Hardy Fox was the anonymous primary composer and producer for The Residents.
The Residents are an American art collective best known for avant-garde music and multimedia works and their composition “ Kaw-Liga“.
was released in 1986 and is a re-interpretation of the eponymous song by Kaw-Liga Hank Williams, replacing its original backing music with the bassline of Michael Jackson‘s Billie Jean.
I finished another
‘roman dur’ by Simenon, , one might say a rather unremarkable novel were it not for the fact that it makes one realize that it used to be possible to lead a L’Enterrement de Monsieur Bouvet double life, to disappear many times in one’s life and start all over again elsewhere without leaving a trace. And were it not of course that this is a Simenon ‘roman dur’ and this is the only ‘genre’ I currently enjoy, and have for a year or three.
L’Univers de Simenon, sous la direction de Maurice Piron avec la collaboration de Michel Lemoine
Wile researching this novel, I came across
L’univers de Simenon : guide des romans et nouvelles (1931-1972) de Georges Simenon (1983) by Maurice Piron and Michel Lemoine. It’s hard to believe that Michel Lemoine is the same person as the cult actor and director of French cinema of which I will post a photo.
Michel Lemoine in I Pianeti contro di noi (1962) – Romano Ferrara
‘The Move’ by Georges Simenon
(1967) is a The Move ‘roman dur’ by Belgian writer Georges Simenon.
I intend to read every roman dur by Simenon.
The Move is both a flawed novel and at the same time one of his more interesting ones due to its near total plotlessness and focus on psychological detail.
Its sub-theme is a criticism of the
anonymity of modern high rise, the lack of social control, a side effect of living in the banlieue, in the same vein as Jacques Tati’s films (1958) and Mon oncle (1967). Playtime
Its protagonist is an unwilling
Another of its themes is an exploration of
dark sexuality, a recurring motif with Simenon, such as in (1950). Un nouveau dans la ville
Francis Lai was a French composer, noted for his film scores, best-known for his song “ A Man and a Woman (chance pour toi et moi ba da ba da da da da da da)” wich is part of my top 1000.
Tony Joe White was an American singer-songwriter best known for writing “ Rainy Night in Georgia“.
That song was covered in 1977 by reggae singer
Watty Burnett as “Rainy Night In Portland” [above], still the best version around.
Touché Boucher (1972-73) is an oil on canvas by Mel Ramos, is a pastiche of the Odalisque blonde by François Boucher.
Mel Ramos was an American painter, specializing in paintings of female nudes.
He was one of the
pop art erotica artists noted for his ‘flat light’ photorealism.
He also interpreted the female nudes of European masters in paintings such as
(1972-73) [above], which is a pastiche of the Touché Boucher by François Boucher. Odalisque blonde
Also dead Is Italian composer
Stelvio Cipriani , known for his original soundtracks for Italian films of the 1970s and 1980s.
In my universe, he is best known for writing the original soundtrack to
, that strange BDSM fantasy drama [above]. The Laughing Woman
Also dead is
Jerry González (1949 – 2018) an American bandleader and trumpeter, known for his work with Grupo Folklorico Y Experimental Nuevayorquino, a band which only made two albums, both released on disco label Salsoul Records.
I give you “
Anabacoa“, a track composed in 1949 but rendered here by Grupo Folklorico Y Experimental Nuevayorquino in 1975 which was featured on the compilation album . Nu Yorica!
Charles Aznavour, 94, French-Armenian singer, best-known for “ La Bohème” (1966), a song which is part of the Jahsonic 1000.
A re-interpretation of this song was done by Jahsonic fave
Nicolas Jaar [above].
occasioned by Learning from Las Vegas the death of Robert Venturi made me stumble upon [above]. God’s Own Junkyard
Two pictures of that book are reproduced in
Learning from Las Vegas.
God’s Own Junkyard is a work of cultural pessimism which laments the uglification of the United States landscape.
As happens so often, one man’s junk is another’s man treasure and the scenery decried in
God’s Own Junkyard is glorified in Learning from Las Vegas.