Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Meme Spirited

On a related note ... my sister-in-law thought this new purchase, below, was a tad obscene(!). 

My ongoing sinus issues -- painful pressure in my forehead, frequent itchy-watery eyes -- led me to follow my regular doctor's advice to try a neti pot. (Allergist was no help.) I assumed it would be useless and haven't exactly been persuaded otherwise, as much as I like the sensation of being water-boarded. A friend in L.A. was experiencing a never-ending sinus infection -- I consider mine to just be all-season(al) allergies -- and finally saw an ENT, which is what my doctor recommends I do next. My friend was told he had an infection above his tooth that is eating away the bone/skull above it -- a lot. (Took a CT scan to learn this.) He's having the tooth removed tomorrow. Now I'm even more bewildered.

Tennis Tuesday


When Greek sex workers hit the courts. More BELOW.

Song of the Day: 'Leave a Light On' by Belinda Carlisle

Day 12 of my series of Songs That Peaked at No. 11. This one is interesting because like "Head Over Heels" by the Go-Go's, "Leave a Light On" kind of portended the beginning of the end for Belinda Carlisle's solo record sales, just as "Head Over Heels" did for the Go-Go's. After hitting the Top 10 with "Mad About You" (No. 3), "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" (No. 1), "I Get Weak" (No. 2) and "Circle in the Sand" (No. 7) from her first two solo albums, the premiere single off "Runaway Horses" (1989) peaked at No. 11. 

But rather than being a hiccup, it would prove to be her last decent hit, with just one more song ever making the Top 40: "Summer Rain" off the same LP reached No. 30 in early 1990. (Likewise, after "Head Over Heels," the Go-Go's had one more Top 40 hit -- "Turn to You" at No. 32.) Then Belinda only had one more single on the Hot 100: "Do You Feel Like I Feel?" hit No. 73 in 1991 and that was all she (didn't) wrote. (Ditto for the Go-Go's, who had "Yes or No" place at No. 84 only to never chart again.) Like "Head Over Heels," "Leave a Light On" remains one of the Go-Go's singer's best songs to date, further proof that the American record-buying public generally has terrible taste. (It reached No. 4 in the U.K., where her solo hits continued through the '90s.) 

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Hot Cat of the Day: Nothing makes me sadder than a kitty who doesn't feel comfortable in his environment! 

Morning Wood

If I had my two weeks of Olympics-inspired Morning Wood posts -- aka Oly Wood -- to do over, suffice to say they would include Brett Morse. More BELOW.

Monday, August 15, 2022

Weekend Tennis Roundup

Simona Halep and Pablo Carreno Busta were the surprise winners at the Canadian Open, as much as anything can be a surprise these days. Full details, plus find out why Diego Schwartzman is smiling, in my report BELOW


Manspread Monday

No sooner did I begin to recuperate from seeing onetime "Bachelor" Clayton Echard running around the streets of Los Angeles in nothing but black boxer-briefs did he do a very memorable workout. More BELOW.  

Song of the Day: 'The Power of Good-Bye' by Madonna


I'm kicking off Week 3 of my series of Songs That Peaked at No. 11 with Madonna's one and only just-missed Top 10 single. "The Power of Good-Bye" was the third U.S. release from her Grammy-winning "Ray of Light" album -- and the third in a row to get short-shrift from the record-buying public. First came "Frozen," a haunting release that was freezed out at No. 2. Then the title track -- a kaleidoscopic masterpiece -- peaked at No. 5. (I'd have retired at that point if I recorded a song that good and it didn't top the charts.) And then came today's pick, The song attained success around the world, reaching the Top 10 in more than 10 countries, yet narrowly missed it in her (original) homeland. Worth noting that she's had three No. 10 singles -- "Borderline," "Hanky Panky," "Give Me All Your All Your Luvin'" -- and that the latter two were far inferior to today's Song of the Day. (Note to self: It could be worse. "Rain" peaked at No. 14 -- talk about utter bullshit!) 

Beautiful video directed by Matthew Rolston.

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Morning Wood

Summer's not over yet. One more BELOW.

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Sunday Comics


Speedo Sunday


Rub-a-dub-dub ... two rugby hunks in a tub. More BELOW.

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Saturday 'Stache


Ivy Leagued, for your pleasure. More to love BELOW.

Friday, August 12, 2022

On the Rag, Vol. 720

 A weekly look at what's making news in the gay magazines:

Caption Me


Song of the Day: 'Say You Love Me' by Fleetwood Mac

Well, today is Day 10 of my tribute to Songs That Peaked at No. 11. And because it began with Fleetwood Mac's "Rhiannon," I thought it only fitting to end Week 2 with the band's other classic that was robbed of its rightful place in chart history. Not only did Christine McVie's "Say You Love Me" peak at No. 11, it remained there for THREE WEEKS, only adding insult to injury. (I would kill to know what kept it out!) "Say You Love Me," of course, remains one of the band's most recognizable songs, off their first LP to feature Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Perhaps even more bizarre is that in the base group's native Britain, it was the fourth single from the "Fleetwood Mac" album, but THE FIRST to chart at all, only making it to No. 40 in September 1976. Christine McVie has gone on to have higher-placing Fleetwood Mac songs in "Don't Stop" (No. 3), "You Make Loving Fun" (No. 9) plus "Hold Me" and "Little Lies," which both hit No. 4. But "Say You Love Me" showed a sexier, more vulnerable side of Mrs. McVie that we rarely saw, one the record-buying public was apparently too dumb to fully appreciate at the time.

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Hot Cat of the Day: 'How'd I do?'

Morning Wood

Show us your TITS.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Meme Spirited

Thursday Ad Watch

Two more pornographic photos posing as advertisements BELOW.

Sign Language

I wonder what kind it was.


I'm back in the office today. Here's hoping I run into him in the elevator! 

Song of the Day: 'Nothing but Heartaches' by the Supremes

Day 9 of my series of Songs That Peaked at No. 11: Today's pick is in honor of legendary Motown songwriter Lamont Dozier, who died yesterday at 81. Along with Brian and Eddie Holland, Dozier wrote some of the most memorable songs in music history, including "Heat Wave" (Martha and the Vandellas), "How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved by You)" (Marvin Gaye, James Taylor), "Baby I Need Your Loving" (Four Tops) and 10 of the Supremes' 12 No. 1 hits, including "You Can't Hurry Love," "Baby Love," "Come See About Me," "Stop! In the Name of Love," "Back in My Arms Again" and "You Keep Me Hangin' On." (Can you say WOW?!!) 

Lamont Dozier, left, with Diana Ross, Brian Holland and Eddie Holland after the writing trio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York on Jan. 17, 1990.

They also wrote "Nothing but Heartaches," which has always been a favorite "second tier" hit of the group's. And while I'm not saying it should have been another No. 1 -- in fact, it broke a string of five in a row -- the song was the sixth of seven consecutive million-sellers from the Fab Three, which is pretty remarkable for a song that only made it to No. 11. RIP, Lamont. And thank you for the music. 

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