Jun 14

'Three wishes ... feeling lucky, punk?'

Emster comments: Genesis? I thought you said genie… Just spin L. Ron some futuristic mumbo-jumbo, it’ll be great.

Tag Wizard comments: Smirky McSmug makes an appearance on L. Ron Humpday!

Published 1988

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: 7.09 out of 10)

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19 Responses to “Black Genesis”

  1. Tor Mented Says:

    Big Trouble in Little Ankara.

  2. Steve S Says:

    sounds like Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Mike Rutherfood and Phil Collins are getting together for one last bash.

  3. NomadUK Says:

    In this thrill-a-minute sequel to Black Narcissus, Kurt Russell, retired hitman and brother of Sister Ruth, travels incognito to Mopu, gunning for Mr Dean. This time, it’s personal.

  4. fred Says:

    The Sultan of Clothing finds himself in dire straights.

  5. JJYoyo Says:

    @fred: GSS!

    You see a genie in the dark
    It’s lightning in the park but meantime,
    South of volcano, he’s doing his halo thing,
    Aladdin’s blowing Dixie, double four time
    With a giant technicolor kazoo

    He is the sultan, the sultan of swing.

    @Emster: GSS! Has the art direction also whitewashed Black Genie? Typical.

    @Tor Mented: GSS! Hell, everyone GSS!

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    Oh blimey! Too many options.

    Following Steve S and Fred, I could go Muso:
    “Peter Gabriel’s 1974 version of Agadoo wasn’t as big a hit as the one ten years later.”

    I could go Menk:
    “All those photos of Neil Patrick Harris were a bluff – Russell T Davies has cast Nathan Fillon as the Celestial Toymaker.”

    I could go Movie-Buff:
    “Rudy Ray Moore’s remake of “Search for Spock” allowed Steven Segal too much leeway with his Klingon costume”

    Or I could just ask if Louis Farrakhan thinks Cyprus really looks like that.

    That’s more thought put into this than the author or artist did.

  7. Ryan Says:

    Biff didn’t have time to change after his meeting at the local Masonic Lodge before it was time to fight crime / blow dixie double four time, apparently.

  8. Max Bathroom Says:

    The cover model is croaking “I’m hatman” at his intended victim as he whips out his weapon…

  9. Leak Says:

    A black Genesis? Around here we call that a Megadrive…

  10. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Genie Boy employs his Magic Dustbuster™ to prove there’s nothing up his sleeve!

  11. GSS ex-noob Says:

    I was trying to remember if it was Tuesday or Wednesday and lo, it has been revealed.

    So much GSS! but most especially to @Tor right off the bat. Everyone before me gets a GSS today.

    (he’s the Xeeeenu of Swing!)

    I’m feeling that this should be one of those 50s/60s Italian movies, you know the lot. He’s giving big Steve Reeves energy.

    Also, ain’t no way the Magic Dustbuster™ fits under/in that jacket/sleeve without showing.

    I give you another soundtrack song other than Dire Straits:

    and the related:

  12. Hammy Says:

    @GSSx-n (prev.):

    Great songs.

    I guess I’m stuck in the 80s, though. I saw the title and thought of this song:

    Bonus points for Shriekback using the word “parthenogenesis” in the lyrics….

  13. Hammy Says:

    @GSSx-n (prev.):

    Great songs!

    More evidence I’m stuck in the 1980s. I saw the title and immediately thought of this song:

    Bonus points to Shriekback for using “parthenogenesis” in the lyrics….

  14. JJYoyo Says:

    @Hammy: begs the question of whether he is a priest, a cannibal, or a prehistoric animal – or all 3.

    Agreed on the bonus points for rhyming nemesis with parthenogenesis – they had to outdo Brian Eno: “but if you study the logistics and heuristics of the mystics you will find that their minds rarely move in a line” …

    @GSSxN: Xenu of Swing: GSS! … even though I thought that was Benny Goodman.

  15. A. R. Yngve Says:

    L. Ron Hubbard’s

    “You may have three wishes, mortal – as long as they are approved by the Church!”

  16. Emster Says:

    Woo! GSS all!!!

    @Hammy – thanks for the blast from the past. Shriekback opened for Simple Minds at Maple Leaf Gardens in ’85, and my nerdy little mind was blown.


  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Hammy: With a cover as goofy and stereotyped as this, I had to go for the novelty comedy songs, each of which fit the art and the previous comments.

  18. Hammy Says:

    @GSSX-n (prev.):

    Excellent choices, both. Ray Stevens is a treasure, regionally if not nationally. 🙂

    Spot-on about the stereotyping, of course.

  19. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Hammy: Ray *is* a national treasure. And he had some legit non-novelty hits, plus lots of gospel. But I always loved his comedy songs, and thought our younger members or non-Americans needed to hear the absolute perfect theme songs for this cover. Stereotypical kitsch for art of same.

    He did a parody of Every Barry Manilow Song Ever in the late 70s, and since my mom was a big, big Manilow fan and we only had one TV, I watched Barry’s special. He had Ray on, singing it! I thought that was cool of both of them.

    I still picture this cover guy talking and everyone’s lips don’t match the dubbing, because it’s an Italian “historical” movie.

    @Tag Wiz: Is there also a “ridiculous hat” tag? Because that red feather, dangling in his peripheral vision all the time… eesh.

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