The latest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees are Van Halen, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, R.E.M., the Ronettes, and Patti Smith.
I’ve loved R.E.M. since the moment I heard their very first song, and “Losing My Religion” was practically an anthem for its time.
And, yeah, I’m admitting to my age when I confess that I adored the Ronettes when they were the idols of budding “bad girls” everywhere.
Well, he walked up to me and asked me if I wanted to dance.
He looked kinda nice so I said well I might take a chance.
When he danced he held me tight,
And when he walked me home that night,
All the stars were shining bright,
And then he kissed me. . .
('Then He Kissed Me,' The Ronettes)
The night we met, I knew I needed you so
And if I had the chance, I'd never let you go.
So won't you say you love me,
I'll make you so proud of me.
We'll make 'em turn their heads every place we go.
So won't you, please, (be my, be my baby)
Be my little baby, (my one and only baby)
Say you'll be my darlin', (be my, be my baby)
Be my baby now, (my one and only baby)
('Be My Baby,' The Ronettes)
My best friend from the 8th grade on had long dark hair and could so do the Ronnie Spector look. She could twist and contort her hair into a big-ass Ronette-style do and line her eyes until she looked like a raccoon that had lost a fight. When she put on white lipstick and a mini-skirt, she looked just like a rocker chick ready to record her next hit song. I was so jealous. My mother wouldn’t let me have mini-skirts, but that was no biggie. I simply rolled over the waistbands of the skirts I had until they were scandalously short. But the hair and the makeup were a real problem for a freckled redhead. My hair simply would not “do that” and heavy eyeliner and pale lipstick made me look more like a consumptive zombie than one of rock’s bad girls. Consequently, I went through high school looking so geekishly normal it was depressing. Of course, that could go a long way toward explaining why I only wanted to date boys who looked like, say, Joey Ramone.
Speaking of weird hair, Ronnie Spector’s ex, Phil Spector, is awaiting trial on murder charges. In the last news photo I saw of him, he was sporting what had to be the biggest, unruliest Afro in the history of the world.
In Twisted Linguistics today, we see these Words Gone Wild.
niave - A sharp cutting implement for the gullible.
obsolutely - When it's positively of no further use.
websit - Hanging out on the Internet.
auhors - People who'll write anything for a tiny advance and a couple of bucks in royalties.
Are you feeling lucky today?
|Your Luck Quotient: 81%|
You have an extremely high luck quotient.
Not only do you consider yourself lucky, probably everyone you know does too.
But you're smart enough to know that you've mostly made your own luck.
By being positive, open, and flexible, a lot of luck has come your way!
Do you know what your hidden talent is?
|Your Hidden Talent|
You are a great communicator. You have a real way with words.
You're never at a loss to explain what you mean or how you feel.
People find it easy to empathize with you, no matter what your situation.
When you're up, you make everyone happy. But when you're down, everyone suffers.