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Just Notes: This that and the other
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, February 11, 2008 9:09 PM (Eastern)

Wearing this necklace:

handmade prasiolite and prehnite necklacehandmade prasiolite and prehnite necklace

Though I photographed it with the earrings, no way would I wear them together. One of my (infinite) future projects is to design a pair of 14KT gold earrings, without paying 14KT gold prices. Thinking of covering goldfilled wire hoops with karat gold beads, which are relatively inexpensive. For the hoops pictured, I now use a double loop design at the top (keeps the little end from popping out, without massive hammering).

Listening to this:

So far so good. It's time-consuming of course, since the only real way to test it out is to listen to it from a certain point forward (some of the songs "stick" too much for my taste). And you're limited to the songs you can find. Early U2, for example, is in short supply. I had to laugh when I heard the Peaches collaboration version of "Kiss Kiss Kiss"--it was so tame compared to the original. Yet spare and catchy, and ultimately likable.

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February 12, 2008 6:22 AM, Blogger Kenny Surtani said...

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February 12, 2008 12:27 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Normally I'd zap this comment right off the blog; it's pure advertising. SO PLEASE DON'T ADD ANY MORE COMMENTS LIKE IT.

Still...Shanghainese tailers in Hong Kong? Four weeks' turnover time? It is kind of cool.

February 12, 2008 6:38 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Yeah... my friend Cathy, who spent a year in HK, says that women take the fat issue of Vogue, go straight to these tailors, and knock an entire wardrobe off. ; )

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Culture Notes: Rave on
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, January 23, 2008 8:06 PM (Eastern)

Originally I was going to do a feature on songs about that we've all been Clear Channeled ad infinitum, no one sings about the radio anymore. Oh I know that's simplistic; without the Net to replace radio in the first place, the likelihood of the once-brilliant medium boiling down to muzak would have been slim.

So I got together three videos: Donna Summer's On the Radio, R.E.M.'s Radio Song, and Queen's Radio Ga-Ga.

Decided against Elvis Costello's Radio Radio...and, Costello is doing Buddy Holly, the way everyone else does Elvis. I had a sudden desire to hear Buddy Holly again.


What popped up when I was searching for Holly:

Rave On by John Lennon

So I thought I'd share this moment rather than the radio-on-radio concept. I'd never heard this cover before, in all the odd bootleg Beatles recordings I've heard over the years. Thanks icepick141!

If you're old enough to remember this song, you're probably old enough to know it commemorates the day Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson died in a plane crash, along with the pilot of the plane, Roger Peterson. It's a sad song, yet I loved it when I was a kid, and its many references to various pop bands of the time make it a bit historic as well.

Don McLean - American Pie

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Culture Notes: John Lennon part 2
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, January 19, 2008 10:18 PM (Eastern)

(see Culture Notes: John Lennon part 1)

Here I was looking for the film Imagine--I'm sure that was the name--one of those art films John and Yoko had made around the time of the album. I saw it in the theatre, where it was pretty much dissed, similarly to, say, the early work of David Lynch. What would make the original Imagine movie stand out now would be the lush youth of John and Yoko, against a fabulously verdant English backdrop, and various noodlings such as trying to morph two faces into one (predating the computer programs which do so now). And Yoko showing off her perfect figure.

Instead I found this; the entire movie is up if you care to watch it.

Imagine - The Movie John Lennon Part 1

Where was I yesterday? I've realized it's not that easy writing a piece on John Lennon. Part of me still doesn't want to believe what happened to him. Of course I remember that, I was fifteen... It is still sad.

But, it's pointless to bury someone's work. I tried finding more from Walls and Bridges, but there are only a few songs up.

Rock 'n' Roll (1975)...hmmm, there's a Wiki. (Isn't it great?)

While still encumbered with the US government's attempts to have him deported, Lennon found himself threatened with a lawsuit, by Roulette Records chief Morris Levy. Lennon had admitted in an interview that his song "Come Together" both borrowed stylistically from Chuck Berry's "You Can't Catch Me", published by Levy, and re-used one line ("Here come old flat-top") from the song. Levy sued Lennon for infringement, but agreed to drop the suit if Lennon recorded at least three songs that Levy published, on his next album (after Mind Games). Browsing Levy's music publishing catalog, Lennon found so many of his old favourites that he decided to do a full album of cover songs, by Levy's artists and others.

Rock 'n' Roll was interesting in that, as much as the Beatles have been lauded as the greatest thing since sliced bread, their chief influences were 1950's American rock 'n' roll artists such as Chuck Berry and Little Richard. When I first heard the album, I found it a tad Anglicized...keep in mind I'm old enough to have heard most of the originals first (1950's and 1960's music got frequent radio play in 1970's Virginia). Hearing it now though, it sounds...fresh.

Rock 'n' Roll John Lennon

Double Fantasy came out in 1980. Here I wanted to embed Yoko's song, "Every Man Has a Woman Who Loves Him," because it was a lovely pop tune. Unfortunately there isn't much Yoko on Youtube. I'm not blaming would be hard to go back and make videos for these songs. I'm hearing it playing in my mind right now.

Every man has a woman who loves him
In rain or shine, life or death...

Why do I run, when I know you're the one
Why do I laugh, when I feel like crying?

There were several hit songs on this record, starting with "Starting Over" (John doing Elvis :D), then going to "Watching the Wheels," "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)," and "Woman" (which was still considered an unusual feminist statement).

I remember this period as magical. I went out and bought the record and played it many, many times.

beautiful boy (darling boy)

After John died, there was this sort of hollow feeling. It just seemed incomprehensible, yet there it was.

1984 saw the release of Milk and Honey. This was my last complete year to live in Virginia, and for whatever reason, the popular songs of 1984 and 1985 reside vividly in my memory--Don Henley's "Boys of Summer" and "All She Wants to Do Is Dance," Madonna's "Material Girl," Wham's "Freedom," the stuff on U2's The Unforgettable Fire. I don't actually associate Milk and Honey with 1984 though; it just seems to float, timeless, brave, and stellar.

Nobody Told Me

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January 20, 2008 2:17 PM, Blogger Dain said...

You know what's odd? I feel a pang too, even though he has always been gone to me. But you can definitely feel the void, it is strange. He was the rarest of celebrities, a figure of intelligence, yes, but intelligent people can be socially selfish, even when they have liberal values. But John, he always had empathy.

January 20, 2008 3:07 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

It was hard going back on it. It's funny, you don't think about it day to day, but some of these songs, I haven't heard in years.

I was going to do a follow-up of sorts, with Yoko, Julian Lennon, and Sean Lennon. They all have a lot of stuff up on MySpace. Maybe I'll do that later on.

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Culture Notes: John Lennon part 1
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, January 18, 2008 7:43 PM (Eastern)

When I was a kid, I idolized John Lennon. I'm old enough to remember the day the Beatles disbanded...or rather, I have this tiny glimpse of the neighborhood kids and me playing on the street. I'm picturing it as summer, a bunch of kids wearing shorts and goofing around in the neighborhood. In the warmth of golden late afternoon sunlight, someone mentioned the Beatles had broken up. It sounded strange, unreal. This memory coincides with a few others of this time in my life, like the kids down the street setting up their own haunted house.

When I was...thirteen? fourteen?...I got hold of Lennon Remembers, the Rolling Stone interviews he and Yoko Ono had done in 1970, read it cover to cover...and later on, the Playboy interview (1980), which still brings a smile:

PLAYBOY: The word is out: John Lennon and Yoko Ono are back in the studio, recording again for the first time since 1975, when they vanished from public view. Let's start with you, John. What have you been doing?

LENNON: I've been baking bread and looking after the baby.

PLAYBOY: With what secret projects going on in the basement?

LENNON: That's like what everyone else who has asked me that question over the last few years says. "But what else have you been doing?" To which I say, "Are you kidding?" Because bread and babies, as every housewife knows, is a full-time job. After I made the loaves, I felt like I had conquered something. But as I watched the bread being eaten, I thought, Well, Jesus, don't I get a gold record or knighted or nothing?

From Lennon Remembers, I read about the songs on John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, the first record Lennon had released after the break-up, long before I actually heard any of them. Bear in mind, the record emerged for me in 1970's Norfolk, Virginia, which is like a conservative sandwich filled with conservative meats, moistened with conservatism, and served on a highly conservative plate. Songs titled "Working Class Hero," "God," "My Mummy's Dead," etc., didn't exactly get much airtime back then.

