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Pokémon Nicknames: Wurmple

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We all know that you see a lot of Wurmple on the Wondertrade.  It looks like everyone who catches one in the early game of Alpha/Omega just puts them out without teaching it any extra moves, let alone leveling it up.  It is often holding a Pecha berry in the wild. Wondertraders apparently do not care, and send it out without obtaining that special poison-cure Wurmple holds.

Wurmple (in Japanese: ケムッソ  “Kemusso”) is a Bug-type Pokémon, and is known as “the worm Pokémon” although it looks more like a caterpillar. Wurmple is listed as the 4th weakest Pokémon out of all 721, so it is not surprising that it is wonder-traded so often.

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Wurmple will evolve however. It will evolve into either Silcoon or Cascoon starting at level 7. This depends on the Pokémon’s personality value.  Personality values cannot be influenced or seen by the trainer, thus what any given Wurmple will ultimately evolve into is essentially random!

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Above level 10, Silcoon will evolve into Beautifly. Cascoon will evolve into Dustox. You could name the Pokémon something for when it will become your butterfly or moth, or you can just change later. it at the Name-Rater’s house.

My favorite nickname for female Wurmple is “Shirley” as in the late Shirley Temple, the famous child-actress, known for her cute song “The Good Ship Lolipop”.

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This Loli should not let her spikey little bug evolve.

Alternatively you could name it “Hemple”, after 1970s TV sitcom actress Shirley Hemphill. “Hemphill” may actually be a pretty good name.  A scene with the late Ms. Hemphill is linked here.

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Shirley from the “Whats Happening” TV show.

I name the males something like “Munchies” because caterpillars must eat a lot of vegetation before they begin their metamorphosis. Perhaps “Pre-Op” might be good, as the Pokémon is about to go through some changes. “LittleFriend” might be good, as in the famous line from the movie Scarface: “Say hello to my little friend!” Imagine the trainer saying that as they throw out the Poké ball.

I like my little Shirley. I’m going to level Shirley up to level 100, then we will see who in Kalos might get a poison-sting surprise.

What is the name for your caterpillar-worm? Please comment.

References: Bulbapedia and Serebii.net .

Denny’s Classroom — Two centuries of British songwriting, Part 27: “Bodies” by the Sex Pistols

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Good morning class. Today in “Two Centuries of British Song and Poetry” we travel back to the late-twentieth century. We will study the origin and development of  “punk rock” theory. (Denny rustles lecture notes on the podium.) We will celebrate and explore the musical and lyrical genius of Mr. Johnny Rotten and Mr. Sid Vicious (now deceased). The song is “Bodies” from the “Never Mind The Bollocks” album by The Sex Pistols, released in October 1977.

Abortion is a serious and controversial topic. There are relatively few pop songs which cover the issue however. Who else to explore this debate than with these preeminent and prototypical late 1970s punk rock icons? (Ahem.) Perhaps it is best if we play the song first. Please hold your discussion points until AFTER the song plays. (Denny senses some distracted students.) The lyrics are here for you to follow along with.

She was a girl from Birmingham
She just had an abortion
She was a case of insanity
Her name was Pauline  (she lived in a tree)

She was a no one who killed her baby
She sent her letters from the country
She was an animal
She was a bloody disgrace!

Body! I’m not an animal
Body! I’m not an animal

Dragged on a table in factory
Illegitimate place to be
In a packet in a lavatory
Die little baby screaming!!!
Body! screaming fucking bloody mess
Not an animal
It’s an abortion 

Body! I’m not animal!
Mummy! I’m not an abortion!

[Spoken]
Throbbing squirm,
gurgling bloody mess
I’m not a discharge!
I’m not a loss in protein!
I’m not a throbbing squirm!

Fuck this and fuck that —
Fuck it all and fuck a fucking brat
She don’t wanna baby that looks like that
I don’t wanna baby that looks like that
Body, I’m not an animal
Body, an abortion

Body! I’m not an animal
Body! I’m not an animal
An animal
I’m not an animal…..
I’m an abortion…..

Mummy! UGH!

