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Doro Pesch Honour and Berri Sunshine Song

There’s been much debate in the greenYgrey world about the missing generational representative linking Debbie Harry and Taylor Momsen after Marc Latham’s Valentine’s Day Folding Mirror poem.

Doro Pesch @ Classic Rock Festival Hamburg
Doro Pesch @ Classic Rock Festival Hamburg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Of course, we decided there didn’t need to be a link in a later blog, what with Debbie Harry still looking great, but if there was… it would be my honour to confirm that it is Doro Pesch, who started her heavy metal and rock career in Warlock before going solo.

Doro Pesch, Warlock Rock Legend

Hi, it’s Howlin’ Werewolf, satirical comedy music correspondent at the greenYgrey inspired by blues legend Howlin’ Wolf.

Yes, Doro was always a strong candidate, and when we read on Wikipedia that she had ditched her leather for synthetic materials in her self-designed stage clothes in support of PETA, and supports females around the world through the Terre des Femmes charity we thought that she deserves her place among greats like Harry of Blondie fame and Momsen of The Pretty Reckless.

With Doro born in 1964, she fits perfectly into the Folding Middle line linking Debbie Harry born in 1945 and Taylor Momsen born in 1993. Three generations of beautiful women and raucous rockers.

greenYgrey Rebranding Song

Although rock and metal is always at the heart of the greenYgrey we like lots of music, from blues to punk, and country to dance.

So, when choosing a song to represent the greenYgrey’s promotion of yellow at the heart of green and grey we thought that Berri’s Sunshine After The Rain was the perfect song for the new greenYgrey image… and this week in Blighty!:

Another great song was recommended on YouTube, and when I watched it I noticed there was some great greenygreying along with voluptuous vocalising in JX’s Son Of A Gun:

and in Corona‘s Baby Baby too:

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Pretty Reckless and Joan Jett at Revolver Awards

With Princess Kate Down Under on the royal couple tour of Australia and New Zealand making all the headlines in the Greenygrey world, rock and pop women may have felt forgotten, but they are all princesses in their own way off course.

And maybe we had let you slip our minds until seeing The Pretty Reckless and Joan Jett at the Revolver awards.

Pretty Reckless at Revolver Awards

However, Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless has emerged as the primary punky princess in the Greenygrey world after sharing a Folding Mirror poem with the Queen of punky princesses Debbie Harry.

Hi, it’s Howlin’ Werewolf, satirical comedy musical correspondent at the Greenygrey inspired by Blues legend Howlin’ Wolf.

The Pretty Reckless played a storming set at the recent Revolver Golden Gods set,where Joan Jett picked up a RGG award, including sending loads of great greenygrey subliminal messages into the unsuspecting rock crowd (only joking!):

Rock Legend Generations

As Marc Latham’s recent Folding Mirror poem linked the rock generations, Taylor Momsen also played with Joan Jett, legendary guitarist famed for being in The Runaways and her solo hits, including the anthemic I Love Rock n’ Roll.

The Runaways were strutting their stuff in California from 1975, a year or two before Blondie emerged on the east coast, but Marc Latham didn’t become aware of them until he got into rock in 1980.

In line with Greenygrey theory, they therefore preceded Blondie in real life, but followed them in the ML world.

The Runaways Legends 

Cover of "The Runaways"
Cover of The Runaways

Runaways lead singer Cherie Currie would have been a good candidate for linking the Debbie Harry and Taylor Momsen generations, except she is from the same generation as Debbie Harry.

Aah, the older generation still look in rockin’ great shape anyway, with Lita Ford of The Runaways still touring the world kicking out the jams as well, so there’s no need for another generational link.

There’s evidence of that in this video, with Taylor Momsen rolling back the Runaways years playing with Joan Jett at the Revolver awards, on a JJ solo hit:

P.S. In line with Greenygrey theory, The Runaways movie showed that bad things can happen in the music and wider world, as well as good, so please don’t go running away just because you feel inspired by this blog!

