http://www.toplessrobot.com/2009/05/the_8_coolest_sets_of_fast_food_premium_glasses.phpWe paid a rare visit to Burger King last week, in an attempt to get a Star Trek tie-in glass that the joint is promoting. They were, alas, sold out. Topless Robot has compiled an entertaining list of its favourite glasses from the Seventies through the Nineties.
Cover versions are always something I'm willing to at least consider. Some fall flat; some work well. Here are a few to recommend; the Kate Bush song I've had for a while, while the others I somehow missed until the last week or so.
The Eels added a string section for this small-stage version of Prince's I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man:
Here's a combination that sounded pretty appealing when I first heard of it: Martha Wainwright and Adrian Belew (the guitar legend who played with King Crimson and the humungous version of Talking Heads, c. 1981), playing David Bowie's "Heroes."
Ever heard Kate Bush's cover of Sexual Healing? Not that much like the Marvin Gaye original ... but not that far removed from it, either. It was the B-side, as it were, to the single release of King of the Mountain, from her last album, Aerial.
Gnarls Barkley released Crazy in 2006, and in no time, a whole bunch of covers and tributes were recorded (see this Slate piece from the period). My favourite until this week was Shawn Colvin's acoustic take. For now, it's Violent Femmes' cover, which came out last year, and which I bought on iTunes.
Samsung has unleashed what it is hoping will be a viral video, in support of its new 310 mini-notebook line. It's a funny enough video ... but it doesn't really tell you a lot about the product. Then again, neither does the official site itself.
That's because what Christie's had presented as an early work of the future Voice of a Generation was, in fact, the work of Hank Snow, the Canadian country icon. Reuters informed Christie's, which is auctioning off the work, of the origin of the poem, which prompted Christie's to revise its description of the work by 16-year-old Bobby Zimmerman:
"This still remains among the earliest known handwritten lyrics of Bob
Dylan and Christie's is pleased to offer them in our Pop Culture
auction on June 23."
An interesting tidbit I learned years ago, from doing the trivia segment on CBC Radio: Dick Wolf envisioned Law & Order as two tear-at-the-perforation 30-minute segments that could be cleaved and sold for separate syndication. I assume that one-hour syndicated programs 20 years ago were rare; we're all so used to the round-the-clock dum-dum sound that it seems odd to remember how different things were.
Dot Dot Dot is Morse code for the letter 'S,' the full message Guglielmo Marconi claimed to have received atop Signal Hill in St. John's in 1901. It ushered in the age of telecommunications. My maternal grandfather worked as a telegraph operator for Canadian Marconi on Signal Hill for many years.
As well, I have a habit of overusing the ellipsis when I write ... as frequent readers might notice.