Friday, December 30, 2011

Klaus Nomi - One of a Kind Original

Klaus Nomi - Lightning Strikes

Klaus Nomi was known for his bizarre otherworldly theatrical performances in heavy makeup, weird costumes, his signature hairdo and amazing vocal range.
He died in 1983 from complications of AIDS at 39.
It's worth a few of your minutes to read about him, watch a video or two.
He is gone from this world, but not forgotten.
The original Lou Christie song Lightnin Strikes
Ding Dong The Witch is Dead
Klaus Nomi - Silent Night
David Bowie, Klaus Nomi perform Boys Keep Swinging
on Saturday Night Live 1979
Weird With a Beard

Yazima Beauty Salon - JPOP Drag Queen SuperGroup!

NIHON NO MIKATA - Nebada Kara Kimashita, translated as
Friends of Japan - We Come From Nevada

Yazima Beauty Salon - Japanese Drag Queen SuperGroup!
Wikipedia Page

This hilarious and superbly polished musical act is one of the
best Drag performances I've ever witnessed.  They don't
conceal their male features, but revel in them for laughs, but
they never break character and every nuanced move is right on
the money in these full blown music video productions.

They seem to be dying down now, but I've become a big fan,
listening to their hits over and over.  It's not hard to see why
they are much requested in the Karaoke parlors of Japan.

In a nutshell, mother Margaret, along with daughters Naomi and
Strawberry Yazima are supposedly working at their Yazima
Beauty Salon in Las Vegas, where they are "discovered" and
brought to Japan by DJ Ozma (who is also Naomi in drag). 

They then take the country by storm with their fabulous musical
performances.  They made a movie to cash in on their
popularity.  Even if they fade out, their handful of wonderful
music videos will always have a place as classics.  Well worth
your time to watch them all, they grow on you.  If you want to
learn more about them, there are plenty of things on the
internet about them.

I've done all the hard work for you and put links to all their top music videos, the movie trailer and one publicity show shared with another group.
translated as Common Orient Clam Bomber
SAKURA - Haru o Utawa Nevada
translated as Cherry Blossom - A Nevada Spring Song
IDOL Mitai ni Utawasete
translated as Let Me Sing Like An Idol
 featuring Princess Seiko (Seiko Matsuda )
MEGAMI no Chikara
The Power of Megami (Goddess) Disco Style
THE MOVIE TRAILER - Yazima Beauty Salon
THSK on TBS Meets Yajima Beauty Salon (English Subbed)

Groovy!, VROUK Approved!

The Words to Star Trek Theme + Beyond Antares

Star Trek Theme On Theremin! 
Star Trek Theme PLUS LYRICS!
Cecily on piano, Laura on vocals. :)

These lyrics to the classic sixties Star Trek TV Show
were published in the 1st novelization of the scripts by James Blish 
and in the book World of Star Trek by Gene Roddenberry.
In DC Comics the lyrics were sung by the character Uhura,
who also sang a song Beyond Antares in the series.
The Star Trek Theme was composed by Alexander Courage.
Later, Gene Roddenberry wrote the lyrics.

Where No Man Has Gone Before

Beyond, the rim of the starlight

My love, is wandering in starflight

I know, he'll find in star clustered reaches...

Love, strange love a star woman teaches...

I know, his journey ends never

His Star Trek... will go on forever...

But tell him, while he wanders his starry sea

Remember.... Remember me

Beyond Antares as sung by Uhura / Nichelle Nichols
in Conscience of the King
Song Wilbur Hatch, Lyrics Gene Coon

The skies are green and glowing
Where my heart is
Where the scented lunar flower is blooming
Somewhere, beyond the stars
Beyond Antares

I'll be back, though it takes forever
Forever is just a day.
Forever is just another journey
Tomorrow a stop along the way

And let the years go fading
Where my heart is
2x love eternally is waiting
Somewhere, beyond the stars
Beyond Antares

2NE1 Japanese JPOP Group FIRE + Drag Parody

2NE1 Fire MV Space Version
Japanese Super Pop Group 27 million views on YT

2ne1 Fire Parody
Hilarious! Men in Drag!

Girls Generation - South Korean KPOP Super Group!

"The Boys" was just performed on David Letterman show
on 1/31/2012 - GG did Great! 
Korean Pop - Number One Girls Group South Korea
Girls Generation - HOOT! 17 million views.

