Category Archives: Beast

Poppers ReDux

Jan. 2 1979 Suicide was headlining CBGBs. The duo weren’t for everyone, but the screaming fury of Alan Vega and monotonal drone of his keyboard player Martin Rev were an effective remedy for a long holiday of drinking, especially if the holidays were not ready to call it quits. My hillbilly girlfriend was in West […]

Beauty or the Beast of Haiti

Michèle Bennett was not a virgin at the altar with Baby Doc.. Still white was her wedding color. No one was allowed to say a word. But the Ton-Ton Macoute knew the truth. And no one dared doubt them. Michele took Jean-Claude for everything. Baron Samedi always gets paid by his whores.

THE BIGGEST BEAR by Lynd Ward

THE BIGGEST BEAR was published in 1952. The illustrated children’s book lovingly described the story of a young boy befriending an orphan bear in the Maine woods. Johnny Orchard’s bear grew to an epic size and ate everything in sight. Faced with the choice of killing his friend Johnny Orchard’s bear is saved by a […]

HISTOIRE DE MELODIE NELSON by Serge Gainsbourg

Music sucks in Pattaya. Old farangs sing HOTEL CALIFORNIA and bar girls dance to boy band love ballads, while Thai bands play dinosaur rock for drunken tourists. Nothing’s wrong with a bad reprise of SMOKE ON THE WATER, except I once hung out in nightclubs and bars in which music meant more than a tune […]

Death By Gravity

Two days ago a LA man in his 60s was killed by the toppling of his basement refrigerator. To paraphrase the last line from KING KONG; “It was not beer that killed the man, but the beauty of beer.”