Mondo Vinyl

You may have seen Mondo’s versions of movie posters here and there – I’ve posted quite a few. They’re beautiful limited edition hand screened prints illustrated by some unbelievably talented artists. Over the last few years Mondo has started producing movie soundtrack vinyl with the same attention to detail and striking illustration. Only a limited number of these are produced, with even fewer colored vinyl version, and some have become quite expensive and rare. If your a vinyl collector seek these out as they are truly amazing.

Shaun of the Dead

Shaun of the Dead

Halloween

Halloween

Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park

Paranorman

Paranorman

Maniac

Maniac

Cat in the Brain

Cat in the Brain

Looper - ltd Ed in a hand burnt burlap cover

Looper – ltd Ed in a hand burnt burlap cover

Blue Sunshine

Blue Sunshine

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

Deadly Spawn

Deadly Spawn

Time Crimes

Time Crimes

Batman the Animated Series

Batman the Animated Series

Pet Semetary

Pet Semetary

Gravity

Gravity

Iron Giant

Iron Giant

Oblivian

Oblivian

Re-Animator

Re-Animator

Thanksgiving – Macy’s Parade with Betty White, 1960s

We know Betty White is a hot commodity these days. Standing all of 5′ 4″ and 92 years old, Betty is seemingly unstoppable. What I didn’t remember is that in the 1960’s to early 70’s Betty hosted the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for NBC TV (along with some joker from the TV show Bonanza – Lorne Green). In her late 40’s – early 50’s Betty was cute, irreverent, funny as hell and rocked a pretty hot pant suit.

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It’s that time again – Creepy Vintage Halloween Photography

I’ve posted a bunch of these over the last few years and I’m trying not to repeat myself. One or two may have snuck through though. For more of the same check the photography section.

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LPs – A Different Kind of Record

These LPs are all from people who are handicapped, in one way or another. All are from the 60’s (1 from the 70’s) and all are on private labels. The prevailing maladies seem to be either blindness, dwarfism or lack of limbs.  And almost all are about their relationship with Jesus. Most appear relatively happy and excited to be singing for the lord. This isn’t meant to make fun of the handicapped but to show how amazing it was a few years back when anyone could make their own album, individuals, churches, etc.  Is their a corresponding market today? I doubt it – there doesn’t seem to be many CDs that come close to “No Crippled Girls in Heaven” or “Little Richard Miller – Born Without Arms or Legs – Jesus Use Me”.

Something Special from Jeff

Something Special from Jeff

Lanita Eversole - No Crippled Girls in Heaven

Lanita Eversole – No Crippled Girls in Heaven

Denise - Closer to the Savior

Denise – Closer to the Savior

Jerry D. Brown - A Crippled Boys Prayer

Jerry D. Brown – A Crippled Boys Prayer

Gary Brandford - I'm not handicapped, just inconvenienced. (Gary is a ventriloquist)

Gary Brandford – I’m not handicapped, just inconvenienced. (Gary is a ventriloquist)

The Brailettes - Our Hearts Keep Singing

The Brailettes – Our Hearts Keep Singing

Judy & Barbara the blind Slye twins - It's Me Again Lord

Judy & Barbara the blind Slye twins – It’s Me Again Lord

Bobby Jones & the Outlaws - Lately

Bobby Jones & the Outlaws – Lately

Short in stature, Big in talent

#1 Lowell Mason

The Crusaders of Illinois & the Singing Midget - Colorful Stylings

The Crusaders of Illinois & the Singing Midget – Colorful Stylings

Lowell Mason The Singing Midget - At the Corner of Amen St. and Hallelujah Square

Lowell Mason The Singing Midget – At the Corner of Amen St. and Hallelujah Square

Lowell Mason - Promo Shot

Lowell Mason – Promo Shot

Little Lowell Sings Praise the Lord

Little Lowell Sings Praise the Lord

The Gospel Midgets - Whatcha Gonna Do

The Gospel Midgets – Whatcha Gonna Do

Los Pequenos Gigantes (The Little Giants) - Cuantos Cartu

Los Pequenos Gigantes (The Little Giants) – Cuantos Cartu

Cuatitos Cantu

Cuatitos Cantu

Richard Miller

Glenda Lee (Day) & Richard Miller - Dixie Echoes ('66)

Glenda Lee (Day) & Richard Miller – Dixie Echoes (’66)

"Little" Richard Miller - Jesus Use Me

“Little” Richard Miller – Jesus Use Me

Richard & Gail Miller -  Sing Songs of Love

Richard & Gail Miller – Sing Songs of Love

 

It’s Great to be Alive – 1950’s Safety Manual

According to this 1950’s Police Safety League booklet there is life threatening danger at every turn for the teen and pre-teen. God help you if you happen to ride a bicycle. It would appear that fear has always been a great motivator, but this is fuckin’ nuts.  Don’t play in the leaves, don’t play near parked cars, watch out for trains and power lines, beware of strangers. Good advice, all. And remember “The police are your friends”.

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Richey Edwards and The Manic St. Preachers

I came to The Manic Street Preachers both early and late. I liked some of their early Glam stuff (with Richey James), didn’t care for their middle period (without Richey) and love their current stuff. The Manics formed in Wales (?) in 1986 as a quartet – James Dean Bradfield (Guitar & Vocals), Sean Moore (Drums), Nicky Wire (Bass) & Richey James (Guitar & Vocals). They broke (sort of) big w/ their first LP, Generation Terrorists, selling 250,000 copies. When interviewed about their new sound (they started as a punk outfit) Richey James carved the words 4Real into his arm to prove his sincerity. Hospitalized w/ a bunch of stitches, the cracks in Richey’s sanity were starting to show. On February 1st, 1995 Richey left his London hotel and was never seen or heard from again.  He was declared presumed dead on 23 November 2008 by his family. Manic Street Preachers was put on hold for six months and disbanding the group was seriously considered, but with the blessing of Edwards’ family, the other members continued. Over the last 20 years the band have put aside a percentage of the royalties should he return – which they recently paid to his family as he was officially declared dead last year. To compress their music and careers into one LP and the death of Richey James is a disservice to the band. Check them out for yourselves. Special attention to their recent 2013 LP Rewind the Film, it’s great.

James Dean Bradfield, Sean Moore, Nicky Wire & Richey Edwards

James Dean Bradfield, Sean Moore, Nicky Wire & Richey Edwards

 

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Nicky Wire - Bass

Nicky Wire – Bass

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Richey Edwards

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Richey & Nicky

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Richey and James Dean

Richey and James Dean

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Nicky Wire

The Manics - 2013

The Manics – 2013

 

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