Dec 13

A Captain Flandry wannabeClick for full image

Charles Comments: The aspect ratio is all messed up on that wall-sized TV.
Published 1979

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 7.35 out of 10)

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25 Responses to “The Pleasure Tube”

  1. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    The blurb writer knows my ex. 🙁

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Starting to think we need a phallic building tag..or would that be ‘phallic erection’?

  3. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Another “scramble-ready” blurb: “Range Beyond the Star: Ultimate Sex and Infinite Horror.”

  4. B. Chiclitz Says:

    She’s not having any sex, finite, infinite or ultimate, until (a) he wakes from his drug-and-booze-induced torpor, and (b) she finds the zipper on that body suit!

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @BC: you DON’T know my ex!!! 🙁

  6. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @DSWBT—this cover seems to have a lot of personal resonance. Is it safe then to assume that you are the gentleman portrayed, or a reasonable facsimile thereof?

    (Someday we should share ex-stories over a cyber ale.)

  7. Francis Boyle Says:

    Replacement blurb: “A startlingly accurate portrayal of life in the early twenty-first century (if you ignore everything but the hipster beard)”.

  8. Ray P Says:

    “Imagine if Pan’s People could materialise in your living room.”

  9. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @BC: I didn’t have a beard my first year at university, but certainly it COULD be.

  10. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Trying to decipher what’s on the end table…I see, left to right:

    –birth control pills
    –miniature electric piano
    –Chinese medicine balls on a shredded Phish t-shirt
    –drip-brew maker
    –Four Loko

  11. Bibliomancer Says:

    Pleasure Tube, Boob Tube, same thing.

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  13. Anna T. Says:

    I must question the addition of the “starkers” tag, given that on inspection neither of them are actually naked: she’s wearing a leotard, and he’s wearing full-on space overalls. I also question their judgement in potentially deciding to get busy in front of a large window, where anyone flying by could see them.

    Of course, all that pales beside the oddity of the artist deciding to paint this woman in a pose from a figure skating or gymnastics routine presumably for fanservice points. I guess she must be a gymnast, then.

  14. JuanPaul Says:

    @Anna we all know there is nothing sexier than and arabesque, especially when you’re lying unconscious in a mid century lounge chair.

  15. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Re: pose, is it possible that mere moments previously, she farted the Pleasure Tube out of her bottom and it is presently sailing over the Star Barrier off the cover?

  16. Ray P Says:

    It’s the unseen holographic rec-room on Dark Star. Pinback deleted everything apart from modern dance recordings.

  17. fred Says:

    ‘Don’t watch that, watch this’- Madness ‘One Step Beyond’.

  18. THX 1138 Says:

    With a title like that, the blurb should read: “Nudge, nudge, wink, wink” instead.

  19. GSS noob Says:

    It’s not a TV, it’s an airplane window, in front of which Gymnast Barbie and Astronaut Ken have been posed by a naughty child.

    Or what Ray P said.

  20. Bibliomancer Says:

    I think I saw that lounge chair for sale in a Skyways Magazine.

  21. HappyBookworm Says:

    Can’t anyone else see a salon-style hairdryer on the man’s head? Possibly something playing a meditation tape? The woman just danced over here to see if his hair was dry yet.

  22. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Nicki Minaj in an early appearance.

  23. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @AR: doubtful, as there’s no Sir Mix-a-Lot tag. Maybe it’s Justin Timberlake, as she seems to have brought sexy back with her…

  24. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I like big spaceships and I can not lie
    You other cosmonauts can’t deny
    That when a spaceship flies in with an itty bitty nose
    And a big engine in your space
    You get sprung, want to pull up tough
    ‘Cause you notice that ship was stuffed
    With booster rockets blaring
    I’m hooked and I can’t stop staring…

  25. Hammy Says:

    @B. Chiclitz(#3): I much prefer “Star the Beyond Range: Infinite Ultimate and Horror Sex”.

    Hm. Maybe *I* know your ex….

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