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Write is Right

August 26, 2009

You’d think by 2am on a Wednesday I’d be fast asleep, getting some much needed rest for the work day ahead… but nooooo, here I am watching Angie Dickinson on dvd in the 70s cop show, Police Woman, and writing blog after blog.

I really could write all day long these days…in fact I could wax lyrical about certain topics, but I fear I may end up saying some stuff I really shouldn’t, so I’m trying to keep everything breezy. You know, like Monica’s answering machine message to Richard.

The more I write, the more I want this to be what I do all the time.
I got such a nice pick me up this evening when I stumbled onto a forum that was discussing one of my blogs at large (The Man Crush). Several people chipped in with “this guy is hilarious!”, which is the best thing a writer like me can see.

I pride myself on being able to bring out a laugh no matter how serious or sad my content is. If you’ve lived through the things I have, you tend to go one of two ways. (I’ll let you guess which ways they are).
I’ve always done that…and I’ve always felt I’m one of the best at doing it.

As any good writer, I’m ridiculously critical of my writing, and in order to stay focused on writing something, sometimes it takes hours of staring at a blank document before ….*holy cr@p…Angie Dickinson is going undercover in women’s prison in this episode! Sweet!!!*

…..dammit…now where was I?

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Ah, now I remember, sometimes takes hours of staring at a blank document before inspiration strikes and the exact right topic comes to mind.

I occasionally write stuff I don’t publish. They can be about irritations in my life, family, or even love revelations that I don’t want people to see.

When something feels right to be shared, I share it. Sometimes I choose the wrong things to share and feel the “wrath” of those who take offense to it. I’m ok with that, because at the end of the day just like my words are my opinion…so too are theirs.

One day, and one day soon I’m going to have to make a big decision about my writing and where I take it.

Scriptwriting.
Travel Writing
Opinion pieces
Fictional writing.
Song writing (?)
Journalism
critic
Blogger for hire
Poet

Plus there’s still that Tell all autobiography that gets a little thicker every day…

Yeah… why not do all of those.

I’m so glad I’m a writer-slash-model and not the other way around.

Here’s a quick poll question….which of the above styles of writing do you enjoy most from me? And what would you like to see me try?

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My Top 60 Soundtracks (The Top 10!)

August 25, 2009

10. Kill Bill Vol.1
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– I bought this album when I was in the UK, and literally straight after I saw the film. Brings back such good memories of both my life then and the movie. That’s EXACTLY what soundtracks are supposed to do.
Fave Tracks: EVERY SINGLE TRACK
Track Listing: 1. Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) – Nancy Sinatra
2. That Certain Female – Charlie Feathers
3. Grand Duel (Parte Prima), The – Luis Bacalov
4. Twisted Nerve – Bernard Herrmann
5. Queen Of The Crime Council – Lucy Liu/Julie Dreyfus (dialogue)
6. Ode To Oren Ishii – The RZA
7. Run Fay Run – Isaac Hayes
8. Green Hornet – Al Hirt
9. Battle Without Honor Or Humaity – Tomoyasu Hotei
10. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – Santa Esmeralda
11. Woo Hoo – The 5.6.7.8’s
12. Crane/White Lightning – The RZA/Charles Bernstein
13. Flower Of Carnage, The – Meiko Kaji
14. Lonely Shepherd, The – Zamfir
15. You’re My Wicked Life – Uma Thurman/Julie Dreyfus/David Carradine (dialogue)
16. Ironside – Quincy Jones
17. Super 16 – NEU!
18. Yakuza Oren 1
19. Bannister Fight
20. Flip Sting
21. Sword Swings
22. Axe Throws

9. Cruel Intentions
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– Remember how this movie made you feel all dirty and sexy…if not, play this soundtrack over and over.
Fave Tracks: EVERY SINGLE TRACK!
Track Listing: 1. Every You, Every Me – Placebo (single mix)
2. Praise You – Fatboy Slim (radio edit)
3. Coffee And TV – Blur
4. Bedroom Dancing – Day One (first recording)
5. Colorblind – Counting Crows
6. Ordinary Life – Kristen Barry
7. Comin’ Up From Behind – Marcy Playground
8. Secretly – Skunk Anansie
9. This Love – Craig Armstrong/Elizabeth Fraser
10. You Could Make A Killing – Aimee Mann
11. Addictive – Faithless
12. Trip On Love – Abra Moore
13. You Blew Me Off – Bare Jr.
14. Bitter Sweet Symphony – The Verve

8. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
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-I’m always surprised when people say this didn’t like or get this movie. Maybe it just means I’m smarter than them.But any movie that dares to reinvent Bowie and actually make it sound equally as good is ok in my book.
Fave Tracks: EVERY SINGLE TRACK!
Track Listing: 1. Sven Libaek – Shark Attack Theme
2. Loquasto International Fim Festival
3. David Bowie – Life On Mars?
4. Seu Jorge – Starman
5. Let Me Tell You About My Boat
6. Seu Jorge – Rebel Rebel
7. Zissou Society Blue Star Cadets / Ned’s Theme Take 1
8. Devo – Gut Feeling
9. Sven Libaek – Open Sea Theme
10. Seu Jorge – Rock N’ Roll Suicide
11. Joan Baez – Here’s To You
12. We Call Them Pirates Out Here
13. Iggy And The Stooges – Search and Destroy
14. Paco de Lucia – La Nina de Puerta Oscura
15. Seu Jorge – Life on Mars?
16. Ping Island / Lightening Rescue Op
17. Seu Jorge – Five Years
18. Scott Walker – 30 Century Man

7. Pulp Fiction
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– Tarantino’s Opus.
Fave Tracks: EVERY SINGLE TRACK!
Track Listing: 1. Pumpkin And Honey Bunny (Dialogue) / Miserlou – Dick Dale & His Del-Tones
2. Royale With Cheese – (dialogue)
3. Jungle Boogie – Kool & The Gang
4. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
5. Bustin’ Surfboards – The Tornadoes
6. Lonesome Town – Ricky Nelson
7. Son Of A Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield
8. Zed’s Dead, Baby (Dialogue) / Bullwinkle Part II – The Centurians
9. Jack Rabbit Slim’s Twist Contest (Dialogue) / You Never Can Tell – Chuck Berry
10. Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon – Urge Overkill
11. If Love Is A Red Dress (Hang Me In Rags) – Maria McKee
12. Bring Out The Gimp (Dialogue) / Comanche – The Revels
13. Flowers On The Wall – The Statler Brothers
14. Personality Goes A Long Way – (dialogue)
15. Surf Rider – The Lively Ones
16. Ezekiel 25:17 – (dialogue)

6. Into The Wild
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– A deeply life changing movie for anyone who questions their place in this world.
Fave Tracks: – All of them. Just over 30minutes of Eddie Vedders brilliance.
Track Listing:1. Setting Forth – (with Eddie Vedder)
2. No Ceiling – (with Eddie Vedder)
3. Far Behind – (with Eddie Vedder)
4. Rise – (with Eddie Vedder)
5. Long Nights – (with Eddie Vedder)
6. Tuolumne – (with Eddie Vedder)
7. Hard Sun – (with Eddie Vedder)
8. Society – (with Eddie Vedder)
9. Wolf, The – (with Eddie Vedder)
10. End Of the Road – (with Eddie Vedder)
11. Guaranteed – (with Eddie Vedder)

5. Watchmen
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– Another of of those love it or hate it movies. I love it, however, it was more for the soundtrack than the visuals or storytelling. The near perfect use of music kept me hooked from beginning to end.
Fave Tracks: EVERY SINGLE TRACK!
Track listing: 1. Desolation Row – My Chemical Romance
2. Unforgettable – Cole, Nat ‘King’
3. Times They Are A Changin’, The – Dylan, Bob
4. Sound Of Silence, The – Simon & Garfunkel
5. Me And Bobby McGee – Joplin, Janis
6. I’m Your Boogie Man – KC & The Sunshine Band
7. You’re My Thrill – Holiday, Billie
8. Pruit Igoe And Prophecies – Glass, Philip
9. Hallelujah – Cohen, Leonard
10. All Along The Watchtower – Hendrix, Jimi
11. Ride Of The Valkyries – Budapest Studio Symphony Orchestra
12. Pirate Jenny – Simone, Nina

