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{MUSIC MINUTE} “The Devil is Loose” by Asha Puthli

Well it sure has been a minute since we’ve had the chance for another addition to our beloved {MUSIC MINUTE} corner of our blog. Things have been really hectic and full, which is great, but with summer officially in full swing we are hoping to take the opportunity to put up more content here to ensure treasures of the {PAST} can be upheld here in the {PRESENT} and hopefully continue shaping our {FUTURE}…

Here we have a wicked piece called “The Devil is Loose” by one of those icons that everyone should know (but doesn’t) – Asha Pulthi! This song is from her album by the same name, and was her third of eight recorded albums.

Asha was born in Mumbai (formerly Bombay) February 4, 1945 and trained in classical Indian music and opera before falling for the devils of jazz which she infused into her traditional roots. After graduating from a public University in India, she received a scholarship to go to New York City and study with legendary choreographer Martha Graham (that aspect will make total sense when you see her moves in the video).

Her fate was setlled when her appearance on “Aint it Peculiar” by the Peter Ivers Band which was covered by major music magazines like Billboard and Rolling Stone. Her reckless abandon and joyful reverie was heard (and you can hear it too here– HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) and soon she had avant-garde jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman knocking on her door, or calling her phone? We may never know…but she would make the most prophetic and signature vocals for his out-of-this-world improvisational jazz album Science Fiction, and the rest is history!

She was signed by John Hammond who most famously discovered Billie Holliday, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen – so very good company indeed!

Like I mentioned, this is from her third album of the same name (“The Devil is Loose”). Sadly not much is written about this album at all (at least in English) since it never saw its release in the US. But throughout, her vocals are sultry, soft, sweet, soulful and mysterious… her voice vaguely reminiscent of Diana Ross and then at other times as great and grand as Aretha Franklin.

Unfortunately for Asha, the money men at CBS London found an easy way out of hoisting her up and getting paid her proper dues when she became pregnant which effectively brought an end to her escalating royalties.

But before they could stiff her completely, performances on British television  would ensure her the right to negotiate royalties that only major acts such as The Beatles were able to obtain at the time- 14%!!! This and coupled with her pregnancy, Asha was shipped off to Germany much the same way The Beatles had been shipped to Hamburg.

However, unlike The Beatles, this choice by CBS London essentially hindered her career much more into obscurity and  allowed for artists like Donna Summer to build their brand off what Asha had rightfully developed.

She herself claims that Donna Summer, alleged Queen of Space Disco, copped her style- not only vocally, but literally too!

According to Asha, during one of her performances in Germany in the early 1970s she was approached by Ms. Summer herself.

Donna was in this moment “belting out songs” according to Pulthi, rather than the subdued dreamy vocals of Asha, inspired by her Hinduistic classical training, which gave that otherworldly style that would become the virtual sound of any major Munich disco…and would soon be adapted by the now famous Disco Queen that EVERYONE has heard of.

Not only that, Donna Summer allegedly approached Ms. Puthli backstage asking where she could find Asha’s custom made dress, to which Puthli would not oblige.

Donna, unbeknownst to Asha, went ahead and asked designer Bill Gibb to which he refused. Them’s the breaks, I guess.

“A lot of people say that this album [The Devil Is Loose] and the other album are templates that later on Donna Summer, Pete Bellotte, Georgio Moroder all ripped off from my sound. Now, remember I’ve mentioned to you that I was suspended because I was pregnant. So at that time was when they jumped on the bandwagon, apparently. This is what I’m told by people in Germany, in the industry. Because when they called me up they said, ‘We want to work with the real McCoy,”

-Asha Pulthi {source: Red Bull Music Academy}

Nonetheless, she is more and more recognized in importance and relevance for her ethno-fusion cosmic disco avant-garde synthy soul vibes, her out of the world stage presence (her moves have also been centred out as a major influence to Kate Bush), and undeniable individuality. A rebel spirit through and through.

Her first album “Asha Pulthri” was shot by Mick Rock who was David Bowie’s official photographer (she would also go on to hire Pierre LaRoche, Bowie’s iconic makeup artist), and was admired by art influencers such as Richard Avedon, Manolo Blahnik Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Diane Vreeland, and even headlined at Studio 54.

Her style was always changing and was always an eclectic mash up of her heritage, the {present} day (for her, {past} for us), and the unknown frontiers of space and time….So, how about that Donna Summer?

She most notably also made an appearance in the obscure Merchant-Ivory art film “Savages”, as one of the three wild women leaving very little to the imagination.

Her music was even literally blasted into space in 2009 from the Goonhilly British Satellite Earth Station on the 40th Anniversary of the Moon Landing. Why, you ask? Well

“{her music is} a form of free-floating, ultra-sexualized intergalactic disco that matched hyperventilating time with erotic electronics and surreal sonic environments. Puthli has gone so far out that she has space walked into inner space.”

