“American Idol” jumped the shark a good five years ago… no need to belabor what a self-conscious drab show it’s become. Long gone are the days of launching such true talents as Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia, Diana Degarmo, Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Jordin Sparks, Ace Young, Katharine McPhee and Kellie Pickler.
And then there’s my beloved Kimberley Locke. She posted on Facebook Thursday that it’s been a decade since the release of her Curb Records’ smash hit “8th World Wonder.” I watched the video and 12 hours later, it remains lodged in my little pea brain, with the chorus playing over & again. The good ones stay withcha, right?
That was the first of many No. 1 songs for Kim, hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Chart (No. 19 at top 40 & No. 6 at AC), followed by top 10 AC “Change” and three chart-topping Christmas songs: “Up On the Rooftop,” “Jingle Bells” and “Frosty the Snowman.”
Last year, heavenly dance track “Feel the Love” (with Cahill) reached No. 1 on the U.K. Pop & Dance charts… while Kimberley continues to address groups globally & spread her positive message. I met Kim through dear pal Fred Bronson… and have connected numerous time in NYC and LA since… as well as the pleasure of reviewing her music numerous times as Billboard’s Single Reviews Editor. As you might imagine, Kim is all positive energy, funny (with an infectious laugh) and smart as shit, ever moving forward in her well-entrenched career. Eighth world wonder, indeed. *
P.S. I miss The Smoking Nun… Hopefully we’ll be relaunching this summer!
Happy Thanksgiving from The Smoking Nun. Hope you ate enough to down a horse! *
This is utterly genius! *
As an ever-resourceful shopper, one of my favorite destinations is Unique Thrift Store in Downtown Brooklyn. Last week I gamboled around the premises for goodies and happened upon a vintage double burger cooker/sandwich maker that had to have been from the late 1970s.
When I opened the box, I was giddily amazed to discover that the item had never been used. All of the original packing was in place, it was pristine clean and even included the little recipe booklet. It was almost too good to be true. Perhaps the only thing better was the price: $7.99. Oh, come on, how could I resist?
Not only is the Ambassador “Burger & Sandwich Maker Double Size” capable of cooking burgers in one minute, but you can also make grilled cheese sandwiches and tuna melts, while using the “grill” to cook eggs, bacon and steaks. Eureka!
Once I brought my prize home, I searched the web for retro ads and any info I could find about the appliance… I found nothing, except one newspaper advert from a department store in 1978 offering the item on sale for $24.88.
On Friday, I cooked my first burger, and indeed it was better than any previous means I’ve used with modern technology. George Foreman Grill is a mess to try and clean, while a frying pan makes a spattered mess of the simple task. Of course, there are comparable devices made today, but every once in a while, they got it right way back when. And retro… even better. Delish! *
These are the kind of offers I’m going to be getting in the mail now? Seriously? Suddenly, AARP doesn’t look so degrading. *