Wednesday, December 21, 2011

How have I ever missed this video?!

Fetish dark ride for children?!? I MUST have seen this as a kid, I MUST HAVE. Its like my dream.


Lex said...

David - are you familiar with Dali's "Dream of Venus" at the 1939 NY World's Fair?

"Although it was razed along with other pavilions from the Fair, it is now recognized as one of the earliest full-scale installation pieces, which included sound and performance to make it one of the first multi-media artworks. Lured by a siren’s recorded chants, visitors purchased twenty-five cent tickets from a fish-headed booth, and then passed through an entrance flanked by two towering legs clad in stockings and high-heels. Inside the building, visitors entered a lavish grotto, the centerpiece of which was a nude sleeping Venus, who reclined in a 36 foot-long bed covered in white and red satin, flowers, and leaves. Her dream was staged underwater in the adjacent aquarium, where women wearing revealing costumes adorned with fins and spikes milked a mummified cow, tapped on giant typewriter keys, and answered oversized submerged telephones. Contemporary press remarked that the pavilion “shrewdly combine[d] Surrealism and sex.”

Sue said...

Maybe check out "The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern. It is a very imaginative debut and I think the circus will appeal to you.

David Mason said...

I was aware of the Dali Dark ride but never what was inside. My grandfather was born in like 1901 I think so Im pretty sure he went to it as he used to go to Coney Island all the time as he was from Queens and would talk all about it. I wish I knew more from him. He died in 98 and I really regret not being able to ask him about all this stuff but I was 22 and didnt understand how cool all that stuff was. Hed talk about the rides and the games and they seemed quite cool. We got him a book about it which had pictures of all the stuff. Its quite dangerous and also not politically correct by any means, very "raw"

Lex said...

My grandfather was at Coney with a group of friends in the early 30's. They didn't have money for a changing booth (Gramps was unemployed) so they talked this group of girls into letting them use theirs.

Grandma was in the group, but she "didn't think anything of him." She had a "good job" as a millinery knock-off artist - her boss would take her to lunch on 5th Ave, then she'd go back to the shop and recreate the hats she'd seen the "rich ladies" wearing. "I can't draw a straight line, but if I saw a hat I could make it." Her father made shoes for I Miller and her sister was a seamstress at Lord & Taylor so she was "the best dressed girl on Thompson Street" (between Houston & Prince).

Gramps wrangled a way to accompany her home. She said "see ya." He was waiting the next morning on her stoop to walk her to the subway. And at the subway that evening to walk her home. Same thing the next day. And the next. I'm not sure how long he stalked her, but the outcome is obvious.

They were married over 60 years. When telling the story she always claimed he was the most annoying man she'd ever met, and she had no idea why she married him. Grandpa would reply "I only married you for your money!"

gavin said...

I had never seen the video until now.

I can't believe it says "Ride the Beauty!"

GearedUp said...

Yikes! I DO remember this. If I remember right, I think I actually saw it on "Friday Night Videos" on NBC. They tended toward a racier, lessor known line up than MTV, perhaps because they were a late night program. They played the gay version of "Relax" for instance, which I never saw on MTV.