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10cc - I 'I'm Mandy, Fly Me' by Eric, Graham and Lol begins with the hook-line from 'Clockwork Creep' (on second album 'Sheet Music') and an airplane flying overhead before being swiped aside by a fat bass line, exotic synthesiser sound effects, a vocoder apparently whispering 'amazing grace' and whistling. We find out later that the airplane has crash-landed in the water, with the narrator thrown out of the plane (his first line is that he's 'on the outside looking in') but rather than sound petrified or angry, the narrator bobbing in the water is ecstatic. The poster he sees on the side of the aircraft, of an air-hostess named Mandy, 'with a smile as bright as sunshine' causes him to hallucinate (or so it seems) and takes him out of himself ('The world was spinning like a ball, and then it wasn't there at all!') Mandy gives him the 'kiss of life' that saves him, his addled brain setting off on a journey of exotic acoustic guitars and psychedelic effects that ends only when he's pulled from the wreckage; he asks for Mandy but she's not there. A love song to an imaginary person, created by a situation so intense and extreme that the 'real essence' of life comes into sharp contrast, 'Mandy' is balancing a lot of things for a humble catchy single. For a start we don't know who to believe: the narrator is clearly awake enough to realise that what's happening to him seems like a film (Mandy acts 'just like the girl in Dr No, no no no') and yet when he tells his rescuers later that it might have all been in his head they tell him 'no no no no' and that she was was real, yet currently missing - do they mean this? Or is that simply a ruse to keep him awake and conscious in the hope that the pair might be reunited? (note the sheer amount of denies in each of those two lines, the sort of things you do when you're lying to someone). The key line of this song is 'if your chance would you take it?' - would you be prepared to create a whole new life for yourself in your mind to keep yourself alive? And if you did, what would happen to you afterwards when you realised you were making it all up? It's interesting in this context that the band chose an 'air hostess' as their 'exotic woman' (the first in a whole sequence of imaginary confident Eric Stewart girls who'll end up seducing him on subways and all sorts in albums to come): air hostesses never seem quite real anyway, what with all that make-up and being made up to look the same. This clearly isn't a 'real' woman: she's the sort you see everywhere if you travel by plane a lot and even that name - Mandy - isn't a common one amongst 'real' people, though it's used a lot in books. The result is a fourth straight song in a row that's easy to admire and yet there's something difficult to fall in love with compared to earlier classic 10cc singles: there's too many questions and not enough answers for this to be an 'easy ride', with the sudden switch of gears every time the band break out for another instrumental making this song less easy on the ears than, say, 'I'm Not In Love' or 'Rubber Bullets'. Still, this is a lot of people's favourite 10cc song for a reason: its a love song told with such a radical twist that no one on first hearing could have heard it coming (if they'd understood it at all), traditionally loved by 'true' fans (although interestingly co-writer Lol Creme wasn't one of them; it was this song he quoted as evidence that the band were growing stale). In actuality 'Mandy' is a clever hybrid of catchy commercialism and bonkers uniqueness that couldn't possibly have been thought up by another band, but there are better mixtures of the same ingredients around, even on this same album.
Tags: 10cc,  Pop  Music,  Rock  Music,  1976 
Added: 11th August 2018
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Posted By: Maitlandsplace
Spanky McFarland on Pat Sajak Show From Pat Sajak's short-lived talk show, a 1989 interview with Spanky McFarland of the Our Gang troupe.
Tags: Our  Gang  Little  Rascals  Spanky  McFarland  Pat  Sajak  interview 
Added: 4th September 2018
Views: 444
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Posted By: Lava1964
Lucy Teaches Ethel Merman How To Sing From a memorable 1964 episode of The Lucy Show, Lucy Carmichael (Lucille Ball) attempts to teach Broadway superstar Ethel Merman how to sing! Here's the premise: Ethel Merman wants to buy a home in Danfield, NY. Banker Mr. Mooney tells her he'll help her find a place but advises her to adopt an alias so the price won't be jacked up because of her celebrity status. Lucy and housemate Vivian Bagley (Vivian Vance) walk into the bank to ask for permission to sell tickets to their sons' Boy Scout fund-raising show and see Ethel Merman talking to Mr. Mooney. Ethel claims she's Agnes Schmidlapp, not Ethel Merman. Agnes, to the surprise of Lucy, agrees appear in the show as Ethel Merman. So Lucy takes it upon herself to teach Agnes how to sing like Ethel Merman. Here's the result...
