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Doodads — 1/2/20

I started reading Haruki Murakami’s 3-volume 1Q84 last night. It’s a 2-week e-book borrow, so we’ll see how far I can get in 2 weeks. It’s a simple, but dense story, which is par for the course of what I’ve read of him so far.

I also borrowed Season 1 of The Waltons and watched E1 of 24 last night. There was a warm fuzzy feeling triggered right away, like seeing long-lost relatives. I stand by my opinion that the two best TV shows ever created were The Waltons and Northern Exposure.

I also watched S1E1 of a Netflix series called, Virgin River. It reminds me a little of Northern Exposure. We’ll see how it goes.

Pandora Radio Pick of the day:

Goldfrapp are a British electronic music duo from London, formed in 1999. The duo consists of Alison Goldfrapp (vocals, synthesizer) and Will Gregory (synthesizer).

Despite favorable reviews and a short-listing for the Mercury Prize, their 2000 début studio album Felt Mountain did not chart highly. Goldfrapp’s second album Black Cherry, which incorporated glam rock and synth-pop sounds into their music, was released in 2003. The album influenced the same dance-oriented sound of their third album Supernature. Supernature took Goldfrapp’s work further into dance music, and enjoyed international chart success. The album produced three number-one US dance singles, and was nominated for Best Electronic/Dance Album at the 49th Grammy Awards.

Black Cherry was released in April 2003. It peaked at number 19 on the UK Albums Chart and number four on the Billboard Top Electronic Albums chart in the United States. It sold well, reaching platinum status in the UK and selling 52,000 copies in the U.S. as of August 2006.

Strict Machine” was produced by Goldfrapp and describes laboratory rats in neuroscience experiments. Alison Goldfrapp read in a newspaper about experiments in which scientists stimulated rats’ brains so that the rats would feel joy when following commands. She was inspired to write “Strict Machine” based on images of the experiment and “more human aspects of machines and sex and control”. Actress Gwendoline Christie features on the record sleeve disguised in a rabbit mask. Wonderful Electric, Goldfrapp’s concert tour DVD in support of Black Cherry, was named after lyrics in the song.

“Strict Machine” received positive reviews from music critics. In a review for the NME, Peter Robinson called it “a solid gold, honest-to-goodness hit record which should be Number One immediately.” Andy Hermann wrote for PopMatters that the song was “a future S&M club anthem if ever there was one“. Dorian Lynskey of Blender magazine also linked Strict Machine’s lyrics to sadomasochism, and he compared it to Donna Summer’s 1977 disco single “I Feel Love”. In his review for The Guardian, Alexis Petridis likened the song’s “tubthumping drums” to Gary Glitter, 1980s arena rock, and hardstep, adding that “the end result is not only fantastic, but quiveringly sexy to boot“. In August 2009, American music web site Pitchfork Media listed “Strict Machine” in their Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s at number 379.

I get high on a buzz
Then a rush when I’m plugged in you
I connect
When I’m flush
You get love when told what to do

Wonderful electric
Wonderful electric
Wonderful electric
Cover me in you

I’m in love, I’m in love
I’m in love with a strict machine

I’m in love, I’m in love
I’m in love with a strict machine

When you send me a pulse
Feel a wave of new love
Through me
I’m dressed in white noise
You know just what I want
So please

Wonderful electric
Wonderful electric
Wonderful electric
Cover me in you

I’m in love, I’m in love
I’m in love with a strict machine

I’m in love, I’m in love
I’m in love with a strict machine …

Songwriters: Alison Elizabeth Goldfrapp / Nicholas Oliver Batt / Nick Batt / William Owen Gregory

19 thoughts on “Doodads — 1/2/20

  1. I still love the Waltons. I have a cousin who has watched the series at least 5 times. I have watched it quite a bit myself…Grandpa was awesome… It’s the only thing I’ve seen that made the depression look good.

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    1. Seems like they had to scrabble and scrounge to get enough to feed the family. They were in a very remote location, which probably helped. Your cousin has good taste. It’s the same yet different to watch it through the eyes of an adult vs. a child. I see it went 9 seasons. I was thinking tonight that those kids on the show gave up 9 years of their childhood for that series.

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      1. Yea I think the remote part helped a lot. .
        Have you noticed that all the kids ended up seemingly good kids and adults from that show? I’ve seen interviews with them and unlike some other kid actors of that time…they have nothing but good things to say. It must have been a great set.

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        1. No, I didn’t notice that about the Walton kids, but it makes me feel good to know it. They were learning valuable lessons on the set it looks like. I would love to live in the Walton House and location!

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          1. The youngest… the lady that played Elizabeth ended up being a teacher and….ready for this? She taught at a school near Schuyler, Virginia, the real Waltons Mountain… Kami Coulter is her name.

            I’ve read where the father and grandfather were great to the kids.

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            1. Aww that is so awesome! She wanted to stay near the mountain. That little girl is SO adorable. I just watched E2 last night, where the 4 members of the traveling circus get stranded and stay in their barn. The humanity of this show knocks me over.

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              1. I like that episode…but then again I like a lot of them. That is the one where John Boy talks about traveling I believe. Well written shows and the acting was perfect for what they were doing….Yea I’m a huge fan. People made fun of it during the 70s but they soon realized how special it was…

                I love the way Olivia says “supper”…its more like “suppa”

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  2. Is The Waltons the gem that gave us : “Goodnight John-Boy” ?
    Do people still do that? Call out goodnight to one another and then collapse in giggles when somebody says goodnight to John-Boy? So funny the things us humans do…
    Thanks for mentioning Virgin River! I started watching it and enjoyed the first episode but kind of forgot about it. It seems promising!

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    1. A good friend of my sons is named John and they call him John-Boy. I asked my older son (in his mid-30s) if he remembers the show. He doesn’t but he remembers John-Boy. I *love* that part of the show. I also love Earl Hamner Jr., the author of the book, Spencer’s Mountain, narrating the show. There is an authenticity there that is so life-affirming for me. I watched E2 last night (am watching The Waltons and Virgin River in tandem!) and it is definitely growing on me.

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