The Coreys are Lost Boys, Metroid Hits US, Spawn Kills At Theaters, and Hot Rod is Cool Beans – July 28-August 3

This week… in 87, The Lost Boys pit Coreys against vampires, Metroid rolls onto the NES, and Timothy Dalton debuts as James Bond. In 97, we try to Win Ben Stein’s Money, but realize Air Bud is really raking in the bucks. In ’07 we score with Mario Strikers Wii while laughing at Hot Rod.

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THIS WEEK’S TOPICS

1987
Movies –

Love at Stake: Patrick Cassidy, Kelly Preston

The Living Daylights (no. 1 at the box office): Timothy Dalton, Maryam D’Abo

The Lost Boys: Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim

TV –

July 31 – The Spirit TV Movie airs, an adaptation and wouldbe TV series of Will Eisner’s pioneering detective comic, starred Sam Jones of Flash Gordon (1980), filmed in 1986 but aired now after some fan outcry

August 1 – Arenabowl I happens to end the first year of the Arena Football League, game is played indoors on a field the quarter the size of an NFL one, Denver Dynamite 45, Pittsburgh Gladiators 16, over 13,000 in attendance

Games –
Metroid (released in August 1987 in US)

OTHER AUGUST 87 NES RELEASES: Legend of Kage, Elevator Action, Athena, Arkanoid (with custom controller!)

Music –

New releases: “Hysteria” by Def Leppard including the best stripper song ever: “Pour Some Sugar on Me”

1997
Music –

New releases: “Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone,” the debut of Harvey Danger including “Flagpole Sitta”; “The Art of War” by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, 98 Degrees debut album, “Songs from Northern Britain” by Teenage Fanclub, “The Virginian” by Neko Case, “Strangers Almanac” by Whiskeytown, “Nothin’ by the Taillights” by Clint Black, and “Dispepsi” by Negativeland.

Movies –

Air Force One no. 1 at the box office

Air Bud – spawned 14 movies and counting

In the Company of Men: Aaron Eckhart

Picture Perfect: Jennifer Aniston, Jay Mohr

Spawn: Michael Jai White, John Leguizamo, Martin Sheen

Danger Zone: Billy Zane, RDJ

The Wrong Guy: Dave Foley

TV –

7/28 – Win Ben Stein’s Money debuts on Comedy Central, introducing the television world to a young Jimmy Kimmel, running gag was that you’d be punished for answering Jeopardy style

July 29 – Alien Nation: The Urada Conspiracy airs, the final TV movie that continued the 1989 Fox series that adapted the film of the same name, used a race of aliens that landed on Earth as easy allegory about minorities in America, fifth movie about mind-controlled sleeper agents, all the original cast returned

8/1 – Eek The Cat’s final episode airs, debuted in 1992 created by Savage Steve Holland (Better Off Dead, One Crazy Summer), it starred a friendly cat who was attacked constantly by everything in the world, also co-ran with Terrible Thunder Lizards for a couple seasons

Games –

7/29/97 – Dragon Ball GT: Final Bout – Super rare PS1 game; one of the first DB games to come stateside

7/31/97 – Herc’s Adventures (Lucasarts), Re-Volt, Madden 98, NFL Gameday 98

2007
Music –

New releases: “Finding Forever” by Common, “True Beauty” by Mandisa, untitled Korn album with singles “Evolution” and “Kiss”, Sean Kingston’s debut, “Direction” by The Starting Line

“Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T’s is no. 1.

Movies –

The Ten: Jessica Alba, Winona Ryder, Ken Marino (mini State reunion)

Underdog: Jason Lee

Becoming Jane: Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy

Bratz: The Movie

The Bourne Ultimatum (no. 1 at box office): Matt Damon, David Strathairn

Hot Rod: Andy Samberg, Ian McShane

TV –

July 29 – The Two Coreys debuts on A&E, a fake reality show following lives of Corey Feldman and Corey Haim, Haim moves in with Feldman and his wife where hijinks ensue, ended after two seasons because Feldman couldn’t take Haim’s drug use, Haim died in 2010

Games –

7/30/07 – Picross DS

Mario Strikers Charged

36 thoughts on “The Coreys are Lost Boys, Metroid Hits US, Spawn Kills At Theaters, and Hot Rod is Cool Beans – July 28-August 3

