’ Roll Underwear

From Omni magazine (Aug 1981): "The latest discotechnological breakthrough is an item called Rock and Roll Hot Pants. By wiring your shorts or panties to a stereo speaker with a 15-foot cord, which relays the music to a two inch disc on your waistband,”you get an incredible tingle all over your body,” claims inventor David Lloyd."

Santa Rosa Press Democrat - Jan 27, 1981



Omni magazine - August 1981

Posted By: Alex - Sat May 12, 2018 - Comments (6)
Category: Inventions, Music, Underwear, 1980s

The Rite of Exorcism

Released in 1974, The Rite of Exorcism was an album performed by three Catholic priests calling themselves the Contemporary Mission. It included a rock-and-roll version of "Dies Irae (Day of Wrath)." The trio described the album as an attempt to communicate with young people in their own media. So, it was part of the ongoing effort to help Catholicism shed its stuffy image.

Except, in this case there's some debate over whether the three really were bonafide Catholic priests. By 1980 they were under investigation for using tax-exempt religious status to run a sketchy mail-order business that sold snake-oil of various kinds such as "a bath oil described as weight-reducing... and a 'Living Cross' that, when coupled with a special prayer, was guaranteed to change your life 'in just five days.'"

More info: WFMU (which has the whole album available as a free download), discogs.com, law.justia.com.



Posted By: Alex - Fri May 11, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Music, Religion, 1970s

Amii Stewart’s “Knock On Wood”



Holy cats! What did I just watch?

Her Wikipedia page.

Posted By: Paul - Fri May 11, 2018 - Comments (4)
Category: Music, Sex Symbols, Psychedelic, 1970s

Raggedy Ann and Andy:  A Musical Adventure

Makes one savor the genius of TOY STORY and sequels even more.



Posted By: Paul - Wed May 09, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Movies, Music, Toys, 1970s

John Lennon Slept Here

In 1984, Jeff Walker paid $36,490 for an 80-year lease on Room 1111 in Miami's Deauville Hotel. The reason was that back in February 1964 John Lennon had spent a few nights in that room. So Walker's plan was to rent the room out to Beatles' fans at a premium price and make a nice profit.

But one year later, only one person had rented the room from him, for a single night. Walker noted that he could have had the hotel rent the room for him, as just a regular room, but he didnt want "a bunch of weirdos" (i.e. non-Beatles fans) renting the room.

The Deauville hotel is still around, though its website indicates that it's currently closed for renovations.

I wonder if Walker still has the lease on room 1111? I can't find any indication that he does.

Hartford Courant - Feb 22, 1985
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Miami News - May 3, 1984

Posted By: Alex - Sat May 05, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Celebrities, Music, 1980s

Vogue Picture Records

For a brief time, one company produced records with illustrations imprinted into the vinyl.

Visit this site for a big archive of charming, sometimes bizarre artwork.

Posted By: Paul - Wed May 02, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Art, Music, Twentieth Century

The Chipmunks:  “America the Beautiful”

Is there any other country that will feature such a version of one of its sacred national songs? I thought not. Case for the USA being the greatest nation: closed!

Posted By: Paul - Tue May 01, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Music, 1960s, North America, Cacophony, Dissonance, White Noise and Other Sonic Assaults

Mistress of Time

Back in 1996, Jeanne Calment of France celebrated her 121st birthday by releasing a record titled Maîtresse du Temps (Mistress of Time) on which she "recounts her memories above a musical background of rap, techno and farandole, a regional dance tune dating to the Middle Ages."

Based on the clips I've been able to find, the album was as awful as you might expect.

Calment died in 1997, at the age of 122. Wkipedia offers this interesting detail about her life:

In 1965, at age 90 and with no heirs, Calment signed a contract to sell her apartment to lawyer André-François Raffray, retaining a life estate. Raffray, then aged 47 years, agreed to pay her a monthly sum of 2,500 francs (€381.12) until she died. Raffray ended up paying Calment the equivalent of more than €140,000, more than double the apartment's value.




Salem Statesman Journal - Feb 22, 1996





Posted By: Alex - Thu Apr 26, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Music, 1990s

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