Re: Um, Ben?

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Pretty coy posting there for link-hunting. I knew Wallace as the "Primrose Lane" guy. According to Wikipedia, "Otoko no Sekai," "The World of the Man" was released in Japan only in 1970 and was his biggest selling single. I'll bet that was used in the ad and is what this is.

I've picked up some cred with my next-door neighbor, a Lithuanian immigrant, by displaying my knowledge of Tatars and Bronson specifically.

I owe it all to Mandom!


Posted by: I don't pay | Link to this comment | 08-20-07 1:28 AM
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ah, I figured it was related to the ad campaign somehow. I wasn't being coy; I was being lazy.


Posted by: alameida | Link to this comment | 08-20-07 2:03 AM
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Even more telling, the English title for "Otoko no Sekai" was "The Lovers of the World."


Posted by: I don't pay | Link to this comment | 08-20-07 2:44 AM
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It would make more sense if the titles were "Woman Lovers of the World" and "Glory of My Mandom" rather than the reverse.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 08-20-07 7:34 AM
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"As for me? Well, I am the proud owner of Karl Rove's father's pure, solid gold cock ring!"

And he's serious.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 08-20-07 8:08 AM
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"...more g/piercings than God..."

Interesting question for scholastic philosophers: how many does God have?


Posted by: I don't pay | Link to this comment | 08-20-07 8:15 AM
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Oh mighty Mandom, how you've fallen. This is a dark day. A dark day indeed.


Posted by: DS | Link to this comment | 08-20-07 8:35 AM
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Being unfamiliar with "Mandom," I googled it. The second definition here didn't resolve my confusion, but it made me fall in love with the author.

His other entries include "Tampon: a vaginal plug......"


Posted by: destroyer | Link to this comment | 08-20-07 9:18 AM
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Mandom.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 08-20-07 9:21 AM
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Being unfamiliar with "Mandom,"

MANDOM!

Good comment thread there.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 08-20-07 9:22 AM
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Brevity is the soul of pwnage.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 08-20-07 9:22 AM
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It's as bad as you think, DS.


Posted by: Populuxe | Link to this comment | 08-20-07 9:26 AM
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From the article:

"You can look as feminine as you want, but you must speak like a man. What is important to remember is that, in Japan, manly and pretty are not opposites."


Posted by: I don't pay | Link to this comment | 08-20-07 9:30 AM
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12: That faint thumping sound in the background of that ad? That's Charles Bronson's withered corpse battering the sides of the coffin as it spins like a turbine.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 08-20-07 9:32 AM
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Charles Bronson: a Lipka Tatar, of course.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 08-20-07 9:40 AM
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Only 14 short comments, John.


Posted by: I don't pay | Link to this comment | 08-20-07 9:45 AM
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Also, I think it's friggin' hilarious that there is an entire cosmetics company in Japan named "Gatsby," but I'm not at all surprised. The Japanese love, love, love themselves some Scott Fitzgerald and usually in the zaniest possible way. Back in the '90s, the Takarazuka Revue produced an all-female/drag-king musical version of Gatsby. The posters for that show are unbelievably awesome.


Posted by: Populuxe | Link to this comment | 08-20-07 9:52 AM
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Do you think that I read the stupid threads?


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 08-20-07 10:20 AM
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I don't actually own a turntable.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 08-20-07 10:29 AM
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No turntable? What kind of music geek are you!?


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 08-20-07 11:04 AM
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I know :(. I don't even have a proper sound system at all, just these two speakers on my computer. If the Music Geeks of Unfogged Benevolent Society wanted to take up a collection for a proper turntable/receiver/etc set for me, why, I don't think I could turn it down.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 08-20-07 11:07 AM
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re: 21

Actually, I don't know what US prices are like, but in the UK really good vintage hi-fi gear is virtually free on ebay. I have been fairly impecunious over the past few years but have quite a nice stereo. I'd be surprised if it'd cost you more than $50-$100 dollars to get a decent integrated amp and a set of speakers to attach to your computer.

My computer speakers: I bought an old but quite highly rated and reivewed 70s FM receiver/amp (Kenwood/Trio), I paid about $15 for it and attached a good set of small but also highly rated Tannoy hi-fi speakers. The speakers I happened to have from new, but I could have bought them second hand for about $50-75 USD, maybe less if I was lucky. There are no computer speakers on earth, or at least none that retail for a half-way sane price, that would sound as good.

The same with my main living room stereo. The setup would have retailed for several thousand US dollars when new. I paid less than 200 US for the lot. For example, I have a solid Technics turntable [a mid-range late 70s model] that I got 2nd hand from an old hi-fi buff. I'd probably have to spend quite a bit to get something better if I was buying new.


Posted by: nattarGcM ttaM | Link to this comment | 08-20-07 11:21 AM
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Damn. I had one I could mail to you. Gone.


Posted by: John Emerson | Link to this comment | 08-20-07 11:26 AM
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ben w-lfs-n doesn't have a turntable??!!! there's a great used hi-fi equipment store on university in berkeley, getting down close to the bay/highway. get you some kenwood, a 70's marantz tuner, boston acoustics speakers, all crazy cheap. and there's a soundproof room at the back so you can check it all out. and dear god amoeba records??!!!!11!1

17: gatsby makes great styling wax and great tiny papers to mop up oil on your face.


Posted by: alameida | Link to this comment | 08-20-07 8:23 PM
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I actually gave away this past July several sets of speakers and a decent amp that I would have been happy to send w-lfs-n-wards. Well, darn.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-20-07 8:26 PM
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and dear god amoeba records??!!!!11!1

They carry CDs these days too.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 08-20-07 8:30 PM
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That video in 12 is brilliant. And this one would make a great before-and-after pairing with the Bronson commercial.


Posted by: DS | Link to this comment | 08-20-07 8:52 PM
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Or better yet, there's the Gatsby "Moving Rubber" ad.


Posted by: DS | Link to this comment | 08-20-07 9:05 PM
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amoeba has always had CD's, silly head. it's just that they have waaayyy better/more varied/out of print records.


Posted by: alameida | Link to this comment | 08-20-07 11:57 PM
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