Closinglogos.com is a site dedicated to this phenomenon.
They have also now made a documentary about it. Trigger warning – do not watch if you find these scary.
And a commentary about it.
My own story about this is that I was not afraid of these logos (surprisingly – as I was afraid of some weird things, like the brassy build up in this Otis Redding song – and I loved Otis Redding).
BUT I once had a nightmare about the old NET logo: that I tried covering my eyes from it and I still saw it. It didn’t scare me otherwise.
Joe Dea was a music video director back before that was actually a job description. I don’t think I ever met him but I knew him tangentially through my VERY brief volunteer work at the late 70s/early 80s groundbreaking television newsmagazine/video production company VideoWest. Founded by Fabrice Florin (whom dad knew somehow) and staffed by a bunch of people who went on to work for MTV. Joe Dea made some of the best comedy sketches and also some of the best music videos. Joe Dea has a YouTube channel, now, and a lot of the old VideoWest segments are posted there. (I don’t know why this show is not better documented, overall.) What I do recall about the show is that each week had a theme like “sex” or “death” or “politics“. The show was also very aware of the video art scene. I think they would broadcast documentation from the then-still-active Ant Farm, for example.
And, Joe, if you read this, I would love to see “Beach Blanket Armageddon” again, if it still exists.
Scene Stealing Oncreen Pets @ Women’s Day
OK, this one is just fun.
This article by Cintra Wilson is worth its own post. Please please read.
“A Professional Pirate” (Muppet Treasure Island)
“Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum” (Two Monkeys cover with BluePaintedChair video)
“The Pirate Song” (George Harrison as “Pirate Bob”. Again, he was SO cool)
“I’m a Pirate” (a Talk Like a Pirate Day original)
- Talk Like a Pirate Day! from Tailslap (tailslap.blogspot.com)
- Yo-ho-ho! International Talk Like a Pirate Day Is Upon Us. (lulu.com)
- Talk Like a Pirate Day 2010: Convert Facebook and Get Special Widget (VIDEO) (blippitt.com)
Studio Concrete wishes everyone th’ mighty best Talk Like a Pirate Day. ‘ave fun responsibly.
(This link seems to not be working. I suspect they are experiencing a barrage of visitors today)