Somewhere in-between the space-age bachelor pad sounds of Esquivel
and the gimmicky novelty of Spike Jonze
sits Mel Henke
, one of the most overlooked originators of the mid-century lounge sound. While most famous for versions of All That Meat
, 77 Sunset Strip
, and Pennies From Heaven
, his largely instrumental wink-wink-nudge-nudge album La Dolce Henke
is considered his masterpiece - The Lively Ones
- The Twisters
- You're Driving Me Crazy
- Woman In Space
- Farmer John
- Old McDonald Had A Girl
- See The USA In Your Chevrolet
- Last Night On The Back Porch
(Warning, historical sexism, erotic car metaphors)
was an art movie/promotional stunt put out by Virgin Media in 1987 with famous directors providing a music-video take on various opera pieces. ( A full review by That Opera Chick
). Of particular note is Julien Temple
's (Of Earth Girls Are Easy
fame) adaptation of Verdi's Rigoletto as a zany, cartoonish, ecstasy-fueled and very 80s farce set at the infamous Madonna Inn. Watch the whole delirious sequence here.
Your dreams of rapping superstardom are stymied by your Scottish sound, so what do you do? Simple: reinvent yourself as a West Coast wild boy, with American accent and history to match.
Keeping it real might be murder
, but even when it all falls apart, at least you got to tour with Eminem and D12 – and you can salvage something by writing
about it all.
years ago today, The Rolling Stones played two concerts at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. In the darkness of the audience was a man known to history only as "Dub"
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"I can name that tune in 300 yards ..."
Not for much longer, though. Honda prepared for an upcoming commercial
by cutting grooves in a road in Lancaster, California. These grooves, if driven over at just the right speed and in just the right car (one guess!) should play something resembling the William Tell Overture
. But once filming was done (and I'm sure the commerical will be as impeccably produced and successful as Honda's other ads
), locals and tourists were left with the driver's equivalent of that huge floor keyboard in Big, with some drivers lining up to play over and over again. Result? The city will pave over the road today. But hey, we'll always have Anyang
. And Japan
). And Denmark
welcomes visitors and indigenous peoples of all tribal nations and provides a casual village environment to share and network their culturally relevant creative work
, information and opinions. (previously
was an American jazz/hard rock/psychedelic band founded in 1967, based in Los Angeles, California. Their 1970 album Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus
is highly regarded for originality and uniqueness and is considered by many to be one of the best albums made by a Los Angeles group [source
]. Among the many bits of fascinating rock trivia surrounding the group: founder and frontman Randy California jammed with a pre-fame Jimi Hendrix
Curious fans can also peruse unofficial sites for original members and founders Randy California
and Jay Ferguson
"I haven't been in a concert hall in 4 billion years".
Nathaniel Anthony Ayers, 54, had been excited about an invitation to see the Los Angeles Philharmonic
in action at Disney Hall
. "The anticipation is horrible". He'd started showering daily at a shelter, to gussy himself up as much as possible. Nathaniel was a music student more than 30 years ago at the Juilliard School
when he suffered a breakdown. Today, as he continues to battle the schizophrenia that landed him on skid row, he plays violin and cello for hours each day in downtown Los Angeles, lifting his instruments out of an orange shopping cart on which he has written: "Little Walt Disney Concert Hall — Beethoven." After the Philharmonic's rehearsal, Ayers has played Disney Hall -- the real one, this time. Without the bow at first, picking the strings with his right hand, Bach's Cello Suite No. 1: Prelude. Several Philharmonic staffers heard the music and wandered over, peering in to see a man of the streets, tattered and elegant, close his eyes and drift into ecstasy.