4. The Lost Boys
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– One of the most iconic movies to come out of the 80s. And a big part of that had to do with the cool, sexy soundtrack that accompanied our Vampires and heros.
Fave Tracks: EVERY SINGLE TRACK!
Track listing: 1. Good Times – INXS/Jimmy Barnes
2. Lost In The Shadows (The Lost Boys) – Lou Gramm
3. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me – Roger Daltrey
4. Laying Down The Law – INXS/Jimmy Barnes
5. People Are Strange – Echo & The Bunnymen
6. Cry Little Sister (Theme From The Lost Boys) – Gerald McMann
7. Power Play – Eddie & The Tide
8. I Still Believe – Tim Capello
9. Beauty Has Her Way – Mummy Calls
10. To The Shock Of Miss Louise – Thomas Newman

3. Empire Records
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– Damn the man! Save The Empire! C.L.A.S.S.I.C.
Fave Tracks: EVERY SINGLE TRACK!
Track listing: 1. Til I Hear It From You – Gin Blossoms
2. Liar – The Cranberries
3. Girl Like You, A – Edwyn Collins
4. Free – The Martinis
5. Crazy Life – Toad The Wet Sprocket
6. Bright As Yellow – The Innocence Mission
7. Circle Of Friends – Better Than Ezra
8. I Don’t Want To Live Today – Ape Hangers
9. Whole Lotta Trouble – Cracker
10. Ready, Steady, Go – The Meices
11. What You Are – Drill
12. Nice Overalls – Lustre
13. Here It Comes Again – Please
14. Ballad Of El Goodo, The – Evan Dando
15. Sugarhigh – Coyote Shivers

2. Lost In Translation
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– An emotional journey through the mundaness of our lives. And it makes us remember its never to late to find joy in life.
Fave Tracks: EVERY SINGLE TRACK!
Track listing: 1. Intro/Tokyo
2. City Girl – Kevin Shields
3. Fantino – Sebastien Tellier
4. Tommib – Squarepusher
5. Girls – Death In Vegas
6. Goodbye – Kevin Shields
7. Too Young – Phoenix
8. Kaze Wo Atsumete – Happy End
9. On The Subway – Brian Reitzell/Roger J Manning Jr.
10. Ikebana – Kevin Shields
11. Sometimes – My Bloody Valentine
12. Alone In Kyoto – Air
13. Shibuya – Brian Reitzell/Roger J Manning Jr.
14. Are You Awake? – Kevin Shields
15. Just Like Honey – Jesus & Mary Chain

And now..here’ it is… number 1…

1. Dazed & Confused
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– By far, by favourite soundtrack of all time. It’s perfection on every level.
Fave tracks: EVERY SINGLE TRACK!
Track listing: 1. Rock And Roll, Hoochie Koo – Rick Derringer
2. Slow Ride – Foghat
3. School’s Out – Alice Cooper
4. Jim Dandy – Black Oak Arkansas
5. Tush – ZZ Top
6. Love Hurts – Nazareth
7. Stranglehold – Ted Nugent
8. Cherry Bomb – The Runaways
9. Fox On The Run – Sweet
10. Low Rider – War
11. Tuesday’s Gone – Lynyrd Skynyrd
12. Highway Star – Deep Purple
13. Rock And Roll All Night – Kiss
14. Paranoid – Black Sabbath

well…that’s it…the top 60 soundtracks I own.
What did you think?
What’s missing that I NEED to own?
Whats your top 10?
what else would you like to see me countdown?
Where in the world is carmen sandiego?

