During the evenings are best to interact with me personally. Normally, I spend all night and morning creating these blogs. You may even catch me at night, while blogging at the same time. It's really a matter of TIMING. Enjoy!
|Posted by Anna H. on February 18, 2017 at 10:30 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? As you already know, or should know, I'm back this week for Song Saturday and Cartoon Sunday. In case you missed the previous blog, I briefly explained what happened 2 weeks ago.
Originally, I planned to publish this blog last Saturday. February 10th was the 30th anniversary for Dokken's release of their single "Dream Warriors." "Dream Warriors" was not only written and used as A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors' theme song, but can also be found on Dokken's 4th album, Back For The Attack.
"Dream Warriors" brings back some childhood memories. So does A Nightmare On Elm Street. Dokken released their single 3 weeks before the Slasher Horror film released in theaters; A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors released on February 27, 1987. I was only 4 going on 5 years old at the time.
I remember the band's music video for "Dream Warriors" being heavily played on MTV. My mother would usually change the channel so that I wouldn't get scared of Freddy Krueger in the music video.
Most people don't know, that some of today's Hollywood A-List actors and actresses made their film debuts in Slasher Horror films. Johnny Depp made his film debut in the original A Nightmare On Elm Street for example. Watching Freddy Krueger pull the character, Glen through the bed only to slash Glen to pieces saddens me, until this day. Poor Glen.
Another A-Lister, who debuted in a Slasher Horror film was Patricia Arquette. Patricia debuted in A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.
A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Trailer (1987)
She also made her cameo appearance in Dokken's music video for "Dream Warriors." Dokken used movie clips for their music video, along with filming their own original video scenes. The actress' character, Kristen ends up being rescued by Dokken from Freddy by the band performing the sequel's theme song, "Dream Warriors."
At the end of their music video, Freddy wakes up from his "nightmare" about Dokken. When you watch the music video, you have to laugh at how silly it looks. Luckily, the music video was MUCH better than the film. Dokken was heavily advertised for A Nghtmare On Elm Street 3.
About 10 minutes into the movie, the character Taryn was shown in the hallway wearing a Dokken T-shirt.
Even though A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors heavily advertised Dokken and gave the band more commercial success, this Slasher was a joke. Giving mentally disturbed teenagers special powers to fight Freddy Krueger in their dreams felt TOO contrived. Yes, I know the movie is called "Dream Warriors" for a reason.
However, that movie is as God-awful as Sharknado and other movies, which are currently airing on Syfy. I tried watching Dream Warriors years ago and ended up turning it off because I couldn't take it seriously at all. It was LAME.
Have you ever noticed that the original A Nightmare On Elm Street (excluding the 2010 remake) still gets aired on cable whereas the sequels usually don't?
After watching MTV Classic, I realized a number of Dokken's songs consisted of topics regarding love, relationships, fear, etc. accompanied by some Horror in their music videos. Judging by this Metal band's music videos, album covers, and instruments, I assume they are Horror fans.
If not everyone from Dokken, at least a small percentage of them may be Horror fans. Throughout the years, guitarist George Lynch had skulls, bones, snakes, and demons designed on his guitars.
In addition to Lynch's guitars, Dokken has a song on Back For The Attack titled, "Mr Scary." George Lynch and Jeff Pilson supposedly wrote the song. It is a guitar solo following "Heaven Sent" on the Back For The Attack album.
Also, I want to add that the success of Dokken's "Dream Warriors" for A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors led to the following sequels to include a Heavy Metal song on its soundtrack.
Those of you reading today's blog are probably wondering about my favorite songs from Dokken. Right now, I have their song "Breaking The Chains" stuck in my head, which is on their 1981 debut album, Breaking The Chains.
As for Dokken's Back For The Attack album, my mother bought me that album when I was a little girl. I've had it on vinyl for nearly 30 years. Although, I haven't played the album on my turntable in 17 years. Decades later, "Heaven Sent" is still my favorite from Back For The Attack.
I believe Dokken is 1 of the most HIGHLY UNDERRATED Metal bands from the 1980's. Not that I hated listening to Glam Metal bands, during my early childhood in the '80s, but there were other Metal bands, that did NOT get the amount of praise as they should've.
Dokken was NOT a flamboyant, cross dressing, '80s Metal band, that female fans and groupies flocked over.
Anyway, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Back For The Attack album, here are 3 music videos by Dokken, followed by a bonus song for Song Saturday.
