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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Song Saturday: Vanity's Nature Boy [Cover]


How's it going my gumdrops? Just when I was in the middle of blogging on my website, It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns, there was another glitch. As if this week was NOT terrible already.

Speaking of terrible, literally 1 day after Valentine's Day, Denise Katrina Matthews also known as Prince's former protege, "Vanity" died from Renal Failure at age 57. This is not only surprising, but also tragic. It appears that more entertainers have been dying again, including this past week. Vanity just celebrated her 57th birthday on January 4th. Over 1 month later, she's dead. RIP VANITY!!!

I don't know about anyone else, but it seems like the year of 2016 will be worse than the last several years. I really dread what this year has in store for us all. 2016 got off to a brutal start with famous people, most specifically musicians dropping like flies.

As I was saying, Prince's former protege, Vanity died from Renal Failure on February 15, 2016. It's a good thing Prince hasn't died yet. Chances are great that my uncle would go postal over him dying because Prince has always been more of an idol to him than Jimi Hendrix. The man loves them both, although he favors Prince over Hendrix.

Personally speaking, I was never a huge Prince or Vanity fan growing up, during the 1980's and '90s. However, my youngest aunt and I both had our own parakeets named Prince and Vanity. She had a blue parakeet named Prince and I had a purple parakeet named Vanity.

More than 30 years later, I still feel that having a purple parakeet named Vanity is strange because Prince was about purple. He has an album called Purple Rain, for an example.

When my youngest aunt and I had our 2 parakeets, I was a pre-schooler. She claims that my parakeet, Vanity literally pecked her parakeet, Prince to death. Supposedly, Vanity pecked out all Prince's feathers and gave him a disease. Talk about a vicious bird.

Other than having 2 parakeets named after Prince and Vanity, I was NOT a huge fan of their songs. Growing up during the '80s, I listened to more Pop Music and Glam Metal. I listened to Rap Music as well, even though my mother did NOT allow me to listen Rap. Regardless, I always listened to whatever I wanted to growing up.

Earlier this week, I learned some interesting tidbits about Vanity. For example, I had no idea that Vanity and Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue were engaged in 1986. On YouTube, I stumbled upon an old interview with Arsenio Hall interviewing Vanity.

       Arsenio Hall Interviews Vanity (1986)


Watching the way that man salivated over Vanity repulsed me to no end. Growing up, my grandmother always ranted about how much she could NOT stand Arsenio and normally referred to him as a "lowlife." After watching his interview with Vanity as a 33 going on 34-year-old woman, I have to agree with her. Arsenio Hall reminds me of the scumbags from the street.

Meanwhile, I was annoyed watching Vanity act like a bimbo on stage. Not to speak ill of the dead, but she was literally a bimbo on crack or a crack whore. Vanity used so much crack throughout the 1980's, that she and Nikki Sixx broke off their engagement in 1987.  

The Howard Stern Show: "Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx Explains Why He & Vanity Broke  Up" (2007)


By 1994, Vanity overdosed on crack and nearly died from Renal Failure. Because of the large amounts of cocaine she used throughout the decades, she began having kidney problems and had to go through a Peritoneal Dialysis 5 times a day.

After surviving her cocaine overdose in '94, she decided to become a "Born Again Christian" and went into Evangelism. In 1995, there was an '80s special on MTV, which was reflecting on music videos and groups from the 1980's. That's along with sharing updates about 1980's musicians.

Vanity explained in an MTV interview about her drug addiction as well as how she became "saved" and an evangelist. In addition, she began blaming Prince for her cocaine problems. As a 13-year-old girl at the time, I couldn't help rolling my eyes at Vanity's interview.

Unless Prince physically forced Vanity down and made her use cocaine, or slipped it in her drinks, he is not at fault. She chose to become a drug addict. Don't get me wrong. I think it's wonderful that Vanity quit using drugs and changed her life for the better.

All the while, Vanity acting self-righteous and blaming Prince for being a crack whore was and continues to be bullshit. I completely empathize with her wanting to change her life for the better and leaving her scandalous past behind. In spite of the past, Vanity really needed to take ownership for her dumb choices. Hopefully, the woman did before dying.

