I don’t know about you guys, but I LOVE me some Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The string of hits they produced back in the day was just astounding. The had a distinct sound (which in my opinion was more like a doo-wop and pop mix), and I can’t recall anyone at the moment that duplicated their distinct sound and harmony in that era. The only group that kind of came close were the “Beach Boys,” but they sang surfer music, and appealed to a specific kind of audience. The Four Seasons have been performing since the 60’s, and they have been so successful, that a Broadway play was produced about their life called “Jersey Boys.” I really hope to see “Jersey Boys” live one day (big named tickets are so very expensive here in NYC (unless you’re going for off, off, Broadway)).
Throughout The Four Season’s career, it appears they have switched/replaced more members than the Spanish group Menudo. However, the most recent names have been, Frankie Valli (lead singer, and at age 82 I hear he still has a strong falsetto), Todd Fournier, Brian Brigham, Brandon Brigham, Landon Beard, Gary Melvin, Keith Hubacher, Robbie Robinson. Now that I think about it, it’s a testament to the magic of this group, to have so many hits despite member turnarounds. If you’re a 4 Seasons fan, I’m pretty sure that many of the songs I love you’re also familiar with. On the top of my list is “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Stay,” “Let’s Hang On,” “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine (Anymore),” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You,” “My Eyes Adore You,” “Swearin’ To God,” “Who Loves You,” “December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night),” and lastly from the motion picture “Grease (1978),” “Grease.” Listen to this group legend on Napster.
Lipps Inc. was a very popular dance musical group during the early 80s. They were a hit all over the world including Hong Kong and Australia. You may remember them by one of their biggest hit of their career called “Funkytown (1979).” The song “Funkytown” catapulted their carer in the same way that “Rapper’s Delight” did for “The Sugar Hill Gang.” The beautiful thing about those two songs is that, both are remembered, and both are likely to drive guests crazy at any old school party! And unfortunately, both songs were so popular that they overshadowed any other work they have done. It’s so sad, this was yet another group I would have loved to see where their career would have gone. Culturally mixed groups that played disco music was so difficult back in the day on so many levels; not that it’s not difficult now, but the landscape has changed.
The song I would like you to draw your attention to, is a song called “All Night Dancing (1979),” it was on the “B” side (45) of “Funkytown.” This is sch a nice song, and it did not get nearly as much attention as “Funkytown.” It has a great beat, danceable pace, and a great melody. It kind of reminds me of the ethnic dance movie themes that exploded all over the 80s. You know, movies such as “Flash Dance,” “Beat Street,” and “Breakin’.” When you listen to the lyrics, it’s about having a good time on the dance floor, however, the whole feel of the song still reminds me of a young innocent girl who has positive dreams of stardom in the industry. Definitely an 80s period song, pointing to a specific era. This is the 12 inch version, I think it’s a little bit too long in my opinion for this type of song, but it’s still a really nice one. Take a listen with Napster.
