Initially, I wasn’t going to do a video on streaming services, ’cause I’ve already touched a little bit on them in my earlier blog posts. However, the way technology is going, I feel that the “vintage” community needs to talk about this more. Yes, I understand the whole nostalgic feeling of buying an actual album in the stores, etc., etc., but these experiences are slowly fading away. They’re not gone, just moving in to the digital world (we’re the belong, archived and preserved). As physical resources for vintage nostalgia seems to dwindle before our eyes at a rapid pace, they’ve thankfully found a new home in the cyber-sphere. Where do you buy your classic music? Are you utilizing all of the various digital services that now have a growing library of vintage films and movies? Which one of these services are the best? I go over just a couple of today’s popular music services, and discuss why I have chosen Rhapsody to be my primary music service.
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Pam Grier was the blaxploitation queen of the 70′s. She was strong, sexy, and took no bullsh*t from anyone on film. She was super-bad! Pam was well known for a string of blaxploitation movie hits such as, Coffy (1973), Bucktown (1975), Sheba Baby (1975), and Foxy Brown (1974). Pam Grier was one of the very few African American women that appealed to such a wide audience in the 70′s. With a great body and a “take no bull from anyone” attitude on screen, her career busted through the movie scene like a freight train. However, when I became a fan of Pam (I was barely a teenager, but old enough to understand) I was worried that she would become typecasted like so many African American women did before her.
You see, although I was very happy that I wasn’t seeing the same o’l actresses playing the same o’l black maids, and or poverty stricken mothers/wives, Pam was a whole different animal all together. Before the seventies black women were not seen as sexy creatures that could actually act, be talented, and blow-up the box offices at the same time; the mindset just wasn’t there yet. Well, actually, we did have Tamara Dobson (Cleopatra Jones), but, she did not have the same sex appeal like Pam did. Dobson’s image was more of a sophisticated black woman with money, were-as Pam, was more raunchy and not scared of her sexuality. Pam Grier became a cash cow, and unfortunately the types of characters that Pam Grier played, replicated on so many of her other movies in the seventies. She was either taking revenge for a boyfriend, fighting other women in a lesbian bar, playing the feisty hooker who’s goal is to kill the “John”, or taking down some female Madame or female drug lord that looks like either Shirley Winters, or twiggy, or found any excuse to run around topless by the end of the movie. LOL..
However, Pam’s career did not seem to be effected by this typecast. She was what people wanted to see. She made straight men drool, empowered black women around the world, and became a gay icon all at the same time LOL. She made so much money for the film industry and won very few awards for her hard work. She has made a few TV appearances on “Law & Order”, “Cosby Show”, and done some cartoon voice-overs for “the Justice League”. She re-emerged as an older, wiser, and reserved Foxy Brown, in a movie called “Jackie Brown”. Jackie Brown was a very good with a number of stars in it. It didn’t have as much action as I thought it was, it is is a great watch for Pam Grier fans. Pam now is in her sixties and still is looking good these days. She is a Cancer survivor, and if I am correct, she is currently on the tv show “The L-Word”.
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Do you remember Smart Beep? I don’t care what anybody says, this was one of the funniest commercial in the 80′s. I think part of what made it so funny, was that you just don’t expect a lady to poop like that, especially on a first date… LOL
Almost a week ago, I was listening to an old album I have of Aretha Franklin called “Aretha Franklin – Live at filmore west. I have to confess that this was not one of my favorite albums from her. I’ve heard much better albums. Then again, it’s rare that I enjoy live albums; I’d rather see a performance on video rather than hear it (that’s just me). Well, despite the fact that I was not feeling most of the songs in this album, one song stood out. The first song (don’t remember if it was side A or B) was Dr. Feel Good. I love hearing he sing it on this album, not because it was “good”, but because it was hilarious!! In fact it was so hilarious, it is the only real reason I ever listen to this album. When you hear her sing “Dr. Feel Good” on this album, you can tell right away that she was obviously TOASTED!! When you first hear her sing it, I guarantee that at some point in the song you’ll be thinking at least one of these things…. Did she just faint? Or, Is she bugging out on cocaine? Or, is she being abducted by aliens? Or, is she screaming because she thumped her toe???? Your thoughts will go all over the place with this song. Someone put Dr. Feel Good up on youtube. You’ll just have to year it for yourself to believe I’m not kidding…
© 2013 VintageNewscast.com / Yogi
Well, I thought it would be fun to do a mini tribute to on-screen Catwomen. Today, so much emphasis is put on the Batman, that we forget how much the Catwomen have contributed throughout the years (both comics and film) as well. However, Catwomen has changed greatly over the years, and has had many incarnations. Catwomen has gone from, hetero-male’s I candy to vixen, to sex symbol. To be a Catwomen gave actresses a rare opportunity back then, to really explore their feminine sexuality to the fullest extent, while being powerful and in control all at the same time. I find it interesting because, when I look back in retrospect, a good Catwoman was more important than even having a Batgirl. If we examine the Adam West’s Batman series, the Catwomen on those episodes had incredible bodies (i’d like to also add that they also healthy full-figured women, not the twinkies we so often see on-screen today), Batgirl wasn’t nearly as voluptuous as all the Catwomen in the entire series put together!