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Debbie Harry and Blondie Awarded Glastonbury

A terrific triple greenYgrey photo-stories and Debbie Harry and Blondie going 3G for Glastonbury Metro edition yesterday made me work overtime to bring you another greenYgrey photos special. It’s great to see our rebranding getting such great media coverage.

greenYgrey Gold Find

Hi, it’s Baron Wolfman, head honcho of greenYgrey Creation in the absence of the legendary Andy Wolfhol. In a Metro story by Aidan Radnedge, a California couple look like they dedicated their $10 million gold coins find to the greenYgrey’s rebranding from this photo:

Gold coins packaged

greenYgrey Bank Vault

Maybe they’ll keep their gold in a Swiss bank vault. A Nicole Le Marie story alerted me to one being sold that looks like it’d provide a great greenYgrey home:

Fairtrade Bananas

While gold is good, bananas are great… and fairtrade bananas are fantastic. An article about the value and benefit of buying fairtrade bananas by Amy Dawson had this fantastic photo of Colombian banana farmer Foncho Cantillo in front of a Billboard made from 5,000 real bananas on Clapham Common.

Cantillo positioned himself well to make sure grey was included in the greenY photo.

Another photo featured Harry Hill, who is of course the human parallel of our very own Harry Silhouetteof-Wolfhowlingonhill, and a fairtrade ambassador.

Hill only had a little grey in his photo, so he gets a smaller image:

Debbie Harry : 2G     Blondie: 1G 

Deborah Harry, from Blondie, Thetford Forrest, UK
Deborah Harry, from Blondie, Thetford Forrest, UK (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And finally, what a fortnight for Debbie Harry of Blondie fame. First of all she was the top half of Marc Latham’s epic Valentine Folding Mirror poem, and on Wednesday she was awarded the Godlike Genius (2G) award at the NME award ceremony.

In a Metro story reported by Jenni McKnight, Debbie Harry also announced that Blondie would be headlining one of the nights at this year’s Glastonbury (1G).

Congratulations and Good Luck to Debbie and Blondie, and thanks to the Metro.

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Posh Trotty Pushes Psycho Guy to Limits

The headline refers to the first episode of Speed with Guy MartinThe four-part series has featured the motorcycle rider trying to break speed records on land, water and in the air.

Hi, it’s Harry Silhouetteof-Wolfhowlingonhill, television correspondent at the Greenygrey in the erstwhile style of Harry Hill. I think the documentaries featured in this blog are just available in the U.K.

Some have age restrictions too, and parental guidance is probably advisable for some of the information relayed in this blog.

Sport and Recreation Balance

At the Greenygrey we try and balance our postings, and be responsible. We don’t want to lecture you, or give you the idea we’re trying to restrict you, but at the same time we don’t want to push you into behaviour that might get you into trouble.

English: Guy Martin - Pre-TT Classic
English: Guy Martin – Pre-TT Classic (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Writing about rock and The Pretty Reckless might be criticised in some circles, but there is plenty of reckless living within mainstream society and sports, but it is deemed acceptable because it is ‘official’.

Moreover, in the year to March 2013 a government report stated there were 1,680 road deaths in the U.K., 10% down from 1,870 the year before, which averages out at nearly 5 a day.

This blog features some daredevil adrenalin sports featured on mainstream U.K. television, to balance the alternative culture featured in the previous Valentine’s Day blog, charismatically presented by Love, the mixed-up vole.

At the Greenygrey we don’t want anybody to be pushed over the edge by anything we write and post, although knowing human nature we think some of you might feel like doing something silly just to rebel against that! 

We also try and keep the humour within the best possible taste, as Kenny Everett once used to say, with his risque comedy.

We hope that ‘Posh Trotty’ doesn’t push us over the edge!

Speed with Guy Martin

In the first episode of Speed with Guy Martin Olympic athlete Laura Trott gave fitness advice to Guy Martin. Martin was surprised that Trott pushed herself to exhaustion in training every day.

