Posts Tagged ‘Freak Unique’

Random Friday Thoughts — July 11, 2014

Today’s “Random Friday Thoughts” does feature my random thoughts or it’d be called something else.  However, many of them today are personal and I do have a revelation to share at the end of the blog.

I hope you have a great weekend whatever you choose to do.

WE HAVE COMPANY THIS WEEKEND

Betty, my friend from Ohio and the woman I call “Mom”, is visiting us this weekend.

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I’ll be taking her to the John Deere Classic golf tournament for lunch Friday to visit with my good friends, Dawn and Shilah!

Also, Betty will want to go to Osaka Buffet and the casino!  Those are two of my favorite places.  Okay, the casino only if I win!

GRETEL TURNS 13

Also, this weekend, Gretel talked us into have a bonfire for s’mores if the storms don’t dampen her fun to celebrate her 13th birthday.

Gretel Summer 2014

Holy cow!  I can’t believe she’s now a teenager!

It seems just like yesterday that Miss ABBA and I were introduced to a little pigtailed, bespectacled, soon-t0-be 8-year-old girl and now she’s a teenager!

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Happy Birthday, Gretel!

SPEAKING OF MISS ABBA

It was this week back in 2000 that I drove to a llama farm 2.5 hours from where I was living in Youngstown, Ohio, and got Miss ABBA.

On the way there, I knew I was getting a “girl” and her name “ABBA” was already decided.

ABBA July 2000

While she’s been in puppy heaven for almost 2.5 years now, I’ll never forgot that July day or the almost 12 years of love and happiness that followed!

You can check out this video if you’d like to see the goofy golden over the years.  I’m posting it to make you smile and not cry.  So, I’d understand if you watch it without listening to Patty Loveless’ beautiful song.

ONE MORE ANNIVERSARY

And, one more anniversary to mention this week.

It was 20 years ago that my friends, Steve and Dennis, helped move me to Chicago as I said goodbye to small town Kentucky.

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That was the beginning of phase two of my life that included me meeting a psycho on my 30th birthday that almost killed me, meeting Christopher, who I was with for nine years, and meeting Betty, who is Christopher’s mother.

It was also during those first two years in Chicago that I started my television weather career that would take me to Rhinelander (WI), Lubbock (TX), Youngstown, Mansfield, and Columbus (OH), back to Chicago as a news writer for Fox News Chicago, and then to Salisbury (MD), Moline and Rock Island (IL).

Where will phase three, in 2015, take me?

“NICKEL DREAMS”

Tanya Tucker has always been one of my favorite country singers.

Until I read her book, “Nickel Dreams”, I didn’t fully understand how wild and crazy she was.

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Check out the blog I wrote about Tanya, the book, and her music.

https://anthonypeoples.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/im-glad-tanya-tucker-shared-her-nickel-dreams/

“FREAK UNIQUE”

Pete Burns, the lead singer of the English new wave band Dead or Alive, had moderate success in the U.S., but he and the band are big, HUGE, in Japan.

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His autobiography, “Freak Unique”, was incredible and a fun read.

In it, Pete shares it all and doesn’t hold back.  He explains in, sometimes gory, detail some of the things that got him just as much attention as his music did.

Here’s the link to the blog I posted this week about the book and Pete.

https://anthonypeoples.wordpress.com/2014/07/09/pete-burns-is-a-freak-unique/

NON-STOP

I’ve been wanting to see the Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore airplane thriller, “Non-Stop”, since it hit theaters earlier this year.  The movie has gone on to make almost $200 million at the box office.

It’s finally out on DVD and I rented it this week.

It was definitely enjoyable and I spent the entire movie trying to figure out who the terrorist(s) was, because I never for a moment thought that it was Neeson’s character, U.S. federal air marshal Bill Marks.

“Non-Stop” is a thrilling movie that will definitely make you look around the plane the next time you fly.

There is a scene at the 1 hour, 33 minute mark that suspended belief and knocked the movie back part of a grade point!  Seriously?

The most distracting thing about the movie is to see Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years A Slave”) play a flight attendant with just a  few lines and very little to do except look distressed.

I really wish that this movie came out before “12 Years A Slave” because it is such a waste of her talent after seeing her play Patsey, the role that won her the Academy Award.

GRADE:  B

THAT’S IT

For now and the near future, this is my last “Random Friday Thoughts”.

I love writing and sharing my thoughts, but with my overnight work schedule and the lack of sleep, I feel it’s time I take a break and nap in the afternoon.

I appreciate all of you for taking the time to read my blogs over the past 2.5 years and to share your thoughts whether you agree or disagree with me.

