Saturday, July 30, 2016

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Throwing Back to 1983: Culture Club

Culture Club got so popular so fast that I needed to rouse myself from my summer of 2016 languor and actually do research. Billboard charts show that, yes, these guys were the first band since the Beatles to chart with 4 songs at once. No wonder it's all a blur.

"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" was the first charting single off Culture Club's debut album Kissing to be Clever (1982), then they followed quickly with Colour By Numbers and more hit singles. Every hit had a video.

I'm certain that what pulled me into Culture Club's incredibly infectious blend of new wave and blue-eyed soul was the second album, Colour by Numbers, and that my Boy George obsession began with the video for "Church of the Poison Mind."

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Trump Card

During the long, exhausting year leading up to Election 2012, I was on a mission. I read laws, bills and policy. Every week I read dozens of articles from a variety of news sources ranging from The American Conservative to extremist blogs -- painful, those blogs. I read the CVs and profiles of candidates and justices and reviewed their voting records. I watched CSPAN, CNN, FOX and The Daily Show. I wrote a dozen essays on a variety of hot button issues. 

Election 2016. I can't even, with this shit. Everybody's taking Crazy Pills.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Throwing Back to 1984: Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper arrived on the scene with all the gentle politeness of a flash flood. One day she was just suddenly everywhere, blowing up MTV with "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," the first single off her first record, She's So UnusualCute as a button with that unruly mop top of streaky orange hair, Cyndi's synth pop, throaty voice and blended motif of punk and old Hollywood glam appealed to just about everybody. Style meant a lot back when video killed the radio stars, and this chick from Queens had buckets of style to spare. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Monastery Path

Whenever I'm walking on Warren Street I pause to look at the entrance to Monastery Path. It looks so...intriguing. One of these days I'm going in there. 

The stairs that lead to Monastery Path are between Brighton High and Brighton Marine. Brighton Marine is where my sleep doctor works, and where I went for physical therapy in 2014 after I wrenched my shoulder during my psychotic breakdown. 

If you have questions about sleep doctors, physical therapy or recovery from a psychotic breakdown, get in touch. I send all my emails back.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Throwing Back to 1983: Duran Duran

Where were you when music changed your life?

I was in my room in our pink ranch house, listening to Casey Kasem's American Top 40 on my boom box radio, which is a very, very old sentence to say. Along with the TV shows Dance Fever and Solid Gold, Casey Kasem was expanding my musical range beyond that of my parents' influence.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Throwing Back to 1985: A-ha

I was 15 when "Take On Me" hit the American airwaves, along with a killer video that made this Norwegian pop song into an instant classic. It was one of two singles off A-ha's first record, Hunting High and Low, but most people are hard pressed to name the other one.

"Take On Me" is a sonic transport 30 years back in time to the spectacular corn & cheese laden decade of roller skates, legwarmers and big hair. Anchored by a delicious, irresistible Juno synth keyboard riff, "Take On Me" is a strong pop song with cute lyrics, catchy phrasing and that crazy dynamic falsetto in the chorus. It's been covered dozens of times and, I admit, is one of my personal favorite shower singin' tunes. But only when Joe's not home.