Saturday, December 18, 2004
Somehow when I think of Lou Reed Dachshunds don't come to mind. Then... there's Dachshund Music:
Welcome to the Happy Dachshund Music list of the 100 Best Rock Songs.
Here are the rules---the list is not in order. YOu provide the artist, and the title of the song. You may also include a small comment about why its one of the 100 best. To keep it manageable, this list is limited to rock only. No blues, no country, no jazz, no hip hop, only rock. Anyone can edit, so if you disagree with a selection, edit it, but be prepared to explain why.
I mean Dachshund are such Bourgeois dogs, check da history:
The dachshund - sometimes called the “wiener dog” or “hot dog” - is among the most popular dog breeds in the U.S. and has been since the 1950s. The dachshund as we know it today originated in Germany, where it is called Teckel. It is believed that the dachshund was developed slowly, over a hundred years or so, and it was bred specifically to hunt badgers. In German, "Dachs" means badger and "Hund" means dog; thus, dachshund = badger dog, and even the smallest dachshund is a fearless hunter.
I always knew them as Wieners. So much for the cultured self. After learning that Lou had not one but two wiener dogs, I just can't see him as the Punk dude I always thought him to be.
Friday, December 17, 2004
What a great name for a band, The Clits. I found this site: http://www.poisbem.com/
but I have a feeling it's not the same band. They look too young... Definitely not the same band, here's a page at myspace with The Clits's friends.
Here's an interesting comment on Warhol by one member of the band:
Who Should Paint You: Andy Warhol. You've got an interested edge that would be reflected in any portrait. You don't need any fancy paint techniques to stand out from the crowd!
As to the word "Out" being copyrighted for a magazine, as Andy dreamed up, it actuall happened. Today it's a Gay publication: http://out.com
Thursday, December 16, 2004
I remember seeing the movie Studio 54, which I thought was not very good. It end with Steve Rubell going to jail. The moment is presented as a marker to a new time, as though Disco ended at that point. But the truth is Disco had ended way before, Studio 54 was the beginning of the end for the underground Disco scene. In the movie one also gets the sense that Steve was gone, out of sight after that. As we can see, throughout Andy's diary, he hung around for some time, during and even after his jail time. In 1977 Rubell was even interviewed by Interview. In this interview we learn much about the Disco scene:
BOB: I'm always amazed when that silver man in the moon drops from the sky, and then the coke spoon goes up his nose . . .
STEVE: Next, we're doing a popper with a cerebrum, a cerebellum, and all the parts of the brain. And the popper is going to shoot up the nose, which will light up the brain, and then the whole thing is going to explode. Every night it's going to explode - fight on the dance floor.
BOB: Did you ever dream you'd meet all these people who come to your discos?
STEVE: No, and I love it.
BOB: Bianca, Mick, Baryshnikov, Rod Stewart . . .
STEVE: And we get along; I like them. I always got my enjoyment out of people, not out of things. If I didn't make one red cent, I would do Studio 54.
BOB: When are memberships starting?
STEVE: We're giving out the cards, but it's all done by sight. That's why I stay by the door. People say, "Why do you subject yourself to staying by the door?" But if I leave the door alone, the crowd doesn't end up the way I want it. There's a certain type of person we don't pass. People come to me and say, "I'm a millionaire from Tucson, Arizona," but I don't care what they are if they're not fun, if they're going to be bumps on a log and sit around.
BOB: Girls tell me you won't let single girls in.
STEVE: Well, we don't want it to be a pickup place. If we become an East Side singles place then it stops being fun because everybody concentrates on picking people up instead of having fun.
BOB: Is it a gay bar, basically?
STEVE: It's bisexual. Very bisexual. Very, very, very bisexual. And that's how we choose the crowd, too. In other words, we want everybody to be fun and good-looking.
BOB: How do you choose the waiters?
STEVE: They're as important as the lights, the sound, and everything else. It's a total environment place and they have to be fun and they dance around. I encourage them to be friendly and have a good time and just be very, very, very loose. The waiters, bartenders, everybody. People go there to have a good time, it's their evening out, they don't go there to have any problems. Once they get through the door they can do anything they want. Some people say it's hard to get through the door but that's very important, to keep the place that way. You know the other night Rod [Stewart] was really worried about how people would react to him and he just loosened right up. He was dancing, running around the dance floor. I don't know if you saw him Wednesday night with Elton [John]?
BOB: They seemed to be having a very good time.
STEVE: Oh, they're wonderful. Some people knock them, but they're wonderful people. People knock Sinatra. He filmed there last week. He couldn't have been nicer.
BOB: People always knock celebrities.
STEVE: I don't know why. Like Bianca, she's a sweet heart, you know. She never asks for anything. She just always wants to come in and have fun and not be bothered by photographers and the press. She's warm. After her birthday party we went back to her house and she and Halston made breakfast. It was one of the most fabulous moments of my life.
