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From Hell’s jukebox: Sondra Prill pumps up the ham
09.28.2012
06:40 pm

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In the world of cable access television the name Sondra Prill is legendary. Originating from Tampa, Florida, Prill’s “My Show” ran for only three episodes in the late 80s/early 90s. After a disastrous attempt at launching a career as a concert performer, Prill disappeared from public life. A few years ago videos of her show were uploaded to Youtube and went viral. The reclusive Prill demanded that Youtube yank them out of respect for her privacy. Fortunately, two or three have survived and Sondra’s song stylings are viewable for a new generation of fans.

Prill’s jackhammer approach to singing seems perfectly suited to Technotronic’s massive hit “Pump Up The Jam.” Combining the robust vocalizations of Linda Blair in The Exorcist with the rap attack of Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS, the demonstrative diva’s invocations to pump up the jam border on the threatening - “dance or I’ll break your fucking legs!”

Personally, I’d love to see Sondra come out of hiding and release “My Show” on DVD. This bad girl is definitely licensed to Prill.
 

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A meme is born: Jimmy Kimmel brilliantly mocks Mitt Romney ad
09.27.2012
07:37 pm

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OUCH! First the Democrat’s rapid response video. Now this!

Simple, but effective. Think of the viral video variations on this gag coming soon to a YouTube near you…

What I wrote about this Romney commercial earlier today.
The big ‘Mitt Romney really, really cares about the little people’ messaging hits another major snag
 

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Neil Innes: His seldom seen appearance on ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’ from 1977
09.27.2012
03:53 pm

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The perfectly formed Neil Innes performs a medley of 3 songs on The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1977. Introduced by a tongue-tied “Whispering” Bob Harris, the always delightful, Neil launches into:

01. “Testing”
02. “Catchphrase”
03. “Randy Raquel”

Tracks taken from Neil’s album Taking Off. And note the late Ollie Halsall on guitar, who was one of The Rutles.

If, like me, you want the BBC to release on DVD and rebroadcast the whole of Neil’s excellent series The Innes Book of Records, then you can sign this handy little petition. I thank you.
 

 
Bonus track: Neil performs ‘Catchphrase’ on ‘The Innes Book of Records’, after the jump…
 
With thanks to Nellym
 

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Scenes from inside the garage: The Bushmen
09.27.2012
02:16 pm

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Here’s a groovy little clip about California garage rockers The Bushmen. It’s an excerpt from a TV documentary called the Teenage Revolution which aired on October 29, 1965.

Long locks for 1965.
 

 
Give The Bushmen’s “Baby” a listen:
 

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The 60s in 4 Minutes & 2 Songs: The day the musical ‘Hair’ invaded the BBC
09.26.2012
04:21 pm

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The London cast of Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical perform 2 songs (“Aquarius” and “The Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In)”) on BBC’s news show Nationwide, before taking over the studio and getting the presenters, including future coke-snorter, Frank Bough, up to dance.

The original 1968 London production of Hair opened at the Shaftesbury Theater, and provided a starting block for a diverse range of young talent including: Sonja Kristina, Paul Nicholas, Melba Moore, Elaine Paige, Paul Korda, Marsha Hunt, Floella Benjamin, Alex Harvey, Oliver Tobias, Richard O’Brien and Tim Curry. This was where Curry first met future Rocky Horror Picture Show writer O’Brien, and where Alex Harvey conjured up SAHB.  Hair ran in London from 1968-1973, for 1,997 performances, until it was forced to close after the theater roof collapsed. It then relocated to the Queen’s Theater, where it ran for a further 111 performances between June and September 1974, when it finally closed. This was the cast performing before the final show on September 28th, 1974.
 

 
With thanks to Nellym
 

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‘Breaking Bad’ Halloween costumes for kids
09.26.2012
02:54 pm

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It’s getting to be that time of year again…

Two young’ins dressed as “Walter White” and “Jesse Pinkman” from Breaking Bad. I’m pretty certain this was for mommy and daddy’s amusement.

It feels like “Mr. White” is lacking his “Heisenberg” hat, however, the kid dressed as “Jesse” sure has the face down!
 
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Happy Birthday Bryan Ferry
09.26.2012
01:39 pm

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Happy Birthday to Bryan Ferry, who was born today in 1945.

Ferry may have looked the epitome of the suave, sophisticated nightclub singer, sipping cocktails in evening suit and slick-backed hair, but he was one of the most revolutionary and original musicians and song-writers of past 4 decades.

Take a look at his song book and you will realize Ferry has written some of the most breath-taking, beautiful and exciting songs of the seventies and eighties, both with Roxy Music and as a solo artist.

Add to this Ferry’s uncanny ability to produce seemingly timeless tracks that are as startling today as when first heard. You can hear this in songs as diverse as “Virginia Plain”, “The Thrill of It All”, “All I Want”, “Out of the Blue” “Mother of Pearl”, “A Song for Europe”, and “In Every Dream Home a Heartache”, through to the series of solo albums he produced, in particular In Your Mind and The Bride Stripped Bare.

Here is Mr Ferry at his best on a Japanese TV show, The Young Music Show, recorded at NHK 101 Studio in June 9th, 1977.

The band consisted of Paul Thompson (Drums ); John Wetton (Bass); Chris Mercer, Martin Drover, Mel Collins (Horn Section ); Ann Odell (Keyboards); Chris Spedding, Phil Manzanera (Guitars); and Bryan Ferry.

Track Listing

01. “Let’s Stick Together”
02. “Shame, Shame, Shame”
03. “In Your Mind”
04. “Casanova”
05. “Love Me Madly Again”
06. “Love is the Drug”
07. “Tokyo Joe”
08. “This Is Tomorrow”
09. “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”
10. “The Price of Love”

Happy Birthday Bryan Ferry!
 

 

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Silence will fall: Doctor Who alien plush toy
09.26.2012
07:40 am

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A member of Doctor Who’s alien race “the Silence” in a plush form by Suzannah Ashley.

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‘The Jetsons’ turn 50 today
09.24.2012
10:51 pm

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The Jetsons, Hanna-Barbera’s futuristic flipside to The Flintstones was launched on this date in 1962 as the very first color TV series on the ABC television network (although it was still seen by most of the nation in black and white).

The series was set in 2062, 100 years in the future, meaning that we’re halfway to flying cars as of today!

Below, in the 1962 episode “A Date With Jet Screamer,” teenage daughter Judy Jetson wins a date with an intergalactic teen idol:
 

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Genius, Hustler, Superstar: ‘The Miles Davis Story’
09.22.2012
12:56 pm

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Miles Davis was one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. He was at the forefront of various Jazz movements, including Be Bop, Cool, Modal and Fusion. He lived a life that was a complex mix of genius, superstar, pimp and street hustler. Duke Ellington nailed it when he described Davis as “the Picasso of Jazz”.

The Miles Davis Story is an Emmy-winning documentary that gives a fairly good overview of the man and his incredible career and controversial life, mixing interviews together with some amazing footage (including rare concerts from the 1960s and 1970s). There is a good selection of interviews, but occasionally I wanted to hear more from Davis and his music and less from the contributors. This small quibble aside, The Miles Davis Story is compelling viewing.
 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds

Like A Spiritual Orgasm: Miles Davis plays the Isle of Wight Festival


Impressions of John Coltrane: 3 vintage TV performances


 

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