Time Machine Video of the Week

Sonic Youth - Kool Thing (1990)

Kool Thing was Sonic Youth’s very first single with Geffen Records, released in June 1990, it was taken from the Goo album. Chuck D also contributes some vocals in the song. The single reached #7 in the US and #81 in the UK charts. The video was directed by Tamra Davis. The video deals with Kim Gordon’s fascination with 1960s radicalism (particularly Patty Hearst and the Black Panthers), and features the band wearing glam style clothing.

Kool Thing sittin’ with a kiddie
Now you know you’re sure lookin’ pretty
Like a lover not a dancer
Superboy take a chance here
I don’t wanna, I don’t think so
I don’t wanna, I don’t think so

Kool Thing let me play it with your radio
Move me, turn me on, baby-o
I’ll be your slave
Give you a shave
I don’t wanna, I don’t think so
I don’t wanna, I don’t think so

Yeah, tell'em about it,
Hit'em where it hurts
Hey, Kool Thing, come here, sit down
There’s something I go to ask you.
I just wanna know, what are you gonna do for me?
I mean, are you gonna liberate us girls
From male white corporate oppression?
Tell it like it is!
Don’t be shy
Word up!
Fear of a female planet?
Fear of a female planet?
Fear, baby!
I just want to know that we can still be friends
Come on, come on, come on, come on let everybody know
Kool thing, kool thing

When you’re a star, I know you’ll fix everything
Now you know you’re sure lookin’ pretty
Rock the beat just a little faster
Now I know you are the master
I don’t wanna, I don’t think so
I don’t wanna, I don’t think so

Kool thing walkin’ like a panther
Come on and give me an answer
Kool thing walkin’ like a panther
What’d he say?
I don’t wanna, I don’t think so
I don’t wanna, I don’t think so 

Here is a live version from 2009

W.T. Benda: Blonde girl with earrings, ca. 1924 by trialsanderrors
Via Flickr:
Face of blonde girl with earrings. Watercolor, charcoal, graphite, and brush and ink drawing by Wladyslaw Theodore Benda, published as cover of: Hearst’s international magazine, likely in 1924. From the <a href=“http://lcweb2.loc.gov/pp/caihtml/caiabt.html” rel=“nofollow”>Cabinet of American Illustration</a> at the <a href=“http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html” rel=“nofollow”>U.S. Library of Congress</a>. <a href=“http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=wtbenda&amp;w=76204898@N00”>More illustrations by W.T. Benda</a> | <a href=“http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=cabinetofamericanillustration&amp;w=76204898@N00”>More illustrations from the Cabinet</a> <b>[PD?]</b> <a href=“http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3g10349” rel=“nofollow”>This picture</a> is assumed to be in the public domain.


Victory Garden Family Puppet Program Today at usnatarchives!

Free fun for families this weekend at the National Archives!
Saturday, May 16, 12:00-2:00PM

William G. McGowan Theater and Theater Lobby

Join us for a fun, interactive puppet show focusing on the Victory Gardens of World War II. Be sure to get your hands in the dirt with the other activities before or after the show.  You can plant a vegetable to take with you and start a victory garden of your own once you get home or create your own shadow puppet, just like the ones used in the show.  

This program is supported by the National Archives Foundation through the generosity of John Hancock and the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.


venture brothers had the best version of scooby-doo.

It’d be cool if there were quests that didn’t feature the MC. Idk the MC can’t do everything all the time and these people’s lives don’t revolve around the MC. Stuff happens even if the MC isn’t there to witness it. I want to see a Student Gov kid struggle to adjust to their new position as treasurer. I want some Stunt students to comment on how boring the Writers are and then get challenged to a fight for honor. I want Crash, Ethan, and Dean to have a crazy night straight out of a buddy comedy. I wanna see a day in the life of a Hearst High kid. I want to see these worlds from someone else’s point of view.

Ten cents in the dollar is as much to us as it is to Mr. Hearst the millionaire. Am I right? We can do more with ten cents than he can do with twenty five. Is it boys? I don’t believe in hitting the drivers of the news wagons. I don’t believe in dumping the carts same as was done last night. I’ll you tell you the truth I was one of the boys that did it, but it ain’t right. Just stick together and we’ll win.
—  The real Kid Blink, of the Newsboys strike of 1899.