Tags: Ethel  Merman  Lucy  Show  Lucille  Ball 
Added: 5th September 2018
Views: 493
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Posted By: Lava1964
Interstate 70 West at Exit 234 Route 180 West exit Interstate 70 West at St. Charles Rock Rd exit, Bridgeton, Missouri, 1989
Tags: Interstate  70  Missouri  Button  Copy  Signs  Travel  Saint  Louis  County  1989  Exits   
Added: 7th September 2018
Views: 340
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Posted By: poundsdwayne47
Interstate 55 North at Interstate 44 West Lafayette St exits Interstate 55 North approaches Interstate 44, Lafayette Ave exits, St. Louis, Missouri, 1989
Tags: Interstate  44  Interstate  55  Missouri  Button  Copy  Highways  Roads  Travel  1989  Missouri  Bridgeton  St  Louis 
Added: 7th September 2018
Views: 348
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Posted By: poundsdwayne47
Interstate 55 North at Exit 207A Gravios Ave exit Interstate 55 North at Gravios Ave exit, St. Louis, Missouri, 1989
Tags: Interstate  44  Interstate  55  Missouri  Button  Copy  Highways  Roads  Travel  1989  Missouri  Bridgeton  St  Louis 
Added: 7th September 2018
Views: 417
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Posted By: poundsdwayne47
Interstate 270 North at Interstate 44 US 50 Route 366 East exits Interstate 270 North at Interstate 44, US 50, Route 366 East exits, St. Louis, Missouri, 1989
Tags: Interstate  270  Missouri  Button  Copy  Signs  Highways  Saint  Interstate  44  St  Louis  1989  Highways  Roads  Button  Copy  Signs 
Added: 7th September 2018
Views: 445
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Posted By: poundsdwayne47
Peggy Fleming - 1968 US Olympic Trials Nineteen-year-old Peggy Fleming officially earns her spot on the 1968 Olympic figure skating team with her free skate at the US championships at the Spectrum in Philadelphia. (The event doubled as the national Olympic trials.) Note the balletic quality of her performance. A short time later Fleming would win the Olympic gold medal in Grenoble and the world championship a few weeks after that in Geneva.
Tags: figure  skating  Peggy  Fleming 
Added: 18th September 2018
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Posted By: Lava1964
Opie the Birdman - Final Scene The first episode of the fourth season of The Andy Griffith Show was Opie the Birdman (which first aired on September 30, 1963). The plot has Opie Taylor accidentally killing a mother bird with his slingshot. Opie decides to atone for his misdeed by taking care of the three baby birds found in the nest. Here is the final scene when Opie sets the birds free. In a 2009 poll, TV Guide ranked Opie the Birdman as the 18th best sitcom episode of all time!
Tags: Opie  The  Birdman  TAGS 
Added: 1st October 2018
Views: 598
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Posted By: Lava1964
Failed TV Series - East Side West Side In 1963 CBS introduced a bold new TV series that was way ahead of its time: East Side, West Side. It starred George C. Scott as Neil Brock, a New York City social worker whose job put him in the forefront with the seedy aspects of the big city. Topics included alcoholism, drug abuse, prostitution, race relations, and even statutory rape. Because of its controversial nature, some CBS affiliates chose not to air the hour-long show which was slotted at 10 p.m. on Mondays--right after The Andy Griffith Show. Predictably, East Side, West Side also had trouble getting sponsors. According to the reference book Total Television, "TV audiences in 1963 just weren't ready for a hard-hitting series focusing on social problems, especially one in which the problems remained unsolved at the hour's end." Only 26 episodes were made. By January 1964 CBS decided to ax East Side, West Side but aired the show occasionally until September of that year. Here is the opening montage for one episode.
Tags: East  Side  West  Side  CBS  George  C  Scott  drama 
Added: 2nd October 2018
Views: 497
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Posted By: Lava1964

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