326 posts categorized "TOTALLY AWESOME '80S"

Sep 18 2014
Need To Know: Vocal Critic + Music Television + Wild Roses Re-Grow + 9/11 Camp + Facebook: Say Your Name + MORE! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureABOVE: Joan Rivers's notorious throat specialist shows off Celine Dion's vocal cords.

*widget boy cultureDavid Fincher to do TV series based in the world of 1980s music video-making.

*widget boy cultureThe About a Boy boy now looks like C. Thomas Howell/Matt Dillon.

*widget boy cultureKylie joins Nick Cave @ Koko for “Where the Wild Roses Grow”.

*widget boy cultureIs The Mysteries of Laura the fall's worst new show?

*widget boy cultureCazwell's “Dance Like You Got Good Credit” is a smart investment.

*widget boy cultureSlant hates on Lady Gaga. Fans react in the comments.

Muscles-underwearFar, far and away the hottest back I've seen in ages

*widget boy cultureCheck out his  (above) underwear here.

*widget boy culturePhilly drag queen lampoons 9/11 and Muslims on 9/11.

*widget boy cultureI am 50% funded one week in...have you met my Kickstarter yet?

*widget boy cultureFacebook doubles down: Meets with, shades drag queens.

*widget boy cultureTaylor Swift airs out her pussy.

*widget boy cultureLunatic Mayor Rob Ford is now battling deadly cancer.

*widget boy cultureDieux du Stade video after the jump...

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Sep 17 2014
Material Witness Comments (0)

Boy-George

Boy George comments on some of the hottest hits of 1984. Surprisingly, he seems most taken with Bruce Springsteen. But unsurprisingly, they make him talk about Madonna, too, which comes up when he's asked to comment on “Borderline” (released February 15, 1984):

“I went to one of those really early tours, where she was dressed in all Stephen Sprouse [sic]...Who knew what she was gonna become? Do you know what I mean? I mean, I don't think you could have ever imagined—do you know what I mean?—how formidable she was gonna be. It was just, 'Oh, she won't last.' You know? You just didn't get it. It was just phenomenal.”

He also says records now are not allowed to linger; everything is an instant hit or is gone.

More here.

 
Sep 16 2014
All The News That's Worthless To Print Comments (0)

Indianapolis News 4 12 95

An original press clipping from the Indianapolis News (April 12, 1995) promoting my original edition of Encyclopedia Madonnica. It was helpful exposure, though I think the phrase for trivia is useless bits of information, not worthless...thanks, bitch!

Meanwhile, check out the quote the paper ran on its front page below the masthead every edition:

“Where the Spirit of the Lord Is, There Is Liberty.”

I never had a shot! 

P.S. The Indianapolis News had a run that lasted just shy of 130 years, ending on October 1, 1999. Madonna has less than 100 to go to match it!

Please pledge to my Kickstarter so I can produce a fully updated Encyclopedia Madonnica: 20th Anniversary Edition. Thank you!

 
Sep 15 2014
On The Cover Of A Magazine: Madonna's 200+ Greatest Magazine Covers Comments (0)
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Above: A gallery of 30 more, unranked Madonna mag covers! 

Unlike any star since—and unlike only a precious few before—her, Madonna has made the act of being on the cover of a magazine into an art form. A gung-ho participant in creating a visual record of her beauty, her aesthetic, her political and quasi-punk challenging of social norms and her status as a visual icon, Madonna has always taken her covers seriously, in some cases as seriously as other rockstars take music videos or even albums.

As a rabid collector of Madonnabilia, I specialize in ephemera, especially in magazine covers. I would hate to be presented with a calendar and shown exactly how many months of my life I've spent tirelessly pursuing new, old and new-to-me old magazines with Madonna on their covers, valuing some for their uniqueness (she posed specifically for the cover!), some for their status within her career (it was her very first time on a cover!), some for the exotic nature of their home countries (Japan! Japan! Japan!), some for being totally weird (ugliest Madonna cover ever!) and some just for the sake of fulfilling my desire to have one of everything.

Song Hits May 87 copyChoosing Madonna's best covers took forever, and it will take another forever for us to duke it out in the comments over my rankings, over which ones I forgot, over which ones I personally detest and excluded on purpose...these kinds of lists are a recipe for dissent.

But if you're into this shit, you're into it, and the time spent is as good as the time spent inhaling and exhaling oxygen.

V Summer 2014Madonna's still causing a cover commotion in 2014...

Please enjoy this list, and please comment on it. If I have forgotten any major ones, I'll happily amend my list. And if you have Long Island's Nightlife and/or Hamptons '85, I'm all ears and am ready to buy them.

Each entry contains the magazine's title, the country (it's the United States unless otherwise specified), the date of publication and then a credit for the cover photographer. In cases where I was unable to quickly determine the ID of the shooter, it's listed with a question mark. If you think you have info on any of who any of these photographers may be, I'm all ears for that as well.

One more thing: This 32,000-word post is my gift to you. But I would appreciate it if you would consider contributing any amount to my Kickstarter so that I can produce a 20th anniversary edition of my book Encyclopedia Madonnica. Click here! Tell your friends!

Thanks! Now, on with the list...

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Sep 14 2014
Ready For My Vaseline-Lensed Closeup! Comments (0)

Debra-Messing-Matthew-Rettenmund-MadonnaThe moment I lost Debra Messing with my dead-Courtney-Love joke...

As part of my Kickstarter to publish a second, fully updated edition of my 1995 book Encyclopedia Madonnica (yay! Drowned Madonna just posted me!), I converted some old VHS footage and used it in my pitch video.

Encyclopedia-MadonnicaFourteen years ago, with my Madonna-signed copy of Encyclopedia Madonnica

The full clips are after the jump: You'll see me on Geraldo, Good Day New York, The Buzz with Amy Scott, Lifestyle with Pat Cheffer, Famous Homes & Hideaways and—one I've posted before because it's such a kick I shared the screen with a young Debra Messing—America After Hours. All are from 1995, except for Geraldo, which was from 1994...

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Sep 12 2014
Ad Men: Wayback Machine Comments (0)

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Sep 06 2014
Midnight Snack Comments (0)

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My last vintage Chippendales dancer! Enjoy him. Make it rain.

 
Sep 03 2014
Midnight Snack Comments (0)

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A shaggy-chested Chippendale from the '80s.