Cabbed over to Studio 54 and then when we got there, the place was packed. Tom Seaver was adorable. Barbara Walters didnt come at all. Ken Norton was there. The Duran Duran kids came by and they brought some bigger and taller girlfriends. Had a bowl of chili. Joe said he had a "film on the fire," but thats what he said the last time. Roger Moore was wonderful and charming. Halston had a big fish. Hell probably break my back so Ill have to keep going to him.
I had the first really nice chat with Jackie O., but I dont remember what it was about. I think shes really worried about getting her permanent walking papers from Mick. He didnt put feathers in her hair this time. And then I was dancing with everybody else -all the girls-and it was a new thing. When I started to dance with Phyllis I didnt know that she cant go backwards so I fell on her and then gave up.
Elvis Called Me at 4:30 One Morning Last Year
Sorry to call so late; did I wake you
I was afraid Id wake you but I was sitting here,
yknow, sitting here and I thought,
I ought to call somebody,
cause I was thinkin, I was thinkin,
this can be a cruel world, yknow,
I was thinkin, this world can be cruel,
people can be awfully . . . cruel, cruel
if ya give em a chance, theyll eat ya alive,
theyll screw ya if they can,
but theyll smile, god love em,
theyll smile while they eat ya alive,
cause people can be awfully cruel,
but I was thinkin, I was flippin through my wallet
not lookin for anything or anything,
just lookin, seein whats there
and I found some receipts I never threw out,
I just kept em, and theres some
what dya call ems, automatic bank things,
slips, those things that come out with your money,
I usually throw those away, but once in a while,
I guess I kept em, and while I was flippin through
I found a picture of Lisa Marie
and I was thinkin, I remember one time
I was watchin at the window,
I was watchin while Lisa Marie,
she was racin her golf cart around the grounds,
David was drivin her, she was racin around,
and she had this friend, whats er name
Jane, Jenny, Jessica, something,
and they were racin around, and whats er name,
Jenny, Jennys hair was blowin
and it was Fall, cause I remember watchin
and I was thinkin, theyre gonna get leaves in their hair
and I was watchin their hair blow
and their skirts, they blew
and I was watchin and I was thinkin,
-it was Fall- cause I was thinkin
thats gotta be kind of cold, maybe Lisa Marie needs a sweater,
and then David drove her off and whats er name,
Jenny, Jenny followed, and they went out of sight
for five, ten, fifteen or so minutes
and while they were gone,
while they were gone, I thought,
I hope theyre not too cold,
its gotta be cold out there
but they came back, laughin,
they were laughin, Lisa Marie and whats er name,
Jenny, and I went down to see em
and I asked, are ya havin fun,
I always asked, are ya havin fun,
and Lisa Marie said yeah, and whats er name,
Jenny, Jenny said yeah
but in the picture I have, shes not in a golf cart,
shes on a horse, and in the picture
her hair is blowin and I got worried,
worried shed get leaves in her hair
but no leaves, no leaves in the picture
but shes wearin a sweater so it must have been Fall
cause it looks like it was cold out there.
Dean Martins California Terror
Dean is worried, what if an earthquake hits,
The Earthquake, and all the states golf courses
fall into the sea Dean is worried
What if rocks heave up
punching shards of granite through
the once pristine fairways,
rolling tall trees and shrubs,
breaking up greens like chocolate chip cookies
Dean is worried
What else is there in retirement
but golf, and why work if not to retire,
and what if chasms open,
draining the sand from fairway bunkers
into the spreading crevasse,
making the course unplayable
What will I do, he worries.
Jayne Mansfields Dog
Check Hollywood Babylon -
Close-up: Jaynes car
in four parts on the road to New Orleans.
The door panels bloodied, a Seagrams bottle
lies by a hank of hair.
In the foreground is her dog.
"Hmmmmmm," he hummed
as if thinking
"whatll I say"
and before he says "I keep a close watch
on this heart of mine"
you know he does.
