“Long live rock! I need it every night”

So do I, my darling Who. But I need my Disney animated classics, too; right now, I’m watching 101 Dalmatians because I haven’t in a while and I’ve been craving it. Truly, I need both. Seldom do the two ever cross paths, but lately they do on graphic tees…

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This take on my beloved 4th favorite band, the Who, and their classic logo and mixing it with Robin Hood is just delightful. My favorite part is “THE WHO-DE-LALLY TOUR ’73”, which is combining the two even further by referencing the classic song “Oo De Lally”. You can get this shirt and a few other rockin’ ones  from Whosits & Whatsits. What else, you ask?! Well let’s take a gander…

Next up, we have an AC/DC and Hercules mash-up; note the “HIGHWAY TO HADES”

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And then this Ramones and Snow White and the Sevens Dwarfs mash-up:

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They’re all so clever, cute, and hilarious. I think it’s a small, independent shop, so you won’t be seeing these at Macy’s or anything like that. But it’s fun to buy from small businesses like this; there’s much less of a chance that you will run into someone wearing the same shirt as you this way, since it’s relatively lesser-known.

Of course, at least one major chain store has also had the sense to combine Disney with rock and roll, and of course that’s Hot Topic.

Like this awesome, “metal” style Sleeping Beauty shirt:

And this icy-rock Alice shirt where she looks moody af:

And my favorite, but so far it’s only in mens/unisex sizes…I like more fitted and less…straight-down-shaped tees? It’s hard to describe. But whatever, I still love this faded Little Mermaid tee:

Oh, and the font style is obviously inspired by Def Leppard. Look at my own Def Leppard tee:

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And then there’s this epic one of the Beast:

I knew instantly when I saw that it was Ozzy Osbourne-inspired! I dug through my dad’s closet full of vinyl records to find proof (he doesn’t mind; what’s his is mine when it comes to music):

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Well done, Hot Topic! But…I want more!! Also, it would be awesome if they weren’t all in black. I love black, but when it comes to “band tees”, it just reminds me of my wardrobe in middle school…literally just black band shirts that didn’t fit me well because they were mens’ shirts. I like having shirts in all different colors and cuts now that actually flatter me! But, I will still buy these shirts; I can cut them up in all different ways that I have seen on Pinterest!

But wait…it doesn’t stop there!!

This is their only rock and roll Star Wars one, but I hope they make more!!

But wait….this is relevant. Look at this beautiful mash-up of Rogue One’s Jyn Erso and the late David Bowie:

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It’s by my favorite small business, BeepBoopBeepClothing, who are actually temporarily only at TeePublic at the moment.  ROGUE ONE SPOILERS…”Stardust” is Galen Erso’s sweet nickname for his daughter Jyn. And Jyn is seen here with an Aladdin Sane look as an ode to David Bowie. And “Stardust”…obviously that’s referencing his album Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

In conclusion, rock and roll is the greatest thing ever and is beautiful when blended with other things I love dearly. Does this mean that rock and roll and Disney should collide in more than just clothing?! Perhaps! After all, Lilo & Stitch had a lovely Elvis Presley soundtrack. Princess Elena of Avalor is darling with her musical story-telling:

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I am definitely excited for the next Disney Pixar film, Coco, a Dia De Los Muertos tale about a young boy who wants to be a musician despite the disapproval of his family (I know, so far it has the exact same premise as the Book of Life, BUT I WILL WAIT UNTIL I SEE IT AND GIVE IT A CHANCE TO BE DIFFERENT AND BETTER…).

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Obviously we haven’t seen any footage from this film yet, but either way, I’m excited about all of these guitars we’re getting now!

 

Mugshot Monday #11

This week’s mug is far from your ordinary mug; it’s a mini mug!!

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I acquired this beautiful Beatles mini mug while I was in Disney World earlier this summer. I swear, I don’t intend for all of my mugs to be Disney-related in some way, it just happens! I found it in a little shop in England in the Epcot park! It was in a darling Beatles corner with t-shirts, lunchboxes, puzzles, and other fun things. I did consider that this might not necessarily be a useful purchase, being a mini mug, but that didn’t stop me; I have plenty of mugs I don’t actually use that simply become decor! Also, I could not resist the way Ringo Starr looks here. I love this photo session; I’ve seen other pictures from it and Ringo looks exquisite, sexy, yet still as adorable as always. P.S. yes, I am obsessed with Ringo, he’s my favorite!

