February 8, 2005

Talking back to 80s music, 42

Uh huh.  And I’m hot for the counter girl at Heavenly Ham.  What’s your point? 

“Hot for Teacher,” Van Halen

Posted by Jeff G. @ 5:39am
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  1. The point is he’s got it bad, so bad.  Aren’t you even listening?

  2. Jeff, that one was so obvious even I got it. Dude, you’re slipping.

  3. I like to throw y’all a bone from time to time. Lure you into a sense of complacency.  Then, BAM!  Break out the Icicle Works B sides.

  4. I demand a return to semipopular British ‘80s post-punk, art-rock, and new wave.  There’s just no reason to not be knocking out mad crazy references to Joy Division/New Order, Bauhaus, XTC (unless it’s that awful “Dear God” claptrap), Elvis Costello, Squeeze, or even some of that slick ‘80s King Crimson stuff. Heck, even some ‘80s cheese pop would be nice.

    Though it’s nice to see the return of “Talking Back To ‘80s Music” anyway – it occurred to me recently that I hadn’t seen an installment in quite some time.

    Turing word: “money,” in honor of Eddie Money’s “Two Tickets To Paradise.”

  5. Those were the real days of Van Halen.  Apparently, David Lee Roth is now hot for ambulances.

  6. Try talkin’ back to Keith Emerson with The Nice, circa mid-to-late-sixties.

  7. No comprende, it’s a riddle.

  8. My teachers were all bow-legged sows. With glasses.

  9. PAUL CARRACK IS MY MASTER!

  10. I told you I haven’t like Vangelis since Dave left.

  11. School’s out forever.

  12. Now…my first grade teacher…she was hot.

  13. Yeah Jeff B – I like King Crimson – with Trey Gunn on touch guitar is like way ahead of their time – but Adrian Belew has got to be the ugliest front man in the history of music – great musician though. I have a DVD of them performing in Japan in like 2001 – one of my faves.

    If you go a little farther back there was a Broadway musical called ‘The Girl Behind the Counter’ – most of us would associate the music with the old ‘Dr. Pepper time’ song. If you’ve got midi on your box you can here it here.

    Cute lyrics:

    Shine little glow-worm, glimmer, glimmer

    Shine little glow-worm, glimmer, glimmer

    Lead us lest too far we wander

    Love’s sweet voice is calling yonder

    Shine little glow-worm, glimmer, glimmer

    Hey, there don’t get dimmer, dimmer

    Light the path below, above

    And lead us on to love!

    Glow little glow-worm, fly of fire

    Glow like an incandescent wire

    Glow for the female of the species

    Turn on the AC and the DC

    This night could use a little brightnin’

    Light up you little ol’ bug of lightnin’

    When you gotta glow, you gotta glow

    Glow little glow-worm, glow

    Glow little glow-worm, glow and glimmer

    Swim through the sea of night, little swimmer

    Thou aeronautical boll weevil

    Illuminate yon woods primeval

    See how the shadows deep and darken

    You and your chick should get to sparkin’

    I got a gal that I love so

    Glow little glow-worm, glow

    Glow little glow-worm, turn the key on

    You are equipped with taillight neon

    You got a cute vest-pocket *Mazda*

    Which you can make both slow and *fazda*

    I don’t know who you took a shine to

    Or who you’re out to make a sign to

    I got a gal that I love so

    Glow little glow-worm, glow

    Glow little glow-worm, glow

    Glow little glow-worm, glow

    Glow little glow-worm, glow !!

    And of course the lyrics have been altered for the more modern era:

    Glow little gold-bug,

    gleam and glitter,

    While many watch you,

    bruised and bitter.

    Lost all their money

    in the market,

    Now in mourning

    for their fiat,

    departed!

    Glow little gold-bug,

    gleam and glitter,

    Leaving gold dust,

    where ere you flitter,

    You have no need

    of being told,

    what is ore, isn’t,

    fool’s gold!

    Glow little gold-bug,

    brightly burning,

    For techs and dot. coms

    you have no yearning,

    All forms of hot tips,

    gently spurning.

    Leaving to others,

    a costly lesson,

    in the learning!