1) Dokken "Dream Warriors" Back For The Attack (1987); A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Soundtrack (1987)
2) Dokken "Burning Like A Flame" Back For The Attack (1987)
2) Dokken "Heaven Sent" Back For The Attack (1987)
Dokken "Mr. Scary" Back For The Attack (1987)
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|Posted by Anna H. on February 16, 2017 at 8:30 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? In case you did not check your e-mail inboxes or spam and in case you have not noticed, only 1 blog was published over the last 2 weeks. Some of you may have wondered, "Hey Anna! What's going on?!"
When I was in the middle of using my Dell laptop 2 weeks ago, it said my battery charge was low. Before I could do anything, it suddenly shut down.
Then, 2-3 days later, after I had JUST published Song Saturday: Alanis Morissette's Your House, my Toshiba laptop gave the same reading and shut down. Therefore, I was unable to publish more blogs these last 2 weeks.
Because the last 2 Song Saturday and Cartoon Sunday blogs were delayed, I thought I would share this delayed Cartoon Sunday blog with you today. Originally, I meant to share this on the 12th. Michael Cawood's animated short, Devils, Angels, & Dating shows an interesting portrayal of Cupid, Death, and the devil.
The devil in this award winning animated short, filmed by Cawood wants Cupid's job. However, both are battling for Death's affections. Death is portrayed as a bombshell, Cupid is depicted as a horny, old man, and the devil (I suppose you can refer to him as "Lucifer" or "Satan") is depicted as "The Nice Guy."
After mentioning that last part, I mean the devil is like that social misfit, who wants that pretty girl in high school, if you would like to think of it that way. I feel Michael Cawood wanted this character to exude that adage about "having sympathy for the devil." All the while, portraying Cupid as some horny, evil, old man in the sky.
These 3 characters may not be teenagers (considering how old they are), although this animated short somewhat has that juvenile vibe to it. Anyway, here is Devils, Angels, & Dating for this delayed Cartoon Sunday blog.
Michael Cawood's Devils, Angels, & Dating (2012)
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|Posted by Anna H. on February 4, 2017 at 7:50 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Even though this weekend will NOT feature any blogs pertaining to Goth music, animation, movies, etc. it appears that those on Google Plus have really enjoyed the last 2 weeks of blogs. This is always positive news.
I am surprised by the number of people, who are enjoying my Goth blogs on Google Plus. They are definitely enjoying my last Song Saturday blog about London After Midnight.
As you already know or OUGHTA know, this month is packed with lots of holidays and social events. Yesterday was Go Red Day, Valentine's Day is in less than 2 weeks, and this month is Black History Month.
Believe it or not, these last several weeks, I have been subtly focusing on love and relationships for Valentine's Day. London After Midnight's song "Sacrifice" from last Song Saturday deals with sacrificing oneself because of love for another. The same LAM blog is still getting +1's on Google Plus, as I share today's blog with you.
Even though today's Song Saturday blog may not be about sacrificing oneself out of love for another person, it deals with obsessive love and heartbreak.
I believe it is safe to say that everyone knows about Alanis Morissette. If you have never heard her songs on traditional radio stations, seen her in music videos, or in movies such as Dogma, I don't know what else to say.
Long before the days of woman scorned songs by Kelly Clarkson, Michelle Branch, and the serial dater Taylor Swift, Alanis Morissette was "trendy." It wouldn't surprise me if my male subscribers and readers are saying, "Oh God! Not Alanis Morissette, Anna!" "Oh God! Anna's going Lilith Fair on us today!"
No, that is NOT what I am doing. However, I STILL have Alanis Morissette's album, Jagged Little Pill in my album collection 22 years later. It is fascinating how this Canadian singer went from being a Dance-Pop singer to Alternative Rock. In fact, Alanis became famous after doing Alternative Rock Music.
In 1995, she gave angry, woman-scorned, teenage girls and young adult women in their 20's a voice, after releasing "You Oughta Know." During that time, Alanis was "edgy." The woman managed to threaten and intimidate womanizers and assholes with Little Dick Syndrome because "You Oughta Know" is such an ANGRY song.
Regardless of your age and/gender, if you have EVER been cheated on, you will feel some level of hurt, anger, betrayal, HUMILIATION, and bitterness. You will also feel like you wasted your time in a relationship, that was based on lies. Some people will be so devastated, that they have nervous breakdowns, if not commit suicide because of being cheated on.
The pain can also be at its maximum, when it is close to holidays such as Valentine's Day.
With that being said, all those men (mostly) and women, that have spent the last 22 years severely criticizing Alanis Morissette for writing "You Oughta Know," should try paying closer attention to the lyrics and develop some level of empathy.
Until you have lived through being cheated on, you will NEVER know how it feels.
If you have never heard "You Oughta Know" within the last 2 decades, you may want to YouTube, "Alanis Morisette You Oughta Know Uncensored Version." On Jagged Little Pill, there are 2 versions of this song. There's the original and the Jimmy The Saint Blend version.
