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So teach your children to fear the home and all it contains.

I still remember being creeped out by the sick children, holding their stomachs in pain. Of course, I also thought they were morons for eating Spic and Span or whatever else it was they'd decided to ingest.
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This morning our paper had a tiny blurb about Sonny Curtis, one of the original Crickets, who was in Iowa as part of the 50th Anniversary of Buddy Holly's death. Curtis was talking about how he came to write "Love is All Around," the Mary Tyler Moor theme song. He said the show was pitched to him in the morning, he quickly wrote the song, then played it for producer, James Brooks, and then played it ten more times during the day to other producers, saying it was finished before the end of that day. It didn't go completely without a hitch, though.

"One of the producers wanted me to change a lyric," Curtis said. "He thought that the line, 'And it's you girl' was 'And it's Jew girl.'"

Here, then, is the original theme song (it was changed slightly, in subsequent seasons), along with, in my opinion, the best of the covers by Minneapolis' own Hüsker Dü (because I can rarely pass up a chance to post something by the Hüskers).

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I totally went to school with the Duran Duran fan, and chances are, if you went to high school in the 80's, you did to. The ad's not as good as the Black Flag radio spots documented on Everything Went Black (you listen to them here if you've never heard them before and are interested. The ads start at 1:49 on the clip), but still -- it's a Black Flag TV spot!? I guess when you live near"SCENIC DOWNTOWN DETROIT" you get to see Black Flag on local TV.

Sam Sacks

Jan. 27th, 2009 04:29 pm
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Years back, a friend of mine who seeks this sort of thing out, came across an album called Sing it again, Sam! The Inimitable Song Stylings of Sam Sacks" at a yard sale. For less than a dollar, he took it home with him, and when he listened to it, he heard some of the most wretched singing known to humanity. Yes, it really is that bad. But, as with really bad movies, Sam Sacks moves beyond the realm of just a bad singer into the world of the brilliantly bad singer. William Hung wasn't even a speck of no-talent in his parents eyes when Sam laid down his twelve tracks of comic gold. He's also a far better singer than old Sam was.

I posted about this a while back when I came across WFMU's Beware the Blog which did a story on this record. Since then, another blogger has placed the entire album's worth of songs online for whoever so desires to download and enjoy. And a YouTube user has posted the lead track. Here, then, for your listening pleasure, is Sam Sacks singing the heck out of "Old Man River":

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Mixing the heavy sounds of Deep Purple, the keyboard wizardry of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, and the stage moves of a family of spazzes, let me present to you the one and only Osmonds!

Seriously, I loved this song when I was a kid, but what the hell is up with the dancing? I mean, really, now.
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This has got to be my favorite Powerpuff Girls episode. My only complaint is that the out of all the Beatles references, they writers inexplicably passed on working "Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey" into the script. Still, it's good stuff.

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Over the past few days, the boys and I have been watching The Mighty Thor, the cartoon from 1966 that was part of The Marvel Super Heroes.  Inspired by the Thunder God's exploits, Arie has fashioned his very own Mjolnir with which to smite the wicked and defend the just:
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So , instead, here's a Chris Elliot Guy Under the Seats routine.  To me, they were always one of the highlights of the old Letterman show.

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I finally finished watching the failed 1978 Dr. Strange TV pilot I talked about in a previous post.  Though, at times hokey, I would have loved it when I was a kid.  That said, even then I would have taken umbrage with the movies inconsistencies in relation to the comic book version, namely the lousy costume at the end (Purple and a yellow cape with a big star on the front of his shirt, and no Eye of Agamatto).  The Ancient One isn't called that until the end of the movie (before that he's just "the old man") and is not some centuries old Chinese mystic, but an old white dude.  Clea has brown hair and is a mere Earth mortal, rather than the niece of the Dread Dormammu.  Dr. Strange's enemy is Morgan le Fay (rather than any from his stable of usual villains), though there are a couple of baddies who appear that slightly resemble Dormammu and Nightmare (alas, no Baron Mordo, however, and Morgan's worst fear is looking old -- seriously).  There is a horrible (and I do mean horrible) love scene between Strange and Morgan which is pretty much a product of the 70's, I think, though I wouldn't have noticed that when I was a kid.

In spite of that, the movie is kind of dark and a little creepy, like the comic book and Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum is kind of cool (and there is one scene of astral projection).  It's also got a soundtrack that alternates between a late seventies scary synth sound which would make John Carpenter proud and a funky guitar bit that sounds a little like The Goblins and would fit well into any Dario Argento film (if you've seen an Argento film, you know what I'm talking about).  Yeah, it's cheesey, but so is the movie.  Unfortunately, we don't really see much of Dr. Strange as Dr. Strange since the film is an origin story.  It would have been neat to see what the makers would have done with this had it been picked up as a series.
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What can I say about Fat Albert except that this was my absolute favorite Saturday morning cartoon for years.  Just hearing that theme brings me back to six or seven years old and sitting in front of that TV just waiting for Bill Cosby and the Cosby kids.

