Is it just me or does Mama have a little bit of an Elvis snarl and some hound dog sideburns? All topped off by Priscilla’s Aqua-Netted hair-spectacular.
Ahhh, the 70s.
And if I’m not mistaken the kid in this pic fell into the chocolate river and went on to be sucked up into the Fudge Room in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Poor Augustus Gloop.
I found this pic over at Gelmania, but if you want to see plenty more of the same ilk, don’t forget to stop by Awkward Family Photos. Oy!
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Tagged 1970s, 70s, Augustus Gloop, Awkward Family Photos, Elvis, Gelmania, hair, Movies, Pop Culture, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
How many times have you heard the phrase “Don’t play with your food” blasted out into the atmosphere when dining in such luxurious eating establishments as McDonalds and Taco Bell?
If those unruly kids can create art with their fries and guacamole, I say let them play … that is as long as I’m seated far away from them.
Here’s some food art to tempt your palate and your creative eye …
A rendering of Elvis made from cheesy poofs and velvet.
For more from the Picasso of the french-fried potato, check out EclecticAsylumArt.
He paints with everything from chocolate sauce to mascara to ketchup and plastic army men.
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Tagged art, art with food, cheesy poofs, EclecticAsylumArt, Elvis, food, painting with food, velvet Elvis, velvet painting
January 8 is a hip wiggling, lip curling, scarf flinging sort of day.
It’s Elvis’ birthday.
He would have been 74 today if he’d laid off the deep fried foods and slowed up on the pill popping
What’s your favorite Elvis song?
It’s so hard to choose, but I’m a bit partial to Blue Moon of Kentucky. I think it’s the simplicity of the whole thing. It was on the flip side of his big debut – That’s All Right Mama – on Sun Records. Of course Bill Monroe does a pretty fair non-rockabilly version of the tune as well.
If you want another video of the King singing about the moon, click here for his rendition of Blue Moon.
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Tagged Bill Monroe, birthday, Blue Moon of Kentucky, Elvis, Elvis' birthday, music, Mystery Train, Rock and Roll, Rockabilly
I’ve had some new friends traveling to Memphis to visit Graceland for the first time this week. It seems they had a wonderful visit to the Jungle Room and the TV Room and the rest of the King’s property.
In honor of them, I post this video so that they can understand that Elvis is everywhere.
And I do love Mojo Nixon in all his screaming subversiveness.
And while we are on a Mojo vibe, here’s one of his “public service announcements from MTV way back when.
I think it still applies.
“It’s cool to be in Memphis.”
That’s what Japanese teenager Jun says, and I wholeheartedly agree.
I took a trip to Memphis this morning while watching Jim Jarmusch’s “Mystery Train.” I haven’t seen this flick in years and it didn’t disappoint me after our long separation.
It’s films like this from the 1980s that turned me into a movie fan. The quirky characters, the settings that could be encountered in nearly any town if you knew which street to turn down, the actors and their performances. Throw in the ghost of Elvis and some “Lost in Space” TV trivia and you can’t go wrong.
Jarmusch mixed the music, the DJ, some moans and a gunshot to tie together a non-linear story that intersected in three arcs. One review of this movie that I read described it as “An experimental film that went ‘pulp’ before ‘fiction’.”
The melancholy, muted colors and rusted signs told the tale of an economy and relationships in decline.
Elvis’ “Blue Moon” comes across as pretty mournful playing behind all three tales. The spectral King comes across both aurally and visually.
But there is humor here as well. Watching Mitsuko spark a zippo with her feet. The lipstick smeared kiss between young lovers. The tale of Elvis’ comb and its providential delivery (although the deliveryman turned out to be a bit menacing), Sam and Dave, the complimentary towels, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Room 22.
It’s all good stuff. Roger Ebert has a solid review.
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Tagged Elvis, films, Jim Jarmusch, Memphis, Movies, Mystery Train