Observation for Now


Whenever people tell you they are going to wipe the slate clean, it’s your slate they mean to wipe.

-- P J O’Rourke

Monday, May 25, 2015

"Meanwhile, in Metropolis" -- Meta-Humor at Its Grandest

This is from the twisted mind of Michael O'Donoghue, via the June 1971 issue of National Lampoon.


But, note the second credit.  Yes, that's the real Wayne Boring who provided the art!  You can recognize his style in each character's face and pose.  And the payoff final panel ...wow!  It's great to see that "Uncle Wayne" had such a great sense of humor!

See you Thursday.
 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A Trio of Compilations



Three of my music comps …



1    Martian Melody   The Martian Melody Orchestra    1957
2  Planet Rock   Royal Teens 1958
3   Rock on the Moon   Jimmy Stewart & The Nighthawks  1959
4   Astronaut Bob Arnold   1961
5   The Lean Green Vegetable Fiend (From 'Tuther Side of the Moon)     Nervous Norvus    1962
6   Moon Rocket Roger LaVern & The Microns     1962
7    Dancing on the Moon The Fabulous Echoes     1963
8   March of the Spacemen  The Thunderbolts   1963
9   I'll Send You to the Moon Les Baroques     1966
10 Barker of the UFO     Bee Gees    1967
11   Rocket to Heaven   Eddie Dean    1697
12 Outa Space Billy Preston   1972
13 Monkeys on the Moon Sopwith Camel   1972
14 Distant Fingers Patti Smith Group    1976
15 Teenagers From Mars The Misfits   1978
16 Children of the Sun  Billy Thorpe     1979
17 UFO   Nina Hagen    1981
18 UFO Has Landed in the Ghetto Ry Cooder     1982
19 Transmission Ends (Official) Chris de Burgh    1995
20 Phanta  Le Tigre  1999
21 Space Cowboy 'N Sync     2000
22 Rocketship   Shiny Toy Guns   2007
23 Rocketship Run Laurie Berkner   2008



01. F Kreisler - Caprice Viennois (3:25)
02. F Kreisler - Schรถn Rosmarin (2:06)
03. Unknown - Unknown (3:25)
04. R Strauss - Der Rosenkavalier Waltzes (9:59)
05. Unknown - Unknown (7:34)
06. Unknown - Unknown (3:35)
07. F Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 (10:43)





1 -   The Little Martian  Jan Amber 1957        (2:11)
2 - Planet Rock    Royal Teens        1957        (2:31)
3 -  Satellite for Two    The Tip Tops Featuring Shirley Jester   1957        (1:56)
4 -  Shhhhhh Blast Off  Asteroids    1958        (1:48)
5 -  Satellite Sadie       Bob Keefe  1959        (1:48)
6 -   Trip to the Moon     Gary (U.S.) Bonds        1960        (2:20)
7 -  Martian Exodus      Dickie Goodman 1962        (2:07)
8 -  Life on Venus (German Version)    The Tornados    1963        (2:24)
9 -  Let's Beetle in the Rocket     Ronnie Davis      1964        (2:51)
10 - World Planets       Art Pettibone       1967        (2:49)
11 - Not from My World        Joan Bon & The Coquettes  1967        (2:41)
12 - Astronaut Polka    Norm Dombrowski and the Happy Notes Orchestra          1967        (2:43)
13 - Astronomy Domine        Pink Floyd 1967        (4:11)
14 - Junkyard on the Moon   Jesse Wright        1972        (3:11)
15 - Space Station #5  Montrose   1973        (5:15)
16 - The Attack of the Giant Ants        Blondie      1976        (3:23)
17 - Space Junk    Devo 1978        (2:14)
18 - There's a Moon in the Sky     The B-52's 1979        (4:57)
19 - Ticket to the Moon        Electric Light Orchestra        1981        (4:03)
20 - Song About the Moon   Paul Simon         1983        (4:09)
21 - Seven NASA Angels       Jay De Burke      1986        (2:25)
22 - Another Space Song     Failure       1996        (5:02)
23 - UFO On Farm Road 318       Sidney Ester        2001        (2:31)
24 - Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)    Train          2001        (4:17)
25 - Lost in Space        Aimee Mann       2002        (3:28)
26 - My Ride from Outer Space  Danny Jacobs (Phineas and Ferb)  2009        (1:43)


Have a swoopin’ weekend!
  

Monday, May 18, 2015

That's My Model and I'm Sticking to It

I've bought over a dozen STAR TREK plastic model kits over my life of American kiddiness.

As you know, plastic models from AMT or Aurora in the 1960s and 1970s nearly always came with a sheet of decals.  You'd cut out the appropriate piece of design and soak it in water.  Remember how the pieces would curl up when you dropped them into the water?

