“Blah…” by Richard F. Yates

Sometimes, one just feels “Blah…”

blah (15 nov. 2018) by rfy

—Richard F. Yates
(Primitive Thoughtician and Supreme Bunny Lord of The P.E.W.)



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“Room 101” Playlist by Richard F. Yates

room 101

For my 101st playlist on 8tracks, it only seemed fitting that I play Bowie’s “1984,” and then pick 100 other tracks (for a total of 101) assembled for the sole purpose of brainwashing and “re-educating” all of those citizens whose thought patterns are not in line with THE PARTY. (In this case, the PARTY is a big electro/rave/disco/funk/ska bash, with a few punky tunes thrown in for flavoring…) Those who SUBMIT to the entire playlist will find their minds expanded, their reality tunnels redecorated, and their PERSONALITIES FOREVER ELEVATED TO A NEW, HIGHER PLANE OF EXISTENCE*! (*Offer not guaranteed in Florida, Kentucky, Texas, or Washington D.C.)

On with the RE-EDUCATION!!!

“Room 101” Playlist by Richard F. Yates
Approx. 7 hours and 53 minutes long.

1. David Bowie – “1984”
2. LCD Soundsystem – “change yr mind”
3. Portishead – “Wandering Star”
4. Adam and The Ants – “Never Trust a Man (With Egg on His Face)”
5. X-Ray Spex – “Genetic Engineering”
6. Butthole Surfers – “Human Cannonball”
7. Suicide – “Ghost Rider”
8. Buzzcocks – “You Say You Don’t Love Me”
9. Ninja Sex Party – “Danny Don’t You Know”
10. Childish Gambino – “This is America”
11. Passion Pit – “Sleepyhead”
12. Death Grips – “Guillotine”
13. Chops-EMC + Extensive – “Me’ Isrealites”
14. Enon – “High Society”
15. Flight of the Conchords – “Bowie”
16. The Future Sound of London – “Moscow (Remix)”
17. DJ Sandy – “LL Cool DJs (Fixx Remix)”
18. Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. feat. MNDR, Pharrell, Wiley, & Wretch 3 – “Record Collection 2012 (CSS Remix)”
19. Grimes feat. Janelle Monae – “Venus Fly”
20. Sunscreem – “Perfect Motion”
21. MC Tunes & 808 State – “The Only Rhyme That Bites”
22. Jimmy Edgar feat. Dawn Richard – “Burn So Deep (Maya Jane Coles Remix)”
23. Maurice Joshua with Hot Hands Hula – “This is Acid”
24. Gene Love Jezebel – “Desire (12” White Label G.W. Childs Remix)”
25. And One – “Rearming Strafbomber”
26. ohGr – “Due They Know”
27. Jonathan Bree – “You’re So Cool”
28. The Shins – “Fantasy Island”
29. C.C.C.P. – “American Soviets (The Cameron Paul Remix)”
30. Plastilina Mosh – “Boombox Baby”
31. Justice – “On’N’On”
32. Bomb the Bass – “Time Falls Apart (Wrangler Remix)”
33. Urban Shakedown feat. Mickey Finn – “Some Justice (7” Dash Mix)”
34. 2 Bad Mice – “Bomb Scare”
35. Litany – “By Myself”
36. Sunny Day Real Estate – “Rain Song”
37. Morrissey – “Suedehead (Sparks Mix)”
38. Television Personalities – “You Kept Me Waiting Too Long… (E*Vax “Ratatat” Remix)”
39. Templebeat – “You Spin Me Round”
40. The Cure – “In Between Days (Shiver Mix)”
41. Siouxsie and The Banshees – “Fear (Of the Unknown) (Remixed by Junior Vasquez)”
42. Moby – “Bodyrock (Hybrid’s Bodyshock Remix)”
43. Beck – “Fax Machine Anthem (“Hell Yes” Remix by Dizzee Rascal)”
44. Plump DJs – “Hump Rock”
45. Eon – “Spice (Original Mix with Notes)”
46. Click Click – “Rats in My Bed (Version)”
47. Front 242 – “Sample D.”
48. The Beatles – “Strawberry Fields Forever (Love Mix)”
49. Danielle Dax – “Tomorrow Never Knows”
50. Talking Heads – “Burning Down the House (Rhythm Scholar & Apollo Zero Remix)”
51. Blondie – “Atomic”
52. Public Image Ltd. – “Bad Life”
53. Yello – “Daily Disco”
54. Donna Summer – “I Feel Love (Mega Edit)”
55. Tom Tom Club – “Dangerous Dub”
56. Madness – “Baggy Trousers”
57. Excision & Pegboard Nerds feat. Mayor Apeshit – “Bring the Madness (Noisestorm Remix)”
58. Consolidated – “Howie Livin’”
59. Greater Than One – “Now is the Time”
60. Tackhead – “King of the Beat”
61. Beats International – “Dub be Good to Me”
62. Lionrock – “Lionrock”
63. Neneh Cherry – “Buffalo Stance”
64. Malcolm McLaren – “Buffalo Gals”
65. Frankie Smith – “Double Dutch Bus”
66. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – “Africa Gone Funky”
67. The Slits – “In the Beginning”
68. The Pop Group – “We are Time”
69. Alien Sex Fiend – “Class of ‘69”
70. Soft Cell – “Martin”
71. Executive Slacks – “Our Lady”
72. Snowden – “Kill the Power”
73. Long Hind Legs – “Open Wide”
74. Supergrass – “Strange Ones”
75. MGMT – “Flash Delirium”
76. Kid Cudi feat. MGMT & Ratatat – “Pursuit of Happiness”
77. My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult – “Room on the Moon”
78. Sigue Sigue Sputnik – “Success (Balaeracidic 12” Mix)”
79. Information Society – “Peace & Love, Inc. (Disco Mosh Pit Mix)”
80. Shonen Knife – “Shonen Knife Planet”
81. The Knife – “Silent Shout”
82. Coil – “The Anal Staircase”
83. The Weathermen – “Poison”
84. Bad Lieutenant – “Poisonous Intent”
85. The Chemical Brothers – “Sometimes I Feel So Deserted”
86. The Prodigy – “Hyperspeed (G-Force Part 2)”
87. Cosmic Brian – “Far from a River”
88. The Specials – “It’s Up to You”
89. ABC – “Theme from Mantrap”
90. Amazulu – “Mony Mony (12” Mix)”
91. Fuzzbox – “Pop*Muzik (Pop*Muzik Zoned Out Mix)”
92. Frankie Knuckles – “Your Love”
93. Kon Kan – “I Beg Your Pardon (I Never Promised You a Rose Garden) (12” Remix)”
94. Yaz – “State Farm (Madhouse Mix Edit)”
95. Secession – “Simon Says”
96. B-Movie – “Nowhere Girl”
97. N-Joi – “Mindflux (Hot Mind Edit)”
98. Messiah – “Temple of Dreams”
99. Strech ‘n’ Vern – “Get Up! Go Insane! (Fatboy Really Lost It Mix)”
100. DJ Rap – “Good to be Alive”
101. The Tear Garden – “In Search of My Rose”