We should also enjoy this lovely live version from way back in 1978. This really really takes me back to my youth. I’m the guy with glasses in the third row. 

The lyrics – which are tame by today’s standards – were quite shocking in 1977, as were the Sex Pistols, as was British punk rock music in general. The protagonist of the song is an unborn fetus. It pleads to its insipid mother that “I am not an animal”. To no avail. It dies a “screaming bloody gurgling mess” during an illegal abortion. If you watch the live version, note that at one point Johnny Rotten twists his microphone cord around his neck to symbolize the abortion procedure against the unborn child. Sid Vicious was cutting himself on stage by that time, so the extra blood further illustrates the poetic complexity. The last lyric line is simply “Ugh” — the death of the would-be human baby.

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What would the world have been like if the mother of John Lydon had an abortion?

The music is exemplary punk rock music. When I young musicians, and they sometimes tell me that “the Pistols” are one of their influences. I always say “Do you know what the Sex Pistols were really like?!?” It is true, their album is full of what would now be considered punk clichés. They invented the punk rock standard.  (I suggest that readers view the interesting mocumentary “The Great Rock-and-Roll Swindle” for a fuller story.)

The lyrics do open up a number of questions of course …

Now, I know what you are thinking: How right-wing reactionary they must have been …  writing an anti-abortion song. Of course, the Sex Pistols were anything but conservative – they were very much the opposite actually .. despite the Pro-Life message of this song.

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The 20 week fetus: I’M NOT AN ANIMAL!

I think the reason why they presented this horror show was to shake up the complacency of British society. Abortions by this time were legal, although restricted, in Britain. Middle and upper class British women having abortions would just be another thing for Mr. Rotten to be critical of. He would also be critical of “all the bloody starvation and oppression” in the world as well.  The ant-abortion statement here, I believe, is just another way for him to say “Fuck you England – you’re stupid”. Whatever is the norm, he would seek to tear down. Anything against the British majority — which would make him correct only 80% of the time! (Denny looks out at students to see if anyone is challenged by his last statement).

“God save the Queen – because this is a FASCIST regime … there is no future for you …. and England’s dreaming …”.

(cough). Oh, that one is actually another song for perhaps another lesson. It is thematic of the entire record however. (Denny desperately trying to get a student reaction.)

Now would that also be true for …

(Bell rings: Sound of students packing, getting up, leaving, talking.)  … As a reminder … (Denny speaking over the clamoring sounds of students packing)  … class … please post your comments to the course message board by Monday at 9:00 am. Oh, and I will NOT be in my office on Tuesday … but I will hold an extra hour after my regular office hours on Thursday.

Starlight: 1977 … Hmm … For right or for wrong … the Sex Pistols and punk rock were part of my transitioning to reject drugs, my neighborhood, my school, and my hometown.

Pokémon Nicknames: Aerodactyl

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(18+ NSFW post) 

Aerodactyl (in Japanese: プテラ “Ptera”) is a “Fossil” Pokémon. Aerodactyl is a Rock-Flying dual type. Given this Pokémon’s large size, Aerodactyl may be more of a Pteranodon rather than a Pterodactyl.

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There is not a known pre-evolutionary form of this Pterodactyl-like Pokémon, however it is resurrected from an “Old Amber” fossil. Aerodactyl can Mega-Evolve into Mega Aerodactyl using the Aerodactylite.

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You can get the stone in XY from a scientist in the Fossil Lab after you have gone through Glittering Cave. In Alpha-Omega, you can find the stone on the top floor of Meteor Falls after you have the  legendary battle in Sootopolis. It is down the ledges below Zinnia’s grandmother.

Aerodactyle may also be reproduced by breeding, although 87.5% hatch as male. Try hatching a female Aerodactyl. I like to name the females “Terry” or “Petra”.

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Actually I was not too sure what hatched here …

… and speaking of breeding like a Pteradactyl … I … er … um … explains the 87.5 to 12.5% ratio .. um …

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Readers: When I started this post I truly had NO IDEA that “Dinosaur porn” was indeed a real sub-genre. Ahem.

Not … my … thing … at … all. Like a lot of the sub-genres in pornography … I really do not want to know. I guess I have led a sheltered life … and I probably digress once again.

