October 19, 2017

Divine ~ A transformative performer

photographer unknown



Seventy-two years ago today, on October 19, 1945, Harris Glenn Milstead was born in Baltimore, Maryland to a conservative middle-class family. He is better known by his stage name, Divine.   

Divine was an American actor, singer and drag queen closely associated with the independent filmmaker John Waters, He was a character actor, usually performing female roles in cinematic and theatrical appearances, and adopted a female drag persona for his music career.    

By the time of Divine's birth in 1945, the Milsteads were relatively wealthy and socially conservative Baptists. At age 12, Divine and his parents moved to Lutherville, a Baltimore suburb, where he attended Towson High School, graduating in 1963.


Glenn "Divine" Milstead 
high school yearbook age 17

During his childhood and adolescence, Divine was called "Glenn" by his friends and family; as an adult, he used the stage name "Divine" as his personal name, telling one interviewer that both "Divine" and "Glenn Milstead" were "both just names. Glenn is the name I was brought up with, Divine is the name I've been using for the past 23 years. I guess it's always Glenn and it's always Divine. Do you mean the character Divine or the person Divine? You see, it gets very complicated. There's the Divine you're talking to now and there's the character Divine, which is just something I do to make a living. She doesn't really exist at all." At one point he had the name "Divine" officially recognized, as it appeared on his passport, and in keeping with his personal use of the name, his close friends nicknamed him "Divy".        

When he was 17, his parents sent him to a psychiatrist, where he first realized his bisexuality, something then taboo in conventional American society. In 1963, he began attending the Marinella Beauty School, where he learned hair styling and, after completing his studies, gained employment at a couple of local salons, specializing in the creation of beehives and other upswept hairstyles. He eventually gave up this job and for a while was financially supported by his parents, who catered to his expensive taste in clothes and cars. They reluctantly paid the many bills that he ran up financing lavish parties where he would dress up in drag as his favourite celebrity, actress Elizabeth Taylor.

In the mid-1960s, Milstead befriended John Waters; they were the same age and from the same neighborhood, and both embraced Baltimore's countercultural and underground elements.       


photo by Susan Segal


Waters gave his friends new nicknames, and it was he who first called Milstead "Divine". Waters later remarked that he had borrowed the name from a character in the Jean Genet novel, Our Lady of the Flowers (1943), a controversial book about homosexuals living on the margins of Parisian society, which Waters – himself a homosexual – was reading at the time. Waters also introduced Divine as "the most beautiful woman in the world, almost", a description widely repeated in ensuing years.  

Milstead joined Waters' acting troupe, the Dreamlanders, and adopted female roles for their experimental short films Roman Candles (1966), Eat Your Makeup (1968), and The Diane Linkletter Story (1969). Again in drag, he took a lead role in both of Waters' early full-length movies, Mondo Trasho (1969) and Multiple Maniacs (1970).      




In the early seventies, Milstead joined the San Francisco based group, the Cockettes, an avant garde psychedelic hippie theater group founded by Hibiscus (George Edgerly Harris II) in the fall of 1969.


photographer unknown


Divine next starred in Waters' Pink Flamingos (1972), which proved a hit on the U.S. midnight movie circuit, became a cult classic and established Divine's fame within the American counterculture.  




Designed by Waters to be "an exercise in poor taste," the film featured Divine as Babs Johnson, a woman who claims to be "the filthiest person alive" and who is forced to prove her right to the title from challengers, Connie (Mink Stole) and Raymond Marble (David Lochary). In one scene, the Marbles send Babs a turd in a box as a birthday present, and in order to enact this scene, Divine defecated into the box the night before.         

A screenshot of final scene in the film Pink Flamingos, showing as best possible the scene which caused outrage and earned the film its reputation, dominating the career of actor Divine. In this scene, Babs (Divine) eats fresh dog feces for the camera.  


Displaying the tagline "An exercise in poor taste", Pink Flamingos is notorious for its "outrageousness", nudity, profanity, and "pursuit of frivolity, scatology, sensationology [sic] and skewed epistemology." As it features a "number of increasingly revolting scenes" that centre on exhibitionism, voyeurism, sodomy, masturbation, gluttony, vomiting, rape, incest, murder, cannibalism and foot fetishism, the film is considered a preliminary exponent of abject art.  What more can be said about the film?

set of Pink Flamingos - 1972
photographer unknown

Pink Flamingos was released on VHS and Betamax in 1981, and the re-release in 1997 by New Line Home Video became the second best-selling VHS for its week of release. The film was released in the John Waters Collection DVD box set along with the original NC-17 version of A Dirty Shame, Desperate Living, Female Trouble, Hairspray, Pecker, and Polyester. The film was also released in a 2004 special edition with audio commentaries and deleted scenes as introduced by Waters in the 25th anniversary re-release (link below).

