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E.O.F. SNAPSHOT OF THE DAY {MAY 21, 2013}

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Music Minute: “Egyptian Shumba” by The Tammys

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Word on the street is The Tammy’s are regarded as one of Girl Group history’s greatest treasures.

You may not have heard of them, but you’re not to blame, as this is just one of their remarkable gems they managed to leave behind for us all to hear. In fact, this single was all but lost until being found again at the beginning of this century.

“In the spring of 1964, it peaked at #30 on Cleveland rock music surveys, and #15 in Pittsburgh. It was popular at high school and college dances throughout the Midwest, but somehow never made it onto the national charts…”

This is one HELLUVA ride so make sure you’re ready to take this boundary defying and strange, weird, intensely out of this world experience known as “Egyptian Shumba” – an absolute favourite that totally goes with the jist of this place…

This place?

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We’re still searching for all your innermost desires . . .

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E.O.F. Snapshot of the Day {February 20, 2013} – James Dean’s ‘Life’ Mask {circa. 1955}

JAMES DEAN 1955 HAND PAINTED MASK - 1

We’ve learned there is a lot of crazy cool stuff on ETSY, but this one has to take the cake as the find (at least of the week)! Does he look familiar to you? He should. He’s a pretty steady regular here for us, at The Eye of Faith; after all, he is the one and only King of being bad, of embracing that rebel spirit and never letting go – JAMES DEAN.

That’s right, kids. This is a death mask of the true blue American icon, and idol of style for millions around the world, both during life and after death. Reminds me of the Elizabeth Taylor mask, Lanier Smith shared with us in the past, but this is, as I said – JAMES DEAN!!!

JAMES DEAN 1955 HAND PAINTED MASK - 2

Described here by the seller:

They were selling for $900 in California in 1955. That was quite a lot of money. Dean was beloved by many and right now still wildly popular among all generations. This mask was considered unusual because J. Leslie painted it, eyes and all by hand.

It is quite stunning and yes, these absolutely are James Deans features. They were made from the first mask created. 

These are becoming much harder to find, it comes with a license plate that went with the plaster mask.

It states California-James Dean-1931-1955.

Incredible, huh ?! Sometimes you just have to take that search a little further, turn that corner to the next page, and bona fide gems like this are just waiting to say ‘Hey’ to their new owner.

At $395, it’s a little bit our of our league, and maybe a bit frivolous, but God I’d love to own it. As the seller also mentions:  “This is a must have for a true fan, it is as close as you are going to get to a dead man.

Perhaps that’s creepy, but at the risk that James Dean’s death mask will start talking mysteriously one night, I’d be willing to take those chances!

James Dean is our rebel icon. Live Fast. Die Young. And Always Look Your Best – Even in Death.

{You can check out more listings from the dealer, FIVEHANDS CURIOSITIES  here. They have a really great selection of unique and bizarre items from all decades of the past. And while you’re browsing, don’t forget to visit our own hand-picked selection of men’s eclectic finest}

DON’T FORGET TO TWEET, TWEET, TWEET! #vintage #theeyeoffaith @theeyeoffaith

Until next time,

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Music Minute: Scott Walker Sings “Rosemary”

This is classic. We only discovered this a few days ago, but immediately our perspective shone bright on this beguiling and mysteriously seductive tune by the great Scott Walker (not to be confused with Scott Walker, the Governor of Minnesota).

For those who know of Scott Walker, you know he has a wildly fantastic voice – some sort of unique mix between Bowie and Tom Jones, or somehow tottering in limbo between. He got his start as The Walker Brothers, playing with two friends, but it was between the years of 1967 – 1974, Walker began to shine solo.

His works are definitely a product of the time, but demonstrate a forward motion in music, that some argue has yet to be caught up to. Just sit back and listen to the drama and epicness that is Scott Walker’s “Rosemary“.

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Voices from a photograph
Laughed from your wall
Screamed through your dreams
Wake up rosemary and wipe your teary eyes…

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If you have a spare moment, make sure to listen to Scott Walker’s “Archangel”, giving off extreme E.O.F. vibes all over.

Until next time friends,

{theEye}

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Music Minute: “Frankenstein’s Den” by The Hollywood Flames


A great track to keep you in the ghoulish mood, as Halloween’s Eve inches ever nearer.  Tonight we’ll be Ghost Hunting on Toronto Island and we wish we could bring you all along.  We’ll have to remain dancing in our dreams with you, as Frankensteins shackles ring out a tune.

The Hollywood Flames were an American R&B Vocal group formed in the late 40s, during a high school talent show.  They would go on to perform through the span of the 50s whilst rotating members and band names.  Their most famous singing would be “Buzz Buzz Buzz”, later featured on the 2001 “Blow” Soundtrack.

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Music Minute: “The Rockin’ Ghost” by The Modernaires

Happy Halloween! Well, we may be early, but we’ve been hearing laughter in the distance.  And … last night we woke up to disembodied voices and figures in the dark.  Okay, now we just got the mark of trinity slashed into our backs!! What the hell! This could only mean one thing.  We have a Ghost!


We bring you The Rockin’ Ghost by the Modernaires.  An American vocal group from the 1940s, who rolled with Glenn Miller and company through the 40s and 50s.  We can’t deny this get’s us feeling spooky days before Halloween!! Enjoy the flute!