When I finally bought the record, I was amazed how melodic the work was. For whatever odd reason, I'd had the impression of this wildly atonal explosion of radicalism, but it was really quite nice. Lennon would subsequently make lusher music, funkier music; he would do Elvis, covers of 1950's tunes, a lot of things really, given a period of only ten years...but it was the first album that was, in my opinion, the most beautiful. Even with the Primal Scream stuff. :D

John Lennon - Isolation (1970)

As much as "Imagine" the single has been played, what begins side 2 of the album Imagine (1971) is the most scintillating burst of...words, followed by a smokin' guitar solo by George Harrison.

John Lennon - Gimme Some Truth

I don't remember much of 1973's Mind Games. "Mind Games" the single was widely played on the radio, and "Out the Blue" was a nice little tune.

Walls and Bridges (1974) was better, though some of the production was pretty rough. "What You Got," for example, was a fantastic song, but the voice on it was raspy (I could probably sing as well). "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night," a duet with Elton John, was pure pop perfection. From the Wiki:

The recording featured Elton John on backing vocals and piano alongside the Muscle Shoals Horns. While in the studio, Elton bet Lennon that the song would top the charts, and such was Lennon's skepticism that Elton secured from him a promise to appear on stage at one of his performances should the record indeed hit number one. When the record did achieve that feat, Lennon appeared at Elton John's Thanksgiving performance at Madison Square Garden on November 28, 1974.

There was also the highly accessible (now there's a totally 70's word for ya, along with "derivative") #9 Dream. But let's play something you probably haven't heard:

John Lennon - Bless You

It's too much to cover in a single post, so I'll try to pick this up later.

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January 18, 2008 8:59 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Mmm... thank you. You know, there are people who don't like The Beatles? It was a smart mix, Paul for the popular-catchy tunes and John for the philosophical edge. I wonder if we'll ever see anything like them again, though Radiohead reminds me of The Grateful Dead a little.

January 18, 2008 9:32 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

At the risk of sounding like a complete git, "Video killed the radio star." :D

I think radio in the West has lost its power. If I think about the 70's, or even the 80's...people were slaves to their radios and records, perhaps the same way they are now slaves to the Internet.

In that regard, it would be hard to replace the Beatles. If you wanted a new Beatles, they would have to come from a place where people are still addicted to music.

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Culture Notes: Rickie Lee Jones
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, January 15, 2008 8:35 PM (Eastern)

Rickie Lee Jones - Coolsville

I loved Rickie Lee Jones from the time I saw her on Saturday Night Live (where, in fact, she sang this song). As much as people associate the 1970's with excess--disco balls, parties and cocaine--there was a spare coolness to it as well. Or perhaps I'm just being sentimental, because I loved all of the female icons of that time...sensed a restless power and strength, behind the prevailing stereotypes. I mean when this record came out, I'm reasonably sure "ring-around-the-collar" was television's conception of female power and strength. lol

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January 16, 2008 2:34 AM, Blogger Audrey_H said...

Ahhh, Rickie. She's great. "Chuck E's in love" has one of the grooviest beats ever. :) I love her "Pop pop" cd too, where she sings jazz standards in her own way, accompanied by jazz musicians. I heard her live in 2001 - a great show. She's just as good live as "on tape".

January 16, 2008 12:30 PM, Blogger Dain said...

What a beautiful video. I'm also a fan of "Chuck E's in Love".

January 16, 2008 2:08 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

It's nice to see Rickie fans! I was afraid she'd gone into obscurity.

I had the first record, Rickie Lee Jones, I played it to death when I was a kid. One of my favorite songs was Danny's All-Star Joint, where she describes having thirty dollars in her pocket--her friend wanted to give her a free cup of coffee--and then some other guy comes into the restaurant and asks for money.

The conclusion: "If she offers it, take it...but don't give it away honey if he don't appreciate it." That was great.

January 16, 2008 2:14 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Ah here it is...

Cecil gives me coffee
And he won't never take my coin
I say, "I got thirty dollars in my pocket!
Whatchoo doin'? "

I holler, "Come on, Cecil, take a dollar!
Come on, Cecil, take a ten!
I've finally geared up into a whole lotta big ones
And you're actin' like I'm down-shiftin'"

The kid say, "I ain't got no dough, I just want some OJ"
And I said, "Don't look at me" (cuz he was lookin' my way)
Cecil wink upon him some juice and some green
And the kid walks over and puts the quarter in the pinball machine
And he says, "Come on, Cec, gimme a dollar
Come on Cecil gimme five
I'm in a halfway house on a one-way street
And I'm a quarter past left alive"

January 16, 2008 3:05 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...


Come on Cecil, take a dollar
Come on Cecil, take a tip
Do yourself a favor If she offers it - take it
But honey, don't give it away if he don't appreciate it

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Merry Christmas!
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, December 25, 2007 7:36 PM (Eastern)

all i want for christmas is you - mariah carey

Darlene Love - Christmas (Baby please come home)


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Three ways to stay warm this season.
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, December 22, 2007 5:21 PM (Eastern)

It's been a bit of a challenge keeping warm sans the endless will-sucking, mind-sapping, seven-month season we called Summer back home in the South. In the San Francisco Bay Area, unless you have the good sense to journey inland, it is perennially cold. So, here are a few tricks.

1. Evoke the tropical:

montale intense tiare

Montale's Intense Tiaré sailed to the top of my wishlist this year, when I was wearing my winter coat and jumping up and down. Though there are other tropical coconut perfumes I've yet to try, I've yet to be tempted to try them.

Creed makes Virgin Island Water. Creed. Hm. I sampled two of their fragrances, Fleurissimo and Jasmin Impératrice Eugénie, and was a bit underwhelmed. As much as people rag on Montale for their prices, Creed is the spendier of the two. Plus, I can admit I find Creed's seemingly endless celebrity endorsement annoying. Ava Gardner I can dig, and someday I'd like to try her Fleur de Thé Rose Bulgare, that would really be hot. The others though, eh...

Comptoir Sud Pacifique makes Aloha Tiaré. The one consistent thing I've read about Comptoir Sud Pacifique over the years is their scents don't last. I rejected the (stunning) Diptyque Do Son over the same issue. I don't buy weak perfumes; they insult the intelligence. Moreover, per, this particular scent was reformulated from its old monoï self into a more generic gardenia/tuberose scent...which was further described as being not as good as Annick Goutal's Songes, which I rejected as being too sweet and simple.

Oh, I'm sure there are other monoï scents, or other tropical interpretations, but what I love about Montale is their...odd engineering. It's not a plethora of notes, not even conventional notes, half the time what you're smelling doesn't even smell like perfume, only like insane goodness. Intense Tiaré, you can almost warm your hands against.

2. Tropical cute overload:

Bob Marley Waiting In Vain

If you can't actually jump into that warm sea, at least you can hear its rhythms inside the music.

3. Comedy on this subject:

I dithered some whether to embed this video here. I've played it several times, and have found it does make you feel warmer, yet there is a certain amount of bad language in it that some people might object to. Oh whatever, it's a video with an arrow on it; click if you want to.

Lewis Black on Broadway (cold)

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Culture Notes: Coty lipstick & Weird Al
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, December 17, 2007 11:50 PM (Eastern)

What with the stress of the holidays, sometimes it's nice to just step back and breathe. I've had this Coty lipstick video in my bookmarks for a considerable time, and play it every once in a while to cheer myself up. Though the color of the film has degraded to the point many of the shades now look alike, its charm remains, with the bright red lips, graceful dancing, and carefully-composed graphical effects.

1950's Coty Lipstick Commercial

I had this sudden urge today to search for Weird Al Yankovic on Youtube. Came across this gem, from The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder. Don't laugh, it was a very cool show--one of the first and last U.S. television shows to feature The Clash (you bet I stayed up to watch that one).

Weird Al Yankovic -Another One Rides the Bus

This of course is a parody of Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust."

"I Lost On Jeopardy"--perhaps the funniest aspect is it's just as catchy as the original song, maybe more so. Greg Kihn Band "Jeopardy" (John's Live Performance Video)

Greg Kihn is still around btw; he works as a DJ. I try to catch his show now and again (the station it's on is kind of fuzzy from here).

"Weird Al" Yankovic - I Lost On Jeopardy

Featuring the original host of Jeopardy, Art Fleming, a cameo of Dr. Demento, and Kihn himself.

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Beauty Notes: the ever-elusive signature scent, part 2
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, December 14, 2007 4:55 PM (Eastern)

potential signature scents

(see Beauty Notes: the ever-elusive signature scent)

I haven't smelled Sublime in ages, hence the small representation. I own the perfumes listed in red text, have the ones printed in purple on my some-day wish list (although I'm not planning to buy Sublime unsniffed).

Intense Tiaré, I've been wearing the most lately. It's amazingly warming and soothing. If anything will take you down to Kokomo, this is it...

