Monthly Archives: March 2015

Chubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo

Beefy Rook started a dance craze called The Sit -n- Spin! He would resurface in 10 years as Heavy Stone (Backgammon piece you rube) with a remix entitled Spinnin’ Again!. He was last seen as one of the original MTV VJs:

Besides the mother of a yoghurt pooper, “Psycho” also featured Anthony Perkins. Mr. Perkins starred in the original adaptation of my favorite “musical theater” composition of all time:

Mix a little dystopia with some 1960s Sondheim and you get this awesome-ness. Ol’ Steve’s prescience regarding the downfall of downtowns and department stores is a little frightening. I wonder what he has to say about…..

“The King, not the Belgian government, effectively owned and controlled the Congo. Leopold administered the Congo in a notoriously brutal manner, using it to augment his own personal wealth.” I further understand why most European countries don’t like Belgium.

Jean-Claude Van Damme

Has ANYTHING decent come out of that country? Seriously, it’s like Moundridge freakin’ Kansas.

U-2, Syngman Rhee, Payola, Kennedy

Not this one:

CERTAINLY not this one (ugh):

But probably this one:

U-2 Spy Plane

The event here involved one Francis Gary Powers and “overflights” by the US into Soviet airspace. An official account (at least from the American perspective) can be found herein

I would consider the nomenclature “overflights” to be redundant. Are there underflights? Also, how did someone with the first name of Francis get a gig like that in the 1960s?


Syngman Rhee served as the head of state for South Korea from 1948-1960, including the Korean “Conflict”. He died in exile in Hawaii in 1965. I think I would like to die in exile in Hawaii. I also used to think that Billy sang “Sigmund” Rhee.

“Payola” references a (supposedly covert) pay-to-play debacle involving American record companies and radio stations. Back in 1959 Alan Freed and Dick Clark blah blah blah money under the table, music “Industry”, etc. Freed Suffered the most from this thin excuse to keep Rock (and/or Roll) Music off the radio and away from the CHILDREN! Instead, radio (at least the commercial veins) became a homogeneous hinterland ruled by playlists and corporations. Did you know that 117% of all commercial radio stations are owned by 2 corporations? Also, it is totally NOT illegal to publicly disclose that Corporation X is PAYING to have a particular song played 17 times every hour. Just make sure you tell someone that is the case, failure to do so = Payola.

And still, I miss being on the air.

I still have to write about Kennedy? Sheesh.

Camelot, OG filthy Papist Prez, mob cohort, son of Nazi lovin’ papa Joe, tragic.

Is that enough?

Hula Hoops, Castro, Edsel is a no-go

Hula Hoops in the modern iteration were conceived by Spud Melin and Richard Knerr in 1958 for WHAM-O. Over 100 million Hula Hoops were sold world-wide in 1958.

Apparently, the Germans have a strange affinity for this type of thing. IT’S UNIVERSAL!

Fidel Castro served as the leader of an island nation with red missiles and swimming pigs or something. More importantly, he now lives a zombie existence as a model for hipster facial hair.

Edsel Ford sounds like an adventure carrying art supplies across running water.

Yeah, it’s a rough re-start to this series. Maybe I’ll finish it within 5 years. Am I half done? Did you know that John Updike didn’t publish anything for a 5 year span at one time? I hope Harper Lee is happily medicated.