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Coneheads
The Coneheads was a recurring sketch on Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
(SNL) about a family of aliens with bald conical heads. It originated on the Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
season 2, episode, and starred Dan Aykroyd
Dan Aykroyd
as father Beldar, Jane Curtin
Jane Curtin
as mother Prymaat, and Laraine Newman
Laraine Newman
as daughter Connie. It was later made into the movie.Contents1 Summary 2 Strange behaviors 3 Conceptual origins 4 Music 5 Other formats 6 SNL appearances 7 Licensed usage 8 See also 9 References 10 External linksSummary[edit] The Coneheads are an alien family, natives of the planet Remulak, who find themselves stranded on Earth. The Coneheads' most distinguishing feature is that, as their name implies, the tops of their heads are shaped like large cones
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Frank Zappa
Frank Vincent Zappa[nb 1] (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American musician, composer, activist and filmmaker. His work is characterized by nonconformity, free-form improvisation, sound experiments, musical virtuosity, and satire of American culture.[2] In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, pop, jazz, jazz fusion, orchestral and musique concrète works, and produced almost all of the 60-plus albums that he released with his band the Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist.[3] Zappa also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. He is considered one of the most innovative and stylistically diverse rock musicians of his era.[4][5] As a self-taught composer and performer, Zappa's diverse musical influences led him to create music that was sometimes difficult to categorize
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Halloween
Halloween
Halloween
or Hallowe'en (a contraction of All Hallows' Evening),[5] also known as Allhalloween,[6] All Hallows' Eve,[7] or All Saints' Eve,[8] is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian
Western Christian
feast of All Hallows' Day. It begins the three-day observance of Allhallowtid
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Robin Williams
Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American stand-up comedian and television and film actor. Chicago-born, Williams started as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles
Los Angeles
in the mid-1970s. He is credited with leading San Francisco's comedy renaissance.[5] After rising to fame as an alien called Mork in TV sitcom Mork & Mindy Williams established a career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting. He was known for his improvisational skills.[6][7] After his first starring film role in Popeye (1980), Williams starred or co-starred in various films that achieved both critical acclaim and financial success, including Good Morning, Vietnam
Good Morning, Vietnam
(1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Aladdin (1992), The Birdcage
The Birdcage
(1996), and Good Will Hunting (1997)
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Marvel Comics
Marvel Comics
Marvel Comics
is the common name and primary imprint of Marvel Worldwide Inc., formerly Marvel Publishing, Inc. and Marvel Comics Group, a publisher of American comic books and related media. In 2009, The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company
acquired Marvel Entertainment, Marvel Worldwide's parent company. Marvel started in 1939 as Timely Publications, and by the early 1950s, had generally become known as Atlas Comics
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Barking Pumpkin Records
Barking Pumpkin Records is an American independent record label based in California, United States, that specialized in mail order releases. The label was founded in 1980 by Frank Zappa, who named it after his wife's smoker's cough when she tried to quit the habit.[1]Contents1 History 2 Artists 3 References 4 External linksHistory[edit] After leaving Warner Bros. Records, Zappa founded the label Zappa Records in 1977, and formed a deal with Phonogram Inc., which distributed the label's releases in the United States.[2] Its first release was the live album Sheik Yerbouti, followed by the dystopian rock opera Joe's Garage.[2] After Phonogram refused to release the single "I Don't Wanna Get Drafted", which criticized Jimmy Carter's reintroduction of the military draft,[2] Zappa founded Barking Pumpkin, who released the single in 1980
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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
"Girls Just Want to Have Fun" is a song written by and first recorded in 1979 by American musician Robert Hazard. It is better known as a single by American singer Cyndi Lauper, whose version was released in 1983.[1] It was the first major single released by Lauper as a solo artist and the lead single from her debut studio album She's So Unusual (1983). Lauper’s version gained recognition as a feminist anthem and was promoted by a Grammy-winning music video. It has been covered, either as a studio recording or in a live performance, by over 30 other artists. The single was Lauper's breakthrough hit, reaching number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and becoming a worldwide hit throughout late 1983 and early 1984. It remains one of Lauper's signature songs and was a widely popular song during the era of its release, the 1980s
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Cyndi Lauper
Cynthia Ann Stephanie Lauper (born June 22, 1953)[1] is an American singer, songwriter, actress and LGBT rights
LGBT rights
