Monday, January 31, 2011

Wizard band entertains parents.

Even though the tint is a little dark, its got some great, rouge-y 60s color and pattern.  I love her violet shimming dress and his wizard cape. 

Not many people know about The Seeds.  I stumbled across them one day years ago looking up some other 60s garage bands... The Seeds are now one of my favorites.  The lead singer Sky Saxon has got a swingin' name and that Mick Jagger devil-may-care swagger, while the keyboardist always looks like a vampire from the Revolutionary War era.
Though I don't know much about what happened to the group post-60s, I know that in 1973 Sky Saxon joined a Hollywood Hills cult lead by a man named Yawhowha (a Hollywood health food restauranteer and member of a band called Ya Who Ha 13,) and was renamed Sunshine Arlick.  He unexpectantly died in 2009 and his cause of death hasn't been issued.

This song, Pushin' Too Hard was one of their best known and was named one of rock's 500 most influencial by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  This clip is part of an episode from the short-lived TV show called 'The Mother-in-law" (1967-9).  Parents just don't understand.

"We hope you like it... We think its gassy."

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Ghosts and spirits: Part 1

Friday, January 28, 2011

Lennon Muse.

I always wondered what the (now defunct) John Lennon Museum in Japan was like.  
Check out this A Modern Girl post for more photos and description.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Psychedelic album cover art.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Still film: Plein Soleil (Purple Noon, O Sol por Testemunha) 1960

I was reading an interview where Yoko Ono said her most favorite film was Purple Noon.  She said she saw it in the early 60s and cried, it moves her every time she sees it.  That was enough for me to add Purple Noon to my netflix queue and I popped the movie in without reading another thing about it.  Ten minutes in the film I was asking myself... Wait: Is this The Talented Mr. Ripley?

Turns out, Plein Soleil (translated as Full Sun or Blazing Sun) was the first film adaptation of the The Talented Mr. Ripley novel by Patricia Highsmith.  Having seen the latest Mr. Ripley film with Matt Damon before I discovered Plein Soleil definitely colored my views.  In this film, Tom Ripley is very beautiful (the impossibly beauteous Alain Delon), more beautiful than the victim he emulates-- the manly Maurice Ronet--which is very different from the outcasted nerd Matt Damon worshipping the gorgeous and cool Jude Law.  The two films also end very differently... apparently Highsmith liked Plein Soleil but hated the ending saying, "a terrible concession to so-called public morality." 

I love Marie Lafloret's look.  I can't remember ever seeing her in a film before, and I would have liked to have seen more of her in this one but her character is more of a pawn or trophy for the two male characters.  Still, the most beautiful moments of the movie usually include her in the scene.  

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