This is a song from GG third album Hoot, a mini-Spy movie plot.  I'm showing it to you to illustrate the tremendously high production values in K-POP music videos, the sets, the costume changes, the detail, the choreography, right down to coordinated facial expressions and complimentary gestures.  As much care is put into the overall composition as in Flower Arranging.  If Samurai were still around today, making KPOP and JPOP videos would probably be one of their "arts".

I found this song irresistable, the rhythm and melody and chorus get stuck in your head.  Trouble, Trouble, Trouble, shoo shoo shoo!  :)  VROUK APPROVED.  The great James Bond type mini plot makes it GROOVY.

Here are some more mega hits, running from 33 to 59 million hits on you tube:
Mr. Taxi Dance Version

Nochiura Natsumi - Renai Sentai Shitsu Ranger JPOP

Nochiura Natsumi - Renai Sentai Shitsu Ranger
Really Good JPOP Song!

Same Song With Fake Subtitles - NSFW

Funny Twist!  Great JPOP Song!

Amii Stewart - Knock On Wood - Perfect DISCO

Fantastic Classic Video to a Number One Disco Hit!

Drag Queens and Female Impersonators Everywhere will SWOON when they watch this vintage video from the SEVENTIES of Amii Stewart performing her giant hit Knock On Wood.  Play this video big and loud on good speakers and get ready to throw the big arm and hand movements and let your inner DIVA perform right along with Amii.  I play this video whenever I need to feel a little better or to get my motor going.

Thank You Amii, if I were ever to lip synch on stage, I would want to duplicate your hair hat and dress and makeup and this routine exactly!  With the wild rainbow video feedback behind you projected behind me on stage, I'd bring down the house!  GROOVY DISCO.

World Famous Pontani Sisters GoGoRobics Burlesque

The World Famous Pontani Sisters

Their Stage Show has appeared several times on Conan O'Brian.
Go Go Robics
Go Go Dancing on Band Gigs

Angie Pontani welcomes you to the web site of the World Famous Pontani Sisters.

Paraphrases from the home page:
Named the Number One New Burlesque Act on Earth by AOL.
Glamour Gospel Queens bringing the sass of old Burlesque back.
"Everything they do is dipped in Glamour" from shimmying and shaking
in fringe to twirling golden lassos dressed in rhinestone cowgirl costumes.
They have over 40 on stage routines.

I first saw the World Famous Pontani Sisters Go Go Dancing on Stage with the Neanderthals on the Ghoul a Go Go show.  I was mesmerized by their superb Go Go dancing skills and became an instant fan.  I started looking for them on the net and found them EVERYWHERE!  How had I missed them all these years?  I don't know, but I'm glad I found them, and you will be too.  Look them up, you'll fall in love with their artistry.

VROUK APPROVED and GROOVY!  Love You Pontani Sisters!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

HigashiMurayama Japan Sister City Independence MO USA

  Sister City to Independence, Missouri, U.S.A.
Independence MO has a sister city HigashiMurayama Japan, a suburban town outside Tokyo, about 150K population. For 28 years there has been a student exchange, but the 29 was cancelled due to the Earthquake/Tsunami. If you go to their site, click English in upper right corner, then choose English again, and you will get "pigeon" on the fly translation of their web pages. They come every year to maintain a Japanese Garden they built on the back corner of the Indep. City Hall, very pretty. We apparently don't go there and do anything, except send some students. They have a totally wrong info page about Indep. buried deep in their site. I wish I could visit there and tell them all about our area and history. They have a Chinese sister city and they do tremendous things with them all the time.   I sent a nice letter of friendship to Mayor Watanabe, but he did not answer me.

Discorporate Actors Gone Not Forgotten

Actors who've discorporated.  (Left their Bodies) Sure enjoy their work.  Not a complete list, just a few from some of my favorite shows, etc.

