I feel you, Johanna

Halloween is coming, so I recently watched the video of the 1982 touring company of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.  I wonder if the opening lines of the song “Johanna”- “I feel you, Johanna, I feel you”- are the source of the phrase “I feel you,” meaning “I share your concerns and understand your position,” that was in such widespread use a couple of years ago.  Anyway, it’s a good song.  Here is a clip from that 1982 video showing the bits of it from before and after the confrontation between the sailor Anthony and the evil Judge Turpin:

Out of context, a man telling a woman that no barriers can stop him from his plan to “steal” her may sound creepy, though in the show it is clear that she needs all the help she can get to escape from Judge Turpin and the nightmarish London he and men like him have created.  Perhaps the problem of the male rescuer can be alleviated a bit if we turn to Bernadette Peters’ concert version of the song:

Another reinterpretation of the song is provided here, by Robert Adams:

“Happily you were not rotten…”

Weirdomatic goes bananas

Over at Weirdomatic, fotb Irina Alexandra has posted a gallery of banana-shaped household products.  I found these especially charming:

Banana Vases

Banana Furniture

Furniture made to look like bananas:

banana-bed-humor-01

and

banana rocker

and

katy perry

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The banana coffin

Banana art in the news:

banana casket

MONTROSE, Colo.—Casket makers catering to natural burials have offered biodegradable coffins made of such materials as recycled newspapers or cardboard. Montrose-based Ecoffins USA is selling caskets made of banana sheaves.

They take six months to two years to biodegrade.

Marketing director Joanna Passarelli says the company sold $40,000 worth of banana-sheaf or bamboo coffins to funeral homes last year.

At least 14 funeral homes around the country offer them.

Ecoffins USA is the sister company of The SAWD Partnership, which has helped fuel the “green” funeral movement in the United Kingdom.

In natural burials, bodies aren’t embalmed and eventually decompose into the earth.

Banana Art Today

Click on the image for its source.   

beagle-nana

These two look happy: 

loving couple

These don’t look too tasty:

don't look tasty

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A Banana by Andy Warhol

banana-1967

Zippers

Crooked Brains has a long post featuring a gallery of zipper-themed designs.  Several of the images suggest natural phenomena replaced or altered to include zippers.  Among them are trees, eggs, and a human tongue.  The one for us:

zipper-banana

With that figure!

From yahoo:

with-that-figure

Banana Scrimshaw

Here’s a form of banana art we’ve not yet covered on Los Thunderlads, art made by incising marks into the peels of bananas.  For example, this piece by Brazilian sculptor Tonico Lemo Auad, a face made of pinpricks that becomes visible only as the banana rots:

face

face

This one, via The Yummy Banana, apparently first appeared on The Tattooed Banana, but it seems to have been removed from that site.

Spider Tat

Spider Tat

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Human/ Banana Ripeness Chart

From thesneeze, a chart about aging.  This chart was posted on 3 October 2004.  Michael Fernandes did something very similar at a Nova Scotia gallery four years later, as I noted previously.   The posting on thesneeze includes lots of explanatory comments under the pictures, some of them funny, while Fernandes did not include explanatory text with his installation.  Also, Fernandes reversed the usual chronology of maturation and decay by setting out fresher bananas each day.    

Childhood

Childhood

Teenage years

Teenage years

20s

20s

30s-40s

30s-40s

50s-60s

50s-60s

Old Age

Old Age

Death

Death

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