Good-Bye Blue Sky

Did you hear the falling bombs

Did you hear the falling bombs

“Goodbye Blue Sky”

-Pink Floyd

Oooooooo ooo ooo ooooh
Did you see the frightened ones
Did you hear the falling bombs
Did you ever wonder
Why we had to run for shelter
When the promise of a brave new world
Unfurled beneath a clear blue sky
Oooooooo ooo ooooo oooh
Did you see the frightened ones
Did you hear the falling bombs
The flames are all long gone
But the pain lingers on
Goodbye blue sky
Goodbye blue sky
Goodbye
Goodbye
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Rockers: More Obscurely Referenced Jethro Tull Fan Art

Hi Jethro Tull Fans! I made a weird picture with some somewhat obscure song references for the amateur Jethro Tull Fan. I’m sure die-hard fans will get the references quite easily. I do realize that I left out all the animals from Bungle in the Jungle, but I didn’t feel like drawing a Jungle’s worth of animals…

Bungle in the Bedroom

Bungle in the Bedroom

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Rockers: Danny Elfman

DANNY ELFMAN

 

Oingo Boingo is one of my all time favorite bands and Danny Elfman’s distopian, apocalyptic, mentally unsound lyrics are some of the best in the world. The music and persona that Danny Elfman created for Oingo Boingo did exactly what music and art should do; provoked thoughts and stimulated the imagination. Oingo Boingo’s Danny Elfman is definitely near the top of my short list of favorite entertainers. Like Jethro Tull, when God releases the soundtrack from my life it is  going to feature a lot of Oingo Boingo.

Nothing Bad Ever Happens to Me

Nothing Bad Ever Happens to Me

 Ugly enough to be authentically 1980’s

 

 

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Rockers: Warren Zevon and Frank Zappa

WARREN ZEVON

 

Excitable Boy

Excitable Boy

 

 

 

FRANK ZAPPA

I don't even care if you shave you legs...

I don’t even care if you shave you legs…

 

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Rockers: Ian Anderson

Traffic to my website during the holiday off-season is dismal. So, I was thinking about what other interests I have and how I could present them. So I present to you my series of Rock’s greatest musicians. I can’t think of a better way to start than a tribute to my favorite musician, Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson!

 

Ian Anderson

 

Nothing is easy

Nothing is easy

 

I can still remember being 4 years old sitting in front of my mom’s old gray ghetto blaster rewinding Jethro Tull’s Original Masters  over and over with special emphasis on “The Dead Duck Song” or as it is known “Aqualung”. Now, without any urging on my part my 4 year old son Ian requests “The Dead Duck Song” to be played over and over when we’re driving. Aqualung may not be the most appropriate song for children, but those hours spent in front of that boom box ignited a deep love of music that endures to this day.

I don’t want to write some weird, pretentious essay about the intricacies of Jethro Tull’s technical style and expertise. I just really like the music. I have endless memories of road trips, art projects and isolated brooding with Jethro Tull as the soundtrack. Although I have a dog named Tull and a son named Ian, I’m not some insane Jethro Tull cultist. I have no delusions about the musicians themselves. In 2000, with a little help I had the privilege of meeting Ian Anderson back stage after a concert at Deer Valley, near Park City Utah. Ian wasn’t a magical Rock God but just a regular guy who plays the flute. Music is an art and Ian Anderson is just my favorite artist.

 

 

 

 

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31 Days of Halloween, Day 10: The Worms Crawl In

When I was a little kid I loved this poem/song, and I forgot it existed until today when I randomly thought about it. I am am excited to tell it to Ian and I encourage any other terrible parents to share it with their kids!

THE HEARSE SONG

by Anonymous

“Don’t ever laugh as the hearse goes by,
Or you will be the next to die.
They wrap you up in a big white sheet
From your head down to your feet.
They put you in a big black box
And cover you up with dirt and rocks.
All goes well for about a week,
Then your coffin begins to leak.
The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out,
The worms play pinochle in your snout,
They eat your eyes, they eat your nose,
They eat the jelly between your toes.
A big green worm with rolling eyes
Crawls in your stomach and out your eyes.
Your stomach turns a slimy green,
And pus pours out like whipping cream.
You’ll spread it on a slice of bread,
And this is what you eat when you are dead.”

worms

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31 Days of Halloween, Day 9: My Halloween Soundtrack

 

If you haven’t guessed by now, I go all out for Halloween and Christmas. My house is covered with decorations on the inside and out (it’s an inherited genetic disease), our house and cars are scented with the pertinent holiday smells and I listen to seasonally appropriate music. I have wasted way too much time tracking down Halloween-related music and here are some of my favorites…

 

 

OINGO BOINGO!

 

Boingo Alive

Boingo Alive

 

Oingo Boingo is one of those bands that I actually like almost every song on their albums. Pretty much all of Oingo Boingo’s Discography is Halloween appropriate and I’m not even talking about “Dead Man’s Party”. Seeing as Danny Elfman is the soundtrack composer of 90% of the Halloween movies in existence, it’s not so surprising that his songs from the Oingo Boingo days were pretty much all about death, destruction, insanity and distopia.  If you really want to get a real variety of some of their best, “Boingo Alive” is my favorite.

