Daily Archives: May 24, 2010

Monday Night Music Byte

Lou Miami & The Kozmetix

Lou Miami (1956–1995) was a punk musician based in Boston. His group, The Kozmetix, was popular on the local scene and released two EPs. He combined a rough punk sound with a glam-influenced choice of clothing.

As was typical for many punk bands at the time, the Kozmetix regularly played at The Rathskeller (the Rat), the Channel, Jonathan Swifts, Cantones, and Spit as well as NYC haunts such as the Peppermint Lounge and the old Living Room in Providence RI.

Lou Miami and the Kozmetix also regularly played the Inn-Square Men’s Bar in Inman Square, Cambridge. Many Harvard Law students of that era proved to be among Lou’s biggest fans.

On The Kozmetix, Miami was the lead singer, Jack Rootoo played lead guitar, H.P. (aka Helen Privett) bass, Dolores Paradise organ, and Laural Blanchard drums.

During the band’s touring years of 1979–1981 the Kozmetix lineup was Lou Miami on vocals, Jack Rootoo guitar, Bill Norcott on bass and Melody Chisholm on drums. Bill and Melody came to the Kozmetix from their previous band Phobia. This lineup had a regular Monday night gig at Cantones for two years as well as appearing at numerous clubs in the Boston area. The group was managed by Joan Martin.

In a clever bit of marketing, their first 45 — with “Fascist Lover” on the A side and “To Sir with Love” on the B — was sold in a white plastic cosmetics bag that mimicked a Lord & Taylor shopping bag. It contained the memorable line “A fascist lover that made my mother and then my mother made me!” Their LP Lou Miami & The Kozmetix was produced by Ann Prim and Karen Kirby both from the Boston band November Group.

Lou Miami died in Los Angeles in August 1995. Jack Rootoo (aka Richard “Rick” Galivan) died in Massachusetts on June 13, 2008.

Please enjoy these two video clips of Lou Miami and the Kozmetix. The first is “Fascist Lover” from 1982 at The Channel in Boston. The second is a cover of “To Sir With Love” from 1981 at the Channel.

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Sarah “Drill Baby, Drill” Palin Says Obama In Bed With Big Oil

Sarah Palin is as delusional as her Fox News compatriot, Glenn Beck. This weekend Ms. Drill Baby, Drill actually claimed that the Obama administration is unlikely to come down hard on BP for its massive oil spill because…wait…wait…wait…“the oil companies … have so supported President Obama in his campaign.” The former ex-quitting Governor of Alaska is clearly out of her mind. It is the Republicans who are in bed with big oil. Was it not former dim-witted Presidents Bush and Bush that were actually in the oil business? Did Palin fail to remember that former Vice President and Face Shooter In Chief, Dick Cheney was the Chairman and CEO of Halliburton, which is the world’s second largest oilfield services corporation, and major culprit in this Gulf disaster?

Indeed, the Wall Street Journal exposed Palin’s lie by reporting, “According to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, Republicans receive far more campaign money from the oil and gas industry than do Democrats. So far in 2010, the oil and gas industries have contributed $12.8 million to all candidates, with 71% of that money going to Republicans. During the 2008 election cycle, 77% of the industry’s $35.6 million in contributions went to Republicans, and in the 2008 presidential contest, Republican candidate Sen. John McCain received more than twice as much money from the oil and gas industries as Obama: McCain collected $2.4 million; Obama, $898,000.”

Perhaps Obama administration Press Secretary Robert Gibbs put it best by responding. “Sarah Palin was involved in that election, but I don’t think, apparently, was paying a whole lot of attention. I’m almost sure that the oil companies don’t consider the Obama administration a huge ally – we proposed a windfall profits tax when they jacked their oil prices up to charge for gasoline.”

It becomes clearer by the day that Sarah Palin the author of 2009’s “Lie of the Year” (death panels) and the truth are not on speaking terms.

In honor of the troops, please remember to click on the song link below so as to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s song parody.

Space Oddity link: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7823024126190739294

SPACE ODDITY

(sung to the David Bowie song “Space Oddity”)

Ground control to Sarah P.
Ground control to Sarah P.
You’re a space-shot and on that we can agree

Ground control to Bristol P.
Don’t blindly follow your mommy
Blind adherence to the right will just hurt you

Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five
Four, three, two, one, liftoff

This is ground control to Palin girls
You’re both somewhere in space
But the world wants you to practice what you preach
Soon you both will learn that life is a real “beach”

This is Sarah P. to ground control
I’ll do just what I please
I don’t give a damn just what Alaskan’s say
I’ll be ditching them for Washington someday

For here
Am I acting like a moonshot
So, “Thanks But No Thanks’
I do not need you
Because I’m the “Caribou”

(musical interlude)

I guide my spaceship with both winks and smiles
It’s really such a thrill
I’m oblivious to everybody’s jeers
Due to the empty space between my ears

Ground control to Sarah P.
You’ve gone brain dead
You’re so scary
Can you hear me, Sarah P.?
Can you hear me, Sarah P.?
Can you hear me, Sarah P.?
Can you….

Here is she floating like a moonshot
Unelectable
She has beehive hair
But she hasn’t got a prayer

(musical fade)