Bogus Slogan Poster #53 - Inside View

Once in a while you meet some one in the entertainment industry who really does not belong. Donni 'The Mud Gripper" Blethow, short lived president of Amusements Diversified, Inc., is a solid example of just such a person. Blethow's true talent, the one that got him to company president, was his accuracy in accessing totals. Send him to a concert, let him see how big the crowd was, and he could immediately state what revenues the concessionaires would finish with, and certainly, the receipts from the gate.

He was so good that his error percentage was under 0.5%, If promoters even heard of his attendence, they would worry more about employee embezzlement, than providing artist management with incorrect totals.

What got him in trouble and fired from Amusemnt Diversified was his personal passion for visiting local businesses prior to these concert duties. There he would patiently explain to the manager how much he was skimming from the owner and that for a small donation, he would proceed no further. This practice may never have been discovered had he not attended the Bogus Slogan concert at the Contact Arena in New Phoenix, Pennsylvania.

Unfortuneatly for Donni he did not know that the local paper had printed an article about his promotion of the biggiest concert that the town had seen in over a decade. There was a large head shot of him on the paper's front page.

As Donni was finishing his shake down at the Black Tassels Gentlemen's Club, one of the lovely dancers personally thanked him for bringing the band to town. Whereupon the manager pulled a baseball bat from under the bar. Donni, seeing an emergency exit sign, jumped up on the runway, slipped on the glassy surface, and skidded blindly towards the back of the stage where the mud wrestling ring was stored when not in use.

One of the patrons, in violation of the club's no camera policy, was able to capture, Blethow's wild ride, including the passage through the plastic pit as Donni frantically grasped at the mud to stop his progress. The video played nonstop at the next NAMM convention.

Photos: Eagle (2003)

This is a color photograph. The lack of any direct sunlight and the heavy cloud cover brings forth the magic of form. Our eagle, waits. Waits more patiently than we can observing him.

"Eagle (Northern California) (2003)"

Bogus Slogan Poster #52 - Inside View

Time! Thanks to the theory of relativity we know that it is elastic - maybe curvey. Anyway, since there are so many humans with extra time and imaginations we get machinery designed like the Magna International Mila. Truly high speed cool. Make sure you use proper horn etiquette as you blaze past fellow road warriors.

And hopefully you had time to catch Bogus Slogan's concert at the John Anson Ford Amplitheatre. The boys had just attended an Amused Plaything Enterprises private gala at the famed Petersen Automotive Museum. The evening's festivities ended with the concert as Bogus Slogan played an entire performance of songs about cars.

From Arkie Shibley and His Mountain Dew Boys's "Hot Rod Lincoln" to Jeff Beck's "Big Block" with the Beach Boy's "409"; Jan & Dean's "Dead Man's Curve;" The Who's "Going Mobile" and more inbetween. Two and a half hours of high music cool.

"And when I am racing the clock
You know that I would die
or kill somebody, just to move this hunk of steel one more block"
"Little Red Lights"    Todd Rundgren

Expressions: We Got a Deal? (2005)

We Got a Deal? (2005)

If your depth perception is working, seeing "We Got a Deal?" in person can make you a little woozy. As you stand before this 6 feet by 4 feet expression, the sides will seem to curl in as if to give you a hug. If properly hung in the gallery, the top drifts away, pulling your conscientiousness inside the art.

Our repeating graphic pattern prevents the viewer from getting lost, but good luck trying to figure out where you were to begin with.

Bogus Slogan Poster #51 - Inside View

Twin Falls, Idaho is one of those strange towns where you wonder why anybody hangs around. You may even wonder why anybody showed up. Originally, it must have been a day's ride from somewhere else and allowed an easier pass across the Snake River Canyon. Today's modern bridge that spans the gorge is huge. Some one must want to go somewhere.

So what is Bogus Slogan doing playing the Brice Theater? Obviously a paycheck of some kind, but music is universal and even a backwater needs fresh run off. I think Bogus Slogan tour manager Terry "White Bread" Pressner said it best as he stepped from the bus, ""Where the   %$&#@*   are we?   &$*#(@,   did that  %#^&**@!  bus driver screw up?    &^#%@*?   "(Pressner is a colorful guy).

Well the concert was a great event. Earlier, about 100 kids skipped school; stood outside in the KTTF parking lot waiting for the band members to finish their interview with station DJ Matt "Hammerlock" Stentel. Stentel had submitted a petition with 5,000 unique signatures demanding Bogus Slogan play Twin Falls. It worked. In the interview, Hammerlock admitted that he forged all but one (his own) of the signatures. It had taken him only 3 vacation days. Gotta love your BIC.

CityView Gallery
97th Annual American Natural Object Competition
Closing Date

October 28, 2006 will be the closing date for the 97th American Natural Objects Exhibition at the CityView Gallery in Laguna Beach.

As a special memento of the Gallery's artistic presentation, Joan Tolles' historic "Flash Runway" kinetic sculpture will be ceremoniously dismantled in the main salon, allowing visitors to see her unique method of attaching objects together.

