It’s … Booji Boy!

Booji Boy

Those kind volunteers at Wikipedia helpfully report …

Booji Boy is a character created in the early 1970s by American new wave band Devo. The name is pronounced “Boogie Boy”—the strange spelling “Booji” resulted when the band was using Letraset to produce captions for a film, and ran out of the letter “g”. When the “i” was added but before the “e,” Devo lead singer Mark Mothersbaugh reportedly remarked that the odd spelling “looked right.”

Booji Boy has traits of a simian child and typically wears an orange nuclear protection suit. He is portrayed by Mothersbaugh in a mask and is the son of another fictitious Devo character, General Boy. The intent of the figure is to satirize infantile regression in Western culture, a quality Devo enjoyed elucidating. This character was officially introduced in the 1976 short film The Truth About De-Evolution.

According to the book We’re All Devo!, the roots of the character come from discovering a baby mask in an Akron area novelty store. Mark developed the character’s distinctive high pitched falsetto almost instantly. Mark Mothersbaugh kept a supply of Booji Boy masks for several years, but due to improper storage, many of them ended up ruined from dry rot. A similar, half-head mask was used in concerts during 2004 and 2005, and a new mask based on the original was created and used beginning in 2007. In 2012, SikRik Masks in Devo’s hometown of Akron, Ohio made a new mask that more closely resembled the original. The company made 100 copies of the new mask, which were sold through Club Devo.

Happily, SikRik Masks recently produced the 2nd Version Sculpt Circa 2014, which are still available at Club Devo. (Glasses not included.)

Mask

Westwood?

Tshirt

Maybe not.

There, on Bourbon Street, I found the sexiest t-shirt of all, one with a blue print of a pair of perfect-sized tits so as to transform the wearer, man or woman. This t-shirt was purchased in what you would consider today some kind of little tourist boutique.

Malcolm McLaren

Power Pop Monday

Flamin' Groovies

Something something Wikipedia

The Flamin’ Groovies is an American rock music band whose peak was in the 1960s and 1970s. They began in San Francisco in 1965, founded by Ron Greco, Cyril Jordan and Roy Loney. They are perhaps best known for their song “Shake Some Action”, a cover version of which was later featured in the 1995 movie Clueless. The group have been called one of the forerunners of punk rock, and they also had a major influence on the power pop genre.

In 2013, the Jordan/Wilson/Alexander line-up played live for the first time since 1981 in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth as part of the Hoodoo Gurus’ invitational Dig It Up. They also played a series of sold-out shows in Japan. Their show in San Francisco, at The Elbo Room on May 4, sold out in less than 24 hours. They are currently touring, with the addition of Victor Penalosa on drums.

Sadly, keyboardist Mark Dunwoody died of a heart attack on June 12, 2013.

Shit

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With Tommy Erdelyi’s passing, that’s the last of the original Ramones.

Rest well, guys.

They Said We’d Be Artistically Free

According to you-know-who

“Complete Control” is a song by The Clash, released as a 7″ single and featured on the U.S. release of their debut album.

The song is often cited as one of punk’s greatest singles, and is a fiery polemic on record companies, managers and the state of punk music itself, the motivation for the song being the band’s label (CBS Records) releasing “Remote Control” without bothering to ask them, something that infuriated the group. The song also features perhaps the earliest usage of the phrase “guitar hero” in rock music, as sung by Joe Strummer to Mick Jones. The song also refers to managers of the time who sought to control their groups–Bernie Rhodes (of The Clash) and Malcolm McLaren (the Sex Pistols)–indeed, the song’s very title is derived from this theme:

“Bernie [Rhodes] had a meeting in The Ship in Soho after the Anarchy Tour. He said he wanted complete control… I came out of the club with Paul [Simonon] collapsing on the pavement in hysterics at those words.”

But What Will Happen To The Boy When The Circus Comes To Town?

Nilsson

Well worth a listen. Dig in!

In the early 1970s, Harry Nilsson was one of the most famous musicians on the planet — due in part to songs like “Coconut” and “Everybody’s Talkin’”. Yet by the time he died in 1994 at the age of 52, most people had forgotten the reclusive singer’s name — even if they never forgot his timeless songs.

Writer and radio host Alyn Shipton chronicled his enigmatic story in a new book, Nilsson: The Life Of A Singer-Songwriter.