I remember when the world’s first affordable home PC (Personal Computer) came on the scene (I believe it was Radio Shack’s Tandy 1000 back then… Damn I’m old LOL…). I had one given to me when I was little. It had two 5.25 floppy disk drives, one was for your program application, and one was for your storage. It used MS DOS operating system. Back then, MS DOS did not give you the ability to create directories, so it made it difficult to organize our documents (then again, there was only so much you could put on a 5.25 floppy anywayz.. LOL). Before the terms single, double and high density came-about, 5.25 floppy disks could only hold less than 720kb; later on it was up to 1.2 mb. The floppy disks were sooo flimsy, if you were not careful, the slightest bend, would destroy the entire floppy. As a kid I thought MS DOS was the greatest thing since “slice bread”. This was because it actually became an ego booster for me, reason being, you had to know what the DOS commands were and how to use them. The commands were not really hard back then, but my family thought I was a genius LOL. My first and I think only game was “Wheel Of Fortune”. It had a built in CGA adapter, and offered very little visual color. Actually I think the only color I remembered displayed was emerald green. I used to laugh at how Vanna White used to look like in the game (I think it was Vanna White, not sure when and now long was on the show). The game was actually a lot of fun, and because it was the world’s first home PC (I think), There were no other competing computers around to compare bad graphics to, so all were good to us back then.
Shortly, after more and more competing companies try to take a piece of this “then” new market, and that’s when “Platform Wars” have emerged. What do I mean? Well, “Platform Wars” were and are in essence people’s personal opinions turned political madness. It was about which operating system (ie apple, IBM, Unix, OS/2, Linux, iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, etc), or line of technology individuals felt was the best. For most of us who were not in the technical industry per-say, many of us based these opinions on our personal experiences, others will base their opinions on sheer market shares and company growth. Literally in some settings, it becomes like a war between republicans and democrats. Today computers has changed our lives in such a big way, I personally don’t believe we should be basing our beliefs solely on a company’s numbers, we should be looking at how well it can do the job in addition too. I’ve spent a lot of money on good brand stuff, and they’ve turned out to be crap..
Having said this, I never really had a preference for any particular operating platform or technology. However, as the result of the technology wars, it has made it indirectly difficult for me personally, in terms of entertainment. How? Well, some of you already know that, metaphorically, I am a classic carnivore. The older the music or movie the better; but unfortunately the harder it is to find digitally. Trust me, i’ve digitized a lot of my albums, but it is waaaaay too much work, i’d rather buy mp3s than to encode all of my records and tape collections.
I often run in to 3 annoying problems. The first is DRM, this pisses me off to no end, because often you can only use it with one type of device, or software player (although their are ways of getting around this, its still a pain). Second, streaming services like Rhapody and Spotify have only matched less then half my digital collection (not including most of my physical albums and tapes). Now, technically, considering how old most of my music is, that’s still very good, but at the same time I feel that the music streaming services is large enough now that it should found almost all, in my opinion. lastly, I am flipping back and forth between apple, android, and amazon. There are musics that Amazon has that Apple doesn’t and vise verse. There are music that Google has that neither Apple or Amazon have. It makes you realize how much cinematic and musical history the world has, we just can’t contain it all (either that, we realize how old we are.. LOL).
© 2013 VintageNewscast.com / Yogi