Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Water, Food, Fuel, Weapons, Chocolate

The Typing Monkey warned you once already. The cocoa deficit grows. When they come for your chocolate, how you gonna go?

Read more about it here.

It's a Good Year for Halloween

Get in the mood by taking a digital stroll through the gallery section of David Hartman's art Website Sideshow Monkey. Hartman's illustrations hit all the horror essentials: implied violence, gore, sex, actual violence and a marvelously dark color pallate. And no, they're not entirely safe for every workplace.

If you like the art, check out his excellent t-shirts. Hartman's tees would totally get The Beaver and his friends kicked out of school.

Something Worse Than a Vampire?

The French singer Stella got her start during the ye-ye craze of the 1960s despite her persona at the time hinging on her being a satire of the ye-ye girls.

She wasn't quite the Parisian Weird Al Yankovic. Stella simply impersonated a pop starlet by becoming one, all in an effort to gently mock a genre of music that openly embraced looks over talent and ability. [As opposed to all other pop music? -- ed.] However Stella's approximation of the ye-ye style was so skillful, the songs became hits.

Stella's "Le Vampire" isn't about blood-sucking freaks, but the much more terrifying bad boyfriend. Ready Steady Girls sums it up like so: "Though given the ridiculous title 'Si Vous Connaissez Quelque Chose de Pire qu’un Vampire, Parlez m’en Toujours, ça Pourra Peut-être me Faire Sourire' (sometimes shortened to 'Le Vampire'), the song was a successful mix of sound effects and a catchy tune. It gave the singer another hit, in the autumn of 1966."

Now that we've established all that we can move on to this kooky Scopitone of "Le Vampire."

[courtesy of spikepriggen]

Giant hands, a skull mask and an old-fashioned foot sawing -- creepsville man. So in closing: Scopitones are awesome and Stella is worth spending a bit of your valuable time investigating. Let's go pound some brewskis.