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Monday, December 31, 2007

What Do We do New Year's Eve?

Blow up some Black Cat Fireworks! Damn! I want everything from here. Gong hey fat choi, y'all!


Soupe de Poissons
Originally uploaded by Cock robin

Nothing stimulates the appetite more than having your food appear that it is making a desperate, last-ditch attempt at freedom by leaping from the bowl.

Unless it being a witness to a near act of zucchini-on-chicken violation....

Originally uploaded by Cock robin

2008 is coming

Hi, gangsters!

As the tradition says here I'm posting an old pic of me. This one is from 1977.
Dressed for success.

I hope 2008 will turn out to a better year for me.
2007 hasn't been very nice.

I also hope that this blog will continue to sparkle (with or without me).
December brought (like always) a lot of visitors to PCL. We were very close to 50.000.
I think we haven't had that encouraging stats since 2 years back.

I really would like to thank the rest of the PCL team for being such a generous and fun bunch of kids.

Hugs to you.

And I wish all of you A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

/Z aka mrdantefontana

Sunday, December 30, 2007

The Brazilian Bitles

This little confection satisfies my insatiable need for foreign language covers of British & U.S. pop music--Meet the Brazilian Bitles!
You'll almost be inclined to murmur "wow", from the not quite properly tuned "O Homem So" (Nowhere Man) to the practically satisfactory version of "Satisfaction" and an Ambien-infused "Groovy Kind of Love"....it's deep-fried pop goodness with a synthetic aftertaste from Brazilian Nuggets.

And seen in the video below, they couldn't even get the hair-shaking thing right, either.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Billy Preston knows ...

on NBC-TV 's Nat King Cole show in 1957

Ray Charles and Billy Preston - Agent Double-o Soul on The Johnny Cash Show 196?

Friday, December 28, 2007

Latino in Cairo

A little taste of Egyptian jazz with a Latin flavor from Salah Ragab and the Cairo Jazz Band, found at the appropriately named Orgy in Rhythm.

Dig-a-roonie, an Unofficial Female Trouble Mini-Soundtrack!

As usual I am a day late and a dollar short, or however the saying goes, wouldn't it have been nice to have a copy of Divine's cha-cha heels tirade from the 1974 classic "Female Trouble" to play on Christmas day? Well, you're ready for next year anyway, with an unofficial "mini-soundtrack" of Female Trouble, courtesy of Universal Horror Sounds. Also contains "Dig" by Nervous Norvus, and Divine's divine performance of the title tune.

And wouldn't Divine have been pleased with how slim she was made to look in the unofficial soundtrack album jacket?

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Let the Swing and Strings Library Music-a-Go-Go Fantasy Commence

Soon after I posted a collection of the 1960s TV commercial background music I own I got a note from a generous person named Bryan who seems to have a great knowledge of the genre--as well as a great collection of the music, which he then shared with me. And also allowed me to share it here with you, in all of its schlocky 60s goodness.
An exhaustive description of what library music is (I found it rather exhausting as well), and a history of some of its most famous composers can be found here.

Killer Library collection, including music from Reg Tilsley, Ib Glindemann, Heinz Kiessling, Pierre Arvay, and then there's a lot of people you've never heard of.
part 1
part 2

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Grandma's Trip to the Arcade

Desperate times apparently call for desperate arcade games, as evidenced by these World War II vintage arcade games "Kill the Jap" and "Trap the Jap". Not quite fun for all.

Hardrock, Coco, and Joe

I know, we're all sick of Christmas, but I had to post just one more. This one was a staple of holiday programming in the Chicago area for many years.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Merry Christmas

... from Mr. Dante Fontana and the glorious PCL crew!

Creepy Christmas

Flickr pool set entitled Creepy Christmas

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Highlights from the PCL Holiday party

This year's PCL holiday get-together was a rousing success, with a surprise visit from a special guest (seen here about 3:17 in).

Fun was had by all....until the zip guns came out. Oh well!

