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More One Reel Wonders, Please

Variety reports on unpcoming changes for my beloved Turner Classic Movies in attempting to lure younger viewers. They include an IMDB-style online reference and various new programs. Luckily, TCM’s not taking the dumbed-down AMC route (yet). I’m actually looking forward to a weekly feature called Underground, described as “a showcase for movies not usually shown on TCM, such as kung-fu pics, blaxploitation movies and a selection of Russ Meyer’s skin flicks.”

Gruesome Twosome: Bacharach A Go-Go Edition

The Anita Kerr Singers: “Are You There (With Another Girl)”
LP: Reflect on the Hits of Burt Bacharach and Hal David, 1969 | BUY

The Renaissance: “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again”
LP: Bacharach Baroque, 1970

This time I have two exquisitely arranged Bacharach covers that pretty much scream “60s”. Longtime session pro Anita Kerr strikes a contast between tightly clipped vocals and an unexpectedly hot arrangement (dig those drum fills). And how groovy is The Renaissance, with their blend of marvy “ba da ba” vocals and harpsichord? Special thanks to Ion for supplying the Renaissance track – inexplicably, Bacharach Baroque has never seen an official CD reissue.

Desperate Housewife


A selection from EphemeraNow‘s lovely collection of crystal-clear vintage advertising art. Looking at this stuff, you might believe that everything in the world was at once hyper-real and somewhat scary. The main activities back then were eating brightly colored foods, driving a nice big car, and watching TV on a swank patio.

My iPod’s Cooler Than Yours on the Rock Snob (via Vince Keenan). Uses the Minutemen’s cover of Steely Dan’s “Doctor Wu” as an example of said snobbery. Liking offbeat cover versions, I suppose, is a sign of rock snobbery. While I was reading this, a cover of the Jackson 5’s “ABC” by The Living Jazz was playing. The Living Jazz (and The Living Strings and The Living Brass) were really a bunch of faceless studio musicians. RCA Records’ used the “Living” brand as a way of repackaging pop hits into the sort of non-offensive instrumentals that even grannies could love. Funnily enough, this cover of “ABC” has a hot guitar solo missing from the original. Anyway. Good article.

They Can’t Do That on Television

I have something to look forward to, sort of. Reunion returns on Fox after a month’s absence tonight. This is a really stupid show. A really stupid show that I can’t stop watching.

For such a stupid show, however, it has an intruiging premise. Six people, friends since high school, are reunited after a murder happens. One of them is the victim and another is the murderer. Each episode flashes back to a year in their lives, beginning in 1986, until we get to the present day and find out whodunnit. The victim’s identity will apparently be revealed soon (I’m hedging my bets on the Tom Cruise lookalike), but until then we have to endure a lot of whiny, stereotypical people doing inexpicable things. Part of the fun in this show is how wrong they get the period settings, with the pilot episode being a particularly awful riot of indifferently chosen ’80s clothing, music and expressions. The pretty cast does its best, despite being saddled with lines like “It’s 1987 and we’re in New York City.” Who says garbage like that? And how did characters so different stay friends for so long? Despite all this, I’m totally interested in how this will play out. Plus Will Estes is quite a hunk. So sue me.

Glam Slam

mackiehat.jpgCome November 22, Christies will auction several Bob Mackie gowns, costumes and sketches from the mid-’60s to today. This includes some famous getups worn by Cher on her variety shows with and without Sonny, as well as Carol Burnett’s elegant outfits from the Q&A sessions on The Carol Burnett Show. The latter are among my favorite pieces in the auction – very sexy and glamourous, yet understated. You could almost picture your mom wearing that stuff! Thanks to Christopher for sharing this one.