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I had forgotten how it felt the first time I saw old videos of…
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By Johnny Rollerfeet's Echo Chamber - Last updated: Wednesday, August 4, 2010

I had forgotten how it felt the first time I saw old videos of The Runaways on late night TV. I’m falling in love again.

I was 11 in early 1982, sneaking into the living room to watch bootleg satellite video of Rock and Roll that would have crushed my conservative parents if they knew. Joan Jett had a #1 hit with “I Love Rock and Roll” from March until May, and freshly-launched MTV would play that video during the day. (I  turned 12 while the song was holding the #1 spot.) Then at night, during their more subversive programming, MTV would slip in live concert videos, including The Runaways in Japan. Every one of the band members was hot and powerful, and I was totally smitten.

The movie The Runaways — based on Cherie Currie’s book, Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway, and executive produced by Joan Jett — is out on Blu-Ray. Watching it last night I realized that Cherie was the eye candy for the band, but I mostly had eyes for Joan. My 11 year old eyes were affixed to any band member on screen, but at the sight of Joan my heart would pound loud enough to drown out the TV volume, set very low so my parents wouldn’t hear.

I’m obsessed again but now I have an income and don’t have to worry about breaking my parents’ hearts by listening to the devil’s music. I just bought The Best Of The Runaways and iTunes Essentials: Joan Jett. I’m watching a ton of Runaways videos on YouTube, and tonight I’ll be watching the 2004 documentary by bassist Vikki Blue called Edgeplay – A Film About The Runaways.

There should be more room in this world for girls who rock, because it is one of the most entrancingly beautiful and powerful things that exists.

(video from The Runaways – Queens Of Noise . /via CherieO)

YouTube represent!  Now put your hands up! Why do I like these…
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By Johnny Rollerfeet's Echo Chamber - Last updated: Friday, June 18, 2010

YouTube represent!  Now put your hands up!

Why do I like these nerd parodies more than the originals?  Seriously, I wouldn’t listen to the original of this song other than to see Katy Perry ski pole with the whip cream bikini*, and I didn’t care for Owl City’s “Fireflies” until that Harry Potter parody from All Caps.

(video from California Dorks (Parody of Katy Perry’s California Gurls) by Skyway Flyer (via jasonmundaymusic))

* …well, that, the side boob, and partial nudity.

My Father, The Musician
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By etrigan - Last updated: Sunday, June 21, 2009

For most of my life, I thought of my mother as the musical parent. She played both guitar and piano, checked out albums when we made trips to the library, and was always singing. During the holidays, she was the one who went to sing and play in the folk-music circle at a friend’s house. […]

Live Music Complaint From Live Music Task Force Member
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By etrigan - Last updated: Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Props to the Austin American Statesman for putting the audio from “the 911 call”:http://is.gd/14xV5 that “shut down Shady Grove”:http://www.rollerfeet.com/backporchbeer/2009/06/12/4533/ on their website (Austin360). The audio even includes the caller giving his name. I can empathize with Mr. Trainer since the music does seem pretty loud, but when you live just across the street, and up […]

Liz Phair – “Cinco de Mayo”
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By etrigan - Last updated: Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Yeah, yeah, this is not a particularly original post today, but <sigh>

“La Mer”, Charles Trenet
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By etrigan - Last updated: Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Sometimes “West Whim doesn’t quite get it right”:http://westwhim.com/post/100277314/beyond-the-sea and the french do. ==   ==

15 Albums
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By etrigan - Last updated: Monday, March 2, 2009

I like this meme — that I perpetuated on Facebook — so I’m copying it here. What I like are the instructions that no one seems to follow. So I will paraphrase the part that I think is important, and then call out Photi and Jank, insisting that they follow the heart of the meme […]

2008 Music
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By k-pho - Last updated: Wednesday, January 28, 2009

What I got that was good, if not better than good: M83 Saturdays = Youth. My favorite of the year. John Hughes 80’s nostalgia in an easily digested musical format that anyone of an age will be unable to resist swallowing whole. Headlights Some Racing, Some Stopping.  Nice follow-up to Kill Them With Kindness. Guitar […]

Didgeridoo Park
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By etrigan - Last updated: Wednesday, April 30, 2008

There were several “only in New York” moments (like the tiny trained cat and dog show off Times Square) but the only one I caught on video was this dude in a suit playing his didgeridoo sitting in a barred park. ====

SXSW and Friends
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By etrigan - Last updated: Friday, March 14, 2008

Yeah, I’m one of “_those Austinites_”:http://austinist.com/2008/03/07/box_and_horn_gr.php who came here *~¡~* all the way back in 1992 *~¡~* and I was sick of “SouthBy” before it even started last week. You wouldn’t believe how many skinny boys in pencil jeans with 80’s hairdos were wandering around downtown yesterday evening looking _so_ much cooler than me. Still, […]