The PCL boys chipped in and bought me what I always wanted.....my own entourage of back up dancers! Thanks guys!

Merry Christmas

have a wonderfull time,


From the Darkest Depths of the Cinema Graveyard

Be-fezzed mad scientist, Uncle Pete, and his Lucha-masked sidekick, El Vato, bring you a World of Twisted and Absurd Audiovisual Oddities and The Forgotten Children of the Silver Screen in every online episode of The Dark Vault of Public Domain [Link]. They get mega-bonus points for playing a clip from my favorite Japanese New Wave band, The Plastics [Link].

Watching these clips reminded me of my own foray into public-access horror-hosting back in the early '90s, Chester's Chillers [Link]. I'll have to check into getting some episodes up on YouScrewed.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Cold nights, Hot Calypso

J. Henry Chunko offers you (and me) a wide variety of links to hot calypso music to bring you warm thoughts from an island paradise. Put a paper umbrella in your Red Bull and enjoy the music.

Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu

Mr. Dante Fontana already posted this one in his (nearly) late lamented Visual Guidance Ltd. blog, as I did as well in my regular home, but since it's the end of the year, I'm posting it here as well because it's probably one of my top 10 finds of 2007.
"Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu", sung by Geeta Dutt and performed by Helen, from the 1958 movie Howrah Bridge.

Thursday, December 20, 2007


The Museum of Arts & Design in NYC presents their exhibition Pricked: Extreme Embroidery now through March 9, featuring updated versions of handcraft traditions. I read about the exhibit in a great article in the NY Times about Pearl Lam, a Shanghai decorator who commissioned a sofa featuring hand-embroidered images from a gay bondage magazine (that part of the artwork must be on a different part of the sofa than what is shown below). A twin of Ms. Lam's sofa appears in the exhibition.
What a great addition a sofa like that would be in my family room. "Welcome Aunt Tillie....some tea and scones? And won't you sit over here on the divan....?"

Sharp and Fine

Originally uploaded by Uh … Bob

Sadly, fashionable eyewear of this caliber is hard to come by. I sure wish I could find me a pair of the "Firefly" frames, or one of the other latest styles of Bop glasses.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

A Day at PCL Studios

What happens when you mix 21st century Swedes with early 70's Italian zombies?

Just ask Komeda:

It's all so....Christmas-y!

Forró em Vinil

More forró music for your listening & dancing pleasure--this time by Mestre Zinho, as offered by Forró em Vinil. How do you say "thanks" in Portuguese?

And check out the rest of the album covers on the site for a superior collection of snappy headgear, yes indeedy.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007


found at Silent Porn Star (who somehow thinks it's dirty!) via Fabulon

Christmas Cheeze

Great, now there's something else I have to tell the Orkin man to set out traps for--Conway Twitty's "Happy the Christmas Clown" is a magical l'il fella who apparently breaks into homes and secretly wraps gifts to put under your tree. This song has to rank near the top of all-time horrible Christmas songs--to call it "insufferable" would be generous.

(image snitched from Stephen W. Terrell's Web Log)

Korn Kobbler Christmas

A treat for Xmas from the Korn Kobblers who include one amusing festive novelty song on their "A Real Earful" CD which is probably still available somewhere. Some great song titles include "Don't Shoot The Bartender He's Half Shot Now" and "I'm My Own Granpa".

Downloadable treats including: "Don't Give Me No Goose For Christmas Granma" can be found from the excellent folks at Boot Sale Sounds

Listen to The Mockingbird

Learn more about the boys here: The Korn Kobblers

Monday, December 17, 2007

Wild X-Mas With Bomarr, Vol. 3

The third and final volume in the "Wild Xmas" series has been installed by Bomarr.
And this, my friends was my only post pointing to x-mas related music this year.
This is all I need. At least this year.


Playboy bunny, Angela Dorian (aka Victoria Vetri). Photo and drawing. You guess.