Its what hes thinking about.
But what is he watching
This isnt a city song
There arent floozies or tramps
or even good girls here. This place
is a desert or a field
or the side of a mountain.
He hasnt seen a woman beside
his momma and his sister
if hes seen them.
Whos he watching out for
"I find myself alone when
each days through."
Hes looking around the room.
His shack in the desert
or on the side of a hill
is 10 ft by 10 ft and has
a stove, a lamp and a porch.
He sits on the porch
with a cup of coffee
and watches the night.
He reads and re-reads the Old Testament.
"Ill admit that Im a fool
for you" he says
looking at a picture on the wall
and that woman
whoever she is
wherever she is
is the only thing between us
and the urge to kill
that rises each day with the sun.
The Andy Warhol Diaries:
Tuesday, August 8, 1981
Cabbed to Chembank ($4). Danny Fields was next to me and he had a great idea for a movie like Saturday Night Fever, about a boy whos straight but wants to be the best faggot in town because he sees all the fags having such a good time and he thinks it would be more fun. Cabbed to Union Square ($3). Victor made a chicken. Dennis Hopper came by and was watching me photograph the nude boy, but Victor didnt know who Dennis was and threw him out. Cabbed up with Jamie and Arnold to a lunch at Elaines for Arnolds movie Pumping Iron. Then we had barbecued steaks and all the talking was gay gay gay. Oh, and one of the Ramones was having brain surgery yesterday because he was kicked in the head on West 10th Street in a fight over some cheap-looking girl.
Dick Clarks Easygoing Guide to Good Grooming
Because I enjoy looking and feeling well-groomed, I have made a study of the subject. However, a chemical substance has recently been discovered that appears to affect the growth of hair. It also comes in a tube and can be applied with your finger. Not dull, but not wild either. Now rotate your legs in a small circle first clockwise, then counterclockwise. The procedure is called blapheroplasty and it takes about twenty minutes. My experts tell me the powder is more efficient. The scar becomes unattractively gnarled and spreads beyond the site of the original injury.
We keep piling in the mashed potatoes and flour gravy, the over-cooked lima beans, the well done beef brisket. So the bacteria that come to feed get stuck, turn into hordes, and intensify the smell. Dont fool around on your own; youre liable to make it worse or hurt yourself. A mans buttocks clearly defined in a pair of tight-fitting pants was too bold, or perhaps not manly. Isobel Contendo said that the mushiness of cooked vegetables, as well as their taste and smell, seem to be a part of the turn off. According to Dr. Klein and Dr. Sternberg, the good lady was just trying another way to make you drink your milk. Dr. Selye calls it the Deviation (or Diversion) Technique. But that isnt good grooming in its truest sense. But again, thats my personal opinion.
I personally dont dye my hair, but if you do, go to a professional colorist. There is a definite difference. It makes everyone think of Johnny Cash in prison. Small chunks of scalp and hair follicles are taken from the existing hair and planted in areas bored out in the bald areas. But thats not what health experts mean by obesity. Theyre all over your body, except on your lips and genitals. Ill take the middle ground on this one. With or without sleeves, dress shirts and sport shirts open the door to a lot of high-spirited, self-expressive improvisation. And if you dont want to do all that, treat yourself to a professional manicure. The end result is couperose skin, in which veins are clearly and permanently visible. Some people are perfectly comfortable with theirs. If you squeeze your buttocks properly, your pelvis should rise slightly off the floor. Combine one cup of lemon juice with the butter, thyme, pepper and Tobasco sauce in a small bowl. Grow the hair out full, then do some trimming and shaving. Believe me, theres nothing feminine about any of this. Nobody looks like a professional wrestler. In a word, popcorn works as a laxative, which aint bad compared to the bran and some of the stuff in bottles with odd colors. In that sense, then, good grooming comes naturally to me.
