Jun 10

GLENN MEDEIROS – “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You”

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#612, 9th July 1988, video

Another summer hearthrob, another forgettable puddle of ice-cream and tears. Harmless Hawaiian himbo Glenn was promoted here as a kind of male Tiffany – same corn-fed origins and good-luck story. Like her, he’s not an especially good singer: unlike her, his plod through a devotional checklist doesn’t have the enthusiasm or lift to make it likeable. Maybe the arrangement can help? Nope: it’s a disaster – a key change that would shame Eurovision, greasy sax, and a session guitarist doing his freewheelin’ best to upstage Medeiros completely. A thoroughly grim experience.



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  1. 51

    @41/50: agree with lee: Spy at its peak much funnier than the Eye long ago became (though “wannabe” possibly in the sense that PE is now nearly 50 years old, whereas Spy only lasted 12…)

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    swanstep on 1 Jul 2010 #

    @LondonLee, 50. Fair comment I suppose. Spy certainly seemed immensely important at the time (late ’80’s/early 90s) principally because it introduced British-style satire into the US market, but, you’re right, Spy had its own original, glossy ambitions (which its writers have carried on to other magazines – NY magazine feels a hell of a lot like Spy for example). Still, it never became self-sustaining and folded quickly, perhaps because something about its initial, slightly snobby, vaguely anglo-philic style was a hard sell to Americans? I dunno. At any rate, The Onion was authentically midwesty homegrown and has always been much more successful than Spy ever was.

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    Elsa on 1 Jul 2010 #

    Glenn Medeiros to Spy magazine… how weird. I’d say @52 is correct about its ultimate failure. You could also say Spy was just too New Yorky. One amusing piece of Spy lives on in perpetuity, however. The index in the back of The Andy Warhol Diaries was written originally as a piece for Spy by its writers and because it was so perfect was incorporated into all future printings of the Diaries. (Hard to believe the original printing of the Diaries had no index – if ever there was a book that demanded one!).

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    23 Daves on 1 Jul 2010 #

    I’ve just had the following email sent to my YouTube account:

    “Hi I have a question for you. You don’t have may in your collection for some video recordings with Glenn Medeiros? You know.. I’m looking the performances from the TV, interwievs, etc… Maybe you could find the time and write to me??If you have something with him.. It’s important for me. Thanks and I hope so that you answer
    Greet! ”

    Is this one of you lot messing around? It is completely beyond me why anybody would ask me this question! (The answer is ‘no’, by the way…)

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    OldFart on 9 Jul 2010 #

    @48, Re: Light Entertainment Watch. Actually, Billy, Mr Medieirioies made another tellybox appearance a little later in tha ’88!!!! Although, you probably wouldn’t term it “light entertainment”, at least in the intentional sense!!!! That’s because Medearydross was on Janet Street-Porters “yoof” tube melange “Network 17”, presumably with the intention to plug his follow-up gramophone, only to find the show’s theme this week was this new-fangled “acid house” thingy, which was still in the still-underground-hip-before-moral-panic phase!!!!!!!! And, what with the year’s trend of sticking a bontempi rhythm over an old gramophone and releasing it as “[Original Title] 88!!!”, the producers thought it would be a good idea to get in a mobile recording studio, rope in some UK “Acid House” producers, and remix Madeira-Cake’s chune LIVE IN THA STUDIO!!!!!!

    Of course, this was before that Ableton thingy, so they had to do it bit-by-bit on analogue tape inbetween the usual pre-filmed guff, including the psychologist who interviewed crap pop stars about how often they masturbated, and some really rubbish neo-satanist who thought acid house was the new Devil’s Music!!!!! And between that, we go back to find they’ve done about another 21 seconds of the LIVE ACID HOUSE REMIX LIVE IN THA STUDIO, and oh how’s it going guys?!!?!!? “Oh, it’s cool!!!! We think this bit needs more guitar tho!!!!!” So, by the end of two hours, they’re playing the “finished” result to Medeirieme, who looks looks like a meerkat being shown an Open University coursebook, and his reaction is “Erm, it’s really great?!?!?!?”!!!!! And to top it all, the rubbish neo-satanist from the earlier filmed segment pops up in the studio to give it his thumbs-up!!!!

