Sunday, October 30, 2011
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #287
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GOOD LORD! CHOKE! JEFFREY
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #287!
Jay Hawkins – “I Put A Spell On You” (Grand) :: Amateur.
Suicide – “Frankie Teardrop” (Red Star) :: Amateurs.
Alice Cooper – “I Love The Dead” (Warner Bros.)
Rolling Stones – “Too
Much Blood” (Rolling Stones) :: Amateurs.
Bowie – “We Are The Dead” (RCA) :: Amateur.
Iggy & The Stooges – “Death Trip” (Columbia) :: Amateurs.
Christina Crawford – Mommie Dearest (William Morrow &
Co.) :: Nothing like writing a withering tell-all exposé about your Mother while she’s still alive and then waiting
to publish it until after she’s dead and unable to defend herself. She’ll get you, my pretty...
Blue Öyster Cult – “Joan
Crawford” (Columbia) :: Now listen up and listen good ’cause I’m here to tell ya that you can forget
all about your Screamin’ Jay Hawkins moaning “I Put A Spell On You” and your Alice Cooper screaming “I
Love The Dead” and your David Bowie crooning “We Are The Dead” and your Mick Jagger camping “Too Much
Blood” and your Rob Zombie and your Marilyn Manson and your Stooges and your Suicide and every other Ted Mack’s
Amateur Hour wannabe wax-recording spook show shockmeister because this is the most humorously horrifying song
ever recorded, bar none, son—and I’m talking about humor that’s so black it seeps into an ultraviolet vein.
It all begins with an introductory gothic piano solo after which the band
steps in to support a set of premonitory apocalyptic lyrics, the likes of which would make Bruce Springsteen roll over and
tell Jim Steinman the news:
“Junkies down in Brooklyn are going crazy;
they’re laughing just like hungry dogs in the street. Policemen are hiding behind the skirts of little girls; their
eyes have turned the color of frozen meat. The sky is filled with herds of shivering angels...”
Then comes the scared stiff stutter-step chant that leads up to the caveat chorus:
“No. No, no, no. No, no, no-no-no-no-no-no: Joan Crawford has risen from the grave...”
And as if all that wasn’t enough to set the squalid scene, there
follows a rapid-fire sound effects montage of coffin-cracking grave-escaping paranormal pandemonium gone wild including: the
shriek of screeching tires; an automobile collision; a ringing telephone; a vacuum; a crying baby; ten pins falling in a bowling
alley; a crowing rooster; a cash register being rung; a race track bugler; a starting gate bell; howling dogs; a steamship
horn; and a burglar alarm that slowly fades into silence as a swirling vortex of scabrous sound heralds Joan Crawford’s
return from the other side to confront her delinquent daughter:
Mother’s Home... Christina... Come to Mother... Christina...”
The result is an uncanny audio experience that eerily evokes a mental image somewhere between the shambling misshapen creatures
that “Ghastly” Graham Ingles used to draw for EC Comics and the equally unsettling thing waiting on the other
side of the door in The Monkey’s Paw.
– Mommie Dearest (Paramount) :: ...and your little lapdog too!
Be spooking you!