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Happy (with mural by Jasmine Pannu)

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memories of the ’70s – Led Zeppelin III

A collage of butterflies, teeth, zeppelins and assorted imagery on a white background, with the artist name and "III" subtitle at center.The beginning of the decade started with an anticipated album that became one of the best of the year: Led Zeppelin III.

The band had solidified their presence in the music scene with their two previous albums and extensive touring, and this album showed their versatility, bringing more folk and acoustic to their songs.

Jimmy Page and Robert Plant had spent time in Wales, developing songs together for the album, before recording with the rest of the band at studios in London.

After a gruelling concert tour, they both realized they needed some quiet time out of the limelight to work on their next album.

Although they focused on new sounds in songs like Gallow’s Pole and That’s The Way, they kept to their hard rock style with Immigrant Song.

The album also included a notable album cover design by a friend of Plant’s, featuring a collage of images and a volvelle, a hidden wheel which revealed different images through cutouts on the cover of the album.

The intricate album cover delayed the release of the album by two months, and in September 1970, the band bought a full page ad in Melody Maker magazine stating, “Thank you for making us the world’s number one band.”

Released in October 1970, Immigrant Song was the first single, becoming a top 20 hit on the Billboard charts in the US. But album sales lagged, less than the band’s previous two releases.

Despite making charts during the year, Led Zeppelin III wasn’t considered a success, yet over time it would become a six time platinum album and many of its songs considered essential inclusions of the Led Zeppelin canon.

 

 

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Just a reminder…

who might be on the naughty list:

Ugh Ford

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Sticker array

Street art via stickers in Chicago:

stickers

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memories of the ’80s – James Bond’s nemesis: Max Zorin

Image result for max zorinIn the 1980s, the last James Bond film made by Roger Moore showcases a memorable villain: Max Zorin.

Based on an Ian Fleming short story From a View to a Kill, the screenplay for A View to a Kill is original, written by Michael G. Wilson and Richard Maibaum, who created Zorin.

Max Zorin is an East German who is a product of Nazi experimentation. He moves to France to make his money in technology but in his past is the experiments that were trying to make super children with steroids.

The screenplay reveals Bond’s latest mission: he is sent to recover the body of 003 and a microchip in the Soviet Union. Examined by Q, the microchip was created by Zorin Industries, a billionaire and lover of race horses.

At Ascot, Bond meets Zorin (played by Christopher Walken) as well as a French PI named Aubergine who tips him off to Zorin’s connections and his secret horse auction. But then Aubergine is killed, by Zorin’s lover/henchwoman May Day (Grace Jones), with Bond learning Zorin is secretly enhancing his race horses with steroids to create winners.

As Bond pursues Zorin for his nefarious plan, Zorin attempts to have him killed by May Day, to keep his KGB supporters happy. As the plot thickens over Zorin’s creation of a bomb plot to destroy California and take control of industry, May Day eventually realizes she is expendable, and helps Bond go after Zorin.

Released in 1985, A View to a Kill follows a similar thread of other Bond films of a conflict, a greedy billionaire who becomes a villain and his use of a side kick to go after his enemy, yet in the end, the side kick leads to his downfall.

Walken’s portrayal of Zorin is quintessential Walken style, with a bit of flash and a lot of ingenuity to fuel his dastardly plans.

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Colours of Sherbourne

Bird mural of Sherbourne Street:

Sherbourne bird

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memories of the ’70s – James Bond’s nemesis: Francisco Scaramanga

Scaramanga.pngIn the 1970s, the James Bond film series had a noted villain who was almost as beloved as the lead: Francisco Scaramanga.

Created by Ian Fleming, the character first made his appearance in the book Diamonds are Forever.

Scaramanga is a young Catalan who learned unique skills from performing in the circus in Europe and becomes a hit man for the Mafia as a teenager.

In films, Scaramanga is an anonymous freelance assassin, making his first appearance on screen in the Man with the Golden Gun, as a hitman who is paid $1 million per kill, and is noted for his use of gold bullets.

His film bio closely follows his book bio, although he’s recruited by the KGB after his time in a travelling circus and leaves them when he realizes he isn’t valued as an individual.

Now he lives in isolation on an island off the coast of China and has his side kick Nick Nack (played by Herve Villechaize) as his accomplice and servant. Nick Nack often hires assassins to attempt to kill his boss to keep his skills sharp and his high price for his work enables him to live in luxury and have the ultimate toys created like a laser canon and an airplane that transforms into a car.

Scaramanga and Bond are frenemies, as he understands Bond since he is employed by the British Government the same way he was employed by the Russian Government. But alas their friendship must end, as he is hired to kill Bond by crime lord Hai Fat.

Played by Christopher Lee on screen, Scaramanga’s relationship with Bond may only be for one film, but his complicated past made him a memorable villain of the Bond canon.

 

 

 

 

 

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