activist.[2][3] Her career has spanned over 30 years.[3] Her debut solo album She's So Unusual (1983) was the first debut female album to chart four top-five hits on the Billboard Hot 100—"Girls Just Want to Have Fun", "Time After Time", "She Bop", and "All Through the Night"—and earned Lauper the Best New Artist award at the 27th Grammy Awards in 1985. Her success continued with the soundtrack for the motion picture The Goonies
The Goonies
and her second record True Colors (1986). This album included the number one single "True Colors" and "Change of Heart", which peaked at number three. Since 1989, Lauper has released nine studio albums and participated in many other projects
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You Are What You Is
You Are What You Is is a double album by Frank Zappa. It was originally released as a double album in 1981 and later by Rykodisc as a 20-song CD.Contents1 Production 2 Music and lyrics 3 Release history3.1 Digital errors4 Track listing 5 Personnel5.1 Musicians 5.2 Production staff6 Charts 7 ReferencesProduction[edit] After the release of Joe's Garage, Frank Zappa set up his home studio, the Utility Muffin Research Kitchen, and planned to release a triple LP live album called Warts and All
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Conocephalus
See textConocephalus is a genus of bush-crickets, known as coneheads (a term also applied to members of the related genus Ruspolia)
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This Island Earth
This Island Earth is a 1955 American science fiction film from Universal International, produced by William Alland, directed by Joseph M. Newman and Jack Arnold, that stars Jeff Morrow, Faith Domergue and Rex Reason. It is based on the eponymous 1952 novel by Raymond F. Jones, which was originally published in the magazine Thrilling Wonder Stories
Thrilling Wonder Stories
as three related novelettes: "The Alien Machine" in the June 1949 issue, "The Shroud of Secrecy" in December 1949, and "The Greater Conflict" in February 1950
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The Point!
The Point! is the sixth studio album by American songwriter and musician Harry Nilsson, released in 1971. It was accompanied by an animated film adaptation directed by Fred Wolf, which aired a few weeks after the album's release. Its lead single, "Me and My Arrow", peaked at number 34 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Point! is a fable that tells the story of a boy named Oblio, the only round-headed person in the Pointed Village, where by law everyone and everything must have a point. Nilsson explained his inspiration for The Point!: "I was on acid and I looked at the trees and I realized that they all came to points, and the little branches came to points, and the houses came to point
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Harry Nilsson
Harry Edward Nilsson III (June 15, 1941 – January 15, 1994), usually credited as Nilsson, was an American singer-songwriter who achieved the peak of his commercial success in the early 1970s. His work is characterized by pioneering vocal overdub experiments, returns to the Great American Songbook, and fusions of Caribbean sounds. A tenor with a three-and-a-half octave range, Nilsson was one of the few major pop-rock recording artists of his era to achieve significant commercial success without ever performing major public concerts or undertaking regular tours.[2] The craft of his songs and the defiant attitude he projected remains a touchstone for later generations of indie rock musicians.[3] Born in Brooklyn, Nilsson moved to Los Angeles
Los Angeles
as a teenager to escape his family's poor financial situation
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Easter Island
Easter
Easter
Island (Rapa Nui: Rapa Nui, Spanish: Isla de Pascua) is a Chilean island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeasternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle
Polynesian Triangle
in Oceania. Easter Island is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapa Nui
Rapa Nui
people. In 1995, UNESCO
UNESCO
named Easter Island a World Heritage Site, with much of the island protected within Rapa Nui
Rapa Nui
National Park. Polynesian people most likely settled on Easter
Easter
Island sometime between 700 and 1100 AD and created a thriving and industrious culture as evidenced by the island's numerous enormous stone moai and other artifacts
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Moai
Moai
Moai
/ˈmoʊ.aɪ/ ( listen), or mo‘ai, are monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people
Rapa Nui people
on Easter Island
Easter Island
in eastern Polynesia
Polynesia
between the years 1250 and 1500.[1][2] Nearly half are still at Rano Raraku, the main moai quarry, but hundreds were transported from there and set on stone platforms called ahu around the island's perimeter. Almost all moai have overly large heads three-eighths the size of the whole statue
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Taboo
A taboo is a vehement prohibition of an action based on the belief that such behavior is either too sacred or too accursed for ordinary individuals to undertake.[1][2] Such prohibitions are present in virtually all societies.[1] On a comparative basis taboos, for example related to food items, seem to make no sense at all as what may be declared unfit for one group by custom or religion may be perfectly acceptable to another. Whether scientifically correct or not, taboos are often meant to protect the human individual, but there are numerous other reasons for their existence. An ecological or medical background is apparent in many, including some that are seen as religious or spiritual in origin. Taboos can help utilize a resource more efficiently, but when applied to only a subsection of the community they can also serve to suppress a subsection of the community
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