Although my blog is still dedicated to the classics, I think it’s so important that we support Creative Commons. I discovered this group about a couple of months ago. They play jazz and mostly reggae music. They make a lot of good albums, however, this is my favorite so far. It is all instrumental reggae, in the style of old ska. It is very rare that you find really good instrumental reggae music. I highly recommend that you give a listen. They’ve released it under Creative Commons license, and it’s free to download for personal use. I encourage you to look for their other albums as well. You can find the album on Jamendo, or download this album using the following hash#
Wow. I don’t think they do this anymore in schools. I can’t believe I found this. I don’t remember receiving any kind of training like this (other than for a fire drill). “The rude, clumsy puppet Mr. Bungle shows kids how to behave in the school cafeteria – the assumption being that kids actually want to behave during lunch. This film has a cult following since it appeared on a Pee Wee Herman HBO special.” The clip is in the public domain. You can download it from the Internet Archive, or by using the following torrent Hash ID: f3efa69753540270fa4515ebeed7e5e003c81594
I absolutely LOOOOOOOOVVVVEEEEEEEEE Gloria Estefan! I just HAD to share this photo of her. She is on the front page of Spry Living’s magazine, which was in this past Sunday’s “Daily News.” This bitch is GORGEOUS!! She hasn’t aged one day, not ONE!!!! I am so happy for her, I mean for real! I’m really happy for her. Not only do I love her music, she is truly an inspiration; and anybody who is old enough to remember her during her peak career (in the 80s) understands exactly what I’m talking about. From the boating accident that not not only almost killed her and almost left her paralyzed for life; but also the issues she faced not being able to go back to her beloved country, Cuba. Just imagine, dancing is a huge part of your culture and career; laying in a hospital bed and the doctor tells you you may never dance again, ’cause your spine suffered major damage? Just sit down and think about that! Shit just not being able to walk would make me crawl over the tallest building. Honey, this woman went through a lot, and she still looks fucking good! You would never know she was under such incredible stress like that. And before you say “I don’t believe,” you better use google and search it, before you get on Facebook, cause I know a lot of your parents won’t tell you to. Thank you Gloria for your music and your positive energy. Huge love to you sistah… 🙂
I love to watch foreign movies. However, normally I don’t watch Spanish movies, only because the movies that are marketed to the United States, or English speaking countries, only play up to the stereo types (as if it is the only way it will sell). Maybe I’m looking in the wrong places? I mean, I have a wealth of resources, and yet the only Spanish movies I’m able to find most of, are the ones that can be boiled down to three categories; drug cartels, novelas (that contains a bunch of women slapping somebody or each other, as if that’s all Spanish women do all day? Yeah, that’s realistic 🙁 ), or a bunch of romance movies that don’t have strong captivating story lines. Searching for good Spanish movies is very difficult for me. If anyone knows of really good action Spanish movies, send me a direct twitter message. I did come a cross a movie called “Asmodexia (2014).” I’m not going to say it was a good movie “per say,” but it did have all the elements of a good classic horror movie made in 2014.
First off, I wouldn’t put this movie in the gore genre, but there were many scenes that was so gross, it was awesome! I just wish the acting was a little better. To be honest, I think the only two things that kept my attention, was being determined to understand what’s going on; and the other was just hoping to see the next big disgusting thing. Now, the movie isn’t “Hellraiser (1987)” disgusting, but it had the potential to be. There are a lot of things going on in this movie, I’ll try to condense my writing as small as possible.
So, this old guy who is a preacher/exorcist is traveling around town casting out demons, as well as teaching and grooming his granddaughter to do the same thing to take his place. What I couldn’t help but to find interesting, was that throughout the movie, they never once took a bus or a car whilst on their travels. I don’t know if that was an over-site on the director’s part, or maybe it was to signify spiritual strength, I don’t know. Now, turns out there is something very important about this girl. I can’t (or shouldn’t) say anything more about her, I’ll risk giving out a major spoiler. So I’ll stop right here. But I will say this, I was taken back on how androgynous she looks. I almost thought I would see something from “Sleep Away Camp (1983).” LOLOL Those who saw that movie know what I’m talking about.
The make up on this woman was pretty good. But I don’t know who idea it was to put that green coloring on her teeth, but that shit was a bad idea. That green candy looking mixture just made the overall makeup look fake, don’t you think? They probably ran out of fake blood, and had to compensate. LOLOL BUT. BUT. There was a scene where this demon possessed lady vomited on another woman’s face, it was so disgusting! Yuk!! So the young grand daughter came to exorcise the demon out of her, and was successful. Dead, but successful. LOLOL.
Again, there are some good scary moments in the movie, but I liked it not because it was a “good movie,” I liked it because it’s different, and nothing else I’ve seen. I’m not going to lie, by the end of the movie, it left me saying to myself.. WTF???????? I was left feeling like I didn’t know whether the preacher or the girl was bad or good. Turns out the preacher/exorcist isn’t what he leads us to believe! Again, I am terribly sorry, but unfortunately, it was too hard writing about this movie without giving up major spoilers. But what I can say, is that it involves a resurrection. This movie alludes to a part 2, however, it is nowhere to be found (at least I can’t find it in the U.S.). All I can say is, see the movie for the foreign special effects, and the occasional weird soft gore. Considering all the novela like movies all over streaming, this is a change of pace. Watch on Netflix.