...yet the coconut here is silky and subtle, woven into the fresh tiare flower (which even has a minute bitterness to it, like an actual bloom). It's floated to the top of my wishlist in fact. I feel I can live without Jasmin Full or Sublime, but Intense Tiaré plays like a Bob Marley song.

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Beauty Notes: Serenity
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, December 05, 2007 1:36 AM (Eastern)

It's well to find ways to keep your morale and energy up, no matter what's going on. Not that it's easy to do. In fact it's a skill, that should probably be taught in school along with mathematics (the two are not as dissimilar as they may appear).

Serenity & Music

What better way to get everything in alignment than to put on some music? (Do people still say that, or did this expression recede with the vinyl recording?)

alicia bridges - i love the night life COQUIGUATE

This was one of my favorite songs of the disco era. It's subtler than Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive," and as sexy, in its own way, as Grace Jones' "Pull Up to the Bumper."

And speaking of Grace Jones...she was a prominent figure in the tail-end-of-disco, birth-of-New-Wave period, and I miss her. I didn't know until today that LL Cool J's "Doin' It" was sampled from a Grace Jones song:

Grace Jones - My Jamaican Guy (Live)

Serenity & Perfume

Finally got around to trying my sample of Serge Lutens' Fleurs d'Oranger today.

serge lutens fleurs d'oranger

In its own right, it is a highly soothing composition, with waves and billows of honeyed orange blossom, whiffs of the orange itself, smooth white starts out with a small burst of the same bright sweetness of Fracas, in fact...all reminiscent of crisp white cotton shirts, sunny gardens, and general tranquility.

I can never in a million years see buying this, mind you; it's not "me." "You," in your perfume-buying decisions, should be the perfumes that bring you peace. My Montale Aoud Blossom/Boisé Vanillé blend never fails to soothe, nor does Annick Goutal's Passion. I'm mulling over the idea of trying Jean Patou's Sublime again (I haven't smelled it in a decade, easily, and don't want to make the same mistake I made buying Samsara after not having smelled it in about as long.)

Serenity & Jewelry

turquoise, labradorite and keishi pearl necklace

I had the idea of trying to capture the sea around Jamaica, without using obvious maritime symbols such as mermaids or shells. This is American turquoise and labradorite, with a natural pink keishi pearl. In the end I couldn't resist the golden anchor (in real life, it looks more like a fleur-de-lys than an obvious anchor).

Here a great deal of the calming aspect is making the piece itself. It's not unlike knitting, which I've recently thought about taking up (I was a complete screw-up at knitting in my youth), in being able to take the same elements and redo them, with very little waste (okay knitting trumps jewelry making, but if you stick with it long enough, you don't make that many mistakes anymore).

Serenity & Comedy

Springtime for Hitler

Sometimes you really need to laugh. When I saw The Producers originally, it was sometime in the early to mid 1970's, when the horrors of World War II were still relatively fresh. I had to blink to believe what I was seeing, it was that hysterically funny. Likely some of its jibes are less pointed now, but the opening number for Springtime for Hitler is a classic.

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Travel: Jamaica
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, December 01, 2007 1:40 PM (Eastern)

jamaican coat of arms

I recently returned from Jamaica; it's been my third time going there. It's odd, but it's hard for me to imagine any place on Earth I'd rather visit. Living there would be difficult, there's no doubt about it, yet it is a place that becomes a part of you, or else it's that you leave part of yourself there every time you go.

Americans particularly would do well to add Jamaica to their vacation possibilities list. Not only is English the official language of Jamaica (never mind that no one there speaks the Queen's English, since we don't either): Americans will instantly recognize a fresher version of the same former-English-colony hangover.* As far as the weather: the American South is hotter and comparably humid. If you can survive that, Jamaican weather is something of a reverie. (Okay it isn't like that all year, check before you book.)

There have been improvements over the past three years...much more new construction, a renovated airport. The people you see on the street are better dressed, year by year. There appear to be more primary education students (noticeable, since they wear uniforms). Overall there is less formality, more of a driving energy.

The photos in travel brochures really don't do the place justice. They're hopelessly airbrushed; you're left with a bizarre impression of a high-gloss resort, where rich people sit and scrutinize your shoes. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Jamaica is a fabulously hot, sweaty kind of a place, where you spend much of your time in the sea. Artifice isn't a big component melts or washes away, you live in a bathing suit, your hair is beachy, only in the literal sense. You need bug repellent and sunscreen, but you don't feel like sitting wearing a hat. At night it cools off and people dress up, but it's tropical dressing up. There isn't a corresponding style of dress here; it took me the three times to suss it out. But I like it.

river maid

Here is the view from my room. Someone comes every morning to take the boat to the water sports part of the beach. I got to snorkel almost every day...and this is a really cool boat, it's got two outboard motors in the back and a glass bottom...snorkeling in Jamaica is otherworldly. You'd think it would become humdrum, doing it every day, but it's unique each time, a different set of fish and corals, large bright starfish one day, a ginormous fish with jaws the next (okay I didn't stick around to investigate that one too closely).


Here I am looking kinda wasted...sorry about that...but everything they say about Jamaican rum is true; it's excellent. They also make a decent beer (Red Stripe).

Even if you don't consider yourself the greatest reggae fan, reggae music is omnipresent, only here it's alive and breathing. Its rhythms belong to an island nation...the one accurate aspect of those airbrushed travel-agency pics is Jamaica's exquisite turquoise sea.

Debated a bit as to which song to include many good ones, from Three Little Birds to Stir It Up to Pressure Drop :) Can't beat this one though.

Bob Marley Is This Love

Here I'm can always tell who's arriving or leaving, because they're the only folks wearing anything other than bathing suits. I didn't go for a deep tan, but I can say this was the first time in...years, easily...that I didn't always feel bone-tired. In fact I didn't feel tired at all.

last day

Edited: ahahahahaha! Just going back over my previous posts on Jamaica.

You do need two bathing suits, because how well the day's suit dries out depends on the given heat and humidity (some parts of the country are considerably hotter than others).

This time I went, I saw dental floss suits, some toplessness...more sophisticated, but it will depend on your resort.

Still, skip the short-sleeved tee shirts, socks, etc. Again we brought one of those travel steamer/iron things; again it languished in the suitcase.

Do research something called a "no see um". Think DEET, in the highest safe concentration.

Hopefully there will be more choices in coral reef safe sunscreens soon. The lone one I saw in shops (stateside) was Ecolani, at nearly $20 for 4 oz. That would amount to a c-note's worth of sunscreen for us.

And what's up with all these expensive sunscreens lately anyway?

I got to sniff two Jamaican scents, White Witch (by Parfums Jamaica) and Forget Me Not. There's little information on the Net about either.

White Witch smells kind of neat, it's spicy...I'd like to say ginger and cinnamon...with an overlay of a narcissus-like flower. On me it wasn't that great, but I did smell it on others; it's a young scent imo. The staying power didn't impress me much, considering I'd tested the eau de parfum, but then it is reasonably priced, so I can see applying it fairly lavishly.

Forget Me Not was an old-fashioned blended floral perfume, like Creed's Fleurissimo. The staying power here was pretty good.

* Jamaica attained its independence in 1962.

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December 2, 2007 11:04 AM, Blogger Jenny B said...

Thanks for your travel report! It was a lovely read. Jamaica looks great, and so do you! I'm glad you had such a fine time.

December 2, 2007 2:30 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

You would love it. Because it's a small island country, it's all about the sea and swimming. They have scuba diving as well as snorkeling, but you have to take lessons for scuba diving so we didn't bother. Maybe next time.

The's like those fancy aquariums, only way better!

The sea is the thing...that's one thing I really miss living here. The Pacific Ocean is too cold to go swimming in, in the main...there are a few beaches around, like Stinson Beach or Alameda, but it's not the same. When I lived in Virginia, I was half an hour's drive away from the beach. Even though we did have jellyfish the size of dinner plates. lol

December 2, 2007 5:38 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Cool. Glad to see you back. : )

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Culture Notes: California music part 4 (Southern)
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, November 02, 2007 2:32 PM (Eastern)

There are far too many stellar songs from Southern California to fit into a single post, hence I've selected one from each decade, beginning with the 1960's.

Chantays - Pipeline

This song has been on my mind for many years. I heard it growing up in Virginia, where its exotic air hinted at a lifestyle very different from everything I'd already seen.

I was tempted to put Dick Dale and his Del-Tones doing "Misirlou" here, though Dale hails from Massachusetts (and is half Lebanese, which explains the embellished style of guitar-playing), but "Pipeline" better captures the Southern California mystique. Who'd have guessed it was a bunch of kids making this music? Ah, the miracle of Youtube.

