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Friday Foto: Day of the Dead

Taken last Saturday at the Day of the Dead festival in the Hollywood Forever cemetery. This is an altar to dead musicians: skeletal faces have been painted over the ones who are no longer with us.

posted 30 October 2009 in Photos. no comments yet

Fazed Cookies

I suspect you’re not keeping up with comments on posts from a year and a half ago, but let me share a recent one that was interesting: responding to my rundown of commercial break #4 in the MTV 1988 countdown, “CheezNapkin” informs us that the great animated spot featuring a scientist getting the MTV logo […]

posted 27 October 2009 in 1988. 1 comment

Green Grass

I didn’t want to write this Depeche Mode article.  It was spring 1997, and I had recently profiled Everclear, Nirvana, and Sublime–I wanted to get off the heroin beat, which I found sad and monotonous (albeit reliably good copy). Joe Dolce, then the Details editor-in-chief, talked me into it, saying I could use the article […]

posted 26 October 2009 in Archives, Articles. no comments yet

Friday Foto: High Tide

Taken yesterday at the Leo Carrillo State Beach in Malibu. I believe the birds are cormorants.

posted 23 October 2009 in Photos. no comments yet

1988 Countdown: Commercial Break #15

A shockingly young Colin Quinn, lean of gut and fulsome in hair, is singing U2’s “Pride (In the Name of Love).” On a clear day, from a sufficiently high vantage point, he might be able to spot the melody from where he’s standing. He interrupts himself: “Steve! Steve! You’re out of tune, buddy.” Yes, this […]

posted 21 October 2009 in 1988. 4 comments

The Rainbow Connection

It took me a long time to notice this lyric, from Depeche Mode’s “Just Can’t Get Enough”: Just like a rainbow, you know you set me free Now, Vince Clarke has always been a goofy guy, but this is extra-silly. This is not one of the things that rainbows are traditionally good for! “Just like […]

posted 19 October 2009 in Tasty Bits. 1 comment

Friday Foto: Flipwalk #43

Marching forward! (If you’re not familiar with the flipwalk project: while living in New York City, I took walks of exactly one hour in duration, my route determined along the way by flipping a coin. Then I would take a photograph of whatever block I was on when the hour was up.) This week’s teaser […]

posted 16 October 2009 in Photos. no comments yet

Iran (So Far Away)

Another excerpt from The Andy Warhol Diaries: Thursday, July 7, 1977 Cabbed up to the Iranian embassy ($2.50). There were no demonstrators out front. Inside I saw Otto Preminger again and it was the second or third time in a few days, so he asked me what we were going to do tomorrow. I posed […]

posted 15 October 2009 in Excerpts. no comments yet

The Backstage Boogie Set Your Pants on Fire

As promised a couple of months ago, I’ve added my 1997 Q&A with Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler to the archives; you can read it here. This interview was the first installment in the “Rites of Passage” column found on the back page of Details; we both had a lot of fun with it. Tyler […]

posted 12 October 2009 in Archives, Articles. no comments yet

Friday Foto: Fred and Ginger

From a trip to Prague a few years back: The Nationale-Nederlanden building, designed by Frank Gehry and built in 1996, is also known as the Dancing House, the Drunk House, or Fred and Ginger.

posted 9 October 2009 in Photos. 1 comment