By the time the following interview was published, in June 1978, Studio had become as important a New York destination as the Empire State Building, and Rubell and his partner, Ian Schrager, were experiencing more and more of the problems associated with success. Colacello, Rubell, and Andy Warhol lunched at the Upper East Side restaurant Quo Vadis.
BOB: Could we have you photographed on Monday? The photo studio is downtown near us.
STEVE: That's no problem. I bought a limousine. It's the best. I hated buying it. I probably haven't spent a nickel from the Studio. I still live off my restaurants.
[KIRK DOUGLAS stops by.]
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
How did Andy celebrate his Birthday? Well, let's see. He is cool in 2003: A year in the life of Andy Warhol. Check the many birthday and other excusable party gatherings... Gotta have a cake, always.
I mean my man, my Andy was a Leo! If he were kicking it today, his generic 2005 profile would read like this:
Provided by Astrology.com
As the year begins, you may feel torn between putting in more time at work and giving yourself some quality time alone. You can find the right balance if you manage your time wisely, and if you remember to 'measure twice and cut once.' Do it right the first time. During February, your primary relationship will keep you busy. If you're not attached as the season begins, get yourself out there and look around. The new Moon of the 8th could bring someone along who's just different and unusual enough to keep you interested.
During spring, an urge to learn something new will tempt you into taking classes or taking off for parts unknown with your partner. A proposal or a lovely invitation could come your way after the 23rd of May, too. Be prepared to make some changes for nothing but the most delightful of reasons.
Summer will be a fun, sociable season for you -- but expect some delays while traveling or attempting to keep your appointments between July 23rd and August 16th, when communicative, travel-loving Mercury will throw his engine into reverse -- in your own sign. During this time, always have a Plan B ready to go, and expect everything to take longer than you'd anticipated. This doesn't mean you won't enjoy yourself. In fact, you'll probably meet someone you never would have crossed paths with if you'd been where you were supposed to be.
Your natural talent for charming chitchat will be even more lethal during October. You may even be able to have a positive impact on a tough family situation. Take advantage of the good, warm feelings the holiday season inspires, and see if you can't remind loved ones of the importance of staying close. You may have some extra work heaped on your plate during mid-November, but it's nothing you can't handle. Travel plans will come together nicely during December, so make your arrangements and rest assured that all will be well.
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Concordes are cool. But is it an efficient machine? Check the goods:
Nombre total de vols AF002 et AF001 en 2002 : 526
Nombre de vols AF 001 et AF 002 de l' homme d'affaires virtuel: 148 (équivalent à 74 aller-retours soit un échantillon égal à 28% de l'ensemble étudié)
Nombre de vols AF002 ou AF001 retardés: 10(*) soit une ponctualité de 93.3% sur le total des 148 vols effectués par l'homme d'affaires.
Une analyse similaire, faite en 2001, sur tous les vols du 7 novembre au 31 décembre avait donné une ponctualité de 95.1%.
En supposant qu'ils ne contiennent pas d'erreurs manifestes, il serait interessant de savoir si ces chiffres confirment ceux qu'Air France ne doit pas manquer de tenir en interne, et surtout quelle image de Concorde donnent-ils à sa clientèle habituelle. Mon "homme d'affaires virtuel" est resté muet sur ce sujet.
And all that silverware, it must have been something else for Andy to want it. I mean, keeping it most likely for his archive. The legendary archive, yes.
Check the utensils.
Monday, December 13, 2004
Sightseeing in London online as inspired by Andy (links may be broken in the near future..., that's a sign of real life, really really): The hook up, no thee hook up, le hook up, el hook, no no no, es la huk ap, aquí beibi.
And then Halston loves to treat people like shit... shit-like that is. He works hard for the money. Da'man takes the posse to Embassy pretending to be a future ex-con, need one say more about him? How can we not love his fashion?
Sunday, December 12, 2004
So Xenon was the place where Jellybean Benitez made his reputation. For those who don't know who he is, Jellybean is a DJ who became known as producer. He apparently was Madonna's boyfriend at one point, although this is pure gossip as I have not been able to confirm such rumors. Not a priority. But I do like his production of "You Can Dance." I used to play the vinyl when it first came out. Now I hav eit on CD. It is a very well mixed album. It is not really a "remix" in the sense of the word today. The songs are very much left intact, Jellybean extended some areas to make the songs blend together better, but he did not really change the material like a lot of remixers, like Andrea Parker or Coldcut, do today.
I can see Andy hanging out at Xenon was Jellybean put on the tunes. And then one day Madonna showed up and slipped a tape to Jellybean... so the story goes. Well, maybe the one I made up, or didn't... How dare I?
Apparently, Xenon still be going down at night. Word.
But I'd rather go back in time, koo. Even cooler that Andy did not get in and that he got off on it.