Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008 Roundup - Part 3

Let's bang the rest of the year out...

Best DVD's of 2008:

1.) The Mist - This movie still haunts me. I never saw it in the theaters (I didn't even know when it came out) but its a great movie to watch on a dark winter night. A deadly mist envelops a small town and what's in the mist is pretty nasty (think large mutated bugs). The most shocking and perhaps the greatest ending ever to a movie. Much better than the Strangers.

2.) Teeth - The greatest concept of the year. A young girl is born with razor sharp teeth in her "private" area. Not necessarily a horror movie but a very dark comedy. Highly recommend. Again, better than the Strangers.

3.) Best Of TV Funhouse - Made by the guy who does Triumph The Insult Comic Dog as well as those animated skits on Saturday Night Live, he actually put together a weird "Pee Wee's Playhouse" type show featuring animal puppets and very odd animated skits. I recommend trying to find some clips on Youtube before buying though as the humor isn't for everybody.

Best nights of 2008

1.) March 15, 2008 aka the beginning of the Rock Band phenomenon. I bring over Rock Band to my buddy's place (its his birthday too) to show them the game. What was supposed to be a brief pre-game leading to a night out on the town, leads to nearly 10 hours of non-stop playing and never leaving his house. The hours blow by too and when I went to sleep, I see colored bars dropping down when I close my eyes.

2.) The Sunday of Memorial Day weekend - Up in Boothbay, Maine, some college friends get together up in a remote part of Maine for some R&R. The final night is like an night in college...starts off with some Jenga, then some good old fashion card games like asshole, drinking games like Flip Cup, and of course some Rock Band mixed in. The night ends on a hazy note as some friends and I lose a bet and are forced to eat an all natural dog biscuit.

3.) December 12, 2008 - Back to NYC. Friends from Houston, TX come in and bedlam ensues. If night number 2 was a throwback to college, this was a throwback to my days in Bayside, Queens. After throwing back 5 seven and sevens, I find myself in a club with people 10 years younger around me...but I love it. Even better was the DJ who did everything from his computer. It made me wonder how much my old mixer is worth these days.

Top 3 rediscovered songs of 2008.

1.) "If You Should Ever Be Lonely" by Val Young - I stumbled across this song on another retro blog and immediately fell in love with it again. You can find it on Itunes but the album its from is called "The Best Of Rick James".

2.) "Right On Track" by The Breakfast Club - A definitely lost nugget from the 80's. This is why Satellite radio is the best as you'd rarely hear this on terrestrial radio. I didn't know there was a video for this song but after quickly glancing at it, I will definitely write about it next year as it BEGS for an analysis.

3.) "So Many Men, So Little Time" by Miquel Brown - Okay so the video for this song (which I just watched for the first time) is pretty...ahem...manly but the song is pure 80's cheese. If I had a Ritz cracker, I'd put this song on it and enjoy it. This song actually taught me how to count by 5's and 10's. The singer's character must be the biggest slut of the 1980's but that was the free loving 80's for you.

Saddest deaths of 2008

1.) Estelle Getty - better known as Sophia from "The Golden Girls". Loved to rip her daughter Dorothy a new one every time she could. Died of complications from dementia which was was probably brought about by the fact that even though she played the mother to an old lady...she was actually the youngest person in the cast...that would confuse me pretty good too.

2.) Richard Wright - the keyboard player from Pink Floyd. Created some pretty cool keyboard sounds on their best known songs. So much a reunion tour with the four original members.

3.) Jim McKay - I vaguely remember "ABC's Wide World Of Sports" and Jim McKay to me was that old grandfatherly type who'd host it. In his later years he'd pop up from time to time to do a special story for ABC. Best known as the announcer during the 1972 Olympics when the Israeli hostages were killed. I'll use his most famous line during that broadcast on my wife sometimes.

Hungiewoman: Honey, where are the rest of the toilet paper rolls?
Me: That's it...they're all gone.

Honorable mentions:
* Paul Newman: Never saw his older movies but I enjoyed "Road to Perdition".

* Kevin Duckworth: Basketball player who died way too young. Had an awesome last name and he's best known to me at the WORST player in the classic "Bulls vs. Blazers" Sega Genesis game.

* Stan Winston: Special effects legend who created the Terminator

* Tim Russert: Created goofy diagrams on election day coverage. Also an alumni of Boston College like me.

