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Selling ‘rebellion’: 1977 TV segment on The Damned bemoans the commercialization of punk
09.30.2013
11:47 am

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I love watching old commentary on punk rock as a social phenomenon, especially in the staid, square format of conventional TV news. When they get it wrong, it’s usually an attempt at sensationalism, moralist hysteria or some such “kids these days” sentiment. Old people panicking (or attempting to incite panic) about youth culture is almost always amusing in retrospect.

But it’s even more of a trip when they get it right.

This spot isn’t a probing exposé on The Damned (nor does it have the best visual quality, sorry), but the segment actually gives a fairly astute assessment of punk rock as an exploitable business opportunity. In addition to giving a decent description of punk’s appeal to working-class British kids, the piece is genuinely insightful about the relationships between capitalism, identity, youth, and “authenticity.” You can actually hear concern in the narrator’s oh-so-sober-and-respectable tone as he bemoans that “it is now possible to buy a gold safety pin for up to $100 to go with a hand-ripped t-shirt, that sells for $16.”

And those are 1977 dollars, folks! It stinks that the vid cuts out early, because it’s honestly kind of heartwarming to hear the narrator differentiate between fashion-plates and “true believers.” There’s a sweetness to this sort of mildly cynical anti-capitalist commentary; the idea that art shouldn’t have to be contaminated by profit motives is a noble one, and one that I still kind of believe in, after a few drinks. As absurd as it is, that Urban Outfitters jacket is nothing new. Art, rebellion, and youth culture get marketed as soon as the opportunistic catch a whiff, and all we can do is remember it’s the natural order of things, have a laugh, and try not to roll our eyes too hard.
 

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Someone decided to have a little bit of Photoshop fun with that Urban Outfitters’ ‘punk’ jacket
09.25.2013
07:06 pm

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If Urban Outfitters was selling this extraordinary leather jacket, they’d sell bazillions! Guaranteed!

The Enya logo is an especially nice touch.

Image by Andy Kelly on Twitter. 

Previously on Dangerous Minds:

‘Vintage’ punk rock rebellion, yours for just $375 at Urban Outfitters

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Trash with Class: John Waters’ muse Divine immortalized in $1300 knitted sweaters
09.24.2013
10:54 am

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While I love the above knitted Divine sweater (I’d probably wear it) by designer James Long, I hate the one below. The sleeves! Oh gawd those hideous sleeves!

And when I say “I’d probably wear it,” I’d probably wear it if I had an extra $1300 to burn ‘cause that’s how much these “high-fashion” sweaters cost. Holy crap!
 

 
Via WOW

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‘Foxy grandpa’: China’s hottest model is 73 years old, could use a good dentist
09.24.2013
07:28 am

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Liu Xianping
 
Last year, Lu Qing was unpacking some women’s clothing for her fashion outlet business Yuekou when her grandfather, Liu Xianping, came in and started giving her some unsolicited advice about what piece went with what. So she suggested that he try some of the clothes on. Before they knew it, the entrepreneur (also known as Ms. Lv) had him in front of her camera—and on her website, as a model.
 
Liu Xianping
 
The images of Liu Xianping wearing miniskirts, tights, dresses, fur-lined coats, and even long-haired wigs have become an international sensation. According to the New York Daily News, “The foxy grandpa says he’s just happy to help his granddaughter with her business.” Lu has said that her grandfather’s involvement has greatly enhanced her business: “Since the pictures came out, we’ve had a huge number of website visitors, and are selling five times as many clothes as before. . . . Previously, we sometimes sold less than 10 items a day, and were feeling depressed about the business.”
 
Liu Xianping
 
Liu’s sassy attitude, long legs, and slim physique have attracted the attention of other stores, who have inquired about his modeling for them. As he told China Newsweek: “Why unacceptable for someone like me to wear women’s clothes? Modelling for the store is helping my granddaughter and I have nothing to lose.”

Damn right, Gramps.
 
Liu Xianping in a 'Gangnam Style' pose
Liu Xianping in a ‘Gangnam Style’ pose
 
After the jump, more of Liu Xianping’s modeling poses…..

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‘Vintage’ punk rock rebellion, yours for just $375 at Urban Outfitters
09.23.2013
06:48 pm

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A few years ago, I was walking past a skateboard park in South Orange, New Jersey and I noticed that several of the teenage mall rats skating there had mass-produced tee-shirts of 70s and 80s punk bands that were not quite right. In the case of one kid wearing a Clash shirt, it wasn’t even the band’s logo or anything even remotely like it, it merely said “The Clash.” In Helvetica!

