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April Rain

I’m ashamed to admit it – but last night was the first time I had ever seen Purple Rain

and to my surprise – it was an incredible movie!!!

here’s why…

(and we don’t even need to list the music as a reason)

 

Apollonia’s treasure chest and ASSets

appzz

appzz openm

appa

apps pricne

app touch

purple rain barn

appss

although she does look a bit like Tim Curry as Dr Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show

the way Morris Day moves, and his eyes pop

morris mirror

morris moves

morris day appolonia

morris slides

morris slaps

morris day moves

morssi slick

morris bird

dumpster

that motorcycle is mad RAD!!!

prince bikes

motorcycle

and the movie has a sorta Batman feel to it!!

batgirl prince

there’s a dark city, lots of smoke, good guys, bad guys and some of them wear capes!

The MUSTaches

prince purple stache

morris day

Clarence Williams III

billy spakrs

brown mack

Jesse Johnson

jermoe

bobby z

a woman gets tossed in a dumpster!!

dumpster prince

which ends up being the least harshest thing that happens to a woman in this movie

the editing is amazing – and the cinematography too – and the make-up also also!!

purp2 purp

the guy who played the bouncer was also Prince’s real-life bodyguard!

prince chick

prince bodyguard

chez chick purple

pruince bdy

Charles ‘Big Chick’ Huntsberry

this guy and his nods of approval

that guy

Prince being Prince

prince danncnce

prince hair

prince finmgers

prince hair look

prince smile

prince get up

prince momey

prince monkey

monkey prince

prince kiss

prince smile 2

 

thank you Prince

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Wish I Was There

one of the greatest album covers of balls thyme is Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here

wish you were2

wish you were

there were TWO versions of the Storm Thorgerson designed album cover.  the one above, with the man on fire leaning forward (which is the current one in use since the 2011 reissue), and the one below, where the man on fire is leaning back (used for releases from 1975 to 2011)

alt wish lp

wish you were onfire

two stuntmen were used for the shoot – Ronnie Rondell and Danny Rogers.  Rondell is the one on fire.  He was dressed in a fire-retardant suit covered by a business suit. His head was protected by a hood, underneath a wig.  Rondell’s suit was painted with rubber cement and ignited three times before it ripped and his flame-retardant long-Johns peeked through the holes  

Initially the wind was blowing in the wrong direction, and the flames were forced into Rondell’s face, burning his moustache, eyebrows and eyelashes.  ‘It’ll happen in a heartbeat‘, says Rondell.  ‘The fire wraps around your face real quick, like a barbecue thing. The wig was fried, it melted up into a ball.‘  The two stuntmen changed positions, and the image was later reversed  

Rondell got $500 and only worked an hour.  Rogers was paid $250 for the easier job

the photograph was taken at the Warner Bros Studios in Los Angeles, between stages 16 and 21

wish you were guys

warner bros lot

and here’s some photos that didn’t make the cut

wish you were here contact sheet

wish you were here outtake

on fire

wish poof2

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