Two words: Pia Zadora! Yes Pia Zadora stars in this low budget holiday sci-fi movie, and that should tell you plenty. Granted it’s a young Pia Zadora, not super-star Pia, circa Lucky Lady, but still, any movie that stars Pia Zadora is gonna be high camp goofiness. And Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is no exception.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday December 24, 2012 5:00 pm|
|By: masaccio Monday December 24, 2012 3:18 pm|
The Holiday Season brings with it a seemingly endless train of songs, all of which are so beaten into our heads that I feel like I’m chewing rubber bands. Exactly how many verses are there to Good King Wenceslas, or the First Noel, anyway? Not to mention the commercialized songs, the horrible drummer boy, the nasty reindeer, the irritating Santa, and popped-up orchestrations of ancient carols. I’m sure we all have our least favorites, but I think we can agree that the Partridge in a Pear Tree song is close to the top of any list.
I’m not the only one who noticed that the song involves a fair number of swimming swans, drummers drumming and golden rings. I’ve often wondered what one would do with 12 partridges and 12 pear trees.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday December 24, 2012 9:30 am|
A Carol for Another Christmas was adapted for television by Rod Serling, the creator of the Twilight Zone and premiered in 1964, the same year that Dr. Strangelove: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb and Fail Safe were released. It was produced to support the United Nations and directed by Joseph Mankiewicz, who at the time had just directed Cleopatra.
|By: Elliott Sunday December 23, 2012 6:40 pm|
Air your Festivus Grievances in the comments!
|By: Glenn W. Smith Sunday December 23, 2012 9:30 am|
I’ve been listening to a radio station that’s playing a good number of the pop and rock versions of Christmas carols, the kind that were all the rage on the AM dial in late ‘50s and early ‘60s. There is something innocent about these Cold War-era songs. Bing Crosby’s hit, “Do You Hear What I Hear,” was written in response to the Cuban Missile Crisis. At Christmas, we could carol a crisis away.
Of course, when not listening to these songs recently I’m covered in contemporary tales of armed schoolhouses and political cliffs of different kinds.
|By: punaise Saturday December 22, 2012 8:00 pm|
Who knew Ole Saint Nicolas was a militant vegetarian?
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday December 22, 2012 7:00 pm|
Laura Burhenn is a singer, who has a music project called The Mynabirds. In November 2010, she released a song called, “All I Want is Truth (for Christmas).”
It puts into words a world development that has become increasingly clear: climate change means having a merry Christmas without snow.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday December 22, 2012 8:30 am|
Bob Dorough is a cool bepop, jazz pianist and singer, who collaborated with jazz legend Miles Davis to produce, “Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern).” He is known for working with Allen Ginsberg and he also once performed in between Lenny Bruce sets.
The song may not be as much of a protest song as previous selections featured this week, however, its lyrics have an anti-commercialism theme.
|By: Saturday December 22, 2012 5:00 am|
Pull Up A Chair and say Hey Ya!
|By: Swopa Friday December 21, 2012 8:02 pm|
With December 25th just on the other side of the coming weekend, I suppose it’s fair to ask (for those of you who celebrate the holiday): Do you have all of your Christmas shopping done yet?
Not so fast… are you sure? Have you forgotten any of our favorite Washington, DC, political figures who, although they might be doing much better than you or me financially, might really need a particular gift this holiday season?
Here’s a partial list that I came up with, based on the news of recent days