One name I used was “ToraToraTora” after the Pear Harbor film.

My favorite name for Aerodactyl though is “Aerosmith” after the famous hard rock band. When I was 15, I bought my first Aerosmith album “Get Your Wings”.  (GYW full album linked here.)

I also got to naming them along an Aerosmith theme. I named one “GetYourWings”. I also named another “Dream On”  and added the musical notes to both end of the name.

I’m actually listening to the album right now… haven’t heard it in decades … really takes me back to when I was 15 … (Denny goes into a reverie)

The scene: Denny and his friends in Denny’s basement listening to his new Aerosmith record. “Same Old Song and Dance” is playing.

15-year old Denny: I love this song — rock and roll… Yeah!!! (Denny desperately trying to be cool)

Denny’s Friend #1: “Get  Your Wings”? …  pretty cool. I have the one with “Dream On”.

Denny: Cool

Denny’s Friend #2: Hey Denny, are you going to “get your wings”?

Denny: Yeah — I would love to be a pilot someday. I have my motorcycle, but someday I going to get a pilots license and learn to fly too.

Denny’s Friend #1: No, you asshole … (laughs) don’t you now what “get your wings means” … or “earn your redwings”.

Denny: (sheepishly) uh … yeah … no.

Denny’s Friend #2: That is when you are eating a chick out and she starts having her period. You get her blood all over your face and it looks like a big spread of wings … My brother is a biker and told me all about it.

Denny’s Friend #1: You’ve eaten a girl out before — right?

Denny: Oh … yeah (Laughs nervously, trying to be all-knowing.) 

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Actually that would not happen for another dinosaur age.

One of Aerodactyl’s ability’s is “Rock Head” so you can play around with names along that theme: “Flying Rock” or “Drop-A-Rock” (appropriate as Aerodactyl can learn the “Skydrop” move). I like “Rockford” after the old TV show “The Rockford Files” with the late James Garner.

References: As always, I get a lot of my basic information from the Bulbapedia and Serebii websites. The rest of it is … “the same old song and dance — my friend.”

What is the name for your rock-hard Pterodactyl? Please comment.

My more “grown up” reflections on the song “Wildfire”

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I found mysticism and beauty in a surprising place this past week. I have been haunted by a ghost horse for six days now. My recent post about nicknames for Ponyta included the song “Wildfire” by Michael Martin Murphey. At first, I was just being my usual goofy self, and I wanted to include this song about a horse I remembered from the 1970s.

It was a hit in the mid-70s. I must have heard it at least a hundred times on AM radio back then. I may have heard it many times, however I never actually listened to it.

Back then, I was a teenage rock-and-roller – I was listening to a lot of Aerosmith, KISS, Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, etc. I was a leather-clad hormone-driven heavy metal teen and too “cool” to listen to some hayseed song about a pony that broke down its stall. It could be said that I could not appreciate “Wildfire” because I was too much of a jackass.

Like too many of things in this life, we don’t realize the simple beauty of things right in front of us. Fortunately it was not too late for me to enjoy the mysticism and beauty now.

The emotions and the lyrics were lost on my teen self during that period, and I am sorry about that.  Last week, I prepared my Ponyta post, but the more I listened to the song, the more beautiful it became to me. I’m listening to it right now …

Thank you Mr. Murphey … I finally get it.

Before my words evaporate into the bogging ether, I want to share a couple of versions of the song, and I hope that you can find a special moment the way that I did.

The first is from a 2007 performance on “The David Letterman Show”. Paul Shaffer does a great job with the piano intro. The rest of the band seems really into it. Letterman himself is impressed and comes out to congratulate Mr. Murphey at the end. Mr. Murphey stresses certain words in the song in this version, but it becomes very heartfelt. You may not ever listen to much “Cowboy Music” but I hope that you can connect to the same emotions that I experienced. Don’t be so cynical — allow yourself to feel it.