  1. I never liked Samberg on SNL outside of “The Rap Man” & “Dear Sister” as I largely hate “funny” songs but I really love HotRod as well as Brooklyn 99 he works well in this sorta character and this movie introduced me to Bill Hader and his stoic almost creepy dryness. When I 1st saw him on SNL he was doing a Pacino and I was like NOPE! Now he’s legit a top 5 comedian of the last decade IMO

    Also in defense of Def Leppard and by proxy Poison, Winger, Cinderella and even Warrant (I’ve placed my A-Cups into a blazer with no shirt & a bandanna quite a few times) etc they’re not trying to be taken seriously and their stupid sex songs are tongue in cheek (and endlessly fun to sing along to “ironically”) . B4 losing his arm their drummer was actually really good check out “Pyromania” their album B4 Hysteria(which has a KILLER ballad of the same name on it) for example. The initial video for PSSOM is really cool to it’s a bunch of butch Hwomenz demolishing a house that the band is singing in.

  2. Just had to chime in because of you guys talking about my FAVORITE album of all time, Hysteria. I know 80s glam rock gets a lot of flak these days, but every single song on Hysteria just makes me grin from ear to ear. It’s my go-to album when I’m having a shitty day, and it never fails to pick me back up. It’s just such a fun album from start to finish. I met the guitarist and bass-player (Phil Collen and Rick Savage) for Def Leppard at a radio station event when I was 19. One of them commented on my Pyromania shirt, asking if it was an original from the 80s. I had to be honest with them. “No, I bought this at Hot Topic recently. But, I have more Def Leppard shirts than ANY other band!” They were taken back, but also highly amused, and thanked me for being a fan. Literally, the greatest day of my life.

  3. Ya’ll are kinda sexist towards men sometimes I’ve noticed, everytime a man does something wrong you point out he’s a man and act like “women aren’t capable” of that kind of evil and often make excuses for them. I’ve dated more men then women and as a late bloomer in looks I can say women can be everybit as manipulative and shitty as the men in the “Blue Pill” movie. I’m not trying to be a dick but you guys often come across as the “statistically speaking!” racist dirtbag but with gender, like I’m a believe in equality but you don’t have to tear down one group and over praise another, that almost makes you know better than any other bigot your just a more well meaning bigot but @teotd a bigot is a bigot and some of the stuff y’all say gets a little dicey TBH. I get that you’re not allowed to defend men and point out double standards as you’ll get shamed for it especially by Chris but seriously as a long time fan of LT and even Radar it’s hard not to notice

    1. Just to clarify all I’m saying is a hurtful comment is a hurtful comment and bad stereotypes are bad stereotypes and you can’t pick and choose when to be progressive and think it’s ok to hurt and belittle groups of people who’s only crime is being born a certain way I get y’all hate the “all sides” people but try to understand how many people “didn’t do anything” and how it feels to be lumped in I guess it’s hearing stories from my black dad about profiling that makes me extra sensitive to it especially since I don’t look mixed just white, sometimes the things I hear other Libs say sounds a lot like the “statistically speaking” racist I’ve talked to who didn’t know I was mixed and I empathize with my dad’s stories of being viewed as a bad personand dangerous for how he looked and the “mistakes” of other black men and equate that to weird bashing that feminist feel all to comfortable doing to men today as if women don’t do wrong, it’s not unlike whites acting as if all problems are the fault of the blacks/Jews/illegals you know? Just saying do unto others and try to understand how wrong it is to slander large groups of people for their race/gender/religion

    2. I have no intention of debating, but “making jokes” isn’t the same thing as “discriminating against men,” even if the show wasn’t three men and one woman. And joking about things no longer being exclusively the domain of men is not sexism.

  4. OH BOY BROADCASTING LAW! (Not even kidding, I love this shit).

    Like all FCC regulations, the Fairness Doctrine would not prevent Fox News from doing their shit because the FCC has no power to regulate any non-over-the-air TV transmission. It also didn’t work quite like y’all seem to interpret it, it basically stated that if a broadcast news show has someone on to endorse a candidate or more importantly a position, they had to have a counterpoint. The stated reason for nuking it was that TV and radio stations felt compelled to take no editorial position, because if they wanted tto denounce even something like a Neo-nazi rally they had to then find someone to defend it. Meanwhile CNN and newspapers were under no such obligation because they didn’t have a government-granted license to use the very limited public resource of a spot on the broadcast spectrum.