Eagles-Hotel California

I was in grade school when this came out; it immediately became the standard for all aspiring garage bands of the time.

Editor's note: it's a terrific song, but another reason for its popularity is its length. There used to be people called DJ's who used to compose playlists, and, quite frequently, the DJ's would favor longer songs, since these enabled the DJ's to take bathroom breaks and the like.

The Go Go's - Our Lips Are Sealed

Love this was written by Jane Wiedlin (of the Go-Go's) and Terry Hall (of The Specials and Fun Boy Three). The Go-Go's version is superior to that of Fun Boy Three imo, for its genuine frothiness (as the lyrics suggest it should be).


Not only one of my favorite Red Hot Chili Peppers songs, but also one of my all-time favorite videos. Who wouldn't want to drive like that on the bridge...

Pump it Mix

And finally, a group which I feel has always been somewhat underrated, The Black Eyed Peas. Here a fan has spliced some live footage in with what is another all-time favorite video of mine. (Looks like we'll get some "Misirlou" after all.)

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November 2, 2007 2:51 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Hehe... I used to listen to RHCP/Billie Holiday in high school... perhaps an odd pairing. Otherside was my favorite song, but I now think Parallel Universe is better.

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Culture Notes: California music part 3 (Northern)
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, October 31, 2007 2:11 AM (Eastern)

The most fun section, even though we have fewer bands than SoCal. :)

As far as I know, Chris Isaak is the most famous person from Stockton. This video was regarded as pretty hot when it came out although if you look at it, nothing is actually shown, only suggested. Featuring Danish super model Helena Christensen.

Wicked Game

Based on her hit records, I can't claim to be a great fan of Janis Joplin, because there her voice sounds too rough. Yet the non-hit songs made toward the end of her short life can be extraordinary. Makes you wonder what she would have done had she lived longer. (Joplin was from Texas of course, but is heavily associated with San Francisco.)


Green Day have been around forever--twenty years--but, like Jon Stewart, what made them suddenly come to the fore was our country's swerve to the right.

Green Day - Holiday (Live Video)

Carlos Santana, who needs no introduction.

Santana - Maria Maria [TheWraith]

And finally, Huey Lewis and the News. One of my favorite Bay Area tunes of all time.

Huey Lewis and The News - I Want A New Drug

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October 31, 2007 6:18 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Ever hear Joplin sing "Son of a Preacher Man"? No grittiness there. She wasn't very careful about her voice, but she was a fantastic guitarist.

November 1, 2007 12:35 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

I didn't know she did "Son of a Preacher Man"...what I've heard was the Dusty Springfield version. As I say I'm not much of a fan. I was surprised at what turned up on Youtube though, it was much better than Joplin's more commercial releases.

November 3, 2007 5:13 AM, Blogger Audrey_H said...

Hehe, Huey Lewis & The News.. I once went to a party with the bass player and the drummer. Nice people. The bass player reminded me a little of Seinfeld's Kramer though :-D

Great band, a lot of good songs - "If this is it", "Do you believe in love"...

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Culture Notes: California music part 2 (California and...)
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, October 29, 2007 3:32 PM (Eastern)

From Burt Sugarman's Midnight Special, which was once next to the only way to watch musical performances (Friday Night Videos came later on).
California and England:

Fleetwood Mac - Rhiannon Midnight Special 1976

Though The Doors were formed in Los Angeles, Jim Morrison was born in Florida, and had something of a typical Navy brat's childhood, divided between the South and the West Coast.
California and Florida:

The Doors - Touch Me

Tito & Tarantula, behind Salma Hayek in From Dusk Till Dawn. This scene has been uploaded many times, with varying levels of quality. The best version includes the beginning of the vampire scenes hence I couldn't use it here. In this version, the audio is better than the picture, because this is a feature on music. It was a trade-off but anyway here it is.
California and Mexico:

Salma Hayek - Dancing in 'From Dusk Till Dawn' [1996]

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Culture Notes: California music part 1 (random)
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 2:06 AM (Eastern)

At first I had the idea of organizing this chronologically, starting with the surf music of the early 60's, then the acid stuff of the late 60's, The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, The Go-Go's, No Doubt, yadda's endless though. Hence, it's probably best to just get into it and follow the road.

They still played a lot of 50's and early 60's music on the radio when I was a kid, so I remember these songs quite clearly.

Ventures - Walk Don't Run - 45 rpm

The Beach Boys - Don't Worry Baby

Best cover:

RHCP : I Get Around

Full version of "I've Been Let Down":

Mazzy Star - I've Been Let Down(Full)

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Dr. Hauschka Novum LipGloss #04 Ruby
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, October 24, 2007 2:25 PM (Eastern)

dr. hauschka novum lipgloss #04 ruby

Considering I haven't been into gloss in a long time, this is a decent gloss.

It doesn't have much of a flavor or fragrance...when I put it on, I detected a slight pleasant herbal, Dr. Hauschka-y scent, which faded quickly.

It's very slightly sticky (I prefer "sticky" to "runny" btw), and the pigment is good--even after eating, pigment remains on lips (you do of course still have to redo it after eating, I'm just saying).

This is Ruby, and usually a lip product by that name looks harsh on me, but I'm finding this to be a sort of wearable raspberry color.

The best part is that it is conditioning, more like a moisturizing lipstick or balm than your average gloss.

This is what I'm listening to:

Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody

Abba - Dancing Queen

I'm having a 70's moment!

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October 25, 2007 1:17 PM, Blogger Chez Moi said...

Very, very pretty!

Oh man was that a blast from the past!!! My sister and I used to dance around in our living room playing Abba on old 45's!!! My mom ADORED them!

October 25, 2007 1:25 PM, Blogger Dain said...

One of my closest friends is a huge fan of "Dancing Queen". It's kind of funny, because he's a big, macho, self-important man. A softie at heart. ; )

October 28, 2007 1:57 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Dancing queen, young and sweet, only seventeen dee dee... Hard to beat that tune.

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Culture Notes: Queen, and some collaborations
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, October 20, 2007 2:18 PM (Eastern)

I was visiting Perfume-Smellin' Things this morning, and came across this gem:

queen - killer queen

Did you know Freddie Mercury was a Parsee? It's been a long time since I've heard this song, and I'm struck anew at what a singular composition it is...that Mercury had sat down and written the lyrics, likely based on an actual person, if not several people. It's a very 70's song.

I could post the entire Queen catalogue, it's that good, but there were a few English-white-guy collaborations I particularly like, so...

Queen and David Bowie - Under Pressure

Whatever gets you through the night - Elton John Lennon

Loved that last song when I was a kid. :)

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Culture Notes: American music
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, October 06, 2007 12:28 AM (Eastern)

Easily my favorite kind of music...particularly, I think, when performed by non-Americans. I don't know why but it's one of my favorite blends.

Then again, the radio show I loved best was the late Alistair Cooke's "Letter From America"; I still miss it, after three years. Fareed Zakaria is now the best foreign-born commentator on our country, I think...or Stephen Colbert.*

Anyhow...with Youtube as a massive jukebox, I was looking for a few songs today; for example, The Clash's cover of "Pressure Drop." Nissan is using it now, which I don't mind--everyone has bills to pay--what's infuriating is they don't use the entire song. Just the opening guitar line, maybe one round of "ah ah ah, ah ah, oh oh, yeah." That's really annoying.

For whatever reason, I decided to search Lloyd Cole, and came across this charming video made from a VHS recording (complete with whatever else was on the tape before and after, and the first seconds of the video gone as someone ran to the VCR to hit the record button:

Lloyd Cole & The Commotions - Lost Weekend

Lloyd Cole and the Commotions produced some of the finest American music in the 1980's. They were a quiet band, despite the name "Commotions," but excellent.

This morning I woke up from a deep unquiet sleep
With ashtray clothes and miss lonelyheart's pen
With which I wrote for you a lovesong in tattoo
Upon my palm 'twas stolen from me when jesus took my hand
You see I, I wouldn't say it if I didn't mean it
Drop me and I'll fall to pieces so easily...

About twenty years prior to this song, another English band doing American music:

The Animals - Don't bring medown

I still love The Animals...if it weren't for John Lennon, I'd prefer them to The Beatles.

Now for some ladies' music...the audio here isn't perfect, but how handily k.d. lang covers Patsy Cline's "Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray":

Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray - k.d. lang

I wanted to post Leila Forouhar's cover of Dolly Parton's "Jolene," but it doesn't seem to exist on the Net in its entirety (mumbles...), only in sample form. But I did find this catchy number. (I can admit I'm a bigger Googoosh fan, but these newer Forouhar songs are really quite good...Forouhar's voice is in good nick.)

