by Jac Kern
88 days ago
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Back-to-school shopping was always pretty fun as a kid, but for child
divas of the ‘80s and ‘90s, Lisa Frank made school supplies more than just
educational basics — they were Technicolor accessories you were allowed to bring
to school! Lisa Frank produced folders, posters, backpacks, pencils, notebooks
and other craft and school supplies in the ‘80s and ‘90s that featured vibrant,
colorful characters. It's like a child-friendly acid trip come to life. As The Atlantic
reveals below, Lisa Frank is actually a real person and, despite the fact that
she is a very private person, she recently gave a brief promotional interview
after Urban Outfitters bought her vintage stock. Check it out, take the hand of
a rainbow tuxedoed panda and walk down memory lane (and look out for a young Mila Kunis!) as you peek into Lisa Frank
Today, as Americans and people across the world remember 9/11, concerned about
a possible war between the United States and Syria, young people are left with
one question: What rhymes with hug me? Yes, Robin Thicke's “Blurred Lines,” the song version
of that friend who was really fun at a party but doesn't know when to throw the towel in and call a cab, features plenty of questionable lyrics, but "You wanna hug me/What
rhymes with hug me" has turned the average Top 40 listener into a regular
What does rhyme with “hug me?!”
Thankfully, the WRWHM
lyric generator is here to help, with a variety of fun options. Unfortunately,
if you’re a rhyme Nazi like myself, you’ll be disappointed to find many non-rhyming
examples, similar to the assumed "fuck me" in the song. (He's
inferring "fuck me," right? Right?!)
Fifty Shades of Grey, the Twilight fan fiction that made it OK for women to openly read
shitty romance novels again (thank god!), has been on its way to the silver
screen for a while now. All the while, fans have been speculating who would
portray the book’s main characters, particularly the BDSM-loving Christian
Grey. Well, wait no more, horny moms — Sons of
Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam will soon be the recipient of endless deliveries
of cable ties and Lane Bryant panties, as he is officially the face of Mr. Grey. I guess this is a good move for him because every human with a
vagina will throw their dollars and undies at anything Shades, but Jax Teller? Really? Taking on the role of Grey’s
girl, Ana, is Dakota Johnson, daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, who
I’ve referred to as “the Stanford girl who slept with Justin Timberlake in The Social Network” more than once. Here
are some peeps
who turned down the roles.
Four years ago, Mac from Always
Sunny (in Season Five’s “The World Series Defense”) wrote a very emotional,
sticker-filled letter to Philadelphia Phillies’ second baseman Chase Utley. It’s been
a long wait, but Utley finally responded.
Ever want to watch celebrities recount their first sexual encounters to
your favorite Full House heartthrob?
I know, you’ve been waiting for years. Finally, here’s Losing It With John Stamos.
Australian comedian Chris Lilley is back with a new project featuring
one of fans’ favorite characters. For those unfamiliar with the comic chameleon that
is Lilley, cancel all of your plans, log onto HBO Go (or borrow someone’s account)
and watch Summer Heights High and Angry Boys (Lilley’s first series, We Can Be Heroes, is not available to
stream anywhere as far as I can tell, but you should buy that shit if you can find it). Lilley
makes these amazing mockumentary-style series in which he plays multiple
characters, often different genders, ages and nationalities, and he does so in
a way that is so realistic, poignant, raw and hilarious, you’d really have to
think twice before calling it “drag” or “blackface” — he becomes these characters.
In Lilley’s upcoming series, he will reprise his role of Ja’mie King,
prissy bitch supreme featured in WCBH and
SHS. Ja'mie: Private School Girl
will debut on HBO Nov. 24.
Please enjoy this Ja’mie mash-up, you fugly povos.
And as we welcome on new series, we say goodbye to another: True Blood will end
after its seventh season next summer.
Bon Temps better go out with a bang. And by bang, I mean a barrage of full-frontals (Spoilers!).
by Mike Breen
The Beach Boys give up on 'Smile' and Link Ray rumbles into the world
On this date in 1967, Capitol Records officially announced that The Beach Boys' album Smile would not be released. The recording sessions for the album were tense due to Brian Wilson's depression, drug use, paranoia and the pressure he felt, plus the inner turmoil within the group. Wilson was also reportedly creatively stymied after being blown away by the freshly released Beatles single, "Strawberry Fields Forever." He felt the Fab Four had beaten him to the grand-trippy-and-orchestral-Pop-music-statement punch. Less than a month after Smile was shelved, The Beatles released the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. The band released Smiley Smile later that year instead. The record included re-recordings of some of the Smile material, a hint at the apparent genius behind the Smile album, which helped its legend grow. But Smiley didn't sell well and critics mostly gave it "thumbs down." The original Smile became the most famous "lost album" in Pop music history … until last year, when The Smile Sessions — featuring the full album and several bonus tracks and outtakes — finally became commercially available (after decades of bootlegs). Wilson recently kicked off his first tour with "The Beach Boys" (Carl and Dennis Wilson are dead, so it's still not really "The Beach Boys") in over 20 years, timed to the group's 50th anniversary. Wilson joins lifelong bandmates Al Jardine and Mike Love on the jaunt; longtime auxiliary Boys David Marks and Bruce Johnston are also a part of the reunion, as are several other hired hands, including strangely consistent Beach Boy (during the non-Brian years) John Stamos. The tour comes to Riverbend this summer. Those attending will get their money's worth — the shows so far have featured over 40 songs per set.Here's some more background on the Smile sessions.Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers sharing a May 2 birthday include schmaltzy British Pop star Engelbert Humperdinck (1936); the first white dude to have a Reggae hit in Jamaica, British Reggae/Ska musician Judge Dread (1945); American Pop singer ("It's My Party," "You Don't Own Me") Lesley Gore (1946); Country music singer/songwriter Larry Gatlin (1948); sidelined lead singer for ’70s rockers Foreigner, Lou Gramm (1950); singer for Indie rockers Hot Hot Heat, Steven Bays (1978); contemporary British Pop star Lily Allen (1985); and legendary guitarist Link Ray (1929). Ray — who passed away in 2005 — was a crucial Rock & Roll guitar pioneer. His 1958 instrumental smash "Rumble" was the first time many heard distortion and feedback and he's credited with inventing the "power chord" (ask anyone who says they can play "just a little" guitar to play "Smoke on the Water" or "Louie, Louie" — those are power chords). You know you're doing something right sonically when your hit song gets banned — and it doesn't even have any words! "Rumble" was not allowed on the air by some radio programmers because because they feared the title (back then it was slang for "street fighting") would harm society. Listen at your own risk (and check out Ray talking about the tune after):