Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Psychic Punk Rocker Taylor Bays

Psychic Punk Rocker Taylor Bays

He's known around the Carolinas, and beyond, as a renowned punk rocker with a wall to wall performance style, the lead singer of Taylor Bays & The Laser Rays. If you've seen him live you'll agree, he's one of the most dynamic singer/songwriters in the country.

Here's an example from one of his CDs:

Taylor Bays is also well-known, in Greensboro, NC anyway, as the Psychic Punk Rocker who's found missing items, helped police nab a criminal, and even correctly predict where the body of a missing child would be found.

This "gift", as Bays calls it, can manifest itself in myriad ways. "Sometimes I get vibrations, like someone whispering not in my ear but in my brain. One time on the UNCG campus I got a message that a felon was lurking nearby. When I indicated this to an officers she checked it out just to humor me. Turns out it was someone she's been looking for."

"As soon as I heard about the disappearance of Mariah Woods," Bays told me as I was working on this story, before the youngster was even known to be dead or how she came to be that way. "I concentrated on her image and could 'see' her lifeless body beside a creek - but she was not murdered there. The perpetrator is romantically involved with the mother." Tragically, the body was discovered alongside a creek and had been moved there by the killer, the mother's boyfriend, just as he described.

Bays isn't grandstanding, far from it, "It's not something I talk about, hardly at all, so it's weird people actually know me as a Psychic Punk Rocker." To contact those who have passed on, Bays doesn't use a crystal ball but a crystal bowl as he explains, "This bowl is over 100 years old. It has the perfect harmonics needed to contact the spirit world." 

Naturally skeptical, I attended one of his seances recently and, indeed, Bays appears to be the genuine item. At one point in the seance, Bays indicated that my grandmother was coming through. 

Gazing intently into the crystal he told me, "She says 'peanuts' would mean something to you." Indeed it did. When I was 10 years old, my Mema gave me a hardcover collection of Peanuts comic strips that she signed the front page of. I bring it out every Christmas to remember her.

In another psychic reading during that session, a young lady was told by her deceased father where her mom's wedding ring could be located. When I followed up with her, she told me that treasured ring, one she'd thought lost forever, turned up exactly where Bays said it would be.

Is the so-called Psychic Punk Rocker always correct, "No, sometimes I can misinterpret messages and also, keep in mind, the future is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances."

Mutual friend Jeff Losh is equally impressed with Bay's amazing cognitive powers, "My baby was terribly ill, the doctor's didn't know what was wrong. Taylor was able to diagnose the problem as a blockage that could be easily cleared up and he was right!" That child is healthy and happy.

"Even when we were little kids, Taylor was always finding lost things," Bays' brother Brian remembers. "Nothing stayed lost in our household. We'd just ask, 'Where is it Taylor' and he'd run right to that thing. Once he pointed to a house on our block and told me the man that owned it was dead. They found his body 2 weeks later when the smell got so bad. He'd been dead 2 weeks."

As for the future, "Donald Trump will leave office next year," Bays predicts. "This will trigger a great deal of civil unrest, unfortunately."

What Bays won't do is accept money for his gift, "I don't know, maybe the day will come, but right now I only do this for friends, family, and friends of friends."

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Writer of Dark Shadows TV Series has Died

Sam Hall, 93, the former writer of the iconic TV series "Dark Shadows" has passed away. He was husband to Grayson Hall, who played Dr. Julia Hoffman on the show. 

Jay Blotcher interviewed the raucously candid Mr. Hall some years back…

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Sean DeLear - Sheila from Funky Cold Medina has died!

Sean DeLear has passed away? Damn, that's rough. He was Tony when I met him in 1980, was it at the Brave Dog? A shy, unassuming kid with a wide smile. Not long after he broke his neck and spent a year with one of those Frankenstein contraptions around his head. He became much more outgoing, becoming a mainstay at the underground punk clubs. Then he started wearing sheath dresses and calling himself Sean deLear. He was at every Red Wedding gig, even traveled down to San Diego with the band. An incredibly loyal fan to the bands he loved, his mere presence in the audience was an event unto itself.

Before long he had his own amazing band, Glue. I was at his first gig. Was it at Club Fuck? It was his time, he took the stage, he owned it. Every bit as great as the best on the scene. 

In 1989 Sean DeLear was cast as Sheila in Tone Loc and Matt Dike’s video for Funky Cold Medina, one of the biggest selling singles in history. I suppose that will be his most lasting legacy. But not with me, I didn't even know that until years later. It was his electrifying stage performances I'll remember.