The Munsters: Yvonne DiCarlo - Lily, Al Lewis - Granpa, Fred Gwynne - Herman.
Addams Family: Carolyn Jones - Morticia, Jackie Coogan - Uncle Fester, Blossom Rock - Grandmama, Ted Cassidy - Lurch & Thing
Star Trek: DeForrest Kelley - Dr. McCoy, James Doohan - Scotty, Nurse Chapel/Lwaxanna Troi/Computer Voice of Enterprise - Majel Roddenberry, Great Bird of the Galaxy - Gene Roddenberry, John Colicos, William Campbell, Merritt Butrick
Are You Being Served?  Mrs . Slocumbe - Mollie Sugden, Ms. Brahms - Wendy Richards, Mr. Humphries - John Inman, Mr. Grainger - Arthur Brough, Mr. Harman - Arthur English, Young Mr. Grace - Harold Bennett. Young Mr. Lucas - Trevor Bannister.
Keeping Up Appearances: Rose #2 - Mary Millar, Daddy - George Webb
As Time Goes By: Joan Sims - Madge Hardcastle, Frank Middlemass - Rocky Hardcastle, Moyra Fraser - Aunt Penny
Golden Girls: Dorothy - Bea Arthur, Blanche -  Rue McClanahan, Sophia - Estelle Getty
Beverly Hillbillies: Jed Clampett - Buddy Ebsen, Granny - Irene Hays, Pearl Bodine - Bea Benaderet, Milburn Drysdale - Raymond Bailey, Miss Jane Hathaway - Nancy Kulp,

Green Acres: Eddie Albert - Oliver Wendall Douglas, Eva Gabor - Lisa Douglas, Pat Buttram - Mr. Haney

Petticoat Junction: Kate - Bea Benaderet, Uncle Joe - Edgar Buchanan
Hogans Heroes: Hogan - Bob Crane, Werner Kemperer - Col. Klink, John Banner - Sergeant Schultz, Sergeant Carter - Larry Hovis, Sergeant Kinch - Ivan Dixon
Young Frankenstein: Elizabeth - Madeline Kahn,  Peter Boyle -Monster, Igor - Marty Feldman, Inspector Kemp - Kenneth Mars 
Dallas:  Miss Ellie - Barbara Bel Geddes,  Jock Ewing - Jim Davis,
Falconcrest:  Jane Wyman - Angela Channing
Laugh In:  Alan Sues, Henry Gibson, Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, Larry Hovis, Teresa Graves, Flip Wilson, Tiny Tim
Miscellaneous: Mr. French - Sebastian Cabot, Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon,

I remember you, you live in my heart. Thank You for all the pleasure you give.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Kirk / Spock "K/S" Homoerotic Trek Fandom

Kirk/Spock is a subset of Trek Fandom which choose to believe that the Captain and the Vulcan are homersexual symbiotes or something.  :)

Ever since the original series was on the air, fans (mostly female at first) have written what is called "fanfic" or fan authored fictional stories about Kirk and Spock being lovers.  For many years in the seventies all you had to do was whisper "KS" and Trekkers might giggle or roll their eyes.  Don't get me wrong, they were tolerant for the most part, but it still seemed like a taboo subject matter.  Like the female generated fanzine that included a nude foldout watercolor of Spock in the seventies.  Unusual.  Nowadays this kind of stuff seems quaint and belonging to the Victorian era or something.  Of course K/S has spawned any number of fanfic subjects that play "what if" with all sorts of combinations on all sorts of shows, but the K/S'ers blazed the way!  Pants Off To 'Em!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Ozark Hillbilly Depression Food

Click Link Above or Photo For Picture Album
My Mother and her parents used to eat these foods during the Great Depression and afterward.  They were common foods in the Ozark Hills of Missouri.  You don't much see anyone eating them in the big cities unless they are real Country Folk.

Grandpa especially liked to sit and chew and gnaw on chicken neck bones, pig's knuckles, chicken feet.  Her mom liked clabber milk and squeaky cheese.  Whenever they would butcher a hog, which was a very big deal, the whole neighborhood would come and help, and helpers got a part of the results.  One old bachelor from Germany who was dirt poor would come and work hard and in reward he would take the pig's blood, and go home and make blood sausage.  Nothing from the pig was wasted. 

Back then, you didn't waste food just because it might have been dropped on the ground, or had a little mold on it, etc. or worm holes.  When they briefly went to California looking for work and lived in a garage, my grandmother would take my young mom and they'd go in the alleys behind restaurants in Los Angeles and search the trash cans.  They'd find bread or cheese with a little mold on it, they just cut off the mold and it was fine.  If the vegetables were wilted or had spots, or were just tops and peels etc. they'd make soup out of it.  Nothing was wasted.  If you found an apple, cut the worm out of it.  Today's kids would yell EEEEWW and throw it away disgusted.  My mom would cringe at that.

