Monthly Archives: December 2011
Some real design and illustration talent have gone into pinball machine backglass – especially the older pieces. Multicolor silk screens on heavy glass – none of that photo on plastic crap of the new ones – these are beautifully realized pieces of art all on their own. Most early machines had some sort of theme, mostly exotic, as if playing pinball in your local bar or restaurant would magically whisk you away to a circus, or Hollywood or a swamp filled with alligators (?) -the TV and band tie-ins would come later (Kiss, 6 Million $ Man, Evil Knievel, etc). These are the coolest though.
What better way to spend Christmas…. That’s it – that’s all I got – What better way to spend Christmas.
The Japanese love thier smokes and booze. These poster don’t strike me as overly traditional and are stylistically different as the years progress becoming almost American looking in the 30’s. I’m sure there are vast studies outlining the changes in japanese pre-war society and how they reflect the commercial arts but I can’t be bothered right now – I just like ’em. Good color, nice type work, cool imagery. Have a drink, light up a cig and appreciate these fine posters.
Fairytale of New York – Written bt Jem Finer and Shane MacGowan. Performed by The Pogues. Vocals by Shane MacGowan and Kirsty MacColl. Released on the 1987 LP “If I Should Fall From Grace with God” it was voted the No. 1 all time best Christmas song by UK fans and press. It is the saddest, most bitter-sweet song ever written – telling the tale of a down-on-his-luck bum waking up in a New York drunk tank and reminiscing about when life was better with his wife/girlfriend/lover. If you don’t have this on your Xmas playlist, add it right now.
It was Christmas Eve babe In the drunk tank An old man said to me, won’t see another one And then he sang a song The rare old mountain Dew I turned my face away And dreamed about you Got on a lucky one Came in eighteen to one I’ve got a feeling This year’s for me and you So happy Christmas I love you baby I can see a better time When all our dreams come true
They’ve got cars big as bars. They’ve got rivers of gold. But the wind goes right through you It’s no place for the old. When you first took my hand On a cold Christmas Eve You promised me Broadway was waiting for me.
(Shane) You were handsome You were pretty Queen of New York City When the band finished playing They howled out for more. (Kirsty) Sinatra was swinging, All the drunks they were singing We kissed on a corner Then danced through the night
(Shane) You’re a bum You’re a punk You’re an old slut on junk Lying there almost dead on a drip in that bed (Kirsty) You scumbag, you maggot You cheap lousy faggot Happy Christmas your arse I pray God it’s our last
The boys of the NYPD choir Still singing “Galway Bay” And the bells were ringing out For Christmas day.
(Kirsty) I could have been someone Well so could anyone You took my dreams from me When I first found you (Shane) I kept them with me babe I put them with my own Can’t make it all alone I’ve built my dreams around you. The boys of the NYPD choir Still singing “Galway Bay” And the bells were ringing out For Christmas day
Peter Seamus Lorcan O’Toole (born 2 August 1932) The hard drinking Irish actor made his name with his first film, 1962’s Lawerence of Arabia for which he was nominated for his first Academy Award. The part made O’Toole an international superstar. He received Academy Award nominations (but no Oscar) for 8 films – holding the record. However, medical problems (originally thought to have been brought on by his drinking but which turned out to be stomach cancer) threatened to destroy his career and life in the 1970s. He survived by giving up alcohol and, after serious medical treatment, returned to films with performances in The Stunt Man (1980) and My Favorite Year (1982). Peter’s last Oscar nomination was for 2002’s Venus (losing to Forrest Whittaker). He continues to act today and has 2 films coming out this year.