    Things like the Presidential candidates on Raw are different; they’re covered by laws about campaign advertising rather than “equal time for opposing views.” If you have one candidate on but not others, it counts as a contribution which is subject to restrictions, but if everyone gets the same two minutes it doesn’t count. That’s why when Pat Robertson ran for president someone else took over The 700 Club.

  5. I had a high school substitute teacher who wrote the movie “187”. When he came into my class, a few years before the movie came out, he told the class about the movie and how excited he was about it getting made by Hollywood. At the time they were still casting the lead role, but his first choice was Tom Hanks, since he wanted an actor that the audience would love. That way it would play on people’s expectations of the character. That’s most likely why Samuel L. Jackson is so subdued and calm in this role compared to normal. When the substitute described the movie I got really excited and wanted to see it, but to this day I have not watched it. I have no idea why.

  6. Do you have a band or artist you just have an irrational hatred for? They may be objectively bad at what they do and it’s totally understandable to not like what they do, but for some reason there’s just some unexplained extra quality they possess that pushes them over the edge? Def Leppard is one such band for me. I hate them, even though there are worse bands out there that bother me less, there’s just something about them that annoys me to no end. Will someone please finally pour some sugar on that mother fucker so he’ll finally shut the hell up?

  7. Random story about the summer of 1997. My family went on holiday to Portugal, I was 11 at the time. I was very excited because the house we rented had a TV and a satellite dish! Normally when we went on summer holiday there would be no TV, even when we stayed in the UK there wouldn’t be a TV! But thanks to the satellite dish we could pickup 3 English speaking channels. They were CNN, Sky News and Cartoon Network.

    For the first week I would spend the morning watching Cartoon Network. Lots of Dexter’s Lab, Scooby Doo and old Looney Tunes, it was great. Then the second week came and Cartoon Network started a week long Flintstones marathon! All Flintstones, all day, every day, for a full week. Seriously this was an actual thing that happened. And guess what? I watched it. I watched the Flintstones for about 3 hours everyday for a week. It was awful but I was just so grateful to have TV I watched it anyway. Fun fact my Dad still gives me shit about it to this day!

  8. Classic Corner shoutout!!! I love in the Heat of the Night, an absolutely fabulous movie, and a crime that Sidney Poitier did not win an Oscar for this movie. Again, absolutely fantastic and cannot recommend it more. If you want to hear me and Aziz gush on it more, listen to his Talking Oscar’s podcast on it (with me guesting).

    I am going to have to go back and rewatch Hot Rod, I think over the last 10 years the only thing I have watched is that Cool Beans clip. Also, everytime I use that phrase in real life I hope that someone will notice the reference…. to this date no one has.

    1. I use ‘Cool beans’ all the time in my daily life as well, and very few people ever get the reference. It has also become my go-to text response in the place of ‘Ok’ or ‘Sounds good’

  9. Both Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla were regulars on Kevin and Bean, the morning show for Los Angeles alternative radio station KROQ. Carolla would play Mr. Birchum, a cranky woodshop teacher. And Kimmel would do sports as Jimmy the Sports Guy. Carolla would go on to be on the radio show Loveline with Dr. Drew, taking over for Riki Rachtman (The Headbangers Ball guy). Loveline went from a local radio show, to a nationwide one, then a tv show. Kimmel and Carolla did the Man Show together, and that was the first time I ever saw Kimmel on TV. I never knew he was on Win Ben Stein’s Money.

    I never would have thought that the sports guy on a local radio station would eventually be the host of a nationwide late night talk show. Both him and Carolla worked very hard for their success.

  10. The Spawn soundtrack was as formative to me as the Mortal Kombat soundtrack was to Brett. I still put that album on and listen to it when I work out or do something I need to turn my brain off for, like heavy house-cleaning, and it made my tastes in music flourish with all of the diverse groups in it.

    Another formative soundtrack, Blade, comes out next year. And the year after that, The Matrix. Man, the 90’s- what a time to be alive!

  11. I definitely love both The Living Daylights and The Lost Boys. If I was alive in ’87, it would have made a great theatrical double feature for me. Pity that Timothy Dalton only had two Bond movies, never a third but he tried and he was great, I find him underrated. Though I definitely prefer Living Daylights over Licence to Kill since Licence to Kill tried so, so hard that I don’t think it worked in its favor to be as dark as they wanted.