My mom had to live by herself and run the house for a year during the depression when she was 14.  She had to tend the garden everyday after school to be sure she had food to eat.  She had to can food, trade with neighbors, be super careful spending the few dollars her Dad might send home from the road.  No one gave her anything, they couldn't afford to.  I don't think most the people alive today have any idea what it's really like during a bad Depression.  They keep talking like we're in one or close to one.  Hah.  Well, first thing they better do is start allowing chicken keeping in the suburbs, maybe if you have an acre allow a cow and pig too.  And people will learn real quick how to eat scraps and poor people food and things they'd rather die than eat now.

The foods in the picture album above are just some of the things off the top of my head, I'm sure I missed alot.  I'll try to add to it over time.  You can look up any of those things on the net and how to cook them, buy them, etc.

In case you didn't click on the Photo Album, here is a partial list of the foods: Cow Brains, Cow Tongue, Blood Sausage, Pork Cracklins, Pig's Feet, Pig's Knuckles, Chicken Feet, Pig's Ear, Cow's Intestines (Tripe), Chicken Gizzards, Chicken Livers, Ox Tails, Squeaky Cheese, Clabber Milk

Copyright 2011 VROUK

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Here Come The Mummies! 4000 Yr Old Funk Band

A Four Thousand Year Old Funk Band of Mummies Plays 
Attack of the Weiner Man Live
Weird with a Beard!

You can visit this Madison WI band at their web site
or search out their 39 Videos on YouTube including such hits as
Attack of the Weiner Man, You Gonna Eat All That?, Dirty Minds, Libido Knieval,
Booty, Funky Little Baby, Ra Ra Ra, TipToe, Single Entendre, Oozie, Cow Belt, more.
This band is GROOVY.

Prisecolinensinenciousol - Adriano Celentano

Prisecolinensinenciousol, a Parody by Italian Comedian Adriano Celentano for Mileluci on Italian TV.   He made up this gibberish and dance to make fun of what English sounds like to Italians.  Hilarious!  You can almost "hear" English words that aren't there.

And the DANCE NUMBER!  Imitating Americans doing a GROOVY Dance Number,
You will share it with your friends after you see it.  I especially love the angular bodies and head tosses and struts/mirrors, the harmonica, all the visual gags making fun of Americans of the era.  Just like the Romans thought that all non-Latin speakers sounded like baahing sheep, therefore the word Bar-Bar-ians meaning uncouth, these modern Italians have quite a funny fake Elvis sounding version of AmEnglish.  By the way, the Japanese think Americans sound like barking dogs!  And their term gaijin translates roughly to "round eyed bastards".  Hahaha!  I love finding out this stuff.

If you have never gone on YouTube and searched for videos of non English practicing their English speaking and accents, it's HILARIOUS.  Check it out.  That's how I found this video.

Cha Cha Heels - Die For Art - DIVINE

Cha Cha Heels for Christmas starring DIVINE
Excerpt from John Waters movie where character of Dawn Davenport ruins Christmas morning for her parents.  You'll want to play it again and again.  Especially poignant is the mother at the end plaintively crying "not on Christmas! not on Christmas!"
One of the most neurotic scenes of all time.  You'll want to memorize the dialogue.
Speaking of Divine, here are a few more scenes from her John Waters movies that are especially Weird:
Who Wants To Be Famous? Who Wants To Die for Art!

I Wish You Was Gay - Queers is Just Better!
Edith Massey God Bless Her! in that all time classic scene where she tries to get her grandson to go gay so she won't worry about him and girls.

How To Dance When You're High On Life

SundayFundayz Guys Video
How to Dance When You're High On Life
Okay, I know over a million have already seen this incredibly happy video, but just in case you have not, check it out!  It's Fun!  These guys are having so much fun you just want to dance with them!  They have a channel on youtube and also are on FB as SundayFundayz and Twitter same name.  They are dancing to bhangra music, that catchy music from Bollywood in India, and you can see they have practiced the Indian dance moves to perfection, complete with knowing the words and facial expressions.

Tunak Tunak Tun was the Song they are Dancing To