Archive for July, 2008

Smith "Baby It’s You"

Posted in playlist on July 31, 2008 by All Conference Vintage

I apparently really like Burt Bacharach lately, as he wrote “I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself” as well. “Baby It’s You” was a hit for the Shirelles and the Beatles, but I prefer this version. It bubbled up on my mental ipod shuffle due to the Death Proof soundtrack, and has tenaciously maintained its grip since. I dig how lead singer and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls extra lookalike Gayle McCormick belts it out despite the obvious prerecorded music track. The backup band looks like every stepdad in 1970s Suburbia.

"I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself" performed by Dusty Springfield

Posted in playlist on July 30, 2008 by All Conference Vintage

The Rolling Stones "I am waiting" on Ready Steady Go

Posted in playlist on July 29, 2008 by All Conference Vintage

This is in my head today.

Void "War Hero" lyrics update

Posted in playlist, punk rock on July 28, 2008 by All Conference Vintage

Goddamn, Void is a true mess of a masterpiece. These lyrics don’t seem to have been translated anywhere. I’ve listened to this song a billion times and can only kinda sorta figure them out. I love this absolutely nihilist and angry band.

Give me a gun cause I know how to shoot
Give me my grenades, let me go soon
I don’t want to miss anymore (?) I already got my boots

Fuck, this shit, man, (?)I just want to kill

I want to die in a war!
My friends are afraid of being drafted
They’re afraid to die, don’t ask me why
They burn their cards and make their mommies cry
I want to go because I want to die
I want to die in a war!


Pick Up on South Street

Posted in movies on July 26, 2008 by All Conference Vintage

Richard Widmark takes no shit. Sam Fuller’s canon is required viewing for every red blooded American male.

The Electric Grandmother

Posted in fuzzy childhood memories, movies on July 18, 2008 by All Conference Vintage

How the hell do I remember this movie? It aired ONCE in January 1982. I was thinking of it today for some reason…what dark recess of the mind stores these memories and releases them for no discernable reason?
The only thing I remember about this is that Maureen Stapleton played the Electric Grandmother, a robot sent to comfort some snot nosed brats whose mother croaked. All I remember is that the girl, i think her name was Agatha?, didn’t want the robo-granny around, but then embraced her, and cried when she was deactivated or whatever.
But I marvel at my meager brain’s ability to hold on to the emotional imprint of this film I saw once at age 8. It must have left an impression– unlike where I left my mailbox key and the last name of my second girlfriend.

the joy of iPod shuffle

Posted in playlist, punk rock on July 17, 2008 by All Conference Vintage

My iPod is a disorganized mess, but sometimes shuffle hits a sweet spot and churns out perfect song after perfect song to meet one’s mood. This morning playlist so far is a case in point:

Necros- Reject
Turbonegro- Reggare are a bunch of motherfuckers
(wow, that opening riff!)
Honor Role- War (a neglected hardcore gem of a band)
The Smiths – Barbarism Begins at Home (hmm, ipod seems to want to change my mood now…)
The Sweet- Santa Monica Sunshine (my foot is tapping and I’m imagining driving on the PCH in a Karmann Ghia with the top down)
Helmettes- I don’t care what people say (super snotty punk rock with an accent)
Void- War Hero (man, my coffee caffeine fix is kicking in– “my friends are afraid of being drafted, afraid to die, don’t ask me why… i want to go because i want to die)
Hated- Police on my back (so so catchy, crap this song is going to be in my head all day…)
Morrissey- In the Future When All’s Well (quite a contrast from the flippant nihilism of Void, Morrissey comes through with a hopeful anthem of dreaming of when love and appreciation will matter?)
Dow Jones and the Industrials- Can’t Stand the Midwest (another song I will have to pry out of my brain with a knitting needle…)
Zero Boys- She Said Goodbye (Jesus, iPod, this is song is so ridiculously catchy that I will wake up at 3 am singing this one. Wouldn’t be the first time…)
The Clash- I’m Not Down(full disclosure- I only like a few Clash songs. I think as a whole they are profoundly overrated. I know this borders on heresy, but I stand by this statement. This is one of the songs I like)
Social Distortion- Telling Them (this instantly takes me back to seeing “Another State of Mind” on Night Flight 20 years ago and beginning my lifelong enthrallment with punk rock…)

When I have a spare second, i will create a Sendspace link for these songs so you can dig on it.