Before I forget, I learned something else about Vanity, that I found to be interesting. Like a few other singers in the past including the late David Bowie, Vanity did a cover of the old Nat King Cole song, "Nature Boy."

In 1989, Vanity made a cameo appearance on Friday The 13th: The Series as a Pop singer named, Angelica. It was on Season 2: Episode 20 titled, "The Secret Agenda of Mesmer's Bauble." In that same episode, it featured Vanity's cover of Nat King Cole's "Nature Boy."

You may be assuming that I'm half-assing today's blog. I really hope this is NOT the case. This has been quite a rough week and I almost didn't publish ANY Song Saturday blog for today. Rather than doing an entire block of Vanity songs, I thought I would share this extremely rare cover of Vanity singing "Nature Boy" for today's Song Saturday.


   Vanity "Nature Boy" [Cover] Friday The 13th: The Series (1989)


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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns' 2nd Birthday: [Q&A Edition]

How's it going my gumdrops? Last week, you may recall that I added 2 of my older Q&A blogs to Blogger.

It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns: Q&A #2


This is my 3rd Q&A blog, that I published several months ago to celebrate It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns' 2nd anniversary. I still haven't decided if I will be doing another Q&A, during the early part of this year.

Even though it's not quite "Throwback Thursday," I have decided to share this 3rd Q&A blog for those who missed it. This Q&A blog was originally published on September 23, 2015.

It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns' 2nd Birthday: [Q&A Edition]

How's it going my gumdrops? Today, It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns turns 2! To celebrate its birthday, I am posting another Q&A blog. I meant to do more Q&A's earlier this year. Because there has been so much chaos on and offline, I haven't really made any time for more Q&A's until now. Anyway, let's get right to some of your questions!

Zombiefied35: When did you decide to create a blog? What do you do, when you're not blogging?

Answer: Shortly after graduating from Carthage College, while battling my own health scare in '06, I created a Yahoo 360 blog.

Sometimes my English Literature professor would use my blogs as another source of information for his Asian Heritage classes, that he taught. If Yahoo would NOT have discontinued Yahoo 360, I would've probably still been there.

In January 2013, I started blogging again except I was on Xanga 1.0. Within 1/2 year, I had about 50 subscribers and growing, until The Xanga Team screwed over everyone. The Xanga Team dumped their money issues into our laps and expected us to donate money to reach 60 grand. 

Otherwise, Xanga would've been shut down. The catch was they would relaunch it as Xanga 2.0 and everyone would be required to pay.

This caused a huge divide among Xangans and most of us went our separate ways.

Before Xanga's shut down and pay to blog relaunch on WordPress, I managed to get 13 of my 50 friends and subscribers to follow me to Blogster. Blogster did seem great. 

That was until I realized that most Blogsterians waste time throwing pissing contests over politics and cliques.  

BTW: Blogster and Adult Swim rival each other with drama except Adult Swim is worse because we have no block features.

Months later, I began learning how to create my own website through Webs by watching YouTube tutorials. This was done, while I was working for my uncle's company. He wanted me to write the content for his website besides the usual requirements.

When I'm not blogging, I'm checking e-mails, notifications on stalkbook, juggling online social interaction, YouTubing, watching TV, watching missed shows on Hulu, etc.

Mimikoko: Which would you prefer to deal with, a zombie apocalypse or an economic collapse, and why?

Answer: Most people don't know that Horror has hidden messages and themes. This especially applies to political themes. I watched a Horror documentary a while ago.

If memory serves me right, zombies represent anarchy and rebellion.

As far as choosing a zombie apocalypse or an economic collapse, I would probably choose the economic collapse.

Having to kill zombies would probably lead to an economic collapse anyway because the world would be left in ruins.

Richard Blazey: Do you own a body pillow of Ichigo Kurosaki from Bleach?

Answer: No, but I wouldn't mind owning a body pillow of Grimmjow Jaggerjack.

