Monthly Archives: November 2011
Susan Cabot – Nee Harriet Shapiro (July 9, 1927 – December 10, 1986) Poor, beautiful Susan Cabot. Susan was a stage actress in NY when she was ‘discovered’ and taken to Hollywood to star in a series of B-Westerns. Never attaining A-list status Susans’ best known roll is arguably 1959’s The Wasp Woman – about a ageing cosmetics executive who finds that wasp venom will temporarily make her appear younger – but eventualy turn her into a blood thirsty murdering wasp-creature. Wasp Woman was Susan’s last film. In 1960 she had an affair w/ King Hussien of Jordan but was dumped when he found out she was actually Jewish. In 1968, she married second husband Michael Roman with whom she had one son, Timothy Scott Roman, before divorcing in 1983. Here’s where it gets weird. Susan’s son was born with dwarfism and suffered severe psychological problems. Susan didn’t help much by keeping him vertually housebound. On the night of December 10, 1986, around 10:30 pm, police responded to a call that there was an intruder at the house. When they arrived, Roman told them that “a tall Latino with curly hair, dressed like a Japanese Ninja warrior”, had attacked them both, making off with about $70,000 cash. Roman told the cops that he fought with the intruder, and was knocked out. Susan had been murdered with a barbell. Eventually it became clear that 21 year old Roman was the murderer and received….. wait for it…… a 3 year suspended sentence. Turns out Susan was treating him w/ an untested growth hormone that changed his natural height of 4 ” to 5″4′ – causing some very, very bad side effects.
LAFF Records was a small independant lable based in LA specializing in adult comedy records in the early 70’s. Their galaxie of stars included Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, George Carlin, LaWanda Page, ventriloquist duo Richard & Willie and Skillet & Leroy – to name a few. Looking back now they may seem racist or at the very least badly stereotypical of the times, but LAFF was the place to be for a young comic with blue material, black or white. The biggest sellers though were the black party records with their racy artwork and suggestive taglines – and man, they are dirty and hilarious. Whomever designed these things must have been crazy themselves, wild type, everywhere all placed over some pretty bad photography. A lot of the LAFF stars found fame, especially in the mid 70’s when TV started excepting black characters and black sitcoms. Redd Foxx, Skillet & Leroy and LaWanda Page all went on to star in Sanford & Son. Richard Pryor became one of the biggest comedians and movie stars of the 70’s-80’s. Only a bit of this stuff has made it to CD – the Pryor and Foxx stuff mostly, so the only way you’ll hear it is if you find them in the bins at your local Goodwill. Try though – it’s worth the effort.
Sex Pistols tour of the American South. Seven shows, ten days. Coming at a time when The Pistols could have had huge sold out shows in major cities like New York and LA, manager Malcolm McClaren chose to book them in redneck dive bars throughout the deep South instead. His plan was to cause as much shit as he possibly could in a short amount of time. He achieved that, in spades. Early in the tour, Vicious wandered off looking for drugs. He was found in a hospital, having carved the words “Gimme a fix” in his chest with a razor. During a concert in San Antonio he called the crowd “a bunch of faggots”, before striking an audience member across the head with his bass. Suffering from heroin withdrawal during a show in Dallas he spat blood at a woman who had climbed onstage and punched him in the face. He was admitted to hospital later that night to treat various injuries. Offstage he is said to have kicked a female photographer, attacked a security guard, and eventually challenged one of his own bodyguards to a fight. Johnny suffering from the flu for the better part of the tour hated the whole thing and gave as luckluster a performance as he could manage. He made it to the final show at San Fransisco’s Winterland until he craked on the encore uttering the famous line, “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated? Good night”— disolving the band for good.
Jan. 5: Great Southeast Music Hall, Atlanta, Ga. Jan. 6: Taliesyn Ballroom, Memphis, Tenn.
Jan. 8: Randy’s Rodeo, San Antonio, Texas Jan. 9: Kingfish Club, Baton Rouge, La.
Jan. 10: Longhorn Ballroom, Dallas, Texas Jan. 12: Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa, Okla.
Jan. 14: Winterland, San Francisco, Calif.
Gene Eliza Tierney (November 19, 1920 – November 6, 1991) Voted one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood in the 1940’s, Gene was hot. With that overbite and bright green eyes she made her mark – most notably in the films, Heaven Can Wait – 1943, Laura – 1944 (from which David Lynch based his Twin Peaks series), Leave Her to Heaven – 1945 and The Razors Edge -1946. She would act into the 1970’s but the mid-40’s were her peak years. Sadly, Gene suffered from severe Bipolar disorder and was hospitalized and given shock treatment in the 50’s derailing her carrer for some time. If you’ve never seen a Gene Tierney film, start with Laura – it’s perfect.
That’s right – All women are bad. They’re sexy and hot, but they’ll wreck your life, take your money and maybe even kill you. So says these particular paperbacks. So be careful when you run across “The Girl Who Killed Things” or “The Girl from Hateville”.