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Madame Taunt
Los Angeles
I have an opinion on everything. Ask and ye shall receive.
Interests: fashion, truth, beauty, martinis, daniel craig, the absurdity of life
Recent Activity
The bass line in "New Year's Day" is a reworking- or exploration if you'll excuse the phrase- of the chords in "Fade to Grey" by Visage. Pointless, as advertised, but maybe now you have a couple of '80s tunes in your head. Like me. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Mockingbirds
"Now we sit through Shakespeare in order to recognize the quotations." -Orson Welles Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Mockingbirds
Some drama. Some fire. Some beauty. And a windmill. The Mockingbirds Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Mockingbirds
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
September 5 should be a holiday, so we're going to make it one. The Mockingbirds Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
We've lost another great, another honorary 'Bird, a woman who paved the way for the rest of us females who like to mock and laugh. Joan Rivers died at the age of 81 after fearlessly destroying standards and expectations and limitations, something she did relentlessly. 'Force of nature' is a tired cliche but it really just fits; she never stopped working, one appropriate finger raised to whatever stood in her way. That's not what you're supposed to do as a woman (ask Madonna) and she paid for it. She was labeled crude, mean, obnoxious and insensitive*, and if I'm honest... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
Keanu Reeves turned 50 yesterday. Please make your own speed limit joke, thanks. Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
"No one reads Marx anymore." -Madame Taunt Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
That would be the only way to celebrate the American worker. Go Big Red, The Mockingbirds Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
How is it, in all these years of doing the MockBlog that it's possible that I've never given my proper shout out to Chinatown for your weekend viewing? With all the talk of the severe drought going on in my state, it of course led my mind to the Mulhollands and their closely linked history to the city of Los Angeles, which of course then made me think about the fictitious Mulwrays and how much this film still stands so tall amongst its peers. 1974 happened to be quite a year in film, and although it technically won but a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
"Tits, Ass, and the Futility of Existence in an Uncaring Universe" Miami Vice is not a guilty pleasure. Let us proceed. SONNY "THE GOOD" CROCKETT: Brazen, obnoxious, loud and highlighted by bongo tits, this is the perfect theme song for a show about the excesses of the '80s: so much style that the substance is nearly suffocated to death. But that's the point. That decade was all about the manufacturing of image in the void left after the principles of the '60s were snorted up the nose of the '70s. The layers upon layers of beauty and humor and photogenic... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
Trent Reznor is 657 years old. Hail Satan, if you please. Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
There is much to celebrate when it comes to Rob Halford: that voice, his music, the leather, his shiny bald head. But he is also a role model, a sincere rebel with a sense of humor and style who rocked, rolled, shopped at the fetish shops and started drag races in his band's video. He did this with no apologies. And when he did come out he did so casually but was also mindful of his responsibility as a public figure. He never shied away from his new label. When he was embraced, it was not just because he is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
"I believe we need heroes, I believe we need someone who we can measure our own shortcomings by." -Richard Attenborough Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
You do now. He looks like a proto-hipster by the way. Well done, world. The Mockingbirds Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
Writing about something brilliant is deceptively difficult- you would think something that inspires you to laugh, cry, live a little, learn something new or even try something new would inspire clever words. And for better people, maybe it does. But I'm not better, I'm a self-conscious weirdo with a Billy Idol hairdo who's seen Metallica in concert 12 times. I say, and type, lots of words but when it comes to The Simpsons, I'm completely humbled. Well, not entirely, as I will point out that the irony of a cartoon having more humanity than most, if not all, television shows... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
The European Union has a specific directive regulating the number of chemicals used in hair dye (45). Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
"So many people is sleepin while standin up." -Public Enemy Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at The Mockingbirds
If we're going to be (already are) a nation under military rule, we pledge our allegiance to the Rhythm Nation. The Mockingbirds Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at The Mockingbirds