As well, she has been sampled by the likes of P. Diddy, The Notorious B.I.G., Redman, 50 Cent, and Dilated Peoples. She even owns writing credits to “The World is Filled” by Biggie Ft. Too Short and Puff Daddy…so yeah!

SHE’S A BOSS

 

Nowadays the notion of a globalized pop star like Asha isn’t too uncommon. Artists like BTS get millions of fans around the world; or take for instance, K-Pop Girl Band BLACKPINK who just performed at Coachella…even the song ‘Jai-Ho’ from Slumdog Millionaire went on to win both an Academy Award and a Grammy!

That is NOW…but back THEN, artists to cross-over these racial boundaries were even rarer which is why still today, we can look back in awe on the incredible artistry, bravery and honesty Asha put forth to just be who she is!

I was not encouraged to do my own songs. They wanted me glam, more Shirley Bassey than Joan Baez. I insisted upon including at least one of my own songs, just one. They (the CBS record producers) already thought I was difficult because I wouldn’t change my name. There is a cognitive dissonance when you have a name like mine….They gave me suggestions like Ann Peters, Ann Powers. I said no as I had already won the Down Beat at that time and had a fan base in India. As Asha Puthli!”

Asha Puthli @ The Grammy Museum  {source}

Oh, how wonderful it is just to be yourself!

Some people might even blame THE DEVIL…which I’m sure is why she created this cosmic disco masterpiece.

See for yourself below:

HOW EPIC WAS THAT?!

{the dress, the moves, that audience, the song…EVERYTHING}

Luckily, so much of her music is resurfacing so we hope this post will help in the manifestation of her glory. Please enjoy “The Devil is Loose” and let us know what you think in the COMMENTS.

If you are intrigued, Red Bull Music Academy has a wonderful interview with this legend published just this last February, 2019.

We barely scraped the tip of the iceberg with this one, so don’t let us down! Go check her out, channel her spirit, and play those funky cosmic disco sounds hard into the night…

+E.O.F. STYLE DIVINITY+

It’s official.

Until next time,

{theEye}

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The Future is Now! Retro 90s Sci Fi on the A/W 2018 Runways…

Back in 1999 a quirky cool show came out called ZENON: Girl of the 21st Century and now that we are actually in the 21st century its cool to see they weren’t so far off!

We always say the past informs our future, so when speaking on this idea of retro-futurism its so fun to notice visions of the future from the past, and usually in this context we speak often of a retro-future from the 40s, 50s, even 60s . . .but now we are seeing retro-future ideas taken from the 90s.

Jeremy Scott really took it there 100% with this vibe in his Autumn-Winter 2018 collection from the pastel millenial metallic palette with strokes of neon… to some really quirky weird sci-fi silhouettes.

The wigs brought me back to another 90s sci-fi gem which may be a bit more obscure unless you lived in Canada than guaranteed you watched this show if you grew up in the 90s: SPACE CASES!!!

The show first aired back in 1996, and has since stuck in our minds as a really rad adventure series featuring some cool talent. I think the plot was best summed up by Bethany on IMDB:

One day at an academy, 7 people sneak aboard a mysterious spaceship. The people consist of 5 students, who are Harlan, the athletic leader from earth; Catalina, the Saturnian rainbow-head with a sonic scream; Bova, the negative sour-pus Uranian who can generate electricity; Rosie, the happy Mercurian who radiates heat; and Radu, the Andromedan with super strength and hearing; the other two people are Mrs. T.J. Davenport, the principal at the academy and Commander Seth Goddard, who is their teacher/commander. While on-board they meet an android named Thelma who informs them that they are on a spaceship that is half living and called the Christa. Just when they meet up they become aware that they are approaching a hole that if they get sucked into, they will be stuck in space for 7 years. They eventually do and along their journey they encounter many hardships and enemies that they work together to overcome. They also meet some new people like Suzee (Catalina’s imaginary friend from another dimension who gets pulled into this dimension during a warp, putting Catalina in her dimension; she can read minds and has gills), Elmira (Sponge daughter of Warlard Shank), Warlard Shank (the arch enemy of them), etc.

Thorough analysis. Thank you Bethany.

{click here to watch the original Pilot plus links to more episodes}

The wigs immediately gave me some serious Jewel Staite as Catalina vibes; although, hers is just that much more with the multi-colored rings representing her home planet Saturn. Am I wrong?

Oh, and sorry about the strange captions in the two photos there. They are entertaining, nonetheless. Since it is a more obscure show, it was hard to find some great images, but I think you get the vibe, and especially with a few of the looks from Jeremy Scott’s AW 2018 show sandwiched between- I think the inspirations are undeniable!

