Wednesday, October 12, 2011

True Stories Behind 10 Famously Bad Album Covers

Sadly, the Cody Matherson classic, "Can I Borrow A Feeling," is not on the list. Sigh. Otherwise, this is great stuff from Mental Floss and writer Kara Kovalchik.



I Love My Life – Jim Post

Ten years before the above album was released, Jim Post had a Top 10 hit with his then-wife, Cathy. Recording as the folk duo Friend and Lover, “Reach Out of the Darkness” became something of an anthem for the flower power movement with its “I think it’s so groovy now, that people are finally getting together” chorus.

In recent years, Jim has published a series of successful children’s books (obviously purchased by parents who hadn’t seen him naked in the shower) and also puts that impressive ‘stache to good use by touring the country in a one-man show as Mark Twain.

See the rest at Mental Floss.

News Story Of The Day: Ow, My Balls!

Today's lesson: avoid arguments with needle-wielders. From The Smoking Gun.



Man Stabbed In Scrotum With Hypodermic Needle

October 11, 2011--In the month’s most wince-producing assault, a Kansas man was stabbed in the scrotum with a hypodermic needle, which broke off inside the 39-year-old victim’s body.

According to a Wichita Police Department report, the victim told cops that the stabbing occurred during an argument with the needle wielder. Cops believe that the attacker is a female acquaintance--or girlfriend--of the man with the punctured scrotum.

Investigators reported that the victim, who was not cooperative, was admitted to St. Francis Hospital for surgery. A CAT scan “showed part of needle broke off inside scrotum,” the report noted.

Police have made no arrests in connection with last Wednesday’s stabbing, which has been classified as aggravated assault, a felony.

Movie Of The Day: The Warriors

A midnight movie staple from my high school years. We knew it was cheesy even back then--a gang on roller skates?--but all the ass-kicking made up for it. To this day I still sometimes say, "Warriors.... come out and play-ayyyyyy!" People over 35 get it, everyone else just looks at me with that same "WTF?" look I get when I mention things like The Hudson Brothers or Far Out Space Nuts or "I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden." I really need to update my cultural references.

The cast:

Lead Warrior Michael Beck was in Xanadu two years after this.

James Remar has been in lots of things, notably Dexter and Sex And The City.

Deborah van Valkenburgh was in Too Close For Comfort and, recently, The Event.

David Patrick Kelly was in Twin Peaks and turns up frequently in Law & Order episodes.

A more recent pic of Michael Beck and Deborah van Valkenburgh.

I read somewhere that a remake is in the works. Pass.

The original trailer:



The classic scene, which, as you will see in the trivia below, was improvised.



Warriors trivia from IMDb. I can't vouch for its accuracy.

- There were always crowds of spectators during filming, even at 3am in the freezing cold.

- The Homicides were a real Coney Island gang, and they didn't approve of fictional gangs wearing colors on their turf. The wardrobe department made sure nobody walked off location wearing The Warriors colors.

- Crew members were sent death threats because local gangs weren't cast. Thousands of dollars worth of equipment were damaged when one gang tore through the set during a lunch break.

- The Baseball Furies were created due to director Walter Hill's love of baseball and the music group Kiss. All of them were over 30 years old.

- The crew once got urinated upon from a tower block due to the noise they were creating in the night.

- The film trucks were "protected" by a real gang called The Mongrels for $500 a day.

- David Patrick Kelly improvised Luther's "come out to play-ay" taunt, basing it on an intimidating neighbor of his.

- Robert De Niro was asked to be Cowboy, but he passed. Tony Danza was offered the lead, but he chose to film the television series Taxi instead.
(Nah, not buying it. -C)

- President Ronald Reagan was a fan of the film, even calling the film's lead actor, Michael Beck, to tell him he had screened it at Camp David and enjoyed it.

- Ajax's line, "I'll shove that bat up your ass and turn you into a Popsicle" is ranked #12 on UGO's Top 50 Tough Guy Lines, and on the top 50 Greatest Baseball Lines Ever.

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