In the early days of hip-hop parties, before any actual rap records were produced, the ten-second intro of Bob James' jazz-fusion masterpiece "Take Me to the Mardi Gras" was a party starting staple-- not that it ever had to be played at the beginning of a party, per se. But it was likely that at some point during a jam those valued ten seconds would be hyper-extended by a deejay who'd bounce between double copies twirling on parallel turntables. For the many of us who were exposed to hip-hop in the era of actual rap records, the first time the "Take Me to the Mardi Gras" intro was ever heard was most likely by way of "Piper Piper", the smash second single from Run-DMC's 1986 album, Raising Hell. Now three decades later (Four, actually, since its original 1975 incarnation!), the South Korean pop group Girl's Generation, aka SNSD, has breathed sexy new life into James' finely-aged jazz-fusion jam with the late 2013 release of the K-Pop hit, "Lips."
St. Paco writes on walls and draws on bathroom stalls. He has written for Giant Robot magazine and is author and editor of Kung Fu Grip!, In His Image, Octopussy, and other critically acclaimed 'zines. His xeroxed underground publications have been included in zine-related exhibits in Istanbul, San Jose, Baltimore, Halle and other nice places. His publications have also been added to the special collections of New York's Museum of Modern Art/MOMA (Franklin Furnace Artist Book Archive), the Marguerite Duras Public Library of Paris, and the Booklet Library of Tokyo. Artwork produced by this dually talented creator can also be found in a number of private collections, on bus stop shelters, and on the walls of abandoned buildings. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Paco currently lives a very monkish existence in the southwest desert city of Tucson, Arizona, where he dreams of moving to an isolated isle somewhere in the Pacific. Feel free to email an invitation if you're already there, or if you just wanna wax poetic about hip-hop, Asian cult cinema, comics, graffiti art, cultural anthropology (or anything else discussed on his blogs) at email@example.com.