    Glow little gold-bug,

    excite your atoms,

    Coruscate them

    in intricate patterns,

    You have no secrets

    you must not show,

    So, glow little gold-bug, glow!

    And believe it or not – JWebb had nothing to do with any of this. But I think he’ll take us up on this: Start with – Glow little Goldstein …

  14. I’m more of a Difford & Tillbrook man myself (Difford’s the one with the nasal voice who sings “Black Coffee In Bed,” right?).  Carrack was great on “Tempted,” but he only joined Squeeze on that album (and not the classic ones before it)…and I find it hard to forgive the voice behind Mike + Mechanics’ “The Living Years.” (Keep in mind that Genesis is perhaps my favorite band of all time, so the betrayals of taste by Michael Rutherford and Phil Collins sting like finding your girlfriend moonlightning as a bukkake porn specialist.)

    Turing word: “running” as in “Silent Running.”

  15. Arrgh.  The above post was in response to CraigC’s PAUL CARRACK IS MY MASTER! statement.

  16. I’m hot for the sweet potato casserole at Heavenly Ham.

  17. Eddie Money once said,

    “I used to tour for chicks.  Now I tour for living room furniture.”

    TV (Harry)

  18. Glen Tillbrook sang “Black Coffee In Bed”. He was the singer on most of their songs. Chris Difford sang “Cool For Cats”. If you remember what they looked like, Difford was the somewhat big guy with dark hair, and Tillbrook was a little shorter and had blonde hair.

    Squeeze was a great band and Difford and Tillbrook were a great songwriting duo. They were sometimes called “a poor man’s Lennon and McCartney”, which was meant as a compliment.

  19. Squeeze were definitely an underappreciated band.  Their first album is awful (blame their overrated-in-all-ways producer John Cale, who wanted to package them as an androgynous glam-punk group and forced them to throw out all the songs they brought to the studio and write new ones on the spot), but Cool For Cats, Argybargy, and East Side Story are all great, well-written modern pop-rock albums.  “Up The Junction” and “Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)” in particular deserve to be cherished by any fan of the era, alongside the more well-known “Tempted” and “Black Coffee.”

  20. Jeff B.

    Actually I like the guys frome Squeeze a lot, too.  The Carrack line was just me desperately searching for a funny semi-arcane 80’s reference.  Just shows why these things should be left to the professionals.

    I do like Carrack, though.  BTW, was there anyone he didn’t sing with at one time or another? 

    Couldn’t agree more about “The Living Years.” Dreck.

  21. Oh, yeah, and me trotting out the “so-and-so-is-my-master” thing one more time.  Sheesh.  I need bed rest.

  22. My community college French language teacher did the print ads for the gym her husband owned.

    Turing word: course

  23. Yes, but how do you feel about the “elderly woman behind the counter in a small town?”

  24. No bedrest CC!

    MUST SUSTAIN THREADS!

    Threadcount to mantain, here.

  25. Hey, Jeff:

    It’s me again.

    Good to see this feature back. Now, if only you could somehow COMBINE “Talking Back To ‘80’s music” with the Martha Stewart thing, that’d be cool.

    Just kidding.

  26. Ah, Songs in the Key of Life in a Northern Town.  Or is it the Walk of Life During Wartime?

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  30. Love Elvis Costello I have a collection of his albums before but a friend of mine borrowed it and didn’t return it.

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  33. CONFIRMED: The Oroya PERÚ is the city most Polluted of the world

