Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Sometimes you strike gold

While tooling around the vast interweb highway, I came across this new webisode series, RuPaul Drives.  This weeks episode features Henry Rollins

Hit the pause button on you life for 5 minutes and watch it.

September 3, 1983 -
One of the songs that defined MTV in the 80's, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by the Eurythmics, giving them their only US chart topper..

In 1978, Squeeze had a UK hit with Take Me I'm Yours, which features the line "Dreams are made of this" in the chorus.

Marilyn Manson recorded the song in 1995, giving a much darker tone to the song.

(Manson's version was produced by Nine Inch Nails leader and mentor, Trent Reznor.)

September 3, 1965 -
Carlos Irwin Estévez, actor, substance abuser and noted panderer is another year older today.

Say what you want about Charlie; he seems to know how to live on his own terms and makes it work.

September 3, 1973 -
The Rolling Stones released their hit, Angie, on this date.

This was one of the few acoustic ballad for The Stones. Most of their material at the time was hard, aggressive and electric. In the US, it was their only ballad that hit #1.

September 3, 1982 -
Cameron Crowe's coming of age teen comedy (directed by Amy Heckerling), Fast Times at Ridgemont High, opened on this date.

David Lynch was originally offered the chance to direct before Amy Heckerling was chosen. He turned it down saying it was a funny script, but not really his thing.

Today in History:
On September 3, 301, during an epic game of hide-and-seek, St. Marinus the Stonemason ran up Mount Titano in Italy to hide from the Roman Emperor Diocletian.

It was a good hiding spot and he was never found.

He started his own country to pass the time and the Republic of San Marino survives to this day.

On September 3, 1189, Richard Lionheart, an enthusiastic sodomite, was crowned King of England on this date.

The son of Henry II (no relation to Rocky II) and Eleanor of Aquitaine, Richard spent most of his ten-year reign abroad. For two of these years he was imprisoned by the Holy Roman Emperor, who was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an emperor, but a nasty little man just the same.

When Richard finally returned to English soil he discovered there had been Intrigues, some of which involved his brothers. He therefore crossed the channel and defeated France before dying from an arrow wound to the neck inflicted by an 11 year old boy.

He had only produced one son, and the most crushing defeat of Richard's tragic life was his discovery that the child was a little bastard.

September 3, 1838 -
Frederick Douglass
escaped slavery disguised as a sailor on this date. Later he wrote about his experiences in a book called The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass, the title of which may have diminished the effectiveness of his disguise.

(Publishers thought The Narrative Life of a Barechested Burly Black Guy Wearing Snug Fitting Sailor Pants with No Underwear would have limited appeal outside certain fetishist circles.)

September 3, 1939 -
Germany continued its invasion of Poland even though Britain had asked it very nicely to stop.

This upset the British sensibility. They declared war on Germany, France followed suit 6 hours later quickly joined by Australia, New Zealand, South Africa & Canada, making this the official launch of World War II in Europe on this date.

And so it goes

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