Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Infomaniac Highlights the Chi-Lites

Turn on the radio in the early 1970s and you heard the sweet soul sound of The Chi-Lites (pronounced SHY-lights)...



More than 30 years later, they would inspire Beyoncé's debut solo smash hit, "Crazy in Love." But more about that later.



These four friends from Chicago were Eugene Record (lead singer), Marshall Thompson, Robert "Squirrel" Lester, and Creadel Jones.

They had 11 Top 20 R&B hits between 1969 and 1974.

It was a pair of romantic ballads, "Have You Seen Her (1971)" and "Oh Girl (1972)," that put them at the top of the charts.

The group also took on social issues with songs like, "(For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People"  and  "There Will Never Be Any Peace (Until God Is Seated at the Conference Table)." How's that for a title?

The Chi-Lites are also remembered for their costumes, which they designed themselves.

Bright, eye-popping colours!...


Big, bold bow ties!...


Behold the "dog ear collar" of the 1970s...


The Chi-Lites were all about the dog ear collar...




Now, back to Beyoncé.

I'm sure you Bitches recognize the horn hook from Beyoncé's hit single, "Crazy in Love."



That blast of brass is sampled from The Chi-Lites' 1970 song,"Are You My Woman (Tell Me So)."

It's that Chi-Lites hook that makes Beyoncé's song. When asked what makes "Crazy in Love" so infectious, Beyoncé admitted, "It’s the horn hook. It has this go-go feel to it, this old-school feel."

Listen to the first 14 seconds of Are You My Woman (especially from 0:09-0:14) and you'll understand the "Crazy in Love" connection.

Unfortunately, financial scandals, drug addictions and violent tragedies took their toll on the group. Creadel Jones died homeless after his record label, Brunswick Records refused to send him royalties. Only one of the original four members (Marshall Thompson) survives.

There isn't a lot of in-depth material about them online, at this point. The Mistress isn't saying they were the best group on the soul circuit but they certainly deserve to be more than a footnote in music history.

If you're so inclined, you might enjoying listening to the hearfelt "Oh Girl."
Warning: Dog ear collar alert! (and puffy sleeves)


Which of The Chi-Lites' looks could you wear with confidence?

Monday, March 27, 2017

Cross Country Couch

To celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary, a red couch is touring the country...



Two Polish immigrants, Peter Sobierajski and Ela Kinowska are the team behind the Red Couch Tour.

Canadians are invited to sit on the couch and, with cameras rolling, say what Canada means to them.



Their stories will be captured as short video clips and shared on social media.
Upon completion of the project, the team hopes to make a film about the tour.

“Sofas are part of our lifestyles. It represents everybody’s story,” Kinowska says. “We’re taking a symbol of gathering, joy and love out of Canadians’ living rooms and bringing it to people from all walks of life to sit together and talk about our beautiful country.”

The couch has already visited the North.





This summer, the couch will embark on an east-to-west tour by train, RV, and ferry from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Victoria, British Columbia.

The video clips I've watched reflect the pride Canadians feel about this nation; how it's a land of opportunity, freedom and diversity.

The stories so far are mostly upbeat. One man described how he's the only person who has ever skied under a moose! But the story that moved me the most was related by an older, indigenous man.

Note: The image below is a screen capture so the "play" button doesn't work.

Here's what he said...

Canada in 150 years, to me? It's not a very good story.

When I was a young man, my country had a lot of wild animals, birds, insects, fish. A lot of wildlife. Today, my country is very quiet.

Canada in 150 years has killed my country, my people, my tradition and my land. I have nothing to celebrate. It took them 150 years to destroy what was here for thousands and thousands and thousands of years. That's my opinion.

His story is a reminder that even though this is an extraordinary country that welcomes people from all over the world, we have treated our own indigenous people with disrespect. (In future, I'll discuss the tragedy and shame that is our relation with Canada's indigenous people.)

But over to you now. What item (it doesn't have to be a piece of furniture) would you like to see touring your country?

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Gone But Not Forgotten

Do you Bitches ever use cemetery databases to search for the burial sites of ancestors or celebrities?


The Mistress uses one such database to look at a certain someone's grave from time to time ... to make sure he's still dead.


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Yes, it's the simple pleasures in life that bring joy to The Mistress.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

I Will Smite Thee



I know you'll find this hard to believe but The Mistress can be critical.



I think we all agree that a little snark is a wonderful thing. But what if your attitude is petty or just plain wrong?

Allow me to give you an example.

Location: The express lane of a grocery store.



The Mistress notices that the customer in front of her has at least THIRTY items in her shopping cart. The express lane limit is TEN items.

The following brief conversation ensues:

The Mistress: (snarkily) It looks like this express lane is no longer limited to 10 or fewer items. Did they forget to change the signage?

Customer: None of the other lanes were open so this cashier said I could use the express lane.

Embarrassed by her faux pas, The Mistress feigns interest in a sale in the incontinence feminine hygiene aisle and beats a hasty retreat...


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It was early in the morning, there were few shoppers in the store, and the cashier was being kind by offering express lane services to the customer. Had The Mistress not jumped to the conclusion that the customer was trying to pull a fast one by sneaking into the express lane with a full cart, she could have saved herself embarrassment.

The above scenario illustrates The Mistress's tendency to open her mouth before thinking through a situation.

The Mistress has been trying to be less critical of others (with the exception of striking down anyone wearing Crocs) but unfortunately, instead of improving, she's getting worse! The more she tries to hold her tongue, the more she can't resist opening her mouth and saying something she may regret.

How can The Mistress be more tactful in situations of all sorts? Your suggestions are welcome.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Fashion Crime at McDonald's



Gevondis Demond Joseph, 29, of Port Arthur, Texas was charged with aggravated robbery of a McDonald's in Groves, Texas ... with a hairbrush.



The suspect walked into the McDonald's and demanded money, giving the employees the impression that he had a handgun in his pocket. It turned out to be a hairbrush.

Groves City Marshal Norman Reynolds, Jr. said, "He was in and out pretty quick. I don't think he got an Egg McMuffin or anything."

We here at Infomaniac hope that the supsect will also be charged for committing a fashion crime: wearing a leopard-print robe, orange gloves and ORANGE CROCS.

"I'm not sure if he was out late or up early. We don't really know why he was dressed like that," said Reynolds. "Maybe he thought he was going to Walmart and wanted to make the Top 20... what are they called? Walmartians?"

Unfortunately, we here at Infomaniac were not able to obtain a photo of the suspect's footwear. In their place, we present the equally offensive ORANGE CROCS of chef Mario Batali...

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Cheers to Eleven Years

The Mistress has been cranking out this blog for 11 years now...



We here at Infomaniac hope you've been enjoying yourselves as much as I have.

Here's to Infomaniac and to Infomaniac Bitches!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Mr. DeVice - Birthday Boy

Happy birthday, Mr. DeVice!...



Do my eyes deceive me or is the young Mr. DeVice grasping a pair of fuzzy dice?