Following the Jimmy Saint Blend version of "You Oughta Know" there is a hidden track at least 2 minutes after called, "Your House." On Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill album, "Your House" is performed in Acapella.
The song has been sung acoustically on stage, throughout the last 10-20 years. "Your House" actually sounds better in Acapella. I feel the instruments playing during the song loses its impact.
When I originally heard "Your House" in Acapella as a hidden track on Jagged Little Pill, I felt somewhat spooked yet still managed to feel the heartbreak in that song. Alanis sounded creepy talking about breaking into her ex's house just to smell him, while snooping around.
The lyrics to "Your House" made Alanis Morissette sound like a creepy, stalker ex-girlfriend dealing with severe heartbreak.
YEARS later in her interview with Carson Daily (former MTV VJ), I learned that "Your House" was a fictitious song. Alanis was glad to have written it as a fictitious song as opposed to it being autobiographical like her other songs.
Alanis Morissette already knew that she would've been put in jail, if she actually confessed to breaking into her ex's house. If your mind is as creepy as mine, you probably will find dark humor, if not horror in Alanis singing about smelling her ex-boyfriend in his house.
Listening to "Your House" makes me instantly think about an obsessed ex-girlfriend, who cannot accept, that her ex has moved on to another relationship. If you DON'T believe me, have a listen to this song for today's Song Saturday. Let me know what you think.
Alanis Morissette "Your House" [In Acapella] Jagged Little Pill (1995)
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|Posted by Anna H. on February 1, 2017 at 5:20 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Remember when I said, that I wouldn't be gothing it up hardcore as much this week? Well, I couldn't help it, especially not today.
The last 2 days, I have been updating more blogs that I published, throughout the years. In fact, I JUST updated a past blog, that I published about Bauhaus' Peter Murphy. Then, I linked that same blog into my most recent Cartoon Sunday blog.
Suddenly, I remembered that today is the day Brandon Lee would've turned 52 years old. I believe that he would've been a sexy, 52-year-old man had he STILL been alive today. Brandon probably would've also been getting more acting gigs.
Yes, I know. It sounds like I'm fangirling over a dead sexy (pun intended) actor more than 2 decades later. Honestly, I can't help it. Men with long, dark hair, especially if they happen to be musicians and/Goth have always been hard to get out my system.
Even though I retired from dating 10 years ago, dark hair, musicians, and Goths will ALWAYS be my types.
Aside from me having a certain type(s) of men, you already know that there are over 400 published blogs and counting on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.
Since it is the late Brandon Lee's 52nd birthday and because there are so many other people, who have never read my previous blogs about him, I thought I would share and re-share them with everyone for today.
All you have to do is click on this link and you will be directed to several links about the late Brandon Lee.
|Posted by Anna H. on January 29, 2017 at 9:40 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Are you sick of me gothing it up hardcore around It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns yet? Not to worry because next week, I'll be changing things up a bit.
While checking messages and working on today's blog last night, I noticed MTV Classic was showing music videos by 2 pioneers of Goth Rock. Not only did the network play a classic music video by The Cure, but also Peter Murphy from Bauhaus. Out of shock, I almost dropped 1/2 my Turkey Sub Sandwich.
MTV Classic airing The Cure's music videos is something to be expected. Now, a music video by the lead singer of Bauhaus? That is something exceedingly rare. NEVER in all my years have I ever seen MTV air a music video by Bauhaus, much less a music video by Peter Murphy himself. Hell, I have watched VH1 Classic (now turned MTV Classic) air Joy Division's music video for "Love Will Tear Us Apart."
Airing music videos by Peter Murphy and Bauhaus? Never. You could argue, that it really all depends on my timing of turning on music channels. However, MTV has a long-time history of blacklisting certain singers, rappers, groups, and bands. This definitely applies to excluding minorities talented in music.
Several months ago, I was really surprised that MTV use to blacklist music videos by talented minorities such as Michael Jackson and Prince. Originally, founders of the network ONLY wanted to air Rock music videos and music, that was close to Rock.
Michael Jackson had to strong arm MTV into playing music videos made by people of color. This especially applies to his music video, "Thriller." He threatened to tell the media about MTV discriminating against he, Prince, and other talented minorities.
Michael Jackson also let MTV know, that a lot of time, money, and talent went into making "Thriller."
After the network finally aired "Thriller," the music video instantly became the classic that it is today. Once I learned this surprising news, I really started viewing MTV a lot differently than I have throughout my life. I have been use to watching a wide variety of music videos, since the time of growing up during the 1980's and '90s.