    Dr. Godofredo Arauzo

    Blacksmith Institute visited the Oroya city in May 2008. The observations about the achievements in the pollution by this metallurgic complex, according to statements of The Inter American Association for the Defense of the Environment (AIDA) by its name in Spanish.are DECEIVING, because such statements have no basis; is a summary presented by Doe Run. AIDA sustain that the environmental quality and the fulfillment or the degree of protection for human health of the Oroya city can not be evaluated based on the quantity of investment made by the company but it should be done based on the current data about the quality of air, lead level in the blood and another environmental and health indicators, that the report does not take into account (1).
    Critic that Blacksmith is based on limited datum in order to evaluate, for example, the sulphur bioxide (SO2) level in the zone. Blacksmith Institute affirms that the SO2 concentration in the Oroya city has a day time average of 5.000 ug/m3 (maximum allowed is 13 ug/m3) (CDC); but during the day that Blacksmith was in the Oroya, the SO2 concentration was 0.(1)
    Finally AIDA concludes that the Blacksmith report undermines the efforts to really reach the remediation and cleaning of Oroya city (1)
    AIDA express too that the quality of air in the Oroya has deteriorated seriously after the metallurgic complex came into Doe Run’s hands. Doe Run itself said that the lead concentration raised to 1.163%, the arsenic to 606% and the cadmium to 1990% (2). The concentrations of lead, cadmium, arsenic, sulphur dioxide and others have substantially increased since 1997, mainly due to the increasing of production; for example, the lead production raised 25% (3). The inhabitants of Oroya city are contaminated by a toxic cocktail (4); it is a living laboratory.
    The cadmium concentration (Cd) raised dramatically since the acquisition of the complex by Doe Run. In 1999 the Cd concentration was 0.22 ug/m3 in the Syndicate (the level allowed was 0.0055 ug/m3); it surpassed by more than 40 times the frontier and did not inform anymore to the Ministry for Mines and Energy (MEM) since year 2000; in the same way, the arsenic concentration soared meaningly since 1997. There is not monitoring of particulate material smaller than 2.5 micra (PM 2.5), that are the most dangerous to human health and move easily. Ceverstav says that the parameters of air quality have been deteriorated dramatically after Doe Run have in charge of the complex (5)
    The Environment Protection Agency of USA (EPA), has 1467 chemical compounds registered as the most harmful and the sulphur dioxide (SO2) is ranking number 16 in dangerousness (6). Cevestav showed based on the same figures that Doe Run sends to MEM every 3 months, that SO2 emission had incremented in more than 200% since Doe Run has in charge the complex (5).
    Blacksmith affirms that the SO2 concentration in the Oroya is in average 5,000 ug/m3 (1); another author reports that this average is 934 ug/m3 (2); the level allowed is 13 ug/m3 (7). The day time concentration is higher between 8 am and 5 pm and it reaches a peak of 2,100 ppb (the allowed value is 280 ppb) (5). In August 13. 2008 the SO2 concentration arrived to an historic and horrifying limit: 27,000 ug/m3 (8-9-10) (the allowed figure is 13 ug/m3 (7).
    Another heavy metals and highly toxic compounds are not analysed in the Oroya: vanadium, uranium, mercury, antimony, barium, selenium, chromium, cobalt, molybdenum, nickel, and aluminum (2). The inhabitants of the Oroya are contaminated, not only with lead but too with cadmium, arsenic, sulphur dioxide, and antimony, as well; the antimony concentration is 30 times higher than in USA (11): .
    There has not been any decrease in the air concentration of lead in the last 5 years in the Oroya; in Huanchan such concentration is above 15 times the level permitted; in the months of January and February 2007 it was an excess of 245% above the allowed level in Huanchan station; in 2006 the cadmium concentration exceeded 48 times the levels allowed by the WHO (12): lead production increased by 25% (2).
    Doe Run monitors only specific sources; it does not monitor the toxic agents that are emitted through the 95 small chimneys neither it monitors to the deposits of concentrateds and deposits to arsenic of Vados and Malpaso, as it does not monitor either the elimination coming from the industrial incinerator and the cock plant that was emitting 23,800 meters cubits per day of toxic gases (PAMA).
    Doe Run explained that the pollution of the Oroya had diminished; one attendant person spitted that the pollution has increased; the lecturer answered: show me a document about your statement and the person replied: the best document who I count of is my contaminated body’ (4).