I’d like to share something I’ve gone through with Hulu a couple of months ago; I think it makes a great blog post. Actually, it wasn’t Hulu’s fault, it was the movie studio. A while ago I written an article discussing the fact that the movie industry is going through the same withdrawals the music industry had here. What I’m about to share with you is a perfect example of that. I wanted to watch a particular show I thought it looked good. However, I quickly noticed that episodes were not consistent. In other words, episodes were missing! I could not understand that because it was a new show, and Hulu is very good at making sure current episodes are available. Well, much to my disappointment, when I called Hulu, they told me it was because of that good o’l licensing. The license agreement they had for said show, was to only have 8 episodes at one time, from the last/most current show aired on television. WTF?
Now, I had to remember that it’s not Hulu’s fault. However, as a consumer, many people may not realize that, anytime a copyright holder omits episodes from streaming services, they actually make more money by forcing you to buy a $2 episode from Amazon, or an entire season on disc, just to watch a couple of episodes (defeating the purpose of having a streaming service). Now, they know most people are not going to start watching a show out of sequence (unless they know that each episode does not link to each other, such as “Law & Order”). These are the kinds of tactics that would make people use torrents. The whole reason we use streaming services is because quality physical media is far too expensive; and when I say expensive, I mean most of us really can’t afford it in this economy. There is no reason why that copyright holder couldn’t make it more affordable, and grant us access to all of the episodes. They’re doing the same things with movies. And they let you know “this movie blah blah blah will not be available on Netflix for a long time.” They really need to stop, and understand the economic landscape has changed. You know, maybe it’s not just the movie studios, maybe the issue really is the actors that command an extraordinary amount of money that force studios to do this? I don’t know. But the good thing so far (as far as I’m concerned), not only is music now affordable (at a streaming premium), it’s also legally free via internet radio w/ads and Youtube w/ads. It’s going to take the movie industry a lot longer to adjust their old mindsets and set their licensing prices fairly. You know, after the old original P2P Napster (not to be confused with today’s Napster, formally known as Rhapsody) almost single handed brought down the music industry to it’s knees in the 80s, you’d think the movie industry would take a hint. But I digress.
Wow, it’s almost Halloween already! Well, in the spirit of Halloween, I was thinking of a nice classic to write about. Then I thought of the original Carrie (1976). I think most would agree that this is one of the scariest, and to some extent realistic horror movie ever made! This is the best movie Sissy Spacek ever made in her career in my opinion, and will ever be known for this movie. Tons and tons of stars, including John Trovolta, and Amy Irving, whom you may remember from Barbara Streisand’s “Yentl (1983),” and The Fury (1978).”We’ve had a few remakes after this, but none came close to being even half as good as the original. Now, although I hate giving out spoilers, but I will try to give as few as possible. However at this point, I think everybody under the sun has pretty much seen Carrie already. If you happen to be one of my younger readers who likes old movies, and you happened to be the last person on earth that didn’t see Carrie, you may want to skip today’s post if you absolutely don’t want spoilers.
Like “The Night Of The Living Dead,” after seeing Carrie so many times, I want to take a closer look as to what made this movie great! The movie had all the elements that make up the look and feel of what life was like in High School. Can’t have a movie of school life without bullies, a helpful and caring teacher, a boyfriend that feels sorry for you, and a crazy mother! LOLOL!! Well not quite as crazy as Carrie’s mother, but when your mom loves you, she’ll do crazy things to protect you. It just so happens that Carrie’s mom was a Looney Toones. Carrie tries to get through school in one piece and avoid the bullying, not realizing she had the power to destroy everyone with her mind. Well, that was until she got really pissed.
What I thought was interesting was the teacher, reason being, she literally took on the role of Carries mother. I also thought it was incredibly interesting, that they included a scene where Carrie never experienced her menstrual period before, and screamed bloody murder in the shower. I never known what was the real purpose of that? Was it to show she had so much stress that she reached puberty late? Or was that to give us a clue as to how batty her mother was in the movie? I don’t think I’ve seen or heard this from any other movie. I was really upset what happened to her teacher in the movie………… Keeping my mouth shut……… But anyways, she was the kind of teacher I wish I had growing up! Then you realize it’s just TV.