Metalheart: How do you stay sane using the Internet? In 20 years, do you think the music industry will look anything like it does today?

Answer: Many times over the last several months to years, I have been told that you must have "thick skin" on the Internet. This is somewhat true to an extent.

Most people use the "having thick skin" statement as a justification for why they can be maggot pieces of shit on the ground to whoever they want, whenever they want.

Luckily for me, most websites I'm on have block features except Adult Swim. Sooner or later, I will post a blog about the differences between using social media sites and forums.

The best solution is to NOT give the haters what they want so badly. They want you to lose your cool so that they can play the victim card and paint you as the villain.

Meanwhile, I fear for the entertainment industry, especially when it comes to music. Self-righteous "political activists" have really been "trendy" these last 11 years. It's the main reason why I quit hosting my radio show in 2004.

To make matters worse, I am worried that there will be more dumbed down songs, that are worse than the talking fox. I believe that entertainment will become more dumbed down than it is, right now.

Anonymous Question: Do you regret joining Adult Swim?

Answer: Yes. Even though I managed to surprisingly make some friends, I CANNOT help regretting my decision to join Adult Swim's message board.

I do NOT hate everyone on ASMB. Although, I'm really disgusted with the fact, that someone I really valued, trusted, and considered to be a so-called "friend" was very quick to lie, backstab, set me up, sell me out, and slander me for his own cheap thrills. 

This is besides him guilt tripping me into staying on a cartoon message board only to be used as a means to an end.

Russ' Questions:

1) Do you have any tattoos? Yes or no? Why?

2) What are your thoughts about tattoos on dark skinned people? Yes or no? Why?

Answers: No, I don't have any tattoos. I used to want them, when I was younger. I don't have any because I hate needles, tattooists don't always sterilize their needles, and tattoos have become too "trendy."

By the time I became a college student, nerds and preppie trust fund-brats had them. They were mostly people trying to prove, that they were "cool." Ugh!

I believe that tattoos really aren't as cool anymore because tattooing has been overdone.

Some of my nurses have tattoos, including Tramp Stamps.

3) LA now has a law that condoms must be used, while filming porn. What are your thoughts?

Answer: Considering that HIV and AIDS have existed for the last 3 decades, porn stars should've been using condoms, anyway. This is especially when they're having sex with multiple people.

IsolateX's Questions:

1) What method did you choose to learn Japanese?

Answer: I started learning Japanese in middle school, during 1995 at 12 years old. I took the language, throughout 7th-12th grade. By the time I was 20 years old, I started taking Japanese again and earned my degree in Asian Studies with an emphasis on the Japanese language.

I wanted to be a Japanese Consecutive Translator. If I wasn't battling a health scare before, during, and after graduating from Carthage College, I might have been able to study abroad at Tokyo University like I was supposed to do before graduating.

2) What influences the type of music you choose to listen to?

Answer: It really all depends on my mood at the time. When I was a teenager and in my 20's, I listened to more Metal because I was always angry. I was a lot angrier as a teenager. Metal was always for my own catharsis. Now, if I'm really stressed out, sometimes I relax by listening to Enya.

3) Do you have any artwork that you could display? That is if you've dabbled.

Answer: I do have some of my artwork, but most of it is somewhere in storage. If you ever have the opportunity, you should try experimenting with watercolor painting.

4) What is your ethnicity?

Answer: I am English, Irish, Italian, Australian, American Indian, Asian Indian, Arabian, African, French, Polish, etc. There's so many, I don't know the rest. 

Just to let all my gumdrops know, there were a few more extra questions, that I never answered. Lately, I've been trying to decide if I should answer at least 1 or more of your questions in a blog regularly. These were some great questions.

Before I forget, I posted another blog on Blogger about fall shows, that I normally watch. In case you missed that blog, click on the link below.

Fall Shows That I'm Glad To See Returning (2015)

http://itsnotallgumdropsandunicorns.blogspot.com/2015/09/fall-shows-that-im-glad-to-see-returning.html

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