Saturday, August 25, 2012

Top 13 (of the Week)

Sure,you know what's cool. But do you know what's really fuckin' FAR OUT? That's where Advanced Demonology comes in. Every week, (K)en and (S)wilson trudge through the murky waters of the pop culture hellscape, dredging up sparkly morsels of wonder. These are the result of our latest foray into the world of the weird, our wildest, wiggest-out picks of the week. Call it our 13 Point Program.

13. Whipped Cream Lady
I don't think I've ever been to a record store that did not have at least seven copies of Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass's seminal '64 breezy-listening classic “Whipped Cream & Other Delights”, featuring the iconic photograph of the pretty lady covered in whipped cream. But who was that lady? And whatever happened to her? She's Dolores Erickson, she's 76, she's still pretty, and this week the Seattle Times broke the case! Delightful! (K)

10. Fred Eaglesmith - Johnny Cash
This tune is awesome. Fred Eaglesmith, who I know nothing about except that he is Canadian, lifts a Neil Young riff and lays down over the top of it a scathing criticism of Johnny Cash's newest fans, who like 'em now that he's dead. This is the only time I've ever really heard this sentiment expressed in a song. The prevalent idea among music fans that : "Sure, you like this stuff now, but where were you back when?!?!". I also wonder why there aren't more musicians writing songs about other musicians? It does happen, but not as much as one would think, since musicians themselves are some of the biggest music fans out there. (S)

11. 2nd Chapter of Acts
I wonder sometimes. I'm the least religious guy I know – in fact, I'm pretty aggressively anti-religion. Yet I love 70's Jesus freak music. Go figure. Had I been an impressionable teenager in 1974 – the year two-sisters-one-brother hippie Christian rockers 2nd Chapter of Acts released their first record, “With Footnotes” – would I have been swayed? Would I have seen the light? Probably not. But could I have scored with hippie Jesus chicks? Maybe. Anyway, dig this flowery resurrection rock and make up your own mind. (K)

10. Little Woman - Throat (2010)
Equal parts Blues Explosion and Soft Machine and a whole shit load of other outrageous contagious nonsense. Heavy Metal thunder.  I was subjected to this 1 AM one night in Jersey City and my brain melted out of my eyes.  It was really unpleasant. (S)

9. Cristina – Disco Clone (1978)
Some people will tell you this is the worst disco song ever made. I am telling you the opposite. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle, but the point is, you've gotta hear this jam. (K)

8. Super 11
This group plays wedding music from Mali, obviously from the clip, a very organically psychedelic place.  Buy the record!  I'm sure they could use the Euros.(S)

7. The Museum of Uncut Funk
The Museum of Uncut Funk is exactly that: they preserve funky artifacts from the past few decades, lest we forget the funk in it's purest form. Recently the Museum was visited by Collectors Quest – a pretty amazing website/portal where people show off their collection of...stuff – who shot some video of' 'em showing off their collections of black comic book heroes, blaxploitation posters, black animation, and more. Bad ass! And also funky. (K)

6. Crazy Homeless Man In Belgium
Cheap Satanism records should snatch this guy up before somebody else does. He's got over a million hits on youtube. It took him five years but hey…(S)

5. Katie Sunshine
If I was to tell you there's a girl who likes to put on Daisy Dukes and go hula-hooping in her front yard, what do you think her name would be? Exactly, Katie Sunshine. Sometimes, everything just works the way it should. (K)

4. Venom - Live in 1985
You want the worst and you got the worst! One of the best/ worst metal bands of all time here in all the stinking glory in 1985. I've been listening to these guys non-stop since I'm still in Jersey, I guess the place just inspires  a natural angst. I'm loving it! (S)

3. Real Life (Ukrainian) Sleeping Sleeping Beauty
So here's the idea: it's an art installation where a beautiful Ukrainian girl is dressed up like Sleeping Beauty and lies on a bed, seemingly snoozing away in her poison-apple coma. Dudes show up and are encouraged to kiss her, but here's the rub: first the guy has to sign a waiver that says if she wakes up from his kiss, he has to marry her. It's like a really weird/awesome game of Ukrainian Roulette! (K)

2. Brigantine Castle
I've been spending lots of time in the South Jersey town of Brigantine. Where when I was a kid there was a infamous haunted house called Brigantine Castle. The place actually had real people dressed up like ghouls and zombies who would literally jump out of the shadows and chase you through the hallways. Fuckin crazy! It was before lawsuits really took hold of our culture. it burned down in 1987. Bummer. (S)

1. Doro – Raise Your Fist in the Air
Holy fuck, Doro's back. I saw her at a strip club in New Hampshire once. This was a few years back.  She wasn't stripping, she was playing on the aging-metalheads stage in the corner. It was pretty amazing. I mean, she plays to 50 zillion people in Germany, but she's so dedicated to her fans that she's willing to play in Nowheresville New Hampshire for 60 boozy over-aged headbangers (who spent most of the dough they saved for Doro merch on the strippers)? You gotta love Doro, man. LOVE DORO, MAN! (K)


  1. Awesome to see Cristina among this week's goodies! For a long time thought I was nearly alone in my fandom for her. Trivia - do you know who the male voice on Disco Clone is? An at-the-time unknown actor looking to make a break by the name of Kevin Kline! True story! I wrote a blog post on Cristina a couple years back, if'n you or anyone is innerested:

    Keep the good stuff coming - the Top 13 is always awesome!