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The Resurrection Of Max Headroom
07.18.2010
12:07 pm

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Hard to believe that the British produced, cyber-punk series, Max Headroom actually appeared on American network television in 1987. Home Media reports,

“Max Headroom” starred Matt Frewer as a reporter whose mind is downloaded into a computer to create a virtual clone who exists in the digital world. Amanda Pays, Jeffrey Tambor and W. Morgan Sheppard also star in the series, which ran for 14 episodes on Cinemax and ABC in 1987 and 1988. Set in the near future, “Max Headroom” depicted a world of television run amok.

Using the medium it was satirizing, the darkly humorous and prophetic series warned of a future of media and corporate mind control that is right here and now. In a bizarre example of reality imitating art, Max Headroom became the corporate spokesman for the New Coke. “C-c-c-catch the wave!”

The complete Max Headroom series is being released on DVD by Shout Factory on August 10. 

In the video Paranoima, Max hooks up with Art Of Noise in “Happy Harry’s High Club”.
 

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Knock Out Eileen: LL Cool J vs Dexy’s Midnight Runners
07.17.2010
11:44 pm

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Come On Eileen by Dexy’s Midnight Runners vs. LL Cool J’s Mama Said Knock You Out

This mashup takes two great songs to make a third, which is exactly what a great mashup does…and this is a great mashup. In addition to the sheer grooviness of the music, this video has something on its mind. Thriftshop XL, the cat behind the video re-mix, has this to say:

By selectively editing just a few shots over and over, the story of Kevin and Eileen becomes altogether more sinister. He and his friends harass her on the street daily, hold her against her will, even chase and catch her at one point. Meanwhile, in a darkened boxing ring, LL Cool J practices his uppercut.

Audio: DJ Lobsterdust

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Cleveland’s Black Rock Legacy: Purple Image

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Today’s resurgence in black rock and Afro-punk has been accompanied by a boosted interest in obscure post-Hendrix black rock from the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, as shown by the rediscovery of Detroit bands like Death and Black Merda.

Elsewhere in the heartland, Cleveland’s late-‘60s soul and R&B scene (a role-call of which can be found in this bio for the Imperial Wonders) also boasted a clutch of guitar-centered rock bands, including the excellently named Purple Image. Rising from the 105th St. & Superior area (which took a big hit during the unrest resulting from the 1968 Granville Shootout), PI traded on a thumping, harder-than-Parliament psychedelic sound fortified by powerful group vocals and the two-guitar attack of Ken Roberts and Frank Smith. Unfortunately Purple Image’s excellent self-titled 1970 debut would be their one and only, becoming a rare black-rock nugget before it was re-released by the UK’s Radioactive label in 2007.

It would take another Midwestern black rocker to pick up the

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but that’s another story…
 

 
Get: Purple Image - Purple Image [CD]

 

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Heinz Burt, Rockabilly Space Oddity
07.17.2010
01:50 pm

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Rock and roll has it’s bizarro shooting stars. The weird and otherworldly Heinz Burt is one of the odder entries in rock’s “where are they now” files.

Heinz was the creation of producer Joe Meek, the Dr. Frankenstein of British pop. In an attempt to replicate the success of American rockabilly idols like Jerry Lee Lewis and Gene Vincent, Meek took a talent deficient German kid, peroxided his hair, stuffed him into a pair of winklepickers and put him in the recording studio. Meek thought he had found his Eddie Cochran (and rockabilly rent boy). After several recordings bombed , Meek and Burt finally snagged a top ten UK hit with an Eddie Cochran tribute song called Just like Eddie which reached number 5 in 1963. There was no second hit.

Meek, who had become a paranoid nutjob, went out with a bang in 1967 when he killed his landlady and then himself using a shotgun that belonged to Heinz.

In this 1964 video, Heinz, looking like an extra from Village Of The Damned, is joined by a guitar playing David Hemmings and Steve Marriot on drums.

Unnoticed by his headbobbing band mates, the bass player is quietly transforming into a werewolf.

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LSD + wanking = OMFG
07.17.2010
01:39 pm

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Don’t do it, Ricky!!!
 
(via Das Kraftfuttermischwerk)

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The Wild Women, The Wild Women, The Rippin’ And The Tearin’, The Rippin’ And The Tearin’.
07.17.2010
01:32 pm

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Summer means fun and what could be more fun than a hot Jamaican weekend with Hedo Rick.

Ladies, watch this and then thank me later!

The rippin’ and the tearin’, the rippin’ and the tearin’.

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Killing Me Softly With His Song: The Jack Kevorkian Of Gospel Music
07.16.2010
10:36 pm

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Merrill Womach is an American undertaker, organist and gospel singer, notable both for founding National Music Service,  a company which provides recorded music to funeral homes across America, and for surviving a plane crash that left him disfigured with third degree burns over most of his body. In his office is a crucifix made from the plane’s wreckage

I’m a sucker for an inspirational story of a man beating the odds, of overcoming insurmountable obstacles, a story of survival. My tears are easily jerked. Merrill Womach is my kind of hero, really. So, the melancholic nature of this video, seemingly totally at odds with its intent, strikes me as being, well, sad.