Boy, Canadian television in the 90s was wicked…and man, Jeremy Scott’s interns must have been binge watching some serious shit, because you can’t deny that the painted ladies of Jeremy Scott’s Moschino Autumn-Winter 2018 show really give me crazy Rosie comparisons!

Granted, Jeremy Scott’s inspiration for this collection was Jackie-O, Aliens, and Conspiracy Theories so its not that far off…

Some other designers you can’t deny took a very similar route were Prada:

And, Maison Margiela Couture Autmn-Winter 2018 which was a symphony of hologram! Our jaws were dropethed watching one look after another walk down the runway.

If you have a chance, watch the actual show so you can see how magically these fabrics react to light- its magnificent and really shows the art of textile design and the incredible things being engineered today.

{Watch the Maison Margiela Couture Autumn-Winter 2018 Show}

Since we are on this topic, I wanted to throw in some pics of a few more Canadian 90s aliens from the cult show ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK? – episode: “The Thirteenth Floor”!!!

Two kids get lured by stylish 90s aliens to a strange toy company that just happened to open on the 13th floor of their apartment complex where they usually play floor hockey…moral of the story is, if you think its weird a toy company opened overnight on the 13th floor of your apartment complex then just stay away!!! Especially when they’re dressed like that!

Never would I have imagined in 20 years I’d be talking about Are You Afraid of the Dark or Space Cases in the context of fashion and style…its actually kind of shocking how many designers landed on this vibe, but nevertheless its really interesting to have this kind of nostalgia prevalent in the scene, and no doubt we will be seeing more and more of this as time goes on.

The {past} repeats itself, even if that {past} is imitating the {future}!

Something about this vibe has always been in us, and we have been tending to lean towards this style many times – from metallic foil shirts, to PVC jackets, and definitely anything hologram! I guess, we like to be ahead of the curve, and it really goes to show the power in staying relevant with the past.

Here are a few pieces in our {SHOP} right now that epitomize the 90s Back to the Future vibe that is taking over!

Details on these and more in the {SHOP}
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Remember, inspiration is everywhere! Keep your eyes open, because what seems mundane now could quite easily be the next big thing!

Did we miss any awesome 90s sci-fi inspirations? Let us know in the COMMENTS below!

Until next time,

{theEye}

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E.O.F. SNAPSHOT OF THE DAY {JANUARY 31, 2018}

 

Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.
-Marilyn Monroe

 

Words of a wise woman.

Until next time,

{theEye}

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{FAVOURITE FINDS} WE LIKE, WE LIKE TO PARTY!!!

Alright, so summer is almost over, but it doesn’t mean the party has to end!

That’s why we are showcasing some of our coolest new vintage finds to help give you some inspiration. . .

So, lets get this party started!

 

Pastel Blue PVC Motorcycle Jacket

For those daze . . . of moto-inspired craze, with a pastel punch, you can’t deny this lovely gem is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

PIT TO PIT: 21″
LENGTH: 27″
SHOULDER TO SLEEVE: 31″

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90s Jantzen Southside Insane Rainbow Graphic Two Piece Bathing Suit

Party outside, party inside – this two piece bathing suit gives us electric rainbow life!!! Super cool, and rare piece. Do you measure up?

TOP
PIT TO PIT: 18″
LENGTH: 8.5″

SHORTS
WAIST: 13″ – 16″
LENGTH: 9″

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90s CALVIN KLEIN Clear PVC Hooded Poncho

We have a thing for clear PVC anything! It’s just so rad, and timelessly futuristic!!! So in short, this is the perfect combination of {PAST} / {PRESENT} / {FUTURE} which you know is totally our jam. A rare find, so if you’re digging our vibe, act fast!

PIT TO PIT: 28″
LENGTH: 31″
SHOULDER TO SLEEVE: 31″

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Exquisite Designer FRANK USHER  Graphic Beaded Sequin Party Jacket

I mean can you say “WOWZA”!!! This is THE party jacket that you need to light up the room. Great slouchy vibe, and in mint condition with all sequins and beads intact. Super RARE find, so don’t let this one slip through your fingers!

PIT TO PIT: 22″
LENGTH: 25″
SHOULDER TO SLEEVE: 27″

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Graphic Gold Metallic Street Party T-Shirt

You know what they say . . . all that glitters is most definitely GOLD! Gold has always been a big staple of our style, and we want to pass on this age old wisdom to all those stylishly discerning. That means you!

Glam it up, or grunge it up … just do your thing!

PIT TO PIT: 22″
LENGTH: 26″
SHOULDER TO SLEEVE: 16″

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Models: Nicole Buston & Danielle Brandino

Rare LINDA LUNDSTROM 90s Green Shiny Holographic Party Jacket

Linda Lundstrom was a fabulous Canadian designer throughout the 80s and 90s, and this cyber-inspired holographic jacket is just one of the fantastic style statements she designed during her career. Holographic is super ‘in’ right now, but this piece just has a whole other level to it than the cheap mall knock offs you are seeing today.