It was one of the stupidest tee-shirts I have ever seen, and although I don’t hold it against that lad for trying, his attempt to be cool was a wee bit inept. Helvetica, in case you didn’t catch it the first time.

Urban Outfitters is currently offering a “one of a kind” “Vintage Men’s Punk Leather Jacket” with hand-painted almost logos of The Clash, G.B.H., Sex Pistols and Crass. WHO PAINTED THIS?

You can buy this vintage slice o’ insta-rebellion for a mere $375! Leave it to the Urban Outfitter’s crew to turn a crappy coat not worth $3.75 in a thrift store into a beauty like this one. Hurry, there’s only one!

Via Rachel Haywire

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Inside the Surrealist Ball, 1972
09.19.2013
01:13 pm

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The rich are different from you and me. First off they have lots and lots of money, mansions, boats, castles, summer homes in the Caribbean, nice cars and STUFF. They get to own politicians—entire countries even—and stack the deck in their favor so that capitalism works just for them!
 

 
Their parties are certainly better catered than ours are…
 

 
...and the wealthy get their fancy dress costumes from couture houses in Paris, not Target.
 

 
These shots were taken at Marie-Hélène de Rothschild’s famous Surrealist Ball held at Château Ferrières on December 12 1972.

Another cool thing about rich people is that they know all the right people, like Audrey Hepburn…
 

 
... and Salvador Dali…
 

 
... supermodel Marisa Berenson…
 

 
...and famed perfumer Hélène Rochas
 

 
Obviously we know where hostess-with-the-mostess Marie-Hélène got her money from. The Château was already in the family and owned by her husband, Guy de Rothschild. Convenient, that!
 

 
The requirements for the fancy dress party were “Black tie, long dresses & Surrealists heads” and the invitation had to be held up to a mirror—it was printed backwards—to be read. Guests walked through a forest of black ribbons, meant to be cobwebs, and a maze before entering the ballroom.
 

 
Marie-Hélène, with husband Guy de Rothschild, seen here wearing a mask crying tears of diamonds. But of course!
 

 
What would David Icke make of these lizard people???

Via So Bad, So Good/HT Rupert Russell

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‘Sesame Street’ Yip Yip leggings
09.12.2013
03:36 pm

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Not sure I would personally wear these, but an A+ for Black Milk‘s creativity with these Yip Yip leggings.

Below, an oldie but goodie: Yip Yips get all gangsta with “Ante Up” (NSFW):
 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds:

The Steve Buscemi dress
 
Via Nerdcore

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Republican blowhard Pat Buchanan fights back against male-pattern baldness with flaming hairstylist
09.10.2013
10:04 am

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Pat Buchanan
 
I had heard rumors from some of my DC-based friends that right-wing gadfly Pat Buchanan had some super-weird barber who burnt his hair with a match. After hearing the same rumor in the documentary Mansome, a light-hearted flick about male grooming, I had to look it up. Well, lo and behold! Here we have video of DC barber, Pietro Santoro, who burns the ends of his clients’ coifs—or what remains of it—with a match to give thinning hair the illusion of fullness. With no fanfare or introduction, we see the Republican firebrand come in around 1:06 to get some fire applied to what’s left of his hair.

Pietro’s English is a little spotty, and the subtitles, though humorous, aren’t very helpful. However, I personally can actually attest to the efficacy of burning hair! The punk thing to do in my old town was to singe your bangs, which we discovered when trying to light cigarettes on the stove. If your hair was perfectly straight, you got this choppy, fried look—think Siouxsie Sioux. Since my hair has a lot of texture, it gave me dead-on Joey Ramone fringe. Once you got past the fear of burning your face off and got used to the smell of burning hair, you had a quick and free way to get a cool, ragged look!

Who knew Pat Buchanan was so punk rock?
 

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Ginormous Vincent Price ring
09.04.2013
04:46 pm

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Just your average (ENORMOUS) sterling silver Vincent Price ring by artist Paul Komoda! Apparently only three of these rings were made. You can get more info about ‘em here

Previously on Dangerous Minds:

Vincent Price: A thrilling selection of his movie trailers

Vincent Price talks Art and Acting: A scintillating interview from 1974

Vincent Price & Peter Cushing: On location filming ‘Madhouse’ in 1974

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China’s awkward childhood photos are really… mesmerizing!
09.04.2013
01:04 pm

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Chinese micro-blog Sina Weibo asked its readers to upload their most embarrassing childhood photos. And, well, the Internet gods delivered in spades with these priceless Glamour Shots-style childhood photos circa 1980s and 1990s.

Moar, please! There simply aren’t enough!


 

 
More after the jump…
 

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