Leila _ A Kiss

* lol--just kidding (fellow Southerner)

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October 10, 2007 9:48 AM, Blogger Dain said...

Love The Animals. It's just great pop-y classic rock.

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Culture Notes: Random unremembered unremembereds
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, September 26, 2007 3:51 PM (Eastern)

Perhaps a quote from Donald Rumsfeld is in order.

"Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns -- the ones we don't know we don't know."

On the basis of that quote alone, it would appear Mr. Rumsfeld would have made a far better computer programmer than, say, a Secretary of Defense or some such thing. It makes perfect sense to me.

I've been experiencing a similar phenomenon lately, only it's unremembered unremembereds rather than unknown unknowns. Unremembered unremembereds are things you don't remember you don't remember, and only upon recalling them, do you recall you'd forgotten them in the first place.

Take Urgh! A Music War. Urgh! was a movie released in 1981, when I was sixteen. It featured various punk and new wave acts, some of which went on to greater fame, some of which became even less visible after the film was shown, if that were possible.

How I stumbled upon this unremembered unremembered...I was looking for a video for Oingo Boingo's "Weird Science." It's not a very good song, has even been described as the band's least favorite as it was a rush production. Oingo Boingo was a terrific band...not my favorite of the era, yet an interesting blend of their roots as a performance art group, the odd things Danny Elfman did with his voice, and the fact that much of their hit songs were woven into films. They were intrinsically theatrical, and very Los Angeles (if you can imagine anything more exotic to a native Virginian).

My favorite Oingo Boingo song is probably Stay, or even Just Another Day. Visually though, it's hard to beat "Dead Man's Party":

Oingo Boingo Dead Man's Party

Once I delved into the Oingo Boingo "thread" (what do they call that Google thing in Youtube, where they read your mind?), I glimpsed their song on Urgh!: Ain't This the Life?

Urgh! had some wonderful songs. Take "Total Eclipse," the late Klaus Nomi's part-cabaret, part-opera, all-entertaining song about a nuclear attack:

Klaus Nomi - Total Eclipse (live)

(I had seen Nomi prior to that on Saturday Night Live with David Bowie and a gentleman in a red dress.)

In the same prevailing Cold War groove, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark:

OMD - Enola Gay (live)

For every Pere Ubu (I'm not linking to that; even by the standards of the day, it was odd), there were The Go-Go's, Devo, Steel Pulse, UB40...oh, let's let The Police roll through the lineup:

the Police - outro 'So Lonely'

I haven't heard many of these songs easily in twenty years, or at least since I stopped playing them (I had the record). Funny to go back eh?

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Beauty Notes: perfumes part 8
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, September 21, 2007 3:45 AM (Eastern)

Elvis Costello - Peace Love And Understanding (2004)

There are several music videos I've had in draft mode, probably since part 7 of my perfume odyssey. There's this, the original video The Police did for "Roxanne," and Power Station's "Some Like It Hot."

Ultimately, Elvis Costello won out. This is a Nick Lowe song, and Costello kind of ruined it, but in a good way. He de-countrified can almost grasp how Lowe would have done it, all cowboy boots, grits 'n' ham gravy. Oh wait, here it is:

Nick Lowe What's So Funny 'Bout Peace, Love & Understandin'

Costello is the superior singer, the Whitney Houston to Lowe's Dolly Parton, but I like both versions. looks sheepish

I am a bit closer to finding my perfume nirvana than I was a year ago.

I have discovered my grail house. It is Montale. I "got" Montale, the way you "get" your favorite brand of chocolate the first time you taste it. It just feels right in your mouth; it's what your eyes seek in the shop, no matter how many other kinds of chocolate fill the shelves.

Still, which Montale? There's a dizzying array of scents. I've tried reading reviews, to narrow down even a list of samples. But the reviews of the three Montale scents I've tried (Aoud Roses Petals, Crystal Flowers and Jasmin Full) don't match how they smell. Perfume-Smellin' Things Perfume Blog did justice to Aoud Roses Petals and Jasmin Full (couldn't find a review of Crystal Flowers there), and there is always Basenotes.

I suspect I'm doomed to try them all, slowly.

Along the way, I do have favorites from the other houses I've tried, most notably Annick Goutal's Passion (okay I have a small bunch of favorites). I've also considered buying other forms of perfume (usually something like shower gel works out well, and lotion doesn't). I've never felt you need have everything "match"; scents are components, just as they are themselves made of components; there's no reason you can't use them exactly where and how you please.

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Culture Notes: What I'm listening to
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, September 09, 2007 9:30 PM (Eastern)

I loved this the first time I saw it. Sure it's a bit dated, but I found it overwhelmingly positive. Always kinda dug Nancy Kwan, don't know why people used to rag on her. To the best of my knowledge, she never did the subservient thing. She was always pretty boss in her movies.

I Enjoy Being a Girl Nancy Kwan Flower Drum Song 61

This, I have no real explanation for. It's Sean Lennon and a French guy known as -M-; French version of "Parachute."

Sean Lennon et M - L'eclipse (duo) clip

Some random comedy...was looking for an episode of The Goon Show to post; unfortunately there aren't many of them up. There's a series of the last Goon Show made, but I wanted one from the original run.

From there I started checking out Spike Milligan's material. There was a reference to Dave Allen in one of the films (Spike Milligan - First Irish Rocket To The Moon).

From there, this sketch. Dave Allen was better known for monologues, told from a distinctly Irish point of view, so maybe I'll put some of those up later on (or you can check 'em out yourself, there's lots of them on Youtube).

Dave Allen - James Bond

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Montale Jasmin Full review part 2
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, September 07, 2007 3:12 PM (Eastern)

(see part 1)

I knew it! It was a matter of putting more of it on, about the same as any other eau de parfum (unlike Aoud Roses Petals, which fares well on a couple of drops).

I've been wearing Jasmin Full over the past several days; don't even feel like moving on to my other samples. I've decided, albeit a bit grudgingly, I prefer this over the two Diptyque florals I'd been turning over in my mind: Do Son and Jardin Clos. Partly, admittedly, because the Diptyques don't last that well on, and don't come in a more concentrated form.

Jasmin Full is more on the level of Annick Goutal's Passion to me. (Sure, the Passion EDT doesn't last well either, but it least it comes in eau de parfum...the Annick Goutal EDP's I've tried have been decent.)

These are all essentially floral perfumes. I would like my next perfume to be more floral than anything else. I suppose if you analyze it, I'm not seeking an abstract smell--which also makes my perfume quest simpler and easier--fewer factors. I'm seeking something close to the smell of flowers in the hot, humid, almost tropical weather. It is not the same, smelling flowers in dry--and, around here, temperate--California. Many of California's more spectacular blooms, such as bougainvillea, don't smell at all. The flowers that are fragrant certainly smell nice, but never seem to drench you in their perfumes.

So I am looking for that drenching, intoxicating floral experience. Second to that, would be a citrus experience...which is where Etro Shaal Nur and Annick Goutal Eau d'Hadrien might enter into it. Thirdly, would come what I think of as a more traditional perfume experience: the well-balanced, well-composed scent where the notes are blended so perfectly, no one note stands out, and you're left with this incredible wall of yum (I always think of Phil Spector right about here, at least in his old days when he created the Wall of Sound).

Of these three broad types of perfumes I like, the Wall of Sou--er, of Yum--would be the hardest to find.

It's relatively easy to find a perfume that smells almost purely of flowers, and from there, of the right flowers, and from there, a perfume that won't require a second mortgage, lasts well on, doesn't cause skin allergies, and just smells all-around divine. The art lies mainly in creating a natural smell of flowers, with enough depth to create interest (and that is where many a lesser floral scent fails).

Citrus likewise isn't all that obscure; it would need a few notes to balance it out, but it's probably better as a relatively stripped-down scent anyway.

On a side note, I've had The Ronettes' "Be My Baby" video in Blogger draft mode for days now, wondering what to do with it. It turns out that very song " often cited as the most perfect expression of the Wall of Sound." (Wall of Sound - Wikipedia)

As much as I generally dislike non-scent-related references to perfumes--they don't make sense to me--I might as well play The Ronettes! (It's a lovely song, and yes, they were still playing it on the radio in the 70's.)

The Ronettes - Be My Baby (1965)

Along with this, I stumbled across Eddie Money's duet with Ronnie Spector, "Take Me Home Tonight." I always liked that song, felt it didn't get the recognition it deserved...then again, Eddie Money was never really considered a Great, either, as there were tons of Springsteen-alikes floating around in those days.

