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In love with Janie Jones: The Clash and the bad girl who inspired one of their greatest songs
09.12.2010
10:45 pm

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Janie Jones was a sixties pop celebrity who went from the clubs of swinging London to a jail cell in 1973. Janie had fleeting success as a singer, releasing several singles, including a novelty hit called ‘Witches Brew”, and performing in nightclubs on bills with David Frost and Peter Cook. But she was mostly known for her uninhibited sexuality and ‘fuck you’ attitude toward the stodgy and hypocritical British establishment. She hung out with actors, politicians and rock stars, including Marc Bolan, Tom Jones and Dusty Springfield. But her biggest claim to fame was when she was arrested and imprisoned for running a prostitution ring. Her high rolling friends were shocked at what was considered a harsh sentence for something as benign as arranging “dates’ for some of London’s most famous hipsters. This was the sixties after all, the era of free love. It was as if she were being punished for the behavior of an entire generation. Janie’s bust made her an instant cause celebre and the fodder for countless tabloid headlines.

When sentencing Janie Jones to seven years in prison in 1973 after she’d faced charges for vice and corruption, Judge King-Hamilton called her one of the most evil women he’d ever sentenced. Janie first hit the headlines in August 1964 when she appeared topless at a premier. A friend of hers, film producer Michael Klinger, had his new production ‘London in The Raw’ opening at the Jacey Cinema in Piccadilly. Topless dresses had proven to be something of a sensation in Paris and Klinger asked her if she would turn up at the films premier in a topless dress. She was known by her real name Marion Mitchell then and was accompanied by one of her sisters, Valerie. The two arrived in a Rolls Royce, stepped out of the car and let their wraps fall to their elbows, putting up a bold front for the photographers. “One must keep abreast of the times,” she said.

After Janie was released from prison in 1977, she became a punk icon when The Clash immortalized her in the song “Janie Jones.” She developed a close friendship with Joe Strummer, who supposedly idolized her, and Joe wrote a song for her called “House Of The Ju-Ju Queen.”  Along with the rest of The Clash and members of Ian Dury’s band, Joe went into the studio and recorded the tune with Janie doing the vocals. Joe paid for the session. Due to contractual reasons, the record was released with the band credited as The Lash.

Punk stars like Joe Strummer had also known what it’s like to have been vilified by the press. But Jones has nothing but admiration for the man whom she now claims, gave me back my dignity as an artist. As a display of her continued affection for the ex-Clash frontman, in 1992 she asked her good friend (and songwriter of some repute) Tony Waddington to translate her feelings into song. Two days later, he’d written ‘A Letter To Joe’ for me. I just seem to inspire songwriters, she says.

In the video that follows, The Clash perform ‘Janie Jones” in 1977 and Janie sings “House Of The Ju Ju Queen” and “Letter To Joe.” While The Clash’s song is a classic, neither of Janie’s songs are particularly memorable, though “Letter To Joe” is heartfelt and tender, but as pop culture artifacts they’re rock history. Joe Strummer’s muse: Janie Jones… who, by the way, is still very much alive.
 

 
“Witches Brew” after the jump…

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Red, White and Burqua: Puzzling Patriotic Burqas seen at ‘9/12’ Tea party rally
09.12.2010
01:41 pm

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As seen at the “9/12” Tea party rally today on the National Mall. Whether or not the red, white and blue burqa wearers are tea-baggers themselves or “infiltrators,” this costume surely must have been responsible for a whole lot of cognitive dissonance with this group!

Via Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs. Photo by Dave Weigel.

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Tourettes Karaoke: R.E.M.‘s ‘Losing My Religion’
09.12.2010
12:56 pm

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I will never think of this song the same way again. “Oi, fucker, fucker!” From TheMainMeal:

Another tic day, another song, this time I include a brief explanantion of just how knackering doing a song with severe tics can be…

(via Nerdcore)

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Au Revoir Claude Chabrol, pioneer of the French New Wave

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Our knowledge of French New Wave cinema of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s is generally limited to the names of innovators and auteurs like Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Goddard.

But although less well-known outside of France, director Claude Chabrol—who died earlier today at age 80—started the movement with Goddard and Truffaut, and became one of the most prolific filmmakers of his time, averaging a film per year until his death.

