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In the Name of Glam...

feet.jpgI'll be the first to admit I do some really quirky things in the name of Glam. I'm sure some find these "quirks" endearing while others can't be bothered with my insanity.

A list of my biggest (and most recent) Glam quirks:

01. I had my toenails painted Poison green. It's hard to tell by the adjacent photo, but please believe, the green is definitely of the Poison variety. I'm pretty sure even the nail salon owners were impressed (amused?) by my color choice. Shock of shocks, the bottle of polish was completely full as if I was the first person to ever want Poison green toes...

02. Speaking of Poison green...I forced my husband to paint our newly renovated basement this color. Ok, so I cut the color with a tamer lime and used the Poison green as an accent, but still: I have a Poison green bar. In my basement. So Glam.

03. I spent 45 minutes the other day looking at vanity plates for my car. Glam was taken (damnit!) but I'm pretty sure I can come up with a suitable variation for my little car. It's the time of year when I have to renew a tag *and* get a new license, so I might as well get a vanity plate while I'm enjoying conversation with the pleasant people at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

04. My husband just built me a writer's office. When it came time to paint, he asked what I wanted and I said "Bring Back Glam!" pink. Guess what? That's the exact color I've got. Like Poison, I believe in sticking with your brand and boy am I dedicated to pink.

05. I wear rhinestone skull earrings to work. This tends to (still) confuse quite a lot of people. From far away it appears I'm wearing boring old earrings. A closer look reveals an angry skull and crossbones. The earrings say "Yeah, buddy in cubicle 4356, I'm looking at you and I don't mess around." On days when subtly alludes me I wear giant hoop skull earrings and some sort of rhinestone top.

06. I quote random Glam lyrics in normal work conversation. This humors me to no end. Naturally no one usually understands the joke, but that's alright. I am a fan of cheap entertainment and I'm easily amused. "No boss, the other team didn't get that report done and we're not gonna take it!" I giggle to myself and all is right with the world.

07. I try to play songs way out of my league on my bass because damnit, I'm a Glam musician! The practice sessions usually end with me completely frustrated and then returning to the homework assigned by my bass teacher. Is it so wrong that I want to play a little Megadeth at the end of a long day? The really quirky part is that I have a tendency to pick the hardest songs of a band's catalog to learn. I get frustrated, my husband gets frustrated, chaos ensues and I never learn the damn song. The next morning, I wake up and think "Today I'll play 'Primal Scream' on the first try."

08. Quirky is my middle name when it comes to sweets. You see, I am a junk food lover. Pass, I'm an addict. I'll admit it. My name is Allyson and I am addicted to junk food. Often, when I'm standing in front of the long freezers at the grocery, I stare blankly at the ice cream cartons and think "these flavors should have Glammer names." Like Quiet Nut Riot Sundae or Lynam Licorice or Stairway to Rocky Road Heaven. You get the idea.

09. I make up false words and phrases in the name of Glam. I did it above with "Glammer." Or at least I think I did. As in, which of these bands is Glammer? Or, "Glam gracious" or "Glam goodness."

10. At random times of the day I'll think "I wonder what David Coverdale is doing right now."

Yeah. I'm certifiable. Please tell me you also do quirky things in the name of Glam.  





Reader Comments (14)

Things I have done:

1) complete & total makeover at the hairdressers before a concert. I've had all my nails, a perm or color, and waxing done. :)

2) My license plate: WNGRNUT (Winger Nut...instead of wing nut) Husbands: QNSRYKE (Queensryche). Yep, we're the original Heavy Metal/Glam mixed marriage. ;)

3) Still working on Chessie's "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame" in the main corridor of my house. It's kind of sad...I have Chris Caffery's (TSO, Savatage) pick in a frame on one side, and my Winger autographed drum head on the other. I have a wad of collectors' cards and photos (some autographed) that I need to frame and put up too.
June 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChessie
Well, I did spend hours on the phone today yelling at the people who send me Metal Hammer b/c the Iron Maiden stickers were missing. Does that count ? If not, I guess all I have is my jacket.
June 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
I wear rock t shirts every day..even in the summer..people think im nuts..beccause theyre black..but hey..I wear my heros shirts proud hahaha!!..But when I go to shows..I get pretty glammed out ..Allyson your house sounds awesome!!!...Hope you and Eric are doing good..Jody says hello too =)
June 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoe
Yes Allyson you could be right about being certifiable - lol.

Well i have kinda inforced my 'Glam' views on my daughter (21 months) - she wears Kiss T shirts/vests alot and i have her a modified little denim jacket which i put a Motley crue patch on - so cute. I am painting her bedroom Pink and silver and i did want to have lots of little skulls on it but her Gran has told me im weird so i most likely will leave the skulls out.
June 26, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterred6ixx
Joe - what's nuts about that ? I have two drawers full of concert Ts, mostly black, and a cupboard full of other clothes I've not worn for years.
June 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
All I can say is...if you lived in Toronto, you'd be mine and my friend Liz's new best friend. You have NO idea the insane things we do in the name of Glam.
June 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVicky
I have many GLAM posters/pictures hanging on the wall above my desk at work on the receiving dock, My wife, Kids, Grandkids, KISS, Slash, Mandy Lion WWIII & I, Brett Michaels & I, Alice Cooper with my wife & I, etc. Also a huge promotional poster of the cancelled show with FireHouse, Warrant, & LoveBone, May 7, 2006, Utica, NY, Stanley Theater. This was due to poor ticket sales a few days before the show. A schedule of were my band {LoveBone}is playing.
June 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRoy
I have to think on this one...Something out of the ordinary...I really don't know haha
June 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoe
In case you didn't already know...Nelson, Mark Slaughter, and othes are playing at the Newport in Columbus on Aug. 2nd. :)
June 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristine
You KNOW I get glammed up for shows. I dont have a glam license plate but my buddy Dennis does. He has GR8WITE "Great White".
June 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
Not only do I also routinely quote random glam lyrics in the course of normal conversation, I've also been known to go on diatribes using lines from Slaughter's "Burnin' Bridges"! :-D All I have to do is say "Why?", in my best imitation from "I Want Action", to my brother and we both crack up!

Then again, given that my love for giant monster movies rivals my love for glam I'm obviously also easily amused. Maybe I should start posting under the name "Glamera"? Hey, there's another glam inspired made up word for ya, Allyson! :-D

As for doing something quirky in the name of glam, I still proudly incorporate yellow and black into my wardrobe and will purposefully choose to buy items in that color scheme whenever the option is available!
I'm speechless, your feet look just plainly amazing in green.
December 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFM
Wow, your feet are breathtaking.
January 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersome guy
Geezuz, this is trying too hard, I'm guessing you are older and you think these things make you different, what makes you different is you doing it at your age, which is high I'm guessing from your adding random somg lyrics from the 80's into conversation. So many people wear colored nail polish nowa days it doesnt make you quirky, it makes you just like everyone else, sorry to be such a bitch but this just irritated me beyond all reasoning, people trying too hard to be something, is like, ooo I wear black polish so I must be goth. and "I'm pretty sure even the nail salon owners were impressed (amused?) by my color choice" I'm sure they werent.. they see lots of older ladies trying to be like teens .-yawn-
September 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshlee

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