This week 30, 20 and 10 years ago: Double Dare debuts on Nickelodeon as My Pet Monster tears up the toy aisle; Tom Hanks wrangles a group of one hit wonders; and South Park skewers Warcraft while DiCaprio faces off with Damon, Wahlberg and Nicholson.
Other topics covered include:
–7-up sold to group that owns Dr Pepper and A&W, now the Dr Pepper Snapple Group. Used to be called Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda, contained lithium until the 50s.
-Tough Guys and Children of a Lesser God debut in theaters, as does the Tangerine Dream-scored The Park is Mine.
-Double Dare begins in Nickelodeon, would run until 1993 in various incarnations (Super Sloppy, Family) hosted by Mark Summers.
-A-Ha’s “Scoundrel Days” releases with the single “Cry Wolf.” It doesn’t get nearly the same amount of airplay as “Take On Me” but it’s a nice li’l song.
–Matchbox 20’s “Yourself or Someone Like You” debuts. Will eventually sell 15 million albums thanks to singles like “3am,” “Push” and “Back to Good.”
–Aenima – Tool’s third major label album, included album art and lyrics that reference Bill Hicks’ “Arizona Bay” bit.
Belly to Belly – Warrant
From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah – Nirvana Live album, sixth platinum album
Fountains of Wayne – debut album, known most for 2003’s Stacy’s Mom
A Worm’s Life – Crash Test Dummies follow up to triple platinum God Shuffled His Feet
Republica – debut album, out in UK this week with dat “Ready to Go” jam
–The Glimmer Man and Bound debut alongside That Thing You Do
–Seinfeld episode “The Bizarro Jerry” airs. One of the show’s best eps; man-hands, Kramer pretending to work at an office, and Elaine hanging out with a group of friends who are physically similar to Jerry, George, and Kramer (though they’re actually nice)
–Star Trek Deep Space 9 season 5 premiere “Apocalypse Rising” airs. ALSO this week on 10/6, the special Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond airs
-Animal Planet launches
–Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman airs the episode “Swear to God, This Time We’re Not Kidding” where Lois and Clark FINALLY marry. This coincided with the comic book Superman: The Wedding Album, which also featured said wedding, and included the work of 30 former Superman artists (almost every living artist who had worked on a Superman comic)
-WipEout 2097 / XL launches, ushering in an era of “cool” games that help legitimize the previously just-for-kids hobby. Between the slick visuals and an ultra-modern licensed soundtrack (w tunes from Prodigy, Future Sound of London and Fluke), WipEout further distinguished the PlayStation from the N64 and Nintendo in general. Combine this with hits like GoldenEye 007, Ocarina of Time, Metal Gear Solid and Tekken 3 and we start to see late teens / adults view games as something “cool” and not dismiss them as something from their childhood years.
-The Killers’ “Sam’s Town” releases after “When You Were Young” prepped folks as the first single. Subsequent hits include “Bones” and “Read My Mind.”
-Robin Thicke, Beck both have new albums out this week
-The Queen, Open Season, Employee of the Month, Trailer Park Boys release alongisde The Departed
–SNL’s 32nd season premieres, and due to massive budget cuts, it’s one of the smallest casts ever. With Horatio Sanz, Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey, and Chris Parnell (for the second time) leaving the show and no new hires, only 11 cast members were around this season. Seth Meyers became Weekend Update’s co-anchor alongside Amy Poehler (who was already an anchor). The season premiered with the most 2006 host-musician pairing possible, Dane Cook and The Killers
-Friday Night Lights premieres. One of Dave’s favorite shows ever and it’s all about a topic I hate – high school football. Adapted from the 2004 film (which itself was adapted from a 1990 book), it focuses on Texas high school football coach Eric Taylor, his family, and his players
–Freak Show premieres on Comedy Central (animated series with H Jon Benjamin & David Cross) and The Nine premieres (LOST style show where 9 people are tied together by a bank robbery and we’re shown flashbacks) on ABC
–The South Park Episode “Make Love, Not Warcraft” airs, featuring in-game animation of the boys as they seek out a griefer who kills their squad. Kicks off the second half of season 10, with a great run of episodes that includes “Mystery of the Urinal Deuce” (with the Hardly Boys who are really into clues), “Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy” (niceeeee), and Go God Go, where Cartman ends up in the year 2546 after trying to cryogenically freeze himself until the Wii launches
–Third season premiere of Lost, entitled “A Tale of Two Cities.” Jack, Sawyer, and Kate are trapped at The Others’ camp (as they are for roughly half the season while the showrunners were unsure of when the end date for the show would be). We’ll check back later in the season when the universally agreed-upon worst Lost episode airs
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