Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – Bowling Pin Brush

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I’ve collected nine of these over the years. Though I’m known for my bowling ball gardens, once I find #10 it will be one of the only strikes I’ve ever scored.

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Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – Power To The People Belt Buckle

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Heavy 1970′s metal belt buckle puts the power where you need it, on the belly of the beast. I’m still looking for the matching cufflinks.

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Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – Power To The People Salt & Pepper Shakers

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Hand carved vintage wooden S&P’s that double as incense holders. Made in the 1960′s when this fist symbol really took hold. Right on! Right on! Personal empowerment for all.

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Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – 70′s Pop Groups Trash Can

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Kitsch konnoisseurs live for artwork like this, especially when on a garbage can. Companies too cheap to pay for the real thing but desperate to cash in on trends with generic look-a-likes, in this case David Cassidy meets Andy Gibb with a splash of Davy Jones type guys with superwiiiide bellbottoms, Victorian shirts and Beatles meet John Kennedy hair helmets grown moppier for the 70′s, all pasted on top of psychedelic oil blobby color stripes that represented a totally different kind of music than these kind of guys sang. Add to that numbers printed on the can that make no sense – 68, 44, 99, what?! – as if the art director was trying to add some pop and didn’t know where else to go. All the more perfect to throw your garbage in!

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Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – “God Bless Our Camper” Plate

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There’s nothing more I like to do on Sundays than take rides. I stock the car like it’s a motel, all amenities neatly arranged within arms reach, and tool through LA and vicinity photographing and making strategic pit stops at my favorite soul food restaurants. I’ve always dreamed of having a tricked out camper to make my rendezvous even more comfortable and have a selection of front mirror danglers, mud flaps and chasing lights license plate frames already purchased should the happy day ever arrive. In the meantime, I content myself with camper memorabilia, of which this quaint porcelain plate is requisite.

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Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – Priority Mail Envelope Hat

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I love USPO Priority Mail envelopes because they’re made of that non rip, indestructible material that you could lose your teeth trying to open. So it only makes sense that this practical and functional envelope be used as fabric for a hat or any other garment for that matter. Made entirely of one envelope with a black mesh top it’s light, keeps the one side of my hair in check and looks sharp on top of it!  

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Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – Mexican Elvis On Velvet

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Looking like he was baked by a south of the border blazing sun, this almost African American Elvis on velvet also has a semi-Oriental thing going on in one of his eyes. I never saw Elvis in a white shirt and denim jacket either so perhaps the artist’s concept was presenting the day worker King. It certainly is the equal opportunity Elvis of all Elvises on velvet. Green velvet no less to show off that gorgeous tone.

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Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – Sammy Davis Jr. Real Dollar Bill

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In 1978, I sat next to the Candy Man on his 30′ monogrammed Gucci couch. It was the first huge movie star’s home I’d ever been in and there we were eating ribs together, Sammy dabbing sauce off the locking G’s and my chin. He was wild about my song that had just come out, EWF’s “September”, but I was still penniless as my royalties were so delayed. Every time I look at this dollar bill I remember the thrill of the ribs/Gucci/ Sammy moment and how excited I was that life was looking up. 

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What Social Networks And Songwriting Have In Common

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What’s to make me join yet another social network when I’m already a member of so many, dragging myself ’round the clock to fulfill my duties as a responsible citizen on each of them? What’s to make me listen to a record that sounds like everything else – same beat, loop or intellectually challenged lyric? It’s one thing to be first. It’s another to be 43rd.

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Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – Del Rubio Triplet Update!

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After seeing the incredibly warm and enthusiastic response to my post a couple of weeks ago of me with my proudest musical discovery, the incomparable mini-skirted/ go-go booted Del Rubio Triplets, I am happy to announce that I’m working with Millie, the surviving triplet, on a possible comeback. Great progress was made this weekend in reuniting her with her guitar for the first time since Eadie, the oldest triplet (by 15 and 30 minutes respectively) left us in 1996. Still too early to tell if a concert is in the making as it’s clear it will be a long road back, but the mere fact that the guitar case was cranked open and the first dreadfully out of tune chords were struck is reason enough to keep hope alive! Will keep y’all posted.

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