English: Guy Martin preparing for a race at th...
English: Guy Martin preparing for a race at the Isle of Man TT (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just before the series was announced I’d seen Guy Martin for the first time in a documentary about the Isle of Man TT race, and liked his personality of psychopathic recklessness and independent rebelliousness.

It seemed to bear the hallmarks of good psychopathy traits described in a Channel Four Psychopathy Night, with many top sports people scoring high on the psychopathy scale; along with lots of other celebrities, politicians, businesspeople and bankers.

There are also many negative traits of course. But the good traits are generally that they will take risks, and push themselves to the limit, which can be good for competing in sports and careers, but not so good for the public if they overstep the mark in business and banking.

I’ve been putting off this blog so long, there’s just the fourth episode of Speed with Guy Martin available on Channel 4oD now.

Don’t Look Down 

free climbing
free climbing (Photo credit: Simon and Katrina McPherson)

There’s only two days left to watch Don’t Look Down on 4oD too. It focused on free climber James Kingston, who scales buildings and cranes to hang off them or walk across narrow surfaces, such as girders.

He also went out to the Ukraine, and climbed with Mustang, the most prominent climber in a bigger scene there. They said many climbers had fallen to their deaths in the Ukraine and Russia, where the craze began.

While there have been vertical-face free climbers hanging off mountains with one hand and tightrope walkers balancing above certain death for years, the everyday urban scenes of the free climbs featured in the documentary made them seem all the more hair-raising.

There were lots of great greenygrey scenes in the above documentaries, available from a Google search of their names.

Greenygreying is just a joke, so please don’t try outdoing them! Nobody and nothing at the Greenygrey would!! The greenygrey in the photos might look nice, but it won’t give you a soft landing!!!

Storyville. K2: The Killer Summit 

K2 from the north
K2 from the north (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There was less greenygrey in a Storyville documentary about a couple of days in 2008 when fifteen climbers and guides were killed on K2, the world’s second highest peak after Everest, as a few climbing teams got peak fever near the top and tried to reach their goal when they didn’t really have time.

When interviewed, the surviving climbers stressed they all knew that if they went down near the top it meant almost certain death, and that they didn’t expect the others to stop climbing to launch a rescue mission.

It’s available on BBC iplayer until April.

Our Blog, Relaying Info, Your Choice

Guy Martin and James Kingston wouldn’t have had all their experiences and got on television if they didn’t risk their lives. They’ve survived so far.

Debbie Harry at the premiere of SqueezeBox! at...
Debbie Harry at the premiere of SqueezeBox! at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Debbie Harry and Taylor Momsen probably wouldn’t have had their success if they hadn’t taken risks.

Debbie Harry would probably have become more of an icon if she had died young and stayed at her peak prettiness, like her heroine Marilyn Monroe, but she’s still going strong, and we’re really glad she did survive.

Some of the K2 climbers survived and some died. All knew the risks and accepted what could happen.

Marc Latham has pushed himself quite hard and had some successes.

Cabooki controls the remote
Cabooki controls the remote (Photo credit: elycefeliz)

At the Greenygrey we hope we might inspire some people to succeed in some things, but don’t want to be responsible for anybody taking risks they don’t feel comfortable with.

We admire and respect the achievements of Martin and Kingston, Harry and Momsen, but also the people and animals who live day-to-day lives, bringing up families and packs, and battling illnesses and difficulties to survive.

Mainly we’re just relaying information that’s already out there on mainstream media.

Most don’t make it to the top in music, some don’t make it to the top in climbing, and many don’t make it down, or in better shape than when they started their journey.

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New York’s Debbie Harry and Taylor Momsen Valentine Poem

Where is the Love? The Black Eyed Peas asked in 2003. I was down on the riverbank, but nobody told them, so I spent ten years struggling until being discovered by the Greenygrey last year.

The Greenygrey asked the same question an hour ago, and when it found me said I should post some stuff for the humans out there, after I focused almost entirely on voles in my first post… and totally on lovely vole photos.

