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Comeback

*Insert a drumroll here* I’mmmmmmmm back!! To all of you 5 people who do keep an eye on this blog (or wander here from some dark part of the internet) I am back. A lot has happened, suffice it to say I’ve been away. This is of course the second comeback from a hiatus but this time it is for keeps! No need for third time lucky ūüôā

I’ve also had a new focus and a new resolution which I think will be good for this blog. The resolution is that I do at least one post a day, more if I can but minimum one post a day so there’s something new here for you guys when you check your bookmarks each day. And the focus is just a bit more broad. I’ve started learning guitar, so there will¬†definitely¬†be more of a music focus on here. But don’t worry, my aim for this blog is it’s for all and sundry, so it won’t be boring shit about scales and music theory but rather in the same way I feature stuff about fashion I think everyone can appreciate or find interesting the same will apply to music. And I might even demo some stuff to see what people think. But only good shit!! I already have a few posts planned that should be really good, I really want this blog to be read to genuinely influence people, not in a forceful way but just to make people think about stuff perhaps a little differently than they have. To me theres nothing better than learning or discovering something completely new and exciting that makes you think about things or see things in a whole new way. That’s what I want for subReality.

 

Adios, look for a new post in a few hours ūüėÄ

 

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Mind blowing parkour

I know it’s been ages since I updated, but I’ve been super busy doing things like 11 shifts in a row without a day off and having a life (socializing with other homo sapiens) and between that and sleep I haven’t felt very motivated to do much writing. Anyway recently I came across some of the most incredible parkour videos I have ever seen. This guy Damien Walters is some sort of super human the way he jumps about. I’m so jealous.

Glam – A history

So today I thought I’d briefly talk about the glam movement, which started out with glam rock but really can be applied to anything at all. It’s a really cool concept too, and something that I think a lot of people don’t quite get. Most of the time glam is associated with glam rock or glam metal, and you see it and think of big hair, fashionable androgyny, tight clothes, lots of shiny surfaces, etc. And really, on the surface that is what you see, but it’s not what it’s about.

To start with, let’s look at the word “glam”. We don’t tend to think about it, but it’s obviously short for glamor. So when it started back in the day with glam-rock, people were using the word to describe a type of rock music that was glamorous due to the nature of the way it was presented. If we look at Wikipedia (what other references do people use these days? Encyclopedia Britannica? I think not!) the first musician to adopt this style was Marc Bolan, a British rocker. He had a two piece band called TYRANNOSAURUS REX holy shit that is awesome.

RRAAAGGGHHHHH!!!

Anyway this started the whole glam rock era made famous by musicians like Bowie, Gary Glitter, Elton John, Queen, Kiss and so on and so forth.

From this glam-rock influence, other genres adopted the glam style and made it their own. For example Gary Numan, a synthpop band, still styled himself in a very glam way despite his music not being rock at all. In recent years we still have glam styled bands like Marilyn Manson, which fall more into the genre of glam metal, although his Mechanical Animals era style was a direct reference to Bowie and Ziggy Stardust. He even took the androgyny thing so far that rumors still go around that he had a sex change and breast implants.

I wonder why?

Another band that comes to mind is Rammstein, the german industrialists. From simulated sex acts between the members of the band, to dragon masks that shoot fire, they are known for their industrial take on glamor that is decided darker, but still embraces the concept of making a traditional genre more glamorous.

in their own twisted way

All this leads me to my main point about glam, which so far hasn’t been touched on. We all recognize it, and probably think it’s quite cool, but we don’t really know how or why. And until recently, I was as much in the dark as you, dear reader. Then I happened to come across a quote by one of the members of Daft Punk which really illuminated the concept for me. When asked on whether the duo expressed themselves differently within their robotic suits, Bangalter (one of the two members) stated “No, we don’t need to. It’s not about having inhibitions. It’s more like an advanced version of glam, where it’s definitely not you.”

To me this is a revelation. What he’s saying is that glam is what it says it is, it’s a glamorized version of whatever it is you are adapting, including yourself, IE it’s not really you. It’s like a cool version of you, or the version of you you’ve always wanted to be, it can almost be like creating a character and assuming the persona of that character to act out your desires etc. I guess the difference that it made to me was that it means that glam is less about the outrageous outfits and hair, and more about the creating of an alternate personality or image to act out in some way. In that way you could apply the concept of glam to almost anything, and having understood what it is, utilise perhaps in a way that others havn’t. For example I would feel confident in saying that comedian Noel Fielding is a glam comedian, both in terms of his personal style, but also in the way his personality as perceived by the general public is almost larger than life.

larger than life

All the artists I’ve mentioned above are perfect examples of this, say Manson (real name Brian Hugh Warner) for instance. He is a real person, and has a certain personality. But through his on-stage persona of Marilyn Manson, he can act out a different personality, a wilder, cooler, larger than life personality that people can focus their appreciation of the music on, and perhaps project themselves onto a bit. A good way to put it perhaps is that he tries to personify the music in a way he couldn’t otherwise, by becoming more than a musician, a literal interpretation of the music perhaps. I hope this is making sense.

