We may snigger at our smart-suited bespectacled salary-man, but sadly this still is the life-sucking lot of many thousands around the world. The willing slaves of capitalism, the cogs in the corporate machine, that keep the rest of us in a constant supply of "inter-fibrous friction-fasteners". So grab up those Crayola™ crayons, and get on with it, between slurping on your Starbucks™ coffee, and munching down on your Subway™ foot-long, and taking those ever so important calls on your Apple™, Samsung™, or [insert name here] smartphone.
Created by Marcie Hans, Dennis Altman, and Martin A. Cohen, the "coloring book" is a wonderful commentary on corporate America, with the images accompanied by satirical comments, that start with "THIS IS MY..." followed by a down-trodden diatribe of empty self-importance. Sometimes instructing the book's owner to color things "gray". As we travel with our social-climbing cookie-cutter corporate-crony on a typical day at the office of faceless-industries incorporated.
Listen to the full glories of Richard Harris's original 7 minute version, or to Donna Summer's shorter 4 minute version with karaoke lyrics, for you to sing along to.
The skull masked look of the radio-controlled zombies remind me of Kilink, the Italian comic book character who appeared in 1966, and in the subsequent Turkish Yeşilçam movie series, starting in 1967. And the way that the "astro-zomies" kill with weapons, in what could be described as an early movie slasher-style, and the whole CIA/spy story-line, it does make me wonder if Mikels had seen some Turkish cinema of the period and had been influenced by it, or just possibly visa-versa. Or maybe the whole thing is a big coincidence, but for me Astro-Zombies does have an underlying feel of bad Turkish b-movies. It could be that a lot of Yeşilçam cinema was attempting to mimic the American movies they were not allowed to show in Turkey at the time. Whatever, like Yeşilçam cinema, Astro-Zombies a fun film very much of its time. Not to everyone's taste, as it is clumsy in places and drags in others. But a great piece of low-budget b-movie brilliance, and by no means the "worst ever" movie I've seen.
The story flows, jumps and runs off at tangents, in a cleverly constructed stream of conscience. As if the old man must unburden himself, before it's too late. Full of wit and humour, the novel sometimes playfully drops into a nudge-nudge wink-wink level of humour that you would imagine to flow out of an old man's mouth. As for example he uses the euphemism "the European Renaissance" to referred to sex. The over-arching character of the novel and the garrulous narrator, is one of pathos. The sometimes low-brow comedy of the old cobbler continues apace, until mid-sentence and without warning the...
In the film ten "monkey faced" children take a trip. (Watching it, it feels like you have taken a "trip".) They are all heading to a picnic, nine blocks away. (Nine blocks, ten children, that's important!) They're all riding bikes, and over the course of their trip, one at a time they commit road-safety faux pas. Resulting in a terrible fate, but hey the rest just carry on regardless. In the end the mysterious and faceless tenth goody-two-shoes is revealed. It's Orville, the "one [who] got fat" as he eats all the others picnic. The heartless twisted fuck that he obviously is, still having his picnic after nine of his friends have been slaughtered.
Well we had the movie monsters of the 1950s, now it's time for the 1960s. And what a hard choice it was, as there are so many beauties to choose from. But for better of worse, hopefully worse, here is my favourite three. Can't wait to here what you guys think should be on the list!
#1. The Beast good old Tor Johnson in the awesomely awful The Beast Of Yucca Flats (1961).
#2. Egon, The Human Jellyfish, or bloke in wet-suit with big bag on his head in Sting Of Death (1965).
#3. The legendary walking pile of carpets from The Creeping Terror (1964).
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Higbee's was a department store founded 1860 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Public Square flagship store was known for its tenth-floor Silver Grille restaurant and was prominently featured in the 1983 movie A Christmas Story. The store closed in 1992. This is a TV commercial for found of YouTube for Higbee's, that was first shown in 1967. A surreal, psychedelic trip, full of subliminal style flashing images. Just very strange and a bit creepy, the last thing you'd think they'd use to advertise a department store.