Vinyl Day 2: Gino Vannelli “Storm at Sunup”, David Bowie “Blackstar”, & Dick Wellstood “Plays Ragtime Music of The Sting”

Welcome to Day 2 of my nonsensical record collection.


Artist: Gino Vannelli
Album: Storm at Sunup
Year: 1975
Genre: Jazz Pop
Record Origins: Goodwill in Lakeview, New Orleans

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Gino, a follicularly (I definitely made the word up) blessed Italian-Canadian jazz pop singer, arrived here via Goodwill. At the time, it was just a funny album cover. Upon further inspection, this record was recorded under A&M Records, which I have massive respek for because Herb Alpert is one of the founders.

Anyway, I am indifferent about Gino, but the anonymous ladies on the cover of these 60s and 70s albums are always so beautiful.


Artist: David Bowie
Album: Blackstar
Year: 2016
Genre: Rock
Record Origins: Slam, Edgewater, Chicago

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“Blackstar” was David Bowie’s 25th and final album– released two days before he died. David Bowie is a problematic favorite of mine. It’s hard to separate the work from the person, but it is a a real thing. Nevertheless, the music and images exist. The creative spirit is forever burned in our consciousness.



Artist: Dick Wellstood
Album: Plays Ragtime Music of The Sting
Year: 1974
Genre: Jazz Piano
Record Origins: Goodwill in Lakeview, New Orleans

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Hear it below: this is the music I will go insane to during my Coronacation. And it’s only the fourth day. This is the perfect music for a boring dystopia.

Dick Wellstood is a was a jazz pianist that played a lot of sweet ragtime tunes. This particular album was in 1973 caper The Sting.


This concludes Vinyl Day 2 of ?. God I hope it gets better from here.

A Brief, Strange, and Semi-Erotic History of David Bowie’s “Cat People (Putting Out Fire)”

The original horror movie about cat people that’s not the CATS remake.

EDIT: Happy 73rd Birthday, David Bowie!

In 1942, French director Jacques Tourneur directed a film using by DeWitt Boden with the eponymous name Cat People.

Would you believe me if I told you that a movie made in 1942 called Cat People had some deleterious portrayals of women and human sexuality?: “The plot focuses on a Serbian fashion illustrator in New York City who believes herself to be descended from a race of people who shape shift into panthers when sexually aroused or angered.” Oh dear.

Nonetheless, the film is considered pioneer of the horror genre and cinematography.

40 years later, legendary American film writer and director Paul Schrader directed an early 80s update of Cat People with some huge 70s and 80s players: Nastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell, and John Heard. The 1982 version of Cat PeopleĀ is described as an “erotic horror” on Wikipedia (if the appearance of Malcolm McDowell didn’t tip you off to the kind of party this is).
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