A Hitchcock acolyte like his compatriot Truffaut, Chabrol played a key part in mainstreaming La Nouvelle Vague. Although he smoothed out some of the genre’s signature styles—improvisation, quick cuts and scene changes, characters stepping out of roles or addressing the camera—Chabrol retained the sense of alienation that imbued Paris as the Algerian War was coming to its pathetic end.

Dealing in class, desire, and compulsion, Chabrol brought a new view of film to the masses. Check out this scene from his fourth feature, Les Bonnes Femmes (The Good Time Girls, 1960), which follows the travails of four angst-ridden shop girls, each dealing with their drab existences in order to follow their obsessions, whether it’s the city’s nightlife or that mysterious motorcycle man.
 

 
Get: Les Bonnes Femmes by Claude Chabrol (1960) [DVD]

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‘My Hippie Aunt’: Dionysian LSD lovefest from 1970

 
“Search For Love” sung by Dimitri Tambossis in a scene from the Greek film I Theia Mou I Hipissa (My Hippie Aunt), 1970. This looks like a production number from Hair if Bob Fosse had choreographed it instead of Twyla Tharp.

Dimitri Tambossis went on to front Aphrodite’s Child with keyboard player Vangelis.

There’s a short but fascinating piece on Dimitri at Julian Cope’s Head Heritage website.

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Rocker chick preacher dreams of Oral Roberts and dancing elephants, then has freak out onstage

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Scam artist/TV evangelist Todd Bentley is baaack, in case you missed him, and he’s got a new, much younger wife!
 

 
Since tattooed Todd has been to Heaven several times and all, why can’t his new wife be a prophet too? Seen here, Jessa Bentley describes a prophetic wacky dream she had starring Oral Roberts, a golden lion and a dancing elephant. Watch in pain as she unconvincingly describes this foolishness to the low IQ mouth-breathers in attendance—she clearly doesn’t even buy her own bullshit—then makes an extremely poor, almost air-guitarish attempt at “speaking in tongues.” This is quite something to see. 

Something depwessing.

Todd Bentley, you have to hand it to him, has really found a niche for himself and his, uh, “ministry”: People stupider than he is!

Take a gander at his Wikipedia page. No really, take a look. Next read this. Then watch this:
 

 
Here’s the caption from YouTube. Fucking hilarious:

Todd Bentley discusses the connection between God’s Glory and a release of wealth and finances in the Scripture. It’s interesting to note that almost every time the Glory of God falls on the God’s people in the Bible, there is a simultaneous release of wealth and finance.

As one wag said: “The Devil might wear Prada, but he’s definitely driving a Bentley.”

Via Christian Nightmares

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Earliest known footage of Jimi Hendrix playing guitar
09.11.2010
10:14 am

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Dangerous Minds pal Michael Simmons writes:

I just read and reviewed a well-researched, interesting book about Hendrix’ musical development called Becoming Jimi Hendrix by Steven Roby and Brad Schreiber, just pubbed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Jimi’s death on September 18th.  Roby & Schreiber will be at Skylight Books in LA on September 17th

They mention Jimi’s appearance in 1965 on a Nashville TV show with a duo called Buddy & Stacy as part of the Crown Jewels, Little Richard’s back-up band.  Lo and behold, it’s on YouTube.  Dig the guitar!

The song is called “Shotgun” and the TV show, televised on Nashville’s Channel 5 WLAC-TV, was called Night Train. Apparently, this is the oldest known footage of Jimi Hendrix playing guitar. Considering who they’ve got in their backing group, campy Buddy & Stacey seem pretty comical doing their little routine.
 

 
‘Scuse me while I miss this guy (LA Weekly)

Highway Chile Takes the Night Train (Brown Eyed Handsome Soul)

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We are not at war against Islam
09.11.2010
09:17 am

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Credit where credit is due: Our man in the Whitehouse throws down the undeniable truth about mosques and Muslims.

‎“We don’t differentiate between them and us. It’s just us.”
 
via Glenn Greenwald’s Twitter feed

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Blissed out Weezer fan
09.11.2010
02:37 am

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Music

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I love this kid. I loooooove this kid.

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‘Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush’: Traffic 1967
09.11.2010
01:33 am

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Music

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Traffic
The Beat Club.

 
Traffic, minus Dave Mason, perform “Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush” in 1967 on German TV’s The Beat Club.

 

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