* Charleston Heston: His voice will live on in a sound file on my computer when I get an fatal error... "Gaarrrr!!! You blew it up!!! Awww...DAMN YOU...Damn you all to hellllll!!!"

* Heath Ledger: I find myself getting sucked into Brokeback Mountain when they show it on HBO recently. Its more to see Anne Hathaway's brief nude scene but more and more, I see what a great acting job Ledger does here. I always liked him in The Patriot and I don't need to say anymore about his performance in The Dark Knight

* Allan Melvin: RIP Sam The Butcher!!!

That's it!!! The roundup encompassed three different states, one airport, a coffee shop, and a snow storm. I'm taking the rest of this week off to enjoy the beginning of the new year. I'd like to thank those of you that have checked this blog out from time to time. I'm over 2500 hits and for somebody that just uses this as an outlet to write about the past, I appreciate it.

Onward to 2009...

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

2008 Wrap-Up Part 2

On we go...

Best books of 2008

1.) The Chris Farley Show - the story of Chris Farley's rise to fame and crashing fall ending in his death. Told by stories of his peers including a lot Saturday Night Live people, his family, and other show business people, its a book I pounded through in a few days.

2.) Heaven And Hell: My Life In The Eagles by Don Felder - I'm a casual fan of the Eagles and wanted to see what it was like behind the scenes. Don Felder is probably their least known member but he served in the band for almost 30 years. You learn a lot about not just the band (Glenn Frey and Don Henley were major assholes) but about the other bands he played in beforehand. He grew up with Tom Petty and Steven Stills.

3.) Too Fat To Fish - Artie Lange's book that's mainly for fans of him or the Howard Stern Show. Lots of laugh out loud moments but god help anyone who gets hooked on cocaine or heroin.

Best 3 Sporting Events:

1.) Super Bowl whatever the numbers are: Being married to a Patriots fan and seeing her dreams of a perfect season go down in flames was what I will remember more than that crazy David Tyree/ Eli Manning completion.

2.) 2008 Olympic Opening Ceremonies - Watching this friends after a few drinks in a place like Fire Island made this extra special. I swear you all must try the game where you divide the number of Olympic Athletes per country by the total population. Its hilarious. Seeing Bob Costas and Matt Lauer trying to outdo each other using four or more syllable words was fun too.

3.) 2008 Rhode Island interscholastic Softball Championship. My sister-in-law is the head coach of the softball team that won the state championship in softball in Rhode Island. The championship game went 9 innings (the regular game was 7) and it was a nailbiter all the way. There's nothing watching a sport in person even if its a high school event. I taped the entire game and would put the final out here but my sister-in-law said if I did that, I'd be arrested for putting youths on here.

Part 3 to come at some point. I'm going to be in area with little to no internet connection so I'll do my best to wrap this up. Otherwise, I'll see you in 2009.

Monday, December 29, 2008


I'm currently in Florida and I'm mooching off a random person's internet connection so its been near impossible to do any type of updates. Even better, I left my computer battery at home so let's just say (in my best drunken Joe Namth voice) that's it been a "struggle" to update anything. I plan on getting the year end wrapup finished at the airport tomorrow...hopefully.

Anyway, a lot has gone on the past few days...

1.) Bye bye Eric Mangini, coach of the New York Jets. Congrats to Chad Pennington. Joe Namath was right about his analysis of you way back in 2003.

Go to this link for the full transcript.

2.) Was watching "Deal Or No Deal" Christmas night. I used to watch this show early on when they would have two, maybe three contestants, but stopped when it turned into a platform for the contestants to make complete fools of themselves (their families too). Anyway, I watched the episode where they had a Iraq war veteran on. Two things about this...

a.) He pretty glorified his experience out there. I know a few people who have done tours out in Iraq and they do not like to talk much about it much less talk it up on a national TV game show.

b.) After the first commercial break (about 5 minutes into the episode) they went to commercial break. Before they went though they showed you the ENTIRE FREAKIN' EPISODE!!! You se the soldier guy get an offer of $200K+ so you know that he goes far. The few times I've watched this show, I know you pretty much need just a few cases left to get that kind of money. I lost all incentive to watch the episode and turned it off.

