Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Bear Watercolor

Bear watercolor by Jenny Mathews


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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Outsider Poet Thomas L. Vaultonburg Is Shellfish

Me being shellfish

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veterans Day 2015 Webcomic

David Pedersen is an Army veteran, filmmaker, writer, and cherished contributor to Zombie Logic. 

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Queen's The Game LP With Original Hype Sticker

What I remember about Queen's "The Game" album coming out in the summer of 1980 is that "Another One Bites the Dust" was omnipresent no matter where you went that summer. WZOK played it every fifteen minutes,so if your family drove to McDonald's and went in, the last thing you heard before you went in was "Another One Bites the Dust," and the first thing you heard when you got back in the car was "Another One Bites the Dust." Then you heard it one more time before you got to grandma's house. Then you heard it two more times on the drive home. Not including the seven times your uncle John played it in between. I've never heard a song played more on the radio.

That said, if you I heard "Another One Bites the Dust" right now, I would turn it up.

Because this is flat out one of the greatest rock and roll albums of all time. My version arrived in the mail today. It's the second time I bought it. Three if you count the compact disk. The first time was in 1980. I know it destroys the value of an album, but I love to see the original price stickers still affixed to the cover. I never understood hype stickers because they often were telling you something was a hit even before it hit the radio, and I didn't understand how something could be a hit before it was released. In this case I don't think "Play the Game" did become a hit from this album. It only hit #42 on the American pop charts, and actually isn't one of my favorite songs on the album. Looking at the song list, I find it to be my least favorite song from the album.
Queen's The Game LP With original Hype Sticker

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Play the Game"   Freddie Mercury 3:30
2. "Dragon Attack"   Brian May 4:18
3. "Another One Bites the Dust"   John Deacon 3:35
4. "Need Your Loving Tonight"   Deacon 2:50
5. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"   Mercury 2:44

Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Rock It (Prime Jive)"   Roger Taylor 4:33
7. "Don't Try Suicide"   Mercury 3:52
8. "Sail Away Sweet Sister"   May 3:33
9. "Coming Soon"   Taylor 2:51
10. "Save Me"   May

I find it interesting that each song on the album is attributed to a single songwriter, and that every member of the band contributed at least one song. 
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Limahl Rejoins Kajagoogoo, Changes Name of Band

After a tragic accident in a Leeds nightclub claimed the lives of his former band members, pop star Limahl rejoined Kajagoogoo, and changed the name of the band to What The Fuck Were You Thinking?

Dude, you're getting a Dell

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Child Actor Meeno Peluce Wakes Up To Discover He has Been Elected Governor of Maine... Again

In what must seem like a Twilight Zone nightmare, child actor Meeno Peluce woke up Monday morning to discover he had been elected the governor of Maine. Again. Peluce, famous for his roles in shows such as Love Boat, Kojack, Starsky and Hutch, The Incredible Hulk, and his own science fiction series, Voyagers, where he played precocious history wizard Jeffrey Jones, has now been elected the governor of Maine in four consecutive elections, despite never having set foot in the state in his entire lifetime. 

Trying to get to the bottom of this highly dubious quirk in the American electoral process, public officials conducted an exit poll in which over 97% of those who had just voted for Peluce said they had done so multiple times and exclusively because of the awesome nature of his white boy fro.

More really dumb things  

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Ape Face Rockefeller By Gentleman Brothers

Fall Art Scene happened a couple of weekends ago here in Rockford. Even though I'm not a visual artist, I had been hoping for about a decade that I would be invited to participate in a show at one of the venues. Then two years ago, I was, and what made it better, and worth waiting all those years for, was I got to show with almost every other artist in town that I respect and follow. The show was organized by Andrew Davis, and had no particular theme. Just artists that wanted to show their works and hadn't been invited to do so elsewhere. It was of course the best show in Art Scene that year. 

This year most of us showed again, at Lucette. Among other things, I heard Andrew Davis was making an action figure of his comic book character Ape-Face Rockefeller. I am a big fan of Ape-Face Rockefeller, and one of the world's foremost collectors of Ape-Face Rockefellers, so I was really excited about this action figure. When I saw pictures of the work he was putting in on Facebook I knew it was going to turn out magnificently, and I messaged him asking if I could have the first opportunity to buy it. He put me off, saying it was not nearly finished yet. I had the feeling either he didn't want to sell it, which I would have understood completely, or that someone else wanted the piece, too. As the show neared I saw an almost completed version of Ape-Face and once again inquired if he had settled on a price. He was once again evasive, and said he had not. I took the clue and backed off.

On Friday, the opening night of Art Scene, I stayed with the kids so Jenny could do a show at her gallery. Later in the evening I saw a picture that broke my heart. It was a picture of the Ape-Face Rockefeller action figure with a sold a sticker on it. I was sad, but I figured either he had decided not to sell it, or someone out there really wanted it more than me. 

On Saturday we made the rounds of Art Scene and ended up at Lucette for our own show, We went over to see Ape-Face in person and I once again lamented that someone had bought what turned out to be an awesomely cool piece. It was then that Jenny revealed that she was the one who had bought the piece. She has contacted Andrew and bought the piece when I first saw it. And that is how I became the world's foremost collector of Ape-Face Rockefellers.

Ape-Face Rockefeller action figure by Andrew FoodStamp Davis of Gentleman Brothers

Reunited and it feels so good. See more from FoodStamp Davis on Threadless

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