The story from Wikipedia was that talk show host David Letterman loved the song. He would discuss with bandleader Paul Shaffer the meaning of the lyrics — particularly the line about “leave sodbustin’ behind” (that part gets to me too). Letterman described the song as “haunting and disturbingly mysterious, but always lovely,” and surmised that the performance would leave the studio audience with “a palpable sense of … mysticism, melancholy … and uplifting well-being.” They invited the singer to perform, and of course Mr. Murphey nailed it as seen here.

The second performance is longer and contains extended instrumentation. They lengthen the piano intro and ending. Both are wonderful. If you like, the original studio version is linked here. So many times I ignored it as it flowed out of a car’s AM radio …

Other references from Wikipedia: The song was made fun of by Dave Barry in an article he wrote about awkward songs (I do like Mr. Barry’s humor, but he was way off about this song). Of course, I was wrong to think it was a hokey song all those years ago. The song is also referenced in an episode of “The Simpsons”.  Lisa played the song for her pony on her saxophone. She introduced it by saying “This next song is also about a girl and her pony. It’s called ‘Wildfire’ “  I think that means it was a tribute!

The full lyrics are listed below. I will interpret them after.

She comes down from Yellow Mountain
On a dark flat land she rides
On a pony she named Wildfire
With a whirlwind by her side
On a cold Nebraska night

Oh, they say she died one winter
When there came a killing frost
And the pony she named Wildfire
Busted down his stall
In a blizzard he was lost

She ran calling Wildfire
She ran calling Wildfire
She ran calling Wildfire

By the dark of the moon I planted
But there came an early snow
There’s been a hoot owl howlin’ by my window now
For six nights in a row
She’s coming for me I know
And on Wildfire — we’re both gonna go

We’ll be riding Wildfire
She ran calling Wildfire
She ran calling Wildfire

On Wildfire we’re going to ride
We’re gonna leave sod bustin’ behind
Get these hard times right on out of our minds
Riding Wildfire

The song is open-ended enough that it could be interpreted in different ways. 

The song starts out by explaining a legend. A woman (or is she a spirit woman?) dies trying to eek out a living on the desolate Nebraska Plains. The song says that she come down from “Yellow Mountain” however there is no Yellow Mountain in Nebraska. Perhaps “Yellow Mountain” is derived from the Indian name for a mountain where gold was once thought to be found. Perhaps she gave up prospecting to settle on the plains. The woman dies, and her horse who loved her so much cannot stand living alone anymore. The pony “busts down his stall” and runs out into a blizzard – perhaps no longer caring about his own life. Without her, any life thereafter would be too painful.

A question remains: How could SHE go running calling out “Wildfire”? She was already dead. Was she calling to the ghost horse to join her? … or was she sad that the pony gave up his own life?

The story shifts to the protagonist a man currently struggling to make a living in the western Nebraska plains.

Now, I do not want to insult any potential readers in Lincoln or Omaha, however I must say that western Nebraska in winter is a desolate place. Early pioneers called that part of the Plains “The Great American Desert” as it was so hard to farm. (I will digress: If you have ever seen the Clint Eastwood movie “Unforgiven” — the Gene Hackman character says at one point: “Dead? No, but even I thought I was dead once, but it turned out I was just in Nebraska.” Indeed it is a harsh environment.)

I like that part about “by the dark of the moon I planted” as in the 1800s there were farming rules about planting according to the phases of the moon. It was superstitious perhaps, or had to do with the ancient trial-and-error wisdom of the aboriginal inhabitants of the Plains.

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Farming peoples would plant, fertilize, harvest – even pick the right time to castrate a horse – all according to the appropriate moon phase. (I am not making that up or trying to be funny.)

The lyric “there came an early snow” means that his crop is killed again and again.

That part about  “There’s been a hoot-owl howling by my window now” is significant. You young otaku may not know that an owl outside your bedroom window is a bad omen in western and hill-people culture. He know that his death is eminent. He knows that the woman will come for him (is the ghost woman someone important to him?… perhaps an ancestor?)

During the Letterman performance, Mr. Murphey’s voice breaks at the “we’re both gonna go” lyric. It is a great emotional moment. If you listen I hope it takes you there.