Love the Valentine Vole Bank_vole

Hi, it’s Love the mixed-up vole presenting the blog for Valentine, as I have love coursing through my name.

Needing some quick human material I went over to the fmpoetry website to check for new poems.

Billy Joel sang New York State of Mind in 1976, and I think Marc Latham was in such a thought process when he wrote his latest Folding Mirror poem for Valentine’s Day, as it features New York singers Debbie Harry and Taylor Momsen.

Valentine Poem New York Generations

There’s a lot more about the rationale behind the poem, and a couple of cool photos over on the fmpoetry.wordpress.com website. Here’s the info about how the poem works, followed by the poem:

The poem contains 19 Blondie song titles and two albums in the top half and middle line; and the same amount of The Pretty Reckless music in the bottom half. The former’s singles are written in green ink, the latter’s in blue; all the albums are in orange.

Atomic and Rapture are two different songs without a gap between them in the poem.

The poem kind of tells a story through the song titles, but it was mainly an exercise in constructing a mirroring poem rather than telling an original or personal story. Some of the lines mirror quite nicely.

Heart of Glass (song)

Valentine Love Poem, Songs Without Music
Debbie Harry and Taylor Momsen, New York two Generations R&R
Heavy Metal Ballad, Beyond Elite Understanding

Dreaming of Your Prescence Dear 
on an Island of Lost Souls 
Plastic Letters melted In The Sun
The Hardest Part was Hanging on the Telephone
waiting for you to Call Me 
don’t have a Heart of Glass 
so it would have been Atomic Rapture 
to meet you In The Flesh
but Parallel Lines don’t cross
and my vow that Pretty Baby
One Way or Another
I’m Gonna Love You Too
disappeared at 11.59
that time when The Tide is High
didn’t even Die Young Stay Pretty 
instead developing a Poet’s Problem 

Go Through It writing, Nothing Left to Lose

Factory Girl manufacturing my thoughts
ideas that Make Me Wanna Die 
exploding into silent angst Since You’re Gone
Void and Null
I never was no Superhero 
Where Did Jesus Go
not leading your Blonde Rebellion that
did once Light Me Up 
seems a place Far From Never 
when my love Heart would always Panic 
but Everybody Wants Something From Me 
so didn’t hear You say Follow Me Down
I’m Going to Hell wanna Burn 
together I Really Fucking Love You
Sweet Things please Kill Me

Taylor Momsen
Cover of Taylor Momsen
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Valentine’s Day Poem with Debbie Harry and Taylor Momsen

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror was inspired by seeing The Pretty Reckless in concert a couple of years ago, and thinking lead singer Taylor Momsen reminded him of Debbie Harry, who he’d idolised when Blondie were at their peak around 1978-1981.

He didn’t complete it then because he didn’t think British society was ready for it. He now hopes it might be, so he completed it for Valentine’s Day.

Debbie Harry and Taylor Momsen

Debbie Harry was about twenty years older than Marc, and Taylor Momsen is about twenty years younger, and both hail from New York, New York.

It was so good they named it twice, and it produced two great rock chicks. Moreover, the missing link between the two, from the same generation as Marc, would probably be Madonna (although she’s from Michigan and is seven years older than Marc).

As Blondie declined Marc got into rock and metal music, and Guns N’ Roses became his favourite band. Another link is that The Pretty Reckless opened for GnR a few years ago.

Unconditional Appreciation

Although Marc would have loved to see Blondie in their heyday he’s never gone to see them. He never expects to see The Pretty Reckless or meet Taylor Momsen.

The poem idea was created instantly, with the generational divide giving Marc the idea of a Folding Mirror poem.

He hopes women like Debbie Harry and Taylor Momsen continue to emerge, succeed and live free happy lives.