I think what said it all was Sissy’s eyes. Her eyes said it ALL. This was a look were you knew she just freak’n’ had enough, and went ape shit. I have never seen anyone look like this, I mean, I actually wondered whether or not she had prosthetic on or something. How was it possible that she was able to open her eyes wide open like that? She’s got that face when a straight woman confronts the woman her husband cheated with. LOLOL.. If she was still young, she could have been on that TV show called “Snapped.”
I’m sorry to say that, if there does exist someone who has the power of telekinesis at the level that Carrie had it, I can really understand someone being so effected by the bullying that she would lose all her humanity. When she started electrocuting (or actually frying) people, you can tell she didn’t give a f**k! Once the doors closed, and she blew out the regular light, then the emergency red lights came on, you knew sh*t was about to happen. But it wasn’t until I heard that dramatic base violin in the background, that I really got scared and said “oh sh*t” as a kid. What made it even worse, as a kid, anything with base, if loud enough, the floor would shake, and you got the look of Sissy wanting to kill all those MF at the prom.
She then walked down the stairs, as if she mentally told the fire to finish them off. She walked as if she controlled fire too! She didn’t care that she still had pig blood on her, she didn’t care people were screaming, she didn’t care who she killed, she was just had it with all those MF. Yet there was a sense when she walked down the stairs, it was as though she finally saw herself as pretty, and or worthy. Like after she damn near killed everyone at that point, she was satisfied. What really shocked me was when John Trovolta, and I think it was Nancy Allen, who tried to run over Carrie when she was walking in the street. That’s when I realized how evil her bullies were. Of course she gave it to them good. Imagine, they saw that something wasn’t right, they managed to get away, then turn around and try to kill Carrie, and got themselves killed for being so damn evil.
I have to end this post with Carrie’s mom, who was played by Piper Laurie. Oh my goodness! I don’t think I’ve EVER laughed so hard at a serious horror movie in my life! Piper was hilarious! She was truly coco for coco puffs! When Carrie used her powers/mind to through those knives at her mother as she launched toward her, I didn’t know whether she was in pain, or having an orgasm. Oh my goodness, it was funnnnnnnny! YET, it didn’t take away from the seriousness of the movie. Piper showed that she was indeed a crazy woman. How ironic is that? How Carrie turned out to be one of the most powerful young woman in the world, and her mother turns out to be a nut? If you’re looking for a great horror classic for Halloween, get Carrie from Netflix.
I always hoped and dreamed that they would decide to do a comic book movie of Power Man. Although they didn’t make a movie (that I know of), they did create a TV show exclusively on Netflix, which was close enough in my book! Actually, technically Power Man is a spin off of Jessica Jones (which I hated). In the beginning, Jessica Jones started off very interesting and exciting, but after about episode 5 it started to go down hill. There was a point where it got so boring that I actually skipped a couple of episodes, just so that I can spare myself the agony. However, I hoped that Colter would have his own show, cause honestly I thought he was a better actor than Krysten Ritter. Power Man aka Luke Cage is played by Mike Colter, the finest piece of man chocolate I’ve seen in a long time! Ain’t that right girls? LOLOL. You know, only judging by the comic books, I really thought they would have had someone like Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson to play the part of Power Man. But, that’s O.K., cause I’m certainly not disappointed with Colter! 😀 I’m definitely going to watch this entire show through to the end. LOLOL
Now, I’m fuzzy on Luke Cage’s origin and how he actually became Power Man; but judging from the first episode, whatever they did to Wolverine, they did something similar to Luke. So basically they’ve done some crazy experiments on him, and made his body indestructible. I’m not sure if Luke has an adamantium skull and bones like Logan, but as far as I know, he can’t be hurt or killed. Luke tries to stay low key, as he hides from the law. I didn’t realize until after the fact that, the show appears very stereotypical. In other words, if Power Man could live anywhere he would be needed, It would be in a hood. But, putting my bias aside, the story line does seem to work (if it were not for Colter’s acting ability).