Another example is Bowie, and in fact he really did assume different personae. He started with Ziggy Stardust and then moved onto the Thin White Duke, both variations of his personality he wanted to explore or highlight. The same goes for Kiss, Rammstein, and countless others, and in fact in some small way I would say that almost all musicians in some way employ the principle of glam to play up their image. In fact, I think it would be fair to say that glam is the definitively glamorous image of a person or group.

And here endeth the lesson.

Redheads – A roundup

I’m not even sure why I’m doing this, but at the suggestion of a (ginger) friend, I’m doing a post about gingers (rangas, redheads, coppers, whatever derogatory term you can think of) and all their cultural significance (probably not much).

why do I even bother?

In case the chap in the image above isn’t familiar to you by the way, he’s an internet phenomenon (for all the wrong reasons of course) and anyone who’s sad enough to spend large amounts of time on the internet (myself) would know who he is. It’s a really good test actually, to tell how geeky you are, just peruse a bunch of memes and see how many you know. The less you know, of course, the more¬†fulfilling¬†your life. ¬†Anyway, the story with the ginger kid above is that South Park did an episode that said that ginger people have no souls. I didn’t think anyone took that show seriously but apparently this kid did. Idiot. He made a video rebutting South Park’s “claims” insisting famously that “Gingers do have souls” and that is now how he is known on the internet. Seriously, google it.

South Park then went and mocked that, leading to more videos from the copper crusader. So thats one strike against gingers I think, he’s really not doing much for their credibility as a group. Or for Christians either for that matter. Fail.

A ginger that everyone knows and likes (or at least doesn’t hate) is Ronald Weasley from the Harry Potter francise. Although if you needed that little jog of the memory what rock have you been hiding under? Everyone knows the dude.

a face even a mother couldn't love

smarmy git

Theres not much else to say about him, except that Ron continues the stereotype of gingers being stupid sidekicks, thickheaded numbskulls who go around doing nothing more than making us laugh at their expense. No wonder they get a bad rap with this sort of mainstream exposure.

So this guy isn’t a ginger, obviously. But Jonah (as played by¬†comedian¬†Chris Lilley on Summer Heights High) was one of the first people I saw using the word “ranga” to describe a ginger person. I actually found the whole thing quite amusing because at that point in my life I wasn’t even aware that people with red hair were picked on or¬†victimized¬†(apart from the obligatory “does the carpet match the drapes?” comment on first meeting which isn’t really a big deal). So to see him have a go a small kid with red hair I found rather satirical of the way bullies of any sort operate; namely to insult someone in a way that was illogical, and therefore difficult to respond to (tried arguing with a crazy person before?).

But to me this sums up the whole situation with having a go at ginger people, someone has a dig, the red head thinks it’s unfair and takes offense, and because they’re getting a rise out of the victim, the bully will continue to¬†harass. Remember when your mum told you to ignore what the bullies said and they’d go away? Yeah, she was right all along.

she is right, and you are wrong

Anyway to balance all of this ginger hate out, there are red headed people out there who are liked and even respected. I’ve already mention Ron from Harry Potter, who no doubt is loved by geeks and kids all over the world (even if we still laugh at him for being a dumbass), but there are others as well. Let me point you in the direction of Christina Hendricks.

making up for every other ginger all by herself

you get the idea I'm sure...

So I mean obviously she’s hot and attractive and also a red head. But even though I could stop here and redheads would still be winning, I think it’d be fair to mention a few others (even if they¬†aren’t¬†as good as Miss Hendricks).

less hot but more respect, like commanding one of the great empires of the world respect

another red headed royal. life can't be too bad for this guy

Nobody hated her (except for the supernatural) but then again, never got anywhere apart from the x-files, so I think she broke even really.

why do all the redhead guys look like douche bags?

and all the female red heads are pretty hot

And there are others like Napoleon (yes, that Napoleon), Geri Halliwell, Carrot top (although it’s easy to argue that he and all references to him should be¬†suppressed), Debra Messing, and the list just goes on and on.

So to sum up: people give gingers shit, gingers are pussies and take offense to this, people keep doing it because it’s funny. But at the end of the day gingers are just people with red hair (and freckles) who burn easily. I’m pretty damn sure that’s all there is to say about the subject. Although I can’t expect it, I hope never to have to talk about the¬†gingerliness¬†of anyone ever again.

some random ranga and a cohort

Lady Gaga conspiracy theories (I used up all my puns on the article)

Today’s post is just a few small things I’ve found regarding Lady Gaga over the last couple of days.

First off is this bizarre and unintentionally hilarious page which is all about how Lady Gaga is an Illuminati puppet (remember them from that shitty Tom Hanks sequel to the Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons?). Yeah, well they guy who wrote this page believes that Lady Gaga (along with other pop stars like Rihanna, Jay-Z, Beyonce and Taylor Swift) are being¬†controlled¬†by the Illuminati to brainwash people with occult symbolism. Funnily enough, he never explains quite why he thinks a pop star would want to put occult brainwashing messages in a video clip (and he never, ever explains how having occult¬†symbolism¬†in a video is meant to actually brainwash someone), I can see them wanting hidden messages in their stuff saying “Buy my shit!” (although I doubt it’s really effective, even if it’s possible) but this is not that at all.

