Twinkle

June 1, 2015

Terry

Don’t do it, Don’t do it, Don’t do it!

Circa 1965 a relative gave me a few dozen second hand singles which at a stroke increased my record collection from 12 to around 50 items. FIFTY! Counting the B sides I now had ONE HUNDRED different pieces of music to listen to!! We were easily pleased in those days I guess. Those singles were played to death and most are still etched into my consciousness. Heck, if I really tried I could recall a few matrix numbers. A motley selection really, but I loved every one. Lipstick on your collar, Big bad John, Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah, Telstar, Halfway to Paradise, Itsy Bikini etc etc along with TERRY!!

I played this song repeatedly. It seemed so deep and mysterious and atmospheric. If I hear it now I can still visualise myself sitting with my ear against the speaker of the family HMV Radiogramme.

I never realised at the time that the singer Lynn Annette (Twinkle) Ripley would only have been half a dozen years older than me and that she had written the song aged 14 or 15 and recorded it at the age of 16!

Ultimately the record sold a quarter of a million copies. Being banned by the BBC actually encouraged sales. I’m sure the Pirates played it though. Ironically, like the X-Men/Doom Patrol co-incidence, unbeknown to Lynn, the very similar and/or completely different “Leader of the Pack” was released and charted around the same time.

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Lynn Ripley 1948 – 2015

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Cassandra

June 1, 2015

Cassandra

For 30 years Cassandra Peterson has donned the big wig and low-cut dress in her secret identity as the larger-than-life Elvira. As well as a TV presenter and Movie queen for many years she was also a comic-book character. She was the host of DC’s “House of Mystery” for a while and then starred in 166 issues of Claypool’s “Elvira mistress of the dark”. Cassandra/Elvira is an under-rated comic actress and Claypool showed this side of her character well.

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Twenty six

June 1, 2015

Jukebox

You can dance to the music that nobody likes here.

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Paul di Filippo

June 1, 2015

Beyond

As modern comics are rubbish, I’ve been re-reading this 5 issue mini-series from 2005. “Top 10” was an odd name for a comic series with a cast of thousands. At first glance it harks back to the “Hill Street Blues” TV series with the sergeant sending out his odd troops to deal with even odder situations. At second glance, like “Astro City”, the characters are all given unique and believable personalities. Many more glances are needed to peruse Jerry Ordway’s fantastic artwork. The writing of this particular follow-up series is so consistent with previous comics in the series that for a time I suspected that Paul di Filippo MUST be a psoo….psoud…alias for The Original Writer. This impression was only re-enforced when I discovered that this talented writer only ever wrote 8 comic books. These five and three for Marvel comics shortly afterwards.

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However perusing the InterWikiWebs, it appears that Paul di Filippo is a novelist with a number of Science Fiction books to his name. That’s if you can believe the InterWikiWebs. I mean, you may think that this Blog is just me writing whatever rubbish pops into my brain. Really it is compiled by a full-time team of 30 Web designers using cutting-edge technology and random word generation to make the whole thing APPEAR that it is produced by someone who is totally clueless!

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Can you spot Superman, the Green Hornet, Kato, the Lone Ranger, Tonto and the Black Cat in the above image?

Booklet

June 1, 2015

Compared to the organised chaos of its’ 1970s and 1980s versions, 1960s Radio Caroline presented quite a professional appearance with offices in central London and promotional material like this.

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Radio Caroline Booklet

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For the best comics?

June 1, 2015

¿Perhaps, in the 1950s, if you were a big fan of Westerns?

¿On sale everywhere? I can’t recall ever seeing any in my local Shoe shop or the Fishmongers for that matter.

And I’m still looking for a copy of that mysterious comic entitled “etc, etc”.

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Cooperisms

June 1, 2015

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………. I went to the doctors. He said “I’d like you to lie on the bed”.
I said “What for?”.
He said “I need to sweep the floor”.

I went to the doctors. He said “What appears to be the problem?”.
I said “I keep having the same dream, night after night. Beautiful girls rushing towards me and I keep pushing them away”.
He said “How can I help?”.
I said “Break my arms”.

I went to the doctors. I said “It hurts when I do that”.
He said “Well, don’t do it then”.

I went to the doctors. I said “With all the excitement of Christmas I can’t sleep”.
He said “Try lying on the edge of your bed and you’ll soon drop off”.

I went to the doctors. I said “I’ve got a bad back”.
He said “It’s old age”.
I said “I want a second opinion”.
He said “You’re ugly as well”.

I went to the doctors. The doctor said “I Haven’t seen you in a long time”.
I said “I know, I’ve been ill”.

I went to the doctors. I said “Have you got anything for wind?”.
He gave me a kite.

I went to the doctors. He said “Go to Bournemouth. It’s great for the ‘flu”.
So I went, and I got it.

I went to the doctors with jelly stuck in one ear and custard in the other.
He said “What seems to be the problem?”
I said “You’ll have to speak up. I’m a trifle deaf”.

I went to the doctors. I said “I can’t stop singing The Green Green Grass of Home“.
He said “That sounds like Tom Jones syndrome”.
I said “Is it common?”.
He said “Well it’s not unusual”.

I went to the doctors. The doctor said “Go over to the window and stick your tongue out”.
I said “What for?”.
He said “I don’t like my neighbours”.

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