Showing posts with label Music. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Music. Show all posts

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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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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




How's it going my gumdrops? As I already said in the last blog, I have been updating 2 of my Q&A blogs on my website, It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.

Here is the previous Q&A blog, in case you missed it:

It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns: Q&A #1


This next Q&A blog was originally published on September 23, 2014, which was It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns' 1-year anniversary.

How's it going my gumdrops? Today makes it officially 1 year, since I launched It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns. I created this website, when I was still helping my uncle with his website's content. The content I wrote for him was never used.

Some of you from Xanga 1.0 and Blogster remember, that his shrew lied, set me up, and got me fired. Medusa claimed I was NOT doing my jobs. Yes, I pluralized "job" because he and I were the only people managing his company, until she destroyed it.

Anyway, I have my 2nd Q&A blog ready for you all to read. Your questions are in green and my answers are in orange. I hope you're pleased with my answers!

It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns Questions & Answers:

Richard: Are you a cat or a dog person?

Answer: I'm a dog person. 

My last dog (Lexi) was a Doberman/Rottweiler Mix. We had to put her to sleep 10 years ago because she was becoming vicious. In fact, I went to pet Lexi and she grazed my left temple. My grandfather also returned for an in-home hospice my college junior year. Lexi's vicious temperament would've made problems worse.

Mimikoko: With your love of music, did you ever try to learn a musical instrument(s) or sing?

Answer: When I was growing up, I was always required to sing in school concerts. By the time I was in middle and high school, I always ended up taking choir. In middle school, it was required to either take choir, or band.

I wanted to take guitar lessons but there weren't enough students for the sign up. Therefore, the class was dropped. I never had a chance to practice playing my old electric guitar. 

My electric guitar was bought for my 6th Christmas and had '80s Metal written all over it. It was black, shiny, and V-shaped. It was ruined in a basement flood at our last house ~16-17 years ago.

DJ Scott: Do you have any archives of past DJ work?

Answer: Unfortunately, no. 

During 11-12 years ago, I never had a chance to do an on-air promo for All Things Frightening, either. There was so much chaos happening in my life, 10-12 years ago. 

I juggled UW-Parkside's classes full-time, a radio show, being a part-time student at Carthage College, and other people's issues. This was along with post 9/11 racism. Post 9/11 racism was a major contributor to my own problems. I was just lucky if I could sleep.

Anyway, had my original boss stayed, I believe my promos would've been recorded. We already bonded over some Type O Negative.

DanniDarkness: Will you keep the Halloween colors? I really like them!

Answer: Thank you, Danni! I'm glad you enjoy my latest scenery! I actually changed it on September 1st rather than October 1st. I have It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns decorated for Halloween.

This current scenery will stay, until November.

I love to change my scenery with the seasons and holidays. Thanksgiving will be coming up next!

Jesse Steele: Which states have you visited in the USA? Also which states did you like visiting the most? Are there any states in the USA you would like to visit? If so, why?

Answers: Since my family used to always take road trips, I've visited quite a few states.

Illinois is next to Wisconsin (my state). I've also visited Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York (we had to drive through New York to get to Canada), and Delaware.

Most of my relatives live in Detroit, Michigan. I'm amazed the entire city of Detroit isn't my family.

I really enjoy visiting Arlington Heights, IL because it has a lot of Japanese companies and stores.

I haven't been on a Japanese field trip in 11 years. I started going on those field trips, when I was in 7th grade because my Japanese classes always went. By the time I was a college junior, I still went on Japanese field trips to Arlington Heights with my classmates. We always rode in coach buses, when I was a teenager.

Reaper69: Don't you think it's a bit hypocritical of those, who forbid Metal for it's horror and gore, but don't think there is any problem with the most grotesque of films. Art is art, is it not?

Answer: Yes, that is hypocritical.

We watch violence on the news, TV shows, and movies daily yet angry soccer moms and media watchdog groups are quick to condemn Metal. I've noticed over the last decade, that most Horror movies have Metal soundtracks. 

Horror and Metal go together much like PB&J, salt and pepper, etc. 

You want to know something even more hypocritical?

Last year, I bought a Halloween decoration for my office desk. My decoration is a witch house in the woods with pumpkins, skulls, crosses, bats, and a witch. She resembles the witch from The Wizard of Oz and she's making her brew. My uncle had no problem with me having it.

Then, 3 days before Halloween, he stormed into the building claiming, that his shrew flipped her shit over my Halloween decoration. They supposedly do NOT celebrate Halloween. I told him to his face, that Medusa was a hypocrite. This is the same shrew, who reads all those STEPHEN KING NOVELS and watches MORE Horror than I do.

Meanwhile, she goes to their church and wears this HUGE, sanctimonious, facade as a Christian woman. I told my uncle and the rest of my family, that Medusa only had a problem with my decoration because she saw HER OWN reflection in that witch. I'm just calling a spade a "spade." You know what I mean?

