Tuesday, March 5, 2013

You're As Cold As Ice...


...you're willing to sacrifice our love.
You never take advice,
but someday you'll pay the price, I know.
I've seen it before, it happens all the time.
You're closing the door, you leave the world behind.
You're digging for gold, yet throwing away
A fortune in feelings, but someday you'll pay...
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Cold As Ice is one of those inescapable staples of Top 40/Classic rock radio (you've probably heard it at least twice today) so when I read this interview with Foreigner's Mick Jones recently, I was slightly delighted:
"What else - well, "Cold As Ice" was written after watching the movie Mommy Dearest with Joan Crawford, and whimsical as it was, that was the inspiration."
Never mind that he spelled the title wrong or that he doesn't even seem to understand the difference between the real Joan Crawford and Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford, what the Hell:
Even driving to work, just listening to random rock music, it really is all about Joan!

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

"COLD AS ICE" RELEASED 1977; "MOMMY DEAREST" RELEASED 1981...

Rob said...

Damn. Thank you (I had no idea when Cold As Ice came out).
Maybe he was thinking of "I want to know what love is"???

Neely O'Hara said...

I was willing to think he meant the book, but even that post-dates the song.

Anonymous said...

I heard an interview where he said the inspiration came from watching an old movie of Miss Crawford's.

Anonymous said...

I heard the interview with Mick Jones and my understanding is that Mick had been watching an old movie of Miss Crawfords in which she plays a ruthless character and that had been the inspiration for the song. Mommie Dearest was not mentioned and I think he was referring to one of the many great movies Miss Crawford appeared in, not the embrassing, fictional piece of junk that is "Mommie Dearest"

Rob said...

"I heard the interview with Mick Jones and my understanding is that Mick had been watching an old movie of Miss Crawfords in which she plays a ruthless character and that had been the inspiration for the song."
Holy smokes, what was he watching, Queen Bee? http://imnotpatty.blogspot.com/search?q=queen+bee That would be even better than MD as far as inspiring of Cold As Ice!

(and btw, sorry for the delayed response. All comments go to spam automatically now, so I don't see them for a while, but they ARE all appreciated!)

Anonymous said...

Perhaps you didn't hear the Mick Jone's interview. His comments were said with absolute respect and admiration for Crawford's acting ability, something that is all to often overlooked. I can't work out if you are more intent on continuing the camp, fey parody that so many people associate themselves and Crawford with, or if you genuinely respect her and her achievements. Crawford deserves better than this stigma. Crawford always said she never wanted to perceived as some sort of joke. If this "Kewpie Doll lifestyle" works for you, that's cool, but don't continue to perpetuate the farce of Mommie Dearest, with one of the greatest phenomenons of 20th century popular culture. Crawford deserves better.

Rob said...

Hey Anon, apologies! Trust me, I respect, revere and admire the living hell out of Joan Crawford.

I completely understand how you feel. My skew on a story like this is that, well--MD may have overshadowed her astounding achievements (although that is definitely changing the last 10 years or so) but on the other hand, how thoroughly she does remain the center of attention in a way that almost none of her peers do.

Whenever I get ahold of a Joan Crawford dvd, I can't wait to do a review and I can't think of one that I assigned to camp status; my review of Female On The Beach (probably my favorite Joan Crawford movie) while acknowledging the films reputation, pays more attention to the astounding chemistry between the two leads.
Thanks for the feedback, I'll try to do better. But rest assured, I adore the woman AND the actress.
Thank you.


Anonymous said...

I just saw "The Bride Wore Red" on TCM last night, introduced by actress Illeana Douglas as a film that deserved a "second look". I was quite absorbed by it and by Crawford's performance. She wasn't afraid to string a couple of men along or look ruthless, especially next to the angelic fiance played by Lynne Carver. The film had an interesting tone and was lovely to look at as well. After watching, I googled it to see the dress in full color and came across your blog. I have sort of a love/hate relationship with Joan Crawford. She was like a monster from a horror movie during my childhood because of Mommie Dearest and Whatever Happened to baby Jane. She still makes me a little uncomfortable, but I admire her pluck and feel for her in films like "Humoresque." She's pretty darn awe-inspiring and a force onscreen. P.S. I looked up "The Bride Wore Red", and it's one of those classics that's not even on dvd! How sad! I should have recorded it last night.

Anonymous said...

To that previous anon, what's the harm in enjoying things on different levels? Seeing the camp value in soemthing doesn't mean you can't appreciate it on other levels as well.

Rob said...

Well thanks, Anon 1:21 PM! The Bride Wore Red is definitely a lost classic. It starts out like a romantic fairy-tale, turns harsh and realistic and in the end, manages to find a happy medium for Anni.
She may lose some of her illusions, but ends up happy nonetheless. I too watched it the other night and am confounded it's not available for purchase, because it's a movie that rewards multiple viewing.
Sorry for the delayed response (work's been crazy lately) but it's so nice hearing from you, and thanks!

Anonymous said...

I once dated a guy who was so dumb that he said that "Mommie Dearest" was his favorite Joan Crawford movie. No joke!

Rob said...

Well I hope he had more to offer thn that...:)