Tuesday, May 21, 2013

DESDINOVA'S FAVORITE SONGS BY THE DOORS

As promised, a list of my favorite songs by the Doors. I'm part of that second wave of Doors fans that discovered them in the early 80s. NOTE: While the Doors rank as one of my all time favorite bands, I'm not one of those annoying fans that pick their most obscure songs as my favorite songs.

1. "Light My Fire"
2. "Love Her Madly"
3. "Touch Me"
4. "Hello I Love You"
5. "Riders On the Storm"
6. "Love Me Two Times"
7. "Moonlight Drive"
8. "Five To One"
9. "Peace Frog"
10. "Break On Through (To The Other Side)"
11. "Strange Days"
12. "Soul Kitchen"
13. "The End"
14. "Wild Child"
15. "Unhappy Girl"
16. "My Eyes Have Seen You"
17. "L.A. Woman"
18. "When The Music's Over"
19. "Crystal Ship"
20. "Roadhouse Blues"




 

'Undercover Angel' Singer Alan O'Day Dies At 72

Sunday, May 12, 2013

MOTHER'S DAY WITH MOTHER FEAR

I was busy this week and missed the death of longtime The Young & the Restless star Jeanne Cooper. Before Y&R, she was a guest star in several popular TV shows. One of my favorite characters she played was a villain on The Man from UNCLE called Mother Fear. She and Captain Jenks (Warren Stevens) ran a private boys school, where they trained the boys to be assassins.

This is about the only clip I could find from that episode, that featured Ms. Cooper.

BTW: Jeanne Cooper in real life was the mother of L.A. Law actor Corbin Bernsen.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

YEP! I FORGOT FOUR MOMS

I knew I would leave out a TV mom or two. Here are four more:

DONNA STONE
ELIZABETH COLLINS STODDARD

MISS ELLIE EWING
VICTORIA BARKLEY

TV MOMS

I made one of these post last year at Fathers Day and I just a bought went insane trying to load the photos in a certain order. Thing were not quite as bad with the post of advertising characters, but I became frustrated several time. Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers reading this.

THE 50s:

MOLLY GOLDBERG

MAMA HANSON
 
HARRIET NELSON
MARGARET ANDERSON (She was also Mr. Spock's mom)
KATHY WILLIAMS
JUNE CLEAVER (She also speaks jive)
 THE 60s:
DOROTHY BAXTER
WILMA FLINTSTONE
JANE (His Wife) JETSON
REBEKAH BOONE
MORTICIA ADDAMS
LILY MUNSTER
SAMANTHA STEVENS
MAUREEN ROBINSON
JULIA BAKER
THE 70s:

CAROL BRADY
SHIRLEY PARTRIDGE
MARION CUNNINGHAM
FLORIDA EVANS
ANN ROMANO

THE 80s:
ELYSE KEATON
CLAIR HUXTABLE
MARSHA OWENS
MAGGIE SEAVER
ROSEANNE CONNER
KATE TANNER (She is the one on the right)

ELIZABETH LUBBOCK
MARGE SIMPSON
PEG BUNDY
THE 90s:

JILL TAYLOR
ANNIE CAMDEN
LOIS GRIFFIN
KITTY FOREMAN
NOTE: I'm sure I left out someone. If it is your favorite, I'm sorry.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

THE MYTH OF PERFECT SMALL TOWNS

I admit that I'm a small town boy, but, unlike John Cougar Mellencamp, I'm don't think it was a great experience for me. As matter of fact, the best way I could describe my formative years in Lebanon, Missouri is a hellish nightmare world. It was not Mayberry, more of a cross between Twin Peaks and Peyton Place.



I should note that I was not the first person to be critical of Lebanon, Missouri. Harold Bell Wright, who had been a minster in Lebanon, wrote a novel about Lebanon called The Calling of Dan Mathews. In the story, a young minister becomes so disgusted with the hypocrisy in the town that he resigns from the church.

Country music likes to portray small town life as being without problems and a model for all the other cities and nations of the world. The truth is most small towns have a "dark side." This is why there have been so many successful novels, plays, movies and TV shows revolving around the "idyllic small town" that is later exposed to be filled with sex, murder, drug abuse, alcoholism and a thousand lies. Besides The Calling of Dan Mathews, there is also Main Street and Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis, Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson, Our Town by Thorton Wilder, the aforementioned Peyton Place by Grace Metalious and David Lynch's Twin Peaks.

All of these artistic creations all address the problems of class status and conformity to an expected place in the community. The poor kids should never date the rich kids and visa versa, nor should a poor person try to surpass a rich person's success. There are traditions in small towns that need to be adhered to. "That is the way things have always been and don't try to change it."
 
I think the contributing factor to this "dark side" is the claustrophobic feel that is compounded by the fact that "everybody knows everybody in town." There is no such thing as anonymity. If you do something or say something out of line, everyone knows about it. Trust me, there are people who are still holding things I did in seventh grade against me.

Which leads to one of the worst problems with a small town: GOSSIP. People is small towns would rather say bad things about each other than positive things and if someone can find some juicy secret, that is even better. Sadly, the Internet has made this worse. Lebanon has a message board, connected to the newspaper's website. I used to like to read it, but it has went to the dogs. When it isn't filled with right-wing propaganda and the most racist, homophobic, violent, hate-speak, it is vicious gossip about people I have known for years. Many of these people are personal friends and even some of my family members. They never think that they hurting their neighbors and community with these asinine rumors. We don't care that you think the fire department wrecks its truck to get the city to buy them a new one. We don't care that a boat company was defrauded. It is a big company...they will get over it.  

If that wasn't bad enough, every city and town has a Topix forum, which is even more disgusting. This board usually has discussions about which woman in town "sleeps around" and which women "turn tricks."There also are threads started by parents about "weird kids" or kids that "I-told-my-kid-not-to-friends-with-that- kid." These types of threads are why I have suggested that parents be held accountable for bullying just as much as their kids. I'm sure if Topix had been around when I was in school, there would have been a "That thar weird Desdinova kid" thread about me.

Trust me, small town's have a bad side and we shouldn't try to ignore it. Great pop culture hasn't. Of course, an opinion, like this one, is why I'm considered the Super Villain of the Ozarks!!! Mwu-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
     

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Kris Kross rapper Chris Kelly dies at 34

LOOSE ENDS FROM PAST POST

I've debated just updating some of my post which I left something out of or create a new post. Since I haven't created many original post lately, I decide on a special "loose ends post."

Earlier this year I gave you a post entitled "People Guilty of Interrupting TV Shows," a look at some of the actors and actresses who portrayed famous advertising characters. I realized early on that I left off a few and the names of the people who created the role. Part of the problem was with Bloggers ability to load multiple photos on a post. I got very frustrated with that post, so once I got it half way decent looking, I gave up, but chose to make a separate post with the actual names of the people who portrayed these iconic characters.

"I'm so lonely."



"Time...to...make...the donuts."



Two people I left off were actors Jesse White (top), who was the first Maytag Repairman, and Michael Vale (bottom), who played the Dunkin Donuts maker.

Then there was "Disco Shock or I Can't Believe They Made a Disco Record." This was a list of artist that nobody thought would make a record that was even close to being disco, but they did. After it was completed, local KTXR radio personality Wayne Glenn ("The Old Record Collector") mentioned Frankie Avalon recorded a "disco" version of his 50s hit "Venus." I also discovered this week that the late Richie Havens recorded a disco song in 1980 called "Going Back To My Roots."

 
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...