Dec 14

Orion in the Tie-Dying Time

Raoul comments: I’m too sexy for my shirt!

Published 1991

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: 6.00 out of 10)

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21 Responses to “Orion in the Dying Time”

  1. Tat Wood Says:

    Kevin Rowland realised that his dance-stance looked better without the Crombie Jacket

  2. Bruce Alexander Munro Says:

    “Don’t ask Orion about his back problems.”

  3. Tor Mented Says:

    Author: Ben Bova.
    Cover Model: Ben Dova.

  4. fred Says:

    …and he has time to practice his no look behind the back cop a feel technique.

  5. Ryan Says:

    @#3 Tor Mented – GSS!

    Perhaps his vambraces are REALLY heavy, and that is the reason he is hunched over.

  6. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Gilad takes his Bodies in Motion routine to a whole new level!

  7. Emster Says:

    @Tor: GSS – Golden Giggle-Snort Award plus bonus Cackle for that one

    @Tat: Looks like Kevin may have pissed off the Sorceress of Groove way before DMR started annoying me with Come on Eileen

    @BC: dated fitness pro poses are always amusing, but what I want to know is what path your brain took from Orion to Gilad…

  8. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @Emster—Have you actually looked at the photo of the dated Gilad? He is Orion! 😉

  9. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Not sure what he’s planning to shoot in his speed-skater pose with the gun way up there.

    He seems to have skipped leg day half the time, and there’s something very wrong with his right leg. His perm is tight, though.

    Perhaps this is about 5 seconds before his personal dying time.

    @Tor: GSS!

    @Emster: I shall send you the bill for my latest psychiatrist appointment for inflicting that horrid earworm on me. Bah.

    @BC: Egads, you are entirely correct, and it’s the same year. Wonder if Boris was watching some fitness TV when he drew this.

  10. Bruce Alexander Munro Says:

    And another GSS for @Tor.

  11. A. R. Yngve Says:

    “Trapped on an alien world with a deadly cyst on his right arm, he must find a surgeon or die!”

  12. Francis Boyle Says:

    I may be late but today we’re all just annotations to Tor.

  13. Max Bathroom Says:

    @Francis Boyle
    Has a comment from GSS ever wound up quoted on a book jacket?

  14. Emster Says:

    @BC – I was trying to figure a subtle way to ask if it was a “geez that pose looks familiar” or a result of fitness hero worship – not judging as I’m guilty of jazzercising in the 80s…

    @GSS x-n: apologies – Canada has its own version of DMR, Doug and the Slugs – I won’t include a link to any of their “hits” for fear of getting booted from GSS for causing permanent earworm damage.

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Max: Perhaps we should try to make that happen! Our “favorite” publisher would never do it, because the truth hurts and they are humorless fascists. Scalzi might go for it but he usually gets covers that are at least adequate.

    @Emster: I cannot imagine a world in which a band called “Doug and the Slugs” could ever produce quality songs. So I’m not surprised.

  16. Tat Wood Says:

    @Emster, ex-Noob: not feeling all this Dexy’s hate – anyone who could go on ‘Tiswas’ and explain the band’s name to the nation’s eight year olds is all right by me. However, I do wonder if they put the wrong Kevin in charge. They were a great live Northern Soul band who got waylaid by a novelty hit, like the Small Faces before them and Supergrass fifteen years later.

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Tat: But Northern Soul was cool. COE is… not.

    That was the only song of DMR that was ever played on our side of the Pond, so that’s all we have to go on.

    The “unwashed hillbilly” look in the video didn’t help much.

  18. Tat Wood Says:

    @Gss ex-Noob: It works both ways – Joan Jett is a one-off novelty-act whose hit was a cover of a 70s Boy-Band song (that her US hits include a Gary Glitter cover doesn’t impress anyone in Britain). We’d already had ten years so Suzi Quatro by the time ‘I Love Rock & Roll’ came out. There are any number of bantamweight American bands who are apparently huge (and British bands and artists who used America as a retirement plan once they’d lost it – Rod Stewart, Elton John, Wings, The Sweet, ELO et al all sputtered out around 1973 and limped across the Atlantic).

    Wedding disco fave ‘Come on Eileen’ was the second and last UK Number One for Dexy’s, mainly because there was a war on and more credible stuff was denied air-play. I mean, if Captain Sensible could grab the top spot that summer, all bets were off.

    The preferred term for that look is ‘Crusties’.

  19. Emster Says:

    @Tat – thanks for that link/music history – much more up my alley, DMR is forgiven its one-off horror… Let’s just say commercial pop music is not my thing and leave it at that – If not for a local library full of SF paperbacks and Asimov pulps, I may not have survived the over the top sugar pop 80’s….

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Whereas Suzi Quatro was a one-hit over here (only as a duo) and had to move to the UK to have a career at all. She was only known here for appearing as a friend of Fonzie’s in a few episodes of “Happy Days”. Which means that generations who came after that show went off have no idea of even that.

    Whereas Joan got to be one of the godmothers of US punk and is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She also acts, produces, had a movie made of her early career and even got a Weird Al parody. Plus, she famously don’t give a damn about her bad reptuation.

    Sorry you got stuck with the inferior one before the good one got there.

    @Emster: I survived disco at that age with help of same, so count your blessings! At least our library had covers you could read on the bus.

  21. Tat Wood Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: People who ‘had to move to the UK to have a career at all’ include Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley and the Eagles. Eventually, America caught up with us.

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