He will starve too, as he has perhaps given up on life – however this is arguably not such a bad thing. He will die, but he knows that he will join the spirit of the woman and ride Wildfire. He will “leave sod-busting behind.” No more demeaning and futile dirt farming. No more struggling with the harsh realities of this existence. They will be together in the afterlife: “Get these hard times right on out of our minds” …

We tell ourselves when a loved one dies: “They are in a better place”.

I hope that you young otakus never have to have the experience of witnessing a loved one pass away over a long, grueling, painful illness. At some point, there is no coming back, and death is the release. I hope you enjoying these touching and mystical elements in song.

Starlight: 40 lightyears ago –  I was a jackass. Don’t point the telescope there.

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Instead, name your Ponyta “Wildfire” … and please visit Mr. Murphey-san’s website linked here.

“To the Devil, drink a toast…”

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Yes, it was also difficult for me to get past that lyric …

Hopefully, I can find redemption by the end of my post. This week I would like to share some swashbuckling excitement from another chapter of “Denny-Lived-Through-It-Music-History!”

Emerson Lake and Palmer were one of the greatest “Progressive Rock” groups of the 1970s.  The song “Pirates” has always been one of my favorites.  The track is from their album “Works Vol.1”. This critically-acclaimed record was actually a significant departure from their previous hard rock/synthesizer work.  They used a full orchestra for some songs, and much of the double-album had a “classical music” sound and feel to it.

I think that the song holds up well.  In fact, the music is often “pirated” in many TV shows and movie soundtracks.  “HEY! – that music is from Pirates”  … It never surprises me to hear excerpts from it. I hope that Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, Carl Palmer and Peter Sinfield receive royalties.

Who’ll make his mark / The captain cried
To the devil drink a toast / We’ll glut the hold
With cups of gold / And we’ll feed the sea with ghosts
I see your hunger for a fortune / Could be better
Served beneath my flag / If you’ve the stomach
For a broadside / Come aboard my pretty boys …

The brilliant lyrics are by Peter Sinfield, British poet, and occasional songwriting partner with Greg Lake. These full lyrics (linked here in a new window) are good at describing what pirates were actually like in history.

Six days off the Cuban coast, / When a sail ahead they spied
“A galleon of the treasure fleet” / The mizzen lookout cried
Closer to the wind my boys / The mad eyed captain roared,
For every man that’s alive tonight / Will be hauling gold aboard …

“Spare us” the galleon begged / But mercy’s face had fled
Blood ran from the screaming souls / The cutlass harvested
Driven to the quarter deck / The last survivor fell
She’s ours my boys / The captain grinned
And no one left to tell …

So brilliant. Such imagery and colorful language! You can really feel the sea air, the tense fighting, the heaving ship, the merciless killing

The captain rose from a silk divan / With a pistol in his fist
And shot the lock from an iron box / And a blood red ruby kissed
I give you jewelry of turquoise / A crucifix of solid gold
One hundred thousand silver pieces / It is just as I foretold
You, you see there before you / Everything you’ve ever dreamed

If you only know what you see in Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” you might think that pirates were harmless flakes or fruits (e.g. Johnny Depp).  Of course real pirates drunk toasts to the Devil … they were leaving their Christian life behind.

Anchored in an indigo moonlit bay / Gold eyed ’round fires
The sea thieves lay / Morning, white shells
And a pipe of clay / As the wind filled their footprints
They were far, far away …

The first video features famous scenes from pirate movies, and mixed in with live performances of ELP during the “Works Volume #1” tour. The one below plays and shows only the lyrics.  Such great DRIVING music!

I always thought that this song was great music for a road trip and  highway driving! … but you are not driving right now, are you, my pretty boys? I can remember seeing ELP live on the Works tour during the summer of 1977. Oh it was a great experience. The legal drinking age in my state was 18 back then, so there was plenty of rum (actually 3.2 beer) on the trip. My friend had a black 1976 Oldsmobile Cutlass (Like the pirate sword, get it?). He tied a black pirate flag to the antenna so it snapped in the breeze (“closer to the wind my boys” ) as we drove westward on USA 80.