Once I learned how biased, narrow-minded, and bigoted the people in charge of MTV's programming were, since its launch, it made me lose MORE respect for the network. It is quite interesting how MTV started as a network wanting to pander to only White America.
Today this exact same network now wants to act like self-righteous, civil rights activists and pander mostly to the black audience like it is suddently BET with non-stop SJW propaganda.
Therefore, if MTV blacklisted music icons such as Michael Jackson AND Prince, 35-36 years ago, the network will SURELY exclude anyone, who doesn't suit their branding at the moment. This really is a perfect example of MTV NOT wanting to play music videos made by certain artists for a certain group(s) of people.
The pioneers of Goth Rock may not be minorities, but I can tell you without a doubt, that I don't recall of ever seeing a Bauhaus music video. Goth fans were just lucky to see The Cure because Goth Music is extremely niche.
On a much lighter note, I thought I would share this satirical animation for Cartoon Sunday. Pitchfork TV made an informative yet satirical cartoon about the history of Goth Music and the Goth Sub-culture.
If you have never heard of Pitchfork.com, it was founded on New Year's Day 1996 and is supposedly considered 1 of the most popular online music resources. Pitchfork.com publishes daily reviews, features, interviews, and real-time music news coverage of Indie Rock, Hip-Hop, Electronica, Pop, Metal, and Experimental Music.
As I watched Pitchfork's history lesson about Goth Music and the Goth Sub-culture, I laughed. There are a few song samples from The Cure, Joy Division, Bauhaus, and Ministry featured in the cartoon.
In addition, there are illustrations of some of these Goth bands' albums and of The Crow film. Then, there are jokes about who and what can be considered "Goth." I definitely laughed, when they said that Kanye West could be considered "Goth."
That particular scene is basically mocking hipsters. Everyone knows how much of posers they are, when it comes to any and everything.
Anyway, here is Pitchfork TV's history lesson about Goth Music and the Goth Sub-culture.
Pitchfork TV: "A Brief History of Goth" (2016)
|Posted by Anna H. on January 28, 2017 at 9:30 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? It appears that a nice portion of you took a liking to last weekend's Song Saturday and Cartoon Sunday blogs, which I am glad. Therefore, I'm sharing London After Midnight once again for Song Saturday. It has been a long time, since I last shared anything by LAM.
A previous Song Saturday blog from 2014, which featured the so-called "project" was updated yesterday. It would be MUCH better to refer to London After Midnight as a "band," but whatever. That's something to take up with the vocalist, Sean Brennan.
It also would've been much better, if LAM gained more exposure via traditional radio stations, during the 1990's. At that time, Goth music, films, and shows were at their pinnacle in regards to entertainment exposure. At least it seemed that way, during my youth.
During the '90s, live action TV shows, cartoons, music, and movies really began to acknowledge Goths and the sub-culture. With that being said, I find it somewhat disappointing that London After Midnight wasn't aired on my local radio stations.
I don't recall of ever browsing our shelves of music at 101.7 WIPZ and stumbling upon LAM. If any of their music existed in our studio, I surely would've played them on my radio show.
It was not until summer break 2005, that I discovered London After Midnight through Launchcast Radio. In 2005, I was going into my last year at Carthage College. Also, I was no longer hosting my radio show at UW-Parkside because I transferred to Carthage in 2004.
This was along with the fact, that I was feeling politically fatigued from most of entertainment 12-13 years ago. That was another major reason why I quit radio. Entertainment became too politicized.
Entertainers should spend MORE time ENTERTAINING us fans and LESS time acting like a bunch of self-righteous, political blowhards at award shows, concerts, and other social/entertainment events.
I want to be ENTERTAINED. Politicizing entertainment and alienating fans are great ways to hurt an entertainer's paycheck. These wannabe "political activists" assume EVERYONE shares their views about everything, when in reality, we don't.
Most of what has been released and is still being released are heaping piles of shit. And Hollywood entertainers wonder why nobody's buying their albums, shows, and movies?
If the entertainment does not look or sound uproariously terrible, it is TOO serious. I usually have to be in a certain mood to watch or listen to certain movies, music, and shows. If more entertainers returned to their drawing boards, notebooks, and started brainstorming more original ideas, entertainment could be a lot more entertaining and original, again.
This especially applies to today's era of music. I do NOT want to listen to MOST of today's music because it is too stupid, serious, political, contrived, unoriginal, and recycled like the rest of today's entertainment.
It nauseates me to no end whenever I have to listen to singers and groups depicting themselves a certain way and releasing the most contrived songs possible.
Sometimes their personas automatically scream, "POSER" and "SELL OUT" more than their music. Take Jada Pinkett-Smith, for example. ~12 years or so ago, she formed a Nu Metal band called, Wicked Wisdom.
