STRAIGHT OUTTA NOWHERE: SCOOBY DOO MEETS COURAGE THE COWARDLY DOG(2021) TRAILER
The crossover a few people might have been asking for. Or not. The franchise That Will Not Die meets a relatively youthful staple of Cartoon Network/Boomerang(1999-2002). It’s not immediately a natural pairing as some might believe. Post hippie age teenagers and their magically talking Great Dane solve supernatural-tinged mysteries while debunking the supernatural at every turn versus an elderly couple and their adopted mongrel who are beset explicitly by the supernatural in each and every episode. Both dogs are scaredy cats(pardon the pun), but Courage time and again lives up to his name, repeatedly saving his owners’ lives episode after episode. Someone has to be the brains of the organization.
DOJA CAT(FEATURING THE WEEKND), “YOU RIGHT.”
Audio wise exactly what you think. Visually, too. More occult symbolism and Illuminati indoctrination. But then what else would you expect from such a pair?
IGGY AZALEA, “I AM THE STRIPCLUB” video
Absurd Bait-and-Switch Liberal Woke tactics from everyone’s least favorite white female rapper. After initially stealing a concept from Outkast’s “B.O.B.” music video, it’s revealed that Iggy’s handler’s version of “I” is a dozen or more Black male gay strippers gyrating for your gaze. What if you clicked on this nonsense because for impurient reasons you wanted to see a certain PAWG not a troupe of rejects from a Lil Nas X video? It’s perfect for “Pride” month and never to be clicked again. A-G-E-N-D-A. To complain of course invites the predictable choruses of transphobia, homophobia and of course racism. (And that’s ignoring the usual cultural appropriation of all the dancers being Black and the artist in the spotlight being white.) But who wouldn’t complain that if you walked into Baskin-Robbins and ordered a vanillavthat you should have to pay for it served with a cock ring around the waffle cone?
POPPY, “HER” MUSIC VIDEO
Fitting that the YouTube sensation Poppy’s finest music video is perfect in every aspect including its evil Satanic ugliness. Musically its Poppy’s best foray into pop metal yet. It’s not unreasonable to speculate it could have been a hit during the grunge age. The guitars really crunch and the drums, live or otherwise, have a real Dave Grohl wallop to them. And Poppy(or whomever)’s voice here is as alluring and melodic an instrument as female singers of that era(believe me, I lived through it). Maybe she can sing enough, or her producer(s) have become really adept at processing her voice. Visually the short clip is as memorably disturbing as the YouTube clips which made the character of Poppy infamous. Rendered by some CAD innovation or other, it’s 21st century puppet-animatronics, nightmarish anime. Poppy never “appears” in the video although there’s the suggestion she is represented by an evil queen reminiscent of Maleficent and of the disposable robotic performers. There are also allusions to Kraftwerk, although their robots were never seen in an “evil” context. The clip is unsettling just as Poppy(Moriah Rose Pereira) has always been. Her handlers may have conceived her as a biting satire on celebutantes like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan and pop singers like Britney Spears, yet they also lathered her more “performance art” videos with the spectre of occult menace. One group of viewers focused upon Poppy’s bizarre afflictions and the videos’ eccentric presentations. Others marked again and again what appeared to be represented as the display of a beautiful, waifish young girl subject to MK-Ultra programming by her male handlers. Thus Poppy was both the forerunner to Tik Tok and the subject of conspiracy theories. It’s fitting the video is called “Her,” because Poppy is conspicuously absent. There’s the projection of Poppy, in her alters, but not of the flesh. But her handlers are just as present as ever.
GET BACK MONTAGE(2021)
Because of the pandemic Peter Jackson’s documentary on The Beatles’ Get Back project was delayed for a year before he and his staff could resume editing. In the non-trailer trailer for the upcoming release Jackson mentions they’ve unearthed 50 odd hours of footage, much of it never seen before, and that what he’s now offering is not a trailer but a 5 minute or so montage from the yet completed film. Scarcity or not it’s the usual Beatles schtick in wonderful 1960s color. Visually these days I find The Beatles a tad too campy for my tastes(John, who used to be my favorite, is particularly exhausting), although I’ve become obsessive over the bearded Paul McCartney as a true Matinee Idol(the “Cute Beatle” of the “Love Me Do” has absolutely nothing on Paul circa ‘69). Yet lately I’ve become fixated upon this tumultuous period in the history of the group as this most famous of the clubs in Liverpool tried to craft an album from the debris of animosity, creative differences and sheer exhaustion. There were many mutations between Get Back and Let It Be, their last album—and there are many fine bootlegs which chronicle all the stops and starts. And I’ve been shamefully listening to a bunch of them. Which has whetted my appetite for the film.
CHRIS PAUL VS. CHRIS PAUL.
Watching Chris Paul almost single-handedly advance the Phoenix Suns past the Los Angeles Clippers into the NBA Finals last week, bulldozing his way into his first championship round and then his confrontational celebrations afterwards one couldn’t help but be struck by the difference between the two Pauls we “know.” There is the “Chris Paul” who is the star of a long-running series of State Farm insurance commercials; who is certainly more palatable to middle American tastes than the bulldog-ish point guard; who remains a throwback to another era.
“THREE LIONS” BY BADDIEL, FRANK SKINNER AND THE LIGHTNING SEEDS
In honor of team England advancing to the semifinals of the 2020 European Championship(Wednesday, 7/7/21). Co-written by comedians or not, “Three Lions(Football’s Coming Home) is still the best song I have ever heard and the best video I have ever seen about English football. One doesn’t have to know anything about the subject matter to thoroughly enjoy both. I find myself looking at the (original) video every once in a while and it never gets that old. Which is much, much more than I can ever say for New Order’s wretched “World in Motion,” which is by far the worst song they ever recorded. Promo’d for the 1990 Fifa World Cup, this atrocity features more English comedians and god awful rapping and shouting by actual English footballers. And the fact that this abortion is the band’s only No.1 single on the UK charts is an indictment on England.
“INSIDE THE NBA THEME” BY TREVOR RABIN
Who the hell knew that the long-running theme song to the most popular NBA studio show–which is often superior to the actual games being broadcast, especially during the regular season–was composed by the guy who revitalized the kings of prog rock YES in the 1980s?!? I’ve watched the show practically since its inception and had no idea until last week. Will wonders never cease.
RIP JON HASSELL, COMPOSER AND TRUMPETER
QUENTIN TARANTINO VS. SHARON LEE
Really I don’t know how much more of this I can fucking take. I side completely with Bruce Lee’s daughter about this. He’s entitled to his say, but I really wish he’d shut up about his sketchy opinions. He’s moronic and unbecoming. Then again maybe he’s always been that and I’ve been too biased to acknowledge it.