kshandra: Close-up of a single lit candle against a black background (Candle)
This was the only response I could come up with this morning when [personal profile] gridlore greeted me with the news that Greg Ham was dead.



I have a quintessentially child-of-the-80s story to tell about this video, or rather the special from which it came. It was being broadcast on HBO, which we couldn't afford, and nobody I knew owned a VCR yet - we certainly didn't.

We did own a radio, however. And KFOG was simulcasting the special in stereo... I held onto that cassette, with the ad carefully cut out of TV Guide and glued to a piece of typing paper I had cut to fit in the case, for years - long after I actually owned anything I could play it in.

I actually found a site a couple of months ago that is selling DVD transfers of the special for $10, and while I know it's little better than a bootleg bought out of the back of someone's car, I was tempted to get it then, and moreso now.
kshandra: "80's Child" in hot pink on black background (80s Child)
Last night I had the remarkable good fortune (courtesy of one of the people I met through Floating City last year) of seeing Thomas Dolby's 7pm set at the Red Devil Lounge in SF. Some of you may have seen me screaming about it on Twitter. ;-)

The setlist:

Commercial Breakup
One of Our Submarines
The Flat Earth
Evil Twin Brother
17 Hills
I Scare Myself
Road To Reno
ToadLickers
I Love You Goodbye
Fieldwork
Europa and the Pirate Twins
Airhead
Hyperactive
She Blinded Me with Science

Encore:
Silk Pyjamas
Spice Train

***

My comment on Twitter last night was that TMDR had clearly taken a core sample of my brain and played all the songs I have ever loved. I'd told folks at dinner before the show that I listened to Evil Twin Brother for a solid hour one night a few weeks ago; doing the math on the runtime this morning, I realize it was more like two. Getting to hear 17 Hills at all was a thrill (17 Hills was the name of the tribe I'd been sorted into for Floating City; I'd told my tribemates ages ago that I would be an absolute wreck the first time I heard it live, and sure enough I was); knowing that it was the first-ever live performance of the song was unbelievably awesome. (I posted the setlist and this commentary earlier this morning to the Facebook group my tribe put together after the main portion of the game ended; one of the folks there pointed out that it was only right that 17 Hills debut here, as the song was written in and inspired by SF.*) I was still recovering from that when he started I Scare Myself, which I frankly never expected to hear in concert. And then to get I Love You Goodbye (which remains one of the greatest songs he's ever written, IMO) and Europa later in the set...joy. Simply joy.

And here I am, trying to write about the sublime and only sounding ridiculous, so I'll just be over in the corner flailing for a while. ;-)

* According to the story TMDR told last night, he was windsurfing out in the Bay when the wind went absolutely still. So there he is, sitting on the board, and the tide is starting to go out, and the fog is rolling in...and he looks behind him and sees Alcatraz lurking there, and all the words just started coming together.

And it's stories like this, and his recollection of being grilled on the factual inaccuracies in I Love You Goodbye in a live phone interview (for which he had slept through his alarm clock, since he was here and they were in New Orleans), and all the other little personal touches that make live music such a delight for me.
kshandra: "80's Child" in hot pink on black background (80s Child)
Thomas Dolby was the guest on Thursday's episode of CNET's Buzz Out Loud podcast, talking about A Map of the Floating City.

http://www.cnet.com/8301-19709_1-20077644-10/buzz-out-loud-1505-thomas-dolby-blinds-us-with-genius-podcast/

The relevant bit runs from about 12:45-19:26, if you're in a hurry.

And now, the shameless begging. ;-) There's been a recent recalibration of the scoring in-game, accounting for the people who sign up and never log in again, and my tribe has gone from first to fourth in the rankings. As you might guess, this has been a little disheartening.

HOWEVER.

For the next 7 days the Floating City G.O.Ds are temporarily DOUBLING the rewards we get every time someone we invite joins the game. So if I haven't worn you down yet, and you've been thinking about checking it out, please do so now!
kshandra: "80's Child" in hot pink on black background (80s Child)
How did I not know about this before now?!

http://www.onestepbeyondreunion.com/

(Link courtesy of one of my Floating City tribemates. </not exactly shameless plug>)
kshandra: Mock Scrabble board square reading "Triple Nerd Score" (Triple Nerd Score)


If you sign up, I get points and a reputation bonus. My tribe has been consistently #1 or #2 in the standings, and I would REALLY love to get to the concert at the end, so even if you don't wind up staying active, check it out, please?
kshandra: "80's Child" in hot pink on black background (80s Child)
Darkness falls across the land
The midnight hour is close at hand
Creatures crawl in search of blood
To terrorize y'alls neighborhood

The foulest stench is in the air
The funk of forty thousand years
And grizzly ghouls from every tomb
Are closing in to seal your doom

And though you fight to stay alive
Your body starts to shiver
For no mere mortal can resist
The evil of the thriller


May you find the peace you so lacked in this life, Michael.
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (IWantItNow)
So I can buy this )
kshandra: The stylized 7 sigil that featured in the "New Moon On Monday" video (Duran Duran)
...at the very least....