As well as being beautiful and a great singer Debbie Harry was also inspirational, dressing like what some people would consider a stereotypical slutty bimbo, but always proving them wrong by being articulate, and faithful to fellow Blondie bandmate Chris Stein, and nursing him through long-term illness.

Marc doesn’t know much about Taylor Momsen, but hopes she continues to rock the music world, and emulates Debbie Harry; although she is of course original and her own person, and The Pretty Reckless are much more rock than Blondie were.

The Mirror Poem

The poem contains 19 Blondie song titles and two albums in the top half and middle line; and the same amount of The Pretty Reckless music in the bottom half. The former’s singles are written in green ink, the latter’s in blue; all the albums are in orange. Atomic and Rapture are two different songs without a gap between in the poem.

The poem kind of tells a story through the song titles, but it was mainly an exercise in constructing a mirroring poem rather than telling an original or personal story. Some of the lines mirror quite nicely.

Happy Valentine’s, posting around 11.59 G.M.T.!

Valentine Love Poem, Songs Without Music
Debbie Harry and Taylor Momsen, New York two Generations R&R
Heavy Metal Ballad, Beyond Elite Understanding

Dreaming of Your Prescence Dear
on an Island of Lost Souls
Plastic Letters melted In The Sun
The Hardest Part was Hanging on the Telephone
waiting for you to Call Me
don’t have a Heart of Glass
so it would have been Atomic Rapture
to meet you In The Flesh
but Parallel Lines don’t cross
and my vow that Pretty Baby
One Way or Another
I’m Gonna Love You Too
disappeared at 11.59
that time when The Tide is High
didn’t even Die Young Stay Pretty
instead developing a Poet’s Problem 

Go Through It writing, Nothing Left to Lose

Factory Girl manufacturing my thoughts
ideas that Make Me Wanna Die
exploding into silent angst Since You’re Gone
Void and Null
I never was no Superhero
Where Did Jesus Go
not leading your Blonde Rebellion that
did once Light Me Up
seems a place Far From Never
when my love Heart would always Panic
but Everybody Wants Something From Me
so didn’t hear You say Follow Me Down
I’m Going to Hell wanna Burn
together I Really Fucking Love You
Sweet Things please Kill Me 

Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).

Blondie’s Debbie Harry: Adopted Child Cultural Legend

Hi, it’s Wachel Wiley-Coyote, numbers expert at the Greenygrey and Countdown to the Full MoonIt’s women and feminism week at the Greenygrey, and I think there’s few better examples of female role models who’ve struggled through juvenile adversity to legendary status than Debbie Harry of Blondie.

I think I can relate a little to DebThe show in which two contestants engage in a battle of wits, competing against the clock in games of lexical dexterity and numerical agilitybie Harry after my human parallel Rachel Riley was criticised for her short skirts early in her Countdown career.

Tough Childhood to Blondie Success

Debbie Harry was adopted. After graduating college with an Arts degree she struggled through her early singing career with jobs ranging from a BBC Radio secretary to a Playboy Bunny.

Blondie
Cover of Blondie

After singing in a few bands she found success with Blondie, fronting a band completed with four male musicians. Debbie was of course considered the leader and main focal point of the band.

Harry mixed a cool singing persona with punk fashion and dancing to capture the attention and admiration of both men and women.

Debbie Harry and Chris Stein

Although Harry’s onstage behaviour and dress might have brought disapproval by some people, she had an exemplary long-term relationship with bandmate Chris Stein. 

This included Blondie taking a break for an extended period of time at the height of their success as Harry cared for Stein when he began suffering from the blistering autoimmune disease pemphigus.

Blondie Continue to Rock n’ Roll

Blondie never regained their late 1970s heyday, but have continued to record and tour, and have had several successful records in recent years.

Debbie Harry continues to be an icon for the late 1970s generation, symbolising that time of exciting punk and new wave musical acts. And now she is an example of leading a good and successful life after overcoming early adversity.

Deborah Harry
Cover of Deborah Harry

I wonder if the late-1970s men generation would like and love women as much today without Debbie Harry?

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