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40 YEARS AGO: 1971

MUSIC

David Bowie – Hunky Dory

T. Rex – Electric Warrior

John Lennon – Imagine

The Who – Who’s Next

The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers

FILM

A Clockwork Orange (dir. Stanley Kubrick)

THX-1138 (dir. George Lucas)

Straw Dogs (dir. Sam Peckinpah)

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (dir. Mel Stuart)

Dirty Harry (dir. Don Siegel)

COMICS

– Jack Kirby kicks off his main Fourth World saga with New Gods #1.

Swamp Thing debuts in #92 by Len Wein & Bernie Wrightson.

Blackmark by Gil Kane, an early graphic novel, is published.

Ra’s Al Ghul debuts in Batman #232 by Dennis O’Neil & Neal Adams.

Amazing Spider-Man #96-#98 by Stan Lee & Gil Kane published without Comics Code Authority Seal, due to storyline relating to drug use; an early victory against comics censorship after the witch hunts of the 1950s.

– Greg

Singles Club: 5

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COLDPLAY

“THE HARDEST PART”

b/w “HOW YOU SEE THE WORLD” (Live at Earl’s Court)

Released 4/3/06

(Berryman/Buckland/Champion/Martin)

There’s this phenomenon I’ve noticed. It’s the fourth single phenomenon. Typically, if a band releases a fourth single from whatever album they’re promoting at the time, it means that that album has probably done very well for itself. It means that the first, radio-friendly pop song has done well, then the second single (possibly/probably a ballad of some sort) has met or maybe even exceeded its predecessor’s success and the third, perhaps another pop song or more of a “rocker”, maybe did slightly less well than those two BUT well enough to warrant a fourth single a.k.a. wring the last drops outta that cash cow. This sounds cynical (maybe it is), but truth be told I actually like fourth singles…often more than first ones. At this point, the band and album have enough success that they can release something that’s not quite as immediate as what came before, and promote it in a way that’s maybe a bit more weird. Which brings us to “The Hardest Part”, the fourth single to be taken from Coldplay’s 2005 album X & Y.

Now I realize I just used “weird” and “Coldplay” next to each other, which some may think is an oxymoron. And “The Hardest Part” is not a weird song…apparently, it’s meant as a musical tribute of sorts to R.E.M., and its piano-based, rock-ballady sound doesn’t deviate from what most people associate with Coldplay. But I think it’s a strong song, it’s got a nice Johnny Buckland solo, and in a strange way, the looped repetition of the intro and outro remind me of a slowed down “The Last Time” by The Rolling Stones. What’s weird is the video. Check it out!

VIDEO

I enjoy it. And it makes for a nice fourth single, one that for me is more memorable than something like “Fix You”, upon which higher expectations are placed. I’ve got a soft spot for it. And most fourth singles in general.

G.

Austria Vs. Japan: “The Cannibal Of Japan”

i think this fits in the series?! probably a little more appropriate than the halloween costume edition

have you heard of Issei Sagawa? he’s the “godfather of cannibals”. if you don’t know him by that title, you might know him as THAT GUY WHO KILLED AND ATE A WOMAN IN FRANCE, ADMITED TO IT, AND NEVER WENT TO JAIL!

issei sagawa

in 1981, while attending the sorbonne academy, sagawa killed a fellow college student by inviting her over to his apartment and shooting her in the back of the neck. the obvious next step was to eat her butt.

” Suddenly a lot of sallow fat oozes from the wound. It reminds me of Indian corn. It continues to ooze. It is strange. Finally I find the red meat under the sallow fat. I scoop it out and put it in my mouth. I chew. It has no smell and no taste. It melts in my mouth like a perfect piece of tuna. I look in her eyes and say: ‘You are delicious.’ “

after eating some raw butt, he got out the old electric carving knife and sampled quite a few other parts of her body as well, trying a handful of cooking techniques. now, for most of us, becoming a cannibal would probably be good enough, right? well, not for issei… he decided this night was a good time to also become a necrophile. but don’t worry! issei isn’t just about fucking, mutilating, and eating humans, he also has a sensitive side – when he got tired, he brought the mangled corpse to his bed and lovingly slept along side it.

the next morning, he got up and decided to continue his feast. he would keep removing and preparing parts of her body until the flies buzzing around it became too much for him. when this happened, he began chopping her up into a bunch of little pieces that he would fit into his suitcase. this is the point where you would think the story would start to fall in line with other “chopping people up and putting them in containers” tales, but no, this one is special because most of those other stories don’t include a section where the killer gets aroused by his dismembment and uses a severed hand to masturbate. WOW!!

he fit all of the remains, minus some select pieces that he stored in his fridge, into a suitcase, got in a taxi, and went to a park to dispose of them. when some people saw him having issues with the suitcase, he panicked and ran off. human body parts were seen protruding from the suitcase, and the cops were called. a couple days later, sagawa was arrested and found to be TOO FUCKING CRAZY. he was put in an institution for a couple years, eventually being deported back to japan, where he spent aproximately one and a half more years in an asylum. then he was released. but don’t worry! this isn’t one of those cases where the disgusting murderer ends up living the rest of his days in squalor, shunned by society. no sir! issei is a regular damn celebrity; appearing on tv programs, writing restaurant reviews, and starring in softcore porn. he’s currently living in an apartment in tokyo, but has a passport to germany. THIS IS GOOD!?

issei sagawa

oh yeah. and he’s a painter:
issei sagawa painting
issei sagawa painting
issei sagawa painting

MORE INFO: 1. 2. 3.

you can find a documentary from 1993 on youtube right here. (i haven’t watched it yet, so i dunno if it’s worth it)

here’s a short piece about/staring sagawa:

and

here’s the video for “too much blood” by the rolling stones. the song was inspired by sagawa:

scott

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