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On this day in music history: May 18, 1985 - “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also topping the Mainstream Rock chart for 3 weeks on April 20, 1985. Written by Keith Forsey and Steve Schiff, it is the biggest hit for the Anglo/Scottish rock band fronted by lead singer Jim Kerr. Written as the theme song to the John Hughes directed coming of age comedy/drama “The Breakfast Club”, Forsey initially approaches Billy Idol, Bryan Ferry and Cy Curnin (lead singer of The Fixx) to record the song, all of them decline. Simple Minds are also asked to do the song, and turn it down before being persuaded by their US label A&M Records to record it. The band create their own arrangement and record the track in about three hours. Released as a single on January 21, 1985, four weeks before the film arrives in theaters, it quickly becomes a hit. Entering the Hot 100 at #90 on February 23, 1985, it climbs to the top of the chart twelve weeks later. The full unedited version of the track (running over six and a half minutes) is issued as a 12" single along with the shorter 45 version (also featured on the soundtrack album). In time, “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” is regarded as an iconic song of the era.

the truth is a matter of circumstances, it’s not all things to all people all the time. and neither am i

short-term phenomena’s pr teams, like zayn’s (and one direction’s), reliance on fans’ grassroots social media campaigns as a main form of promotion DOES. NOT. WORK.

let’s talk beyonce. so many people say, “ok but beyonce does the same thing.”

1) beyonce doesn’t put out the same product that zayn does. she puts out conceptual albums complete with cinematic films and cohesive themes.

2) beyonce has been in this business since 1997. that’s almost two complete decades of curating an image, hard promotion (interviews, tours, talkshows, engagement with fans [not just for one week before an album release]), growing as an artist, and establishing a worldwide base.

3) after almost TWENTY years, beyonce can drop an album without promo and have it go straight to the top of the charts.

4) even though she didn’t hardcore promote her newest album, she immediately went on a world tour and promoted her first single at the SUPER BOWL.

5) zayn hasn’t reached this level of fame. he has never performed pillowtalk (his only truly successful single) live bc he “just doesn’t think [PILLOWTALK] sounds good live" don’t tell me this is bc he’s anxious bc i totally understand anxiety but it wasn’t on any of his set lists prior

6) zayn’s reliance on his fans’ social media campaigns means he has to remain in good standing with them. totally understand that he’s an introvert, but when he does tweet, he tweets offensive shit! and if you do, apologize for it. it’s the fans that he’s offending that keep his ass (slightly) afloat 

7) magazine covers & interviews- a lot of them, which is great, but they all have the same theme and say the same thing. not many ask him in depth questions about his album and they were all bunched around the same date

8) short album promotion. album release parties? i love the idea and he should keep doing that, but honestly? where’s the international promotion? where’s the calling into radio stations and talking? where’s the tv appearances? where’s the consistent appearances at awards shows?

9) zayn hasn’t pushed a single since pillowtalk. neither has zayn’s team?? like i would? flopped. wrong? flopped.

10) zayn’s arrogant. own up to the lil wayne influence. own up to your album’s shortcomings. own up to the all lives matter tweet. 

zayn isn’t a musical icon yet and he and his pr team are acting like he is?


“Love sure is a funny thing. Makes you happy, makes you sad, makes you do all sorts of things you never thought you’d do before. In fact, love’s the reason I’m laying here dying.” 

I Love You Phillip Morris (2009) dir. Glen Ficarra

if you don’t think I died both a cinematic and gay death during the double guns Kate McKinnon action scene in Ghostbusters then you are goddamn wrong because that scene changed my life and cleansed my soul and I will never in my life be able to make a film with a scene that intense and beautiful in every single possible way imaginable and I have to live with this knowledge so I’m just gonna rewatch that scene until my dying day
'Star Trek Beyond' is the sci-fi action movie we needed this year
'Star Trek Beyond' combines the optimistic tone of the original series with the friendship-and-explosions formula of the 'Fast and Furious' franchise.

With Justin Lin at the helm, Star Trek Beyond finds the sweet spot between the excitement of the 2009 Star Trek reboot, the charm of the 1960s TV series, and the friendship-and-explosions formula of Lin’s work on the Fast and Furious movies.

Justin Lin was an unexpected choice for Star Trek, and some fans were a little nonplussed by the action-packed trailers featuring Kirk leaping over rock formations on a motorcycle. Where was the philosophical message, the smart political subtext that made Star Trek stand out from other sci-fi franchises? But this judgement forgets the other tenet of Lin’s work on Fast & Furious: the constant emphasis on family and friendship.

This comes across as the film’s prevailing theme, right down to the small but important detail of Sulu (John Cho, electrifyingly cool as ever) being given a husband and child: the first canonically gay character in Star Trek, or in any other Hollywood franchise if this type.