Favorite Russell put down?  "Rudy?  You're like school on a summer day -- no class!"
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I have been a huge Dr. Strange fan since I was about six and I picked up a Giant Size collection of Dr. Strange stories from a newsstand in Milford, CT when my family was visiting friends.  The only reason I'd gotten it was because my mother had told me I could buy a comic book and this was one of the few places that carried the Giant Size comics.  That day there were only two -- a Captain America I already had and a Dr. Strange.  Reluctantly, I got the comic and let it sit for about a year.  Every now and then I'd look into it but the pictures were usually too frightening (especially Nightmare) or the stories to weird to follow.  Eventually, though, I overcame my fear and figured out what was going on and Dr. Strange became my absolute favorite comic book hero.

In 1978, I saw in the TV guide that there was going to be a movie on Friday night (CBS, maybe?) called Dr. Strange.  I would hunt the weekly TV guide regularly to find anything that resembled a super hero movie.  Often, I'd be burned (I still remember seeing Letterman and being brutally disappointed that it was a talk show -- this was when Dave was on in the morning) but sometimes, I'd hit the jackpot.  There was no description with Dr. Strange and for all I knew it was a hospital drama but I asked my mother if I could stay up to watch it (it was late) on the off chance that this was the Dr. Strange.  She said no and I badgered here for the next few days.  Friday came and still the answer was no.  I remember sitting in front of the TV as the beginning started and then being sent off to bed.

"It'll be on again," my mother said.

The next day at baseball practice, I asked my comics friend, John Lucas, if he'd seen it.  He said yes and then he told me it was actually the comic book Dr. Strange and it was cool and awesome and spectacular and he'd loved it a lot.  I scoured the TV guide looking for a rerun of that movie for years but it was never on again.  And I've scoured the internet looking for anything about it but came up with nothing but a short scene posted on YouTube until today.

Today I found out that someone has recently posted the entire movie to YouTube.  I am in disbelief.  Finally, after all these years, I have found my Dr. Strange Holy Grail!  But that's not all, because I also found that a Dr. Strange feature film has been announced for 2010 directed by Guillermo del Toro and written by Neil Gaiman.  I feel like I've hit the jackpot!
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Turns into the Hulk!

I showed this to the boys yesterday and can't get it out of my head now.  They've also been asking me to sing it repeatedly, a request I've happily obliged.  When I was a kid I loved these Marvel Heroes cartoons (there was also Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor) not just because they were super hero cartoons but because most (if not all) of the episodes came directly from the comic book pages (along with the Kirby art).
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When I was in fourth grade I looked forward to five o'clock.  That's because The Carol Burnett Show was on. Each day, I'd grab a bottle of my favorite soda, Dr. Pepper (which I'd only recently discovered), sit down on the couch, and watch my favorite television show.  Though I liked Tim Conway best, Harvey Korman came in a close second, if only because I loved the Ed and Eunice skits (and I always thought it was hilarious when Korman would lose it it during Conway's antics).  Harvey Korman played such a great ass  -- either a small minded twit or someone so full of himself no one could stand to be around him -- which made it hard for him to ever be a star in his own right.  I'd sit on that couch drinking my soda and laughing so hard my stomach hurt.  Ah, Harvey, we'll always have our Dr. Pepper.

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Just wondering if anyone else knows of Hugo:  The Man of a Thousand Faces.

Feel like playing with a Virtual Hugo?
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Has anyone else ever noticed the similarities between Braniac from the Super Friends and Yul Brynner?

Just wondering.
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I got an Underdog DVD (of the original show) from the library today and let Arie and Éiden watch.  In the half hour since they've seen it Arie has been wandering the house speaking like Simon Bar-Sinister:  "Simon says: Pick up!  Simon says:  Put it down!  Simon says:  Go drive!" He then follows each directive with an evil laugh, "Heh-heh-heh-heh."  I'm a little afraid of what bedtime might bring.
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There was a time in the early '80's when I could not remove this Carvel jingle from my head.  I'd be at swimming practice and it would just go on and on and on and on.  Oh, Hug-me the Bear, how could I forget about you?

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Éiden and I just  got Shamrock Shakes from McDonald's (I know, I know, they're hideous concoctions but they remind me of childhood) which led me to ask the question, whatever happened to Paddy O'Grimace? 

(And for that matter, what happened to his cousin Grimace, Mayor McCheese, an Big Mac?  I suspect the creepy new Burger King may be somehow involved in their suspicious disappearance.)


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