Pink Flamingos (An exercise in poor taste)
movie poster

In 1981 Divine appeared in a later film by Waters, Polyester, starring as Francine Fishpaw. Unlike earlier roles, Fishpaw was not a strong female but a meek and victimized woman who falls in love with her dream lover, Todd Tomorrow, played by Tab Hunter.

Polyester - 1981

In 1988 he made a major breakthrough when he appeared in Hairspray with Ricki Lake, Debbie Harry, Sonny Bono, Jerry Stiller, Leslie Ann Powers, Colleen Fitzpatrick, and Michael St. Gerard. My friend, Lon Clark (link below) was one of the dancers in the film.


Hairspray - 1988 


Divine was nominated the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male. Water's previous films were rated X by the MPAAHairspray got a PG rating.


Hairspray - 1988
 movie poster


Hairspray was a moderate success on its initial theatrical release, earning a gross of $8 million. However, it managed to attract a larger audience on home video in the early 1990s and became a cult classic. Most critics praised the film, although some were displeased with the overall campiness. The film ranks #444 on Empire magazine's 2008 list of the 500 greatest movies of all time.

In 2002, the film was adapted into a Broadway musical of the same name, which won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical in 2003. A second film version of Hairspray, an adaptation of the stage musical, was also released by New Line Cinema in 2007, which included many changes of scripted items from the original. However, Divine was in neither of these projects.      


Hairspray - 2007
 movie poster



Divine vinyl

In the late sseventies, Divine changed his agent, Robert Hussong, and replaced him with Bernard Jay. Jay suggested that with his love of clubs, Divine could obtain work performing in them; as a result, he first appeared in 1979 at a gay club in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where his unscripted act included shouting "fuck you" repeatedly at the audience and then getting into a fight with another drag queen, a gimmick that proved popular with the club's clientele. Subsequently, he saw the commercial potential of including disco songs (link below) in with his act and, with Tom Eyen and composer Henry Krieger, created Born to be Cheap in 1981.      


Divine ~ Jungle Jezabel
photographer unknown

Divine's career as a disco singer continued and his records had sold well, but he and his management felt that they were not receiving their share of the profits. They went to court against American composer Bobby Orlando, and his company, O-Records, and successfully nullified their contract. After signing with Barry Evangeli's company, InTune Music Limited, Divine released several new disco records, including You Think You're A Man and I'm So Beautiful, which were both co-produced by Pete Waterman of the then-up-and-coming UK production team of Stock Aitken Waterman. In the United Kingdom, Divine sang his hit You Think You're A Man – which he had dedicated to his parents – on BBC television show Top of the Pops.     
Divine - 1978 
photographer unknown

In 2013, I Am Divine, an American documentary film was produced and directed by Jeffrey Schwarz of the Los Angeles-based production company Automat Pictures. The documentary features extensive contemporary interviews with Waters, as well as Divine's mother Frances Milstead, and surviving members of the Dreamlanders.            


Divine ~ I Am Divine - 2013
photo by Clay Geerdes/Film Collaborative

On March 7, 1988, three weeks after Hairspray was released nationwide, Divine was staying at the Regency Plaza Suites Hotel in Los Angeles. He was scheduled to film a guest appearance the following day as Uncle Otto on the Fox network's television series Married... with Children in the second season wrap-up episode. After spending all day at Sunset Gower Studios for rehearsals, Divine returned to his hotel that evening, where he dined with friends at the hotel restaurant before returning to his room. Shortly before midnight, he died in his sleep, at age 42, of an enlarged heart. His body was discovered by Bernard Jay the following morning, who then sat with the body for the next six hours, alongside three of Divine's other friends. They contacted Thomas Noguchi, the Chief Coroner for the County of Los Angeles, who arranged for removal of the body; Divine's friends were able to prevent the press from taking any photographs of the body as it was being carried out of the hotel.         

