Archive for December, 2010
From my bedroom window last night.
More of my finger painting here.
A basketball thing today. My friend Scott told me about an art show at Narwhal Art Projects in Toronto called “Lovable Badass – Artists on Artest.” As you may have guessed from the name of the show, it was a bunch of artists all making stuff about Ron Artest. Scott had an idea, did some research, and I did some visual research and then did the artwork. You can see it full-size here. And at the opening of the show, my friend Joe took this photograph of Ron Artest in front of my drawing of Ron Artest. Hurrah!
Maybe it’s just because of my age, but not much is more Christmassy than hairy men from the Seventies covered in glitter.
Here’s a drawing of Mexican Revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata. There’s something about the photos of him, with his moustache, belt of bullets, and his rather beautiful eyes, that always makes me wonder: what would he look like were he a Village People-style leather-wearin’ gay man. So I did a drawing.
Like every British person, I’ve heard this song more times than I care to remember, but it’s kind of irresistible seeing four ugly blokes in ridiculous clothes singing such a joyous song.
After having a wee moan yesterday about the UK Christmas Number One being hijacked by a TV karaoke show, then last year by wacky students, I figured I should actually bother to look how true that is. So I went and looked at the top five singles for the Christmas week since 1970, the year I was born. Basically, what we see is the 1970s and 80s had a decent proportion of Christmassy songs floating around. I’ve disqualified blatantly sentimental stuff or novelty records that may have had Christmas-themed videos, but weren’t actually Christmas songs. That includes “Stay Another Day” by East 17 which, while a fantastic song, is not a Christmas song. Tacking some bells on to a song, and having a snowy video doesn’t make it a Christmas song.
In my opinion, this is the most recent great Christmas song we’ve been treated to. Frankly, it’s shocking how crappy Christmas songs have been since this one came out. I mean, how many do you remember? Sure there have been covers of tried-and-tested great songs, but nothing new. The sixties, seventies, and eighties were chock-a-block with decent and good Christmas songs, but, maybe that’s just me as a British person talking. During my childhood, it seemed that bands would make some sort of effort when it came to Christmas, but with every passing year of TV karaoke shows hijacking the concept of the Christmas Number One, where’s the incentive to do something good? What we end up with is rival hijacks by pranksters who think it’s “fun” to have Rage Against The Bloody Machine as a Christmas number one. Yes, very clever, children… But, what we’re left with is little in the way of original Christmas songs that will go on to become classics. But, they can’t steal Christmas entirely. We’ve still got Mariah. And she looks smokin’ hot as a Phil Spector-ish girl in this video.
It’s the “Santa, Baby”-off of the southern hemisphere.
Gulp… is it getting hot in here? I need a glass of water… Oh, but hold on… I think I’ll need a bucket of water…