“I know a lamb that’s a fucking asshole. Could I eat that lamb?”
Morrissey sits for a rudely/hilariously probing interview with the “Ringleader of the Tormentors” on The Colbert Report. Topics: Royalty (both British and American), the Royal wedding and vegetarianism
Actresses today don’t have half as much fun as we did, Dame Sybil Thorndike tells her interviewer in this short news report from 1969.
Dame Sybil was starring in There Was An Old Woman at the Thorndike Theater in Leatherhead, sixty-five years after she had first appeared as the Green Fairy in a production in Cambridge of The Merry Wives of Windsor.
The reason Dame Sybil thought younger actresses were missing out on fun was because of television.
‘They have do television all the time, which is such a bore after the theater. Excuse me, but it is. After theater, to do television, which is that size compared to life. It’s tiny, much smaller than life. The theater’s bigger than life.’
Dame Sybil was a socialist, and an active member of the Labour Party. During the Second World War she was a pacifist, and raised money for the Peace Pledge Union by giving theatrical readings across the UK. Together with her husband, the actor Lewis Casson, she brought Shakespeare to workers’ groups and factories. George Bernard Shaw wrote Saint Joan for her, and her performance in the title role is still considered the best. Thorndike also appeared in Major Barbara, MacBeth, Uncla Vanya and the revival of Arsenic and Old Lace. She also famously worked with Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson at the Old Vic.
Proud papa Frank, along with offspring Moon Unit and Dweezil on the CBS News Nightwatch program in October of 1983. Topics include pumpkins, why Zappa loved Halloween and how they’re a normal family (Moon: “We watch a lot of TV… and everything.”).
And then the conversation turns to “swearing”—a topic that seldom seems to come up anymore in a post cable TV world—and how “Valley Girl” was misunderstood by teenage girls who actually aspired to be “Valley girls” themselves. (Frank: “Ignorance is its own reward!”)
The entire Frank Zappa catalog is getting sonically refurbished and remastered by the Universal Music Group. Everything from 1966’s Freak Out to 1978’s Sheik Yerbouti—are already out, with the next dozen releases on the way.
Quirky early 80s New Wave act Haysi Fantayzee consisted of co-lead singers Jeremy Healy and Kate Garner—who looked like Dickensian “Huckleberry Finn” white rasta versions of Raggedy Ann and Andy—and Garner’s boyfriend, producer/manager Paul Caplin, who had previously been in a New Romantic group called Animal Magnet, but detested performing and preferred to be thought of as the group’s behind the scenes “mastermind.”
They were known as a fashion/dance act and could roughly fit into a grouping of UK acts including Culture Club, Bananarama, Duck Rock-era Malcolm McClaren, Fun Boy Three and Bow Wow Wow, post post-punk pop performers at the dawn of the video age when the visual presentation was becoming as important as the music. Although Haysi Fantayzee will forever be thought of as a fluffy, lightweight “totally 80s” act, their music was actually quite innovative, and wholly original for the pop charts of the era, incorporating country, dance beats, cartoony sound effects, dub reggae and cheeky/childish double entendre sing-song lyrics about anal sex and “chizoola” (I don’t know what that is, but it sounds dirty). I loved them then, and I still think their records sound great.
I can vividly recall one day, just after Christmas of 1983, being in the Fiorucci store in London, on King’s Road—I was the only one browsing in what was a small store—and in walked Kate Garner and Marilyn, the “gender bender” “friend of Boy George” (for that is how he’s always described). Two things: One, they were just laughing hysterically and throwing things on the counter—piles of expensive stuff—without even bothering to try them on (obviously someone else was going to be picking up their tab) and 2.) OMFG was she HOT. If you’ve ever been suddenly confronted by an impossibly gorgeous creature at close range, unexpectedly, and your guts just FREEZE, well, this is what happened to my 18-year-old stomach that day when I made improbable, fleeting eye contact with the delicious Kate Garner. “Good times come to me now…”
Haysi Fantayzee only lasted a couple of years before they split up, leaving behind one album, Battle Hymns for Children Singing, four singles, b-sides and 12” mixes. Jeremy Healy went on to be a well-known producer, DJ and club promoter; Garner—who still looks great—became a top celebrity photographer and Paul Caplin is now the owner of Caplin Systems, a successful financial trading software company.
“John Wayne Is Big Leggy,” a paean to America’s wild west, racism and Greek sex:
According to my husband, it’s pretty well-known that Nick Nolte used to be a male model in 1960s and early 1970s. I have to admit, I did not know this and had a hearty LOL at h.i.s. jeans, the “jeans that turn a dude into a stud” advertisement from 1972.
The image below is of Nick Nolte and Sigourney Weaver modeling for Clairol’s “Summer Blonde.” Apparently the pair were also featured on the packaging.
Tea party Republican Congressman from Tennessee, Dr. Scott DesJarlais, a physician, is pro-life, and has voted for anti-choice legislation several times, but he’s got an inconvenient problem just one month from election day: It’s become front-page news today that he pressured his mistress—one of his patients, apparently—to have an abortion:
“You told me you’d have an abortion, and now we’re getting too far along without one,” DesJarlais tells the woman at one point in the call while negotiating with her over whether he’ll reveal her identity to his wife. They then discuss whether he will accompany her to a procedure to end the sort of life the congressman now describes as “sacred.”
“If we need to go to Atlanta, or whatever, to get this solved and get it over with so we can get on with our lives, then let’s do it,” Desjarlais says.
“Well, we’ve got to do something soon. And you’ve even got to admit that because the clock is ticking right?” he says at another point.
The clock is ticking on this heel’s time in Congress, is how it looks from here. How could a conservative voter in his district pull the lever again for this hypocritical cad?
BUT THE BEST PART, the best detail in all of this, is that Desjarlais MADE THE FUCKING TAPE HIMSELF! Yes, it appears that he wanted to play the tape of this conversation to his now ex-wife, in an attempt to convince her to take him back. Yeah, that makes sense!
Luca Del Baldo’s portrait of Zizek. It really captures the spittle, don’t you think?
I really like Slavoj Žižek. I get that a lot of Leftists think he’s more flash than philosopher, but maybe the left needs a little theater now and then. The Elvis of Cultural Theory? Okay. Maybe those three-hour Noam Chomsky lectures have just lost their luster for me.
This interview came out in May, and I’m not sure how I missed it—the bit about never watching the movies he critiques is pretty classic. Most importantly though, he thinks Canada should invade the US and force us to do Hunger Games. I got yer ideology right here!