On this day in music history: July 13, 1985 - “A View To A Kill” by Duran Duran hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks. Written by Duran Duran and John Barry, it is the second US chart topper for the Birmingham, UK based pop/rock band. The members of Duran Duran are invited to write the theme for the fourteenth James Bond film after bassist John Taylor meets Bond producer Albert “Cubby” Broccoli at a party. This encounter leads to the two sides talking seriously about composing the title song. Broccoli then introduces Duran Duran to score composer John Barry who co-writes and arranges the song with the band. Fresh off of working on The Power Station project, producer and musician Bernard Edwards of Chic produces the song. The track is recorded at CTS Studios and Maison Rouge in London, with Barry conducting a sixty-piece orchestra, augmenting Duran Duran’s instrumentation. The recording sessions become so contentious (particularly between Nick Rhodes and Andy Taylor), that the band members end up overdubbing their parts separately. Released in early May of 1985, the single is an immediate smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #43 on May 18, 1985, it climbs to the top of the chart eight weeks later. “A View To A Kill” is the only Bond theme to top the US pop singles chart, and is the last Duran Duran single to feature all five original band members until they reunite in 2001. Prior to “Kill” reaching the summit, the two highest charting Bond themes are Wings’ “Live And Let Die” and Carly Simon’s “Nobody Does It Better” (from “The Spy Who Loved Me”), both peaking at #2 on the Hot 100. On the same day the single hits number one, Duran Duran perform it at Live Aid in Philadelphia. After the original track is cut, Duran Duran along with Steve Thompson and Michael Barbiero create an extended remix of “Kill” with the intent of issuing it along side the original single version. For reasons unknown, this version is shelved and remained unheard by the public for nearly thirty years. Mysteriously, it surfaces online on the Soundcloud  and YouTube websites in November of 2014. Since then it has been widely circulated among Duran Duran fans. To date, no official release of the 12" remix has been officially sanctioned by the band.  "A View To A Kill" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.


please if you are a human being with the slightest sense of humour take the 30 seconds to watch this


On this day in music history: July 24, 1982 - “Eye Of The Tiger” by Survivor hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 6 weeks. Written by Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan, it is the biggest hit for the Chicago, IL based rock band. Originally formed in 1978 by former Ides Of March guitarist and leader Jim Peterik, the band is filled out with former Chase members (“Get It On”) Gary Smith (drums) and Dennis Keith Johnson (bass), guitarist Frankie Sullivan and lead singer Dave Bickler. The band sign to Scotti Brothers Records in 1979, releasing their self-titled debut (with Smith and Johnson leaving the band after the first album, being replaced by Stephan Ellis (bass) and Marc Droubay (drums) ), and the follow up “Premonition” to only minimal reaction. In late 1981 while Sylvester Stallone is working on the film “Rocky III”, he initially is using Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust” as a temporary track in the film. When the band declines to let Stallone use the song in the film, he looks around for a replacement song. During this time, the actor hears Survivor’s single “Poor Man’s Son” from their second album “Premonition”. Liking what he hears, Stallone asks the band to come up with a new song with that feel. Peterik and Sullivan respond with the anthemic “Eye Of The Tiger”. Released as a single (the US single issued in a picture sleeve with the “Eye Of The Tiger” album cover artwork, and the UK single featuring a still image from the film with Stallone and Mr. T.) in May of 1982 in tandem with “Rocky III”, it is an immediate smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #73  on June 5, 1982, it climbs to the top of hte chart seven weeks later. “Tiger” wins Survivor a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal in 1983, and earns songwriters Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. “Eye Of The Tiger” is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.


On this day in music history: August 8, 1980 - “Xanadu - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” is released. Produced by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, it is recorded at Musicland Studios in Munich, West Germany, and A&M Studios in Hollywood, CA from Late 1979 - Early 1980. Serving as the soundtrack to the musical fantasy film starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, it features music by Olivia Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra (w/ guest appearances by The Tubes, Cliff Richard, and Gene Kelly). The film will be a major critical and commercial failure, but the album will be a huge success, spinning off five top 40 singles including “Magic” (#1 Pop), “I’m Alive” (#16 Pop), “All Over The World” (#13 Pop), Suddenly (w/ Cliff Richard) (#20 Pop) and the title track (#8 Pop). The soundtrack will be first single LP in the US to be released with a $9.98 list price. In spite of the higher price, it will not slow the albums sales momentum. The soundtrack is released in the US and Canada by MCA Records (Newton-John’s label) and by Jet Records throughout the rest of the world (ELO’s label). The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 1998. “Xanadu” will peak at number four on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

It’s a Mary Blair World

Blair was an Oklahoma-born artist who climbed the ranks of Disney’s art department in the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s, eventually designing Disney’s “It’s a Small World” in 1964. A graduate of LA’s legendary Chouinard School, her facades bring to mind the work of Alexander Girard, Charles and Ray Eames, and Stig Lindberg; all playing in a similar way with stacked shapes and kinetic sculpture. An imaginative painter and designer, Blair helped introduce a modernist style to Walt Disney and his studio, and for nearly 30 years, he touted her work for his films and theme parks. She has more recently been referred to as the mastermind behind animated films like “Cinderella,” “Alice and Wonderland” and “Peter Pan,” although her credit on these films was often “color stylist.” Animator Marc Davis, who put Blair’s inspiring use of color on a par with Henri Matisse, recalled, “She brought modern art to Walt in a way that no one else did.“ Below is a sampling of her architectural work and film concept paintings.