3.) The movie "Scrooged" isn't as good as I remembered it. My wife and I ordered it on PPV and she fell asleep halfway through and I thought Bill Murray was overacting but in a bad way. There are some parts in it but its like a movie being fueled on cocaine which makes sense since its from 1988. I do love the "Put A Little Love In Your Heart" song at the ending credits. In's a top 3 Christmas movie list.

4.) Funny Farm: Silly movie about people moving out to the country around but the town comes together around the holidays. Some great lines ("he's a runner" and "those are sheep balls") and a nice holiday story.
3.) Die Hard: It's a Christmas it again.
2.) Gremlins 2: Highly underrated...I'm serious, pick this movie up in a DVD bargain bin.
1.) National Lampoon Christmas Vacation: The Griswald's at their finest.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

2008 Roundup - Part 1

Is it almost already the end of year already? 2008 will go down in the history books as your classic example of a "mixed bag". Sort of like that time at the movies where I mixed in the same bag some sour patch kids and some chocolate non-parallels. I wasn't thinking how the powder that makes the sour patch kids "sour" would fall onto the chocolate. Sour chocolate doesn't taste good at all. But I are a bunch of top 3 lists covering a bunch of different subjects.

News stories that caught my interest in 2008

1.) OBAMA!!! Whether you like him or not, the world is about to change in a few weeks. Buckle up and hang on.

2.) The market crash of 2008. Nobody expected the last five years of growth to last forever but nobody saw how hard the market would fall in a small period of time. RIP Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, Washington Mutual, and possible say goodbye to the United States automobile industry.
3.) Elliot Spitzer found with hooker Ashley Dupre and losing his NY Governor position. I'm going to make up a joke here.

Q: Why won't Ashley Dupre ever get caught for speeding?
A: She has a governor on her.

3a.) Roger Clemens vs. Brian McNamee: Just some funny stuff going on there. Clemens ruined his legacy forever here.

Top 3 TV Shows

1.) John Adams miniseries - I highly recommend seeking this out. It was on HBO and it did a great job of recreating the U.S. around the late 1700's into the 1800's. Great acting and it was neat to see things like the White House being built. Also features two of my favorite underrated actors...Paul Giamatii and David Morse.
2.) Law and Order - This show is back on my radar and one of the few shows I'll watch every episode of. Good stories and I like the cast here.

3.) Tie: House/Saturday Night Live - House would be number one here if this was 2007 but its still very good. Weird medical cases and good character development. Even better, the hot doctor, 13, turns up naked in the movie "Alpha Dog". Saturday Night Live is back with good political humor, very random skits (the family that constantly makes out with each other, McGruber), and pretty good hosts.

Worst TV show:

1.) Grey's Anatomy: I'm sorry but I actually liked this show around Season 2 (I'm married, what can I say) but now I can't follow it. Terrible dialogue, bad decision making, and overacting. Even my wife says this show is falling apart.

Top 3 Movies (released 2008)

1.) Iron Man - some people may prefer The Dark Knight but after my neck breaking experience watching that movie in an IMAX theater, I have to go with Iron Man. Its got the complete movie experience...great origin story, tons of action, and good humor.

2.) Tropic Thunder - A lot of understated humor here but that's my favorite kind of humor. I didn't laugh at any other movie this year in the theater or on DVD.

3.) The Orphanage - Yes, its a french movie with subtitles but the story is scary and what a true horror movie should be about. Has the scariest scene that I've seen in quite some'll know what I mean when you see it.

Worst Movie

Tie: The Strangers/Pineapple Express: Just like the Orphanage is example of a great horror movie, the Strangers is an example of a TERRIBLE horror movie. Very predictable, dumb storyline, and absolutely mind blowing decision making by Liv Tyler's character. I was saddened that she was still alive in the end. Was never scared once. Pineapple Express is a movie for stoners I guess. It had a great opening 20 minutes but then fell apart. I fell asleep during this movie for a few minutes.

Best website (besides my own):

1.) - The place to go to check out the latest news of sports announcing. Its a sports website for hardcore sports fans.

2.) - Great resource for movie, TV, DVD, and video game news. Pretty much all the stuff I follow.

3.) - For all of you Led Zeppelin fans out there, this is the holy bible. Features reviews of EVERY single Zep concert ever released on bootleg.

Best inventions/products:

1.) Rock Band - When I drink, there's nothing more that I like to do than listening to good music, maybe sing along with it, or play some air guitar. Rock Band now allows you to actually play and sing those songs in your drunken state with friends. This will go down as the greatest video game ever.

