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Spring Loaded: A Message From the Editor
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Hello and Happy June from Pezhead Monthly! This month's cover image is a Pezzified take on a promotional photo for George Michael's song "Faith," which also ties into one of the month's features. Read on for details!

Looking back on May, a highlight in my Pez world was that I got to show my Pez room to my father and his wife. With me, my wife Jessi, and the two of them all fully vaccinated, they stopped by for a visit. It was really good to see them; we showed them Jessi's reading room and then my Pez room. They were quite amazed by it and I was glad to show it to them. Also in May, I picked up another Detolf display case from IKEA for my Pez room while I was in the area and it happened to be in stock. I have not assembled it yet but plan to do so in the next few months. I suspect that I will have a lot more Pez to add to my display, especially after Pezamania in July! Lastly, I had to smile when I recently noticed the following clue for a crossword puzzle app that I am somewhat addicted to:

Looking ahead to the next couple of months, the Pez action is going to be ramping up for sure. Although I am sad that the Michigan Pez Convention will not be taking place in June, I look forward to attending next year when the conditions will hopefully be more conducive to having the convention. In the meantime, I will begin preparing for the big Pezamania 30ish happening in July. This will involve taking a few more pictures of my Pez collection to identify any missing gaps, setting up a wish list, organizing the Pez I am bringing to sell or trade, and possibly work on some swag. It's hard to believe that we are less than 2 months away from Pezamania again. I can't wait for it!

I did not have a lot of Pez scores in May compared to recent months, but that's okay. Most of them came from Chris and the always awesome Pez Collector's Store, which I can't recommend enough for Pezheads looking for new releases- including those from Europe- as well as for pieces to fill out their collections. I picked up the new Tom and Jerry European set as well as the new European Disney Cars set (Rust-eze Lightning McQueen, Rust-eze Fabulous Lightning McQueen, and Jackson Storm). I also picked up the set of 5 colorless clear crystal Bugz that were part of a mail-in offer for Pez back in the early 2000s. This was a great score because I already had most of the other colorless clear crystal Bugz, as well as all of the color crystal Bugz. I'll hopefully wrap up the one or two remaining dispensers at Pezamania. Also this month, I picked up a neat custom "Decoder" Pez from the talented artist Michael Herz, from whom I've also gotten the custom 2020 Santa Claus dispenser (with a face mask) and a custom Biden 2021 Inauguration Pez. Michael really does great work and I am thrilled to have another of his pieces in my collection. Lastly, out in the wild I was lucky enough to stumble upon a Royal Panda Pez that is a "Facing Back" factory error. As Pezhead Monthly's guest contributor Dr. Pez said back in 2010, the "facing back" factory errors are quite special.

Here is a closer look at the custom Decoder Pez. Pretty cool!

Moving on to this month's issue of Pezhead Monthly, the feature is June: The Month In Pez, where I take a look at some birthdays of memorable people and a couple of obscure holidays, and tie these in to some features from the Pezhead Monthly archives as well as three new parodies of popular songs by none other than Prince and George Michael. There is also some Pez Poetry, including a poem about a Pez hunt that I embarked on in late May that did not exactly end in resounding success. But hey, it all comes with the territory of being a Pezhead.

Pezhead Monthly continues to celebrate 20 years of thinking outside the dispenser. Check out all previous content for free at the archive page, and pick up some Pezhead Monthly merch at the CafePress store.

Did you miss last month's issue, where I shared some thoughts about taking photos of your Pez collection, debuted a photo parody to "The Falcon And the Winter Soldier" poster, and revealed an update to the Pezhead Monthly Star Wars page? You can still read it here. To search the full Pezhead Monthly archives, hop on over to the archive page, where you can browse by feature, Pez Poetry Slam, or issue. There's also a Google search bar to help you search the content across the site. And hey, maybe you would like to submit something to Pezhead Monthly to be featured in a single issue? That would be great! Check out the submission details here.

Thanks as always for reading Pezhead Monthly. Take care and see you next month!

