Reminiscing about Encyclopedia has put me back in touch with Ethyl Eichelberger. His wonderful voice and acting style were a delight for me as a child. Try as I might I can’t find his brilliant turn as King Louis XIV, though he’s great as an Egyptian emissary in “Pyramid.” Continue reading
In ANTM news, Renee Alway was recently arrested for an array of charges and after a six-hour standoff with police. “NeNe” was definitely not a sweetheart during her season, indeed she’s in the prickly pear camp of ANTM hopefuls (looking at you YaYa). Though this violent streak is definitely shocking, looking back at season 8 Renee’s general “mean girl” spirit should have tipped us off to the dark machinations brewing beneath that Aryan visage.
I’m slightly older than most of my grad school colleagues and my cultural references often miss the mark for that reason. Last year I was floored when my good friend told me she had never heard of Erasure or Depeche Mode. Yet I floored myself when I realized that I had actually never seen the videos I promptly sent her. In response my friend pointed out the subtle BDSM/leather culture messages in these videos: from the harnesses and chains in “Chains of Love” to the biker apparel throughout Depeche Mode’s oeuvre; check out the quartet in this still from “Enjoy the Silence.”
I’m having a moment this morning with Chicago, specifically with “If You Leave Me Now.” I don’t know where Peter Cetera is right now, but we need to bring him back, put him on a stage, and worship him. We’d be fools to let him slip away, we’ve just come too far. I tend to marry songs with a specific visual moment, which makes some songs unbearable to listen to [“We Can’t Be Beat” + getting fired = cruel, cruel irony], much to the disappointment of my Walkmen-loving husband. [However, The Walkmen are just too good live, I couldn’t resist this clip.]