Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Remains of the Day (10/15)

The Atlantic: The tech industry is producing a rising din. Our bodies can’t adapt.

Michael Musto: What's your "favorite" type of Facebook poster?

Tennis Tuesday

Not the first time we've gotten excited by PLAY YOUR COURT

Now watch the ad for the "leg show." 

Song of the Day: 'Slow Motion' by Blondie

Nice write-up on Ultimate Classic Rock about the 40th anniversary of "Eat to the Beat," Blondie's follow-up to their seminal breakthrough "Parallel Lines." Although it could never live up to its predecessor, "Eat to the Beat" is in fact a pop-rock masterpiece, which spawned the U.S. singles "Atomic," "The Hardest Part" and "Dreaming," arguably their finest moment.

At the recent Q&A for Debbie Harry's "Face It" memoir, Chris Stein claimed the reason Blondie was never put in "heavy rotation" on MTV is because the network wanted people to think it "invented" music videos so shied away from Deb and the boys because they were pioneers in the field, having released the first full-length video album. (A better explanation may be that "Island of Lost Souls" wasn't exactly a classic song let alone a video!) Although I don't have any recollection of it, Chris says Blondie did end up getting an MTV award, which perhaps was for one of the reissue of the album on another format.

I remember being at Tower Records in Tempe, Ariz., as a kid salivating at the sight of the "Eat to the Beat" laser disc, knowing that I could never afford to buy it so would never get to see them. (Tower also had separate shelves for the pricey Betamax and VHS formats of the "video album." It would be years before my family got a VCR and I eventually was able watch it!) It's impossible to pick a favorite song from the album. While "Victor" and "Sound-a-Sleep" were the weakest links for me, the singles and every other song -- "Shayla," "Union City Blue," "Die Young Stay Pretty"-- were sublime. I always wished "Slow Motion" had been released as a single -- it's Motown beat had hit written all over it. And just as YouTube eventually made all the videos readily available, Wikipedia let me know that I was on to something: 
"Slow Motion" was originally planned to be the fourth single release from the album, and producer Mike Chapman even made a remix of the track. But following the unexpected success of "Call Me," the theme song to the movie "American Gigolo," these plans were shelved and the single mix of "Slow Motion" remains unreleased. An alternate mix of the track called "The Stripped Down Motown Mix" did however turn up on one of the many remix singles issued by Chrysalis/EMI in the mid-1990s.
If you're not familiar with "Slow Motion," dive in here  -- and keep your ears open for backing vocalist Lorna Luft!

Page 1 Roundup (10/15)

Instagram: Hottest body yet?

And at the risk of virtue signaling, can we just talk about how disgusting it is that the police there released photos of a firearm found in the victim's home -- you know, to “defend” herself -- a reminder that gun nuts' precious Second Amendment only applies to white people.

Morning Wood

And believe it or not, he's not the reason I'm heading to BRAZIL next month, among other South American nations!

Monday, October 14, 2019

Remains of the Day (10/14)

Boy Culture: You'll understand why he did a double-take

WFLA: School declines free Chick-fil-A lunch "out of respect to our LGBTQ staff"

Law: 16 conservative lawyers say they support "expeditious" impeachment inquiry

The Daily Beast: Video played at Trump resort portrays him murdering media, opponents

CNN: Elizabeth Warren is now running Facebook ads with a false statement about Mark Zuckerberg to draw attention to the social-media giant's policy allowing politicians to make false statements in ads

The Hill: McGrath raises nearly $11 million in third quarter for bid to unseat McConnell

SNL: Anyone else pop a boner watching Colin Jost play Mayor Pete?

Dlisted: Open post hosted by this bear parkouring down a staircase in Lake Tahoe

TPM: Schiff says House Democrats may not ask whistleblower to testify

Beantown Cuban: Private Florida Keys island for sale -- and it's not Kokomo

Towleroad: Olympic gold medalist Kerron Clement comes out as gay: "I was tired of loving in the dark"

Back2Stonewall: The life and death of heroic gay rights activist Frank Kameny (May 21, 1925 - Oct. 11, 2011), who wasn't even a trans woman of color

Chowhound: When I was in Arizona my brother Terence brought up Caf' Casino, a French-style cafeteria in the Valley that was a high-school field trip staple. Anyone else remember it?! (Link is for the comments.)

Gay City News: Uganda revives “Kill the Gays” bill

MetroSource: This is the way 1990s New York Club Kids actually dressed

The WoW Report: If your rideshare driver thinks you’re black or queer, might they cancel you? (New study says yes.)

The Randy Report: Little Marco Rubio crashes, burns trying to troll Elizabeth Warren

Baseline: Andy Murray's wife caught another load

Mug Shot Monday

And they like it DOGGY STYLE

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