Price paid: $10.48
Purchased at: Triple Optic (Amazon dealer)
“Do not allow people to dim your shine because they are blinded. Tell them to put on some sunglasses, ‘cause we were born this way bitch!” – Lady Gaga
Say what you will about Gaga, if she were to disappear tomorrow her place in music history is still sealed as one of the more colorful pop artists of the early 21st century. Her longevity has yet to be proven, but her embracing of two major demographics (awkward teens and ostracized sexual groups) through her benevolent ‘Mother Monster’ image gives her a readymade fanbase that should keep the Haus of Gaga afloat for years to come.
Strip away all the meat dresses, glitter lobster hats, and Shrek-sized shoulder pads and you’re left with a slightly better than average Madonna-esque crooner. The thing is though you CAN’T separate the Gaga from the dress; they’re as intertwined as Thelma and Louise, Siegfried and Roy, Disney and Mickey Mouse.
As of 2014 you can still purchase a pair of these iconic glasses, officially known as ‘Mickey by Jeremy Scott by Linda Farrow’ for a very reasonable $464 (not including lenses.)
The pair on display here are cheap ten dollar knockoffs, basically costume-quality. Many choices await on Amazon if you choose to invest in a pair, of varying quality but almost universally under $20. The differences when compared to the original are many. The original has a flatter, thicker body, thinner bridge, and the blinder ‘flaps’ are flatter and appear to be non-opaque. But to be honest, Ms. Gaga herself would have a difficult time differentiating between the two if you were to be sporting these in a dark nightclub or rave.
Company: Hot Wheels, ‘Concert Billboard’ series
Dimensions: 15.8 x 2.5 x 3.9 inches
Price paid: $15.99
Purchased at: Forbidden Planet, NYC
“New York City when it’s late at night
I’m on West Side Highway heading
Up to the G.W. Bridge down by the power lines
I see all the neon and it’s cold at night
I got my radio on”
A wise man once said that “Diversity is the spice of a collection.”
Actually I just made that up, but it stands to reason. I’m always on the hunt for that oddball stuff to brighten my musical assemblage, so when I spied this on the discount rack of a midtown Manhattan comic book store I knew I just had to have it…
This truck is part of a series of ‘concert billboard’ vehicles. Others in the series include AC/DC, The Who, and Kiss. It measures in at an impressive 16″ long and, ripped from the Amazon description:
- Celebrating the biggest stars of classic rock
- Billboard-like images with great detailing
- Cab is detailed with the bands iconic logo
- Die-cast metal cab is a great addition to any collection
- A must have for the classic rock collector
- Recommended Ages: 8-13+ years
For what it’s worth Amazon also recommends that, based on my interest in this product, I may want to check out yellow hard hats and a Disney ‘Cars’ three-piece upholstered sectional set. Buyers rate this product a solid 5-stars too!
Who these appeal to other than the niche fanbase of their respective fans and the Hot Wheels enthusiasts I’m not sure. Maybe that demographic is robust to bolster sales into the stratosphere… but I’m guessing not.
Odds are I’ll never take this out of its box, as the packaging is 80% of the charm.
Purchased at: Primitives Official Website
Price paid: about £3.50
There’s something about having a badge that just makes you feel so official. – Gloria Reuben
Where would rock be without the leather jacket? And where would the leather jacket be without at least a few badges conveying the wearer’s passions?
This set of four 1″ badges (or straight-back buttons) was a website exclusive, now discontinued. Released during the ‘Echoes and Rhythms’ period, the header art harkens back to the band’s earliest ‘Lazy’ years in terms of style and color.