Music Minute: “Condition Red” by The Goodees

"Why doesn't he get a haircut? Why doesn't he shave? You know, he used to be such a nice looking fellow until he grew that awful beard..." Here's a wonderfully atmospheric and dazzling Music Minute provided by the original good girls driven bad, The Goodees. Some say they are a complete rip-off of the more …

Commercial Break: I Married A Witch (1942)

Well well well, Halloweens nearly here. ¬†Just around the corner! ¬†And we feel as if we cannot get ahead on posting all the spooky ghoulish goodies that we'd love to bring to our readers. ¬†Today we renounce the horror of Halloween and reflect on a time back in the 1940s, we know our retro readers …

{PHOTOBLAST} Confessions of a Teenage Witch ! ! !

"Mommy? Daddy? We have something to tell you... you know those new girls we've been hanging out with at school? Yes, the one's who smoke cigarettes and dance in the street. ¬†Well...they have more to them than it seems. ¬†And now...our dear sweet family, we have news... I'm a Teen Witch " Come the Bewitching …

Music Minute: Poison Ivy – The Coasters(1959) + {Bonus: The Aztecs(1964)}

Written by¬†American songwriting duo¬†Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Poison Ivy was originally recorded by¬†The Coasters¬†in 1959. It went to #1 on the¬†R&B¬†chart and #7 on the¬†Billboard Hot 100¬†chart. The duo would write a string of hits which would lead them to rise to fame in the 50s teaming up with other writers and writing hits …

Music Minute: Screaming Lord Sutch and the Savages – “Jack the Ripper” (1963)

Originating in the early 60s, Screaming Lord Sutch and the Savages are a British Rock group known for a rotating roster of great musicians who have a penchant for horror themed and zany humoured anthems. ¬†Believed to be the forerunners for irreverent punk bands such as the ¬†The Sex Pistols. ¬†Rocking out with humour also …

“The men and women in these mug shots are nobody special, but they saw things that none of us will ever see.¬†They were all arrested in New Castle, a small town in western Pennsylvania, right over by the Ohio border. It was once one of the most industrially productive cities in America, but all that‚Äôs gone now.”

{Diarmid Mogg, SMALL TOWN NOIR}

As good as any Noir Thriller you might find in the movies. In fact, the stories told in “Small Town Noir” could definitely make one helluva TV series – so many stories to dive over, so take a look. William Brest is just one of many from the town of New Castle that got the opportunity to stare into the lens of that mighty police camera…

So check it out, why don’t ya?!

Small Town Noir

A seventy-seven-year-old widow named Alice Johnson opened her door to William Brest, whom she mistook for a neighbor’s son. She let him in, leaving him alone in her living room for a minute. He took her wallet and left. After he removed the $16 that it contained, he threw it into the weed patch behind the United Presbyterian church on Countyline street, where it was recovered by police once William had been arrested and signed a confession. William returned the money, including the $2 that he had already spent, and Mrs Johnson withdrew the charges against him.

William had just turned eighteen. Within three years, he was married with two sons. He found a job at Rockwell’s auto and truck spring plant on Furnace street and got a place on its bowling team, which met with reasonable success in the town’s industrial league. In 1977, William was treated for smoke…

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