Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Horse Head Five..."Quantum Leap" Comics

In grade school...Horse Head wanted to be an astronaut. He wanted the mad-skills of eating an entire slice of pizza in a single chomp ala Ninja Donatello.

And he also wanted to randomly "bounce through time...putting things right that once went wrong"...like Sam Beckett (and his friend, Al) in the early '90s sci-fi TV series, Quantum Leap.

So when Horse Head discovered Innovation Comics published a Quantum Leap series (1991 -1993)...he nearly "leaped" his pants.

Each comic was a complete story and almost like watching an episode...minus the commercials. The run was short...(13 issues + 1 special edition)...but they're pretty good, lightweight fare and still a fairly easy series to complete.

The Horse Head Five...

Issue #1
Sam leaps
into a female
high school
English
teacher.


Issue #2
Sam leaps
into a prison
inmate on
death row.



Issue #5
Sam leaps
into a reporter
during a
UFO
scare.


Issue #6
Sam becomes
a teenage girl
whose sister
is in
danger.


Issue #12
Sam finds
himself
pumping gas
in the
middle of nowhere.


"Carried Away" - Crosby, Stills, Nash (1977)


You came from out of the skies
Your skin and your eyes, the colors of bronze
The moon in your ear twinkled and shone
Soon you'll be gone.

Sailing out on the blue, your old man and you
Drifting along, leaving me here
Thinking it through
Soon you'll be gone.

Moving through my changes as fast as I can
Trying to bring a balance to me and the man
Part of me is screaming to say
I wannna be carried away.

From out of the skies
Your skin and your eyes, the colors of bronze
The star in your ear twinkled and shone
Soon you'll be gone.

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Casey Chambers
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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Lost Gem: "Indiscipline" - King Crimson (1981)


"I repeat myself when under stress.I repeat myself when under stress.I repeat myself when under stress."--> King Crimson <--

Seven years had passed since the legendary prog-floggers...King Crimson released a studio album. It was 1981. A different climate. And most thought the band was long-gone, boned, and buried.

However...nobody informed guitar genius, Robert Fripp, Bill Bruford (drums) Adrian Belew (guitar/vocals) or Tony Levin (bass).

"Discipiline" (1981) is a stunning must-own album filled with thrilling maneuvers...both powerful and innovative. And it still sounds amazingly fresh.
Robert Fripp, Tony Levin, Bill Bruford, Adrian Belew
Fripp spins one guitar web after another...but loosens the reins enough for the others to take their trip. And Belew, Bruford, and Levin sound inspired and dangerous. Lots of noise. No notes wasted.

Lost Gem:--> "Indiscipline"...has all the unnerving ramblings of a psychotic loner (it's something much more innocent) with Fripp and Belew shredding each others back with a guitar cat-o-nine-tails. Levin and Bruford let their own selves in. Begs repeated listening.

Have you heard this gem?


I do remember one thing.
It took hours and hours but..
by the time I was done with it,
I was so involved, I didn't know what to think.
I carried it around with me for days and days..
playing little games
like not looking at it for a whole day
and then.. looking at it.
to see if I still liked it.
I did.

I repeat myself when under stress.
I repeat myself when under stress.
I repeat myself when under stress.
I repeat myself when under stress.
I repeat..
The more I look at it,
the more I like it.
I do think it's good.
The fact is..
no matter how closely I study it,
no matter how I take it apart,
no matter how I break it down,
It remains consistent.
I wish you were here to see it.

I like it.

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Casey Chambers
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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Lost Stream Gem: "Shadows and Fog" (1991)


"Shadows runin full flight,to run, seek and hide."--> Rory Gallagher <--
Woody Allen (the actor) is the quirky conundrum wandering through much of his films as the self-doubting timid-timmy. Never sure what his next move should be or when it should be made.

Woody Allen (the director) doesn't have that problem.
"Shadows and Fog" is first and foremost a loving homage to the great b/w directors of lore. Fritz Lang quickly comes to mind...as does Bergman. Hints of Hitchcock and Fellini and others I'm sure I've forgotten. And it looks fantastic!
Woody Allen & Mia Farrow

Woody skillfully uses darkness and light to present a beautiful and amusing story involving sheepish Kleinman (Woody Allen) being roused from sleep by vigilantes demanding help catching a serial killer. There's also a subplot about circus performers and brothel activities that loosely connect like old Legos.

Initially panned, there was argy-bargy about the all-star cameos (I won't spoil their names) being a distraction and their talents being wasted. However, sometimes the passage of time has a way of toning down Hollywood Shine...and I found the casting (circa 20 years later) both entertaining and enjoyable.

"Shadows and Fog" is where danger haunts and mysteries hide. And glory waits its turn.







"Shadow Play" - Rory Gallagher (1978)



In the flinty light, it's midnight, and stars collide
Shadows run, in full flight, to run, seek and hide
I'm still not sure what part I play,
in this shadow play, this shadow play

In the half light, on this mad night, I hear a voice in time
Well, I look back, see a half-smile, then it's gone from sight
Won't you tell me how I can find my way?
In this shadow play, this shadow play
In this shadow play, this shadow play

Sounds come crashing, and I hear laughing
All those lights just blaze away
I feel a little strange inside
A little bit of Jekyll, a little Mr. Hyde

Sounds come crashing, can I hear laughing?
All those lights just blaze away
I feel a little strange inside
A little Dr. Jekyll, a little Mr. Hyde

Thoughts run wild, free as a child, into the night
Across the screen a thin beam, of magic light
Things they just don't look the same
In this shadow play, this shadow play
Shadow play, shadow play
I can't run away from this shadow play
Shadow play, shadow play

Good stuff!

Casey Chambers
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