Those Damnable Roller Disco Devils

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Peter Shapiro’s Turn the Beat Around is a compelling read, though I would contest some of his casually-fired opinions, especially regarding the more mainstream artists and tunes of the era. But he is to be praised for drawing my attention to the above cartoon, as is Seanbaby for archiving it so nicely.

While the notion of roving gangs of thugs inspired by those two ultraviolent pastimes, roller skating and disco, is highly plausible, what rather shocks me today is the extraordinary lengths the Hulk is willing to go to in order to keep the streets safe and quiet. I mean, he’s rolled up the freaking street and the RDDs with it. Those guys are dead. I’m not saying what he did was wrong, I mean, law and order and good taste and fruit pies need to be preserved, but he could have at least politely asked them stop before crushing their spines.

Another early 80’s artifact mentioned by Shapiro alongside this one, however, I absolutely must own sometime in this life:

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“Yowza yowza yowza!”

April 17, 2007. Uncategorized. No Comments.

Hello, World!

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This just makes me like really really happy.

I love you, world. Let’s be friends. I’ll forget about all the shit you did to me back when. I PROMISE.

April 15, 2007. Uncategorized. No Comments.

For Stacy…

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Wherever the hell you are…

I miss you and wish you the best…

Listening to “Hypocrite” about 8,000 times is a rather painful reminder. Drop me a line, dahhhling.

“Don’t even try to hide behind that stupid smile
I know our kind and I know where our loyalties lie”

April 14, 2007. Uncategorized. No Comments.

ETC.

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Greatly saddened to hear of the passing of Kurt Vonnegut last night, though it should hardly come as a shock. Anyone who has not read his Man Without a Country really ought to. It’s a fitting last testimony from one of the giants of 20th century letters, a tender, touching, embittered (but not truly bitter) and honest reflection on what it means to be alive at this moment in time. KV would no doubt appreciate, if nothing else, that he left before having to endure any more of this rapacious regime.

However, with the death of RAW and now this, I am greatly concerned for the life of Alisdair Gray. Someone please tell him to be careful.

April 12, 2007. Uncategorized. No Comments.

grafitto of the month

Emblazoned in, I believe, green magic marker on the ceiling support beam about roughly mid-way across the floor at the Rice Village location of Little Woodrows:

“here’s to going swimming
with bow-legged women”

I don’t know what the hell it means, but it makes me proud to be an American, by gum. I’ll try to get a photo next time I’m there.

April 6, 2007. Uncategorized. No Comments.

alphabetically located right next to Kraftwerk: Christina e Maurizio in black silk

I never tire of preaching the Krisma gospel. Thus, I give unto you some bideos:

Apparently they were disco at some point. With football pads:


The more familiar weirdo period:


And then there’s this:


April 1, 2007. Uncategorized. No Comments.

Please Love, Let’s Not Argue

It’s already been decided. LCD Soundsystem have recorded le SONG OF THE YEAR in the form of “All My Friends.” Please don’t try to argue with this. It’ll just make you look stupid. And, really love, we don’t want to see you look stupid again. Enough already with the stupid, OK?

April 1, 2007. Uncategorized. 2 Comments.

I Quite Like Kate Bush

That is all.

March 31, 2007. Uncategorized. No Comments.

life is very short and there’s no t-i-i-i-ime…

Yes, more about Stevie. I could fill a thousand grade-school composition notebooks with praise, criticism and rumination on Stevland Judkins/Morris/Wonder and never run out of things to say. One thing that gets lost amidst the zoom-in on his 70’s output, though, is how great an interpreter of other people’s compositions he was before he moved to exclusively self-penned material. In particular, I’m listening to his version of “We Can Work It Out,” which eclipses the Beatles own rendition by a miracle mile. Perhaps because he sings like he’s desperately meaning (and needing) it, whereas we all know what completely fucking useless human beings McCartney and Lennon turned into. It’s what, five years between “We Can Work It Out” and “How Do You Sleep?” That latter song, for the record, boasts one of the most inane lyrics in pop history. Even as far as diss tracks go, it’s pretty limp- I doubt it had Ringo fearing he’d be the next contestant on that Summer Jam screen.

Anyway, Stevie’s “We Can Work It Out” is choice, from the echoed backing yelps at the end of every other line in the verse to the scuzzed-up backbeat, to the veering-towards falsetto he dips into as the song progresses. Even the harmonica solo is cool. Who the hell else makes harmonica solos sound cool?

March 31, 2007. Uncategorized. No Comments.

WMC Record Collectors Show (WMC, Day Four)

The 1st Annual Record Collectors Show, which took place in the Miami Beach Resort & Spa, was a small but solid showcase for local collections and record stores to exhibit their wares. Noticeably different from the show at Sonar last year, the WMC would do well to take a page from their book and encourage labels and artists to set up booths and showcase their new releases. The hodge-podge of older dance releases was an enjoyable enough shopping experience, but it would have been great to have seen some more of the dozens of labels who hosted events throughout the weekend do some on-site pushing of their product.

Still, I managed to make out OK. Spending a total of $20 I picked up:

Montreal - Featuring Uchenna Ikejiani LP [Salsoul, 1979]
The Flying Lizards - Money 12″ [Virgin, 1979]
The Flirts - New Toy 12″ [CBS, 1985]
Why Not / Ross - Space Trouble / Can’t Take My Eyes Off You 12″ [ZYX, 1987]
Madonna - Burning Up / Physical Attraction 12″ [Sire, 1983]
Beautiful Bend - Make That Feeling Come Again! LP [Marlin, 1978]
Bianca - One More Time 12″ [JDC, 1987]
Narada Michael Walden - The Nature of Things 12″ [Warner Bros, 1985]*
Pet Shop Boys - Introspective LP [EMI, 1988]
LaTour - People Are Still Having Sex 12″ [Smash, 1991]**
Machine - Machine LP [RCA, 1979]

* Larry Levan Remix!
** With the freaking acapella. Oh yeah.

March 28, 2007. Uncategorized. No Comments.

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