So that’s the playlist. I don’t expect everyone to love every song—in fact, I’d be surprised if ANYBODY claimed to like every song on this list. (I DO, but I’m probably the only one.) My hope, here, is that I’ve brought one or two songs or bands to the attention of some folks who might enjoy them. I like a variety of music (some obscure—some obviously fairly popular,) and my HOPE is that seeing these weird songs next to a few Top 40 hits will encourage folks to maybe slide a little ways into whatever camp it is that they wouldn’t necessarily slide into on their own. I don’t know if I’ll be successful in this endeavor—but I’m making an effort either way.

Plus, I love music, and putting together a 101 song playlist was incredibly fun. (You should try it sometime! And if you do, send me a note, and I’ll see how far into YOUR list I can make it!)

—Richard F. Yates
(Primitive Thoughtician and Supreme Bunny Lord of The P.E.W.)



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“Fighting Against Nothing” by Richard F. Yates

fighting against nothing (15 nov. 2018) by rfy - (peg)

—Richard F. Yates
(Primitive Thoughtician and Supreme Bunny Lord of The P.E.W.)



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“Art in the Parks” by Richard F. Yates

Hey folks, it’s taken me longer than I expected to get to this post, but as I promised in my “Amusement Park Hopping” article from a few days ago (a week, maybe?), here is my take on ART IN THE PARKS…

Most people know that the major amusement parks have FEATURED ATTRACTIONS, like giant roller coasters or other high-profile rides, but what makes a park most memorable to ME are the little touches and details that are sometimes overlooked, as well as the ART that you can buy in these places to take home and hang on your own walls. My recent trip to three of the biggest parks in southern California allowed me to spot some interesting artistic touches, which helped each of the parks stick in my head in their own way. In addition, I PURCHASED a piece of art at each park (several at Disney) to bring home and add to my own collection…


Universal was the first park that we attended, and it was incredibly busy when we arrived, so the first thing I noticed going in was the PEOPLE, not the interesting touches or special details. After spending a good part of the day just trying to navigate the landscape, I finally relaxed enough (I’m fairly agoraphobic) to look around and try to take in the craftsmanship of the park. The first things I noticed were some cool details in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (like the “snow” on the roofs of buildings and the clever products full of snarky puns in the shop windows,) and in the French section of the park, we saw a cool Grand Guignol display as we flew through on our way to the next ride. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any photos of these things.

