No doubt the first in a series…
There was a time many years ago when I fanatically collected Genesis bootlegs, but this early gem never showed up on any of them. “The Light” was reportedly a staple of the band’s live shows circa 1970-1971, but they evidently never recorded a studio version of it. Small parts of the music were later incorporated into “Lilywhite Lilith” and “The Colony of Slippermen” from The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.
This 1971 recording from La Ferme in Woluwe-St Lambert, Belgium, is the only known recording of the song anywhere, ever….
Winter’s “Crazy” (off their Supreme Blue Dream album) is sort of Shoegaze crossed with catchy bubblegum pop, and a vaguely disturbing video perfect for the Halloween season…
It’s an ad, but it’s pretty amusing, and a nice way to kick off Halloween season:
“Remove yourself from my veranda!”
It’s one thing for there to be a legal battle over the rights for a good movie, but it’s quite another when the battle is over Manos: The Hands of Fate, one of the worst films of all time. (Note: That article is up on Playboy.com, so it might be blocked at your place of work.)
In 2011, a collector of film prints uncovered the original negative of Manos and embarked on an inexplicable project to restore the film with all the white-glove attention archivists give to Hollywood classics. His efforts would incur the wrath of a mysterious man with a fake New Zealand accent named Rupert, as well as Joe Warren, Hal Warren’s embittered son, who intends to preserve the Manos legacy at all costs.
Hal Warren’s son comes off as more than a bit of a jerk. “I’m the director’s son! I’m entitled to a cut even if the work is out of copyright!”
Fortunately for “fans” of the films, the restored Blu-Ray of Manos: The Hands of Fate is finally coming out October 13. More information on the restoration can be found here.
Two random updates:
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Though it’s basketball rather than football, and it’s just a post-season ban rather than the “death penalty.” Also seems to be academic cheating rather than handing players envelopes full of cash.
And SMU coach Larry Brown is suspended for nine games. Honestly, I had no idea Brown was actually coaching SMU these days, which has to be a big letdown for a man that’s won an NBA Championship. He has the reputation as one of the bast basketball teachers in the world, but just can’t manage to get along with people.
Right now a book signed by Stephen Hawking be yours for only a bit over 20 grand, but expect that to go up.
And it’s not even one of Hawking’s own books, but a farewell gift for a co-worker who was leaving the Institute of Theoretical Astronomy at Cambridge University signed by the faculty, including Hawking.
“Hawking autographs are of the utmost rarity.” Indeed, though it’s already too rich for my blood, and I suspect it could easily go for 3-4 times the current price…
Yep, another Slowdive rarity…
The only thing tying these two books together is that they’re both horror and I bought both from Lloyd Currey at 50% off: