Sunday, April 7, 2019

Time


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Did you remember that Daylight Savings ends today in Oz and that 3.00am became 2.00am? If you didn’t, better change your clocks now. 

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Some time related items . . . 

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If I Could Turn Back Time: 

See and hear Cher sing the above song at: 

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Some trivia . . . 
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Released in 1989, Cher ind itially hated the song and refused to record it. Diane Warren, the writer of the song, has "I held her leg down during a session and said, 'You have to record it!'" According to Warren, Cher's response was, "Fuck you, bitch! You're hurting my leg! OK, I'll try it." Once Cher had recorded the tune, according to Warren "She gave me this look like, 'You were right.'"

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Cher was 44 when she recorded this song. That’s her 12 year old son, Elijah Blue, on guitar who gets a hip bump from her. 


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The video was filmed aboard the decommissioned battleship USS Missouri, the Big Mo, in Los Angeles whilst the ship was moored at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard. Those are real sailors and they were given a concert aboard the Big Mo. 


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The Dept. of the Navy had granted permission for the music video shoot because of its potential for boosting Navy recruitment: the Navy did not have a budget for TV ads in 1989. Unaware of the skimpy outfit Cher intended to wear (the storyboards had shown her in a jumpsuit), the Navy received criticism for allowing the video shoot, especially from World War II veterans who saw it as a desecration of a national historic site that should be treated with reverence: the USS Missouri was the site of the Empire of Japan's Surrender on September 2, 1945, thus ending World War II. 

Japanese surrender ceremony aboard the USS Missouri. The original caption for the photograph read: 

9/4/1945 - Tokyo Bay, Japan: Lt. Gen. Jonathan Wainwright, and Gen. A.E. Percival, British defender of Singapore in 1942, both recently released from a Jap prison camp, salute as Gen. Douglas MacArthur (R, facing camera) prepares to sign the document of Japan's surrender aboard the battleship Missouri. While the allied delegations and ship crew members watch intently, the General reaches into his pocket for one of the five pens he used to sign the documents. Jap delegation is in background. 

Representatives of the Empire of Japan at the time of signing the Instrument of Surrender aboard the USS Missouri, moored in the Bay of Tokyo at the time. Is the chap at the front on the right wearing spurs? 


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Cher's outfit for the original video, a fishnet body stocking under a black one-piece bathing suit that left most of her buttocks (and a tattoo of a butterfly) exposed, proved very controversial, and many television networks refused to show the video. MTV first banned the video, and later played it only after 9 PM. A second version of the video was made, including new scenes and less overtly sexual content than the original. The sailors were already in place and the band had begun playing when Cher emerged in her outfit. Lt Cmdr Steve Honda from the Navy's Hollywood Liaison office requested video director Marty Callner briefly suspend shooting and convince Cher to change into more conservative attire, but Callner refused. 


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In 2010, 64-year-old Cher presented the Video of the Year award at the MTV Video Music Awards wearing the same outfit she wore in this video. Under most circumstances, her get-up would have been the one getting the most buzz, but the winner was Lady Gaga (for "Bad Romance"), who accepted wearing a dress made of meat. 


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Time for some humour . . . 

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