Saturday, January 16, 2010
In WWII, the average age of the combat soldier was 26. In Vietnam, he was "19."
"19" is a song by British musician Paul Hardcastle released as the first single from his self-titled third studio album Paul Hardcastle (1985). The song features dialogue by television narrator Peter Thomas, and a strong anti-war message. The track is about America's involvement in the Vietnam War and the effect it had on the soldiers who served. "19" features sampled dialogue and news reports from Vietnam Requiem, an ABC television documentary about the post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by veterans.
The title "19" comes from the documentary's claim that the average age of an American combat soldier in the war was nineteen, as compared to the claim of World War II's 26. The song incorporated bits of interviews from soldiers as well. This claim has since been disputed. Undisputed statistics do not exist, although Southeast Asia Combat Area Casualties Current File (CACCF), the source for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, shows a large number of deaths (38%) were ages 19 or 20. According to the same source, 23 is the average age at time of death (or declaration of death). The song also comments that while the tour of duty was longer during WWII, soldiers in Vietnam were subject to hostile enemy fire almost every day.
Nineteen topped the pop charts in the UK for five weeks, and reached the top twenty in the USA, where it also topped the dance chart. For a while it was the top selling single in thirteen countries (helped by the fact that versions of the song were recorded in French, Spanish, German and Japanese), and it received the Ivor Novello award for Bestselling Single Of 1985. The song's English language release came in at least three different 12" versions, each with an alternate cover design. Hardcastle was later sued by ABC for his unauthorized use of samples from the documentary.
Famous record and television producer Simon Fuller named his management company 19 Entertainment after he signed Paul Hardcastle to Chrysalis Records and the single went to number one.
The same year British comedian Rory Bremner, using the band name The Commentators, released a parodied version of the song as N-n-n-n-nineteen Not Out, about England's tragic performance in test cricket, with references to the England cricket team's disastrous 1984 home series against the West Indies in which the England captain David Gower had averaged 19.
The song inspired the videogame 19 Part One: Boot Camp.
Friday, January 15, 2010
The Screaming Room|2010
The Hurt Locker
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Event Astrology|Hitting the SEND button
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All photos ©2009, Bernard M Lynch Jr
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Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
The Screaming Room|Behind the Mask
The Rise of Leslie Vernon
This Day in Disco History|1979
The Village People's YMCA
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if...
you were tripping your brains out and were in a serious leather bar along the lines of The Mineshaft or The RamRod or The Anvil? This is the closest you will ever come to witnessing a bacchanalian scenario straight out of purgatory.
Brilliant camera work by the entire team of IRREVERSIBLE, a rough film, to say the least, with the most brutul rape scene ever committed to film.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
The Screaming Room
HENRY, PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Natal Transit Astrology|Hitting the Lotto. Maybe!
The Screaming Room|GRACE .
No saving this GRACE.
Written & Directed by Paul Solet
Sorry, but Nicole Kidman and Jessica Lange would have taken this movie to parts unknown. Great flick, almost comedic in its desperation, but I just kept thinking of Nicole & Jessica.
Still. Worth the labor. Slurp.
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Mark Rothko|Orange and Yellow Painting
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