Sometimes when I’m trying to type “David Bowie” I accidentally type “Davis Bowie” instead.
He sounds like David Bowie’s nerdy twin brother.
This was a pose invented by accident, so to speak. During the first rehearsals in London Michael Crawford’s wig was less oily and slick compared to later wigs. When he removed the fedora during the title song cadenza, his wig acted up and he did an in-character move to smooth it out.
Gillian Lynne, original choreographer, was watching the rehearsals. She swooned when she saw how sensual the wig smoothing pose looked, and told Michael Crawford to do it again (and again). And so the wig slicking became a part of the choreography, done by every Phantom to come.
Here’s some legendary photos of it!
1. Anthony Crivello, Las Vegas.
2. Jonathan Roxmouth, Johannesburg.
3. John Owen-Jones, West End.
4. Dave Willetts, Edinburgh/UK tour.
5. Michael Craeford, West End*
6. Brad Little, Singapore/World Tour.
7. Mark McKerracher, Manchester/UK tour.
8. John Cudia, US tour.
9. Scott Davies, West End.
( * Note also how short his pants and jacket sleeves are. He and designer Maria Bjørnson wanted it this way, so arm and leg movements would be emphasized)
Q:If you're still doing the playlists - Meredith
M — Make Believe — Steam Powered Giraffe
E — Everyone Says ‘Hi’ — David Bowie
R — Rainbow High — Evita
E — Everybody’s Talkin’ — Harry Nilsson (Covered by Keith Harkin)
D — Dancing Out in Space — David Bowie
I — If You Can Find Me I’m Here — Evening Primrose
T — A Talk With George — Jonathan Coulton
H — Here I Dreamt I Was an Architect — The Decemberists
Can Emmett O’Hanlon fans call ourselves O’Fanlons?
Q:yes hi hello! i am requesting a name playlist and my name is kealani but my nickname is kea. so whichever you like if you want to do mine. lovely blog by the way
Aaaah, thank you (wow, your name is only two letters away from my given name. I relate deeply to the name struggle, so I’m gonna do your whole name, ‘Kay?)
K — Katie — Colm Keegan/Celtic Thunder
E — The End of Innocence — Don Henley (Covered by Keith Harkin)
A — Around the World — Daft Punk
L — Lady Grinning Soul — David Bowie
A — All the Young Dudes — David Bowie
N — New Angels or Promise — David Bowie
I — I Was Meant for the Stage — The Decemberists
(Warning for suicide mention in All the Young Dudes. If that’s a problem let me know and I’ll be happy to give you another song!)
Q:Hello! :) If you're still doing the playlist thing, my name is Amanda. Thank you!
I’ll basically do playlists as long as people send in requests. :)
A — All I Ask of You — The Phantom of the Opera
M — Make a Move — Icon for Hire
A — Artificial Heart —Jonathan Coulton
N — Now We are Free — Celtic Thunder
D — DJ — David Bowie
A — Andy Warhol — David Bowie
An online poll conducted in the ’90s set Vitaly Komar, Alex Melamid and David Soldier on a quest to create the most annoying song ever. After gathering data about people’s least favorite music and lyrical subjects, they did the unthinkable: they combined them into a single monstrosity, specifically engineered to sound unpleasant to the maximum percentage of listeners.
Amazingly, this “most unwanted music” contains little dissonance — that would have been too easy. For the most part, they seem to have tried to assemble these elements in a listenable way.
Komar & Melamid and David Soldier’s list of undesirable elements included holiday music, bagpipes, pipe organ, a children’s chorus and the concept of children in general (really?), Wal-Mart, cowboys, political jingoism, George Stephanopoulos, Coca Cola, bossanova synths, banjo ferocity, harp glissandos, oompah-ing tubas and much, much more. It’s actually a fascinating listen, worthwhile for the opera rapping alone.