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Samson the Supreme & Delilah the Delightful

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 30, 2018 06:31pm | Post a Comment

Delilah

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show

"Delilah got in action, Delilah did her kootch
She gave him satisfaction and he fell 'neath her spell,
With the aid of love and hootch"
~ "Sam and Delilah" (1931) by Duke Ellington

There have been many songs and movies about the Nazarite stud-muffin and that saucy, seductive gal from Sorek. Popular groups whose music makes my ears cringe like...uggg...Queen, Grateful Dead, and The Cranberries have all sung about the famous story of romance and betrayal. Me, I'd rather put a quarter in the jukebox for Nat King Cole's "Song of Delilah" or Tom Jones' 1967 hit, "Delilah" (which has stabbing murder lyrics like a Johnny Cash song).



On the tropical isle of Jamaica, Eric "Monty" Morris and other early ska musicians recorded songs in the '60s about the Biblical dysfunctional duo too.

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Monster Birds & Turkey à la King Rock n' Roll

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 22, 2018 12:40am | Post a Comment

Giant Claw. Happy Thanksgiving.

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show

"Come on baby, I need gravy...
Gimmie, gimmie, gimmie, give me gravy tonight!"
~ Lyrics from Dee Dee Sharp's song "Gravy" (sequel to "Mashed Potato Time")

Are you already day-dreaming of gnawing on a turkey leg like a frenzied barbarian warrior like I am? We Giant Clawmay not be eating lobster, deer, ducks, clams, and berries like they did in 1621, but we now have Great Aunt Nora's famous oyster stuffing. If there is one holiday that my growling torso-cave desires yearly, it's the Day of Thanks. Did you get stuck watching the Macy's parade and listening to horrible dentist office digestive jazz at your Mother-in-Law's last year? Well, here are my suggestions to add some spice to the day if you are hosting this year...for he who controls the Spice, controls the Universe!

First, we need some big birds on the boob-tube playing all day long. I'm not talking about Follow that Bird (starring John Candy and Dave Thomas), I'm talking about THE GIANT CLAW! Let it be noted, that the producers of Rodanthe film originally planned to use a stop-motion model created by Ray Harryhausen, but they lacked the moolah at the last minute so they used this amazingly creepy marionette for the bird. Also, if you look closely, a flying saucer can be seen in Grand Central Terminal during the giant bird's attack on New York City, as they used stock footage from Earth vs. the Flying Saucers for this movie. I like to think both alien invasion and giant bird attacks happened at the same time. This 1957 classic should almost be played on repeat, much like Darby O'Gill and the Little People should be on Saint Patrick's Day, however I got a few more choice feathered flicks for you to add for this Super Feast Thursday.

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Dipping Your Toes in the Flame of Life

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 29, 2018 05:36pm | Post a Comment

SHE, RKO

SheBy Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show

"I am yesterday, and today, and tomorrow. I am sorrow, and longing, and hope unfulfilled. I am Hash-A-Mo-Tep. She. She who must be obeyed! I am I."
~She, Queen Hash-A-Mo-Tep of Kor

It was during my time at Ahwahnee Junior high, in a charming California town named after ash trees, that the signs started appearing to me. The first sign was watching Nancy Kwan in her luxurious bath, rubbing her aging, yet mysteriously young looking body with Oriental Pearl Cream during the commercial breaks on channel 53.

The second sign, was being repeatedly zapped by Commander Borf's “Infanto Ray” and turning into a young Space Ace going through puberty at the Festival Game Palace.

The third sign was when I did a report in history on Ponce de Leon searching for the Fountain of Youth.

Then, still at age 13, I bought a cassette of the Hoodoo Gurus and first heard their song "SHE."



It was an epic fantasy love ballad that's lyrics I did not quite understand...and it would not be for another 20 years that I would put the connection of that song with H. Rider Haggard’s novel of the same name, after watching the 1945 version of the film, She, directed by the great Merian C. Cooper of King Kong fame. (And it would be 30 years after getting that tape, that I would find out the singer, Dave Faulkner, was the singer for the inspirational, late-70’s punk band The Victims.)

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The Coral Castle of Love

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 28, 2018 08:36pm | Post a Comment

Coral Castle

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show

"Built a moon,
For a rocking chair,
I never guessed it would
Rock her far from here.
Oh, oh, oh..."
~ "Sweet Sixteen," lyrics by Billy idol

In the land of Key lime pies and conch fritters, there is a little plot of land where Edward Leedskalnin Coral Castlewould mysteriously and single-handedly sculpt his rock castle from 1923-1951. Some folks claimed Ed used reverse magnetism and even supernatural mental-powers to move the giant stones...the very same powers that were perhaps used to build the pyramids of Egypt and erect the ancient megaliths of the British Isles (I wish I had these powers just to take out my trash cans Monday nights). Edward's creation would become known to all as the Coral Castle.

It is said that before leaving his home country of Latvia for the Sunshine State, Edward (who was was 26 at the time) was ditched at the alter by Agnes, his 16-year-old fiancée. Ed would reminisce about her for the rest of his life, always referring to her as his "Sweet Sixteen." In 1986, Billy Idol would write his tragic love song, "Sweet Sixteen," inspired after watching "The Castle of Secrets," an episode of Leonard Nimoy's In Search Of, based on Edward and his Coral Castle. If you still do not own the In Search Of DVD box set with all six seasons, then that is a shame. Go forth and invest in that treasure box, for it is pure wisdom!

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Some Vikings for my Liking

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, June 11, 2018 07:20pm | Post a Comment

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show

The Vikings"Across the rainbow bridge of Asgard,
Where the booming heavens roar.
You'll behold in breathless wonder,
The God of Thunder, Mighty Thor!"
~ The Mighty Thor theme from the 1966 cartoon

When I was a kid of just 10 years old, I would ride my Huffy down to the docks with my crab net on my back and spend the day hauling up rock crabs to later throw in a boiling cauldron before having a feast with my nutcracker. This is not the case for Tony Curtis in The Vikings (1958) in which he is sentenced to death by being tied in a low pool to be eaten alive by crabs.

In my humble opinion, this movie is the best Viking movie to this day. I mean, it's a no-brainer, Kirk Douglas has one eye and seeks revenge, and Ernest Borgnine is his dad, drinking out of a horn ...and it's narrated by Orson Welles!

If you live near Bagdad by the Bay, you can see The Vikings on the big screen at the historic Balboa Theatre in San Francisco this coming Wednesday, June 13th at 7:30pm and also buy it on DVD or Blu-ray at Amoeba and keep it in your Odin's Treasure Vault at home.

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