 

 

ALICE COOPER!

 

Halo of Flies

Halo of Flies

 

Listening  to Alice Cooper was a good way for a kid to rebel in the 1970’s. He was made to be controversial by design. His shows were outrageous and horror themed but it was all good fun. One of my favorite Alice Cooper stories was the one about biting the head off of a chicken. According to Alice this is what really happened:

 

“After an unrehearsed stage routine involving Cooper and a live chicken garnered attention from the press, the band decided to capitalize on tabloid sensationalism, creating in the process a new subgenre, shock rock. Cooper claims that the infamous ‘Chicken Incident’, which took place at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival concert in September 1969, was in fact an accident. A chicken somehow made its way on stage during Alice Cooper’s performance; not having any experience around farm animals, Cooper presumed that, since the chicken had wings, it would be able to fly. He picked it up and threw it out over the crowd, expecting it to fly away; the bird instead plummeted into the first few rows of the crowd occupied by disabled people in wheelchairs, who reportedly proceeded to tear the animal to pieces.

The next day, the incident made the front page of many national newspapers, and Zappa phoned him to ask if the story, which reported that Cooper had bit the head off the chicken and drunk its blood on stage, was true. Cooper denied the rumor, whereupon Zappa told him, “Well, whatever you do, don’t tell anyone you didn’t do it”, obviously recognising that such kind of publicity would be priceless for the band.”

 

I've been biting heads off chickens for years...

I’ve been biting heads off chickens for years…

Alice is decidedly less controversial now than he used to be with all these new-fangled  “death metal” bands hanging around. These days Alice has a Radio Show, Owns a Baseball Themed Restaurant called “COOPERTOWN” and golfs in his free time. Now Alice says controversial things of a different nature like :

 

“Every word of the Bible is true. I believe the Old Testament explicitly…”

 

Dirtbag… Anyway, before the days of golf carts and chicken fingers Alice had some pretty awesome creepy songs. The album “Welcome to My Nightmare” is great thing to listen to on your way to break into an abandoned Insane Asylum. But my favorite Alice Cooper song for this time of year is “Halo of Flies” from the album “Killer”.

 

 

 

BROWN BIRD!

 

David Lamb and MorganEve Swain

David Lamb and MorganEve Swain

 

Brown Bird is a fairly recent discovery for me, I really like their stuff but they kind of creep me out. There isn’t a lot of info about them out there but it’s some guy named David Lamb and some girl named MorganEve Swain singing old-timey folk songs that sound like they were recorded in a cemetery using instruments made out of human bones.

So far my favorite album is their latest “Fits Of Reason”, unfortunately David Lamb is currently battling Leukemia so they are on a temporary hiatus.

 

 

 

WARREN ZEVON!

 

 

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead

 

 

Like Oingo Boingo’s “Dead Man’s Party”, Warren Zevon’s best stuff is overshadowed by his best known hit “Werewolves of London”. Warren Zevon was a unique guy, he lived a crazy life and wrote some crazy music. His Dad was a member of the Russian Jewish Mafia and his Mom was Mormon. Needless to say Warren had an interesting perspective and it bleeds through in his music. On the subject of death Warren said that his Mormon background influenced him in that death was spoken about matter of factly around the dinner table. Warren was fairly obsessed with death and the macabre. Two of his most death obsessed albums were called “Life Will Kill You” and  “My Ride is Here” they were released 2 years apart. Ironically Warren was diagnosed with terminal cancer shortly after “My Ride is Here” was released.  He announced his diagnosis on The David Letterman Show. During the interview he noted, “I might have made a tactical error in not going to a physician for 20 years.” It was during this broadcast that, when asked by Letterman if he knew something more about life and death now, he first offered his oft-quoted insight on dying: “Enjoy every sandwich.”

 

 

I recommend:

If any of you 4 people reading this are interested further you can also check out my Halloween playlist on Spotify:

Halloween Rock

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31 Days of Halloween, Day 7 (late): Mandatory Halloween Music Videos

I was lazy yesterday, so here are some Music videos you should watch.

 

Michael Jackson’s Thriller

Michael Jackson Thriller Inner Sleeve Art Work

Michael Jackson Thriller Inner Sleeve Art Work

 

Oingo Boingo’s Insanity (more on Oingo Boingo later…)

 

Forbidden Zone

Forbidden Zone

 

Lindsey Stirling’s Moon Trance

 

Moon Trance

Moon Trance

 

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31 Days of Halloween Day 4: The Headless Horseman He’s The Worst.

The Headless Horsemnan

To this day one of my favorite Halloween shows is Disney’s Sleepy Hollow. Today I want to post my favorite scene of the show, feel free to comment on your favorite Halloween shows and scenes.

 

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Who Are The Brain Police?

Sheik Yerbouti, Brain Police Mash-up

Sheik Yerbouti, Brain Police Mash-up

What will you do when the label comes off and the plastic’s all melted and the chrome has gone soft?

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