Marquis DeBlood: Glad to have you aboard! And congrats on your anniversary!! You seem to enjoy your Anime and are very particular about certain shows and what naught... What would you consider to be the best Anime series out there and why?

Answer: Thank you very much! I'm glad to have support from the Horror-Punks Community.

There's no simple answer because Anime has such a broad range of sub-genres. I enjoy Comedy, Action, Mecha (Mecha is still a part of Action except mostly war themed), Mystery, Romance, Horror, etc. Each Anime sub-genre caters to both genders, sexual orientations, and age ranges. 

I enjoy the darker and lighter themed Anime titles. I really enjoy NANA. 

NANA is like an animated soap opera, which mostly revolves around music, rival bands, and romance. The series has Music, Comedy, Romance, and Drama in it. There's even a love triangle/paternity test storyline. 

NANA is completely different from the stereotypical Shonen Jump Anime, that is marketed mostly towards the teenage boy. NANA's mostly marketed toward young women, who love music and romance.

Speaking of music and romance, there is another Anime about music and romance, that is mostly marketed toward men. Detroit Metal City is similar to Adult Swim's Metalocalypse. However it is mostly about this guy, who lives a double life as a musician.

The protagonist fronts this Death Metal band and is forced to live a notorious facade of supposedly killing and raping his parents. In reality, he is a nerdy Japanese guy, who loves writing Swedish Pop Music. 

I really enjoy NANA and Detroit Metal City because they are both romance and music oriented, which is very rare in Anime.

Amanda's Questions:

1) I know you have a minor in Creative Writing but what brought you to writing Horror? Was it derived from your interest in Japanese culture and the language or is that a stereotypical cliché of Japan?

2) When, you joined the Adult Swim group, you wrote on it being 'fascist' (my interpretation) and chauvinistic. I am NOT asking you your political views (LOL) but I'd be interested in what your perception is of the politics surrounding the shows on Adult swim.

3) You were also a Radio DJ, would you do it again if you could?

My Answers:

1) I actually started writing my own Short Horror Stories in 3rd grade.

My elementary school teacher at the time gave our class subjects to choose from throughout each month.

When it was October, we had to select a topic everyday and write Short Halloween Stories using that specific topic.

My elementary school teachers in general always loved, that I could take a simple topic and write a story about it. The more I think about it, I have been a Creative Writer for most of my life.

2) Adult Swim appears to be in a bigger rut than I realized.

I always knew the network had problems pleasing their main target audience (men). It's mostly spin. For example, the Toonami block is mostly Shonen Jump Anime and the titles are mostly from Funimation Entertainment.

There are several other Anime companies and sub-genres, that Adult Swim overlooks.

I am glad there have been more Seinen Anime titles with women as the leading characters. However, the network still fails to acknowledge its female audience.

I've read some of the female YouTubers' complaints about Toonami not airing any Shojo Anime. Adult Swim only wants to air Sailor Moon's reboot, which is the most irksome. I don't hate Sailor Moon. Although, it's NOT the only Shojo Anime to ever be released from Japan.

I think the main reason why the male audience wants to watch Sailor Moon so badly is because it has lesbian characters in it.

I'm not opposed to watching GLBT shows. It's just that most of us know there's a perverted double standard, when it comes to accepting lesbians.

In addition, the social atmosphere on Adult Swim's forum is mostly belligerent, territorial, misanthropic, and unwelcoming. There are some nice posters on the forum but the atmosphere rivals YouTube.

It is almost impossible to have a civil conversation without someone instigating a fight. Also, some veteran posters treat new posters like criminals. Rather than trying to learn more about a new Adult Swim poster, they assume THE WORST because the site is already swarming with trolls.

You have to prove yourself MUCH harder to them, in order to like or accept you. I believe the constant arguments, negativity, psychoanalysis, animosity, inferiority complex, and territorial behavior drove away their newer and older posters. That's besides degrading other posters. There is no respect for each other, including the moderators.

3) Lastly, I would love to be a Radio Show Hostess/DJ again.

I've applied to local radio stations throughout my 20's and they never called back. Regarding radio stations today, they only want to air dated and highly overplayed songs. That's when they're not airing the worst American Top 40 songs in existence. With the way technology is constantly advancing, more people will continue to podcast.

When I hosted All Things Frightening 11-12 years ago, I never heard of podcasting. Our college radio shows were heard both locally and online. I predict that sooner or later, traditional radio stations will become obsolete.

This concludes my Q&A on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns. I want to thank my loyal friends/subscribers from Xanga 1.0, Blogster, and Horror-Punks.com for always liking and sharing my content! You don't know how much I appreciate it.

Since I mentioned Detroit Metal City, I'll leave you with the live action music video/theme song. Once again, thank you!


Detroit Metal City "Satsugai" [Murder] (2008)