    But The Living Daylights I feel had a good romance element given the choice of Bond girl and there was solid chemistry that it worked. Oh and trust me, riding on a cello case is not the silliest thing in the film. In a deleted scene, when Bond was trying to evade a bunch of flunkies in another action set piece I think in Turkey, he was riding on a carpet but it was cut because it looked too goofy like he was literally flying on a magic carpet. But yeah, Living Daylights I love.

    Same with The Lost Boys. I think it is a great vampire movie with stylish direction, awesome soundtrack, fun scary sequences and I like its sense of humor. Cast is solid too. I do know that The Lost Girls sequel concept has been resurrected as a comic book by Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash). It’s great stuff. And I know a reboot TV show for The CW is in the works by Rob Thomas who is the showrunner of iZombie and created Veronica Mars.

    As for Spawn, well, already I imagine it being better than Todd Macfarlane’s upcoming film. For starters, like Frank Miller, Macfarlane sounds way over his head comparing it to Jaws and wanting Leonardo DiCaprio. Second, he wants the film to concentrate on a secondary character named Twitch (the character he wants DiCaprio for) and apparently, Spawn won’t talk. Like at all. Macfarlane may as well as whitewash his own character. But yet, I’m looking forward to it due to how much it’ll potentially be a disaster like Frank Miller’s The Spirit.

  12. I’ve been talking up the summer of 2007 for great punk releases in these comments for a while now, but no week has more going on than this one. First off, on July 30th, 2007, The Menzingers released their first full length: A Lesson in the Abuse of Information Technology. The Menzingers are a punk band who are rooted in solid, Americana-esque songwriting. This is by far their most straightfoward punk release, with many songs sounding similar to the melodic hardcore sound that was popular at the time. I particularly want to point out the song Ave Maria though, which kind of bucks that trend. Ave Maria is a much more songwriterly punk song, and would indicate the direction the band would go in their breakthrough 2012 album “On the Impossible Past,” which is in my opinion one of the best albums of the 2010s. What’s also notable is how young the band members were at the point of this album’s release, most of them only being around 20.

    My personal favourite album released this week in 2007, however, was “Get Warmer” by Bomb the Music Industry, released on July 31st. BtMI were a musical collective led by my personal favourite musician of all time, Jeff Rosenstock. They started out as a solo-ska punk project in early 2005, but by 2007 had developed into a full collective with dozens of transient members, and which skirted all genre boundaries, including in its sound aspects of punk, hardcore, ska, folk, indie rock, math rock, and more. Get Warmer was the fourth BtMI album released in two and a half years, and the first to include performers other than Rosenstock, though he still acted almost entirely as the songwriter. The band is also fascinating, as they, and especially Jeff, are considered to be pioneers of 21st century DIY punk. They were one of the first artists to introduce an entirely donation based, pay what you want online business model for their music, only ever played all ages shows, and only played shows that cost $10 or less.

    I’d particularly like to point out the track “I don’t Love you Anymore” a bombastic, over the top break up song directed towards alcohol. That track alone features 11 separate musicians, and has Rosenstock himself playing guitar, organ, piano, saxophone, synth, vocals, and wurlitzer. While the vocals are an acquired taste, the songwriting and lyricism are so on point in all of BtMI and Jeff’s solo music that I really can’t recommend it any more, especially his 2016 release “Worry,” which was named album of the year by USA Today (somehow) and which landed him a position at this year’s Pitchfork Fest.

  13. I got way too excited when Chris did a shoutout for the song Refrigerator Car by Spin Doctors. I’ve been a closet Spin Doctors fan for years and that’s an amazing tune. Cowbell! Slap-bass solo! The intro is in 9/8! What’s not to love?

  14. Since July is up and neither one got mentioned, I’d like to pitch in two PC games from July ’97 that I had a lot of fun with as a teenager.

    July 15: Creatures (these days usually found as “Creatures: The Albian Years”)
    Basically, it was Tamagotchi to the extreme. You raise creatures called Norns — teach them to use language, interact with their environment, avoid hazards, and eventually procreate. When two Norns mated, they would kiss with a loud POP! sound. The game tried very hard to incorporate real, hard science and had very impressive AI for its time. It also had some of the first DLC in the form of COBs (Creature Objects) — items you could download off the internet and code into the game to add perks and health benefits for your Norns. Evidently in time, they could become super-intelligent and I think leave their planet, though I never got that far. Never played any of the sequels either. You can buy it on Good Old Games.

