Peter Tork Dies At 77

Peter Tork of the Monkees passed away. His 77th birthday was just eight days ago.

The Monkees was one of the first musical acts I was ever aware of, watching reruns of the TV show as a kid. I saw them in concert in the 80s when MTV ran a Monkees Marathon, sparking a revival of the band. Apparently, I was not alone. There were a lot of people who were high-school age like I was at the show.

At first, the band was not allowed to write or perform their own music, but Peter managed to get a minor part on one or two early songs. When the band was allowed to contribute, Peter scored a bit of a coup with the song “For Pete’s Sake.” The song was used for the end credits of the show in season 2.

RIP Peter Tork.

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Better Advertising Through Radiation

American Digest asks the question– “The Japanese: Nuked Too Much Or Not Enough?”

As the Digest put it, “Lots of dancing, singing, video games and the selling of noodles. Complete with a Surfing Tommy Lee Jones working for a BIG payday at 3:16.”

And cats.

So, nuked too much or not enough? The answer is “Yes.”

It wasn’t nuclear radiation that affected them. Rather, it was radioactive exposure to the West, which left their physiology and intellect intact, but severely mutated them on a cultural level. They’re still Japanese, but with a strangely and deeply warped American element mixed in.

Still, they seem happy with it, and I find it highly entertaining.

1/9/19

Double 19 requires two “19” songs.

That song was all over MTV in the mid-80’s. I believe it got a fair amount of radio play as well.

Interesting story behind the making of the song –

You probably knew this one was coming. Another big radio hit –

Happy New Year

I can’t believe it’s 2019 already. Where did so much of the future go?

Have a great year!

2018

End of another year. Hope everyone has a terrific New Year!

Added more songs to the list, including a new Steely Dan performance from this year.

 

 

Is It NYE Already?

The future is very soon indeed.

Will the New Year bring self-aware Ratlicants? As if the original isn’t bad enough…

 

Goat must have a rosy view of the future with those beer-colored glasses.

Steely Brown

Or, I suppose, “Snoopy Dan” –

$2400 + 420 = LAZERS!

If there is a God and he is indeed omniscient, it is also true that he foresaw the human race’s ability to create a great many things that would change the world, improve the overall quality of life here on Earth, and maybe even one day move beyond it. I can’t help but wonder what the hell he would make of this $2,400 laser bong.

More Power, More High!

The B-LAZE Laserbong, made by Silicon Cali, uses a 2W, 445Nm frequency laser. And you have to wear protective eyewear.

Protective eyewear. To smoke weed. Seriously.

The company founder, Justin Zelaya, described potential customers as ranging from “Bitcoin core developer” to “mad scientist, like myself.” Yeah, I can see that.

Video

 

I really, truly, honestly do not know whether this is better or worse than this other use of lasers.

Perhaps an enterprising snack company can appeal to the secondary market among cyberpunk laserstoners with products displaying the integration of corn chips and high technology. Frito-Layzer, if you will.

Rocktober Final Friday 2018 – COWBELL!

 

I had no idea this existed. H/T to Ace of Spades HQ –

A thing of beauty!

If this existed, I would buy it –

Christopher Walken very briefly mentions Cowbell, and talks about his other famous SNL skit –

If you are one of those extremely rare and broken people who has never seen the Cowbell skit, well, now you can.

Notice how even the cast members, including Walken himself and especially Jimmy Fallon, can’t keep from laughing.

Just watch –

WARNING! DO NOT CLICK UNLESS YOU ARE HARDCORE!

Friday Night Video – Rockytober

A scene from the movie Rocky II

It’s an inspiring scene. A local guy is training hard to make something of himself, and his community encourages him all the way. Neighborhood kids see him running by and follow him, running with him, cheering him on and shouting “Go! Go! Go!” spurring him to push harder and make it to the finish. It might be a scene from a movie, but you could easily picture it happening for real.

How likely is any of that today?

These days, everyone would be telling him he’s wasting his time – assuming any of his neighbors even knew who he was – and the kids would point and laugh instead of joining in.  And even if the kids did go with him, they would get in trouble for not staying in their own yard. Or get lost once they were more than two blocks away from home. Hell, when was the last time you even saw kids playing outside?

America needs some hometown heroes again.

To end things on a lighter note, here’s a few people keeping in that spirit –