Here are some things that have been rattling around inside my head lately:
1. Back in 2005, a blogger critic named Sean T. Collins wrote a very unfavorable review of Jaime's big "Locas" hardcover in issue 268 of The Comics Journal. I've seen some excerpts of the review and it did look kind of interesting, but I can't find a link online to the whole thing. Does anybody have any ideas about where I could find a link or a full scan?
2. I was just reading an old review of the old movie "Cabaret," and as I was reading it I suddenly realized who could have played Hopey perfectly: the young Liza Minnelli. Most of you may know Ms. Minnelli now as a Vegas-and-tabloids camp queen, but when she was young she was much, much more than that. She had a ton of talent. She could sing, she could dance, she could be very funny, she was very attractive (she was petite and wore her hair short, like Hopita), and she could project a dangerous, crazy sexiness too. And as we all know, dangerous, crazy sexiness IS La Hopey. And if you don't think I'm right about Liza, just go watch her in "Cabaret."
3. You know you're a hardcore fan when you start to ponder the musical influences on a completely imaginary band. The band in question is, of course, La Llorona [Missiles of October, Capri Nights, Soul Train Line, The Ronkies]. Jaime knows his music, and the many musical references in Locas show that. But imagine my surprise when I learned that "Two Faces Have I" ("Do Vases Have Eyes?" to Hopey) was a real song by a real singer, one Lou Christie. Christie was a big star in the early 60's ("Lighting Strikes," etc), an exponent of the Frankie Valli tight-underwear school of male vocals. I guess La Llorona is doing Christie's old song in a punk style. That would be very interesting musically, but hard to pull off unless the band is really talented--which La Llorona is not, except for Terry. The number says something about the vocalist, too. Christie was a guy, but he could also sing REAL high--some of the time, anyway. Maybe that fits Monica's vocal talents, as well as her/his androgynous inclinations. There is a bit in the song where Christie sings with just the drum behind him; maybe Monica could sing it OK, but she'd need Zero to keep a steady beat behind her. Why don't I think he can do that?
I wondered who picked the song for the band, though. Not Hopey, obviously. Monica? She seems to be most into Elvis, though, especially his awful lounge-lizard phase. I think Terry picked the song, actually. First of all, punk-styling an old song like that is an ambitious thing to do for a beginning band, and we know that Terry has very high musical ambitions. Second, Terry is probably pretty familiar with the white-boy pop and garage rock of the late 50's and early 60's, which was Christie's era and genre. The first song Terry learns to play is "Louie, Louie," the great old white-boy trash classic. The definitive version of that number was done in 1963 by the Kingsmen, contemporary with Christie.
I even think I can guess where, when, and how Terry heard "Louie, Louie." Many people covered the song, including The Stooges and Motorhead in the 70's, but the movie "Animal House" came out in 1978. It was widely released and it really took "Louie, Louie" to a whole new generation, including me. In 1978-79, Terry and Hopey were still together, so my guess is that Terry picked the number up when she saw the picture. The guitar solo in it would appeal to her, among other things.
So, how's that for musical detective work?