laughing with alan watts and the wild hogs

WHO RECOMMENDED “WILD HOGS”? This furshlugginer film is poorly conceived and predictably pointless! It is a biker-comedy (of which we haven’t had one in years—thank Wholly Grommett!) with an impressive if motley cast. There are four male leads, two roles filled by a couple of serious actors that I enjoy seeing in just about anything. Unfortunately, a pair of supposedly funny actors that I rarely enjoy in anything occupies the other two roles. Wild Hogs also boasts an impressive supporting cast with another fave (and underused) serious actor, along with one of my faveravest ever actresses—even if her talent… Continue Reading laughing with alan watts and the wild hogs

so like, what’s with all the dvd packaging?

WHAT’S WITH THE DVD PACKAGING? A simple question, right? Why so many different boxes jackets sleeves whatever? Why no uniformity or user friendliness? And I don’t even want to start on the way DVDs begin: the various way-too-f*cking-clever manners in which bored techs find to align the chapters or choices in the opening minutes of the video is often confusing and frustrating! Today’s record album is the same as yesterday’s In 1948, Columbia Records introduced the 33⅓ rpm long-playing record as a commercial medium for listening to recorded music. As a medium of its time, it was damn near… Continue Reading so like, what’s with all the dvd packaging?

is this the most valuable picture sleeve in the world?

On August 30, 1968, London Records pulled Street Fighting Man from the Rolling Stones’ recently released BEGGARS BANQUET album and issued it as the group’s follow-up single to Jumpin’ Jack Flash. London Records had ordered a run of picture sleeves for the single, which was the norm for any American record by the Rolling Stones. The norm was usually a posed photo of the group, but for Street Fighting Man / No Expectations, someone in London’s graphics department opted for another kind of image all together. The Stones’ picture sleeve used two images depicting police brutality taken from one of the many… Continue Reading is this the most valuable picture sleeve in the world?

ken thorne chose to chase the tyrol to the bitter end

In the early 1970s, I discovered that when a British fan bought a copy of the Beatles’ 1965 album HELP! (Parlophone PMC-1255/PCS-3071) in the UK, he got a Beatles album with fourteen (14) new Beatles recordings. When an American fan bought the same title (HELP!, Capitol MAS/SMAS-2386) in the US, he got an “original soundtrack album” with only seven (7) new Beatles recordings! The rest of the record was padded out with five (5) pieces of “incidental music” composed and arranged by someone named Ken Thorne. Somehow, it seemed that the American record-buyer was getting the short end of… Continue Reading ken thorne chose to chase the tyrol to the bitter end

alive and well and still writing in the oh-so-hot pacific northwest

AS I TACKLE THE NEXT PART of my extended say on the movie Wild In The Streets and its attendant soundtrack music for my Rather Rare Records (dotcom) site, I found myself in need of a Del Shannon fix. And, once fixed, I thought I would fill in the gap between WITS posts by sharing some of his work!  So, I took the time away from the recordings and the actual records associated with the Wild In The Streets movie (which is requiring far more research and ratiocination time than expected) and wrote a two-parter the late, great Del Shannon.  The first post is… Continue Reading alive and well and still writing in the oh-so-hot pacific northwest