Saturday, February 07, 2009


MrMR and a number of others alert us to how the Michael Phelps furor has now reached HuffPo as Kellogg’s dumps his endorsement deal because Phelps smokes dope. Lee Stranahan (like our pal Roldo) suggested that we all boycott Kellogg’s…

“Kellogg's is a major manufacturer of cereal and junk food products including but not limited to Frosted Flakes, Pop Tarts, Cheez-Its, Froot Loops, Keebler's Cookies, Rice Krispies, Eggo Frozen Waffles, Famous Amos Cookies and…has profited for decades on the food tastes of marijuana using Americans with the munchies. In fact, we believe that most people over the age of twelve would not eat Kellogg's products were they not wicked high."

And he adds…

“A quick Wikipedia search shows the founder of Kellogg's - John Harvey Kellogg - was a total frickin' weirdo who believe in putting children's genitals in a cage to keep them from playing with themselves and also believed in yogurt enemas.” (Click here to read the whole thing and a bunch more besides.)

The only problem is that our cocktail-party progressives seem to find this shit somehow stoner funny, and I don’t. Marijuana prohibition has been a lifelong slow-angry burn.

The secret word is GRRRR


Revered OG Aeswiren sent over this story from Alternet…

“An October 24, 2008, poll conducted by the Democratic research firm Greenberg-Quinlan-Rosner has Rush Limbaugh enjoying a public-approval rating of just 21 percent among likely voters, while 58 percent have "cold" feelings toward the right-wing radio-talk-show host. Limbaugh's cold rating was higher than that of all the political figures the firm polled. It was seven points higher than Rev. Jeremiah Wright and eight points higher than William Ayers.” Click here for the whole sorry tale.

And he tersely commented…

"Looks like most Americans have had it with Limbaugh and his ditto heads. The angry fat white men are not about to go quietly, however, and Limbaugh has succeeded in turning the Congressional GOP into groveling serfs. Keep licking Rush's boots, GOP Congresspeople! Turn yourselves into a tiny, hated minority party that the rest of us can safely ignore!"


The ever reliable 00Soul sent us a link…

"Lux Interior did a one-off radio DJ show under the Purple Knif pseudonym back in the '80s. Munster (Spanish label) put it on CD a few years back. This site has the entire thing as a podcast." All you gotta do is click here.

Thursday, February 05, 2009


Uncle Bill returns from his trip in the alien spacecraft, but somehow he is not quite the same.


Munz sent us the Playmobil Security Checkpoint. And you gotta check it out. Click here and please scroll down to the comments because they are, as he puts it, hysterical.

The secret word is Barcode

And please watch the Ashley Judd protesting Klondike Barbie’s hideous wolf-killing program. Click here.


I once saw an Elvis Presley Guitar as a kid. A bunch of them were on display in a local toy store, and I was checking out the rayguns. (Is this Doc in Toyland?) The EPG was not much bigger than a ukulele, made from cream and chocolate plastic, and had four strings. This box called the Autochord was clamped over the fretboard, and would form C, F, G, A, and maybe D at the press of a button. The Elvis Presley Guitar was not cool – a total invention of the Colonel – and one would not want to be seen anywhere near one. Also four quid was a lot of money in 1956. Today one would probably sell on eBay for $1500.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009


While concerted Republican attempts to undermine all efforts by the Obama administration to save the economy, and with it the country, might have seemed venal, poisonous, and even verging on treasonous, they took a turn for the totally and maliciously witless yesterday, when the Republican Party actually staged a media event at which Joe the Plumber was rolled out to explain his “economic plan.” This is nothing short of an insult to the intelligence of the majority of American people – the intelligence they clearly demonstrated last November 4th. Something the Republicans should contemplate as they strive to fuck things up.

A couple of day’s ago on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart referred to the Obama economic stimulus package as “revolution insurance.” It seemed extremely apt and something else the Republicans should contemplate as they strive to fuck things up.

The secret word is Wrench

"How are these ruthless, careless ghouls who murdered the economy still walking around (not to mention that sociopathic sadist Bernie Madoff?) — and not as perps? Bring on the shackles. Let the show trials begin." -- Maureen Dowd

Lux Interior -- RIP


Our pal Aeswiren has a beef with the Pope...