If you DON'T believe me, YouTube "Wicked Wisdom - Bleed All Over Me."
Jada's Wannabe Goth persona is a total joke. Years ago, I automatically facepalmed, while reading about Wicked Wisdom going on the Ozzfest Tour. When Jada Pinkett-Smith's band performed at Ozzfest, she supposedly cried backstage because all the Metalheads in the crowd booed her.
Who would take someone like Jada Pinkett-Smith SERIOUSLY at a Metal concert tour, anyway?
This is the same actress, who spent YEARS mostly playing characters, that negatively depicted black women. Jada played SOME roles, that were NOT always living up to ghetto stereotypes. However, she was already typecasted more than 20 years ago.
This is not including the fact, that she was PLATONIC friends with the late rapper, Tupac Shakur before marrying Will Smith. Yes, I know that I sound like I am being extremely judgemental. Although, I CANNOT take entertainers like Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith seriously.
Will and Jada have been "bougie ghetto" for nearly 2 decades. They want to wear this "sophisticated" facade now that they are such A-List Hollywood Stars, when they have almost always acted ghetto in their sit-coms, movies, and at awards shows for years. Seeing Jada act like she's some Goth chick fronting a Nu Metal band says, "forced."
The woman does not have that type of personality to front a Nu Metal band or any band for that matter. Jada would be more believable as an R&B singer or Gangsta Rapper than a vocalist of a Nu Metal band because she is militant, racially divisive, and is more fixated on "black pride," even though she wants to pretend she is so "cultured," open-minded, and diversified.
Someone like Lady Gaga would be more believable of fronting a Nu Metal band or a band in general NOT because of her race, but because she has a kooky personality. Actually, I could see Gaga fronting a Goth Rock band because of her kooky image.
Since we are back on the topic of the Goth Sub-culture, I want to emphasize that the sub-culture is NOT meant for everyone. It should not be and that's the way we like it.
In my previous Song Saturday blog about London After Midnight, I explained more about the "project," Sean Brennan's rant about social media, my rants about social media, and I ranted about hipsters just a smidge.
Hipsters continuously ruin entertainment, food, religions, fashion, and sub-cultures, including the Goth Sub-culture. In that same Song Saturday blog, there is a block of songs featured from LAM's 2nd album, Psycho Magnet.
Today we are going backwards by sharing a song from London After Midnight's debut album, Selected Scenes From The End Of The World. There are at least 3-4 different versions of this album. Selected Scenes From The End Of The World originally released in 1992 with a purple album cover.
[ORIGINAL] London After Midnight Selected Scenes From The End Of The World (1992)
By 2003 and 2008, this exact same album was re-released in other colors.
[2003 RE-RELEASE] London After Midnight Selected Scenes From The End Of The World
[2008 RE-RELEASE] London After Midnight Selected Scenes From The End Of The World
Each version was re-released featuring bonus tracks, re-recordings, and more. Anyway, rather than bore you to death with more details, here is London After Midnight's "Sacrifice" for today's Song Saturday.
London After Midnight "Sacrifice" Selected Scenes From The End Of The World [2008 RE-RELEASE]
|Posted by Anna H. on January 22, 2017 at 12:30 PM||comments (2)|
Yuko Ichihara (xxxHolic)
How's it going my gumdrops? Did you enjoy yesterday's Song Saturday blog about The Cure and about being Goth in general? As promised in that same blog, I said I would mention the forum I joined earlier this month.
Now that Adult Swim's message board is shut down (finally), I joined Animeleague. For all you Anime fans, Animeleague is a serious breath of fresh air and is the polar opposite of Adult Swim. When I say "polar opposite," I mean PLEASANT.
Throughout the last 3 years, you have read my rants about the network itself and the overall Adult Swim Community. Had I known that Animeleague existed 3 years ago, I would've joined that forum MUCH SOONER and would've NEVER joined Adult Swim.
I definitely regret joining Adult Swim's forum and allowing a misogynistic, sleazebag, con artist to guilt trip me into staying ONLY to use me as a means to an end and to smear my reputation out of spite.
Even though there were SOME decent posters on ASMB, I can't help saying good bye and good riddance to such a deplorable and extremely toxic community mostly moderated by crooked man-children with Little Dick Syndrome.
The social environment on Animeleague is really nice and welcoming of new posters so much so that there is a welcome committee and you are automatically assigned a buddy, after joining. Also, the moderators are very active and go above and beyond to make the forum as pleasant as possible for everyone.
I haven't had a single fight or witnessed a fight, since joining. This says A LOT about Animeleague's community.
In addition, there are numerous sub-forums on Animeleague about Anime, along with other types of entertainment and sub-cultures. This brings us back to yesterday's blog about the Goth Sub-culture.