Then after a minute or two the design and its clear surroundings could be slid away from the backing paper and oh-so-delicately positioned onto the appropriate area of the model.  Then you'd try and hold down one edge of the decal with a finger and use another finger to smooth the decal out and push out any air bubbles.




I'm pretty sure of the reason I have an extra sheet from the Enterprise kit.  I was going to buy two Enterprise models and merge them together to make my own dreadnought, as seen in the Technical Manual:



(Never happened.)

At any rate, for some reason I still have these sheets from a "Space Ship Set."  You can still buy one.



Y'know, it seems reasonable that there must have been more than ONE sheet of decals for the Space Ship Set, because on this sheet are no images to go onto the Klingon ship!  Oh, well.

See you next time, campers!

 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Catching Up with the Past: MA-36, MA-40, MA-44: 45s & Favorites, Discs 4-5-6

Right here we have an example of updating something -- all earlier posts (before January 1, 2015) of my music compilations have bad links, due to the dread "file-host shuffle."

The "45s & Favorites" bunch comprises both songs I bought as 45s during a long involvement with pop music's fringes; or songs I wish I'd bought.  A few of the songs are dubs from my own 45rpm records, while most are more recent rips from CDs or online sources I've tracked down.

If I could simply have all of these playing as background for a week, what a happy week it would be!  I like to load my 25-CD player with 'em and hit '"RANDOM."

MA-36 - 45s & Favorites, Disc 4


1 -   Beginnings (single version)      Chicago        1969
2 -   In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (single version)      Iron Butterfly      1969
3 -   Carry on Till Tomorrow  Badfinger         1970
4 - Green-Eyed Lady (album version) Sugarloaf 1970
5 - That's the Way God Planned It  (live) Billy Preston 1971
6 - DOA (album version) Bloodrock 1971
7 - Music Carole King 1971
8 - Hold Your Head Up Argent 1972
9 - Hoedown (live) Emerson, Lake & Palmer 1974
10 - Ride Captain Ride Blood, Sweat & Tears 1975
11 -   All Around My Hat Steeleye Span 1976
12 -  W-O-L-D (live) Harry Chapin 1978
13 -  I Wanna Be Sedated The Ramones 1978
14 -  Your Love Is Like Nuclear Waste Tuff Darts 1980
15 -  We Are the Nowtones Blotto 1981
16 -  Innocent, Not Guilty Garland Jeffreys 1981
17 -  White Sweater Romeo Void 1981
18 -  Once in a Lifetime Talking Heads 1981


MA-40 - 45s & Favorites, Disc 5


1 - Sleep Walk     Santo & Johnny  1959
2 - Spinning Wheel   Blood Sweat & Tears     1968
3 - Those Were the Days  Mary Hopkin    1968
- Walk Out in the Rain   Badfinger       1970
5 - Mean Mistreater (live) Grand Funk Railroad 1970
6 - Indiana Wants Me R Dean Taylor 1970
7 - Will You Love Me Tomorrow? Carole King 1971
8 - Beware of Darkness (live) George Harrison, Leon Russell 1971
9 - Crippled Inside John Lennon 1971
10 - Too Many People Paul & Linda McCartney 1971
11 - Some People Never Know Wings 1971
12 - The First Day In August Carole King 1972
13 - Still ... You Turn Me On Emerson, Lake & Palmer 1973
14 - Mood For A Day (live) Yes 1973
15 - Jack-In-The-Green Jethro Tull 1977
16 - Piggy in the Middle The Rutles 1978
17 - When You Walk in the Room Karla Bonoff 1979
18 - I'm in Gear The Insect Surfers 1981
19 - Chinese Cafe / Unchained Melody Joni Mitchell 1982
20 - Real Love The Beatles 1996


MA-44 - 45s & Favorites, Disc 6


1    Goodbye     Mary Hopkin  1969     2:25
2    A Certain Kind       Bloodrock   1971      4:10
3    Friends    Elton John       1971     2:29
4    Wond'ring Aloud/Wond'ring Again       Jethro   Tull  1971      6:03
5    I Am I Said (edit)       Neil Diamond   1971 4:05
6 Oh Woman, Oh Why Paul McCartney 1971 4:35
7 Don't Do It (live) The Band 1971 4:28
8 Behind Blue Eyes The Who 1971 3:48
9 Am I Blue Bette Midler 1972 5:22
10 Grave Concern Graham Nash 1973 2:47
11      The Bitch Is Back Elton John 1974 3:45
12 Fame David Bowie 1975 4:17
13 Beginnings Steve Howe 1975 7:34
14 Saucy Sailor/Black Freighter (live) Steeleye Span 1978 9:31
15 The Water Is Wide Karla Bonoff 1979 4:57
16 Girl U Want (live on Fridays) Devo 1980 3:00
17 Dancing With Myself Billy Idol 1981 4:50

Hope you have a nice week too!

 
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