Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy Birthday - Frank Langella!

Gorgeousity.  Is that a word?  Who cares?  It fits.  


Of course he is here on this blog because he played Dracula, both on Broadway and on film.  

Playbill from 1978 New York production.

The film was released in 1979...
...and I haven't been the same since.  The most compelling, charismatic and irresistible Dracula ever.  (ok, maybe neck and neck with Lugosi.)

Sometimes it's just a swirl of a cape, or a kiss on the hand.

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Speaking of his vampire role he said,
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No kidding.

Frank Langella was a bouncing New Year's baby on January 1, 1938 in Bayonne, New Jersey.  Just as successful on film as on stage, he is one of America's most talented and versatile actors.  And did I mention that he's gorgeous?  


He has played cads, e.g. in 1970's "Diary of a Mad Housewife" with Carrie Snodgress.  The film captured his first movie role as well as the feminist-consciousness-raising 1960's-1970's zeitgeist.  

He played a cad-turned-sort-of-good-guy in his next film, Mel Brooks' overlooked "The Twelve Chairs". 
"Out goes the bad air, in goes the good air...."


He's played heroes...Zorro, Sherlock Holmes...he's played Scrooge, he's played Sir Thomas More...heck he's even played Skeletor and Richard Nixon.

Great success which continues to this day, many awards, and did I mention he's fabulously gorgeous?

Happy Birthday, babe!!!!  

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The Krampus Song

Better Later Than Never Department:

I realize that we are past Christmas and way past December 6 (the Feast of St. Nicholas) and way way past Krampus Eve...but who cares?  It's KRAMPUS!!

I was going to wait till next year but decided instead to add a little something extra to this season, and for good measure probably use it again next December.  

Courtesy of the TWR Orchestra, here is The Krampus Song, sung by demons who sound a lot like chipmunks.

Extra credit:  "Anton" is supposed to be Anton Lavey, but who are the other two?  Anyone who can identify them gets a free KMR tote bag.  (if anyone actually claims that gift I will panic and try to whip one up.)

p.s. - thank you to Martin Riccardo!


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The best I can make out the words:
Allright boys, we're going to do the big Krampus number, OK?

    Absolutely!

        Sure thing!

Ok, ready Solovino?

    Ready!

Ready Johnny?

       Ready!

Ready Anton?...Anton??   ANTON!!!!!

           OK!

Krampus, Krampus time is near,
Time for dread and time for fear.
Tried being good but it won't take.
Krampus please give us a break!
Evil kids will all get fat.
          Me, I want to find a pot.
ANTON!
Children soon will face their fate,
Please Krampus don't be late!

Ok, fellas here it comes again.  Solovino, that was very good.

     Naturally.

Very good Johnny.

         heeheeheeheehaha

Uh, Anton, you were a little too evil, watch it.  Anton?
Anton??
ANTON!!!

            OK!

We'll all try to play real nice.
            I'll try human sacrifice.
ANTON!
We can hardly stand the pain
of Anti-Santa's chain.
Children all will learn their fate.
Please Krampus don't be late!

Thank you to my wonderful followers and your lovely comments....have a VERY happy New Year!!!!  Just go easy on the human sacrifice, ok?



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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A Blue but Merry Christmas. And an alien.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

 ...cool blues.
     
      
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Great!  But we can't leave it at that.  How about some soulful blues from Ray Charles?


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Oh my god, yeah.  Get Albert King in here to add some good lovin' blues and now we're talkin!



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Now all you have to do is take me to New Orleans...


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Oh, one more thing.  You are a football fan, I'm not, but I understand that the Super Bowl must exist, I guess.  So if it must-- then why not the Saints there?  Every year.   


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A very happy, peaceful and loving holiday, whatever your mood or persuasion.  Whether you worship Cthulhu, Jesus or Santa or no one. 


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Speaking of Santa...

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[Blue Xmas:  Miles Davis Sextet.  Recorded August 21, 1962. 
Miles Davis (trumpet), Bob Dorough (vocal), Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Frank Rehak (trombone), Paul Chambers (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums), Willie Correa (congas, bongos).
Composed by Miles Davis and Bob Dorough.  Arranged by Gill Evans.]

