Fievel, First Contact and Tenacious Wii – Nov 18-24

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An American Tail debuts this week in 1986, introducing us to adorable little Fievel, while 1996 brought us Jingle All The Way and Star Trek’s biggest hit in a decade. 2006 saw the launch of Nintendo’s Wii and the Pick of Destiny, plus the Burger King Trilogy.

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1986:

Mike Tyson knocks out Trevor Berbick, becoming the youngest heavyweight champion of the world at age 20.

Disney’s Song of the South is re-released in theaters, where it’s joined by An American Tail and Firewalkers.

George Clooney debuts on Facts of Life, Magnum PI crosses over with Murder, She Wrote and Bruce Willis dances on Moonlighting.

LA Law episode “The Venus Butterfly” airs. The court case is about a gay man with AIDS on trial for mercy killing his partner (who also had AIDS), but the title of the episode comes from a fictional sexual technique which is never revealed but is very effective. It won an emmy for writing, and many of the cast are still asked about the technique.

The Wonderful World of Disney airs “The Thanksgiving Promise” about a boy (Jason Bateman) who becomes attached to a goose who is supposed to be cooked for Thanksgiving

#1 song is Human / Human League
August – Eric Clapton
Utter Madness – Madness, greatest hits album incl Our House

Notorious – Duran Duran, beginning of their downward turn, lots of infighting between band members, they’d done side projects (Arcadia & Power Station), toured the world and a mix of fame / money / stress. Brassy, departure from new wavey-ness

 

1996:

Blood Brothers – 5 song EP from Bruce Springsteen, incl string version of Secret Garden, which was initially released in 95 but became more popular after its inclusion in Jerry McGuire.
Emancipation – Prince’s first post-WB album, third of the year and three discs long. Sold 500k, but since RIAA goes by discs sold, it’s technically double platinum.
House of Music – Tone Toni Tony
Life in General – MxPx
Razorblade Suitcase – Bush’s followup to Sixteen Stone, Mouth is the main song I remember, Swallowed was another hit
Telegram – Bjork’s first full remix album

Jingle All The Way, Shine and Star Trek: First Contact release in theaters.

Phil Hartman hosts SNL. It is his final appearance on the show.

Sonic Christmas Blast airs, an Xmas special for The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog that aired TWO YEARS after the show ended its normal run

In the most 90s thing to ever happen, Drew Carey show stars Drew Carey and Kathy Kinney (Mimi) guest star on Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

Donkey Kong Country 3 hits the Super NES, while WWF In Your House and Sonic 3D Blast release on Saturn.

 

 

 

2006:

Dreams: The Ultimate Corrs Collection
The Love Album – Westlife
Stop the Clocks – Oasis compilation album that did NOT include their song Stop the Clocks
US18 Singles – U2 compilation that does a pretty good job of their different eras. Pride, Still Haven’t Found, Vertigo, Beautiful Day
As Daylight Dies – Killswitch Engage
A Decade – Our Lady Peace
Kingdom Come – Jay-Z “comeback” album
Pac’s Life – 6th posthumous 2pac album, lots of cameos incl TI, Ashanti, Chamillionaire, Snoop Dogg, posthumous Kadafi

 

Deja Vu, Deck the Halls and The Fountain debut, as does Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny.

How I Met Your Mother “The Slap Bet”: A monumental ep of HIMYM, includes the series-spanning slap bet where Marshall (Jason Segel) is allowed to slap Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) five times. The final slap isn’t delivered until the penultimate episode 7 years later.

 

Wii launches on Nov 19: Packed w Wii Sports and pushing ease and simplicity and value instead of cutting edge, expensive technology, Wii catapulted over PS3 and 360 for quite some time. Eventually sold 101 million units… BUT many folks including myself predicted this thing would fizzle out within a year or so and it did, hard. By 09, 2010, it was very hard to get anyone excited about new games that weren’t called Mario Galaxy or New SMB.

Excite Truck, Red Steel, Banana Blitz, Rayman Raving Rabbids, Trauma Center Second Opinion, Twilight Princess. Began as a teaser at E3 04, my first, and was essentially pushed as the “serious” Ocarina follow-up we’d wanted since the 2000 Shoshinkai trailer from the GCN days. 8.85m sold apparently making it the best selling Zelda ever, makes sense given Wii’s base.