The funeral took place at Prospect Hill Cemetery, where a crowd of hundreds had assembled to pay their respects. The ceremony was conducted by the Reverend Higgenbotham, who had baptized Divine into the Christian faith. John Waters gave a speech and was one of the pallbearers who then carried the coffin to its final resting place, next to the grave of Divine's grandmother. Many flowers were left at the grave, including a wreath sent by actress Whoopi Goldberg, which bore the remark "See what happens when you get good reviews." Following the funeral, a tribute was held at the Baltimore Governor's Mansion. In the ensuing weeks, the Internal Revenue Service confiscated many of Divine's possessions and auctioned them off, as restitution for unpaid taxes. Something about death and taxes?    


Harris Glenn Milstead
date & photographer unknown



Viewfinder links:             
             
Walk Like a Man     
Divine articles/mentions         
Lon Clark          
            
 Net links:             
             
Divine Discography         
Divine Filmography
Tab Hunter, Out of the Hollywood Closet in His Own Words   
Nowness ~ Divine Filth (video)
New York Times ~ I Am Divine film review    
Nonfics ~ I Am Divine film review     
Bright Lights Film Journal ~     
         Monster Queen: The Transgressive Body of Divine
New York Times obit       
People obit
            
YouTube links:             
             
I Am Divine ~ movie trailer        
I'm So Beautiful       
Jungle Jezabel
Walk Like a Man      


   
       
"Divine was my favorite leading lady!" 
              ~  Tab Hunter

        

Styrous® ~ Thursday, October 19, 2017         












October 17, 2017

20,000 vinyl LPs 111: Evel Knievel ~ New Wave Daredevil

vinyl LP front cover
cover design by Saul Saget
photo of album cover by Styrous®


Robert Craig "Bob" Knievel Jr. (/ˈvəl kɪˈnvəl/, was born on October 17, 1938. Known professionally as Evel Knievel, he was an American stunt performer, painter, entertainer, and international icon. Over the course of his career, he attempted more than 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps; in 1974, he failed an attempted canyon jump across Snake River Canyon in the Skycycle X-2, a steam-powered rocket.

I learned about Knievel in the early sixties; I'd already had a decade-long love affair with the motorcycle via Marlon Brando and the film, The Wild One (1953). On March 3, 1972, at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California, after making a successful jump, Knievel tried to come to a quick stop because of a short landing area. He suffered a broken back and a concussion after getting thrown off and run over by his motorcycle, a Harley-Davidson. I remember when this happened because I bought my BMW six months later in September (Beemer link below).       

I'd had my bike a couple of years and had my Canadian venture (link below) behind me when I found, the album, Evel Knievel. The recording includes a press conference, a meeting with kids, the song, Ballad of Evel Kneivel (sung by John Cullitton Mahoney and Kneivel) as well as his poem, Why? (links below).  

Never Is Forever is the second full-length album by the Norwegian band Turbonegro released in 1994 on Dog Job Records. On the CD-version there are three hidden tracks in the end of the final track: Bingo singing Staten och kapitalet, a 1970s radical left-wing progressive rock tune by Blå Tåget (some really weird sh*t about the same time as the Residents) (links below) made into a national hit song in Sweden in 1980 by punk rock band Ebba Grön, Evel Knievel performing a poem named Why? and John Cullitton Mahoney performing his song The Ballad of Evel Knievel.    
 
        
vinyl LP back cover
cover design by Saul Saget
photo of album cover by Styrous®

 

The album also includes a photograph of Knievel autographed by him.  

 
8" x 10" signed photograph
photographer unknown
 

When he was 18, after a police chase in 1956, in which he crashed his motorcycle, Knievel was taken to jail on a charge of reckless driving. When the night jailer came around to check the roll, he noted Knievel in one cell and a man named William Knofel in the other. Knofel was well known as "Awful Knofel" ("awful" rhyming with "Knofel"), so Knievel began to be referred to as "Evel Knievel" ("Evel" rhyming with "Knievel"). He chose this misspelling for his first name because he didn't want to be considered "evil".        