[Merry Christmas, Baby:  Composed by Lou Baxter and Johnny Moore.  
Ray Charles recorded at Ettal Abbey, Ettal, Germany.  1979.]

[Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin':  Composed by Mack Rice.  Performed by Albert King.]

[Christmas Time in New Orleans:  Composed and performed by Louis Armstrong]

[All I Want is The Saints in the Super Bowl:  Composed and performed by Kermit Ruffins]

[I Want an Alien for Christmas:  Composed by Adam Schlesinger.  Performed by Fountains of Wayne.]


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Die Hard and have a Happy Christmas Story!

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
   lots of stuff!

And --
John gets his wife back, some new friends and a very dirty muscle shirt,
Holly gets her married name back and gets to lose a very fulfilling career,
and Hans gets a new watch...


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...but the Old Man does not get any turkey.

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Have Yourself a Scary Little Christmas, with Count Floyd!

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me....

more from Santa's bag of SCTV toys:  from 1982, "Count Floyd's Scary Little Christmas"

featuring:  Catherine O'Hara as a very scary Lucille Ball
                  Martin Short as the banjo kid from "Deliverance"
                  Eugene Levy as Ed Garvey
                  Gene Mack as Gene Upshaw
             and, of course...the scariest of them all...
                 Joe Flaherty as Count Floyd.

...and don't forget the blood sucking monkeys from West Mifflin!
ooooh, kids!  That's RRREALLY scary!!!!!


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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Santa Kidnapped by Spacemen!


Sputnik anyone?

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

"Santa and the Satellite, pts. 1 and 2", by Buchanan and Goodman, was released as a two sided 45 single in 1957.  It was written, performed and produced by Dickie Goodman and Bill Buchanan.  Their previous record "Flying Saucer" had a similar concept - a news report interrupted by bits of popular songs which contributed dialog to the story.  "Flying Saucer" made it to #3 on the Top Forty hit parade.

Does the Top Forty still exist?  When are 45s going to start being rediscovered by hipsters and become cool again the way vinyl 33s are?  Am I really going to have to get rid of all my CDs and replace my music collection again???  Are wind-up Victrolas going to be hip one of these days?  How about 8 track?  

Happy Christmas, and keep watching the skies!  
( and thank you, St.Louis Flashback)


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Saturday, December 20, 2014

12 Yats of Christmas

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me....

Ok folks, ya gottta bear with me on this one.

I have only been a tourist in New Orleans over the years, but the city captured my heart as soon as I arrived for my first visit.  

The following song, "The Twelve Yats of Christmas" needs some 'splainin for people not familiar with NOLA.  

It was written over twenty years ago by a local musician named Benny Grunch; he says it was pretty much on a whim - someone asked him at a gig to play a version of "The Twelve Days of..." that applied to New Orleans.

  "I was at a gig at the Riverwalk and screamed down to one of the guys in the band: 'What's some'n New Orleans that rhymes with pawtridge, and boy,  he said it in a second: 'Crawfish!"


The references are local restaurants (Tujaque's), stores (A&G, Schweggman), locations (Arabi, the Lower Ninth Ward, Metairie), and institutions (crawfish, Dixie beer,).  Some of the things mentioned aren't around any more but some are.  (For example, the Lower Ninth Ward still exists in spite of the best efforts of the incompetents at the Corps of Engineers.)  

The word "yats" refers to Yat - a dialect spoken in New Orleans, as well as to the people who speak it.  "Yat" is a shortened form of "Where 'ya at?" which translates to "How are you" or "How's it going?"

With all that in mind, pop open a Dixie and enjoy the inimitable Benny Grunch and the Bunch singing the traditional NOLA Christmas carol, "The Twelve Yats of Christmas"....


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The "Twelve Days of .... (whatever)" is not one of my fave holiday tunes.  This is probably my most favorite version of my least favorite - but really, any song in which you have to sing through 78 lyrics just to get to the end is a candidate for the Insanity Top 40.  With a bullet.  


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