Eddie Money - Take Me Home Tonight (1986)

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And another...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, September 03, 2007 6:10 PM (Eastern)

Dain turned me on to this, I've never even heard of Blur. (ducks)

Coffee & TV - Blur


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Culture Notes: Youtube & perfume
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, September 02, 2007 12:18 AM (Eastern)

There is a definite renaissance of perfumes lately (meaning the past few years I suppose). Why? Because it's one of the few beauty items that hasn't been played out? Because people now order just about anything online? I think it is caused by both, but my secret pet theory involves a complete misuse of chaos theory.

Just as the advent of cable television meant no television show, no matter how bad, could ever die, so did the advent of Youtube mean that no memory, no matter how trivial, could ever slide into the depths of oblivion.

For example, I was listening to Dain's favorite song lol "Glamorous" by Fergie:

Fergie - Glamorous (Dirty Version)

...and thinking, what does Fergie's rapping style remind me of? It's one of those edges of memory, where you have just enough of it inside your head to drive you crazy, wondering what the entire memory is.

Finally, I realized that part of it reminded me of Mick Jones' rapping in E=MC2:

Big Audio Dynamite - E = MC2

I haven't heard that song in eons; it was never my favorite song, particularly. In fact, only now do I realize all of the references in the song are to films directed by Nicholas Roeg. (Okay, I recognized The Man Who Fell to Earth, Don't Look Now, and Insignificance, at least.)

Thus, youtube has revolutionized memory itself. There are many, many, many videos on youtube of events I never (consciously) thought I'd ever see or hear again.

Now, to the really bad chaos theory analogy: don't perfumes do the same thing? When I smelled Creed's Fleurissimo, from my sample, I knew instantly I'd smelled it before. Who wore it, what decade that was...I can't place those things. If there were a Youtube for that...rolls eyes...

Is it possible the growing popularity of Youtube has somehow encouraged people to want to, or expect to, remember more?

Or is it the other way around? The resurgence of perfume is caused by people's desire to remember more, hence the growing popularity of Youtube?

Ultimately--are we going to forget how to forget?

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September 2, 2007 5:47 AM, Blogger Dain said...

That song defies so many odds. It revels in how bad it is. It's good at being terrible. I've gotten over the fact that no one expected Fergie to do anything after that one song she did with black eyed peas, and then she went vulgar, like so many b-listers do, and then she went solo, and surprisingly, is still successful.

There is some really weird video of Fergie as a young child. I think the show is called Kids Incorporated. It has her singing to a clown, it's creepy.

About perfume, actually, I think it's been this way the entire time. Perfume seems to inspire a sort of fanaticism that's an extra level above other cosmetics. I think it because people can take scent very personally; the people who collect perfumes en masse tend to know quite a bit about what they're buying, in a way that a senseless collector of eyeshadows does not, necessarily. What's been new is that the mass market lines dwindled in quality, and the niche brands took over. I think L'Artisan was really the first, and then Serge Lutens took the crown (and I don't see SL relinquishing it yet). This whole idea of a "nose" finding room for creativity instead of being stifled by mass market demands, I guess it is similar to makeup in the idea of a makeup artist line. But anyone can dab on eyeshadow, willy nilly, with practice. But it takes intelligence to appreciate perfume. I don't that has ever changed, since the first bottles were churned out by Guerlain at the turn of the century. I think this fact is obvious by the fact that it's always better to have the newest lipstick or face cream, but usually the most prestigious perfumes are the ancient ones that have such limited distribution (beyond LE) that they can only be found in moldy old shops in France or the Czech Republic guarded by crazy old ladies who sell only if they want to.

Perfumes remind me of wine. Or furniture. Of course you could use IKEA, but who (taste aside) would prefer it to a precious Chippendale?

September 2, 2007 12:45 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Hmmm... I agree, part of what's spurring a broader interest in perfumes, is the mainsteam ones have gone downhill.

I do think there is a connection though. It is different when you're older. I'm sensing there are young perfume fanatics, but there are probably more older ones.

When you get to be forty, you turn a corner. I don't mean forty literally although it feels that way (more metric I suppose). It's at that point, your memories have amassed...or things have changed to the point your earlier memories are too different from whatever's happening today.

Something simple...say a telephone answering machine. Before they existed, if someone called and you missed the call, that was it. If you didn't want to talk to someone, you didn't answer the phone. I remember the common practice was to hang up after seven rings.

It's trivial, for sure. But now, it's impossible to miss a call. It's impossible to avoid anybody. Nobody counts telephone fact you can't miss a call ever, because of cell phones and answering machines, and cell phones with answering machines. You can always be reached.

Take the VCR. Same thing...if you missed the tv show, that was it. Some special movies and shows were shown once per year; the kids would wait all year for them. The concept of the rerun...typically a show was rerun only once. A few shows became syndicated, but it was limited.

Now, if you want to see it, almost no matter what it is, it's a matter of opening a browser and clicking a few times. From something you could see once or twice in your lifetime--it's become, you can see it as many times as you like, whenever you like.

The VCR is not a new invention--probably the answering machine isn't either, but there was a lag in years between when they were created and when ordinary people started using them.

Those are only two small inventions that changed how people live and how they think. (Not even going into personal computers and the Internet.)

A memory that's ten or fifteen years old, is not the same as a memory that's thirty years old or more. I still think something like youtube, has influenced people into retrieving memories...things you forgot you'd forgotten, either because they were trivial, or, as likely, because you never thought you'd see them again.

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Culture Notes: Wait For Me (Sean Lennon)
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, August 31, 2007 3:07 PM (Eastern)

I love this video!

Sean Lennon - Wait For Me

A blend of Woody Allen and Devon Aoki, with, imo, a heavy dose of Yoko Ono (in creating strong visual art). Yay!

There's a series of videos from the album (Friendly Fire) on youtube, and they're all as intricately made...very different from the bling 'n' Benz stuff.

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August 30, 2008 7:28 AM, Blogger mack said...

nice one.. i like this most

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Culture Notes: More 80's Style
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, August 30, 2007 3:51 PM (Eastern)

"Ello, I'm Gizzard Puke, mugger to the gentry, and anyone who says punk's dead, will be."

"This morning, I spilled coffee all over my wife's dressing gown! Serves me right for wearing it!"

"Me faddah ust'a yell at me so much when I was a kid, I ust'a think me name was 'Shaddup!'"

Hm, looks like someone took down the Kenny Everett Show video I posted earlier. So here is a fresh new 80's video, of one of my favorite U2 songs.

U2 Hattem 1982 - Another Time, Another Place

I haven't actually liked U2 since The Joshua Tree, unless you count "Angel of Harlem." Very few rock bands should, imo, continue playing when they get old. Rock requires the sheer kinetic energy of youth, the ability to run up hills, to stay up three nights in a row, and to be optimistic that things can change.

I still recall Boy as influential however, as genuinely different and almost freakishly good. Perhaps it's all in the drummer, or in the rough lyrics, that uncannily captured the dark shadows of youth, when you caught glimpses of things that didn't make sense at the time.

I'm running in the rain
I'm caught in a late night play
It's all; it's everything
I'm soaking through the skin

Twilight...darkened day
Twilight...lost my way
Twilight...night and day
Twilight...can't find my way

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Beauty Notes: perfumes part 7
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, August 28, 2007 10:33 PM (Eastern)

(see part 6)

I'm still sort of waiting for the Moment of Truth to arrive, and tell me which of the (many) samples I've tried is to be my next bottle of perfume.

It's not as easy as it sounds (and mind you, I'm not complaining). It's just a different experience from perfume-shopping of yore. Before, I would go to Nordstrom or what you have, try on various scents...I liked so few of them, the "full bottle choice" was always pretty obvious.

The past few times I went to San Francisco, I reached for my Diptyque Do Son or Eau de Lierre. In fact I finished my Do Son sample today; the first Diptyque sample to go. Is it a sign? My Annick Goutal Eau d'Hadrien was the first Annick Goutal sample to go.

I've yet to use up an Etro sample (to be fair, I own Heliotrope, which negates using up the Heliotrope sample).

Oh well. If I miss Do Son all that much, that might well be it.

There used to be several copies of this video on youtube, then they all got pulled and this official copy now resides there alone. One of my all-time favorite music videos. It was odd seeing it after not having seen it for what, twenty years?

Donald Fagen - New Frontier

Not particularly relevant to this post, unless you count the "Ambush" reference :D

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August 28, 2007 10:44 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Nice video, says a lot without saying too much. Culture these days, we want to disclose everything. It'd be nice to retain a sense of privacy...

