Monthly Archives: July 2012
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, born Neil Andrew Megson (February 2, 1950 – ) Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge born Jacqueline Mary Breyer (July 1, 1969 – October 9, 2007) Here’s the story in very few words: young Neil Megson gets pushed around in English public school – turns to books and music. Joins a music art/collective in college called CUOM Transmissions in the late 60’s and gains some bit of avante garde art fame. Changes his name to Genesis P-Orridge, for some indecipherable reason, marries, has two daughters Carresa & Genesee P-Orridge. Forms first industrial band ever- Throbbing Gristle, does well, disbands TH and starts Psychic TV with, among others, Lady Jaye Breyer. Now for the love story. They fall so madly in love that they decide to become the same person – a single pandrogynous entity, if you will. They begin a long series of surgeries to become that one person. Breast implants for both on Valentines Day seemed a good start. All the while continuing to write and perform as Psychic TV. They become so devoted to each other that they would even refer to each other as her/he, or him/she (or something similar). They married in 1993. Lady Jaye died unexpectedly in 2007 of stomach cancer. Genesis continues to this day performing with a reunited Psychic TV, DJ-ing, painting, writing and trying to become his late wife. If you want more, see the film, Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye by Marie Losier. For you Gristle/TV fans sorry for the sort-shrift and 40 years in 1 paragraph.
Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack, Jr. (born November 21, 1940) aka Dr. John. In honor of the release of his new, absolutely fantastic LP – Locked Down, (produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys), it’s time to recognize Dr. John, The Night Tripper. Active as a respected session musician in the 50’s in New Orleans, Dr. John moved to LA in the 60’s, not only for work opportunities, but also to escape his many run-ins with the New Orleans police and a growing herion addiction (everyone moves to LA to get off herion). In LA he worked w/ Sonny & Cher, Frank Zappa and most of the West Coast stars of the time. While there, and obviousely lonely for New Orleans, he created his Dr. John Character – named after an old Voodoo/Hoodoo practioner from the 1880s. His first LP as Dr. John, Gris Gris is a classic. He would eventually strike it rich w/ his only real hit, Right Place, Wrong Time. He would continue recording music, some great, some not and doing session work for all the New Orleans stars as well as The Rolling Stones, Lou Reed, Neil Diamond, Van Morrison, Willy DeVille, Rickie Lee Jones, The Band and on and on. He wrote a great autobiography – Under a Hoodoo Moon – read it now, and recorded some great soul, funk, New Orleans, jazz, rock music. He’s also hilarious in a pretty cool movie called Candy Mountain.
Russell Albion “Russ” Meyer (March 21, 1922 – September 18, 2004) Russ Meyer was an American film maker with a penchant for stupid humour and big breasted women. His first feature, the nudist comedy The Immoral Mr. Teas (1959), cost $24,000 to produce and eventually grossed more than $1,000,000 on the independent/exploitation circuit, instantly making Russ the”King of the Nudies.” Over the next decade, he made nearly 20 movies with a trademark blend of odd humor, huge-breasted starlets and All-American sleaze, including the classic Faster Pussycat Kill, Kill (1965), Mudhoney (1965) and Vixen (1968). Russ Meyer was a true auteur – he wrote, directed, edited, photographed and distributed all his own films. As a side note, I called his video distributing company once to see if I could get a movie poster of Faster Pussycat… and Russ answered the phone.
After the unexpected success of the low budget Easy Rider and impressed by Meyer’s frugality and profitability, 20th Century Fox signed Russ to produce and direct a proposed sequel to Valley of the Dolls in 1969, fulfilling his ambition to direct for a major Hollywood studio. What eventually appeared was Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970), scripted by film critic (and Meyer devotee) Roger Ebert and bearing no relation to the novel or first film at all. Variety said it was “as funny as a burning orphanage and a treat for the emotionally retarded.”Contractually stipulated to produce an R-rated film, the brutally violent climax (depicting a decapitation) ensured an X rating. Needless to say Russ’s chance for another major release was pretty dim. Russ however got the last laugh making millions on his films in the new VHS and DVD markets of the 80’s and 90’s. In 2000 he publish his 3 volume autobiography A Clean Breast. He died in 2004 of pneumonia.
Great fireworks packaging from around the world. The year of these is anybodies guess, as a lot of these are still used today. The British company, Pains (great name) did some beautiful and very untypical looking work (photos 3-5). I’ve always been real partial to the Black Cat firecracker logo and packaging. That cat always looked completely vicious and completely mad.