    The SO2 emissions from the cooper Peruvian smelting are among the production sources of the highest sulphur dioxide concentration in the world and they are also among the most contaminated production sources in the world (13).
    There is not concrete information about the quality control systems to the sampling and to the analysis of the monitoring procedure used by the company; we are not certain about the accuracy, confidentiality and suitable of the information reported to MEM; the figures reported to MEM could be considered as an approximation and are under valuated and they are not in electronic neither in graphic form (5).
    The contamination generated in La Oroya is not only limited to this city, but it also pollutes distant areas like Concepcion, 100 km far away of Oroya: University of Missouri found lead in the blood of children with ages 0 to 6 years: 20 to 44 ug/dl in the 72.22% ; 10 to 19 ug/dl in the 16.67%; 45 to 69 ug/dl in the 8.33% and less than 10 ug/dl in the 2.78%; it means that the 97.22% of the children of the city of Conception are contaminated with more than 10 ug/dl of lead in their blood; the amount permitted was 10 ug/dl; but, at present the Academy of Paediatrics of USA says that the maximum allowed is 0 ug/dl of lead in the blood (14). In the rural zone near the Oroya, Cuchimachay there is an amount of 59.26 ppm (the allowed level being 3 ppm) of cadmium in the soil; there is no vegetal cap in this place (15).
    The metallurgic complex of Oroya has 37 liquid flows that go to the Mantaro river; Doe Run monitors only 12. The rules of the Peruvian state about monitoring of the quality of water in the mining works state that all the liquid discharges that go to surface waters must be constantly monitored (5-16).
    The 2006, 26 July Doe Run obtained the ISO 14001:2004 certificate (17) and the 2008, 11 March was removed because the company did not fulfull the Peruvian environmental laws, and did not have appropriate measures for preventing the pollution (18).
    Doe Run the 2007 commited 4 heavy and 1 simple violence environment that the Peruvian state had to put to Doe Run a fine to $ 724,500 (The Comercio 08. 20-12)
    In Huancayo, 120 km far away from La Oroya there is jurisprudence. In 1942 the Judiciary Power orders to the Cerro de Pasco Copper Corporation, owner of Oroya at that time, to pay a compensation of $ 200,000 to Bazo Velarde, because of the harms caused to the Jatunhuasi Livestock, by the smokes of the Oroya (19).
    The Judiciary Power (20), the Constitutional Court (21) and the Inter American Commission for Human Rights (CIDH, for its name in Spanish) (22), demanded that the Peruvian state to be aware about the health of the inhabitants of Oroya..
    Oroya pollutes the surface and deep waters, the soil, the air, and generates acid rain (23), factors that cause damages to human and animal health, the ecosystems and biodiversity, in a way greatly irreversible. The smokes of the Oroya have affected 700,000 hectares around the Oroya (2-24).
    Doe Run will reduce its contamination in two circumstances: when it uses up to date technology as put in practice in Herculeanum, or when it reduces the refining tons. The Trial plant, in Canada, decreased in 25% the lead concentration in the children blood, and reduced the concentration of heavy metals in the air in more than 75%, by the use of clean technology; in the Paso when the foundry was closed, the lead concentration in the air decreased immediately and the lead concentration in the children’s blood plummeted by more than 75%; in Torreón Mexico, the government ordered to refine only a 50%, and similar effects were obtained (5). The damages must be paid by Doe Run according to the world consensus THE THAT POLLUTE PAY, set in practice in Europe since 1972 (25); the way as it does in Herculaneum can reply these actions in Oroya city (2-27).
    .The 2008 August 13 Oroya city has been confirmed as the most polluted city to the world. This day the SO2 concentration in air in the Oroya reached an historical and horrifying level: as journal The Comercio said (8); it arrive 27,000 ug/m3; while the allowed level was 13 ug/m3 (7) and the device that measured the concentration got to its maximum limit probably if the device had had more space in its scale that figure would have been higher (8-9-10), but when Blacksmith was visiting the Oroya the SO2 concentration in air was 0 (zero) (1). Some other figures confirm that Oroya is the most polluted city on the earth: according the report Mantaro Revive 2007: in the Ancienty Oroya has a soil concentration of 4713 ppm of arsenic (As) while the allowed amount is 12 ppm, and the cadmium (Cd) has 193.87 ppm while the permitted amount is 14 ppm, according to the Canadian Environmental Quality Guidelines (28).

  34. I very much like counter girl at Heavenly Ham.

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