Friday, August 24, 2007

Junk Thief TV - Second Season Premier

Judy singing the words of Dory Previn that have been called the worst lyric ever written, a brief history of the shopping addiction movement, a 55 second musical tribute to Zasu Pitts, a Mothra sighiting. It's all here in the gala premier episode of the second season of Junk Thief TV. It starts somewhere in the 1950s and ends in Egypt in the year 2015. DISCLAIMER: The Vogue cover is not from the U.S. or French edition but the Finnish Vogue, circulation 385.

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20 Comments:

At 7:16 PM, Blogger WAT said...

WOOHOO! That was truly great! My oh my, I enjoyed that! So elaborate! Inspires me to go get a camera now damnit! Very well-produced.

Leona Helmsley got such a bad reputation, but wasn't she actually generous with her wealth? Yes, fascinating look at the Mission District. MORE, MORE!

I saw it go by quick, but there it was, my blog mentioned!

YEEHA!

 
At 9:34 PM, Blogger Junk Thief said...

Thanks WAT. I’m touched by such praise, especially coming from Mister Sass himself. You more than deserve the credit at the end. I think a good number of my regular followers came as a result of you. And to think it all started by a google search on Miguel Bosé that led me to your sight. I’ll be sure to thank Miguel when we hook up in Barcelona in November. (Smirk.)

For something so short, it took far more time than I want to mention. The Cindy Sherman inspired back screen projection tribute to Zasu Pitts was especially tedious. And I’ve already had a couple of people ask who the guy in the hat about to get run over by trains is. Uh, that’s me, hello! Anyway, I promise to get better as I keep gaining skills!

 
At 9:02 AM, Blogger The Angry Young Man said...

Junk Thief is my hero. I worked at Montgomery Ward in high school, in the paint department. When things got slow, I'm make up paint colors and then stick the finished product on the discount shelf.

 
At 9:57 AM, Blogger Gary said...

THIS IS SO AMAZING! You are a clever, clever fellow, I loved Junk Thief TV! Honestly, you are the man. I especially love the Valley of the Dolls montage with you in the role of Neely AND the Judy take on I'll Plant My Own Tree.

Priceless.

I was also pleased to see the shout out to my blog in the credits. How sweet are you. I am thrilled to be associated with such a great project.

I see you have posted quite a bit while I was away and I need to catch up...

 
At 11:44 AM, Blogger Junk Thief said...

Angry - I think paint is the only thing I ever bought at Ward's. Or was it Sears? Funniest offline comment to date came from my sister: "That's so great that you were able to get Ward's to advertise. I just hope they paid in advance. I think they're going out of business!"

Gary - The pleasure is all mine. Just having your positive comments merits a shout out. Glad you caught all the Neely references. When I was in the alley doing the Mission tour I thought about getting down on my knees and screaming "The whole WORLD loves me!!!" But that was a bit over the top even for me.

 
At 11:51 AM, Blogger The Angry Young Man said...

Not only did I mix paint, it was my job to announce the store was closing -

"Good Evening ladies and gentlemen. It's 8:55 and Montgomery Ward will be closing in five minutes. Please bring your prospective purchases to the nearest open register. For your shopping convenience, Montgomery Ward will reopen tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. Thank you for shopping at Montgomery Ward, have a good night and a pleasant tomorrow."

 
At 11:51 AM, Blogger Gavin Elster said...

"Oh lord what a sight!"
I'm in awe! It's so nice to see that Lyon Burke was able to make it to your 2nd episode. Your Neely montage is a stroke... of genius! I'm actually paying attention to your vistas of the mission district. I'd like to learn more. I dig seeing a "hood that I never get to be in.
You are one funny son of a gunny.

 
At 2:51 PM, Blogger Junk Thief said...

Angry - Hey, I'm impressed. Also, I think you made realize another mistake I made in the commercial. Isn't it "Montgomery Ward" or just "Ward's" for the short-hand. There is no such place as "Montgomery Ward's" as stated. I can always say I was making up a new store.

Gavin - You're too sweet and kind! Yes, Lyon came to give me a look over but said I need to start taking dolls before he'll book me. I dunno, that guy just doesn't do it for me...Yes, I should document more of my wacky, colorful neighborhood. Sometimes I forget just how cool it is and proof that not all of SF is totally gentrified. The guy "stretching out to enjoy the sun" was stone cold drunk and crapping in his pants. Gross.

 
At 3:34 PM, Blogger Pod said...

you funny thing
i am impressed
;0)

 
At 5:47 PM, Blogger Gary said...

Oh, I would have lost it then!

 
At 5:53 PM, Blogger Junk Thief said...

Pod - Gracias. I'll do anything to make folks grin.

Gary - Yes, even I have my dignity and limits. Next time I may just give commentary on my favorite works of Wittgenstein and Wharton from my wingback chair.

 
At 1:16 AM, Blogger Robert said...

Oh those mag covers are instant classics!! Love them! Wow, that's a lot of work to put all that together.. especially with all the ads from your sponsors!! M. Ward! Too funny! So next episode will you have Mothra as your special guest?? Hope you still have your Members Only jacket! heh!

 
At 9:13 AM, Blogger Dave said...

I'm still waiting for the "Gravy On A Stick" chain to open a franchise in New Orleans.

More Mothra, please.

 
At 9:27 AM, Blogger Junk Thief said...

Robert - Wasn't Members Only part of the Montgomery Ward "premium menswear" line?

Dave - Oh, I am so impressed that you caught Gravy on a Stick in the closing credits! Yes, the Arkadelphia-based chain has been facing a few fine tuning issues before expanding regionally. People have complained that though tasty as all get out, it's a bit, uh, messy. I'm sure once they arrive in New Orleans, all those redevelopment plans will fall into place. They promise to do for the Southeast what Tim Hortons did for Canada! (Patience, my dear boy, Mothra is about to spread her wings.)

 
At 10:43 AM, Blogger The Blue Elephant said...

You have made a "quantum leap," a downright moon jump, with the premiere video for your second season

 
At 2:14 PM, Blogger Junk Thief said...

Jim - Thanks. It was also with a new editing program and camera, so I am advancing more baby steps than leaps.

 
At 1:56 AM, Blogger Eva the Deadbeat said...

You is just ZEE BEST! What an amazing talented fellow you are. WOW, just WOW!!!

 
At 8:34 AM, Blogger Junk Thief said...

Eva - Aw, shucks, I ain't nuthin' but an old bumpkin trying to figure them new fangled cameras and editing thangs,. You're too kind.

 
At 11:20 AM, Blogger marxsny said...

I finally got to watch the whole thing, funny and informative at the same time. My very first job which I got soon after turning 16 was at Montgomery Ward in Sunbury Pa. The store, of course, is no longer there, but neither am I.

 
At 12:21 PM, Blogger Junk Thief said...

Mark - It seems just about everybody worked at Montgomery Ward or J.C. Penney early in life.

 

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