August 28, 2007 10:53 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

I felt funny watching it, it reminded me of this tv movie I saw long ago, with Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay. Oh here it is: A Rather English Marriage

Both of them try to capture a time and place, that haven't existed for years, that will never exist again, that would otherwise simply have been forgotten.

We almost bought a house that had a bomb shelter. lol It was the first one I'd ever seen in person. Really weird...thick, bank-vault style doors, a posted list of supplies, a place where the canned goods would have gone...

August 29, 2007 2:18 AM, Blogger Audrey_H said...

Aaahhh, Donald Fagen is great! I heard him live in Stockholm (with JennyB!) this summer. I've been a fan for nearly twenty years now.

August 30, 2007 5:47 AM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

That would be fabulous, to see Donald Fagen in concert. I'm seriously jealous. :)

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Culture Notes: Love for Speed
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, August 19, 2007 1:24 PM (Eastern)

Kiosk: Love for Speed (Eshgh e Sorat) with Subtitles

This is not at all a "typical" Iranian pop song, either in terms of music or of lyrics. I debated a bit about putting it up. Okay, I can admit it, I was looking for a Sattar video and couldn't find it. There were a few Sattar songs in a period of my life, and these were beautiful songs. But all I could find on youtube were new Sattar, and old Sattar, nothing in between.

In any case, this is Iran. When I see this video, I feel a bit sad. It's like that part of Hamoon (which I highly recommend, it's a bit of a comedy) where the main character flips through a book of maps of Iran. Because he's flipping the pages, you can see graphically how it got smaller and smaller over time. At the end he says, "How did it get so small?"

I feel we're a bit like that ourselves; we used to be a great country. Whether we can remain a great country is in our own hands. Whether we're building something today, for the sake of tomorrow; that's up to us.

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The Apl Song Video + ASIN Music Balita
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, August 15, 2007 5:21 PM (Eastern)

This is quite interesting; what they did was dub the ASIN song "Balita" over The Black Eyed Peas' video for "The Apl Song."

(Annoyingly) you have to register an account to play the original song, but it's charming and I think it's worth doing.

I've liked The Black Eyed Peas for quite some time, always kinda dug (he's the quiet one). A bit of a surprise for what has been a flashy rap group, but that's why I like 'em.

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August 16, 2007 2:12 AM, Blogger Dain said...

I have a guilty fascination with Fergie. Normally, I dislike sellout pop stars, but for some reason, I respect her. She's not pretty, she's totally untalented, she's greedy and superficial and vain. But she's good at it; almost like a genius for mediocrity. In fact, she flaunts it, which is strangely admirable in a way. Also, I get the feeling that she works her ass off.

There's this one video I was obsessed with:
It's tacky, but it cracks me up. That line, "If you ain't got no money take your broke ass home!" always gets me. And then she walks into a backyard kegger (and they tell you this, and highlight the ubiquitous red cup)! Drinking champagne while flying first class, and watching herself on broadcast, oh, sooo cheesy. But she's accurate enough: "I'm not clean, I'm not pristine." But why, in her videos, does she feel compelled to spell out her theme? Is she afraid that we might think her illiterate?

August 16, 2007 1:23 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Mmm, Fergie...I dunno, I'm too old to appreciate the finer points of pop music. Like the miniskirt or saturated-color lipstick, pop music is for the young, as well it should be.

Punk was the thing when I was that age. If I look back on it now, a lot of it was cheesy.

All of that said...I respect Fergie too. She seems quite'll see the same with Madonna, Mariah Carey, Yulduz for that matter (gotta love Youtube, you can see and hear these singers for yourself)...she always hires a lot of people for her videos.

I don't think Fergie is untalented, but I do think she should sing more, and leave the rapping to people who can't sing.

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COLDWAR: Nina vs. Kyla
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, August 12, 2007 2:55 PM (Eastern)


COLDWAR:Nina vs.Kyla_I Still Believe

I was looking for the Brenda K. Starr one; it is up there, but then I stumbled across this one. Not the same edge as Starr's, but kick-ass all the same. The Filipina Divas did this sing-off in 2003; it's still as incredible today.

Here's a more detailed Kyla vs. Nina video:


There's a lot of other stuff up there, including Regine Velasquez, that's equally as impressive.

images courtesy

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How to choose a lipstick shade: then and now
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, August 06, 2007 8:26 PM (Eastern)

How to choose a lipstick shade

Since writing the original post, I used up MAC Sophisto and Strawberry Blonde, all the way down to their inner metal tubes. They're sitting in my Back to MAC empties bag. Even though I have six MAC empties, sufficient to qualify for a free lipstick, I want to try something different.

Spice It Up...really didn't get worn that much. It's not quite "it" for me, a tad too dark, too cool and too dry (it's the one MAC Lustre formula lipstick I've tried that struck me as being at all dry).

Clinique Apple Brandy is what I'm wearing now, until I can find a replacement for Strawberry Blonde. Said replacement doesn't have to be a similar shade, just one I find versatile. As it is, Apple Brandy is going fast, probably due to the softness of the Butter Shine formula, so I anticipate using it up as well. But I won't buy any more Butter Shines...I find the formula too soft.

So where does that leave me? When I started seeking look-alikes for Strawberry Blonde, before I decided to not go with the same shade...I suppose you could say it was eye-opening. For one thing, most of the look-alikes were in the $22 to $24 price range. It's more than I've paid for a lipstick, but then this is the first time in a long time (coughsince discovering beauty boardscough) I've used up lipsticks. I don't buy them that often anymore; what I do buy has to work.

Current candidates:

* Dr. Hauschka lipsticks in Amoroso and Adagio. I've swatched these; the colors are actually quite good. It's the formula I can't be sure about, since I haven't worn them properly all day, but they don't seem prone to fading quickly.

* Chanel Hydrabase lipstick in Moiré. This is surprisingly wearable, a blend of brick red, plum, twist o' fuchsia shimmer. I'll have to get hold of my sample of this and try it again. But even if I vote against Moiré, I'm already sold on the Hydrabase formula. It doesn't feel moist on, but it's way moisturizing, more so than lipsticks that feel moister on. Plus I like the medium coverage, it's hard to find...more color than a sheer, yet not as high maintenance as full coverage.

It's also quite scented (candied rose)--if you're looking for unscented, keep looking, or else try the faint vanilla of MAC.

* Something entirely different. Julie Hewett? Kevyn Aucoin? Sue Devitt? Ramy? YSL? Haven't decided yet.

And now, the incredible Patsy Cline; I included this so you would have something to listen to while reading this post! (The original video I had here, "Leavin' on Your Mind" by Patsy Cline, 1963, is no longer available.)

Patsy Cline - A Tribute

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August 7, 2007 12:31 AM, Blogger Dain said...

I love Patsy Cline!

August 7, 2007 3:59 AM, Blogger Audrey_H said...

I think you should go for Chanel Hydrabase! :) It's the best Chanel lipstick formula, no doubt.

August 8, 2007 2:20 AM, Blogger Dain said...

Hey, I'm really surprised to say this, but I'm really loving my Cover Girl Tru Shine (I got Wine Shine). the colors are misleading, I could have sworn this would be like this YSL lipstick I have, but this is far superior in color, and the formula is actually quite as good as any highend sheer. And it's almost a fifth of the price. They have quite a few shades similar to what you're looking for, I think. I want more now... as a cheap way to investigate shades to come up with some fall looks, for which lipstick will be major. The colors were blended by the mastermind behind Giorgio Armani cosmetics, Pat McGrath, so they're surprising (shades you might think would not work will), but that's in its favor, I dare say.

August 8, 2007 2:41 AM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Audrey: Yep...I'm thinking Chanel Hydrabase too. I've tried only the Moiré one, but I was very impressed.

Dain: hermmm...I tried finding this the last time I went to Longs Drugs. All they had was some sort of liquid lipcolor, and the lip-plumping lipsticks.

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Culture Notes: Shabnami Surayyo
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, August 03, 2007 1:23 PM (Eastern)

"Az kudumi safar" (fan version), Shabnami Surayyo, uploaded by a3u3

Shabnami Surayyo is a Tajik singer; there are many of her videos on youtube, along with musical videos from seemingly every place on Earth.

This song in particular--and no, I don't understand a word she's singing--really grows on you, the more you listen to it. The fan video contains clips from some of her other videos, including some from a charming duet with a singer named Parvina.

You'll note the duet video makes inventive use of architecture; a beautiful film from a limited budget. I also enjoyed the use of traditional Tajik clothing, which features intricate handiwork. Eat your heart out, Beyonce & Shakira! (okay just kidding)

"Kulobi Man," Shabnami & Parvina, uploaded by spantadil

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Then and now: more 1980's
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, July 26, 2007 4:56 PM (Eastern)

I don't recall what the trigger was, but I suddenly recalled one of the most influential movies of the 1980's: Flashdance (1983).

