Miami milk + bread

Monday morning in Miami:

Miami - milk and bread graffiti

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Monster creation

Montreal is creating monsters:
Montreal - monster creation

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memories of the ’80s – Walk Like an Egyptian by The Bangles

The second studio album from American band The Bangles was the key to kicking them into the A list with their single Walk Like an Egyptian.

Written by American songwriter Liam Sternberg, Walk Like an Egyptian was first offered to Toni Basil and was recorded by Lene Lovich, but the song went unreleased when Lovich needed to focus on her family.

Producer David Kahne heard the song and thought it would work for The Bangles, asking each member to sing the lyrics. Kahne didn’t like Debbi Peterson’s vocals or her drumming and she was relegated to backing vocals while a drum machine was used in the recording.

The third single from the album Different Light, the song was released in September 1986, and hit the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1986, and stayed at the top spot for four weeks until January 1987.

This was the first song with instruments played by an all women group to hit the Billboard Hot 100 number one spot. This also propelled Different Light to do well on the Billboard Hot 200 album chart as well and the song was certified Gold for sales of 500,000 in the USA.

The video of the song did very well on MTV and MuchMusic and was nominated for Best Group Video for the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards.

During the Gulf War and after September 11, 2001 attacks on the USA, this song was banned, but in its day it was the number one song in the USA as well as in Australia, Germany, Canada, Belgium, South Africa, The Netherlands and Spain.

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Parking lot surprise

A decorative parking lot in Bucerias, Mexico:

Mexico - Buserias graffiti seaworld

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memories of the ’70s – Tonight’s The Night by Rod Stewart

The late 1970s helped solidify Rod Stewart’s career, especially with the release of the single Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright).

The first single for Stewart’s seventh album, A Night on the Town, the album was written and recorded between December 1975 and April 1976 at studios in Hollywood, California and Muscle Shoals Sound, Alabama.

Inspired by America’s song Today’s the Day, Stewart’s song is highly suggestive, singing to a young woman on seemingly how to prepare for a night of passion.

Stewart’s girlfriend Britt Ekland recorded a spoken word part for the song in French, but its not often heard in radio airplay since its thought to be too suggestive for radio and is often edited for length.

The song (and album) features many musicians, including Joe Walsh, David Lindley, Booker T. Jones and David Foster.

Released in May 1976 as the album’s first single (and in September 1976, its steady climb of the Billboard Hot 100 charts gave Stewart his second Billboard Hot 100 number one spot, as well as became the number one bestselling song of 1977.

The song was also a top five hit in Canada, Australia, Ireland, UK, Netherlands and New Zealand.

Singer Tina Turner often included this song in her live performances, while Janet Jackson recorded a cover version of the song.

As a song of the 1970s, this song still is one of the classics from the now Sir Rod Stewart.





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No fun. No clowns.

No clowns please. (spotted in Vancouver, Canada)

Vancouver - Say No graffiti

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memories of the ’80s – My Favorite Year

My favorite year.jpgThis early 1980s comedy is a flashback for a young writer when he met his favourite actor in My Favorite Year.

Starring Peter O’Toole as charismatic Allan Swann and Mark Linn-Baker as narrator Benjy Stone, My Favorite Year was written by Dennis Palumbo and Norman Steinberg.

As Swann and Stone get to know each other, they both reveal their estranged relationships with their families.

Stone with his mother (Lainie Kazan), stepfather (Ramon Sison) and Uncle Morty (Lou Jacobi), while Swann with his daughter Tess (Cady McClain).

Swann also tries to help Stone with his hapless attempts at wooing co-worker K.C. Downing (Jessica Harper), while Stone helps Swann with fear of performing live and a corrupt union boss who finds out he is being made fun of by Swann on stage.

The film, executive produced by Mel Brooks, was loosely based on a story heard by writer Dennis Palumbo about Brooks’ brief interaction with Errol Flynn when he made an appearance on Sid Caesar’s television show, which Brooks was a writer, and based Benjy Stone’s character on Woody Allen.

This was the first directing role for actor Richard Benjamin, who had starred in Westworld and The Sunshine Boys.

Released in October 1982 by MGM/UA Entertainment, My Favorite Year got rave reviews from critics, especially for the performance by O’Toole who captured the balance of a self-involved actor with his fear of the future and getting old.

O’Toole was nominated for Best Actor his role in 1983 and the film went on to make US$20 million at the box office,


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