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I was very much looking forward to seeing ELP perform their great new album live with a full orchestra … however the group ran out of money to pay the orchestra just two dates prior to the show I saw. They had to drop the orchestra and performed as a three piece again.

I like how the music video had scenes from the orchestral performances. Darn it.  It was still a great show. We had tickets right on the floor of the arena, only a few rows back from the stage. I was surrounded by drunkards, thieves, thugs and assorted scoundrels – but I didn’t care – and you would have thought that I was a bit of a scoundrel back then anyway.

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It was one of the best rock concerts I ever attended.  ELP was still at their peak in those days, and the group played all their great AOR favorites.  It was an evening of great adventure. “Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash” indeed.

However, If you would like to see a good pirate movie without any of all that, and with a more Christian theme, then I suggest:

You may like these "Pirate Fruits" (no not Johnny Depp)

You may like these “Pirate Fruits” (no not Johnny Depp)

ELP received mixed reviews from the serious music critics. Some liked them because the group incorporated classical music elements. ELP recorded Aaron Copeland’s “Hoedown” and “Fanfare for the Common Man” as well as Mussorgsky’s “Great Gates of Kiev” and “Pictures at an Exhibition”, amongst others.

The group is mainly known for their one AM radio hit “Lucky Man”. Some critics panned them because they were so bombastic! So pompous — so full of sound and fury — but YOU COULD NOT DANCE TO IT! The group could switch from gentle Greg Lake love songs – “Still You Turn Me On”, etc, to Kieth Emerson’s long piano concertos, to synthesized percussion noise masquerading as classical music (Alberto Ginastera’s Concerto for Piano “Tocatta” )

Basically, whether or not you would like ELP comes down to one question: DO YOU LIKE GARGOYLES?

Whoop whoop weeeep woop woop ... bumm bumm bumm wooop weeep

Whoop whoop weeeep woop woop … bumm bumm bumm wooop weeep

No, the songs were not about gargoyles.  However, if you think that the gargoyles on gothic cathedrals are beautiful or at least interesting, then you may like ELP. I always thought that ELP were the musical equivalent of gargoyles.  Tarkus, for example.

Starlight: Has it been 38 light years?

Pokémon Nicknames: Tynamo, Electrik, and Eeletross.

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This next Pokémon may “Zap” you! Tynamo (in Japanese  シビシラス  “Shibishirasu”) is an Electric-type Pokémon. Tynamo evolves into Eelektrik (in Japanese: シビビール  “Shibibeel”) starting at level 39.

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Eelekrik evolves into Eelektross (in Japanese:  シビルドン  “Shibirudon”) only when a Thunderstone is used on it.

I named a Tynamo “Dinah Moe” after the late Frank Zappa’s famous song called “Dinah Moe Hum”. Sometimes I would just name a Tynamo  “Hum” or “Humm” because these words sound somewhat electrical. Here is the song.  It is dirtyIf you can make it all the way through the lyrics I will give you some type of prize.

I think that “Zappa” would also be good for this electric Pokemon — as one may be “Zapped” by electricity. I might suggest the name “FrankZappa” but not many in your generation would know who he was. Frank Zappa was a notable artist. The pop music historian in me does not want go back there very often. Was he Unique? Creative? Progressive? On one hand, he was very subversive. On the other hand he would even make fun of the hippie counter-culture that was his fan base. Zappa-san had about 50 albums, but had only one AM radio hit —  “Valley Girl” sang by his daughter, the actress Moon-Unit Zappa. The YouTube video will link you to other Zappa favorites such as Titties and Beer“, “Broken Hearts Are For Assholes“,  and Bobby Brown Goes Down.  Again, the Zappa songs are filthy — and many would be considered aggressively “homophobic” and “misogynist” in this century.  He could be funny, I will give him that.  He was otherwise astute and was a great guitar player when he wanted to be.

What was I THINKING in the progressive rock era of the 1970s??? Yet I digress once again …

"Kiss my Aura - Dora ..." Maybe Aura Dora would be a good name for female Tynamo.

“Kiss my Aura – Dora …”   Maybe “Aura Dora” would be a good name for female Tynamo?