What I did get was a solid example of the wonderful, minute details that could be found throughout The Simpsons area of the park, Springfield U.S.A.! Notice, on the roof of the Kwik-E-Mart, that the shingles are drawn in, like they would have been for the cartoon!

artx 01 - kwik-e-mart (roof details)

I love that, as it’s exactly the kind of attention to detail that makes these environments come alive. I wish, now, that I’d gotten more photos at Universal Studios. Maybe next time?

Anyway, before leaving for the day, I spotted an art print that I decided to buy:

artx 02 - hk jaws (artist unlisted)

This is an 11 x 14 inch print, listed as “HK Jaws” on the back of the piece. Unfortunately, no artist is listed. The print, in a sturdy plastic sleeve, was only about $17 (before tax,) which is a pretty good price. I also considered purchasing a print of Hello Kitty as The Bride of Frankenstein, but I decided on the Jaws print, instead, because I like the contrasting colors (the black and bright red really looks good against the light blue,) and I thought the touch of putting the bow on the shark was hilarious. I’m a fan of pop culture mash-ups, and I thought this was a great one. I’m not a huge Hello Kitty fan, but of all the pieces that I looked at in Universal (I found this one inside a shop called the Animation Studio Store,) this is the one I liked the best. It AMUSED me…


We hit Knott’s Berry Farm the next day, and I have to say that Knott’s has wonderful details throughout the park. In my previous amusement park post, I shared a couple of photos of some of those great details, but if you didn’t see that post, there were Halloween and Day of the Dead decorations everywhere, along with all the regular design elements that you’ll find in the park all year round.

Some of my favorite finds in Knott’s were these signs, which I spotted in the Boardwalk area of the park:

artx 03 - devil child (artist unlisted)

artx 04 - freakshow (artist unlisted)

Neither of these pieces had artist information listed for them, but I loved the old, traveling carnival feel of these pieces.

In addition to the cool, sometimes creepy, touches throughout the park (I wish I’d taken more photos,) Knott’s also had a very interesting Halloween themed store, as well, called the Bizarre Bazaar (next to The Voyage to the Iron Reef ride,) and this shop was FANTASTIC!

artx 05 - bizarre bazaar

There were tons of pins and t-shirts and other swag that guests could buy, built around classic horror images, especially things like Elvira and the old EC horror comics. In addition to these “mass produced” products, there were also a number of ORIGINAL paintings that could be purchased right off the walls!

One particular artist who’s work struck me (because of his indie/underground cartoony style) was Tiki Tony. He had a few different original pieces for sale, stuff like these:

artx 06 - tiki tony 1

artx 07 - tiki tony 2

I ended up buying this print:

artx 08 - tiki tony print

The print is 8.5 x 11 inches, and it cost me $20 before tax, which isn’t too bad—and I love the piece, so I think it was completely worth it!

Another artist whose work was for sale was Jeff Granito:

artx 09 - come out swinging (jeff granito)

This piece, called “Come Out Swinging,” was available for $300 bucks, OR they had signed and numbered prints for $30, which is really a pretty good price—and I almost went for it because I love the colors—but the Tiki Tony piece appealed to me just a little bit more, so that’s the one I came home with!

I’m planning (the next time I have a few extra bucks) to frame the prints that I purchased and put them up in the house, adding to the atmosphere here at the Primitive Bunker and giving us a visual reminder of the fun we had on the trip, without breaking the bank in the process! I have several photos and art prints and original works on the walls already, but I love the idea of having my living space be a personal gallery or museum, highlighting the work that I love AND reminding me of some of my favorite trips and experiences! Great stuff!!!


The folks at Disney, in my opinion, are the ultimate masters of the “little touches.” The park, from the edge of the sidewalk near the entrance to the fences at the parks utmost perimeters, is wall-to-wall little touches. Again, I didn’t take as many photos as I should have (but we were trying to have fun, going on rides, grabbing snacks, watching parades…) so hopefully these little examples will be enough. Here are a couple of my favorite bits of decoration from Adventureland (near the Enchanted Tiki Room):

artx 10 - adventureland 1

artx 11 - adventureland 2

Some people might believe that these images amount to sinister examples of cultural appropriation, and it could easily be argued that Disney is guilty of exoticizing the orient. However, I am a fan of African (and Native American and Polynesian and Hindu and Buddhist and so on) arts styles, and I love these images in particular for their creative design and general creepiness. I particularly love anthropomorphic figures that either humanize animals or, vice-versa, that animalize humans. I can’t argue against cultural appropriation, but I still find the images appealing and I think having there makes the park more enjoyable…

Another fun example of a nice touch came from a shop in Critter Country (near the exit to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh ride):

artx 12 - angry cookie

This angry little gingerbread cookie (which cost about $4 bucks) tasted great, but I LOVE the expression on his face. (No artist was listed, of course.) And this cookie is just another example of the thousands of touches that I enjoyed throughout the park (the majority of which I, sadly, didn’t photograph.)