2.) The Shandle ( - Keeps your hands clean while lifting up those grimy toilets when taking a leak. Great concept, and a great gift.

3.) Vodka and Rootbeer - I'm sure this drink has been out there for years but my 83 year old grandmother made one for me and I've been hooked ever since. Very hard to order at a bar since not many bars have root beer on tap but its a great drink to make at home. Highly recommended.

Part 2 later this week...

Monday, December 22, 2008

Worst Christmas Song Of Time

Last week I touched on my favorite Christmas songs. Today, I want to speak briefly about my least favorite. Everybody should know it...or at least know the first few notes of it. It sounds like Satan bouncing a ball in the darkest shadows of Hades. Everyone should immediately run when they hear it. Welcome to the dirge known as "Wonderful Christmas Time" by Sir Paul McCartney.

Obviously this song has some decent quality to it since its been in regular rotation of holiday music the past 20 years. Written by McCartney around 1979, its really just two lines of two slightly different songs linked together by that "BUMP....boing boing boing" sound. I never knew there was a video for this song but there is and it definitely needs to be commented on.

The video has to be one of the darkest videos I've seen (it may be due to the poor video quality at the time). Regardless, this video has a lot of random moments:

:15-:21 - Some odd animation flies out of a TV show that two old guys are watching. Can't tell what the purpose of this is. Reminds me of that movie "Shocker" when a serial killer murders people by coming out of their electrical outlets and televisions.

:25 - 1:00 - The happiest E, I mean Christmas party I've ever seen.

1:13-1:16 - Its three angels that look like the Ramones.

1:17 - 1:25 - More random animation of Paul and Linda being watched by the real Paul and Linda. I like how you can't see what the animations are doing with their hands...something implicit? Their heads sort of move oddly too. My mind is in the gutter, I know.

1:27 - 1:31 - A bad outtake from the original Superman movie with a few flying objects.

1:32 - A horse painted in black light?

1:53 - Two Paul McCartney's for the price of one. Even better is the computer generated fire burning behind them.

2:00- Paul and his friends start a bonfire somewhere and dance around it with their instruments.

2:07 - Paul should know better in that you don't take the "Christ" out of "Christmas"

2:47 - One of the worst guitar solos ever.

3:00 - Is that Robert Deniro?

Ugh, I give up...this video blows more than the song itself.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Weekend Rant

So we got the first snowstorm of the year here in NY and of course there are people out on the roads with little more than their front windshield scraped clean. How can you drive with all of your windows, mirrors, and especially back windshield covered?!? C'mon, how lazy can you be?

Even worse are people who don't clean the top of their cars...especially SUVs. I can't wait to avoid large chunks of icy snow flying off cars while driving around this weekend. Its like that scene in Robocop where the bad guys throw a person out the back of their truck onto Robocop's police car while he's chasing them.

I love the winter...

Christmas joke of the day:

Q: What's the difference between a snow man and a snow woman?

A: Snow balls

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Classic TV Shows - Growing Pains

I completely forgot that this show took place on Long Island. I'm not sure where but based on the somewhat neighborhood like scenary (and relatively lack of crime) its probably Suffolk county and not Nassau county. Anyway, the show revolved around a hard working family with three (later four) kids. Let's examine the characters a little more closely.

Jason Seaver (played by Alan Thicke)

First of all, I love that last, not Seaver...Thicke. Anyway, Jason was a psychiatrist who worked out of his home and seemed to do well enough. At least well enough to build an extension over the garage where Mike and his friends would later move into. The actor Alan Thicke also hosted a cool sounding talk show "In the Thicke of the Night" that sounds more like the title of a porn movie. Also the father of that hack singer Robin Thicke.

Maggie Seaver (played by Joanna Kearns)

Maggie was a reporter for a TV station. It didn't seem like a major network so perhaps it was Channel 12 news? Maggie was pretty sexy for her age and I remember seeing the actress portraying her in an early 90's TV movie about her seducing one of her sons friends.

Mike Seaver (played by Kirk Cameron)

I don't know who the Cameron's parents were but they must pray to God each night to have not one but two kids in show business. Not only that but both were also on hit shows (Kirk's sister Candace was on "Full House" for of those of who slept under rocks growing up). Anyway, Mike was the teen hearthrob yet somehow surrounded himself with friends named "Boner". He also dated a blonde girl on the show for awhile that later turned up in an adult movie in real life. Ended up meeting his real life wife on the show and is still married to her. A HUGE...I'm talking HUGE...follower of Jesus Christ. The above picture makes me want to punch him too.

