The “Afternoon Delight” Edition :: Rusty’s Electric Dreams, Issue #159


Rusty's Electric Dreams

Rusty’s Electric Dreams, an inbox zine from the curious mind of Rusty Blazenhoff
Issue #159 :: The “Afternoon Delight” Edition :: 12:06:2017

Afternoon Delight…

On that long ride to SoCal over Thanksgiving, SJ turned on a playlist called “’80s One-Hit Wonders.”

While watching the I-5 go by, we listened to lots of over-played eighties songs like, a-Ha’s “Take on Me,” Matthew Wilder’s “Break my Stride,” and Devo’s “Whip It.”

Then, Josie Cotton’s “Johnny, Are You Queer?” came on and SJ lost it.

She couldn’t believe such a song existed. She made me play it over and over again, laughing in delight. She now says it’s her new favorite song and that (“Of course!) she told all her friends about it.

I was trying to remember what songs I heard when I was young that shocked me. The top one that came to mind was Starland Vocal Band’s “Afternoon Delight.”

Gonna find my baby, gonna hold her tight
Gonna grab some afternoon delight
My motto’s always been ‘when it’s right, it’s right’
Why wait until the middle of a cold dark night?

How could something so racy be so melodic?

Anyway, when I picked SJ up from school the first day after getting home from our trip, that eighties playlist was still going in our car. It was now playing “Turning Japanese” by The Vapors. She got into the car and exclaimed in faux-horror, “Turn that down! Everyone is going to think we’re RACIST!”

I laughed and turned it up louder. Then I unrolled the window and we sang it at the top of lungs all the way home. 

–Rusty Blazenhoff
P.S. We’re not racist, I swear. Though that song might be. Also, sorry for all the earworms.

This space intentionally left sky rockets in flight

As seen on the Internets


Mister Fred Rogers

Won’t you be my neighbor? There’s going to be a documentary about Mister Rogers next year!

:: All of MTV’s Liquid Television is online now

:: My friend Jared had an amazing Bar Mitzvah (on Staten Island) (in 1988). There were roboglasses.

:: These pies, yowzers!

:: You can now take a backstage tour of Walt Disney World

:: Gareth Branwyn’s 2017 “Gift Guide for Tabletop Gamers”

Real things you can actually buy: yes way!


Insult teacups

No one likes you: For the “lady who speaks her mind:” insult teacups by Miss Havisham. $60+ each

Real things you can actually buy: lay!


Sponge bed

For all your “co-sleeping” needs: Last week there was that tiny sponge bed and now this… super-sized mattresses. The one pictured can fit five adults. Another smaller one is called the “Player” (no lie) and turned on its side to accommodate taller sleepers. Both are part of the “Ace Collection,” because –you know– an Ace trumps a King.

Thanks, Dixie!

Featured events

Boring Talks

London: [2/28] Boring Talks, “An evening celebrating the mundane, the ordinary, the obvious and the overlooked”

Alameda, California
[12/7] Dj Otto’s Grotto – All Christmas music ALL NIGHT at Forbidden Island

Glendale, California
[January 2018] Museum of Selfies, $25 (story)

San Francisco, California
[12/12-12/13] Rick Prelinger’s Lost Landscapes of San Francisco 12 at Castro Theater, Tickets $20- $50

[12/16] SF Krampus 4: “Better not pout” at Bar Fluxus, “More wandering guerilla theater than pub crawl,” 5:30 to 9 PM Thanks, Susie!

[12/20] Nerd Nite: Brainhacking, Holiday Comics, and WWII Botany!, at Rickshaw Stop, 7 PM, Tickets $8

[12/21-12/24] A Charlie Brown Christmas—LIVE!, San Francisco Symphony, Tickets

[12/31] Extra Action Marching Band at Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 9 PM, $26

Santa Fe, New Mexico
[5/10/2018] Kid Koala’s Vinyl Vaudeville at Meow Wolf, 7 PM to 10 PM


Peter Bros. promotional shoe car (1922)

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