After the Mets lose Game 6, we move into 1996 for Thinner, Millennium’s debut and one of the best Treehouse of Horror specials to date. This week in 2006 brought us debut albums from Taylor Swift and Amy Winehouse, while It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown turns 50.
Other topics covered include:
-The 50th Anniversary of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!”
–Trick or Treat and Soul Man release in theaters
–The Curse of the Bambino strikes! Game 6 of the World Series – Boston Red Sox v. NY Mets. The Red Sox lead the series and haven’t won a pennant in 68 years. The Mets are down by 2 with 2 outs and nobody on in the bottom of the 10th, one out away from losing. At this point, the words “Congratulations Boston Red Sox, 1986 World Champions” briefly flashed on the scoreboard. The Mets managed three straight hits to score a run before Mookie Wilson came to bat. Down to his last strike, Mookie avoided a wild pitch that got away from the catcher and scored the tying run.
Mookie Wilson hits a ground ball straight at first baseman Bill Buckner who misses it, letting it roll between his legs, and the Mets win. Two days later, the Mets win game 7 and the championship. Buckner received death threats and was dropped from the team less than a year later.
Happy ending: The Red Sox would finally win the World Series 18 years later. Buckner returned to throw out the first pitch after the Red Sox 2007 World Series win and received a 4-minute standing ovation.
–On ABC, “Easy Prey” aired, based on the IRL serial killer Christopher Wilder, who would abduct young women from malls and would drive states away before raping and then killing them. In the role of that killer is Major Dad/Simon from Simon & Simon, Gerald McRaney
–Polka Party – Weird Al’s fourth album, kind of a disappointment, Living with a Hernia / Living in America
Blah Blah Blah – Iggy Pop / Bowie collab
#1 song is True Colors, Cyndi Lauper’s second album which was released in September
–Van Halen best of, incl Humans Being from Twister in May, has Jump, Panama, Why Can’t This Be Love etc
Dance into the Light – Phil Collins’ first truly solo album, no huge hits but don’t worry, Tarzan is three years away
Trial by Fire – Journey’s 10th album, incl When You Love A Woman
Macarena has been #1 since August and will remain until November
-Thinner, High School High and The Associate debut in theaters
–Debut of Millennium – Fox’s attempt to capitalize on X-Files’ success with another lore-laden sci-fi show. It starred Lance Henriksen as Frank Black, an FBI agent with the ability to read minds of killers, who worked for (but was wary of) the Millennium Group. It lasted three seasons and would have the opposite of a backdoor pilot, as the finale was an episode of X-Files in 1999.
–Debut of Pop Up Video on VH1! As we’ve discussed before, music is in a weird place in 96; post grunge, pre boy band, so PUV made pretty much any kind of music video watchable due to trivia that would pop up during music videos. Kind of like a smarter and quieter version of Beavis and Butt-head’s MTV commentary.
–8th season premiere of The Simpsons – Treehouse of Horror 7 – “The Thing & I” (Hugo), “Genesis Tub” (Tooth Town), and “Citizen Kang” (Clinton/Gore). HOWEVER, the better Halloween episode this week might be the Family Matters episode “Stevil,” which has this description on Wikipedia: “A ventriloquist’s dummy, which looks exactly like Urkel, comes to life and terrorizes the Winslows, and Steve must stop it.”
–Taylor Swift – debut album, writing credit for it all at age 16, would sell 6 million, Our Song
The Black Parade – My Chemical Romance concept album, rock opera about someone’s death and journey through the afterlife
Pet Shop Boys, Robbie Williams and Amy Winehouse’s second album Back to Black.
–CBGBs closed. From wikipedia: Patti Smith, helped on some songs by Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Television’s Richard Lloyd, too, played in a few, including “Marquee Moon”. Nearly finished, Smith and band playing “Gloria” alternated the chorus with echos of “Blitzkrieg Bop”—by the Ramones—Hey! Ho! Let’s go!. During “Elegie”, her final encore, Smith named musicians who had died since playing at CBGB
-Babel, Saw III release in theaters
-It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown airs on ABC. A decade earlier, it was on CBS. 2016 is the special’s 50TH ANNIVERSARY
–The 2006 World Series is won by the St Louis Cardinals, who beat the Detroit Tigers in 5 games. It is STL’s first WS win since the 1930s. I didn’t like this, since the Cards beat the Mets in the NLCS
–Magical Starsign, WTF, Phantasy Star Universe, Touch Detective, Resivoir Dogs game all release this week alongside Marvel Ultimate Alliance
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