Yesterday, you may recall, that I explained about Goths and the sub-culture on here and on Animeleague. For today's Cartoon Sunday, let's revisit the topic of being Goth.
Allow me to acknowledge some Goth female characters in animation. There appears to be more Goth female characters in animation than we have realized. With that being said, it's only fair to acknowledge a few of them.
In the illustratiion above, we have Yuko Ichihara. The characters in the Seinen Supernatural Horror Comedy Anime, xxxHolic have freaky illustrations.
The characters normally have long, spaghetti legs like Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Like I explained last year, Yuko Ichihara is a powerful witch, who owns a shop and grants people their wishes. I believe Yuko is more like a cunning and opportunistic genie.
Most of her jobs consist of dealing with supernatural beings. In case you haven't already, I suggest clicking on the link above Yuko's picture.
Next, we have Creepy Susie.
Creepy Susie (The Oblongs)
Some of you may remember Angus Oblong's shortly lived cartoon, The Oblongs from The WB. Creepy Susie is supposedly a 10-year-old character from the series.
Most people don't know that The Oblongs was based on Creepy Susie And 13 Other Tragic Tales For Troubled Children. This was a 1999 collection of illustrated short stories written by Angus Oblong.
This young, creepy, Goth Valley Girl is obsessed with death, was born on Halloween, and can tell an animal's gender by the taste of its blood.
On the other hand, there is Germaine Endez.
Germaine Endez (Neurotically Yours)
If you have been subscribed to It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns for the last 3 1/2 years, you KNOW how much I enjoy watching Goth webisodes featuring the slutty Goth-Punk protagonist, Germaine and her pet squirrel Foamy. Who doesn't love Foamy?! That pet squirrel speaks THE TRUTH!
As far as Germaine goes, she has been restyled a plethora of times throughout the decade. This character has been illustrated as fat, skinny, busty, flat-chested, constantly changes hair styles, etc.
Germaine is a struggling poet/writer desperately seeking to be published and works unstable jobs. At the same time, she has an identity crisis and Foamy The Squirrel helps to keep her grounded.
Meanwhile, here are some other Goth female characters, that have been shown in other Anime besides xxxHolic. There is my long-time favorite, Sunako Nakahara.
Sunako Nakahara (The Wallflower)
Despite the fact this homely recluse fears "beautiful people" (mostly attracive men), I love Sunako Nakahara. Sunako is a creepy Goth female character I can identify with on many levels. She loves sitting in her bedroom and watching Horror movies ALONE. Sunako is also self-sufficient around the house.
I wanted to share an image of the "Goth-Loli Sisters" from The Wallflower, but had no luck finding a decent image in a small size. However, the Goth-Loli Sisters from this Shojo Horror Comedy are not the only Gothic Lolita Anime characters in existence.
In substitution of the Goth-Loli Sisters from The Wallflower, there is Hildegarde from the Shonen Supernatural Action Comedy Anime, Beelzebub.
Hildegarde a.k.a. "Hilda" (Beelzebub)
Hildegarde is the main female protagonist in Beelzebub. She is a Demon Maid, who acts as the adoptive mother and nurse of Beelzebub IV. "Baby Beel" is the son of Beelzebub III and Iris and was sent to the Human World.
It has been a few years, since I last watched this series. Too bad there wasn't another season of Beelzebub.
Last, but surely not the least of an acknowledgement is Saki Hanajima.
Saki Hanajima (Fruits Basket)
I have always loved this Fruits Basket character. I can't decide which character is creepier, Saki or her younger brother, Megumi. They both have psychic abilities.
When Saki Hanajima is not wearing her high school uniform, she normally wears a black cloak or a veil with her black dresses. I will NEVER forget that scene of her gothing up The Sohmas urinal for New Year's Eve.
Staring at the appalled expression on Shigure Sohma's face was hilarious. Anyway, if you would like to learn more about Goth chicks in animation, check out WatchMojo's choices for Top 10 Animated Goth Girls below.
WatchMojo's Top 10 Animated Goth Girls (2016)
|Posted by Anna H. on January 21, 2017 at 6:30 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Sorry for my lack of presence. These last 3 weeks have been brutal. As you already know, I have been recovering from a minor head injury. In addition to my head injury, my right hand is swollen.
Let's all hope and pray that I don't spend this entire year having to deal with injuries. I'm already hating this new year. Hopefully, 2017 will be better than 2016.
Aside from my injuries, I joined another message board earlier this month. Tomorrow I will explain more about this message board for Cartoon Sunday. However, I will say that this particular forum has sub-forums for general topics outside of Anime.