Burger King Trilogy releases on various platforms, as does Rainbow Six: Vegas

 

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20 thoughts on “Fievel, First Contact and Tenacious Wii – Nov 18-24

  1. There are better hills to die on then Song of the South, Chris. I love you, but why do you keep doing this to yourself.

  2. Kind of a damn shame that Nintendo didn’t make any gameplay refinements for Twilight Princess HD (as far as I know) along the lines of what they did for Wind Waker HD. The game is absolutely great once you muscle through the opening slog.

  3. I used to watch Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Remington Steele, and Moonlighting, strange how many similar crime solving male-female duo shows there were in the early 80’s. The Venus Butterfly was around the time I started watching LA Law, at age 9. I don’t remember the gay story, but it all seems like the sort of subject matter my parents would have objected to at the time. I also saw Notorious on Friday Night Videos, since I didn’t have MTV, and liked it, though I wasn’t real familiar with Duran Duran’s earlier stuff, but I didn’t buy any of their albums until the mid 90’s, like Brett.

    I got Sonic 3D Blast on the Saturn, though I was never really a Sonic fan. I stuck the disc in my comupter and added the music to my collection recently, and it has pretty good music.

    1. Man, I forgot Friday Night Videos even existed!
      My older sister was so into Duran Duran, that she named our three cats after the band members. I think I’ve had enough Duran Duran to last me until I’m 60.

  4. Whenever I hear about “Tone Toni Tony”, I think about an episode of David Letterman they were on. Tony Randall was on the show, and stood on stage while they played, just so they could be “Tone Toni Tony Tony”.

  5. Woohoo! Duran Duran and Star Trek are my two favorite things. Solid Triple T, Laser Team!

    Arcadia was the superior Duran Duran side project in the Notorious era. If anyone is curious what Duran Duran almost became, check out Dark Circles by The Devils, a 2002 album from Nick Rhodes and Stephen Duffy, who preceded Le Bon as DD vocals. It’s amazing.

  6. I loved the Tick. I remember my friend sitting me down and making me watch the first episode of the second season (the one with the whale) and I was hooked completely.

    I also loved the Fountain when I saw – because I saw it on mushrooms!

    As for the Wii, I think you guys were a little bit hard on it. It did have good third party RPGs – you didn’t even mention Operation Rainfall!

    It got three great JRPGs at the end of the Wii’s life – Xenoblade, Last Story and Pandora’s Tower.

    Would love to see you guys do a playthrough of Disaster Day of Crisis for the Wii – if you have a modded Wii, because it was Europe only.

  7. Oh my goodness, I love The Tick SO MUCH. “The Tick vs. the Tick” might be my single favorite episode of any TV show ever. And guess what? It’s all on YouTube! Go watch all of it now. It gets exponentially weirder the deeper you get into it.

  8. So I guess I’m the closest thing to a Tenacious d superfan so I’ll give what little info I know. After their movie bombed (probably from being too focused on story-based songs and without any of the skits that made their first album great) they stopped while Jack made movies and Kyle formed the band Trainwreck with the titular character “Lee” as the singer. They all took fake rock names like Clip Kalhoon, Boy Johnny, and John Bartholomew Shredman. Very funny and cheesy as shit songs like “Rock, Boulder, Mountain”. I actually got to meet KG at my drunkest and was given the demo album (presumably to get me out of there)

    Tenacious d reformed with the album “Rize of the Fenix” (with a cock-and-balls phoenix on the cover) where they got back to their roots with funny songs and skits and even had a song explaining it all called “The Ballad of Hollywood Jack and the Rage Cage” that was accompanied by a video with Val Kilmer.
    I’m endlessly entertained by these guys and if you want a good reason to give Pick Of Destiny another chance, just think of homeless Tim Robbins saying “I really miss that sweet fucking leg of mine”

    And really, they made a song with Dio and Meatloaf. That’s just really damn cool.

    And for wii, get really stoned and play Warioware. It justified the system for me, even if it is collecting dust now.

  9. The Wii segment went pretty navel-gazey. If you look at stuff like the Oculus motion controllers and the Vive motion controllers, there’s definitely some Wii lineage there. Something had to be first. And Wii is the only video game console that my grandmother ever played. It reached an insanely wide scope.

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