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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

What happened to the Gits site?


 In November our Gits fan site (fans.thegits.com) went down. It took us a while to figure out what happened which was (long story short) Hostbaby getting bought out by Squarespace and is now on "Bandzoogle" a website for bands. I've been working hard building the new site at the new location. I've had to condense it down but everything will still be there. We lost a lot of stuff, such as images and most importantly our newsletter which had over 1,000 subs.

 There have also been things going on behind the scenes besides technical difficulties. I wont go into too much detail because I don't think it's appropriate, but the remaining band members seem to have the dynamic of a divorced couple. They do their best to stay on the same page and get a long but it seems like they've all got different visions and ideas on what to do now. It seems like it's rare for them to agree. I'm not in the band so I obviously stay out of it. I can't help but feel like the division within the band is negatively affecting fans. For instance the on and off shows and touring. In 2016 it looked like they were back together and were going to go on tour. But things changed. They did do a few shows, and it was supposed to be the start of something (or that was my impression).

 As I've mentioned before the Gits website (in 2016) split in two, thegits.com and the site I ran fans.thegits.com. I didn't like the change mainly because I felt it would be confusing for the fans and people looking for the site. They made a basic page reflecting the reunion show with Rachel Flotard but never did anything else with it. Honestly, I've been feeling stifled, so I've taken the initiative lately to makes things happen, such as the site and merch.

 For now we are using our Gits ebay shop to sell the official screen printed merch (apparel) we have right now. I've been getting lots of requests for new sticker and clothing designs and started to take requests and sell Gits merch on Teespring. So far we've sold a handful or stickers, shirts and a hoodie. I'm excited about the fact that we now have Gits hats (beanies and baseball caps) and you can find them in the ebay shop. They have The Gits logo embroidered on and there's a few styles to choose from.

The new site will...
  • be mobile compatible
  • more simplified but still thorough
  • have way more merch
  • updated often! 

New Merch!


Monday, February 24, 2020

Pop Cult Discoveries

During my adolescence I discovered a lot of odd and interesting music and pop culture-related images and footage. Due to the magic of the internet, I was later able to Google them and see if anyone else had noticed the same things. Sure enough a lot of these have been discussed or explained online. This is an ongoing list of cool or strange things I have found in films, images, video games, and more.

Discovery #1: Saddam Hussein makes cameo in Marx Brothers movie.

I had just bought my last Marx Brothers DVD boxed set. I popped in my favorite Marx brothers movie of all time...Duck Soup. I was enjoying myself until the scene "Were going to war" came. Groucho announced that "Freedonia" was going to war. Every admiral got a chance to belt during the war song...my heart stopped when I saw what appeared to be Saddam Hussein. "Oh my god is that Saddam Hussein!?" I cried out. We skipped back immediately...and it wasn't Saddam himself but a clone. And if it were Saddam Hussein, he would have been negative 4 at the time.

Ambassador Trentino: I am willing to do anything to prevent this war.
Rufus T. Firefly: It's too late. I've already paid a month's rent on the battlefield.


Discovery #2: China acknowledges David Bowie's bulge.

My at the time boyfriend and I discovered this after pirating every Nintendo game ever made. A Labrynth game! We decided to play it, and the intro nearly killed me of laughter. Apparently this game never came to America, but was partially translated from Chinese to English poorly. I love that fact that they mention that he wears spandex. I think China is trying to convince it's children that David Bowie is a flamboyant drug addict.


Discovery #3: The Mystery of the Carpenters interchangeable pitches.


This is what I call a 'happy accident'. I was listening to various songs one day and started playing with the pitches with this program called AC97 audio configuration. I changed Karen Carpenters voice on "Sing" to the lowest pitch. She sounds exactly like her brother. Richard (her brother, the other half of "The Carpenters") doesn't sing to often but primarily on the Carpenters Christmas album (Christmas Collection). But their voices sound exactly a like, I kid you not. If you listen to any Carpenters song (Sing works well) use any program to change it to the lowest pitch she sounds like Richard. If you change Richards voice to the highest pitch he sounds like Karen as well. Ok they are siblings and it does make sense...but it is still neat none-the-less.



Discovery #4: The re-appearing pinball machine.


Ever notice that in The Who's Quadrophenia and in Tommy they use the same pinball machine? It's the Kings and Queens one. It's in the "pub scene" in Quadropehnia and in all the pinball scenes in Tommy!

Discovery #5: Tattoo You: Mick Jagger's 'tattoos' have 'sympathy for the Devil'


What is on Mick? I noticed after he ripped off his shirt on "The Rolling Stones rock and roll circus." Ever take a double look at Mick's arm and chest during "Sympathy for the Devil"? One is a Devil illustration and the other is almost astrological looking. They are located on the bicep on each arm and the upper chest area. Upon doing research [online..through books..people], I can't find ANY back story for who did those drawings on Mick. If you have any further info, please email me.

Discovery #6: Rocky Horror Lips with two rows of teeth: fact or science fiction?

If you see the intro to Rocky Horror Picture Show "Science Fiction" there appears to be an extra row of teeth (on the bottum, watch closely). For years I was baffled by this and found next to no information about it. Until now! I got a super informative email from Carrie about the back story of the lips. "The famous lips that appear over the film's opening credits belong to Patricia Quinn, who had also sang the opening song, 'Science Fiction/Double Feature,' during the staged musical. The producers offered her the part of Magenta for the film, but explained to her that she wouldn't be singing the song for the film. She turned the part down initially, but after taking a tour of the sets she would be working on, she changed heart and took the part. Minus an opening song. It was O'Brien who would sing the opening song. That still doesn't answer the two rows of teeth question, but now we know it's Particia Quinn and NOT Richard O'Brien's teeth. If you have any further info, please email me.

Discovery #7: I remember you! The mystery of the Joey Ramone clone!


I remember you! I found this video while browsing through the message boards of Joeyramone.com. Holly crap! That looks JUST like Joey Ramone! I was sold that it was, until I read this:
"Wow, it's a doppelganger!! If that's Joey, then who was that guy in the bed across from me in our bedroom? That is really weird. I had to look at that clip like 20 times, until I could freeze it on frames where I could see the glasses the guy was wearing , which were more square shaped (Joey never wore glasses like that) as well as see a difference in his mouth and nose. I had to do that, even though I knew he was never in England in '69, because the resemblance was so astonishing. My mother agreed with me that it couldn't be Joey as he didn't even have a passport at that time. He had just gotten his draft card though. Well they say we all have one somewhere. Feel free, anyone, to inform the Wikipedia people that Joey's family confirmed, right here, that it is not him."
OK, Mickey Leigh (Joey's brother) and mom say it's not him. Wikipedia was wrong (it happens)! To me the real give away that it can't be him is his height. Joey was 6'5" that guy looks to be no taller than 5'10" in comparison to the guys in the back ground. Now may I ask? Who is this Joey Ramone clone and does he have children??
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