Ron Cephas Jones, plays a powerful drug lord who goes on a rampage when he learns that a transaction deal was sabotaged, via inside job. The party involved tried to shoot and kill one of Jones people, so that there would be no witnesses. But that person managed to call and let Jones’ people know who one of them was before he died. Jones went ape-shit. Unfortunately, while Luke is struggling trying to live is life quietly between two jobs (drama free), one of his jobs happens to be working in a club that Jones has made his central headquarters it looks like.
I’ll end the article by saying, I thoroughly enjoyed the first episode so far. Lots of action on the first episode, I feel confident I will not be bored with this show (unless they bring Jessica Jones in the mix, I sure hope not). The special effects was awesome! There was a scene were a gang member tried to punch Luke in the face, and as you can see, he literally brakes his wrist! Awesome, awesome, awesome!! Again, I’ve only watched episode one, and so far, my interpretation of the character Luke, is that he’s very much aware of his remarkable power, and trying everything he can to be mindful not to kill anyone with his massive strength. But from what he’s had to deal with in the first episode, I think he may wind up killing a lot of people. Especially when it comes to Ron, that dude is not going down easily. This just maybe before he becomes “The Power Man.” You know, I remember they showed a glimpse of a costume for Jessica in the “Jessica Jones” TV series; I’m wondering now if Luke will have a costume? Then again maybe not, I don’t get the feeling Luke’s character would want one. You get a sense that he may think he is a bit of a freak, and just wants to be normal. What would make this show even more exciting? I would really freak out if they introduce Iron Fist in the show. Just watched an E.T. video, and they confirmed that all of Power Man’s partners are coming back, which includes Daredevil, Iron First, and unfortunately Jessica Jones. Now THAT would be cool! Click here for Luke Cage.
Hey guys, I got a brand new look-a-like for you! I just happen to notice that legendary performer Cyndi Lauper, has a striking resemblance to the legendary late actress Greta Garbo! What do you think? Woweeeee!! It literally looks like Garbo has reincarnated in Cyndi.
Donny Hathaway was mostly a blues and jazz singer, as well as a pianist. He was born in 1945 and died around 1979-1980. He song with many artists, including the talented Jerry Butler & Aretha Franklin; he also worked with musical groups such as, the Impressions and the Staple Singers. He’s even worked with Curtis Mayfield on quite a few projects. If I understood correctly, during the height of his career, he began to develop sever depression, and later it was discovered that he had bouts with mental illness. Unfortunately, from what I’ve read, it sounded like no one really knew he suffered from mental illness until it was too late. He claimed that “White people were trying to steal his music.” The very same day he said this, he was found died from suicide. It’s interesting, I couldn’t help but to wonder if he heard something he wasn’t supposed to hear, and it triggered something? Let’s be real, there were a LOT of record labels stealing a lot of money from Black performers in that era (this is not only a fact, but common knowledge). Maybe he knew something big was about to go down then (concerning him), and he had no recourse? Who knows?
I have to be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of Donny. I found a lot of his songs either too slow, or the lyrics were depressing (now I know way). The only song that I can remember I really liked him to sing was a song called “A Song For You.” But I like many of the duets he did with Roberta Flack. Now that I think about it, it’s quite hilarious, because I’ve complained before about how boring I thought Roberta Flack is (they’re music is actually kind of similar in a way), yet when they collaborated they’ve made great music!! Who would have ever thought that two boring artists, would come together to produce positive music! I sure didn’t LOLOL. Some of those songs I love were, “Where Is The Love,” “The Closer I Get To You,” I really liked how they reinterpreted “You’ve Got A Friend,” and “Back Together Again.” Lastly, I like a song they did called “You’re My Heaven.”
I love Stevie Wonder, and he is most definitely one of the greatest living performers of our time. It is such a pleasure to hear him sing, he always gave us his all, and has always projected his voice. This was a young man that definitely was not scared to sing. Every time I think of Stevie, I can’t help but to think if Stevie and Jose Feliciano were young today, and if Ray Charles was still with us as a kid, the way that the music industry is now, I’d doubt that these phenomenal artists would have ever been given a chance at stardom. What do you think? Today’s musical culture is so lost, that in the next few decades, kids will probably tell you there were no such thing as successful blind performers!