After many unsuccessful business ventures, motorcycle dealerships, etc., Knievel recalled a Joie Chitwood show he saw as a boy and decided that he could do something similar using a motorcycle. Promoting the show himself, Knievel rented the venue, wrote the press releases, set up the show, sold the tickets and served as his own master of ceremonies. After enticing the small crowd with a few wheelies, he proceeded to jump a twenty-foot-long box of rattlesnakes and two mountain lions. Despite landing short and having his back wheel hit the box containing the rattlesnakes, Knievel managed to land safely.      


vinyl LP back cover detail
cover design by Saul Saget
photo of album cover by Styrous®


He found a sponsor in Bob Blair, owner of ZDS Motors, Inc., the West coast distributor for Berliner Motor Corporation, a distributor for Norton Motorcycles. Blair provided the motorcycles, but he wanted the name changed from the Bobby Knievel and His Motorcycle Daredevils Thrill Show to Evil Knievel and His Motorcycle Daredevils. Knievel didn't want his image to be that of a Hells Angels rider, so he convinced Blair to allow him to use Evel instead of Evil

Knievel and his daredevils debuted on January 3, 1966, at the National Date Festival in Indio, California.  On February 10, in Barstow, California. During the performance, Knievel attempted a new stunt in which he would jump, spread-eagled, over a speeding motorcycle. Knievel jumped too late and the motorcycle hit him in the groin, tossing him fifteen feet into the air. He was hospitalized as a result of his injuries. When released, he returned to Barstow to finish the performance he had started almost a month earlier.    

Knievel's daredevil show broke up after the Barstow performance because injuries prevented him from performing. After recovering, Knievel started traveling from small town to small town as a solo act. To get ahead of other motorcycle stunt people who were jumping animals or pools of water, Knievel started jumping cars. He began adding more and more cars to his jumps when he would return to the same venue to get people to come out and see him again. Knievel had not had a serious injury since the Barstow performance, but on June 19 in Missoula, Montana, he attempted to jump twelve cars and a cargo van. The distance he had for takeoff did not allow him to get up enough speed. His back wheel hit the top of the van while his front wheel hit the top of the landing ramp. Knievel ended up with a severely broken arm and several broken ribs. The crash and subsequent stay in the hospital were a publicity windfall.        



vinyl LP back cover detail
cover design by Saul Saget
photo of album cover by Styrous®


With each successful jump, the public wanted him to jump one more car. On May 30, 1967, Knievel successfully cleared sixteen cars in Gardena, California. Then he attempted the same jump on July 28, 1967, in Graham, Washington, where he had his next serious crash. Landing his cycle on the last vehicle, a panel truck, Knievel was thrown from his bike. This time he suffered a serious concussion. After a month, he recovered and returned to Graham on August 18 to finish the show; but the result was the same, only this time the injuries were more serious. Again coming up short, Knievel crashed, breaking his left wrist, right knee and two ribs.

Knievel first received national exposure on March 18, 1968 when comedian and late night talk show host Joey Bishop had him on as a guest of the ABC Television, The Joey Bishop Show. To keep his name in the news, Knievel proposed his biggest stunt ever, a motorcycle jump across the Grand Canyon. The national attention brought both a larger paycheck and larger fanbase.       


vinyl LP gatefold interior
cover design by Saul Saget
photo of album cover by Styrous®


vinyl LP gatefold interior
cover design by Saul Saget
photo of album cover by Styrous®


 

On January 7 and 8, 1971, Knievel set the record by selling over 100,000 tickets to back-to-back performances at the Houston Astrodome. On February 28, he set a new world record by jumping 19 cars with his Harley-Davidson XR-750 at the Ontario Motor Speedway in Ontario, California. The 19-car jump was filmed for the movie Evel Knievel. Knievel held the record for 27 years until Bubba Blackwell jumped 20 cars in 1998 with an XR-750.[19] (In 2015 Doug Danger surpassed that number with 22 cars, accomplishing this feat on Evel Knievel's actual vintage 1972 Harley-Davidson XR-750.)          

For 35 years, Knievel held the record for successfully jumping the most stacked cars on a Harley-Davidson XR-750 (the record was broken in October 2008). His historic XR-750 is now part of the collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Made of steel, aluminum and fiberglass, the customized motorcycle weighs about 300 pounds. This is 200 pounds lighter than my Beemer.    
  
     

vinyl LP gatefold interior
cover design by Saul Saget



During his career Knievel may have suffered more than 433 bone fractures, earning an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the survivor of "most bones broken in a lifetime" However, his son Robbie told a reporter in June 2014 that his father had broken 40 to 50 bones; Knievel himself claimed he broke 35.           



vinyl LP gatefold interior
cover design by Saul Saget



Knievel died in Clearwater, Florida, on November 30, 2007, aged 69. He had been suffering from diabetes and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis for many years. A longtime friend reported that Knievel had trouble breathing while at his residence in Clearwater, but died on the way to the hospital. The friend said, "It's been coming for years, but you just don't expect it. Superman just doesn't die, right?"