Carol Seaver (played by Tracey Gold)

Another family that had multiple siblings on other TV shows (Tracy's sister was the young blond girl on Benson...its sad that I knew that off the top of my head and didn't need to look that up). Carol was the brainy sister much like Lisa Simpson. Deep inside that steel exterior was an actress going through bulemia. It got so bad they took her off the air for half a season. I found her much more attractive while she was sufering through bulemia than when she was heavier but don't think I'm a jerk because I didn't know she was bulemic at the time. I didn't even KNOW what bulemia was at the time. Anyway, Tracey was last scene in a Lifetime movie not too long ago.

Ben Seaver (played by Jeremy Miller)

Ben started off as a little kid but by season three was as tall as Mike. Ben also seemed to get into the most trouble. I have no idea what Jeremy Miller is doing these days.

Yes, there was that red haired girl Ashley who came later as well as Leonardo DiCaprio playing the homeless kid Mike and Ben take in the final season, but these are the core players. Let's take a quick look at that immortal theme song. Notice the classic "through the years" montage of each actor as well as that bit they'd do at the end when one of the family members are left starting at the camera as the rest of the family goes inside. The female voice on this show sounds a bit like Shakira but I don't think she was born yet when this came out.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

#1 Christmas Song Of All Time - Another Auld Lang Syne

Ah yes...when you hear that delicate piano intro of this song you know you are not only in for a sonic treat but for an epic journey. Some people firmly believe that Jesus will return to us at some point in the future. I say He has already the form of Dan Fogelberg. This song is his sermon for life.

The song starts off with Mr. Fogelberg running into somebody he used to have a sexual relationship with in his local supermarket on Christmas Eve. In today's age of Super Stop and Shops and Walbaums, this is pretty impressive by itself. Even better, is that they run into each other in the "frozen foods" section of the store. Looks like a major rockstar like Dan Fogelberg buys frozen processed foods like the rest of us.

I won't go through all the lyrics but I like the line in how they hugged and she dropped her purse on the ground and they "laughed until they cried". I can never think of anybody laughing until they cried unless it involved something humorous...not something as mundane as that.

Now comes the weird part of the song...they decide to catch up over a drink at a bar but the bars are closed. So instead they decide to grab some beers at a liquor store and get a little tipsy in his old girlfriend's car. Don't you think that if you're in a town where the bars are closed on Christmas Eve, that the liquor stores are closed? The only place where you can get beer 24 hours a day is a 7-11 but the below line loses its magnitude:

"We went to have ourselves a drink or two
But couldn't find an open bar
We bought a six-pack at the 7-11
And we drank it in her car"

So now they're in the car getting a bit of a buzz and he finds out she married an architect but doesn't know if she loves him anymore. Dan senses the opportunity here and complements her on her blue eyes but can't tell if he crossed the line or flattered her. Meanwhile Dan is grinding away on the road saying the "audience was heavenly" (meaning groupies and hookers) but the travelling was taking its toll.

Finally, the story ends as she drops him off and drives away but not before giving Dan a kiss. If I was in Dan's shoes, I would have made a major move on her. Just think, he's a famous musician and she's a lonely housewife. They've already banged each other before too. Dan even mentions that he feels like he's back in school again feeling some heartache. Dan is the biggest fool I know.

Anyway, some unanswered questions here:

1.) It was very dangerous for Dan's ex-girlfriend to drive away after drinking 3 beers. Hopefully the local cops don't pick her up.

2.) The ex-girlfriend's husband (the architect) would most likely be pissed to know his wife took forever to go out and get some groceries and then ended up drinking beers with an ex lover.

3.) Either Dan gained weight or has aged badly as she doesn't immediately recognize him at first. Yet she later says she's seen his pictures on his albums in the record store. Dan must use airbrushed pictures or a photoshop to help him look better.

Anyway, I am taking all of this way too literally but this song has everything I love in a guilty pleasure song. A goofy story, a nice string arrangement, some awesome vocal harmonies, and odd rhymes ("bagged" and "dragged"). I have to admit that I hate the saxophone part at the end.