Someone posted a thread on that exact message board about being Goth. Apparently, some of the posters have very little knowledge about what it's like being a Goth. For people, who knew and still know very little about me, I have always been Goth.
There is more to being Goth than wearing all black clothes and liking certain bands. If you are somebody with a dark, morbid, and creepy personality and interests, you may be Goth. Although, you are NOT required to only like something with the "Goth" label attached to it.
Something everyone should understand is that being Goth is NOT easy. Since the time of the Columbine High School Massacre on April 20, 1999, the mainstream media has been demonizing Goths and the Goth Sub-culture.
Everyone should take most the negative stereotypes and depictions of being Goth in the media worth a grain of salt. Not all Goths are depressed, suicidal, and homicidal maniacs worshiping Satan, sacrificing anything and everyone, while ONLY dressed in black clothing.
Yes, some Goths are Satanists. At the same time, they do NOT purposely go out their way to hurt innocent people and animals like sociopaths. The same most definitely applies for Wiccans, who are Goths.
Yes, there are some of us Goths that have serious baggage in general. We are not any different from the average person with baggage. Also, Goths are NOT required to be Pagans. We can be Atheist, Agnostic, Christian, Muslim, Pagan (Wiccan or Satanist), etc.
Because we may look and act differently and don't always share the same interests and views as most "normal people" do, we are automatically ostracized and singled out for not conforming to everything in society.
As I was saying earlier, we can like whatever we like whenever we like without having the "Goth" label. Goths are normally the most well-rounded, open-minded, accepting, and nicest people you will ever encounter in public. This cannot always be said about "normal" people.
If you would like to learn more about the Goth Sub-culture and its community, you may want to visit the website, What Is Goth? This will give you a better explanation about what it's like to be Goth.
Last year, I published a blog about me being morbid, since childhood. If you would like to learn more about my "dark and morbid history," you can read it right HERE.
Speaking of being Goth on the latest forum I joined, I introduced that same group of posters to the pioneers of Goth Rock. It's amazing. Over the last 3 years, I already published Song Saturday blogs about bands such as Bauhaus, Siouxsie And The Banshees, and other Goth Rock bands.
All the while, I have never published a Song Saturday blog about The Cure. All this time and not a single Song Saturday blog about this Classic Goth Rock band.
For The Cure fans, today is your lucky day. This band has been around for nearly 4 decades and their sound has changed a lot over the years. Between 1980-82, they were more of a Goth Rock band in the sense that their music sounded dark.
The Cure's albums Seventeen Seconds and Pornography sounded much better than Faith, in regards to the the band's darker sound. Faith wasn't that enjoyable. I feel the best song on that album is "Carnage Visors."
Just to warn you in advance, "Carnage Visors" is literally close to a 30-minute song. It sounds like a really long Horror film score. If you would like to listen to "Carnage Visors," go for it!
After '82, The Cure evolved and crossed over as being Alternative and Pop-Rock Music. Most people don't hear the band's older and more obscure songs from the late '70s and early '80s.
Therefore, I am sharing some of The Cure's older and more obscure songs with you for today's Song Saturday. This includes their song that was originally featured on The Crow Soundtrack in 1994.
1) The Cure "The Final Sound" Seventeen Seconds (1980)
2) The Cure "A Forest" Seventeen Seconds (1980)
3) The Cure "Carnage Visors" Faith (1981)
4) The Cure "One Hundred Years" Pornography (1982)
5) The Cure "The Figurehead" Pornography (1982)
6) The Cure "A Strange Day" Pornography (1982)
The Cure "Burn" The Crow Soundtrack (1994)
|Posted by Anna H. on January 5, 2017 at 5:30 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Happy New Year! Hopefully, you all enjoyed celebrating New Year's Eve and Day. Originally, I planned to publish a blog about Shogatsu, which is the Japanese New Year. It appears that I didn't end 2016 the way I intended. Let's just say that I ended 2016 with a bang, LITERALLY.
On the morning of New Year's Eve, I stayed up longer than I had wanted. Because my mother has a psycho alarm clock (we all think it's possessed, since it has a mind of its own), she needed me to remind her about her 4am dose of medication. To simply kill a little time, I watched a few Astrology videos on YouTube.
Already being tired from the day before, I dosed off in the middle of watching 1 of my Astrologer friends' YouTube vlogs. Apparently, I smacked my head REALLY HARD on the edge of our dining room table, while unconsciously leaning forward on a lower level dining room chair.
It was not until smacking the top center of my head, that I woke up with a headache. The impact from the smack caused some nasal pain. There is a possibility that I may have hit my head on my laptop's keyboard, in the process of hitting it on our dining room table.
Regardless, my head has been hurting on and off, since New Year's Eve.