Knievel was buried at Mountain View Cemetery in his hometown of Butte, Montana on December 10, 2007, following a funeral at the 7,500-seat Butte Civic Center presided over by Pastor Dr. Robert H. Schuller with actor Matthew McConaughey giving the eulogy. Prior to the Monday service, fireworks exploded in the Butte night sky as pallbearers carried Knievel's casket into the center.   

Knievel was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999. On July 10, 2010, a special temporary exhibit entitled True Evel: The Amazing Story of Evel Knievel was opened at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2017, a 13,000 square foot (1,200 m2) museum about Knievel opened in Topeka, Kansas, featuring some of his motorcycles, leathers, and helmets along with various displays and a virtual reality motorcycle jump.

In November 2010, General Motors premièred a television commercial featuring footage of Knievel's Wembley Stadium crash in 1975, followed by Knievel getting onto his feet. The ad focused on GM's restructuring and emphasized the belief that "we all fall down".

On July 18, 2012, Audi of America recreated Knievel's Snake River jump (link below) in a promotional commercial for the Audi RS5. The commercial depicts the RS5 being driven by a professional driver and jumping the canyon off a jump ramp.

Knievel has been the subject of five films and documentaries, the most famous starring George Hamilton as Knievel (link below).          
        


vinyl LP, side 1
photo by Styrous®




In one of his last interviews, Knievel told Maxim magazine:
         



vinyl LP, side2
photo by Styrous®



Tracklist:

Side 1:

A1 - Prologue - 1:46
A2 - Press Conference - 23:10
A3 - Why?, Lyrics By Evel Knievel, Music By Carl Setty - 3:24

Side 2:

B1 - The Ballad Of Evel Knievel, Lyrics By Ron Kramer, Music By Dean Kay, Vocals – John Cullitton Mahoney - 2:30
B2 - Evel Talks With The Kids     20:36
B3 - Evel Talks Of The Future     2:17

Companies, etc.

    Manufactured By – Transcontinent Record Sales, Inc.
    Produced For – Len Levy Associates
    Phonographic Copyright (p) – Amherst Records
    Phonographic Copyright (p) – Transcontinent Record Sales, Inc.
    Copyright (c) – Transcontinent Record Sales, Inc.
    Pressed By – Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Terre Haute
    Published By – Bro-Sil Publishing
    Published By – T.B. Harms Co.
    Recorded At – Sound City Studios
    Mastered At – Artisan Sound Recorders

Credits:

    Arranged By [Music], Conductor – Jim Helms (2)
    Design [Cover Design] – Saul Saget
    Engineer – Bill Drescher
    Executive-Producer – Len Levy
    Lyrics By, Liner Notes – Evel Knievel
    Narrator – Jerry Fogel
    Producer – Ron Kramer

Notes:

Recorded at Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, California.

Gatefold release with an inlay, a print of an autograph card with the catalog number on it.

Cat # AMH-1001 appears on the label.
Cat # AMH 1001 appears on the spine and front cover, top-left.
Barcode and Other Identifiers

    Matrix / Runout (Side A Label): AMH-1001-A
    Matrix / Runout (Side B Label): AMH-1001-B
    Matrix / Runout (Side A [Variant 1]): AMH-1001A-1A -P
    Matrix / Runout (Side B [Variant 1]): AMH-1001A-1B -P
    Matrix / Runout (Side A Etched [Variant 2]): AMH-1001-A-1A T1
    Matrix / Runout (Side A Stamped [Variant 2]): C [Artisan Sound Recorders logo]
    Matrix / Runout (Side B Etched [Variant 2]): AMH-1001-B-1B T1
    Matrix / Runout (Side B Stamped [Variant 2]): Λ [Artisan Sound Recorders logo]
    Rights Society: ASCAP

Evel Knievel ‎– Evel Knievel
Label: Amherst Records ‎– AMH-1001, Amherst Records ‎– AMH 1001
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
Country: US
Released: 1974
Genre: Jazz, Non-Music
Style: Interview, Spoken Word, Easy Listening



Viewfinder links:
       
Beemer Memories Pt. 1 ~ the end & the beginning       
The Wild One ~ 1953 12" 45 EP
The Family Dogg, Sixto Rodriguez & Canada        
               
Net links:
        

