Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Sinatra + Jobim = Magic

One of my all-time favorite Frank Sinatra records is his collaboration with Antonio Carlos Jobim.

It's an inspired combination, and here's a medley that gives you a taste of it.



I wish they'd done more than just the one album together.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Shatner Sings The Hits From Camelot

All hail his glorious toupee and bow to the will of the One True Shatner's sage words of advice.

Friday, April 25, 2008

justiceplanes: A Celebration

Here's a tribute to my favorite band, which also happens to be my wife's band. So here's Jennifer, Suzanne, Mark and Brent: justiceplanes.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Retro Fashion

Back in the late seventies, I was a regular subscriber to Starlog, the only magazine that kept me up to date with Star Trek, Star Wars and the other science fiction-y things that so enthralled me. After Battlestar Galactica arrived on the scene, this ad began appearing in the magazine. Cleverly called the Warrior's Battle Jacket, note how it never actually mentions the TV show. But it does let you know how great you'll look in the disco!

I wanted one. Man, did I want one. But they cost a bundle (in 1979 dollars). And since they only ever had this little illustration, never any actual photos of the jacket, I never knew what it would really look like. Would it have that suede look of the ones in the actual series? There was just no way to know.

Until now.

Yes, thanks to the mighty power of the internet, I've managed to find a photo of one of those jackets. So someone out there actually was able to convince his (and, yes, I definitely mean "his" since there's no way any woman would be seen dead in one of these) parents to fork out the dough. And he kept it through the years and eventually posted a photo on the blessed internet.

So here it is, courtesy of ketzer.com.

So it looks a little thin, but I would have worn it to my local disco (if we'd had a disco in our small Iowa farm town).

And here's a more contemporary recreation of the jacket available for purchase.

Looks a little more authentic, I guess. Still would look great at the disco. You can buy one for me, if you'd like. Size large.

Friday, April 18, 2008

The King's Most Perfect Song?

Here's a video of fat Elvis backed by the studio recording of Moody Blue which is, perhaps, the King's most perfect song. It's rock, country and disco -- all at once!

What could be better? Okay. Maybe Burnin' Love. Or Suspicious Minds. Okay, there's a bunch. But come on, country disco rock!

Oh Mighty Shatner

On the news that Shatner is releasing a new musical recording (in which he reads Exodus to orchestral accompaniment) here is some more of the sublime stylings of the man himself.



This one's from his most recent album.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Bean Slurry

So I open up this can of pinto beans, intending to add them to the chili I was cooking. But instead of pinto beans, the can seemed to contain some sort of vile bean-colored slurry, reminiscent, I guess, of refried beans, which would have been fine if I'd intended to open a can of refried beans.

Needless to say, my chili remained beanless.

Rocket Man

All Hail Shatner!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Kung Fu Fighting

My favorite Doctor demonstrating his Venusian Karate skills.

Monday, April 7, 2008

It Was A Very Good Year

Short Story


So I'm trying to put together a website for writing samples and such at neilshurley.com.

Yesterday I posted my short story "Commandments" which was originally published in Rosebud Magazine some years back. Go read it if you're so inclined.

Freakily enough, I found out that the story is discussed in the book A Storied Singer: Frank Sinatra as Literary Conceit (Contributions to the Study of Popular Culture).

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Leatherheads Starring George Clooney and Me

So last year, George Clooney and crew came to town to shoot for a few days. I worked one day on the film and this afternoon Jennifer and I went down to the theater and saw the finished product.

Well, what do you know. I made it in. I'm pretty visible, to myself at least, walking on the sidelines at the end of one scene (it's the scene shown in the trailers involving a ref getting slugged).

Guess now I have to buy the dvd...

Get Yer Stinkin Paws Off Me

In honor of the late Charlton Heston, one of the great reveals in cinema history, with chillingly fabulous music by the late, great Jerry Goldsmith.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008