Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Milton Berle Show (1966) Guest Starring Adam West, Van Williams, and Bruce Lee

Legendary comedian Milton Berle is most famous for his program Texaco Star Theater from the 1950s, but he also had a show during the 60s named after himself. In this installment from 1966, Berle plays an actor starring as two difference villains in two different series, Batman and The Green Hornet

The problem is, he's filming both series at the same time, which turns out to be--physically challenging in several ways. Unfortunately, one of the villains he plays is a gross Asian stereotype which plays into the skit. I can only imagine what Bruce Lee thought of this.


Friday, May 19, 2017

List O' Links for Friday, May 19, 2017

I haven't posted a List O' Links since February, so I'm long overdue for one. Enjoy your unseasonably hot Friday (on the east coast, anyway) with these cool links!

Want to weed out unwanted selections from Netflix's not-so-accurate algorithms? Here's how!

Here are some gorgeous backgrounds from the great Hanna-Barbara action-adventure cartoon Thundarr The Barbarian. 

One of my favorite sitcoms of all time is Happy Days. Here are some fun photos taken from the series from behind the scenes, including the late Erin Moran.

If, like me, you still have a big collection of audio cassettes laying idle in your house that don't often see the light of day, you may have a way of listening to them in the near future. I give you--the Elbow, the next portable cassette player!

I don't normally address 1990s nostalgia here, as I'm much more of a 70s and 80s guy, but for any of you that do have a soft spot for the decade, you may also have a soft spot for the classic 90s song "Flagpole Sitta" by Harvey Danger. Check out the Onion AV Club's spotlight on the song.

A great deal of people are looking forward to the new Wonder Woman movie starring Gal Gadot, including me. Why not prove your love to the Wonder Woman in your life by getting here these lovely Wonder Woman bracelets, tiara, and lasso. And they're only 400 FREAKIN' DOLLARS!!!

Finally, have you ever driven by a building that looks suspiciously like a Pizza Hut and yet doesn't serve pizza? It happens a lot more than you think--so often that someone has created a Web site called Used to Be A Pizza Hut. You'd be surprised how many former Huts have been repurposed for any number of enterprises. Take a look!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Genesis Live on the Mike Douglas Show, Philadelphia, 1977

Following up on my Genesis article from a couple weeks ago, here is a neat treat--the band performing two songs from their Wind and Wuthering album on The Mike Douglas Show, which originated in my hometown of Philadelphia. This aired sometime in 1977 (the footage doesn't provide an exact date, unfortunately).

A favorite band of mine performing on a Philadelphia-based broadcast institution? How can I resist?

Plus, Phil Collins has an amazing beard here.


Saturday, April 29, 2017

April's Underappreciated Music: The Evolution of Genesis

I've been on a Genesis kick the last couple of weeks. I've been downloading various albums from them off of Spotify, as they're a band I've always been a fan of but never got to listen to their deeper catalog before. 

For those of you only familiar with their later hits such as "Invisible Touch" and "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight," you may be surprised to know that their early work was much more progressive. In fact, after listening to  a few of their early albums, they may actually "out-prog" their contemporaries such as Yes, Jethro Tull, and the Moody Blues.

The lineup changed a bit during their first two albums in 1969 and 1970, but their first steady and more famous lineup consisted of guitarist/bassist Mike Rutherford, keyboardist Tony Banks, drummer Phil Collins--yep, THAT Phil Collins--guitarist Steve Hackett, and original lead singer Peter Gabriel.

Yes, the "Sledgehammer" guy.

Their music was quite out there, with fantastical lyrics and long, suite-like compositions. Gabriel's swan song with the group was the double album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. Gabriel then left the group, leaving the remaining band members looking for a new lead singer. They heard over 400 audition tapes with no luck. In order to begin recording their new material post-Gabriel, they asked Collins to take the lead on a recording in the meantime. Collins agreed only reluctantly, but the band was so impressed with this vocals they talked him into being their new singer.

As the 1970s progressed, and they lost another band member with Hackett's departure, their music slowly became more mainstream-oriented, recording songs such as "Misunderstanding," "That's All," and "Invisible Touch." It was with these mainstream pop songs that they had their greatest commercial success, but even on the later albums there was always one or two songs that still harkened back somewhat to their progressive roots.

Here are just a few songs that demonstrate their evolution, but for the full story, I recommend checking out their albums on your own. Enjoy!

Genesis - That's All by SoldierClad


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