The Beatles' final photography session, Tittenhurst Park, 22 August 1969....all I have to say is look at Ringo:

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God, I love them so much. Anyway, here’s my mini mug next to my Funko Pop! figures Jaylah and Spider-Gwen for scale:

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Speaking of the Beatles, I just watched Ron Howard’s Eight Days A Week Beatles documentary on Hulu and it was amazing!! I saw an advertisement that was all like “you know the Beatles, but not like this,” or something of that vibe, and I thought to myself really, though? And I was delightfully proved wrong! I had no idea that while touring here in the United States, my darlings refused to perform in front of a segregated audience somewhere in the South (of course), and did not do the show until it was agreed that the audience would not be in sections marked by their race. It was a despicable time in America and it warms my heart to know that these men I’ve idolized my whole life took a stand against the huge injustice that was occurring. As a person of color myself (back then anyone that wasn’t white was considered colored, meaning my grandma of Mexican heritage had to use the water fountain and other things labeled for “colored” people), I found this particularly beautiful. Those men just keep giving me more reasons to love them. I will definitely be watching this many times and buy the DVD/blu-ray when it (hopefully) comes out.

Flashback Friday Album Spotlight: The Who’s A Quick One

I know, I wrote about a Who album the last time I did this, but I can’t help my love for them and all of their albums! Now this one is another early album for them, maybe about 3 years before Tommy.

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The only song I knew before discovering the album was Boris the Spider, the John Entwhistle-sung creepy little tune about a spider. At least, that’s the only song from this album I’ve heard play on classic rock radio stations over the past 20 years. I didn’t discover the true gems of this album until, of course, I was delving deep into the Who on my own. On this blu-ray I have where they discuss making Tommy, they first discuss how Pete Townshend was told to write a song nearing 10 minutes to fill the rest of this album. Pete, being the perfect musician he is, was simply baffled by this idea, considering popular songs back then were like, maybe a 2 minutes and 50 seconds long at the most. But he had that in mind; the song A Quick One While He’s Away is about 9 minutes long but it consists of different songs all put together to contribute to the same story. Before I bought the album for myself, I had watched two different versions of them performing this song. Then listening to the song on the actual album was another new experience for me, so I would absolutely recommend doing the same and listening to those two performances and then the album version…however, even though I know I’ve watched it several times before, the first one I watched from the Monterey Pop Festival is gone…so now you only get one. It’s still awesome and honestly it’s the better of the two performances. It’s from the Rolling Stones’ Rock and Roll Circus, which is actually pretty much how it sounds. That’s another DVD I recommend but that’s for another time…but right now I will tell you: unless you want to rip your ears off for fun, PLEASE skip the part when Yoko Ono performs by herself…ugh. But anyway, back to my darlings of the hour; this a fantastic performance all around, you can see just how fantastic of a band these guys were back then (with John Entwhistle and Keith Moon still alive). Watch Keith Moon absolutely slay the drums while he pulls himself backwards and honestly if he’s not the greatest drummer you have ever seen, I don’t understand you.

When my boyfriend and I saw the Who last year, they played this song and I went crazy. I adore this song and it makes me so happy, and somehow I did feel like I was the only person in my immediate surroundings that actually knew the song. Here is what the stage looked like when they performed this song:

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Gorgeous…I still get chills when I hear Pete sing “am I back in your arms, away from all harm…it’s like a dream to be with you again, can’t believe that I’m with you again,”. Partially because I imagine him singing this to me, and also I just love his sweet angel voice.

Besides the track where the album gets its’ name from, this album is wonderful to listen to all the way through, but here are my highlights:

  • Run Run Run-opening track on the album that is just fun.
  • I Need You- my favorite part about this one is that it is written and sung by Keith Moon. While a phenomenal drummer, he typically didn’t contribute many lyrics or sang a lot, so this is a lovely gem. Also, I’m pretty sure that each member was forced to contribute whole songs for the album.
  • Heatwave- yes, this is a cover, but I love their version of it. Pretty sure that this was part of simply filling in the album.
  • Doctor, Doctor- now this is another John Entwhistle contribution. While Pete Townshend of course is the primary hitmaker, everyone deserves a lot of credit. This was truly the way bands were back then; everybody contributed something. That’s when a band was truly a band. But anyway, the song… It’s a fun little tune about a paranoid man thinking he has “every sickness there is to be had”. “Doctor, doctor, doctor, make me well, I’ve not got long to go now, I can tell,”.
  • Whiskey Man- yet ANOTHER John Entwhistle song! It’s not as great as the other ones but I enjoy this ode to an imaginary friend.

As I have mentioned earlier, the whole album is worth listening to, but other noteworthy songs on there include their versions of the Batman theme and Barbara Ann. Other originals worth noting are Disguises and So Sad About Us.

Until next time, keep on rocking!!