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Music Minute: “Astronomy Dominee Flaming” – Pink Floyd {LIVE- 1968 on French Television}

Just a cool moment to break up the day! Was surfing the web, and came across this beauty. Pink Floyd performing “Astronomy Dominee Flaming” Live for French television almost 50 years ago! Can you believe it? How time flies….

Hope it’s been a good one! Can’t wait to {see} you again!

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Music Minute: “Looking for Boys” by The Pin-Ups

Watch out boys, because here they come – The Pin-Ups are coming for you!! They don’t care if they’re short or tall, they have their bikinis on and are ready to enjoy some of famed summer heat!

This is a very rare gem, so it’s quite the blessing to have found this on Youtube to share! Technology. The world is your oyster! This one was caught by jaemel1 who has a great affinity for vintage videos from the 50s + 60s!

It was close to impossible to find even a picture of the elusive Pin-Ups, but was finally able to uncover a great photo of the freshly formed group in their home turf of Brooklyn, 1964!

Check out those pants, the shoes, the hair! The Pin-Ups obviously knew it takes a lot of attitude to rock.

Found this at DOO-WOP blog, where you can find a lot of other rare treats and treasures!

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Fancy and Folly: Giving Me The Silent Treatment

When I first saw the trailers for “The Artist“, shortly after it’s premier at the Cannes Film Festival that would lead to Jean Dujardin’s Best Actor win at the prestigious art festival, I was not impressed. Silly folly, I thought. Reductive (Thanks, Madonna). Wasted Inspiration. How could this “NEW” silent film set in th 20s really make a splash? There was no way, in my mind, that the audiences of 2011 would really appreciate the novelty…but surprisingly, they did!

Don’t know what it is about this one (as I’m still stubbornly NOT seeing it) that really taps a chord with everyone these days, but one thing is certain we have a hit on our hands! Picking up seven wins at the British Academy Awards last night, the film is continuing it’s unbeatable winning streak all the way to the Oscars.

Granted, the recreation of the 1920s looks great (especially costumes by first-time Academy Award nominee Mark Bridges, who painstakingly recreated designs from the 20s), not to mention Du Jardin’s charisma and winning smile, but there seems to be something so defeatist about watching a silent film made in 2012.

Why do I need to see this? I have seen many silent films, some of which are the most impressive pieces of film making, or dare I say ART, I’ve ever seen: “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (1920), “Birth of a Nation”(1915) , “Intolerance”(1916), “The Gold Rush”(1925), “Metropolis”(1927), “Voyage to the Moon” (1902), and “Pandora’s Box” (1929) are all some of the most important films ever made, as well as full of some of the most visually arresting images of all time.

 

All these films were made before sound became an unstoppable force in making movies. Before this time, the power of image and word, and the novelty of the moving image was enough to begin a revolution that would become Hollywood. And don’t think that because these films were made without sound that they are PG fair, because most silent classics are full of adultery, scandal, ghosts, vampires, drugs, sex, violence, and witches- all the things we love at The Eye of Faith, minus the rock n’ roll!

Watching the films of that time are magical in itself, as it’s probablly the closest any of us could ever get to time travel in our lifetime. It’s fascinating getting lost in Louise Miller’s beautiful bow lips, or catching Valentino’s devilish gaze- these celluloid dreams are the closest thing we have to these faded idols of yesteryear and their long lonst lost time. Having been made on film, we are getting a literal imprint of a moment in time playing out before our eyes. Absolute magic!

Back in those days, they didn’t have any of the technology we have today to make movies- all you had was a team full of people and a whole lot of passion to try to tell your story. Even “The Artist” couldn’t escape from having the shoot the film first in Colour, to then digitally manipulate the film to the lauded black and white photogrpahy being praised today.

Back in the 1920s, there is no way they would have shot a film only to have to redo it completely somewhere else; if time meant money now, time really meant money in those days- but today in 2012, I’m afraid that time for these jewels only means edging closer and closer to obscurity.

Ultimately, it’s about love for movies in general. I cannot fault director Michel Hazanavicius’ vision, bringing his ode to Silent Era to the masses, and hopefully with it’s growing popularity the film can also bring some love to the real classics of the 1910s and 1920s. However, I can’t help but think “The Artist” may even further dampened our view of the true days of Hollywood Babylon. Reductive.

Many people, like myself, see all the promos for “The Artist” and can’t see past the gimmick of it all. (I mean, REALLY?!!) Hopefully this doesn’t taint the idea of watching a real classic- seeing as you can watch a “NEW” one. Or maybe I’m being much too cynical and everything is jolly! It’s great to see so much love for the past, in general though. Perhaps simply, the time of nostalgia has really struck.

Throughout the years, silent films have provided an endless source of inspiration. Luckily, many silent films are being restored and archived so future generations can enjoy the magic of the past. Watching a silent film, you can almost feel lucky, as if somehow you have found a hidden doorway to the past, and luckily you can stay there (at least for an hour or two).

Lest we forget from whence we came, and enjoy a piece of the puzzle today!

We’ve included a scene from 1928’s “The Laughing Man” (a precursor to Batman’s iconic villain The Joker) for your viewing pleasure.

[And if you have a lot of time on your hand OpenFlix on Youtube has a ton of Full Length classic films for Free including the 1922 Swedish Documentary HAXAN on the History of Witchcraft!!! Silent and Spooky. Click Here.]

Now you have a good trajectory. So, have fun!!!

[PORTLANDIA:SEASON 2]

 

Sincerely,
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