So in closing, because I can write so much about one song, this is my favorite Christmas song.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Top 7 Christmas Songs: Today 7-2

Christmas season is upon us and God help us who are stuck in offices forced to listen to holiday music all day every day. I really think that the easiest way to become a millionaire is to write a holiday song or a children's book. The royalties must be HUGE. Just think, Andrew Ridgely from Wham probably makes more money from that "Last Christmas...I gave you my heart" song than anything he did in Wham. There are a few songs that I do like and hopefully you've heard of them.

7.) Frank Sinatra's "Happy Holidays" - At least I think that's the name of the song. Its the song where he goes "and doop-dee-doo and hickory-DOCK". I'm a sucker for old school 50's music and this one covers the gambit. Old school female choir-sounding like background singers, a full blown orchestra, and bombast singing. Frank may be dead, but the best of what he represents lives on in this song.

6.) Celine Dion's "O Holy Night" - This is probably my favorite Christmas song and like many of them, there have been tons of different versions. The only reason I put the Celine Dion version on here is because I just heard it last night. Two reasons I love this song. 1.) Not many songs have the lyric "Faaaaall on your kneeeeees"...I giggle when I think of people singing that line. 2.) The huge note at the end of the song...I can't make out the words but it always gives me chills.

5.) Andy Williams's "Its The Most Wonderful Time Of Year" - This song just oozes the holiday season and Andy Williams, a good singer of standards to begin with, sounds pretty good. I like the richness in his voice and if I could put that richness on a Reese's peanut butter cup sundae, it would taste even better.

4.) The Jackson 5's "Up On The House Top" - This is a sentimental value one for me as you don't hear it that often on the radio. I liked it since I played it in 5th grade concert band. This version is a little frantic, even for the 70's Motown sound of the Jackson 5. Little Michael sounds smooth here.

3.) John Lennon's "Happy XMAS (War is Over) - I used to hate this song but heard it a few times in the last couple of weeks and have fallen in love with it. Lennon sounds so good here and the lyrics are very relevant today as well. Of course he trades line with Yoko Ono who basically shrieks and screams her lines. At least they add children to help her out with the lines. She makes Lennon sound really good when he starts singing his parts. I have to admit that its odd a nice catholic fellow like John Lennon would take the "Christ" out of "Christmas".

2.) I'm going to save myself a lot of time but posting the link to this song that I've already talked about. Use it as a guide the next time you here will really open your eyes and make you slightly more popular at your Christmas party.

I'll be back tomorrow...yes I promise, tomorrow...with my number 1 song. It needs its own breakdown and not just a little summary.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Awesomely Bad Videos - Bad Boy by Gloria Estefan

I was very disappointed in the fact that I couldn't post Journey's "Separate Ways" video a couple of weeks ago so to make it up for it, I give you an even stranger video of a somewhat underrated song.

The Miami Sound Machine became somewhat of a huge act in the 80's and its lead singer, Gloria Estefan, was the face of the band. This song was one of their first big hits hit and the video that went along with it was probably of the more odd ones you'd find in the early days of and follow along.

0:00 - 0:20 - Gloria Estefan must really not like this guy since she'd rather wander off into a dangerous alley then go back to his place and probably get sexually assaulted...tough call here. She also sports a mullet type haircut which is odd since this video was from 1985 and the mullet became popular a few years later. Could she have started the trend?

0:20-0:35 Dancing cats! I can't remember which came out first...this video or the Broadway musical Cats. Either way, the costumes look pretty similar.
EDIT: I found out that the cats in this video are indeed played by the cast of Cats. Excuse me as I pat myself on the back here.

0:36 - 1:00 Gloria seems to be smitten by the cats and takes probably the hugest gamble of life spending the next three minutes with them. Here we get to meet most of them through various forms of dancing and bad lip syncing.

1:03 - 1:24 It was hard to find an early 80's video that didn't feature a group dance segment (see "Love Is A Battlefield", "One Night In Bangkok", and any Michael Jackson video). Notice the complete lack of rhythm Gloria shows here. Love the arm cross move at the end of this part.

1:25 - 1:44 The black cat leader makes his move on Gloria and what you see here has to be one of the most understated sexually explicit moves of all time when his...ahem...tail appears at the 1:32 mark.

1:47 - Is the cat wearing MC Hammer pants? Again, this video is from 1985!