The Who during the filming of the Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus - December 11,1968:

 

 

“Standing all alone here, in a tavern full of ghosts,”

It’s been almost two weeks ago that I was in the glorious presence of the Hollywood Vampires, who consist of Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Johnny Depp, and Alice Cooper!! And yes, I was lucky enough to see them just days before Joe Perry was hospitalized and had to leave the tour. I have talked about them before, and was so excited when I found out they were coming to Aurora, Illinois, I bought tickets as soon as they were available. And it was a fantastic show!! Not only did they do songs from their album, but they added some new songs as well. Well, not exactly new, as the whole theme of the band is honoring deceased rock stars. But, still new for them to play; they played Rebel, Rebel and Suffragette City by David Bowie and it was glorious. And while they did My Generation on the album, they performed Pinball Wizard in addition to that to honor Keith Moon and John Entwistle and it made me insanely happy. They did a fantastic version of Come Together that was honestly closer to Aerosmith’s version, quite naturally so. They also did Sweet Emotion, which was amazing, but I was mostly enraptured by my Alice Cooper playing the maracas.

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Here are some other cool shots I managed to get:

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Such a fantastic show. Just as exciting as their debut album and more!!

 

P.S. The next day, my friend and I went to a visit another dear friend of ours who lives in Chicago and we went to this darling, beautifully cultured print shop and each of us bought $5 mystery bags of goodies. I got candy, a lucky pen, lovely greeting cards, a Bernie Sanders (a sweet, sketched version of his face)  button, and….maracas!!

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They’re not all black like Alice’s, but they’re partially black! So that makes them my pretty Alice Cooper maracas.

 

 

 

“I’d like to be under the sea, in an octupus’ garden with you,”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RINGO!!! He’s been my favorite ever since I was a wee little girl just learning about the Beatles. Just look at him!!

Daww that Ringo smile:

My precious Ringo:

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I love his drumming, and I adore his voice. Even now, he is coming out with good solo stuff! You should listen to “Rory and the Hurricanes” from Postcards from Paradise, it’s absolutely delightful and a great summer tune.

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I think when I was little, I just found him to be the cutest. But as I got older, he has stayed my favorite by being the beautiful peace advocate he has been, not just in the 60’s when it was the thing to be, but even now. All he always wants, every year, for his birthday is to wish Peace and Love. What a beautiful soul.

See, this is why he is my favorite:

 

I did it at noon but didn’t get to my computer until just now, but I’m sure he appreciates it no matter when you do it!!

PEACE AND LOVE!!

 

“Wanna tell you about the girl I love, my she looks so fine”

This song has been blissfully stuck in my head for a week or two now, ever since I heard it for quite possibly the first time on the radio and the broadcaster introduced it as one of Led Zeppelin’s hidden gems. In my head, I was all like oh I probably know this. But when it came on, it felt so unfamiliar. Dare I say it, I didn’t recognize it. But then, I still had this feeling in the back of my soul like I had maybe heard it before. I still can’t say for sure if I actually knew it before that day or not. But ever since then, it keeps coming on my Pandora stations at work, which is a lovely sign that it’s clearly meant to be in my life. And being able to play my own Pandora stations at work is a very new privilege that’s been bestowed upon me by my new supervisor. I must say, it does make the day so much more pleasant. I no longer have to hear our dreaded corporate radio station, unless someone cranks it. And, adding further to this song’s clear mission to stay in my life, it just doesn’t come on my Led Zeppelin station (that I seldom play anyway; I made the mistake of letting “Whole Lotta Love” play one day and it was so awkward talking to an old man with Robert Plant having a near orgasm in the background); it comes on when I put on the Rolling Stones station, Beatles station, the Psychedelic Garage station…it’s clearly trying to grab me, and it has succeeded. Oh, forgive me; I’m talking about “Hey Hey What Can I Do” by Led Zeppelin. Not ringing a bell? Get to know it:

I love it. It’s so chill, yet still so rock and roll. Kinda bluesy, almost folksy, but it’s still Led Zeppelin. My newfound love of this song has got me thinking…do I know all of Led Zeppelin? Obviously I don’t, which is upsetting because I really thought I had a good grasp of their career. My dad has most, if not all, of their albums on vinyl, and I was particularly fond of Houses of the Holy when I was growing up. I love Dancing Days, and I also liked just looking at the album cover and reflecting on how strange it was, and how apparently it was okay for bands to have naked children on their album covers? I mean, we don’t see anything, and I’m pretty sure it’s supposed to be some other weird species rather human so they might not necessarily be children anyway. Alas, that and Physical Graffiti are the only albums besides a two-disc greatest hits compilation CD that I can remember listening to. This needs to change. New summer goal: buy all of the Led Zeppelin albums on CD (so that they can go on my iPod). Listen to all of these albums. Enjoy the enlightenment. Stay tuned for more music revelations.