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‘Mandingo Redux’ brought to you by Thunderbird Wine

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Thunderbird is the crack cocaine of wines. It’s fortified with additional alcohol to get you drunk quicker. If you drink enough of the swill it will turn your tongue black, incinerate your gut and napalm your liver. The Gallo Wine Co. designed their firewater with the ghetto in mind. Their radio ads featured a song with a proto-rap vibe, “What’s the word? / Thunderbird / How’s it sold? / Good and cold / What’s the jive? / Bird’s alive / What’s the price? / Thirty twice.”  It is said that…

Ernest Gallo once drove through a tough, inner city neighborhood and pulled over when he saw a bum. When Gallo rolled down his window and called out, “What’s the word?” the immediate answer from the bum was, “Thunderbird.

In a move that seems almost surreal, actor James Mason was recruited by Gallo to pitch its poverty punch. He was given a Rolls Royce as payment. Years later, Mason went on to star as a vicious slave owner in the soft-core blaxploitation potboiler Mandingo. Thunderbird shill to sleazoid slave owner ain’t much of a stretch character wise and probably didn’t earn him any dividends in the karma department.

The first ad in the following video tries to glamorize Thunderbird as a sexy, hip and happening cocktail for young stylish Blacks. The second is Mason trying to keep a straight face as he describes Thunderbird as “not quite like anything I’ve ever tasted.’

Apparently James had never drunk gasoline.
 

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How Mick Jagger and Keith Richards tried to screw over bandmates on the Windows 95 ads!

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Tattoo You? More like “fuck you” if your names happen to be Ronnie, Charlie and Bill!

Business Insider asked former Windows head, Brad Silverberg how he and his team got the Rolling Stones song “Start Me Up” for use in the company’s marketing campaign for Windows 95. What transpired makes for a rather amusing tale:

The Stones are a Corporation, with Mick as CEO, Keith as COO. Their business happens to be music. Those two make decisions. The other band members are essentially employees.

The Stones had not licensed their music for TV commercials. Mick was reluctant to license the song to us because of “artistic purity.” But Keith apparently has a higher burn rate than Mick, or not as good as an investor. He told Mick he could use the money and ultimately convinced Mick to do the deal. At the same time, the Stones were at a low point in their career and looking to become relevant again, and Win 95 looked like it could be a big hit and give them a helpful association and visibility.

The final version of the song was delivered for the commercial. We noticed though that it was not the studio version, but rather a more recently recorded live version. We pushed back and got the familiar studio version. The reason we got the other version was some of the band members in the newer version were more recent, and Mick/Keith got much higher royalties for themselves from that version than the studio one. Nice try. But it was tense till the very end.

Via the essential Bob Lefsetz

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Rainbow Ranch: Not gay, just happy!
08.24.2010
07:53 pm

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Nothing to see here, move along.

(via TDW)

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And now a word from our sponsor: Presenting Alienware’s Latest Laptops
08.24.2010
05:43 pm

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Every once in a while, when you’re not trying to teach yourself heavy metal yodeling or trying to figure out what it is that is so captivating about Johnny Rotten in a poorly-made Italian police drama from the 1980s, you might find yourself eager to kick back with a quick bout of gaming. Something immersive, so you can dive in, shoot a few death rays and forget that you’ll never, ever be as cool as Mick Farren.

Alienware’s new laptop offerings are packed with enough power to handle the most intense gaming sessions, but work just as well for listening to Dangerous Minds Radio. The M11x won the Best in CES 2010 award for gaming, supercharging its diminutive frame with great graphics capabilities. The M15x, a step above, packs the same level of power into a comfortable 15’’ screen. Lastly, the M17x is maxed out with the most powerful processors around to ensure you can keep blasting away in the heat of the moment.

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In the Year 2525: One hit wonders Zager & Evans
08.24.2010
05:22 pm

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One hit wonders Zager and Evans’ 1969 chartbuster, “In the Year 2525,” seems as good a song as any to pull out on such a hot August day here in thee Summer of Hate.

An apocalyptic warning about the dangers of technology, the Second Coming and other foreboding stuff, the song as recorded in 1968, in a session the duo paid $500 for. After being released independently via a regional label, the record caught on with a Texas radio station that hipped RCA-Victor to tune, who then picked it up for nation distribution. It stayed at the #1 spot for six weeks in 1969 and was the top song the week of the moon landing.

Zager and Evans never had another hit record. The follow-up to “In the Year 2525” was called “Mr. Turnkey” and told the story of a rapist who nails his own wrist to the wall as punishment for his crimes. What a nutty idea for a pop song! “Mr. Turnkey” failed to chart.

After 9/11, “In the Year 2525” was famously banned from airplay by Clear Channel. As we get closer to the year, expect to hear this song with ever increasing frequency.
 

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Brick Stone vs. The Westboro Baptist Church

 
Brick Stone rules! This is hilarious!

