Monthly Archives: December 2008

museum piece

Piece: Maria robot from Fritz Lang’s 1927 film Metropolis

Where: The Cinémathèque française Paris, France

cute couple alert

Elia Kazan and Barbara Loden
lodenkazan

bonus couple (non-romantic): Barbara Loden and my brother-in-law
lodenjerome

who’s a man that we admire?

Serge&Bardot

This was an easy choice. French singing legend, ladies man, life-long smoker and, of course, a man who wanted to fuck Whitney Houston.

Oh, and creator of one of the greatest LPs of all time.

Jane Birkin et Serge Gainsbourg a la premiere du film "Slogan" de PierreGrimblat le 28 aout 1969

And get this: Serge and Dirk Bogarde. There isn’t room for any more greatness in this photo.

dig the critics

cover art

one time

two times

another day

Italy

I recently scored this Italian edition of Macca’s Another Day 45. I am quite happy with it. While waiting for the Italian version to come up on auction, I got a tour of Another Day around the world. Let’s have a look, shall we?

Germany:

Germany

Spain:

spain

Portugal (they practically got the Let It Be sleeve):

portugal

Japan:

japan

Then there is sheet music:

domestic

Australian sheet music:

aussheetmusic

Some weirdo is trying to sell this old ad, clipped out of a magazine, for $30.00! Good Luck, dude:

ad

Someone else put the same ad to good use and made their own sleeve with it. Sort of Another Day folk art. This now rests in a pile of 45s on my shelf. He was selling it for one dollar.

ignorant art

vintage jam (‘enough already’ edition)

With word of a blur reunion, here is The Universal. It’s held up decently well. nine five shit.

irresponsible advertising

Ages ago, my friends and I used to drink 40s of St. Ides, a potent and, if I recall correctly, almost syrupy malt liquor. Good times. In the mid-nineties, Ides had a pretty amazing marketing campaign in which they hired big name rappers to record commercials promoting St. Ides usage. Here’s a(n unfortunately incomplete) pretty choice one featuring an atypically sluggish verse from Biggie Smalls:

The real hot deal though was a rare-ish promotional cassette that contained recordings of each of the commercials. My friend, Julio, had a copy of the cassette and loaned it to me and my then-(dorm)-roommate so we could make a pretty obnoxious answering machine message with it. For some reason, we chose the Nate Dogg ad. If I were to do it again, I would almost certainly choose the (first) Snoop one if only for the mention of the house full of hos. Anyway, and I apologize for this, here’s a video of the cassette. Skip to around the two minute, eight second mark to hear the ad that made the answering machine and confused Ken’s Nan to no end.

Sometime later, St. Ides introduced a new line of fruity, over-carbonated beverages called Special Brews. I only recall drinking them once and they tasted like shit, but that didn’t stop me from plastering my then-living room (I was out of the dorms by then—a turn of events not completely unrelated to the Special Brew incident) with posters promoting them. Unfortunately, the only image I could find of these classy posters has some website branded on it. Please don’t go to that website.

a drag

A glib assessment:

on this day in lohan history

December 8, 2006 was indeed a busy day for Lindsey. It was reported by the National Enquirer that Linds engages in the practice of cutting! Let’s hope this is/was not true!

This photo was seemingly their only bit of evidence along with testimony by an unnamed source who claimed that Linds, despondent over the state of her failing career, was seen cutting herself with a butter knife in a hotel room! In the same article, the NE quoted another unnamed source as saying that he “watched Lindsay Lohan snort cocaine and pop OxyContin – then wash it all down with vodka.” Who hasn’t been there? There’s more: “I’ve spent many booze and drug-fuelled nights with Lindsay, and I’m only coming forward now because I want to save her life…At the rate she’s going, Lindsay is headed for an early grave…I’ve known Lindsay for the past two years, and she absolutely loves to get wasted. She makes Courtney Love look like a girl scout.” Courtney Love? Piling it on a little thick, aren’t we?

Meanwhile, and in the most bizarre bit of Lohan then-news, it was revealed that Lindsay claimed to have been contacted by Vice President Al Gore who was interested in helping her clean up her tarnished image. In a leaked email written by Linds, she claimed: “Al Gore will help me. He came up to me and said he would be very happy to have a conversation with me.” It gets better: “Hilary (sic) Clinton, Bill Clinton…would be willing, if we just ask. If we just ASK.” This email only got more odd from there. She claimed she was interested in getting politicians to assist her in her plan to “release a politically/morally correct, fully adequite [sic] letter to the press,” as a means of assisting her in spreading her views on “how our society should be educated for the better of our country. Our people. Because I have such an impact on our younger generations, as well as generations older than me. Which we all know and can obviously see.”

Of course, none of this was true. A spokesman for the Oscar winner smothered these flames immediately: “I can confirm for you that Mr. Gore has only met Ms. Lohan once, very briefly, at the GQ Men of the Year dinner last week. There were hundreds of other guests.”

Here she is photographed exactly two years ago today.