    And that was the last time I ever saw Glenn Medieierieoireiroxx on tha tellyboxx!!!!!!!!!!!! Not that I’m complaining.

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    Martin Skidmore on 22 Jul 2010 #

    Re ‘cheese’ or ‘cheesy’ as derogatory terms: the derivation is surely not from cheese but from the word ‘cheese’ as allegedly used to create a smile for photographs. ‘Cheesy grin’ was surely where it started, and the extension to music represents the kind of variety-show fixed-grin fakery that is being criticised. Therefore it is not an insult to cheese as such!

    (Sorry to be so late – I am catching back up on Popular now.)

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    Steve Mannion on 22 Jul 2010 #

    Does the term ‘cheesy grin’ itself predate photography and the practical use of the word cheese in that context? I’m thinking Cheshire Cat obv. Wikip sa “it has been said that cheese was formerly sold in Cheshire moulded like a cat that looked as though it was grinning”

  8. 58

    Photography predates Alice’s Cheshire Cat character by some 40 years. Not sure the moulded-cat Cheshire cheese story has ever been confirmed: it’s proposed in Martin Gardner’s Annotated Alice, but quite tentatively. BUT MAYBE PAINTERS USED IT!

    Da Vinci: say cheese darlin!
    Mona Lisa: i dislike cheese, i shall say olive oil instead
    Da Vinci: d’oh!

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    Steve Mannion on 22 Jul 2010 #

    That same wiki page does mention Cheshire cat references from the v late 18th century tho.

    Mona Lisa’s expression is a result of having a gobfull of Saint Marcellin.

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    The phrase “Grin like a Cheshire Cat” apparently does predate Alice: but it is not known whether the cheese story is the explanation.

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    Jimmy the Swede on 24 Jul 2010 #

    This is another one I have no idea about. Can never remember having ever heard it and probably wouldn’t recognise it now…or would I?

    But what about this? Look at the picture of this Medeiros lad and then tell me he’s not the spit of the kid who popped up in a couple of Clint’s Spag Westerns – a cheeky piss-taking lookout in “For a Few Dollars More” and then a shameless murder victim of Van Kleef’s in “The Good, The Bad…” If you don’t agree or you have no idea what I’m talking about, I’ll gladly get me coat.

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    Lifes a Riot with Sully vs. Sully on 16 Dec 2012 #

    This is a horrendous record. Please tell me he’s taking the piss?

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    Auntie Beryl on 24 Jan 2013 #

    #33: at the time they were queuing up behind Medeiros, Pepa was engaged to one of the Fat Boys.

    Hawaiians in Popular: We are not done yet. The lead singer of a bunnyable group we have yet to encounter hails from that state, but I can reveal no more, dontcha think?

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    rabbitfun on 24 Jan 2013 #

    You better stick with that…

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    rabbitfun on 24 Jan 2013 #

    …and just stay the way you are, because we are most certainly not done with the Hawaiians.

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    Auntie Beryl on 24 Jan 2013 #

    Oh yes. Missed an obvious one there. Amazing.

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    adelaide medeiros on 8 Apr 2014 #

    I. Hear. That. You. Got. Divorce. From. Your wife. Tammy. Armstrong. Your. Dog .is. gonna. Get. Better. How. Old..is..your.dog. l. Am. Your. Best.friend..from..timothy..renken.

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    flahr on 19 Jun 2014 #

    RIP Gerry Goffin. I prefer “I’m Into Something Good”.

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    Inanimate Carbon God on 6 Jan 2015 #

    Just watching the ad break for Broadchurch and this, of all things, rears its ugly head.

    Oh, Thinkbox, up yours!

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