Swapatorium is back in business and is as always bringing the goods with a twist.
Straight from the flea market comes these drawings done by a US soldier while in Vietnam.

Let's go popshopping!

The Revival Blog ultra-recommends Popshopping Vol. 1 and Popshopping Vol. 2.
And, yea, this is super ultra cool stuff. Groovy and fun music from German Commercials 196o-1977.
Music that makes you want to buy stuff.

Updated: Weirdomusic tells us that these honeys are still in print. Get em here.
Links removed. Buy! Buy! Buy!
Thanks Marco!


Lord, I need some Dramamine after watching this video, that set is something ELSE. The wallpaper reminds me of Father Ted's bathroom.

Though the best part for me is that the model's dangling legs seem to stay in frame for like about 10 minutes. "Tout les sha-la-la-la tout les whoa-whoa..."

Thank you Mr. Battlecat for your wonderful recommendation of this video. If you want to learn about Cloclo's life (and untimely yet bizarre death) and see the world's dorkiest snowball fight, click here.

Sunday, December 16, 2007


What a lovely way to spend an afternoon, browsing through some collections of vintage Mexican wrestling posters while listening to bands with names like "Los Loud Jets" and "Los Yaps" and Juan "El Matematico", on a collection of 1960s Mexican rock entitled CLASSICOS DEL ROCK & ROLL MEXICANO, (including covers of "You Really Got Me" and "I'm Not Your Stepping Stone"--and best of all, "Wild Thing") courtesy of the Twilight Zone.

(poster via Santo and Friends)

The Ol' Huck 'n' Buck

An oldie from Deuce of Clubs
"Possibly there once existed a football card company guy whose whose sole task was to induce the players to assume poses that would make these tough guys look incredibly dorkish."

Saturday, December 15, 2007

La Grivoise

La Grivoise (1960) Grimaud, France.
Sexy french playing cards game from the 60's, see full deck here.
Translation: Do you love love? // Does this concern you?

Bruce Haack : out-of-print reissues

Egg City Radio is currently sharing 2 Bruce Haack albums and 2 compilations, all reissued on CDs in the early 90's and all out-of-print by now. So grab it while you can.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Some words

Last night was great in many ways. I got to see and listen to Roky and got drunk with friends.
What more could you possibly as for?

Btw - If you enjoyed the Apa State Mental songs posted here you can now get fully equipped by visting this page (and then click ad).

/Z aka mrdantefontana

Shiny, Shiny, Shiny John Cale Singing.....

....with extra S&M-ish sibilancccccce........
WFMU points to UBU Web's archive of this performance of Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable with The Velvet Underground (1966) with copious appended notes and a downloadable .avi of the performance to project on the wall at your next party

Very high wow factor, no?

"Not suggested for human consumption."

Dirt-eating is an ancient tradition that is practiced all over the world and although the demise of the practice has been predicted for many years, it still persists, particularly in rural areas of the South.

The dirt-eating tradition appears to have been handed down from generation to generation and several years ago it was not uncommon to see women gathered together sharing a pan of dirt.


"Not suggested for human consumption."

The History of Fake Puke

The Chicago Tribune has an edifying article about the history of fake vomit from ancient times to the present (including the primitive stone models found in Tutankhamen's tomb that fooled no one--OK, I made that part up). The Cadillac of the genre is shown above, containing helpful hints on the packaging such as "Sprinkle with water to make it look more realistic". And, for the more resourseful, basic recipes for producing a homemade version for personalized holiday gift-giving.

Thursday, December 13, 2007


Live on-stage in 2 hours. Saint Roky. I've been waiting ...!
(song via Covert Curiosity)


(click to enlarge)

These postcards have been printed in the 1950's, in my hometown Toulouse (France). From time to time i bought some in a thrift shop (un bazar) near my apartment, they have tons of them. You can find more kitschissime postcards scans from the 60s and 70s on my Flick'r "nostalgia" set.