It was 1980. This video is really more of a music film. The music video had not yet been invented. You can see the production value is not up to the level of the music videos that came out only a few years later. MTV was still on the horizon.
“Fashion” was a glam-rock touchstone. It appeared on Bowie’s Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) album, which featured the singles “Ashes To Ashes”, “Fashion”, “Scary Monsters” and “Up The Hill Backwards”. The track now appears on various greatest hits compilations such as ChangesBowie2.
David Bowie loved fashion but he was also critical of the concept. Fashion is a paradox. To be the most fashionable you must appear unimpressed even if you are thrilled. Look at the facial expressions made by models as they prance the runway. They always look angry and/or annoyed.
You might be less than impressed to learn that today is Fashion Day. It’s a trendy new observance, so you may not have heard of it. Look to FunHouse Radio to keep you in the know.
July 4th is Alice In Wonderland Day. The occasion is celebrated by Lewis Caroll fans around the world, but especially in England. Why July 4? According to his diary, July 4th 1862 was the day he started telling his rabbit-hole stories to Alice Liddell and her sisters.
This Acid-Rock classic is all about Carol’s famous novel.
From what I can tell, the vocals are live. In fact her performance is sublime. I think the music however is from the studio recording. The rest of the band is pantomiming. Things like this were common on 1960s TV.
Today is National Eat Your Vegetables Day. Don’t let us down! I just had some carrots. Let Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention inspire you to eat a more healthy diet while they feed your head.
Zappa explained the meaning behind the song in Absolutely Free: The Complete Libretto:
“The best clue to this song might lie in the fact that people who are inactive in a society … people who do not live up to their responsibilities are vegetables. I feel that these people, even if they are inactive, apathetic or unconcerned at this point, can be motivated toward a more useful sort of existence. I believe that if you call any vegetable it will respond to you.”
So go eat a salad or prepare a veggie plate. Something. JEEZ.
Hooray!! It’s National Falafel Day! Nearly every Turkish restaurant (outside of Türkiye) offers this delicious fried chic-pea dish. Conversely, people living in Türkiye do not frequently consume the dish. It’s not really a Turkish food. Unlike in The Middle East, Falafel is not served as street food in The Republic.
The City of Istanbul was once called Constantinople. Türkiye was formerly known as Turkey. Now it’s Türkiye not Turkey. Why did Turkey get the works?
The version by They Might Be Giants appeared on the album Flood which was released in 1990. It also appeared in an episode of Tiny Toon Adventures.
The song was first made famous in 1953 by The Four Lads.
The most recognizable landmark in The City of Istanbul would be the Haga Sofia. Below is a photo I found from “7 Interesting Facts About Haga Sofia“. First it was a Church then a Mosque. Then it became a Museum and then a Mosque again. They switch things up a lot.
What food do you eat that has been wrongly lumped in with a certain culture’s cuisine? Tell us about it in the comments.
I asked Carrot Topp from Radioactive Chicken Heads if he wanted to help create this blog. He is certainly an expert in Chicken Music. Between the two of us, we found ten good to great songs and arranged them in our preferred order of greatness.
NUMBER TEN “The Song Of The One Legged Chicken” by Tom T Hall
NUMBER NINE “Chicken Walk” by Hasil Adkins
NUMBER EIGHT “Chicken” by The Cramps
NUMBER SEVEN “Know Your Chicken” by Chibo Mato
NUMBER SIX “Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens” by Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
NUMBER FIVE “Magic Chicken!” by The Aquabats!
NUMBER FOUR “The Chicken In Black” by Johnny Cash
NUMBER THREE “Chick Chick” by Wang Rong Rollin
NUMBER TWO “The Funky Chicken” by Rufus Thomas
HONORABLE MENTIONS “Chicken Squawk” by MDC Super Chicken Theme Song “Chicken Fat” by Robert Preston “Teenage Mutant Kung Fu Chickens” by Ray Stevens “Chicken Strut” by The Meters “Run Chicken Run” by Link Wray
NUMBER ONE “Psycho-Chicken” by The Fools
Here is the video, but it has a lot of hiss from the VHS tape.
BONUS TRACK “Cluck At The Moon (I Was A Teenage Werechicken)” by Radioactive Chicken Heads
Don’t get your feathers in a bunch if these songs were not in the order you would put them in. Cluck about it in the comments instead.
Here we have the ever-present B52s in their prime. The entire concert was captured on what appeared to be Black and White 16mm film. Hardcore fans have already seen this. The typical fan may not have. I can’t think of better way to celebrate National Quiche Lorraine Day, which is today!
The song appeared on their second major label release, Wild Planet.
I got a chance to see them a few years ago. They had a kick ass back up band. The three remaining members Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Cindy Wilson held down the vocals like they were still in their 30s. It was like a celebration.
Sadly they are on their farewell tour now. If you get a chance to see them this year, take it.