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25 November 2014 @ 03:10 pm
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Pretty sure this guy was from JERSEY SHORE, what with a fishnet shirt, fake tan and tattoos on his neck, that sort of thing. He stepped on Snooki by mistake, if I recall correctly.
25 November 2014 @ 03:07 pm

I don't remember them as being quite that large, though..
Click for a much larger image, if you are so inclined!


This poster hung on many a dorm wall and in many a cheap apartment in the late 1960s-early 1970s. Maybe not as many as "Keep On Trucking" did, though,or that rainbow through a prism image that Pink Floyd embedded in our DNA...
25 November 2014 @ 02:53 pm



This is from "Superman Returns to Krypton," in SUPERMAN# 61, December 1949. I've read quite a few Golden Age Superman stories, nowhere near all of them of course, and it never occurred to me that in the original canon he had no idea where he came from. In the original stories, baby Kal-El (not that he knew that name either) was thrown clear when the rocket crashed and burned up. I don't know if Superman was even shown as being curious as to just where that rocket had come from; maybe he concluded he was a product of some scientific experiment or something.

Anyway, in this story, Superman first encounters Kryptonite (which actually debuted on the radio series) and is naturally a bit worried about this strange meteoric fragment that can weaken him. Since he regards physics as mere suggestions, our boy flies off faster than light and retraces the path the meteors took, going back in time to appear on a strange planet no one on Earth had ever suspected of existing. And here he gets hit over the head with a stunning revelation.

I much prefer this old school vision of Krypton as a vibrant, energetic world of healthy people going about their lives. Beginning with the 1978 film and finalizing with John Byrne's revisionism (ick), we saw a Krypton that was increasingly cold, sterile and lifeless. The implication was that Kal-El was actually better off growing up on Earth. Feh. The drama of a magnificent advanced culture suddenly snuffed out with one lone survivor escaping gave Superman a depth and sense of tragedy he needed. With all his godlike powers, he always had a vague weltschmerz in the background.

(Of course, this appealing backdrop was itself hopelessly diluted when Krypton had other survivors turn up. Krypto, Supergirl, various Phantom Zone criminals, Beppo the Super-Monkey and a finally a whole freaking city (albeit in a bottle)....
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Ack! The Chalicotherium. Sure, they may have lived on a vegetarian diet but so do bulls. And bison. And rhinos. And Lajka's Aunt Agnetha, who pushed a security guard down a flight of stairs for smiling at her "in a suspicious way."
Boy, that was rough. It was like trying to get Congress to do something. Anyway, hope this brings back some fond memories for you fans of the World's Greatest Hero and/or Mad Scientist.

24 November 2014 @ 04:14 pm
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Of course, the government covered it up. They WOULD.

Still waiting for the LILO AND STITCH/HAWAII FIVE-O crossover where Stitch kills twenty human traffickers with his bare paws, Steve McGarret tackles him from a low-flying helicopter to bring him in and Kono gets stuck taking Lilo for an ice cream sundae.
24 November 2014 @ 04:01 pm
Hmmm, looks like Lajka's cousin Ingrid is taking a break from her duties over at the Mother Cabrini Home For Wayward Girls. Oh well.


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24 November 2014 @ 03:48 pm

Lot of history around this great song. It was a big hit in 1956 for Little Richard. The Beatles started performing it before they actually WERE the Beatles (in the Quarrymen incarnation), then in their Hamburg days and kept it as part of their live shows right up until the final Candlestick Park concert in 1966, so it's hard to guess how many times they tore into it. The band appeared with Little Richard in a 1962 show (and got to chill with one of their idols) From what I've read, he liked and approved of their cover version (which is more than can be said for the Pat Boone cover. I mean, Pat Boone singing "Long Tall Sally" is a nightmarish oxymoron. It's like Tiny Tim singing "Sixteen Tons"). I can't decide if I like the Little Richard or the Beatles version better. The original has better vocals (Paul is great on this but doesn't seem as comfortable on the high notes as Little Richard was and Little Richard's "Woooo" is hard to beat) and a frantic piano (Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis and some other early rockers really attacked those pianos with gusto). But the Beatles do the song justice, Paul gives the vocals everything he has and their version has guitar solos by first John and then George. It's mighty close. I can't choose, I love 'em both.

What a high energy song. It basically hits the ground running and tears down the road full blast. It must have been amazing to have been a teenager on the dance floor with either Little Richard or the Beatles performing this live almost within arm's reach. As much as I enjoy later and more polished songs from RUBBER SOUL on, with all the experimentation and sophisticated lyrics and such, early bombshells like this WERE Rock and Roll. They were what jumpstarted the genre and gave it legs. The Beatles always look like they're having fun during this song, something we sometimes forget as outsiders decades later... they enjoyed playing the music for its own sake. It was a far cry from the final year or two of wearily scraping up one more number to fill out an album so they could escape the studio and go home. Frankly, LET IT BE would have benefitted from a song with the voltage and pep of "Long Tall Sally."

"I'm gonna tell Aunt Mary/About Uncle John/He said he had the misery/But he got a lotta fun" As a kid, someone told me that the 'misery' (or the 'miseries') was arthritis and particularly rheumatoid arthritis. But I guess it was actually a Southern expression for feeling poorly or rundown or just depressed. So Uncle John was misleading Aunt Mary about being ill while he was actually out getting frisky, and his nephew caught him. "I saw Uncle John/ with Long Tall Sally/He saw Aunt Mary comin'/ and he ducked back in the alley" Whoops, that was a close one. "Long Tall Sally, she's built for speed/She got everything that Uncle John needs" This was a phrase that I think originally referred to sailing boats, they were designed either for speed or comfort, and was later applied to women. The image is that Sally is slim or even thin, and not the curvy thick type but she still has everything Uncle John is looking for. (Paul also seems to sing, "She's built pretty sweet," which works just as well.)

There's room for a little playful speculation here. The most innocent is that the narrator IS going to rat Uncle John out, which will likely result in Aunt Mary committing grievous domestic violence against the guy. The rolling pin or the frying pan comes out. The nephew will enjoy the beating as a form of entertainment. Or it could be that Long Tall Sally is a professional (before the word "escort" was in common use) and the nephew's price for keeping his mouth shut is a session with her. No wonder he sounds so excited. Either way, "we're gonna have some fun tonight." That's a lively family.
23 November 2014 @ 08:18 pm
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Nothing like this appeared in the movie. Im-Ho-Tep was cleaned up and dressed properly before he met Helen.

Kharis, though... HE picked up and carried girls around every chance he got.