Over the course of a seven-decade career in design, Pierre Cardin has released collections that have rocketed so far into the future they were once emblematic of the Space Age. For an example of Cardin’s influence in popular culture, look no further than the 1960s cartoon The Jetsons, where Jane Jetson’s styles look as though they could have been lifted from the designer’s showroom.
Installation View Alongside the Porthole Dress (1968), Made from Wool Crepe and Silver Leather
But perhaps it is the Jetson’s teenage daughter Judy who would have been more inclined to fancy this vibrant and fun two-piece red suit consisting of a Bandeau Top and Miniskirt made of vinyl and plastic. The top’s circular breast rings remind me very fondly of costumes worn by Jane Fonda in the 1968 film Barbarella.
Mannequin Also Wears the Wool Envelope Hat (1979)
This Out-Of-This World Design was Photographed in the Brooklyn Museum as Part of the 2019 – 2020 Exhibit, Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion.
Do you remember where you were the first time you heard Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” ? I sure do. I was 14 years old, just hanging out in my bedroom, and when “Bo Rap” — as we used to call it — came on the radio, I thought it was the most mind-blowingly amazing thing I had ever heard in my life up to that point. In a lot of ways, it still is.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” was the song that changed everything; a song that recalls a special moment in music history that — like the greatness of The Beatles — will never repeated. At The Q Awards, held October 20th, in London, Queen were presented with the Classic Song Award, marking the 40th Anniversary of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which was originally released October 31, 1975.
To mark the occasion, and just in time for Black Friday Record Store Day, “Bohemian Rhapsody” will be released as a 12 inch limited edition vinyl, with the original B-side “I’m In Love With My Car,” on November 27th.
But wait, there’s more: on November 20th, Queen will also release Queen, A Night At The Odeon, Live At Hammersmith ’75, on CD, 2 LP vinyl and Super Deluxe Box Set formats, via Hollywood Records, and on DVD, SD Blu-Ray through Eagle Rock Entertainment. This show was the culmination of the 26-date Queen Invite You To A Night At The Opera UK tour, the first tour in which the band had ever performed “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Spirits were high within the band for this show; “Bohemian Rhapsody” – universally hailed as one of the most ground-breaking ‘pop’ songs ever released – was in the middle of its record-breaking nine week run at #1 in the UK charts. Their fourth album, A Night At The Opera (the most expensive record ever made to that point) was climbing the album charts on its way to the number one spot, which it achieved three days after this concert.
Queen guitarist Brian May recalled recording “Bohemian Rhapsody,” offering that “[It]was a great moment, but the biggest thrill for us was actually creating the music in the first place. I remember Freddie coming in with loads of bits of paper from his dad’s work, like Post-it notes, and pounding on the piano. He played the piano like most people play the drums. This song he had was full of gaps where he explained that something operatic would happen here and so on. He’d worked out the harmonies in his head.” Fascinating.
Queen spent days overdubbing the vocals in the studio using a 24 track tape machine. By the time they were done, about 120 vocal tracks were layered together. The opera parts alone took longer than 70 hours to complete. At the time, it was the most expensive single ever made and upon presenting it to their record label, they were told by various executives that 5 minutes 55 seconds was too long and the song would never be a hit. But after the song was played 14 times in two days by DJ and friend of Freddie’s, Kenny Everett, it was destined to be a hit. Hordes of fans attempted to buy the single only to be told by record stores that it had not yet been released. Here in the US, it was the same. American radio RKO managed to get a copy of the tape and started to play it across their stations, which forced the hand of Queen’s then-US label, Elektra, to release the song in its entirety.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” was Queen’s first ever #1 single and the 1975 UK Christmas #1, holding the top position for nine weeks. It is also the first song ever to get to number one in the UK twice with the same version.
Here at The Gig, we are friends of the Earth and support all matters involved with preservation of wildlife and natural resources. So, we are digging the message of Cleveland-based rock band Ohio Sky’s new video for their song, “Changing Earth,” taken from from the group’s new record, The Big Distraction.
About the song, the band said, “‘Changing Earth’ is a timely lament to our relationship with Earth’s past and questionable future. And, in the irony of always living one generation from the apocalypse…finding a balance between the worry of our unforeseeable future and our inability to alter it.” Aurally the song is “roomy and forward-thinking,” with Ohio Sky embracing a distinctive modern prog rock vibe — and you know how much we love the prog rock. Bring it on, we say!
The “Changing Earth” video was illustrated by Ohio Sky keyboardist Patrick Finegan, and the action reflects the song’s sentiment of an ever-changing landscape and the mysteries contained within. The Big Distraction is out now and can be purchased on CD, Vinyl and limited edition Clear Vinyl (Wow!) at This Link! Enjoy!
Proving once again that you can make a big sound with just drums and guitar, The Noise Figures, a power duo from Athens, Greece, bring a sweet rockin’ groove to today’s Video Clip of The Week. I hear a Sixties-era, San Francisco/Garage Rock vibe is this tune about losing one’s mind, and the band’s label, Inner ear Records, seems to concur. They describe the duo’s music as combining, “deceptively simple chords and patterns with hazy walls of feedback” and “Restless fuzz guitars flirting with old-fashioned garage [rock], but also with contemporary blues, amps with plenty of spring reverb and dirty over-driven vocals.” All that sounds right on to me, and I admit it’s refreshing to read a press release that isn’t all full of bullshitty buzzwords and hype. I also liked this recommendation that, “The Noise Figures is best listened loud and is the ideal soundtrack for escaping the urban boundaries by car.” Agreed!
The Noise Figures sing in English-as-a-second-language-stye English and the Asian subtitles are confusing, but you’ll get the gist of the song after just one listen. Hopefully, you’ll hit repeat a few times. Also, if you live in an area where it is currently very cold, this video features the guys driving around in an RV with lots of images of the beach, the desert and swimming pools, so that might make you feel a bit warmer. Find out more about The Noise Figures, and buy their music, at This Link. Enjoy!
Make every drink a hit and put a new “spin” on protecting your furniture by using clever this set of 4 silicone Record Coasters every time you’re drinking your favorite beverage! Don’t forget to take a close look at the band and the song on each coaster!
Record Coaster Features:
• Silicone drink coasters shaped like 45-rpm records
• Set of 4 coasters per pack
• Size: 4″ dia. (10 cm)
A set of Four is just $11.95, available for purchase at This Link!