...a brilliant animated series starring Duran Duran as agents of New W.A.V.E.

Not only hysterical, but it's netted me a new friend in the process! *waves at [livejournal.com profile] mice*

Damn, but I need to find a cleaner copy of this icon....
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lyricspam in lieu of content )
kshandra: "80's Child" in hot pink on black background (80s Child)
It's 1983 on 10@10 today.

Dave opened with "Union of the Snake" - and went into "Europa and the Pirate Twins."

Pardon me while I dissolve in a puddle of squee.
kshandra: "80's Child" in hot pink on black background (80s Child)
I think I'm going to have to visit the Sk8rgrrl in January....

http://www.cerritoscenter.com/event_calendar/events_detail.cfm?id_event=31304408

Well, feh.

Oct. 21st, 2006 09:43 pm
kshandra: a stack of hardback books, spines facing away (Books)
I was trying to add Adam Ant's autobiography, Stand and Deliver, to my holiday wish list...but it hasn't been released domestically yet (only came out in mid-September in the UK), and I can't figure out a way to link an amazon.co.uk wish list to my main amazon.com account.

So y'all know I want it now, okay?
kshandra: "80's Child" in hot pink on black background (80s Child)
Ugly Pictures brings us Album Cover Galore!, as linked to in KFOG's weekly newsletter.
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (Teh Sad)
He hasn't sold them yet.

Why, OH why, did this have to come up in a week where I'm worried about just getting the rent paid?
kshandra: "80's Child" in hot pink on black background (80s Child)
I used to have most, if not all, of these two CD collections, painstakingly acquired one-by-one through Time/Life - and then had to replace half of them when my CD case was stolen in SeaTac in '98. We wound up selling all of them at one point for grocery money in dribs and drabs; I had most of them ripped to mp3, and lost all of them when the hard drive in question tanked.

So I'm trolling Google for copies of the cover art from the series (I'm currently being anal-retentive with iTunes in my sadly copious spare time)...and I found this.

http://hartford.craigslist.org/emd/204440080.html

Anybody looking for a wintergift for me, take note....
kshandra: Cartoon of a young girl, a purple streak in her hair, at a computer; the text reads "dear blog, I HATE EVERYONE!" (I Hate Everyone)
So there was this concert on Saturday.... )

I should probably note that I'm using this particular icon for this post because [livejournal.com profile] toddandpenguin expressly requested that I wear the shirt to the concert. I did, and got several great reactions to it. I'm going to suggest to him that he add the URL to the next printing of the shirt.
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (Dolby)
The bonus track for 10@10 today?

Europa and the Pirate Twins.

It's all I can do not to crank the speakers on the 'puter and dance around the office.
kshandra: "80's Child" in hot pink on black background (80s Child)
No, really. He has this uncanny talent for playing tracks you just know it can't possibly be legal to like in this day and age...and before you know it, you're singing along to something that will embarrass both you and anyone who happens to walk in on you, and you don't care.

I've been listening to 12 Inch Retro tonight (his newest Live365 station, a spin-off - no pun intended, I swear - from Club 80s), and about half an hour ago, he busted out The Jacksons' Heartbreak Hotel - and followed it with JJ Fad's Supersonic. OMG dead.

Whee!

Jun. 6th, 2006 11:59 pm
kshandra: "80's Child" in hot pink on black background (80s Child)
Got home from New Wave Prom about half an hour ago. Had a lovely time dancing with [livejournal.com profile] iceblink, [livejournal.com profile] hopeforyou and [livejournal.com profile] supersniffles and visiting with [livejournal.com profile] spiderdust after she arrived. We all spent some time talking about the possibility of planning a bi night at the club like the one [livejournal.com profile] insomnia helped arrange there several years ago, throwing around names, etc.

I'm still a little surprised that I was there for two hours and didn't hear a single Duran Duran song, but I did get the DJ to follow Pet Shop Boys' "Opportunities" with ABC's "(How to be a) Zillionaire," so I certainly wasn't disappointed in the music by any stretch of the imagination. And I got petted by a pretty bellydancer. Yay.

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