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playing was grounded in, but tone and facility with kept in demand thought the, but spent in jail after a conviction for, then moved to years later. met expatriate in and recorded the underrated live at a club in in. returned to in, but found changes in tastes left gift for underappriated.
latter years spent living in and, touring regularly and periodically reuniting with for gigs at until a accident left unable to instrument. died in after suffering a.
God Only Knows
When Brian Wilson got on the plane in 1964
His father Murry was sitting in every seat.
Brian hadnt yet written "God Only Knows."
He had written "Surfer Girl."
Brian knew as much about surfing as a kid in Nebraska.
When I was a kid my family drove through Nebraska.
Brians brother Dennis surfed.
He told Brian about surfing.
If not for Dennis,
Brians songs would have been about french fries,
which he loved.
Brian was cool before he was a Beach Boy.
He had friends.
He drove to the beach for french fries and to meet girls.
When he got on the plane
Murry was in the cockpit clearing the plane for takeoff.
He was wearing a pilots hat.
Brian was still in high school.
He had a girlfriend.
Actually, his songs would have been about her if not for Dennis.
Some were about her anyway.
Brian would have written love songs if not for Dennis.
He was a teenager then.
He knew as much about love as I did in high shool.
When Brian got on the plane
Murry was in the co-pilots seat.
He went through preflight procedures.
He was drinking a cup of coffee.
Long before Brian got on the plane
he made "Dont Worry Baby."
It was a tribute to Phil Spector and "Be My Baby."
Brian loved Phil Spector.
He wanted his records to sound like Phil Spector records.
When Phil Spector asked Brian to play piano on one of his records,
Brian choked. Brian suffered from stage fright.
After the plane, Brian made "Pet Sounds" by himself.
He hired other musicians.
The Beach Boys just sing on it.
There are no songs about surfing on "Pet Sounds."
There are no songs about cars on "Pet Sounds."
Brian didnt know much about cars.
He knew how to drive them
to get french fries and to see his girlfriend.
Cousin Mike Love told him all about cars.
He knew as much about cars as I did in 1964.
In 1964, I was three.
When Brian got on the plane
Murry was greeting passengers at the door.
He was wearing a white blouse and a blue skirt.
He reminded the Beach Boys
to stow their carry-on luggage under the seat.
Murry wanted them to be big.
The Beach Boys got scared on stage
but people loved them.
Murry wanted the Beach Boys to go
anywhere people loved them.
The girl Brian loved didnt love him.
He wrote songs about her anyway.
Mike Love married a girl because he got her pregnant.
They fought most of the time.
Murry would hit Brian if he wasnt good on stage.
Dennis would drown long after the plane ride.
He was swimming while drunk.
Murry was already dead.
Murry made one record called "The Many Moods of Murry Wilson."
When Brian Wilson got on the plane
Murry offered people little pillows
and magazines in hard plastic wrappers.
When the Beach Boys got on the plane,
Brian saw Murry Murry Murry
Murry Murry Murry Murry.
Brian fell in the aisle convulsing.
He made a noise like a seal.
He sounded like a seagull eating french fries.
He sounded like a truck backing up.
He sounded like someone tired of being told
"Insert the tab into the buckle to fasten your seat belt."
Like Moses Parting the Red Sea
The ambulance drivers, the paramedics, doctors and nurses all got a big kick out of treating the King turn right and shake a leg and turn left and shake a leg the constant movement helps keep the fat off The next day I went outside and all the limbs on the evergreen tree behind the window were scorched and singed word of mouth spread The lip, the hip, and the spirit -its all there I thought they were kidding This is, after all, a magic show When I sang Danny Boy, I looked at him and he looked at me and smiled Then I jumped up on my feet and the girls were screaming I still knock them dead I couldnt wish for anything more
The Andy Warhol Diaries:
Thursday, December 19, 1984
Cabbed to Interview to the office party to try to feel Christmasy. Jean-Michel called from Hawaii and talked a long time. Oh and the best person at the party who I just love is Trumans niece who now works for Interview as the stylist. Robert Hayes was there and Cisco, his boyfriend, whos dying of AIDS, and I guess I got really freaked out and I couldnt deal with it. I decided to sort of booze it up.