Joe
Editor, Pezhead Monthly
joe@pezheadmonthly.com


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June brings us the long days of summer and of course Father's Day. Plus, it's named after Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage. Speaking of which, Juno that there's even more to this fantastic month? Join me if you will on a Pez-fueled journey through some of the highlights, including some features from the Pezhead Monthly archives and a couple of new Pez parodies of songs by two of the most iconic singers in the world.

June 1: Happy Birthday Marilyn Monroe!

Did you know that Marilyn Monroe is on a Pez dispenser? That's true! And, did you know that Pezhead Monthly celebrated the occasion last year with a Pezzification of the hit Elton John song "Candle in the Wind" called "Candy Loaded In"? That's also true! Check out the video here:

 
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June 7: Happy Birthday Prince!

The legendary, talented musician Prince was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 7. Minnesota now hosts a Pez convention known as Pez on the River, which is coming up in September. These two facts very loosely tie Prince to Pez. In an effort to strengthen this bond, here is a Pez song parody that re-imagines Prince's "When The Doves Cry" as an ode to that unmistakable rush that comes with being a Pezhead.

On A Pez High
To the tune of "When Doves Cry" by Prince
Copyright 2021 JoePez Publications

Dig if you will my hobby
Collecting these small plastic toys
And no matter how long I've done it,
It's something that always,
Always brings me joy

Dream if you can a grown man
Looking for Pez at the store
And while he has so many at home
He knows the thrill,
The thrill of another score

How can I just stand there gazing
Alone in the store at that rack
Maybe it's just too amazing
Maybe it's just an illusion, get back
Maybe it's just out of habit
But I know that it's so right
So why don't I just go and grab it?
This is what it feels like
On a Pez high

View if you will the pictures
Of Pez that I have on my phone
I keep them handy when I'm out and about,
If I find Pez I'm missing,
I'm in another zone

How can I just stand there gazing
Alone in the store at that rack (at that rack)
Maybe it's just too amazing
Maybe it's just an illusion, get back
Maybe it's just out of habit
But I know that it's so right (it's so right)
So why don't I just go and grab it?
This is what it feels like
On a Pez high

 

 

 


Dig if you will the picture...

June 19: National Garfield The Cat Day

That's right, the original grumpy cat who loves lasagna and hates Mondays (despite never having to work a 9-5 job, thus never fully comprehending the agony of Mondays) has a whole day set aside for him, and that day is June 19. It was on this day in 1978 that the Garfield comic strip was launched by creator Jim Davis. It exists to this day, more than 40 years later.

Garfield has also appeared on a number of different Pez dispensers, starting in the 3.9 thin-footed days in the late 80s, and was most recently given a refresh in the late 90s.

Pezhead Monthly had the opportunity to interview Chef Garfield Pez way back in 2003. His words back then resonate even today. Check out the interview here!


June 25: Happy Birthday George Michael!

The party continues further on into June as we celebrate June 25, the day one of the biggest music stars of the 1980s and 1990s was born. Starting out with Wham! before breaking out on his own, George Michael unleased many catchy songs that were at times highly danceable and at other times slower and moving, and we are all the better for it.

His biggest hit was arguably the 1987 song "Faith." In the following Pezzified version of that song, we are whisked into an alternate reality in which George reveals how much he is looking forward to a particular flavor of Pez candy. Some of you may disagree with his choice, but in the spirit of Father's Day, put your tiny hand in mine and enjoy the ride.

