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Jack Pierce was the head of makeup for Universal Studios during the 1930s and ‘40s, responsible for the iconic look of all the great movie monsters Universal produced during that time—Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Wolf Man, and others. By the early 1950s, newer and cheaper techniques made him replaceable and he was unceremoniously fired by the studio. A man who should be a Hollywood legend ended his career mostly forgotten, working in B-movies and television.


Don’t stand up
You can talk about me once I’ve quit the room
But I’m going to have a last say
And there is nothing you can do

Let’s not pretend
That this was ever about the films
Only concerns over cost
And the aesthetic of the till

So I’ll move on
Leave all you zombies in my wake
There’s people left in this town
Who value talent over bank

But I won’t be bowed
Or even hurried on my way
‘cause I’m a Universal monster all my days

Sometimes hours
Behind the chair is what it takes
To get the right look on the screen
Or cover up the cheap mistakes

There’s no patent heart
No piece of rubber that fits the role
It’s gotta come from the kit
And from my head and from my soul

So don’t talk art
You only make it sound profane
Stick to the stuff that you know
And leave the dreamers to their games

‘cause I won’t give up
The methods I use to amaze
I’ll stay a Universal monster all my days

Can’t be the kind of man I hate
In time I’d become
The only creature I’m afraid of

So I’ll never turn back
For even one last longed for gaze
I’ll stay a Universal monster all my days




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The Little Miracles of Misanthropy Tempe

The Little Miracles of Misanthropy is Tempe, AZ singer/songwriter Ben Jacobs. Ben writes and performs thought provoking, indie-folk driven acoustic music that explores nature, history, literature, and the simple struggle to be good humans.


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