Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Out On Blue Six : Fresh Maggots

Floating across the stars tonight - Underrated and almost forgotten acid psychedelic folk band, Fresh Maggots from 1971...

The Out On Blue Six Programme hopes The British Space Empire enjoyed this sonic installation of sound and character.

Normal service to resume in T minus 5 and counting.

End Transmission.

Viva La Valerie Leon!

Couldn't resist.

After this morning's blog on Ms Nolan, I just had to blog about my favourite; Valerie Leon.

Because brunettes are better ;)

Margaret Nolan

Spurred by the excellent http://moundsandcircles.blogspot.com/ which included a legendary photo of the 60s and 70s glamour model cum actress Margaret Nolan covered in gold paint for her role in the title sequence of Goldfinger, I thought I'd share some of Ms Nolan. After all, there's clearly plenty to go round ;)

A 'bless you' performance in Carry On Girls....

Sadly, her scene in the Hitchcock 'neck tie strangler' film, Frenzy, was cut. Here is a still of her being pursued by Barry Foster....

I think I first became aware of her as a child in Carry On Henry, it was, as you can see from these rather slavishly attentive soft core inspired fan vid uploaded by someone on youtube, an arresting sight that no doubt shaped me in the years to come...

She was as the era she found fame in would have it, crumpet and a dollybird of the highest order, second only to Valerie Leon; whom I'm sure I'll blog about soon 

Monday, 30 January 2012

Taking The PIF : Play Safe - Frisbee


Yeah cheers, bitch.

Actually, the great God Charlie Brooker posits a future for Jimmy in this video clip around 4mins 14 seconds in. Hilarious.

Horsing Around With Diana Rigg

The Avengers has long been one of my favourite TV shows and, like Frankie Boyle, I do hope someone will invent a time machine soon, just so I can go back and chat the gorgeous young Diana Rigg up.

Needless to say Mrs Peel is my favourite of John Steed's girls.

And speaking of steeds, today I thought I'd share some specific photos of Diana, equestrian style!

Firstly, looking glam in white with a white horse on the beach

As Tracey Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service she cut a gorgeous figure in the Spanish horse riding suit. And I love her curled hair on her cheekbones-something my Mum had on her wedding day in 1970!

And lastly, a bit of a cheat, but one of my favourite photoshoots. It's Diana with a jockey (I don't know him, but he must have been famous in his sport at the time)

And breaking him in, the lucky sod....

But it appears he got his own back later

Taking The PIF : Dark And Lonely Water

A truly terrifying PIF (Public Information Film) from 1973 on the dangers of water voiced, suitably, by horror favourite Donald Pleasence.

What happened to PIF's, are they still being made? Kids need to know safety surely?

I love them. Viewed now they're nostalgic, viewed as a child they were downright creepy yet paternalistic. A wagging finger and a voice of warning for a generation.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Because Of The Cats

Because Of The Cats may just be one of the oddest films I've ever seen (and believe me, I've seen a lot of odd films!)

It's a Netherlands and Belgian produced curio from 1973 that is based upon the novel by Nicolas Freeling which features his creation Inspector Piet Van Der Valk. However, instead of England's Barry Foster in the role (he'd began playing the Dutch detective for Thames TV the previous year) he's played by England's Bryan Marshall (crap captured submarine captain in The Spy Who Loved Me and friend of Alfie) And his is a notably different Van Der Valk, primarily because he gets his cock out for Sylvia Kristel as the local prostitute (who would go on to become Emmanuelle

It's a disturbing story in that a gang of well spoken teenagers rebel by breaking into the homes of the Dutch elite and prosperous and proceed to gang-rape a woman, forcing her husband to watch. It's the kind of 'Summer of Love' comedown that cinema of that era seemed fascinated with-see also A Clockwork OrangeStraw DogsUnman Wittering and ZigoThe Penthouse etc. Van Der Valk is assigned the case and slowly-and I mean slowly-uncovers a secret society of young and dangerous teenagers in suburban Holland.

It's a strange brew; a Euro pudding complete with the usual grubby, unflinching and downright ugly up close depictions of sex that frankly only those as psychotic as the culprits in the movie would ever find attractive or arousing...and that's just the supposedly normal hurried and snatched love affair between Marshall and Kristel! An exploitation film; It's full of men with dodgy hair and dodgy clothing acting like sexual predators and is in turn a culty graphic horror of the films I have stated in the above paragraph and a plodding policier as befits its origins (indeed having read some Freeling, I hardly think this is close to the source material, but then neither was Barry Foster) It also has one of the weirdest naffest cheery soundtrack openings ever-seriously it sounds like something The Archies would do! Hardly fitting the mood to follow!!

It isn't officially available on DVD but is on several file share sites and I have 2 DVD-R copies, one in Dutch (sent by accident) and one in English!

There's a trailer, of sorts, on youtube....

Teddy Girls

If I had to nail my colours to the mast, then I'd have to say I was, at heart, a Mod. However that doesn't mean I don't appreciate the Ted or Rocker culture. Indeed, I'm no stranger to the glorious music, the culture or attempting a quiff to be honest!

The Ted fashion rose to prominence in the 1950s and would eventually see the gang square off against their sworn rivals, The Mods, on Brighton Beach in the 1960s. But the fashion itself was nothing new as such, having been borne from imitating the Edwardian era, the vagabonds and ne'er do wells of that era having first established the image of long frock coats, razors blades and flick knives. 

It is, in short, an earthy kind of glamour.

On a girl however, it is at once both alluring and chilling.

Danger has never been so stylish!

And it is the 'Teddy Girls' I wish to focus on today.

Take for example the gorgeous and talented Irish song bird, Imelda May

Emma Thompson as the divinely savvy Glaswegian girl Suzi Ketttles, Robbie Coltrane's sweetheart in John Byrne's brilliant 1987 'getting the band back together' comedy drama Tutti Frutti 

The opening credits of that show what I still maintain is one of the sexiest moments on screen ever; Thompson combing back her quiff, rocking her head back so it falls into place and generally preening. Works for me!

Indeed, Byrne (artist-he painted Gerry Rafferty and Stealer's Wheel's album sleeves, writer, playwright, former Ted, Mr Tilda Swinton and eccentric) certainly has a thing for Teddy Girls, having also used them in his colourful 1997 movie adaptation of his play Slab Boys and having singer Eddi Reader sport a glorious quiff in his series Your Cheatin' Heart

And Ken Russell, who before becoming a director was a photographer who took some wonderful snaps of Teddy Girls