1:49-1:54 - Now appears one of the most perverted scenes ever in a video. A cat is looking at a "Play Cat", the equivalent of "Playboy" I presume. When he shows you the centerfold, its a baby kitten! That's the most insane thing I've ever seen. These cats are not only extremely horny, alcoholic, and crazed dancers, but are pedophiles as well.

2:22-2:24 Somehow Gloria kept a live goldfish on her body somewhere to tip this guy.

2:28 - 2:44 More group dancing...I have to admit I'm a sucker for these types of things.

3:03 - Another precursor of things to come...a cell phone! Amazing...

3:23 - This cat cop sort of looks like of of those Geico cavemen people.

3:55-end Uh-oh...the creepy boyfriend apparently never left and has been waiting for Gloria the whole time. He also looks extremely pissed. He shows his jealous side thinking she's somebody else and when she walks away from him AGAIN...he runs after to her, though now she sports a giant tail.

Thursday, December 4, 2008


Somebody once said, "Everybody needs some downtime...y'know, time to relax, reflect, and turn off the engines for a bit to rest the batteries". I also once saw on a truck, "Behind a bouncing ball is a running child, please drive safely", which I thought was brilliant.

Anyway, between the holidays, the end of the year push at work, getting sick, and just general busy-ness, I've been putting updates on the blog here on hold. Things will stay like that for a little while longer but I'd figure I'd reflect on recent pop culture media I've seen the last few weeks.


Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of The Crystal Skulls (2008)

The title of this movie has to go along with some of the dumbest titles ever ("Hello God? It's me Mary Margaret" comes to mind). The movie itself was a LOT better than I thought it was going to be with the exception of the final 5-10 minutes which really made no sense. Let's just say Indiana Jones was never meant to be onscreen with a flying saucer. Shai LaBeouf or whatever his name is grew on me as the movie went along and Harrison Ford really didn't change much at all. I guarantee you this way would he marry that woman at the end of the movie...she had more lines on her face than a piece of graph paper.

The Thing (1982)

Oh baby, this movie shot up towards my top 10 list movies of all time. Yes its 25 years old but it has everything a great horror movie should have. Gruesome but very inventive special effects, a great plot, and a constant fear that not everything is what it seems. There was a so-so remake of this movie called "The Faculty" not too long ago but the original is the best. The cast is very random has Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, who was the black guy from the TV show 'Designing Women', the black Dad from the first scene of "There's Something About Mary" when Ben Stiller zips up his nut, and Richard Masur who played Stan in the movie "It". If you haven't seen this movie yet, trust me and seek it out.

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

I really enjoyed this movie. I love Ed Norton ever since his debut in Primal Fear and I read the comic book growing up so it seemed like a win/win. The effects hold up although I have no idea what they did with the bad guy/monster at the end. The bad guy had just finished demolishing all of Harlem, nothing could stop him, and the Hulk nearly died beating him....and now they're going to contain him somewhere? I'd love to see what happened 5 minutes later after they threw him in a cell.

TV Shows

Law and Order

I started getting into this show again. I like the cast which now includes the black recruit from "Old School" who's concrete block falls through the sewer grate and pulls him off the roof by his balls. Its interesting seeing him play a cop now.


I'm really trying hard to like this show but it really is all over the place. The episode last Monday was the worst. Characters literally are acting like different people in the same episode. I don't understand why Sylar killed Elle when he already had her powers. I'll hang on to this show until the very end but it looks like the magic of season 1 is long gone.

Saturday Night Live

Welcome back old friend, you've been missed.

King Of The Hill

A shame this is being show consistently makes me laugh harder today and it almost ranks in the "makes me laugh the hardest" of all time which includes seasons 5-8 seasons of the Simpsons, Robot Chicken, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, the McGruber and TV Funhouse skits on SNL, and the Best of Triumph The Insult Comic Dog DVD.


Led Zeppelin bootlegs

If you were in a car with me from 1995-2000 I pretty much subjected you to poorly recorded Led Zeppelin concerts from 1970-1980. Thanks to the beauty of the Internet and an Ipod, I've been revisiting the best moments of their career in all their "this sounds like it was recorded from the bathroom" glory. Unfortunately for my wife, that means about 50 hours of Zep including 20 versions of forty minute versions of "Dazed and Confused"....God bless her.

80's on 8 (Satellite Radio) - When I'm tired of Zeppelin, I've been listening to this station more and more...they have a lot of golden nugget type songs that I love.