As a lover of retro-futurist illustration, I recently came across a presentation (via Boing Boing) by Illustrator/Artist Bruce McCall. He does a great job of putting to words the reason I love retro-futurist art – the optimistic, over-the-top and sometimes ridiculous illustration like that found on the covers of Popular Mechanics in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. He’s also designed a few of the wittier New Yorker covers, one of which was put to animation by the talent at Smiley Guy Studios. You can watch the presentation here.
Just got home from another amazing year at the DCI World Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. I’m blown away every year by the level of marching skill and musicianship these kids show. They give up their summer to travel the country performing in the sweltering heat at a level of professional athletes. If you’re looking to support youth in music, check out Drum Corps International (DCI); we joined the Friends of DCI this year and plan to continue our support next year. Though I support all the corps, I tip my hat to Carolina Crown (below) who had a performer injured during the show. He broke his leg near the end of the show, which was heartbreaking to see. But they finished their show, “A Second Chance”, and placed 4th with a score of 95.95. Check out the entire set here.
I moved to Oklahoma City in the summer of 1993, and spent most of my “coming out” years at Angles on 39th Street. Angles was (at the time) the coolest dance club in OKC, with DJ Checkerz (Michael Chechoratti(sp?)) at the helm most nights. Checkerz got most of his music from Oaklawn Records, formerly at Commerce and Oaklawn in Dallas.
While organizing my old stuff recently, I found two Hi Energy and Progressive Top 40 lists from from Oaklawn Records, still in their original envelopes addressed to me. Coincidentally, one of the lists was from April, the month of my birthday. So no doubt I was dancing to these toons at Angles when I turned <ahem> – something something.
Now be honest… how many of you have danced to “Mr Personality” or “Cotton Eyed Joe”?
Here’s the Top 40 Hi Energy list with a few videos of my favs from the time. I’ve included links to the rest that I could find.
- The Bomb – Bucketheads
- Reach Up – Perfecto Allstars
- Lick It – Roula
- Baby, Baby – Corona
- Bedtime Story – Madonna
- Axel F – Clock
- Your Loving Arms – Billie Ray Martin
- Release Me – Industry
- You Can Have It All – Eve Gallagher
- Mr Personality – Gillette
- Can You Feel the Love Tonight – Harajuka
- You Belong to Me – JX
- These Are the Days – Human League
- Here I Go – 2 Unlimited
- Sleeping in My Car – Mobius Loop (I couldn’t find the Mobius Loop version, but here’s a pretty good version by Dancefloor Driverz feat Joana)
- Come Back – London Beat
- Bloke – Republica
- What Hope Have I – Sphinx
- Tonight is the Night – Le Click
- Hot Stuff – DJ Miko
- I’m Ready – Size 9
- Move It to the Rhythm – Technotronic
- I Only Wanna Be With You – Barry White (Dance Mix)
- Nights in White Satin – Sandra
- Always Something There to Remind Me – Tin Tin Out
- Don’t Fear the Reaper – Apollo 440
- Situation – Tom Jones
- We Got Love – One Family
- Don’t Be Proud – Cappella
- Be My Lover – La Bouche
- Keep the Fire Burning – Dan Hartman and Loleatta Hollaway
- Party People – KGB
- Keep on Trying – Twenty 4 Seven
- Love Come Rescue Me – Love Station
- I Wish – Eric Gadd
- Cotton Eyed Joe – Rednex
- Take Me Forever – Data
- You Bring me Joy – Mary J Blige
- Respect – Judy Cheeks
- The First, The Last Eternity – Snap
Here are the originals:
Cedar Springs’ Halloween street party was this past weekend, and friends Jeremy and Tician came down from OKC to join the party. A great time was had by all, even though Ticia lost her cell phone and her ID.