Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Some great stuff in the new issue of GQ, but nothing tops their Yelp "reviews" sexual positions. Although I'd have killed to read the gay version, I think anyone can appreciate how sublime this is. Pick up the new three-covered issue to read the rest.
I made a second trip to the Big Gay Ice Cream shop in the West Village yesterday on my comp day -- the first time I was accosted by a nine-foot-tall drag queen (sorry, that's redundant) and didn't see any actual ice cream, so ran -- and nearly choked on my friend's Salted Pimp when this obscure Blondie song came on over the PA. In retrospect I shouldn't have been surprised. Big Gay cofounder Doug is a fellow Go-Go's fan/friend whom I was introduced to online via my best friend Mark back in the late '90s, yet I still couldn't hide my awe for hearing this gem in public, unquestionably the standout track from the band's 1999 comeback LP, "No Exit," which I've always thought of as the sad sequel to "Go Through It." Nicely done, Mr. Quint.
Monday, September 29, 2014
From Echo magazine's look back at the history of LGBT culture in Arizona. They forgot my arrival in 1979!
George Quaintance (1902–1957) was a gay American artist, famous for his stylized homoerotic images that appeared on covers of ’50s beefcake magazines, such as Physique Pictorial. Near the end of his career, he lived in Phoenix and took inspiration from his surroundings. Wild West settings were a common motif, and his artwork was instrumental in creating the modern stereotype of the “macho stud.”Read HERE.
This seems like bullshit to me. It's not their fault the kid likes to party. Read HERE.
Paul Weller doesn't do nostalgia, so this Twitter exchange certainly caught my eye, especially since I'm the rare fan who prefers the Style Council to the Jam. Let's just hope it's a real reunion, not the quasi one we got last time in '07.
Made a reference to my childhood obsession with Howard Jones the other day to a British friend, who was amazed at the idea of a boy in Mesa, Ariz., even knowing who the English pop star was, then learned something else. Another song called "Things Can Only Get Better" -- by a Northern Irish dance band called D:Ream -- became even better known across the pond when the Labour Party adopted it as its anthem for the 1997 election. Never heard of it/them -- but it's not bad!
Sunday, September 28, 2014
My favorite photo -- so candid, and so not seen before!
Felt like Christmas morning -- getting an import 12" single of "(I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence Dear" from my mom -- attending the Blondie exhibition at the Chelsea Hotel Storefront Gallery Saturday night with my friend Tim Teeman. While as a superfan I could complain about a few things -- if Chris Stein really shot so many photos of Debbie and the band back in the day, why are so many of the images in his new book ones we've seen so many times? (even the cover image of his NEW BOOK is rehashed! -- it was arguably the perfect presentation for medium to casual fans who may have missed some of these gems the first few (hundred) times around. Photos by Bob Gruen, Annie Leibovitz, Roberta Bayley, Robert Mapplethorpe, Bobby Grossman, Mick Rock, David Godlis, as well as Stein, plus vintage T-shirts and a display case filled with ephemera, made for a fascinating visit. And sure, the videos they had playing on a loop started to replay while we were there -- and we weren't there THAT long: this is a band that released the first-ever VIDEO ALBUM, so why not include all of their videos?! -- but I hadn't been in a room that was covered from wall to wall in Blondie memorabilia since I was a teenage boy in Arizona, so what's not to love?
Best of Blondie dress
I've been to a foam party at the Palladium back in the day, but can you imagine this?!
Debbie meets Duckie Dale
This must be from when Deb and Chris appeared on Glenn O'Brien's cable-access show, "TV Party." He's The Style Guy for GQ now
Always the hottest Blondie boy, who knew Clem could be so coquettish?
Was she on E?
Remember what Debbie said about insuring her Warhol?
Tab Hunter was still dreamy when he shot "Polyester," for which Debbie and Chris provided the soundtrack. This was, like many, in "Making Tracks" though
There was a back room dedicated to "fan art," which apparently includes fans of Bea Arthur
My friend Tim had never seen the "Island of Lost Souls" video -- one of the handful they selected to play -- and probably wishes he never did. (OMG!)
I was so swept up on the moment that I broke down and bought the band's new double LP, which is one disc of re-recorded classics (yuck) and one disc of new stuff (mostly yuck), but includes a bonus DVD of a classic 1977 performance at CBGB during which Debbie rocked a pair of Coca-Cola pants!