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Oh, No…Abandoned Areas.

Areas of Doom, for 200. Perhaps not exactly qualifying as ideal locations in which to find oneself.

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King!

My buddy Daniel with his much beloved companion, King. This individual, this Truly Great King, a canine of untold powers, was recently re-united, and very justly/happily so, with the gentleman pictured, who happens to be another remarkable living being. But we here speak of Dog-dom; King is, quite simply, not your regular-type dime-a-dozen-er; an awe-inducer of the highest echelons, he leaves countless slackened jaws in his wake.

King II
King VI
Note small, white Lurker at the Threshold: Sparky.

King rightly ascends to the very Summit of Things, with his faithful, dogged confrère Dan with him all the way.

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The Joe Montana.

Joe Montana VII
San Francisco 49ers Football - Joe Montana
Joe Montana X

Joe Montana, arguably the greatest quarterback to ever play the game (certainly Tom Brady and Johnny Unitas are in the conversation) (with apologies to Steve DeBerg), is shown here with footage of one of his greatest feats/moments: The Drive to win Super Bowl XXIII. The legendary Genius, Bill Walsh, was coaching his final game, which upped the ante, even for a championship contest. There was no room for error. With ever-so-calm, surgical precision, and poetic flair, The Great One made it happen, as was seemingly preordained by β€œHeaven Gods”, as commentator (from the β€œother” Football) Ray Hudson might proclaim. Announcer Lon Simmons, one of the best, is featured (!).

Other highlights, including The Catch, are also featured.

Joe Knows.

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The Buzzcocks, and Pete Shelley.

The Buzzcocks, founded in 1976 by Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto {who departed to pastures new in ’77}, are one of the preeminent punk bands to emerge from the UK. Extremely lyrical as well as hard-edged, they strung together many brilliant tunes, due mainly to the genius of composer and lead vocalist Shelley. Included here are a few from Pete’s solo career, as well as some particularly rewarding live group efforts.

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Squeeze, and The Glenn Tilbrook.

Mr. Glenn Tilbrook, longtime lead vocalist for Squeeze, is without doubt one of the foremost practitioners of his craft. There is little he can’t do, and beautifully. Then-member Paul Carrack, primarily a keyboardist, sang lead on the iconic Tempted, for some reason. He certainly did a creditable job, but it sure is a fine thing to hear Glenn take his rightful place at the microphone, for the two live versions presented above. Pulling Mussels, In Quintessance, and Is That Love all illustrate the band’s talents for creating clever, catchier-than-thou pop classics, and Tilbrook is precisely the man you’d want to sing them. Black Coffee in Bed stands as a mighty exemplar of Blue-Eyed soul, with Elvis Costello and Paul Young performing backup vocal duties. Good ol’ Jools Holland makes an appearance or two, here, to boot. A marvelous {and vastly underrated} band.

{Note: this post thoroughly revised, 8/10/2019}

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The Elvis Costello.

Elvis Costello III

{Revised: 7/6/2019}

“Bowing, and squawking, Running after tidbits; Bopping and squinting, Just like a nitwit…”

Mr. Elvis Costello: One of the very greatest, most idiosyncratic performers and composers. Of this, or any, century/epoch. We will not see his likes again.

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The “Girl Groups” and Individuals

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A selection of some of the most wondrous moments in re: “Girl Group”-dom. We have: The Ronettes, Martha and the Vandellas, The Shirelles, The Royalettes, Betty Everett, Doris Troy, The Shangri-Las, and Ruby and the Romantics.

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The Sir Elton John

Your Sister Can’t Twist.
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The great man, pictured also with lyricist and co-composer Bernie Taupin. Elton John has amassed 27 Top 10 U.S. singles, but more than that, even, he is simply an electrifying performer, as these videos amply demonstrate.

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The Cecil Taylor.

1) D Trad, That’s What.
Indent: Second Layer, part 2.
1) Bemsha Swing.
Live, in Bologna.
Azure.
Chinampas. Track 5.
After All.

The astonishing Cecil Taylor. Simply magical.

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The Blacula.

William Marshall

The great William Marshall, with his stentorian delivery, and dignified/exalted bearing, brings much to the table in these two films. Thalmus Rasulala, Pam Grier, and Don Mitchell also excel, Rasulala in 1972’s Blacula, and the latter two in Scream, Blacula, Scream, from 1973.

Marshall was a Shakespearean actor, who portrayed the lead character in various productions of Othello to great effect. A formidable 6’5″ with a deep basso profundo register, Marshall carried with him a dignity and a regal demeanor. In a review, Harold Hobson of the London Sunday Times praised Marshall’s portrayal as “the best Othello of our time.”

{Revised with Full Intensity 7/6/2019}