"Maniac" by Michael Sembello

Perhaps this movie, and this song, encapsulate something about the 80's that can't be addressed by the decade's superficialities. I actually feel funny that people now think it's all about the leg warmers. Why leg warmers? Removed from the context of movies like Flashdance, or 1980's Fame:

"Fame" by Irene Cara

...leg warmers seem like...silly knitted tubes, rather than lofty symbols of the dream within.

Fast forwarding to 2007...I came across this video:

"Real Girl" by Mutya Buena

...and couldn't resist matching up the 1980's status quo--women with infinite talent, throwing themselves, in an almost literal sense, against the restraints of the time--with our odd, modern, publish-it-yourself culture, where a woman with a Monroe :) can sing, "I'm not a little girl...I know exactly who I am," against the strains of Lenny Kravitz's "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over."

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July 26, 2007 5:33 PM, Blogger Audrey_H said...

... and Lenny's song is SO much better than this one :)

July 26, 2007 11:11 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

I can admit I have a weakness for remakes, or songs that use samples. Off the top of my head...loved P.Diddy's "I'll Be Missing You," Alanis Morisette's covers of "Crazy" and "My Humps" (the latter is funnier than Weird Al), Mariah Carey's "Fantasy" where she sampled the Tom Tom Club...going back to Fun Boy Three's "Our Lips Are Sealed," John Lennon's covers of 1950's songs. I just like it when you're expecting the song to sound a certain way, and then someone does something entirely new with it.

July 26, 2007 11:57 PM, Blogger Dain said...

I guess people think leg warmers because they're iconic. I mean, it doesn't strike me that people will want to wear them again, except as a costume, so it's an easy and safe thing to identify as "80s".

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Another 80's moment...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, July 22, 2007 2:33 PM (Eastern)

I couldn't find a non-lip-synched version of this song, more's the pity. This video would be laugh-out-loud funny, actually, if it weren't for that perfect voice.

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July 22, 2007 4:43 PM, Blogger Audrey_H said...

Aaaaaah. Wham. They had the key! (and the moves! haha)

George Michael is wonderful. I saw him last October. I've never ever heard him sing out of tune. What a voice!

July 25, 2007 4:03 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

I'm definitely jealous. George Michael is one of my favorite singers, it's hard to believe he started out as a "bubblegum singer." :)

They don't play his music much's insane. I don't think he did anything wrong. Maybe people will discover him through Youtube though.

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Speaking of Christy Turlington...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, 2:07 PM (Eastern)

Have you seen this? It was common as dirt when it came out, in fact I hated it, it was played incessantly on MTV at the time. Now I can appreciate its beauty.

I wish he'd put the same effort into the video for "Fastlove" btw. The song is superior, really one of the best George Michael songs ever, but the's a rough song, it should have a refined video. Oh well.

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July 23, 2007 9:58 AM, Blogger kuri said...

I don't think I'd ever seen that video in its entirety, but they look stunning. Today's top models certainly pale in comparison.

July 25, 2007 4:06 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Hi and thanks for dropping in!

I'm showing my age, but I've seen that video 9,000 times by now. It is nice to see the models though, it was nicely made.

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1980's style: Cyndi Lauper vs. Madonna
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, July 07, 2007 2:05 PM (Eastern)

True Colors by Cyndi Lauper (1986)

Madonna - "Get Into the Groove" Music Video

Madonna eclipsed Lauper at one point; it could be argued it was a matter of style over substance, as Lauper was the (tremendously) better singer of the two.

However, Madonna deserves credit for her sheer creativity--a quality which must not be left out of our mid-2007 resurrection of the 80's. Madonna was never about spending money. She was, in her own way, as much a working class hero as Lauper. (In my memory of the period, the two are more twined together than opposed.)

Fashion historians, note Lauper's iconic, flamboyantly dyed orange hair, which has been sprayed and teased to form the ginormous hair (or "big hair") of the day.

Madonna's style contributions are many and varied, from the "wall of bracelets" (she was the first to do this that I know of), to thrift-store chic (perfectly captured in Desperately Seeking Susan)...she borrowed from punk in her all-black ensembles, wore lingerie as if it were outerwear...I remember quite clearly, as I'd thought for years that something as beautiful as lingerie should be seen, somehow... Madonna can't be credited with making inch-long dark roots fashionable, exactly, since Debbie Harry did that in the mid 1970's, but she went a long way toward making DIY a positive thing.

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July 7, 2007 4:16 PM, Blogger cmm said...

oh, now you're gettin me all teary-eyed and nostalgic!!
off to search Youtube for more videos. Its been awhile since I've heard "Papa Don't Preach"......

July 7, 2007 7:29 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Madonna is such a pop maverick. I think it's been only recently that she's gotten tasteless; she's always been a tastemaker. Imo, it was when she copied Angelina Jolie and adopted a kid. It may have been a generous gesture, but it was so transparently a publicity gesture, and I don't know... it's ok in showbiz to pretend to be bad because people do it all the time, but somehow, I resent the appearance of virtue. And I think the public does, too.

July 7, 2007 10:06 PM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

Carol: Youtube is nothing short of amazing. There are videos for very nearly everything, stuff you thought you'd never see again, ever. Plus stuff from around the world.

Dain: Madonna...she had guts. She was one of those people who actually went to New York City to make it...and she used to eat popcorn, because she couldn't afford to eat properly (popcorn fills you up).

She was a lousy singer, no doubt about it, but she worked very hard to become a good singer. Anyone else would have taken the money and run.

It is different when you "knew" famous people when they were young, when you were young... It's like...Chuck Berry. To me he was always kind of, not an old man, but an older gentleman. But the people who grew up listening to his music, were fanatical about him.

July 7, 2007 11:36 PM, Blogger Dain said...

Madonna kind of reminds me of Justin Timberlake now.

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Are the 80's really back?
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, July 06, 2007 10:45 PM (Eastern)

U2 - Two Hearts Beat As One 1983 The Kenny Everett Show

I want to put my bid in, if that's the case. I loved the 80's.


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July 6, 2007 10:55 PM, Blogger Dain said...

U2, along with Dave Matthews Band, I've never been able to develop a taste for--I'm not sure why, because they're musically adept. I'm sure I'm missing something, and seeing this video, where they're in their natural element, I think it must be how pop-y they've gotten, and they were pretty pop-y to begin with. But jesus, they are so young! I'm so used to seeing them as aging rock stars.

July 7, 2007 12:09 AM, Blogger Colleen Shirazi said...

If I can remember...I saw U2 in concert, the once. I think I was 17 or 18. Ugh. I checked online, but they played a few concerts around then, so I was anywhere from 17 to 19. I don't even remember the exact venue.

That's when I loved them as a group. That was 20-some years ago. They sold out...from the beginning imo. They were always into marketing, before anyone else really was. They had tons of merchandise, they would release a record with 4 songs on it, 2 of them from an album you already owned, forcing you to buy the 4-song record if you wanted the complete U2.

Still they were a great band. They seemed to burst with energy, they had The Edge after all... I remember listening to Boy, which was released in 1980. It's an incredible record.

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Boom Boxx featuring Linda O. - Balla Da Li
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, July 04, 2007 1:48 AM (Eastern)

Europeans do cheese better than we do. Five stars.

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Some interesting videos...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, April 16, 2007 8:22 AM (Eastern)

Maiko or geisha putting on face make-up in Kyoto

This is quite long for a Youtube video, but for a makeup junkie, it's well worth watching through. I never do my makeup that way :); the artifice here has been honed into art.

Lily Allen, "Smile"

Debated whether to post the funny MTV style one, or one of the (imo better) live videos. But, the comedy here is pretty fine, so I went with this one.

Now, cosmetiholics--what do these two videos have in common? I kid you not: it's pink eyeshadow. grins

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Long before there were the Pussycat Dolls...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, March 29, 2007 7:43 PM (Eastern)

There was Siouxsie Sioux:

and Kate Pierson:

I'm not sure these are exactly beauty-related, but I've been listening to them a lot lately. Amazing what you can find on Youtube.


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Love this video...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, February 13, 2007 10:56 PM (Eastern)

From a makeup standpoint: perfection. That's not why I love it of course, it's that lush voice and romantic vibe...I'm just saying.

The above embed doesn't work in my Firefox; try the Youtube one (it's not as crisp as though):


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Sorry...just loved this video...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, November 30, 2006 12:26 AM (Eastern)

What sold me on this video were the kids in the school uniforms, plus the cool Middle Eastern style dancing and the grandma lol...and Eva Peron.


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