Did a personal errand for Jon, but he made me promise not to put anything personal about him in the Diary.
Jean-Michel came by. We cabbed down to the Castelli Gallery to see the Jasper Johns show. The Kennedy kid, David, was the big headline. I mean, everybody whos seen that Scavullo show he did said - well I mean, hes colored the eyes and lips and done double portraits, everything just like mine. Rod Stewart and Madonna and Cyndi Lauper and Bette Midler and Dan Ackroyd and Peter Wolf were there.
I got home and watched Tyrone Power in Jesse James.
The Skunk King of Las Vegas
So I saw Wayne on TV the other night
playing a guitar
and it hits me:
that hair is black
like, really black,
like, not-found-in-nature black.
Shoe polish is black
but this is like the Bermuda Triangle of hair:
a black hole.
It bends radio waves
and sucks communication satellites
out of their orbits.
NASA ought to investigate
but theyd have to get in line
behind the FBI, the IRS
and the juvenile authorities . . .
something about videotaping 16 year-olds
playing naked on his horse ranch.
A guy from his road crew confirmed that one.
Wayne sat there
in nothing but boxers
with a camcorder and a tray of coke beside him
and I mean
a tray of coke
a cafeteria tray
with coke stacked up like mashed potatoes.
He kept one hand on his crotch
and taped with the other
and when he wanted a toot,
he called his coke wrangler
or a caddy
to bring him a line
and this guy
its his job to scoop coke
on the tip of a Bowie knife
with a turquoise handle,
hold it under Waynes nose
Wayne never gets distracted.
Sinatra put his hat on his head
and he thought
"That cat Picasso -
he says he paints someone from all angles.
People like that.
People like Picassos"
and he thought
"How could I put my hat on
so I look like a Picasso"
It took him seven hats to do it
and he felt ridiculous
but that Picasso had something he didnt have
"People respect that cat"
"he has class."
With all his hats ajaunt
he took a Marks-a-lot
and drew lines bisecting his face
then bisecting it again
and bisecting it one more time
until he looked the same from all angles.
From the roof of the Sands
he looked at Vegas at night
-all lines of light that went this way and that way.
No matter where he stood on the roof
no matter which way he looked
it always looked the same
just like roulette table
or a bingo card
or a tote board
"Just like that Picasso would make it"
intense sexual exchange. me the full a glow about a sexual energy.
talking about. He gave magnetic. He exudes there were butterflies
breathing came a the crowd disappeared tummy. He has
I thought to little faster and Its the way the smile disappeared
see what all a brief but myself, "Now I He undressed me
was time to women. When it a beat. My My heart skipped
the rest of fluttering in my was this look Bill Clinton. It
he flirts with the girls are with his eyes. shake my hand
love, and Im some of whom statement I was all gone. At
especially in a tired of everyone taken away from hit by the
so much time hard to talk on my relationship hard. It was
dont have him and with his know that its much right now.
with me and It has been want to harm in my life
an emotional day anymore. I felt its hard to feel that for
the last year everyone has spent It was so hard his spirit was
about the relationship miss him so picking it apart. my emotion, my
felt like crying the president. I the end I people. I just
me by these roomful of strangers because it was fact that I
time. will always be she used to a man and
all of the that door frequently. Even though there now sees him
for Handsome, she in Monicas heart Now she says compared to how
as all politician a president, she a small room see him as
no longer opens
Good With His Feet
Johnny Cash was good with his feet.
When Luther kept screwing up the simplest riff
time and again
When fans crowded around him for autographs
for themselves or for their kids
on his heel
When promoters tried to rip him off
and cheat him out of his money
hed kick their balls
and their ribs
and poise his boot heel
over their throats.
Johnny Cash was good with his feet.
The Andy Warhol Diaries:
Sunday, February 19, 1985
Went to church.
