Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Psycho Jello and the Original Six Degrees Game

For those who may not be familiar, Psycho Jello is a GREAT site/Twitter handle/online presence which fills the niche of those who want way too much info about the boys, including a HUGE photo gallery.  They re-claim the marketing pseudo-babble that has been used to derogatorily describe the 60's in general, and the Monkees in particular.

They are not to be confused with Naked Persimmon, a Fanfic/NSFW/earthy sexual fantasies about a certain favorite group.  They are also extremely intelligent, clever and proud of their approach (as well they should be).  i.e. If you can't handle it, leave!  Because it is all done with tremendous amounts of LOVE.

One teensy sidebar of the Psycho Jello site, which I will admit to having JUST NOW discovered is their take on the Traditional Kevin Bacon Six Degrees Game:

http://www.psycho-jello.com/monkees/6degrees.html

A full listing of celebrities and how many degrees apart they are from the Monkees.  Including Steven Spielberg and Bob Marley.

Excellently done.

I may point out that the original goal here was to do the same, but to limit the outer edges to other musicians/actors of the 60's.  Starting at various points, seeing where it leads, with lots of fun along the way.  (And on that point, we've succeeded).

My personal experience has been less of a parlor game than the idea that one band's work was wide enough to accommodate a wide range of other people and ideas. (Imagine a circle)  These people and ideas are in sympathy with others (a larger circle around the first).  I like tangents, and history, and learning and discovery. And sharing what I've learned.

Perhaps this blog is closer to the theory of mapping out someone's mind and trying to trace all their influences, limited to music, tv, vaudeville and the general history of entertainment up to the present moment.

I may retitle this blog in future, but in the spirit of wanderlust, will keep getting lost on tangents while hitting as many nodes as possible on the cosmic wheel of life.

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