But, let’s talk about this particular album released by Stevie. The Complete Stevie Wonder (2015), is truly the MOST complete musical album of any artist I’ve ever seen. This will make you realize just how much he has contributed to the music community. The album has a whopping 48 disc collection! Starting from his earliest work to his present. It has just about all of his greatest hits, and some never heard before recordings. When I saw this collection, I thought to myself, Damn, maybe Stevie Wonder was the hardest working man in show business?! I don’t ever recall even James Brown label releasing an album trilogy this huge! You Stevie fans will definitely enjoy this album. He sings all kinds of music, jazz, R&B, his music label even included some of his christmas singles. This collection is jaw dropping. I don’t think the average person would have been able to afford this collection if we saw it in a store. Do you see why music streaming like Spotify and Napster are so important? The average cost of a single CD today is about $18.99 x 48 = $911.52, but you can download and listen to all of these songs for just $10 a month (and everything else in it’s 36m+ library and additional access to their international around the world music) with @320 highest quality. That’s 9 years worth of unlimited Napster for the full value of Stevie’s collection. Or you can sign up for a FREE Spotify account, and listen to the entire collection FREE on your PC (and in random shuffle mode on your Smartphone). I don’t remember if the free version of Spotify has a limit on skips for on-demand listening; or they may hit you with more commercials; but who cares, your getting it free! Honestly, I’m not going to go in to all the songs I like because they’re just too many; and I’m sure true Stevie fans feel the same way. Check out the album on Napster.
I thought about doing something a little different and fun. I know that a lot of people who are stuck in a particular mindset, in terms of what defines beauty. However, when it comes to someone’s weight, I’ve always had the belief that NOT everyone looks good smaller in size. I’ve always felt that way ever since a I was a child. Some people who’s never been thin sometimes look sick when they lose too much weight (trying to live someone else’s standard of beauty). Let’s be real, fat phobia exist, just like many other phobias. It’s not always about being “healthy,” too many people get off of fat shaming people. Getting into other people’s business instead of their OWN.
I’d like to start off with Adam Richman. It’s funny because I was so accustomed to seeing his body larger on “Man Verses Food,” that he looks weird with his weight loss. When I say weird, I don’t mean bad; at least he didn’t lose so much weight that he looks like a bobble-head. I don’t think that’s a healthy look for anybody. I don’t care what anybody says.
Next is rapper Paul Wall. You know, I always thought he looked ok bigger. He looked good on camera when he danced, and it is my opinion that he held his weight well. Now that He lost the weight, he looks incredibly handsome. He looks like an entirely different person. I’m going to say I think he looked good both ways. But now that he’s smaller, he looks so different he looks nothing like a rapper now.
Chris Bratt, definitely a hunk now that he lost weight. Not only that, he stopped at a healthy slim weight, and not anorexic slim. Maybe it’s different with men? When women talk about weight loss, a lot of women always trying to get in to a size 1 and below LOL. Not everybody is built to be their desired weight.
Now about Kevin Liles. I don’t know about you guys, but this is one of those cases I think he looks better and healthier a little larger. He looked like a nice big o’l hug-able football bear. He wasn’t fat, he was just nice and thick, and haters couldn’t take it. Period.
Now, I don’t judge people, however, Al Roker is the only guy that I truly feel he should have gained some back. I’ve actually seen photos of him even smaller. Now, I tend to notice things other people miss. I immediately noticed that after he lost all that weight, his skin changed dramatically! I don’t recall seeing that on any person of color quite in that way. I mean, I’m not joking, when I was watching his weather broadcast, I actually remember trying to adjust my picture because I thought something was wrong, and it turned out to be Al’s actual skin texture! O my goodness, he looked double his age after he lost the weight. Now, I know that some of us who are diabetic, we sometimes suffer dry skin occasionally, I thought maybe that was it. Who knows, maybe he was on some medication that had a skin side effect? All I know, He didn’t appear healthy to me after he lost that weight. Kudos to him though!