Beat Fighter II – Finister vs. Sinatra (Bang Bang)

The most unexpected song to ooze into my ears within the last few years was Phlo Finister's twenty-eleven cover of Cher's 1966 hit "Bang Bang." Written by singer-songwriter Sonny Bono, "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" was the second single from his then-wife's second studio album The Sonny Side of Cher. That same year, a cover was famously recorded by Nancy Sinatra for her own 1966 album How Does That Grab You?. The song was also covered twice more that year by artists Stevie Wonder and Petula Clark -- and many more times after, by artists ranging from Vanilla Fudge in 1967, Terry Reid in 1968, Frank Sinatra in 1981, and Cher again in 1987. Still, despite being one of the biggest hits for Cher, it was Nancy's haunting guitar accompanied version that has been popularized in the modern age via its fitting onscreen placement in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill. The Los Angeles-based R&B singer Phlo Finister does justice to "Bang Bang's" 4-decade-plus legacy by giving it a decidedly hip-hop-soul flavor for 21st century listeners. All of the really cool kids will prolly have Phlo's version and at least one of the older versions in their mp3 library.

[Press-N-Play®] Bang Bang – Nancy Sinatra
[Press-N-Play®] Bang Bang – Phlo Finister


The Lover's Rock Special Dedication Hour on K-LOVE 99.5

Is it live or is it Memorex? It's live, baby! All the way live and direct from the soul shocking, body rocking turntables of the Super B-Beat Boys! In promotion of San Diego's 10th Annual Lover's Rock jam (Saturday, February 9th), deejays Mane One, Son of Jarel & Super Kool DJ Sake have spread a mighty love across the web with their luscious new Lover's Rock mixtape. Sixty pulse-pounding minutes of funk, disco, hip-hop and vintage slow jams. This set will prolly have all ya'll foxy mamas and fly guys not only wanting to put on your boogie shoes, but also wanting to strip down to your birthday suits for some old-school-hot-buttered love making!


[Bookshelf] Golden Boy As Anthony Cool

Before The Faith of Graffiti, Getting Up, Subway Art and all the other more well-known tomes dedicated to the act of writing on public spaces, there was Golden Boy as Anthony Cool: A Photo Essay on Naming and Graffiti.

Penned by Herbert Kohl and illustrated with black and white photographs by James Hinton, this thoughtful and comprehensive essay was published by Dial Press in 1972. It was a book that came into being on the very cusp of a still adolescent time in the 20th century when writing on walls (and trains) would hit an unparalleled growth spurt in New York City. Its maturation there into a formidable art form would forever change the way most of us looked at senseless vandalism.

But graffiti writing has never been only an east coast only affair, and where other publications have fallen short by looking at the tagging of New York as something almost independent of contemporary urban precedents, such as murals and gangland tagging, Kohl connects the clear, interconnected dots to show the indelible bonds that exist between the names of teens on walls in NYC, gang related turf markings on the walls of Chicago, the youthful messages of racial and social protest in Berkeley, and the obscene bathroom stall graffiti found everywhere.

In addition, the author explores the significance of naming, both the legal names that are given to us at birth, and the nicknames or "street names" that we chose or have chosen for us by those to whom we are closest.

From Ninety-third Street & Columbus Avenue in Manhattan to a prehistoric cave wall in the Dordogne region of France, Kohl traces the lineage of graffiti to the very core of human identity, and underscores its place in many of our significant social, religious, political, and cultural movements.  And Golden Boy As Anthony Cool is a highly recommended addition to the library of all students of graffiti writing.

Golden Boy As Anthony Cool - No (Dust) Jacket Required

Special note: When I first learned of Golden Boy as Anthony Cool, it was somehow fixed in my head that the book was a soft-cover publication. I was pleasantly surprised when I tore back the wrapping paper that the book came mailed to me in and discovered that it was published in hardback. But this wasn't the only surprise the book would hold for me.

As is the usual habit for me, before starting to read the book I removed the dust cover to preserve its condition. The paper cover on the book that I received had endured a noticeable bit of wear in the years since '72, so I was especially mindful to remove it before my reading. Well, when the dust jacket had been slipped off, I was amazed to see embedded in the cover several wall scrawlings that were taken from photographs appearing on several of the pages within. The scan here does them no justice, but they were produced with handsome blue foil stamping.

For me, seeing those hidden markings reminded me of just how it used to feel all those years ago whenever I walked into or underneath some isolated concrete structure to find memorialized on the walls around evidence of some of the people who'd been there before me. Mindful of this feeling, I was torn about spoiling the surprise for anyone who might purchase the book after seeing this post, but figured it should be mentioned, in case you're not the type who removes the dust jacket. 


Now YOU can learn the secrets of Ninjutsu

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That's right, kids!

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NOW YOU CAN LEARN the simple but lethal techniques of NINJUTSU, which has been the most closely guarded of all Oriental Martial Arts!

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AND NOW, regardless of your size, strength or build, you can protect yourself and your loved ones from ANY ATTACKER under ANY CONDITIONS -- even while sleeping! That's right, kids, even while sleeping!

Through NINJUTSU you will learn to utilize and draw on the enormous physio-mental powers which now lie dormant in your own body. THE SECRETS OF NINJUTSU will show you how to take advantage of the fundamental laws of natural movements, and the all important time-lag factor, which are instrumental to the art of disappearing!


We're sure that you will be completely satisfied by THE SECRETS OF NINJUTSU. This manual will give you the knowledge to defend yourself and your loved ones -- and a sense of self assurance you've never had before. If dissatisfied, return it within thirty days for a refund of purchase price with no question asked.

Sorry, no C.O.D.'S


Strictly for my N.I.N.J.A.Z.

Two of the 'most wanted' items in my Ebay saved searches list (see previous post) finally appeared on the go-to auction site around the holidays. The harder-to-find The Secrets of Ninjutsu, published in 1975, had probably been on the list the longest -- two to three years, maybe. And though I knew enuff' about its elusive existence to include its title in my saved searches, I had never actually seen a copy, and thus never knew what it looked like! Well, behold the eye-gouging 70's goodness posted below!

Since publishing the bootleg of Count Dante's World's Deadliest Fighting Secrets nearly five years ago, a handful of folks who've purchased that booklet have written to ask if I also had copies of The Secrets of Ninjutsu. Now that I've finally got my grimy palms on one, I may make a really limited edition KFG bootleg of this baby. I mean, considering how long I waited for this one to appear on the world's greatest auction site, clearly there aren't very many of these old scrolls still around.