I do have three other blogs to share with you over the coming weeks.  I’m not sure when they will pop up, but I’ll let you know when I post them.

Again, thank you for the past support and have a great weekend!

Anthony

Pete Burns Is A “Freak Unique”

If you were a big music fan in the mid-to-late-1980s and you listened to dance and English new wave music, the name Pete Burns should sound familiar.  If not, then his band, Dead or Alive, should ring a bell.  And, if not, you missed out then and you’re missing out now on one of the coolest, most talented, and opinionated entertainers of the past thirty years.

Seriously, you know you’re going to enjoy the story of someone’s life when they title their autobiography, “Freak Unique”.

Pete Burns Freak Unique

Although the book came out in the summer of 2006, I just got around to reading it and what a very honest and touching story Pete has to tell.

I first became aware of Pete Burns and Dead or Alive back in the spring of 1985 while visiting my friends Jeff  and David in Woods Hall across the campus at Murray State.  While I thought the world revolved around Madonna (sorry, Pete), Culture Club, and Duran Duran, my friends were blissed out on “Sophisticated Boom Boom” and “Youthquake”, the first two Dead or Alive’s albums.

I quickly became a fan, too!

“Youthquake” produced the band’s first and biggest American radio hit, “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)”, which reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

While it was an incredible song that I listened to repeatedly, I loved other tracks on the album even more like “Lover Come Back To Me”, a #13 U.S. Dance chart hit.

But, “In Too Deep” was my favorite and this version from the “Rip It Up Live” concert video is so hot and sexy — Pete and the eye candy!

Much of the press that Pete has gotten over the years ranged from his androgynous looks, the controversial videos that were deemed too provocative for MTV and many video outlets, and the botched reconstructive surgery that almost cost Pete his life.

“Freak Unique” doesn’t hold back.

The book is very touching as Pete takes us through his childhood bonding with his mother who suffered from depression and alcoholism.  It was her attention to her make-up and detail that made him the artist that he became in the punk scene and then as a singer and entertainer.  And, by “artist”, I’m mostly talking about the look.

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Twenty years before the world experienced the ever-changing styles of Lady Gaga, we had Pete Burns.  (Kudos to the artist that posted the collage on Pete’s Twitter account).

I love the fact that Pete doesn’t sugarcoat things in “Freak Unique”.

He tells it the way it is, whether it’s about his introduction to sex (against his will), his sex life, his almost 28-year marriage to his hairdresser friend, Lynne, and his current love, Michael, to his mother’s eventual death that prevented the band from opening for one of the biggest acts in the music business in the late-1980s.

It was interesting reading about how Dead or Alive’s music came together, the tours, how the record company fought the band and Pete over artistic freedoms and funding videos, and how censors saw their videos.

The 1987 video to “I’ll Save You All My Kisses” was one of those videos.  It was deemed too gay.  Um, okay!

Pete isn’t shy when he talks about his love of cosmetically altering his looks with nose jobs, tattoos, and other procedures.

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He explains in graphic details of how a simple lip augmentation with a gel called “Outline” by Dr. Maurizio Viel almost killed him.  That procedure caused him to go through years of countless, painful re-constructive surgeries and it ruined him financially and made him homeless!

Luckily, Pete sued the doctor and won a settlement of 450,000 pounds (about $700,000).

Here’s a great interview with Pete that aired on ABC News.

As I’ve said, Pete doesn’t hold back on telling it the way it is.  He loves Cher and, as for Madonna, well, let’s just say that he loves Cher. 🙂

One awesome feature to the book was how he ended it.  There was a whole chapter of random thoughts about what Pete thought of certain people and things.  Many artists would hold back on doing something like this, but not the outspoken and fearless Pete.

Interesting enough, Madonna wasn’t mentioned in that chapter because it was pretty clear throughout “Freak Unique” that he isn’t a fan.

Pete Burns Freak Unique

If you remember Pete’s music or if you’ve only read the headlines over the years of the plastic surgery debacle or his stint on the British “Celebrity Big Brother 4”, you have to find and check out “Freak Unique” to go inside the life of one of pop music’s most entertaining singers.

When I was a dee-jay at the local gay bar in Paducah, Kentucky, in late 1986, I played “Brand New Lover” all the time.  While it reached #15 on the Billboard Hot 100, it spent two weeks on top of the U.S. Dance charts.

And, here’s the career song that is often sampled and remade, but never to the perfection of Dead or Alive’s original!

Pete Burns, just like your Twitter name, you are an ICON!

Anthony