Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Charismatic frontman for Irish rock band, Thin Lizzy, Phil Lynott seemed to have an interesting mix between a sweet shyness in interviews, and the definite strut and swagger of the rocker on stage. Phil, unfortunately, passed away too young and the rock world lost yet another diamond in the rough.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Henry Roeland Byrd, better known as Professor Longhair or simply Fess, was a New Orleans singer and pianist. Fess taught himself to play on a piano with missing keys. A long career of ups an downs, or popularity and rediscovery came to an end in 1980. His tunes and distinctive playing style are well worth a listen.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Maker of perhaps one of the most famously covered songs, Jalacy "Screamin' Jay" Hawkins was definitely in a category all by himself. The wild on-stage theatrics came after the drunken recording session that gave us the wild, concussive recording of "I Put a Spell On You". A fascinating icon, Screamin' Jay is well worth catching in his on-screen performances in Jim jarmusch's Mystery Train and Alex de la Iglesia's Perdita Durango.
Friday, August 19, 2011
This quick portrait of Texas bluesman Lightnin' Hopkins sets off what was to be a series of musicians. As it was first, it's not my favorite of the bunch. I think I may revisit Hopkins...if only because he had the coolest glasses I've ever seen...not to mention that I don't think I've heard a guitar sound so mournful as his.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
While sitting in a booth in a pub, I'm afraid that I became quite enamored with the fixture holding the globe light that illuminated our table. The small hand jutting out from the fixture reminded me of the living fixtures that lined the walls of Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast...only, the smaller size of this tiny fist gave an even more fairy tale air to it. My rendering, however, due entirely to the shadows that fell across it, looks more like the fist of some mad scientist from some other world, as drawn by Jack Kirby.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Maybe it was the wild clothes...maybe it was the 2 foot long fake lashes...maybe it's just that golden nostalgia of the past...but they don't seem to make them like they used to. I won't say that they don't make them like they used to, after all, with nearly 9 billion people and 51% of those being woment, they're still making plenty and some are bound to be like they used to. In any event, today's quickie was inspired by Euro-bombshell Edwige Fenech. She starred in everything from titles like the The Case of the Bloody Iris to Ubalda, All Naked and Warm. I shan't have to elaborate I don't believe. I know I need to simplify my liine more to give it that Enrique Badia Romero-era Modesty Blaise look, but you can't say it doesn't look like I had a little fun.
Monday, August 08, 2011
Friday, August 05, 2011
Martial Arts film legend Gordon Liu (star of the great 36th Chamber of Shaolin) made Pai Mei something of a home name following QT's Kill Bill. I think many of us who grew up on afternoon Kung Fu Cinemas on some UHF channel (ask your parents, kids) just thought of him as the bad buy with the long, wispy eyebrows and mustache. However, Pai Mei was based on historical figure 白眉 or Bái Méi (which literally means "white eyebrows"), one of the legendary Five Elders who survived the destruction of the Shaolin temple by the Qing Dynasty. Folklore as well as film history has often treated him as the traitor who helped Imperial forces to destroy the temple, which is often why he is depicted as a villian. But conflicting historical accounts depict him as anywhere from having betrayed the monks to try and save them to having become defeatist against overwhelming odds. (Also, according to some foklore, Bái Méi was the killer of martial arts legend Fong Sai Yuk.)
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
I had heard mention over the years of the films Paul Naschy (née Jacinto Molina Alvarez) whose most famous creation was the werewolf, Waldemar Daninsky. It was only within the age of DVD that I finally managed to see a few of them. Yes, they're a little stiff. Yes, the make-up effects are sometimes laughable. But they're trashy and fun, and have a dire earnestness about them that has understandably made them cult favorites amongst Euro-trash cinephiles. This sketch was from a still I grabbed from one of Naschy's non-werewolf numbers, El Caminante (1979), in which Naschy plays the devil who's taken human form to wreak a little havoc on the Middle Ages.
Monday, August 01, 2011
I've been told this image is creepy...oh hell...I think I agree. Incidentally, my friends Jason Shawn Alexander and Chris Taylor have a fun tale of terror in Dark Horse Comics' CREEPY #6. Very well worth a look, kids.