This week in 87 brought us both Over the Top AND Mannequin, then 1997 sees the end of Disney’s Gargoyles, the first Mario Kart sequel and That Darn Cat. In 2007, Nicholas Cage finally gets to be a super hero while Tim & Eric baffle the nation.
Other topics covered include:
CD-Vs debut, which are video CDs. Format never really took off, but I did take a stash of VCDs from the Nintendo TRU kiosk.
President Reagan says that political pundits are trying to ring down the curtain on his Administration “even before the show is over” but he is “saving the best stuff for the last act.” “Our game plan is still be best one in town, repeating his opposition to “government controls, central planning and bureaucracy.”
84 Charing Cross Road, Mannequin, City on Fire, Over the Top, Frank Stallone’s Bad Nite release in theaters
2/10/87 – ABC airs Carol, Carl, Whoopi, and Robin, featuring Burnett, Reiner, Goldberg, and Williams
2/13/87 – On the same night that a new episode of Webster airs, ABC also airs Emmanuel Lewis: My Very Own Special, featuring guest stars aplenty
2/13/87 – On NBC, the D-TV special Doggone Valentine airs. According to wikipedia, it is the first time that Bill Farmer did the voice of Goofy.
2/13/87 – A star-studded Miami Vice features Brad Dourif as a drug dealer and Helena Bonham Carter as a potential love interest for Crockett who is hiding the fact that she’s a heroin user
2/15 – 16 ABC airs the 7-part, 14-hour miniseries Amerika, about the US being taken over by Russia and deciding to fight back after 10 years. It reportedly cost $40 million to make and starred Kris Kristofferson, Robert Urich, Mariel Hemingway, Sam Neill, and (in her first major role) Lara Flynn Boyle
To counter ABC, NBC aired The Facts of Life Down Under, where the gang visits Australia and Blair & Jo are mistakenly suspected as jewel thieves
2/16/87 – Amazing Stories: Family Dog, cartoon produced by Spielberg, directed by Brad Bird, would become an animated series two years later
Sometime in 1987 – Taito’s Operation Wolf, shooting gallery game playing upon Vietnam imagery, gun controller attached to the machine, could tilt and rotate it, one of the most popular and prolific gun games of the 80s. NES version not great.
All in the Name of Love – Atlantic Starr, R&B group, includes song Always, which was a big one
Livin’ on a Prayer is #1, from Slippery When Wet, released in 1986. Single original record sold 800k, since digital sales became a thing it’s sold 3 million, everpresent song. Never seen a bar come alive like this.
BUT, must acknowledge the Over the Top soundtrack…
Blur – fifth album, that’s Song 2 bringing us in. One of those prolific songs of the era and is still on the radio today. Intended as a light parody of grunge but eyyyy
Baduizm – debut album from Erykah Badu, credited with popularzing Neo Soul, making it commercially viable, do remember seeing this on M2 a lot “Baduizm stands alone, a missing link between ’70s street funk, basement jazz, bohemian hip hop and the blues reinventions of Portishead.” – Fear of Music
Brighten the Corners – pavement fourth album
Eight Arms to Hold You – Veruca Salt second album, Volcano Girls was the main song
In the face of national controversy, the Oakland school board now seeks to clarify its proposal, removing the term “genetically based” in its Ebonics definition. Back in December, the Oakland School District recognized “black English” or “ebonics” as a “genetically based” language, with roots in West African linguistic forms in a program proposal to receive more state and federal funding. “Ebonics” is derived from the worlds “ebony and phonics.” Proponents believe ebonics is a tool to help students learn standard English. Others tend to view ebonics and street slang as interchangeable issues. (Mr Pop Culture)
“The systematic and expressive nature of the grammar and pronunciation patterns of the African American vernacular has been established by numerous scientific studies over the past thirty years. Characterizations of Ebonics as “slang,” “mutant,” “lazy,” “defective,” “ungrammatical,” or “broken English” are incorrect and demeaning.” – linguistic society of america
That Darn Cat
Absolute Power, Fools Rush In and Vegas Vacation release in theaters too!
2/11/97 – the Mad About You episode “The Penis” airs, where Paul and Jamie debate about whether their soon-to-be-born son should be circumcised
2/15/97- Gargoyles final episode airs after 3 seasons and 78 episodes.
The voice cast featured several actors who are alumni of the Star Trek franchise including Marina Sirtis and Jonathan Frakes (respectively, Deanna Troi and William Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation), who were featured regularly as principal cast members. Other Star Trek actors such as Michael Dorn (Worf on TNG and DS9), Brent Spiner (Data on TNG), Colm Meaney (Miles O’Brien on TNG and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), LeVar Burton (Geordi La Forge on TNG), Nichelle Nichols (Uhura on Star Trek: The Original Series), Avery Brooks (Benjamin Sisko on DS9), Paul Winfield (Clark Terrell in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan), David Warner (various characters, most notably Gul Madred in “Chain of Command”, a two-part episode of TNG) and Kate Mulgrew (Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager) were guest or recurring stars in the series
Asteroid (TV movie) w/ Michael Biehn
Feb 13 – “The One Where Ross and Rachel Take a Break”
The Simpsons episode “Homer’s Phobia” airs, where Homer worries a gay shop owner will make Bart gay, too
Mario Kart 64 – first MK sequel, one of the very first videos I watched online. Rotating sprites instead of 3D models (Diddy would do it in November). Didn’t feel flat, had hills and more stuff going on in the courses, introduces the rainbow road tune, four player split screen, battle mode
FFVII was in Japan last week, we’ll get it later this year
Van Morrison at the Movies – Born on the 4th of July, American Werewolf in London, One Fine Day, lots of stuff. In with Comfortably Numb, from The Departed
Feb. 16: Britney Spears leaves rehab, shaves her head, goes on mini-rampage, heads back to rehab
Daddy’s Little Girls, Music and Lyrics, Breach. Bridge to Terabithia release in theaters
Starter for 10 – James Mcavoy British movie, soundtrack has Cure, Smiths, Buzzcocks, Motorhead, Tears for Fears, sign me up
Ghost Rider – Mark stephen johnson, also directed 03 Daredevil, not great, very skippable. Cage wanted to be a hero super bad and this is somehow what stuck. Made $230 million so it did fairly well.
Grammys: The Police reunite for the first time in 20 years. Dixie Chicks “Take the Long Way” wins lots of stuff, best new artist – Carrie Underwood beating Chris Brown.
2/12/07 – Peter meets his Irish father on Family Guy
2/15/07 – Rob and Amber Against The Odds finale
2/11/07 Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job debuts
Gurumin PSP, cute adventure game, just had a new one come out
Wii Play, came with Wii Remote and was pretty OK
The Warriors game came to PSP
Chulip – verrrry weird game where you try to make people like you enough so they let you kiss them. There’s also a town weirdo called Agony Man who loves cleaning toilets
Ghost Rider PS2 game
Ratchet & Clank Size Matters
Paperboy came to XBLA
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