Now, interestingly (to me,) the best SHOP that we found in the Disney Resort was in Downtown Disney, not the main park—a place called WonderGround Gallery:

artx 13 - wonderground 1

artx 14 - wonderground 2

Inside this shop were original drawings, prints, postcards, and tons of swag created by “real” artists (ahem…I’m not fond of that term, “real,” OR that idea—that SOME folks are actual artists while the rest of us making art, including children, are NOT artists,) and Mariah and I bought several postcards from this shop to take home and frame for our walls. (If we were wealthy, we would have bought many more, and we probably would have bought a few different prints, not just the postcards!) Here are the pieces we chose:

artx 15 - a villains apple (Gregg Visintainer)
“A Villains Apple” by Gregg Visintainer

artx 16 - scoundrels and skeletons (SHAG)
“Scoundrels and Skeletons” by SHAG (aka Josh Agle)

artx 17 - ghostly greetings (John Coulter)
“Ghostly Greetings” by John Coulter

artx 18 - little lantern (Dave Quiggle)
“Little Lantern” by Dave Quiggle

Each of these postcards was 5 x 7 inches, and they’re really well printed and came in little plastic sleeves. They cost $5 each, which is about what you might pay for a postcard size print from an artist at a convention, so I feel pretty good about the purchases. Plus, for the price of one print at Knott’s, we got FOUR different images—granted, they’re smaller, but they’re still cool, if you ask me.

One of the last places that we visited before ending our three-day adventure at Disneyland was the Opera House on Main Street, U.S.A., where visitors can find the Disney Gallery. Inside this very cool, fascinating shop are tons of original paintings, old photos from the early days of the park, works created out of original animation cells, and tons of swag. We were feeling pretty broke by this point in the trip, so we didn’t buy anything from the shop, but it’s definitely worth a visit. One of my favorite sights in the Disney Gallery was a Mickey Mouse totem pole (it wasn’t REALLY a totem pole, but that’s what it sort of looked like to me) of paintings by Joe Kaminski:

artx 19 - joe kaminski

The top piece is called, “Dazed and Confused;” the middle is “AAAH!;” and the bottom is “Bad Day.” I love these paintings, primarily because they remind me of the old cartoons and comics that I grew up enjoying. (One of my favorite cartoons when I was really little, back in the 1970s, was called “Lonesome Ghosts,” a 1937 short cartoon in which Mickey, Donald, and Goofy run a ghost extermination company and are called in to investigate a haunted house—by a bunch of bored ghosts looking to scare some folks!) That old-school, newspaper comic style really entertains me, and I think Kaminski captures it perfectly in these pieces. (I also used to have a brilliant book that reprinted a bunch of Floyd Gottfredson’s newspaper comics starring Mickey Mouse, and these paintings are certainly in that same spirit as Gottfredson’s exceptional work!)

So that was a quick (was that quick?) look at some of the ART that I enjoyed from the three parks we visited a few weeks ago. I wish that I’d taken more photos—but this type of post could EASILY have ended up being 15 or 20 pages long, if I’d let myself just ramble, and I think people would probably get bored if I just kept going and going and going… Anyway, my point here was to suggest that folks keep an eye out for the interesting details that surround them when they visit different places (amusement parks, art galleries, restaurants, casinos, even shopping centers—any place that is designed to grab a visitor’s attention and keep it,) and try to consciously decide which elements are most appealing to them. Once you’ve started to recognize what you find most interesting and enjoyable, there’s no reason why you can’t bring a bit of these elements into your own home. It’s always more special and more exciting if you can buy a piece of artwork FROM THE ACTUAL ARTIST, but if that’s not possible, a postcard or little print of their work will often do! I love art, and I try to surround myself with it—both my own creations and other people’s, and since I love artificial environments like these giant amusement parks (as well as local parks, like Enchanted Forest,) I try to gather little bits of those experiences and bring them home with me!

Maybe you’d enjoy doing that, too, if you aren’t already doing it. (Maybe not, but you’ll never know if you don’t try!) Alright, that’s enough. Go do something else for a while…

artx 20 - disney at the castle

—Richard F. Yates
(Primitive Thoughtician and Supreme Bunny Lord of The P.E.W.)



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“Fire Lizard (In an Earthquake Proof Pen)” by Richard F. Yates

fire lizard (in an earthquake proof pen) (14 nov. 2018) by rfy - (peg)

—Richard F. Yates
(Primitive Thoughtician and Supreme Bunny Lord of The P.E.W.)



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“Creeping Monster Hand” by Richard F. Yates

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“Vive” by Richard F. Yates

—Richard F. Yates

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