Grape
To the tune of "Faith" by George Michael
Copyright 2021 JoePez Publications

Well I guess it would be nice if I could taste your candy
I know not every candy is as tasty as yours
But I better think twice before I pull back on your head,
Might be something that I regret, put me out of sorts

Oh, but I need some help with this urge I carry
An urge for that one flavor candy brick
Oh, I don't want lemon or strawberry
Well, I want the best one, baby
And it's got to get here quick

'Cause I gotta have grape
I gotta have grape
Because I gotta have grape, grape, grape
I got to have grape, grape, grape

Baby! I know you're holdin' all the cards
It could be Watermelon Sourz
It could be candy corn
Maybe it's an assorted flavor roll
But I'm losing my self-control
And I gotta find out what candy you've got in store

Inside this chamber there's candy loaded
Soon to be a taste on someone's tongue
Oh baby, there's just no way to sugar coat it
Well I need the sweetest flavor and I think you know the one

Yes I gotta have grape
I gotta have grape
Because I gotta have grape, grape, grape
I got to have grape, grape, grape

Inside this chamber there's candy loaded
Soon to be a taste on someone's tongue
Oh, oh baby, this high I'm on is sugar coated
Well I need the sweetest flavor and I think you know the one

Yes I gotta have grape
I gotta have grape
Because I gotta have grape, grape, grape
I got to have grape, grape, grape

 

 

 


Before George Michael broke out as a solo artist, he was part of the 80s pop duo Wham! Here is a Pez song parody that views 'Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" through a Pez-colored lens.

"Wake Me Up Before You Reload"
To the tune of "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" by Wham!
Copyright 2021 JoePez Publications

Will you hook me up?
Will you hook me up?
Will you hook me up?
Will you hook me up?

We had a big Pez party last night
We went through so much candy,
It was such a delight
Poppin' bricks for hours on end,
Tiltin' Pez heads back and
Then again and again

But something happened,
A big setback,
We ran right out of
The refill packs
I heard you went out
To the store
And here I am hoping
You're comin' home soon with more

Wake me up before you reload
Don't leave me Pezless my dear amigo
Wake me up before you reload
I don't wanna miss it when it's filled inside
Wake me up before you reload
'Cause there ain't nothin' left in that Pez throat
Wake me up before you reload
Need some candy tonight, yeah yeah

You get two or three packs at a time
When you buy a dispenser from a store or online
Or you can just buy the candy apart
Pick it up in a bag or on the card

It doesn't matter
How you get it
All I ask is
Don't forget it
Open the chamber
Pop in the Pez
Tilt that head back
Get ready for happiness!

Wake me up before you reload
Don't leave me Pezless my dear amigo
Wake me up before you reload
I don't wanna miss it when it's filled inside
Wake me up before you reload
'Cause there ain't nothin' left in that Pez throat
Wake me up before you reload
Need some candy tonight,
I need a big Pez high yeah yeah yeah baby

Listen, baby,
One request:
Some bricks of sugar
Tightly pressed
No dispenser?
That's okay,
We'll eat 'em loose,
That's gonna be faster anyway.

Wake me up before you reload
Don't leave me Pezless my dear amigo
Wake me up before you reload
I don't wanna miss it when it's filled inside
Wake me up before you reload
'Cause there ain't nothin' left in that Pez throat
Wake me up before you reload
Need some candy tonight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


June 27: National Sunglasses Day

That's right, there is a day in June dedicated to sunglasses. ZZ Top, Elton John, and Jack Nicholson are all over the moon about it, I am sure. As was Pezhead Monthly back in 2002, when the following poem was published to celebrate three Pez dispensers who have it made in the shades.

And while we're on the topic of sweet sunglasses, here is the cover image from the July 2013 issue of Pezhead Monthly.


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Pez Haiku #153

The summer solstice,
Much like a Pez collection,
Really brings the heat.

Seven CVSs

Seven CVSs
On a Saturday,
Seeking out a new set
For my Pez display.

Far and fast I foraged
A flood of pharmacies,
For the Space Jam faction,
Lebron and Bugs and Tweety.

Many miles motored,
My car was really movin'.
Might there be some magic,
Some reason for some groovin'?

Believe me, bud, I brought it,
But on this bid I bombed.
Better bet I'll buy them
When they're on Pez Dot Com.

June

There once was a Pezhead named June,
A collector for many a moon.
She and her son Beaver
Were both true believers;
Her top Pez was Daniel Boone.

 

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