Buy my shit!

Even more hilarious are the comments on the article, which seem to be written by and large by bible-bashing, redneck, fundamentalist Christians. They seem to be very clear on why there would be occult messages in video clips (“It’s Satan!! ZOMG! Trying to corrupt out children! The end times!”) but again they never explain what Lady Gaga is getting out of it. I mean, if you’re a world famous pop star with sold out shows around the world, making millions of dollars, the number one thing on your¬†to-do¬†list is converting everyone to Satanism right? Because thats in your interests isn’t it? Oh right, it isn’t. Ok, so the¬†Christians¬†are just batshit crazy then. Good, glad thats finally sorted. There’s several articles on that site about Lady Gaga, all of them retarded, and I even found a link in the comments to another site that claimed¬†definitively¬†that Lady Gaga was a witch. Like, they had the proof that she was flying around on a broomstick or something. I dunno, I didn’t bother reading it.

Lady Gaga - the early years

That said, after all my retard-bashing, it is interesting to notice that although the author of the article is mentally deficient, he has (in his own paranoid way) picked up on symbolism that Lady Gaga does employ during her¬†performances. And it’s quite interesting as it’s stuff that I (and I’m guessing most people) wouldn’t have picked up on by watching it once (it’s not like I’m watching her video clips over and over, admiring her lack of clothes and suggestive dance moves or anything). One of the biggest things that was pointed out was her use of covering one eye, which can be interpreted any which way (like it just being¬†stylistically¬†a cool look). The author of the article suggests that she is giving the sign of the great seal (you know the pyramid with the eye in it) which is meant to be a symbol of the Illuminati.

Evil Incarnate

There’s other stuff there as well, and as I said, although I don’t agree with the conclusions drawn by the author (because, you know, he’s spewing crazy juice everywhere like a hobo that just drank a bottle of¬†methylated¬†spirits) there’s¬†definitely¬†more to her videos than dance moves and pop music, and if I had to hazard a guess, it would be that she employs strong symbolism that¬†subconsciously¬†one starts to¬†recognize¬†as her “look”, even though it’s hard to put your finger on what that look is. Having a design background, a lot of brands do the same thing whereby they create a lot of small details that when seen in context evoke a particular look or style that is associated with the brand, but is hard for a casual observer to put their finger on (and therefore creates more value in the eyes of the consumer because it’s that much harder to emulate, and that much more “authentic”). Think of Michael Jackson. He was more than just a pop singer and became a¬†phenomenon¬†because he defined himself as someone different from “the rest” by his look, his clothes (the glove, the white socks, etc), and especially his dance moves. He created iconic dance moves that either only he could do, or if someone else did do them, it was clear they were simply copying him. Of course not everyone is capable of creating incredible dance moves, so the next best thing is to create other “moves” that you get known for. In this case it’s kind of hard to make covering your eye a something that only you can do (anyone can do that, it’s just that no one thinks to), so the way to get around that is to do it subtly so that no one notices your doing it, but still subconciously recognise it as your style when it’s done.

Bitch stole my look!

Another good example is the G-Star brand (you knew I was gonna bring that one up didn’t you?), which is generally fairly recognizable due to it’s¬†distinctive¬†design and branding. I’ve seen other brands try and copy the “look”, Industrie being a major offender, and when you see it you realize that it is a copy of a look, but again, it’s hard to say why it’s a copy and not the original article, and it’s because it’s missing details that¬†consciously¬†you’re not even aware of. Everyone knows Lady Gaga has crazy cool outfits, but it’s also the way she acts, the things that she does that contibute to her image or “brand” as it were. So yeah, that’s my non crazy person interpretation of it.

just your regular jeans and a tshirt...

Sorry for going on and on, I got onto a bit of a roll there.

Anyway, to end on a less insane and more lighthearted note: pictures! (thats what this blog is all about anyway, not bloody essays!). Specifically, some more cool outfits as worn by Lady Gaga who is becoming more and more my favorite pop star.

^^ those are fucking monitors on her glasses…how freaking cool is that?

^^ this ones less hot, still awesome for being so out there though.

Gary Busey is FUCKING MENTAL

Hahahaha Gary Busey is awesome, and also insane. Star of some crap action movies back in the 80’s he had and accident and suffered brain damage. And is¬†still suffering today from the looks of things. Some British guy tried to interview him for some pre Oscars event and I think what resulted is the clearest and most candid look into the mind of someone¬†truly¬†insane.

I love the bit where he starts vigorously shaking his head for no reason other than pure liquid insanity.

Vikki Blows – NSFW

Just a quick post. I thought EVERYONE should have a chance to know who Vikki Blows is. Absolute perfection. And she’s from the UK (where they have topless women on the third page of their newspaper – pretty sure that makes it the ultimate heaven, better than the¬†Christian¬†one really. And if I don’t go to hell for that I hope I can go to the UK).

say hello

perfection?

yes

i think you get the idea now

just to make sure