The last time I saw Sean was in 2002, outside of Akbar in Silver Lake. I called out,”Tony!” because I was kind of an asshole that way. I don’t think anyone knew his real name that didn’t know him back in 1980. He WAS Sean deLear, one of the most beloved Los Angeles celebrities. The previous time I’d seen him was in 1990, when I kicked him out of my house in the middle of the night for fucking the tall, impossibly good looking guy I was fucking. But then, that guy aways was a star fucker and Sean was a star.

Truly one of a kind, Sean DeLear was bright, talented, and one of the greatest guys you could possibly hang out with. Unforgettable. Irreplaceable. Fabulous!

Marshall O'Boy said it best: "I first met Sean DeLear doing sound at the Music Machine in West LA in the 80s. The Music Machine played host to some of the biggest bands around, X, The Red Hot Chill Peppers, Guns n Roses, Lords Of The New Church, Nymphs, Bo Diddle, Social get the picture. And to be sure, the scene was still a bit "closeted" at best and Rock in general was homophobic. So, amongst these legends, out pops Sean DeLear, This skinny little waif of a boy, in a wig and a miniskirt. He wasn't doing it like some punk bands did it, for attention. This is who Sean was. Sean and his band Glue just knocked out a set like anybody else. Pay no attention to that drag queen on the stage. At a time when most queens were lip-synching in gay bars, Sean was kicking out the jams with some of the most awesome bands around. His just being himself sent a message louder than a bullhorn at a gay rally. To all the famous drag queens I know, let it go out far and wide, Sean DeLear was there first.... Sean paved the way!"

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Lost Art of Movie Posters!

TVparty!'s Billy Ingram, who had a long career designing movie posters in the '80s & '90s, and Maurice Hicks from 40s N Flicks talk with Kevin Burke, the director of 24 x 36: A Movie About Movie Posters. It's everything you wanted to know about the lost art of movie posters! 

Description of the movie: "24x36: A Movie About Movie Posters" is a documentary that explores the world of illustrated movie poster art; the artists who create it, companies and studios that commission it, galleries that display it and collectors and fans who hang it.

Through interviews with a number of key art personalities from the '70s and '80s, as well as many modern, alternative poster artists – "24x36" aims to answer the questions – What happened to the illustrated movie poster? Where did it disappear to and why?

In the mid 2000s, filling the void left behind by Hollywood’s abandonment of illustrated movie posters, independent artists and galleries began selling limited edition screenprinted posters. This movement has quickly exploded into a multi-million dollar industry, with prints selling out online in seconds, inspiring Hollywood studios to take notice of illustration in movie posters once more.

"24x36" explores this birth, death and resurrection of the illustrated movie poster.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

30th Anniversary of the Chicago TV Terrorist Attack!

It's almost too frightening to consider. What would happen if our trusted media outlets were suddenly hijacked by a cabal of dissident ideologues, subjecting an unsuspecting public to relentless disinformation campaigns littered with vile, slanted viewpoints and twisted facts designed to brainwash the masses?
Come to think of it, how would we know the difference?!?

Recent articles about the possibility of foreign terrorists taking out the internet with worms and viruses reminded me of a time on November 22nd 1987 when a couple of guys, one wearing a Max Headroom Mask, took over the television airwaves in Chicago, disabling two different stations in order to broadcast their own twisted idea of entertainment.

A little history: Max Headroom (played by Matt Frewer) was an investigative journalist in a fictional TV series set in an apocalyptic future. With a crude, choppy signal Max would break into the official TV news reports with his own reportage that was embarrassing to the powers that be. (He also was seen in dozens of Coke commercials in the 1980s.)

The first 'Denial of TV Service Attack' on that November night in 1987 took place during WGN's live nightly news program. Stunned viewers saw was someone approximating the Max Headroom persona standing in front of a moving corrogated metal background with only an odd buzzing sound heard. In less than 30 seconds WGN engineers moved their signal to another transmitter, regaining control.

(WGN was already on alert for such anomolies - four years earlier cold weather caused a signal jump resulting in the Bozo show being replaced by Fast Times at Ridgemont High, nudity and profanity intact.)

It got a lot weirder when 'Max' returned on the local PBS station WTTW at around 11:15pm, during an episode of Dr. Who.

This time the TV Pirates were more successful, they used their minute and a half of airtime to berate liberals and "newspaper nerds." The guy in the Max mask shot the finger to the camera and hummed the Clutch Cargo theme song. He waved around a Pepsi can while repeating Coke's slogan "Catch the Wave" - then retrieved the Pepsi can saying, "Your love is fading."
Then the unthinkable happened. 'Max Headroom' dropped trou in order to allow his accomplish (his brother?) who was wearing a dress to take a flyswatter to his bare behind. During Dr. Who no less, was nothing sacred?!?
WTTW engineers tried frantically to kill the signal but were unable to before the electronic ------ ended abruptly.