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Are Fox News ratings artificially boosted by Cable Vision?
08.24.2010
03:32 pm

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Noted photographer Glen E. Friedman posted something very interestink on his blog last week and I wanted to share it with you here. Can anyone in Long Island (or who works for Cablevision) add anything to this? If so, please post in the comments:

Last week I was staying at a friends house out on Long Island, and to my dismay, every time we turned on a television set in any room in his huge house with huge flat screen TVs , FOX News came on, it was in fact the de-facto, default start up channel on each and every set!

I was disgusted and made a few calls to the cable operator, Cable Vision, iO, or Optimum, all the same company according to the technician who i eventually got on the line after calling 1-866-541-0548.

SO what i found out was that this cable company remotely rebooted all my friends TV’s from their headquarters earlier in the year, and at that same time all customers got a new pre-set start up channel: motherfucking, racist, xenophobic, America hating, Obama-bashing piece of shit, FOX NEWS!

So what does this tell me, that either the owners of the cable provider are conservative assholes or FOX has paid them off and probably many other cable providers (did i forget to mention that this particular provider happens to be one of the largest in the country?) and this has helped them get those hard to believe high ratings for such disgusting programing (can’t really be called “news”). Or at the very least so many more ignorant viewers. I believe this to be the case.

Now the fact is you can re-program each individual set top box to start up on any channel you like, but it’s a bit of a pain, and takes several minutes for each individual set, if you could even figure it out.

Now how many people do you think actually go through the extra effort to adjust this? And how many do you think just end up leaving it on that channel because it was on already, pre-set by the cable provider?

Particularly after reading just the other day that FOX News viewership is mostly people over 65 years of age. This statistic alone is that which gives them the artificially inflated credibility with the Amerikkkan people they now seem to have, at least according to Fox and the idiots in the Tea Party.

 

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Ready-to-wear miracle fiber afro puffs (1972)
08.24.2010
02:51 pm

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William Tapley: It’s Prophesied

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That brilliant Bob Odenkirk character reminded me of this twisted old coot who is unfortunately not joking. I do however love how the casio changes settings with each edit and it’s quite a jaunty little tune for such a grimly absurd message. See Richard’s post from last year for more info about this deeply silly man.
 

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Dude, where’s my Hempmobile?
08.24.2010
02:18 pm

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Holy Cheech and Chong, Batman! This car is smokin’! While Facebook bans an ad advocating marijuana legalization, in more forward-thinking Canada, an electric car made from hemp is being developed by a consortium of companies and universities. The car, to be called the “Kestrel” is to be prototyped and tested this month by a company called Motive Industries, a firm focused on developing advanced materials and technologies for vehicles. Twenty cars are expected to be delivered by early 2011.

“As a structural material, hemp is about the best,” said Nathan Armstrong, of Motive.

From the CBC:

The compact car, which will hold a driver and up to three passengers, will have a top speed of 90 kilometres per hour and a range of 40 to 160 kilometres before needing to be recharged, depending on the type of battery, the company said in an email to CBC News Monday.

It will be powered by a motor made by Boucherville, Que.-based TM4 Electrodynamic Systems, said Motive Industries president Nathan Armstrong.

The car’s body will be made of an impact-resistant composite material produced from mats of hemp, a plant from the cannabis family. The material is being supplied by Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures, a provincial Crown corporation that provides technical services and funding to help commercialize new technologies. The hemp is being grown in Vegreville, Alta.

Automotive pioneer Henry Ford first built a car made of hemp fibre and resin more than half a century ago. [See YouTube clip here]

“It’s not an original idea,” Armstrong said, but one that wasn’t developed much further as car manufacturers favoured other materials, such as steel, in subsequent decades.

However, fibreglass and carbon fibre-based composites have gained popularity as materials for the body of racecars because they are strong, but light. Such composite materials consist of pieces or fibres of a hard reinforcement material, such as glass or carbon fibre, surrounded and supported by a matrix of a material such as plastic.

Here’s what Popular Mechanics had to say in December 1941 about Henry Ford’s Fordax car:

“After twelve years of research, the Ford Motor Company has completed an experimental automobile with a plastic body. Although its design takes advantage of the properties of plastics, the streamline car does not differ greatly in appearance from its steel counterpart. The only steel in the hand-made body is found in the tubular welded frame on which are mounted 14 plastic panels, 3/16 inch thick. Composed of a mixture of farm crops and synthetic chemicals, the plastic is reported to withstand a blow 10 times as great as steel without denting. [Emphasis added] Even the windows and windshield are of plastic. The total weight of the plastic car is about 2,000 pounds, compared with 3,000 pounds for a steel automobile of the same size.”

More on Henry Ford’s “Hempmobile” (AutoBlogGreen)

Via Phil Proctor of Beverly Hills, California!
 

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