Come out to see, the greatest collection of American Art for 2006 before its disbursement to museums and private collectors or returned to the artists and creators.

Bogus Slogan Poster #50 - Inside View

Back in the 60's, on Bogus Slogan's first visit to Australia, the band came to the land DownUnder as virtual unknowns. While the band had work permits, they did not have a tour booked. In fact, only the Stupid Foreign Fan Club had fronted them a paid venue in the "High Noon" town of Broken Hill. (Band Members were greatly amused when a native showed them Broken Hill on a map).

However, things worked out...Bogus Slogan was able to play a dozen major shows as a supporting act. On off nights the band would find a local bar with a stage and play for beers and tips. After two months, it was time for a vacation back home.

Recently, in honor of the long past Stupid Foreign Fan Club, the band held a dance and ice cream social. Hancock Arena was turned into a Winter Wonderland with free ice cream for everyone who had a ticket. What a beautiful mess. Concert proceeds were donated to local charities. Cherry Garcia anyone?

Bogus Slogan Tour
Mexico & Central America

From any point of view, Bogus Slogan's Tour America 2006 was a success. Box office and merchandise sales set records - costs were streamlined so that the beloved category of net profits was as fat as a 'Yo Mama' joke.

Now BS fans in Central America & Mexico can exercise their rights to Rock n' Roll. From October 15th to November 22nd, the band will play 12 concerts in El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Belize, and Panama. Finishing with 6 dates in Mexico, Bogus Slogan has big plans for the transfer of currency. Big plans.

To make your rock experience an enjoyable one, we suggest a set of custom earplugs. Keep those high frequencies coming for a lifetime.

Bogus Slogan Poster #49 - Inside View

If Bogus Slogan was coming to play your town, you started to worry if you would be able to get tickets. Then you worried about getting a good seat. If you were in a major city the anxiety would depend on how many play dates the group set.

In a smaller market, like Albequerque, New Mexico, there was one shot, one concert since Bogus Slogan probably would not return during your high school or college tenure. Withl the best concert facility only seating 2500, ticket scalpers saw rainbows over the desert.

Enter the members of the Sand, Surf & Turf Club from the University of New Mexico Pumella Dorm. They did not get tickets. They did not see rainbows. But they did see an opportunity. Through a series of letters sent to a local paper, enough questions about the safety and health standards caused the authorities to close the concert hall for repairs.

Of course the SSTC had a replacement venue in mind, Conrad Coliseum, capacity 48,000. Now the unicorns found their rainbows and everybody lived happily ever after. Oh - The final ticket sales were 9,756. Merchandise sales were 310% above expectations. And the fee for renting the coliseum which had been waived was happily paid by the band.

SysOps Notice 2006.10.01

The Future is a real nice place to spend money,
but I would not want to live there.

Since I had a break in art projects and Apple had come out with the Mac Pro Workstations, I figured the transition window was open. The machine had met or beaten expectations. And I knew sometime, that I was moving to the new system (2x 30" LCD screens for display). When I change systems, I pass my current set-up to my best friend from High School.

Apple did this amazing thing. Their web site provides the expected shipping date. And mine held steady. About a week. I had read some apple E-zines comments and found only a short delay at worse for this model production's start up . The week passed and my system did not shipped early. A morning email showed a 7 day delay. But, 12 hours later a order shipped notice came with upgraded overnight shipping.

Not waiting was great. Migrating only had one slip, I imported (instead of reassigning) the new iTunes on top of of the original. The HD filed, so I had 500 or so duplicate names to purge. Not a big waste of time. Getting together with my friend came down to a specific day. I was going to swap an optical drive, both hard drives, upgrade what ever I could and send him home within 5 hours.

Only, one drive failed and I bent the pins on his master drive with all of his music data. If I had done that to my stuff with out a backup - for my heart attack, it would have been cool to have known the source of my demise. After jamming it in the upper hard drive bay (Apple's poor design of the G5 case), I am amazed, he was still thinking positive. My friend, himself, made the final re-connect of the damaged hard drive that let the migration continue, in-house. I was averting my eyes. All's well.

I bought another drive, gave him a mid size data drive from my system. (the new Mac Pro has room for 4 HDs) + found a version 8 of Photoshop and the Toast DVD burning software to try to get him to backup. With bigger displays, more ram, he can run the programs with a little less wear and can spread out his workspace. I hope he finds time for Photoshop.

PopWorks & Commercialization 7

The Sports Page • KingSize Taylor • Biscuit Blues • Girls Are More Fun
I Like Boys • Big Time Operator • Big Pan • Men at Work

POPWORKS 7a   (mp3)  (58MB)   (50m)   (160 kbps)  (1985)

Jackie Pressuh Enterprises • Weird Al • Yackisoba Strip Miner • Rock-a-Hula
Scottish Rawhide • Iggy Pop • Hawaii Steve • Ian Shoales
POPWORKS 7b   (mp3)  (58MB)   (51m)   (160 kbps)  (1985)

LINK is good for at least 21 days