Shortly after hitting my head, I used an ice pack for some pain relief. Hours later (the afternoon to be more exact), I was driven to the E.R. The medical residents did NOT perform any x-rays or scans to see if I had a concussion. They only tested my reflexes and asked some medical questions to see if I was coherent enough to know where we were and the time.
After those basic exams, the residents made me schedule a follow-up appointment with my primary doctor. Then, they told me to rest.
Yesterday, I attended my follow-up appointment and my doctor made me repeat the exact same tests, that I already did with the residents in the E.R. on New Year's Eve. According to my primary doctor, I do NOT have a concussion.
My primary doctor wants me to continue alternating between Ibuprofen and Regular Strength Tylenol for my headaches. This is along with using either an ice pack, or a heating pad for pain relief.
All in all, those trips to the hospital were a complete waste of time and money this week. On the positive side, I have no concussion, which I am glad.
So, what is on the itinerary for the very 1st weekend of 2017?
At the moment, I am unsure. However, I do intend to change the background scenery after January 7th, since Christmas Day will officially be over on the 8th for Orthodox Christians. It will be time to go red, again!
As you already know, I've had a rough end to 2016 and a rough start to 2017. Also, it doesn't help that my energy has been depleted, since last month with all the doctor's appointments and Christmas shopping. The doctors have told me to try taking things easy.
As long as nothing or no one throws any monkey wrenches into my plans, I would like to take a break and relax. This is really difficult to do, when someone always wants or needs something to be done for them. Therefore, I will try playing things by ear.
Aside from my head injury and trying to relax, do you have a favorite blog that I published last year?
I noticed that some of you have really enjoyed my blogs about folklores, especially when I explained about Shinigami in Japanese folklores. How about my interview with former White Zombie bassist, Sean Yseult? Or my Song Saturday and Cartoon Sunday blogs?
Are there any favorites from those particular blogs? If so, let me know. I would love to have your feedback! It lets me know what you would like to see more of on here.
Anyway, thank you my gumdrops! Don't forget to like, subscribe, share, +1 on Google Plus, and leave your feedback in the comments section below!
|Posted by Anna H. on December 30, 2016 at 3:00 PM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? How was your YuleChristmaHanukkah? Hanukkah's still being celebrated (if memory serves me right), along with Christmas. Don't forget that Orthodox Christians don't celebrate Christmas Day, until January 7th.
The Orthodox Christians are somewhat lucky in that regard. All their presents will be on clearance. So, you may be wondering, "Anna, what did you get for Christmas?"
Shoes, candy, clothes, jewelry, a snow suit and rainboots like I wanted for having to shovel up all our snow, 4 pairs of ear buds and head phones, an abstract art painting, which was custom made by a long-time college friend of nearly 15 years, glycerin bar soaps, another cordless mouse for my other laptop, and another winter coat for this Christmas.
Hopefully, you were able to enjoy the holidays despite all the tragedies in the news. Lately, I dread turning on my TV and laptops. It feels like there is a celebrity death toll almost everyday.
This most definitely applies to legendary actors, actresses, and talented music icons.
I am sure many of you will probably roll your eyes at me for continuously mentioning Stone Temple Pilots' Scott Weiland. Even though he died last December, I believe his demise caused a domino effect of legendary entertainers (mostly iconic musicians) dying, throughout this year.
The death of Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister on December 28, 2015 was a brutal segue into this year, regarding music icons. At the very beginning of 2016, we all lost David Bowie, who was also a major musical influence to the late Scott Weiland and many others.
Very much like Lemmy Kilmister died 4 days after his birthday from Prostate Cancer, Congestive Heart Failure, and Cardiac Arrhythmia, David Bowie privately died from Liver Cancer 2 days after his birthday.
Everyone knows that people die everyday by the seconds. However, I have NEVER in all my life ever heard about so many LEGENDARY entertainers dropping like flies by the nano second the way they have in 2016.
2016 has been a really cruel and shitty year for so many of us, that we can't wait for it to be over. Without a doubt, 2016 EXCEEDED my expectations of being a horrible year. So many lives have been taken, during this year, that lately I have even cried about it.
Whether it was just the average man, woman, child, or an iconic celebrity, loved ones have been in mourning. All these deaths will surely make grief counselors and funeral homes richer, if not already.
Let's all hope and pray that we can survive 2017 without there being so many deaths in general. I was going to publish another Song Saturday and Cartoon Sunday blog to end this year, but have changed my mind. These last 2 weeks have been extremely exhausting.
If I have enough time and energy, I intend to publish more blogs at the start of 2017. With that being said, RIP George Michael, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, and to all those who lost their lives in 2016! I wish you all a very happy and more prosperous new year!