Evel Kneivel website         
Stunt performances
Snake River Canyon        
Portrayals in film 

               YouTube links:
              
Prologue            
Press Conference (23:10)         
Why?              
Ballad of Evel Kneivel              
Evel Talks With the Kids (20:36)
Evel Talks of the Future
Learning Channel ~ Evel Knievel: The True Story documentary        
Matthew McConaughey speech ~ Knieval funeral (9:49)
Evel Knievel & the Hell's Angels (4:49)             
Blå Tåget ~ Gröna Lund         
The Residents ~ One-Minute Movies
      

I love the feeling of the fresh air on my face and the wind blowing through my hair.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/evel_knievel
I love the feeling of the fresh air on my face and the wind blowing through my hair.
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/evel_knievel
"If you don't know about pain and trouble, you're in sad shape. 
They make you appreciate life."
                     ~ Evel Knievel



Styrous® ~ Tuesday, October 17, 2017
   






















October 16, 2017

45 RPMs 20: Divine ~ Walk Like a Man 45 rpm picture disc

photo by Greg Gorman
photo of disc by Styrous®


photos by Styrous®

Divine was an American actor, singer and drag queen who worked with the independent filmmaker John Waters and adopted a female drag persona for his music career.    

Divine's big hit was So, You Think You're a Man, the fifth single from the album The Story So Far by Divine. It was written by Geoff Deane, formerly the lead singer and main songwriter with both the Leyton Buzzards and Modern Romance, and his sometime songwriting partner Keith Miller. Geoff Deane later went on to write the cross dressing-themed movie Kinky Boots. Male body builders are featured in the video for the song but Mae West beat Divine to it by 20 or so years (link below).  

Reviving her famous lines from Diamond Lil (1928) and sparked by a new number featuring nine 'muscle boys' including Dick Dubois, Mr. America 1954, West made her initial night club appearance at the Hotel Sahara in Las Vegas, July 27th. Dubois holds Mae as she sings The Strongest Men In The World. At right is bodybuilder George Eiferman.     

 photographer unknown/Getty images


Divine also did this cover of Walk Like a Man first recorded by the Four Seasons (links below). The song was written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio. It is the second cut from the fourth and final studio album by Divine, Maid in England.      



Oh, walk, walk, walk, walk
Oh, walk, walk, walk man
Oh how you tried to cut me down to size
Tellin' dirty lies to my friends
But my own father said give her up, don't bother
The world isn't comin' to an end
(He said)
Walk like a man, talk like a man
Walk like a man my son
No woman's worth crawlin' on the earth
So walk like a man, my son
Oh, walk, walk, walk, walk
Oh
Bye bye baby, I don't-a mean maybe
Gonna get along somehow
Soon you'll be cryin' on account of all your lyin'
Oh yeah, just look who's laughin' now
(I'm gonna)
Walk like a man, fast as I can
Walk like a man from you
I'll tell the world forget about it, girl
And walk like a man from you
Oh, walk, walk, walk, walk
Oh, walk, walk, walk, walk, walk
Oh
Songwriters: Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio
Walk Like a Man lyrics © Conexion Media Group, Inc



45 rpm picture disc, side 2 detail
detail photo by Styrous®


Man Talk is in reality an instrumental of Walk Like a Man with lots and lots of synthesizers and a chorus of men occasionally chanting, "Walk, walk, walk." (link below)       




45 rpm picture disc, side 2 detail
detail photo by Styrous®
 



        
Tracklist:

A - Walk Like A Man, written by Gaudio/Crewe*
   
B - Man Talk, written by Mark Rosen                            
         
Credits:

    Arranged By – Pete Ware
    Artwork By – Bouncing Ball, The
    Engineer – Mel Jefferson, Phil Harding
    Other [Divine's Playmate] – Scott McCray
    Other [Hair & Make-up] – Van Smith
    Photography – Greg Gorman
    Producer – Barry Evangeli

Notes:

℗ 1985 Intune Music LTD.
© 1985 Intune Music LTD.

Distributed by WEA Records Ltd.



          
Viewfinder link:            
                
Divine articles/mentions             
        
Net links:                     
        
Divine Discography           
KGRW Radio ~ Divine disco      
             
YouTube links:            
                
Walk Like A Man     
Man Talk      
You Think You're A Man       
Mae West & Marilyn Monroe   
              
 
          
    
     
Styrous® ~ Monday, October 16, 2017         


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