Monday, July 24, 2017

Tuesday's Overlooked TV: Nova, "Jaws, The True Story"

This week, Tuesday's Overlooked TV is the documentary film "Jaws: The True Story."

Produced by the BBC, this first aired in the US as an episode of the PBS documentary series Nova on December 4, 1984, but the taping I feature here is from the Australian documentary series The World Around Us. The special is a bit exploitative here and there, and we know much more about sharks today than we did then, but it's still interesting to see a shark documentary created pre-Shark Week.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Hollywood Palace Hosted by Adam West

Hollywood Palace was a lavish variety show that ran Saturday nights on ABC during much of the 1960s. Each week featured a different host with a cavalcade of big name guest stars. This episode is hosted by Adam West, and guest stars Ray Charles, George Carlin, Joey Heatherton, and Roy Rogers & Dale Evans just to name a few. It's a throwback to a form of entertainment you don't see anymore, so it may be an adjustment if you haven't seen this sort of thing before, but it's well worth your time.

And yes, I did say this episode is hosted by Adam West. I am intent on writing a full tribute, but time is a precious commodity, so this will stand as a fine tribute in the interim.


Friday, May 26, 2017

List O' Links Star Wars 40th Anniversary Edition!

Welcome to Memorial Day Weekend! Enjoy it, use it to kick off your summer celebrations, and remember to keep in your thoughts the fallen men and women who died in wars past and present.

Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of the release of the first Star Wars film. To celebrate, here is a Star Wars-only edition of List O' Links to peruse while you make the Kessel run in 14 parsecs!

Star, the official Star Wars Web site, has an entire hub dedicated to several anniversary-related articles. Check them out!

The gang at the Nerd Lunch podcast did several great episodes regarding the entire Star Wars franchise. Do give them a listen!

If you're not familiar with the conceptual artwork of Ralph McQuarrie, you're in for a treat. His Star Wars work is beautiful and has been collected in book form. Read all about it!

Finally, if you love the music of Star Wars--and surely, you do--but always wanted to hear it played metal-style, look no further! Galactic Empire is a great band that performs all your Star Wars favorites in full headbanging fashion. They're playing my hometown of Philly next weekend. See if they're coming to your town!

Have a great holiday weekend! May the Force be with you!

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

Friday, February 3, 2017

List O' Links for Friday, February 3, 2017

Welcome back everybody! I hope you all had a great holiday season (it's weird asking about your holidays when February has already started). It has been far too long since I've written here, and I only have time to show you some cool stuff at other sites, but I'm still worth your time, aren't I?

Oh. Well, here are some fun links anyway.

When I got into comic books heavily at the end of the 80s, I came across an awesome "choose your own adventure" style book featuring Batman; I still have it to this very day! Coincidentally, The Retroist has a brand new article about it. Check it out!

It's that time of year again--time for McDonald's to bring back the ever-popular Shamrock Shake! But they've kicked it up a notch this year. In fact, they've kicked it up three additional notches! This year, McDonald's is offering four versions of the shake! Bring on the calories!

If you love awesome toys from the 70s, then you'll love THESE awesome toys from the 70s! I totally had the green and black Roaring Hot Cycle!

I can never get enough foreign-made posters for popular America movies. Their outtake on our films are always both crazy yet full of insight that we Americans lose. Try these foreign movie posters on for size!

Finally, I have had the new Chocolate Strawberry Oreos, and they are goooooooooood! Don't believe me--check out the word of Stunt Zombie. He likes them too!

Have a great weekend!


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