“Being tired of all illusions and of everything about illusions – the loss of illusions, the uselessness of having them, the prefatigue of having to have them in order to lose them, the sadness of having had them, the intellectual shame of having had them knowing that they would have to end this way.”
It’s the new year and I’ve nothing but old ideas for this here blog! Yeah! Expect more random videos, old family photos and meandering essays on Los Angeles neighborhoods and happenings. Random updating and frantic postings followed by long weeks of inactivity are in store, so stick around.
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I’ve been away from the blog for a little while now. It’s tough. I got this new job dancing on TV shows for white people. But I’ll be back soon with more videos, useless commentary, book quotes and old family photos. You know, the thrilling filler that keeps you clicking back for more.
By the way, I’m just kidding. This video isn’t of me. It’s from a hipster club in Echo Park, the girl of infinite rhythm, enjoy!
Chris Elliot was one of those comedians who a bit ahead of his time and because of that, very few remember his ridiculously silly feature projects like the movie Cabin Boy and his short-lived TV show Get A Life. Cabin Boy is one of the few movies I can enjoy through repeated viewings (Fancy lad! Sharky!). Many were disappointed when Fox canceled his Get A Life show in the early 90s.
I happened across this clip from the show Get A Life which features an anti-zoo message presented in musical comedy form. It was a timely discovery. Just recently, I was talking to a friend about our mutual dislike for zoos. What a horrible thing, we opined, to take a living creature from it’s environment and lock it up behind steel bars. Neither do I care much for the more “humane” enclosures which are nothing but a pitiful simulacrum of the animals’ natural surroundings. Funny though, we both conceded we quite enjoyed zoos as children. Nostalgic feelings aside, this Waiting-for-Guffman-ish musical theater spoof should be de rigueur for all future forms of political critique.
Sing-a-long lyrics: Living in a zoo can be very sad
People stare at you and make you mad
Oh how I wonder what they would do,
if animals stared at them like they were in a zoo
How do you like it when we stare at you?
It doesn’t feel good now isn’t that true?
Many folks consider this song to be an early precursor to house, the thumping steady beat in the background was unusual for the early 80s. Unlike other songs of the dark wave genre, there is a lot of anger in this song – a relentless release of feelings that struck me the first time I heard it. It’s very manifesto-like.
A remixed house version can be found on the Felix Da Housecat album A Bugged Out Mix by Felix da Housecat.
These days I only have time for music, my only interest seems to be music. The times feel rather dark. Most of my posts for the near future will be music related. Come back in a month for other topics.