RIP Sid Haig: A Career Retrospective

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Quick, name an actor who’s played villains opposite everyone from Batman to  James Bond, and Captain Kirk to TJ Hooker. Not to mention sharing screen time with stars like Ann-Margret, Lucille Ball, Lon Chaney Jr, Pam Grier, Nancy Kwan, Lee Marvin, and Anthony Quinn, and working with directors as diverse as Robert Aldrich, Jack Hill, Richard Fleischer, George Lucas, Quentin Tarantino, and Rob Zombie.  There’s only one, and his name was Sid Haig, one of the last links to Old Hollywood and an Exploitation Icon, who sadly passed away yesterday at age 80.

Young Sidney Moesian, born 7/17/39 in Fresno, was bitten by the show biz bug early, dancing onstage as a child and even scoring a regional rock hit with his teenage band The T-Birds:

Sid got his acting education paying his dues at the famed Pasadena Playhouse, alongside roommate Stuart Margolin (THE ROCKFORD FILES, DEATH WISH, etc). His…

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Kus! Week : Lilli Carre’s “Open Molar” (Mini Kus! #80)

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An instruction manual like no other, Chicago-based artist Lilli Carre’s  Open Molar (#80 in the ongoing Mini Kus! line) is at times as utterly indecipherable as an Ikea assembly guide, but infinitely more interesting and, most crucially, rewarding. But what you come up with at the end is still fairly well up for grabs.

Billing itself as teaching readers how to “create a drop-shape for slow relief,” with the caveats that “this solution is only intended for gapped interiors,” and that one should “not skip the first step,” it probably goes without saying that said first step is both the most obvious and the most unattainable, but I’m not about to “spoil” what it is here. It’ll have to suffice to know that how well and how thoroughly you’ve already mastered it will determine how far you go with subsequent instructions — not to mention (except, ya know, I am) 

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Kus! Week : Powerpaola’s “I Couldn’t Stop” (Mini Kus! #79)

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In times past, I’ve gone the route of my Weekly Reading Round-Up columns to provide “capsule” reviews for new Mini Kus! releases, but this time around, the eclectic Latvian publisher’s most recent quartet of minis is so worthy of deeper consideration that I’m giving each a little more “breathing room” than the self-imposed word count of 250 that those short-form appraisals allow for. Granted, these probably won’t be the longest reviews you’ve ever seen on this site, but I’m actively working on brevity around these parts in general, so — let’s give it a go, shall we?

But wait, there’s more! I’ve also decided to review the two most recent volumes of Kus!’s venerable S! anthology, and to, by extension, give our Baltic friends the spotlight here at 4CA for the entire week. Or most of the week, at any rate, depneding on how things shake out. First up :…

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Music Video Of The Day: Feeling That Way by Journey (1978, directed by ????)

Like many Journey songs, Feeling That Way went through several different versions before it became the song that was eventually released.

It started out as an instrumental called Velvet Curtain that stayed on the shelf because the band wasn’t satisfied with the results.  Eventually, while the band was recording their third album, keyboardist Greg Rolie pulled it off of the shelf, wrote some lyrics, and renamed the song Please Let Me Stay.  In that form, the song nearly appeared on the Next album but, because the band was again not fully satisfied with the end result, it eventually went back on the shelf.  It would remain there until Steve Perry joined the band.  Perry rewrote the lyrics, added a new chorus, and the song — now called Feeling That Way — finally appeared on Journey’s fourth album, Infinity.

Like most early music videos, the video for Feeling That Way is a performance clip, featuring the band doing what they did best.