This was surely the tackiest terror attack of all time but the assailants were never discovered. No doubt if they had come forward they would probably be big time TV producers now, after all their minute and a half show was still better than last week's Two and a Half Men.

We all know if the ratings had been good for the 'Show Me Your Ass And I'll Paddle It' program it would still be on today. At the very least, WTTW should air this during pledge breaks...

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Missing FEUD? Read About Joan Crawford in Greensboro!

“The best time I ever had with Joan Crawford was when I pushed her down the stairs in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.” — Bette Davis

It began innocently enough. Eleven-year old Chester Arnold Jr. had acquired 5 shares of Pepsi common stock in 1957 but, after seeing the financial world spoof The Solid Gold Cadillac, he suddenly grew concerned about his investment. He fired off a letter to Pepsi’s chairman Alfred Steele to ask if his board of directors was, “crooked like those people in the movie.” No, really, he did.

Perhaps at the insistence of his wife, who understood more than anyone the power of publicity, the boy and his parents were flown to New York and put up at the Waldorf Astoria where Alfred Steele and his new bride, one of Hollywood’s most glamorous stars, Joan Crawford were staying while their two-story Fifth Avenue penthouse was undergoing a major renovation. The Steele’s planned trip to Greensboro later in the week would provide the perfect Hollywood ending to a real life fairy tale come true — plucky small town boy meets glamorous movie queen with the lights of Manhattan as their backdrop.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Nathan Stringer Summer Music Show on DVD!

It was almost a year ago when I told Nathan I was going to produce a local music TV series and he was going to be the host.  I could see the disappointment on his face, like, “What’s the angle here?  Because that’s not going to happen and now he’s taking my picture and shit’s getting weird!”  But I don’t just talk about doing something, I do it!  And I’m really pleased with The Nathan Stringer Summer Music Show…

Authentic Southern singer songwriters from the Greensboro musical underground - that’s what this show is all about!  Four half hours of amazing music starring Grand Ole Uproar, Bob Fleming, Taylor Bays, DC Carter, Rachel Amick, Josh Crocker, Grady Riddle, and Gavan Holden. Along with videos from Bare the Traveler, Ameriglow, Jack Carter & the Armory, and Savage Music Clique.  

Hosted by that legendary partymonster, super-sexy Nathan Stringer!  Gorgeous gals & guys and crazy classic TV commercials!  OJ Simpson vs Chevy Nova!  Bette Davis vs Aunt Bee! 

Monday, April 24, 2017

Joan Crawford's Feud with Lucy!

Now that the mini-series Feud, the Bette Davis / Joan Crawford slugfest, let's look back at another clash Crawford had with a big star, none other than Lucille Ball, the Queen of Television.

Lucy's Backstage Battles also includes clashes with Tallulah Bankhead and Liz Taylor & Richard Burton!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Trump Hates Nathan Stringer Summer Music Show!

This is sooooo rude!  Our President can’t help himself, attacking a fine American like Nathan Stringer because his TV show only has 5 followers!  Show your resistance to Donald Trump by ‘Following’ The Nathan Stringer Summer Music Show!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Nathan Stringer Summer Music Show #1

Authentic Southern acoustic singer songwriters from the Greensboro musical underground - that’s what this show is all about!  Here’s the first episode starring Grand Ole Uproar and Taylor Bays with videos from Ameriglow and Jack Carter & The Armory. Interspersed are wild, crazy classic commercials from the TVparty! vault - you can’t beat that! Produced by Billy Ingram, directed by Les Butchart with sound by Mark Robertson. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Make America Skate Again! Nathan Stringer Summer Music Show - episode 3

Make America Skate Again!  

Episode 3 of the Nathan Stringer Summer Music Show is live : Musical numbers by DC Carter and Rachel Amick with another super-groovy video by Ameriglow!  And… gorgeous guys & girls!  Along with crazy vintage TV commercials! The first advert is the notorious 1970’s ‘VD Is For Everybody’ spot - also a two minute musical jingle compilation starring Cal Worthington and his dog Spot for all my SoCal friends!


Saturday, January 7, 2017

Turn on the sun! The Nathan Stringer Summer Music Show!

Starring the melodic tones of Bob Fleming. Along with live performances by Josh Crocker and Grady Riddle plus hypnotic music videos produced by Wil Davis & Tom Walker for Savage Music Clique and Taylor Bays & The Laser Rays.

This is the second episode of a local music show from the Greensboro underground. What happens when Nathan Stringer doesn’t show up to host the show? Two of Nathan's bevy of beauties - China Morgan & Laura Burbach - and former President Richard M. Nixon step into the role.

Interspersed are wild, crazy classic commercials from the TVparty! vault - you can’t beat that!  Look for The Nathan Stringer Summer Music Show on You Tube!