Indeed we were idiots in the 1970s … I can remember when all my hippie/druggie/biker/ex-military/mill worker/alcoholic buddies would think that Frank Zappa songs were the coolest thing.  They would sit there all smug and knowing. I had to grin and go along with it, because I was so young and did not have a clue. (See lyrics.) I thought that the way these older dudes acted was how the world was supposed to work … but I digress …

Electrik is like an electric eel, but it looks more like a lamprey to me. “Lamps” might be a good name, as lamps give electric light, and it is a lamprey.

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I called my Electrik/Eeletross “Erie” or “Eerie” after Lake Erie, and because the word “eerie ” means strange and scary, as the mouths of lampreys (and Frank Zappa fans)are! Sea lampreys are a problematic species of fish that invaded the Great Lakes ecosystem when the St. Lawrence Seaway was built. The lampreys victimize the native fish, latching on and sucking out all their bodily fluids and flesh. (Zappa had an album called “Weasels Ripped My Flesh” , but that is off-topic. I doubt that “SuckingFace” or such — will make it past the new name censor however.“LE EEL” may be odd lettering for a French name. Otherwise, “electrical sounding” names and terminology are appropriate for these electric fish: “J.C. Watts”, “Edison”, “Shelly Shock”, or “Tesla” or some variation are possible.

If you think lampreys are funny, you may want to view this old “Saturday Night Live” sketch. Of course, SNL is even less funny than lampreys. I actually prefer Frank Zappa.

http://www.popscreen.com/v/6BfQ2/Saturday-Night-Live-_-Lampreys

What is your favorite name for these eels?

Best audio moment from “Guardians of the Galaxy”

One of the things that I liked about the new “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie was the good1970s pop soundtrack that it had.  It was a mix of songs I both loved and hated — listening to the AM radio in my first-ever automobile: A 1969 Pontiac Bonneville station wagon.  The movie brought back a lot of my hazy 1970s memories …

... only mine was dark blue!

… only mine was dark blue!

Anyway, the greatest audio moment in GOTG was when the Eric Carmen and the Raspberries song “Go All The Way” blasts through.  A great “power pop” song from the early 70s!  Well done, Mr. movie music director.

It should occur to the listener that the lyrics are all FLIP-FLOPPED & JUXTAPOSED!

Listen to what the boy is saying about the girl.  In this song, it was the GIRL that wanted to “go all the way”!!!

How on Earth does the GIRL have to beg the BOY???

Who ever had a 1970s girlfriend that great? Sure there were stories in the locker room, but I thought that these were just braggarts.  And believe me, I heard a lot of stories.   Unfortunately, I had few stories to tell, not like the dumb jocks.  Oh, no, the dumb jocks had their stories, yes indeedee.

However the dumb jocks at our school were SO STUPID, they often could not articulate their backseat conquests effectively.  Our dumb jocks were so bad at describing the relevant details, that we had to give the dumb jocks anatomically correct dolls in order for them to explain their carnal accomplishments.

Anatomically-Correct

“OK, Moose, where did you do  her … OK, uh, huh,  … and where did she do you, uh, huh, I see. …”

Anyway, the movie-moment song brought back a lot of memories.  This is my seventies life and welcome to it.  I will also share this bootleg recording of the Raspberries on the old Mike Douglas show.  If you do not know who Mike Douglas was, ask your grandmother.  It was a syndicated variety show that would play at 4:00 in the afternoon.

The sound quality here is awful.  The group is lip- syncing to the song over the studio loudspeakers.  Actually, Eric Carmen IS singing, along with the tape.  What you hear on this YouTube video is not what was broadcast. The pre-recorded audio was broadcast, not what you hear here in the studio. Remember, this was TV.  Of course, all those grandmothers fainted out of their seats, as the teenagers would turn this up all the way to full volume.

It is a great piece of pop music history!

Pop culture historians will note that the group is interviewed after the song.  Lesbian tennis star Billy Jean King is there.  As well as AFL-NFL Hall-of-Famer NY Jets Quarterback Joe Namath.  That is just the kind of theater that made the Mike Douglas show, uh, ah, uh … one of the only three programs you could watch, because there were only three channels.

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