My Top 60 Soundtracks(Part 3)

August 19, 2009

Coming in thick and fast… here is part 3 of my countdown:

40. Strange Days
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– I haven’t seen this movie since its cinematic release back in the mid 90s, but I’ll always remember it scene for scene.
Fave Tracks: “Selling Jesus”- Skunk Anansie, “Hardly Wait” – Julliette Lewis & “While The Earth Sleeps” – Peter Gabriel/Deep Forest

39. Cocktail
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– Another effortless cool movie and soundtrack…dreamy is the word i’d use.
Fave Tracks: “Kokomo” – Beach Boys, “All Shook Up”- Ry Cooder & “Wild Again” – Starship

38. Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey
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– 80s Rock…. to the max.
Fave Tracks: “Battle Stations”- Winger & “God Gave Rock And Roll To You II”- KISS

37. Remember The Titans
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– er…70s Rock… to the max
Fave Tracks: “Spill The Wine” – Eric Burdon & War, “Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)” – The Hollies & “Up Around The Bend” – Creedence Clearwater Revival

36. Clueless
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– The movie that made us all fall in love with….Stacy Dash (ok ok and Alicia Silverstone too).
Fave Tracks: “Supermodel” – Jill Sobule, “Shake Some Action” – Cracker, “Change” – Lightning Seeds & “Kids In America” – The Muffs

35. Dirty Dancing
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– the movie is epic, the legacy is epic, and gosh darnit, nobody puts Baby in a corner.
Fave Tracks: Every single track on the legacy edition.

34. Scream (Trilogy)
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– The Completist in my wants to list all 3 soundtracks here…so i will.
Fave Tracks – “Red Right Hand” – Nick Cave, “Schools Out” – Last Hard Men, “She Said” – Collective soul, and a ton of others across all three albums.

33. Higher Learning
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– Fabulously heavy movie…really effective use of heavy rap mixed with slower fare.
Fave Tracks: “Losing My Religion” – Tori Amos, “Year of The Boomerang” – Rage Against The Machine & “Ask of You” – Raphael Saadiq

32. Dumb & Dumber
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– Still Jim Carey’s funniest, and the soundtrack was an equal mix of quirky.
Fave Tracks: “New Age Girl” – Dead eye Dick, “The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead” – Crash Test Dummies & “Where I Find My Heaven” – Gigolo Aunts….holy crud…actually there are about 8 or 9 other great tracks here…

31. Can’t Hardly Wait
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– still one of my favourite teen movies ever. With an equally cool soundtrack.
Fave Tracks: “Graduate” – Third Eye Blind, “Turn It Up” – Busta Rhymes & “Paradise City” – Guns N’ Roses

The Good Old Days…

August 11, 2009

I’m such a classic cult junkie its ridiculous, and once I get started I just can’t stop digging in the archives…

Last week I was having a discussion with a friend about how they don’t make cartoons like they used to.

Sure, I, like many people have relived the likes of GI Joe,Thundercats, He-Man & Bravestarr on dvd…

This evening I found myself searching for more obscure classic toons….these are what I managed to remember.

Feel free to add your memories too…

La Linea

This was a popular one in South Africa, and ended up becoming a well known insurance/banking ad.


Amigo & Friends


Unfortunately I can only find the Spanish versions online, but I used to love watching Amigo & Friends. It brings back great memories of growing up (which are few and far between). They usually appeared as shorts on VHS tapes of other titles.

Heckle & Jeckle

Those crazy crows were the best thing about going to the drive-in!

Sport Billy!

For some reason 90% of people I speak to can’t remember this one! (that stat brought to you by Deloitte & Touche). But the guy had a sports bag that contained EVERYTHING in.

Roger Ramjet

Roger Ramjet and his eagles fighting for our freedom!

Bionic Six

Sorta like the cartoon version of Family Ties really… Bionics ON! Why is this not on dvd???

Battle of The Planets (G-Force)

This one’s for you Len! Possibly the only “Anime” show I will ever love.

Morph

Thank you Tony Hart (RIP) for introducing the world to a little orange plasticine guy named Morph.

The Wuzzles

I was seriously obsessed with this show…and i still don’t understand why…

David The Gnome

Or as us South Africans called him… Dawie die Kabouter!

Maya The Bee

I remember this being so sad for some reason…

Ok wow….everything is coming flooding back now… I think this blog deserves a part two!

How many of these do your remember? Which others come to mind?

I may be the king of the geeks…. officially.