Cabbed to Kitty Millers for Easter lunch. I talked to Peter Schjeldahl the art critic who I know hates me, but I was working hard for him to like me, so we talked about Ted Berrigan dying from diet pills and Coke - the soda. And Clemente the Italian artist was there, and gee, I like him a lot - hes picked up the American attitude.
Cabbed downtown ($5) to the new chic supermarket at Park Avenue and 18th Street, the Food Emporium, but a gay guy there made my sandwiches and so I couldnt eat them. Went to the Trump Tower and laid out a stack of Interviews and watched people take them for free. Then had to leave and it was snowing by then. Took a valium and forgot about the world.
Olive said, "Popeye -
is your arm
the only thing that gets hard
when you eat
A crudely-drawn Popeye asked,
Do you have a big can
"Ive got something for you,"
"and you can be sure
it aint no Swee Pea."
Olive panted, "Oh Popeye -
and gimme a pipeful!"
The Song of Himself
Inspiration came as inspiration comes
-with the waitress-
"You had the open face turkey on white"
Elvis answered, dumbstruck, "I am a mall."
"I am Thom McCann shoestores with pumps and heels and hiking boots;
whats more, I am B. Dalton Books and all it contains.
Im all those books. Im so many books."
Climbing the back of his naugahyde bench
he told the couple beneath him
"Toys R Us, Im Toys R Us, and I love my name, Toys R Us, Toys R Us.
I am rows and rows of Fischer-Price toys
and dolls for girls, and Power Rangers,
Im a Mighty Morphin Ranger for boys.
Im a skateboard, an Easy-Bake Oven, Donkey Kong Country;
Im Scrabble; Im a trike."
His bench could not contain him;
he tumbled down to the floor
and once there, he crowed,
"Im Victorias Secret.
How could I not be
How could I not be a roomful of panties and bras
Im all the things that make a woman a woman.
Im all the fabrics, those fabulous fabrics. Im satin, Im lace,
Im frilly, Im sheer.
Im the King goddam it! I can be sheer if I want to and so much more!"
He leapt, spitting - he spun on one foot:
"Im Foot Locker. Im Atheletes Foot. Im all foot stores rolled into one.
Im Nike Air Jordans, Im deck shoes, Im Chuck Taylors,
Im boots, Hightops and lowcuts,
Im Americas shoes and I carry its weight.
Thats my job - I am the Shoe.
"And this place -"
his forepaw wiped the diner away
"this place -"
his eyes swirled in his head in different directions
when he rubbed his itchy butt hard against a chair
"Wholl need this place Im Americas food court!
Im Taco Bell, Im Manchu Wok. Im Orange Julius and souvlaki on a bun.
I am the official launch pad of young American love, or maybe lust.
I am young lust, and old lust and marriage and death!"
Then inspiration went as inspiration goes
-"Would yall like some more tea"-
with the waitress.
Big Swing Face
Johnny Carson beamed,
with pencils on his desk
making goo goo eyes at a Buddy Rich
already aswing and asweat
his cavebrow shielding cocaine eyes
unaccustomed to that damned light
New (for him) Beatle hair
swoops over his expanding forehead
the Jackson Pollock polyester shirt hides a waistline
growing like alimony payments
After a little karate talk
a few thrusts
a broken board
Buddy leads Doc Severinsen
and the Tonight Show Band in
. . .something . . . and to my young ears
it sounded like a trap
twenty musicians chewing their cuds
reading their charts
deaf to Buddys VietVet-like
. . . and they were dead as veins no one has -like suspension bridge supports- throb in his neck and temples Hes one 8x10 of an ex-wife away from throwing his sticks at Eds fool fuckin head and playing with his fists smashing them through the skins up to his biceps shreading fuckin Slingerlands-cant even make a decent snare- ply by ply reducing them to wood pulp The lugnuts, bolts, fitting and hardware he grabs by the handful and for three minutes or more, it seems he shrapnel-like carpet bombs the audience
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