"Days after welcoming back to the church a bishop who denies the Holocaust existed, Pope Benedict has sparked controversy again for promoting a controversial Austrian ultra-conservative cleric. Gerhard Maria Wagner claims the Harry Potter series spreads satanism and that Hurricane Katrina was punishment for New Orleans' lax morals. "It is surely not an accident that all five of New Orleans' abortion clinics, as well as nightclubs were destroyed," said Wagner, who has been made a bishop. "It's not just any old city, but the people's dream city with the best brothels and the most beautiful whores."Source: Guardian (UK)So the people dream of really good brothels and beautiful whores? Yeah, well now and then, maybe. At least the male half of the people. Then again just maybe, uptight catholic clerics condemned to official chastity for life, actually spend more of their time dreaming about the "best brothels and beautiful whores."Question: how long will humanity allow weird men with weird sex hangups run these old religions? Whether it's mad mullahs, insane imams or pederastic priests, the tone of this psychodrama is all very obvious."

Like Bob said – “limited in sex they dare to push fake morals, insult and stare” (Click here)


“Take courage in the words of the immortal Che. ‘Whenever death may surprise us, let it be welcome if our battle cry has reached even one receptive ear and another hand reaches out to take up our arms.’”


My Buddy Holly story (actually from 1975) has now posted, just a tad late, on RBP/Yahoo. Click here and enjoy.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009


I was delighted to mark Buddy Holly Day with this grainy picture of the man on stage at the Gaumont in Wolverhampton, England and some anonymous reminiscing that went with it.

“I was at the Gaumont when Buddy Holly and the Crickets played there. It was in early 1958 and it was one concert which I really looked forward to since I had bought all of his early records, in fact That'll Be The Day was my very first record. I bought it from the Voltic for 6s 7d (33p). His performance was great."

"I sat upstairs in the circle for the Buddy Holly concert. I think the ticket cost something like five shillings (25p), maybe a little bit more. It was in February or March 1958 which could only have been a matter of weeks after he first made the charts."

"That performance by Buddy Holly at the Gaumont determined me and a couple of mates that we must start a group to recapture that sound. We did start a group but we never achieved anything like the Crickets. I even saw him in Birmingham as well."

I was told that an ancient retrospective on Buddy Holly that I wrote for NME back in punk rock 1977, when the two sevens clashed, would post on the Rock’s Back Pages, Yahoo blog, but so far it hasn’t appeared. If it doesn’t, maybe I’ll post the whole thing. Now click here if you know what’s good for you.

The secret words are Rave On



Happening across the faux-furor that the London News Of The World attempted to create by publishing a party snap of swim-meet golden boy Michael Phelps sucking on a bong, reminded me that, 42 years ago, it was the same News Of The World that ran the muck-racking expose of The Rolling Stones’ drug recreations that led to the notorious Redlands bust and jail sentences for Jagger and Richards that were quickly reversed when public opinion swung behind the two musicians. The absurdity/obscenity is really that so little has changed in all those years, while hundreds of thousands - if not millions - have been jailed or had their lives ruined by law enforcement. How long do we have to go on belaboring the painfully obvious? On July 24th, 1967 a group called SOMA ran a full page in The Times of London with the headline “the law against marijuana is immoral in principle and unworkable in practice.” A lifetime later, the totally absurd debate is still going on. It’s tired, it’s weary, it’s asinine. Barack Obama is cautiously ignoring the whole question. Okay, so he has a shit-load of problems on his plate, but the legalization and taxation of dope could be a massive, depression-easing source of revenue. It could also end the war in Afghanistan. (But that’s a thesis I’m still working on.) Click here for more.



Monday, February 02, 2009


My infected hand seems to have recovered enough to type a little in time for Groundhog Day, and to reflect upon how the rodent currently know as Punxsutawney Phil saw his own shadow, which supposedly indicates six more weeks of winter. Not good news for London which I hear is paralyzed by four inches of snow.

Oh yeah, I also have a post on Yahoo News about the music at the Obama Inauguration. Click here.

You’ll either get the joke or you won’t. The only clue is “I Got You Babe”.


This story should have been posted two days ago because our pal Faux Smoke wanted to remind us all that it was the second anniversary of one of the greatest pieces of stupidity ever perpetrated by the Department of Homeland Security.

“On January 31, 2007, a bomb scare occurred when police officers mistakenly identified small electronic devices found throughout Boston and the surrounding cities of Cambridge and Somerville as improvised explosive devices. The devices turned out to be battery-powered LED placards with an image of a cartoon character called a "mooninite". The placards were part of a guerrilla marketing campaign for Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters, a film based on the animated TV series Aqua Teen Hunger Force (ATHF) on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim late-night programming block.” (Click for the whole story)

The secret word is Recovering

John Martyn -- RIP