In this footage from the ‘70s, Merrill sings the ostensibly uplifting Happy Again to a room full of hospital burn patients. The song doesn’t seem to be having the desired effect. The depressed patients look like they’re seriously considering hurling themselves out of the hospital windows.

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Motor City Burning!
07.16.2010
08:43 pm

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This live footage of the MC5 ripping it up at Wayne State University in 1970 is one of the most scorching live performances you’ll ever see. Guitar slinger Wayne Kramer, dancing like a man possessed, channels Josephine Baker while windmilling power chords like Pete Townsend on whippets. Guitar humping Fred “Sonic” Smith shreds like a sail in a hurricane as Rob Tyner, the hardest working white man in rock and roll, shimmies like a frog on a hot plate: a blue-eyed James Brown whose conk job blew out in the blast from the Marshall stacks.

Five years before the second wave of punk broke, these Michigan rockers were distilling rock and roll to it’s primordial essence. Fuck yeah! This is what I live for.

 

 

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Mark Twain wants to rip your face off
07.16.2010
07:10 pm

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Sorry about that, I just wanted to get your attention. Dangerous Minds pal Mark Dery just posted a terrific new essay about Mark Twain’s unexpurgated autobiography, to be published in November. I was salivating to read this when it was in the press earlier in the year and and am now doubly keen to read if after taking in this piece.

Excerpting Mysterious Stranger: Twain Autobiography Reveals Grandpa’s Dark Side, here with Dery discussing how we’ve come to regard Twain as this Will Geer-esque grandpa character and then quoting H.L. Menchken setting the record straight in 1917, seven years after Twain’s death:

“The truth is that Mark was almost exactly the reverse. Instead of being a mere entertainer of the mob, he was…a destructive satirist of the utmost pungency and relentlessness, and the most bitter critic of American platitude and delusion, whether social, political or religious, that ever lived.”

The Twain rising from the grave on the centennial of his death lives up to Mencken’s press—and just in time for our age of Tea Party know-nothings and bible-thumping flatheads, not to mention CEOs like Lloyd Blankenfeld of Goldman Sachs and Tony Hayward of BP, poster boys for unchecked corporate arrogance and greed.

Twain was vociferously opposed to American imperialism, fulminating in suppressed passages in the Autobiography against “the iniquitous Cuban-Spanish War” and pouring scorn on a U.S. attack on unarmed tribal peoples in the Philippines, a “long and happy picnic” for “our uniformed assassins” who have “nothing to do but sit in comfort and fire the Golden Rule into those people down there and imagine letters to write home to the admiring families, and pile glory upon glory.” As the Times points out, “[T]he uncensored autobiography…includes remarks that, if made today in the context of Iraq or Afghanistan, would probably lead the right wing to question the patriotism of this most American of American writers.”

The paper quotes a blast of buckshot aimed, from the distance of a century ago, at the pinstriped swine wallowing in the Wall Street money trough today:

“The multimillionaire disciples of Jay Gould—that man who in his brief life rotted the commercial morals of this nation and left them stinking when he died—have quite completely transformed our people from a nation with pretty high and respectable ideals to just the opposite of that; that our people have no ideals now that are worthy of consideration; that our Christianity which we have always been so proud of—not to say vain of—is now nothing but a shell, a sham, a hypocrisy; that we have lost our ancient sympathy with oppressed peoples struggling for life and liberty; that when we are not coldly indifferent to such things we sneer at them, and that the sneer is about the only expression the newspapers and the nation deal in with regard to such things.”

And you wondered where the William Burroughs of “Roosevelt After Inauguration” and the Hunter Thompson of “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved”—not to mention the Matt Taibbi of that joyfully savage beatdown of Sarah Palin and her low-functioning fandom—learned their close-quarter knife-fighting skills.

Read Mysterious Stranger: Twain Autobiography Reveals Grandpa’s Dark Side (True/Slant)

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Reedonkulous Oklahoma siding and window commercial : “Let’s end this secular Socialism right now!”

 
After I watched this video, stunned and laughing heartily, I was considering how to best showcase it here. One thought I had was the title: “It’s only 30 seconds long, just watch it first and read this later.” which I thought was a pretty good one, but in the end, I think it’s best to use the text of DM reader Tyler who sent us this link and the following note:

I want to thank you for your article on dangerousminds the other day about the news stories covering i-dosing in Oklahoma. Unfortunately that kind of news seems to be fairly normal here in Oklahoma. So I really enjoyed reading how shocked people were in the comments. If you are interested in some additional Oklahoma scary/wacky things, consider this commercial from an Oklahoma siding and window company. I thought somebody did a (fake) voice over at first but the same video is posted on the company’s website. In the video you will see the company’s owner somehow transition from talking about their windows to how we should end this “secular socialism right now.” Thank you for your time.

No, Tyler, thank you! This could be the next in line as an Internet meme if you ask me. I’m gonna post this one and then email it to Xeni, stat!

What a friggin’ kook!

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