THIS IS THE REAL DEAL, people! So don’t miss out!

 PIT TO PIT: 20″
LENGTH: 26″
SHOULDER TO SLEEVE: 28″

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So if you like to party . . . LETS GO! Sometimes you just need to put on some fresh duds and let loose. Nothing wrong in that. Just as long as you are being true!

Don’t forget, that XIXIXI gets you 25% OFF in the {SHOP}, so don’t be shy! It’s all for you…and much more to come, so stay tuned!

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Until next time,

{theEye}

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The Eye of Faith is back for Supercrawl 2016!

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That’s right friends and followers!

We are so psyched to be back presenting for Supercrawl 2016 alongside the city’s best designers of original clothing. Last year not only did we have our runway show, but we also presented a two hour Vintage Showcase the following day, so this year we are so thrilled to only have our runway show to master.

This year, our collection was inspired by TAROT, and we can’t spill too much, but we are definitely sure that we have more than a few show stoppers to give all you fashion lovers the most bang for your buck.

We are also pumped to showcase some original menswear in the collection this year, as well as some conceptual looks that incorporate unconventional materials. Being proponents of vintage clothing, we also thought it would be interesting to use primarily vintage fabrics to create our looks!

This year, the fashion tents are situated at James St. N and Murray.

Our show begins

 Saturday, September 10 @ 3: 45 SHARP. 

Fashion, Art, and Music – the most powerful trifecta – all in one slamming event taking over downtown Hamilton: SUPERCRAWL!!! 

Don’t miss out! Grab a seat and enjoy the show!!! 

Until we meet again,

{theEye}

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{MUSIC MINUTE} Josephine Siao Covers Gary Puckett & the Union Gap’s “Young Girl”

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We might not be familiar in the least with the name Josephine Siao, but in Hong Kong she remains one of the most beloved stars of all time. Starting her career as a child, she quickly became one of the biggest teen idols of the late 1960s, and made a very successful transition into adult roles.

Its easy to see why, especially in this insane music video of the young star covering American rock band Gary Puckett & The Union Gap ‘s classic song “Young Girl”. We loved the colours and retro-future vibes, as well as the insane 60s fashions, so wanted to bring this hidden gem to the forefront as is our mission here at The Eye of Faith!

Our eyes are open, our eyes are open

WIDE.

Until next time,

{theEye}

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FOR SALE: “The Scream” by Edvard Munch

So it seems Sotheby’s has a true art icon up for grabs! On May 2, the New York City auction house will be auctioning Norwegian expressionist Edvard Munch’s iconic “The Scream” which is being estimated to fetch at least $80 million!

The artist made four versions of the painting that feature a screaming figure standing on a long bridge. The painting is characterized by frightening, almost vicious, swirls of colour that seem to represent the artists’ anxiety and emotion. The version up for grabs is from the private collection of  Norwegian businessman, Petter Olsen, a friend and patron of the troubled artist.

“The Scream” was painted as part of the artists’ series The Frieze of Life that delved into an odyssey of love, death, fear, anxiety, and melancholia.

Growing up in rural Norway with a strict religious father, Munch describes his childhood as the seeds for his adult turmoil-  “”My father was temperamentally nervous and obsessively religious—to the point of psychoneurosis. From him I inherited the seeds of madness. The angels of fear, sorrow, and death stood by my side since the day I was born.”

In art school, the talented youth would face further criticsm for his unusual style. One critic noted Munch’s work as “impressionism carried to the extreme. It is a travesty of art.” (Holy, RUUUDDDE?!)

That’s just how the story seems to go for some of the most talented minds. Now, we can understand the ferociousness of Munch’s brushtrokes, and appreciate the vibrating core of each of his subjects. Perhaps, we’re all just a little more frustrated and mad ourselves that we can more and more connect with Munch’s pains of productivity and social anxiety.

Social Anxiety: Time Magazine Cover, March 1961.

The life of Edvard Munch is some of the most fascinating subject matter you might ever come across. Happily, I had the opportunity to see “The Scream” in person, and even at that young age, the fire within the artist burned deep in my own soul, and I have always admired the tortured artist since.  Munch’s work is admirable for the rawness he brings to his work, a true channelling of emotions, and the simple yet frightening visions he was able to conjure.

“The Hands” by Edvard Munch (1893).

Some lucky millionaire out there is going to own a true art idol and Peter Olsen, the current own of the painter, plans to open a new museum/art centre/hotel at his farm in Norway.

Best of luck, and stay sane!

[TIME Magazine]

Sincerely,

-The Eye x

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