    July 31: Atomic Bomberman
    This one is neat. Hudson Soft licensed the property out to Interplay. The game supported up to 10 players simultaneously and had online play, and was a little more “90s xtreme” than other Bomberman games, with a forgettable techno soundtrack. Strangely enough, this game has something for fans of 90s voiceover legends: Charlie Adler and Billy West provided the voice work for the game. There’s a 5-minute clip on YouTube of unused blue material — be careful not to cut yourself on all the edge. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0BlM70n4Yk

  15. My friend always used to think the first line of Def Leppard’s Love Bites (“when you make love, do you look in the mirror?”) was “When you make love, do you lick him in the rear?”

  16. Chris asks if they should give an intro, and Diana says, “No, the clip will tell us everything we need to know.” It’s James Bond, but what’s the title? Then, “This can’t be the first Bond movie we’ve brought up?” What movie? Talk about Goldeneye, Casino Royale and “this” being named after short stories or novels, then finally, after more than a minute the Living Daylights gets said! I really wish they’d start by saying what they’re going to talk about, instead of going on for so long that they don’t know that they’ve never told us what we’re supposed to be interested in. Other podcasts that talk about games and movies frequently say the title at the beginning, then never again, only referring to everything as “this” or “this movie,” and if you weren’t paying attention when they mention the title once you don’t know what it is you want to see if the later discussion sounds interesting.

    Henry was right about being wrong about Neko Case’s name, it’s not like Japanese, I’ve heard her say it on a podcast, it is pronounced like Neeko.

    Jay Ward had nothing to do with Underdog, though I saw it in the 80’s along with Rocky and Bullwinkle, and thought it was related for a long time, since it’s set up the same way.

    I still enjoy Def Leppard’s first four albums. I never got into hard rock very much, but Hysteria was huge as I was getting into music around 9 or 10, and it sounds a lot better than most of the hair metal of the time.

  17. ACTUALLY the reason video game manuals have notes pages is because of the way they’re stapled. Because of the way the pages are printed and stapled together, just like a comic book, means that there has to be a minimum of 4 pages, and the number of pages is always divisible by 4. Unlike a bound book. So it inevitably leaves one or two extra pages. Comic books get to fill that space with ads or filler pages like story catch ups or Stan Lee telling you about all the cool shit he’s doing in LA that would take thirty years to pan out.

    ALSO ACTUALLY as a huge Bond fan I LOVE Dalton and he’s my third favorite Bond.

    But for real actually, I love The Ten and have seen it several times, but I forgot something the last time I watched it. I was taking a sketch writing class taught by The State’s Kevin Alison. I had already rewatched all of The State to properly suck up, and between two of the classes I rewatched The Ten for prime sucking up obscure questions. Then the film reminded me that he has ten seconds of screen time and says one line only to be immediately killed. I still asked him about it and the Reno 911 movie. He’s a really nice guy.

  18. OKAY – IT’S TIME FOR ME TO TALK ABOUT ARENA FOOTBALL!

    I’ve been watching Arena Football since 2001 or so, and I fucking love it. The game is played on a field roughly the size of a hockey rink, and it is all offense. Some people are turned off by this, because it is constant scoring. But to that, I say that you can’t think of this as regular NFL football. It is more like basketball. AKA – who fucks up first and then tries to play catch-up. AFL games with close scores can get so intense, because you basically have to play mistake free at full speed. I once saw a game that had three scores in less than 14 seconds.

    The glory days are certainly in the past. The league has really fallen on hard times and never really rebounded after the financial crash of 2008 (I would not be surprised if they folded after this season). Prior to that, the league was awesome, and filled with so many talented quarterbacks and wide receivers especially. When KC had a team, briefly, I attended ever game, and as a season ticket holder, I strategically picked my seats with the hope of catching a ball that went out of the field of play (never did).

    Anyway, Arenabowl 30 is coming up in a few weeks. Check it out.

    1. It’s interesting how different AFL is from CFL. I’ve been a season ticket holder for years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and saw Greg Carr struggle pretty badly for a couple years, get cut, then go on to be a star in the AFL. Carr was a talented guy but the smaller field probably played more to his size advantage than the wider CFL field.

  19. By social caste standards in high school I fell in with nerds, goths, and punks. They ALL loved Lost Boys and I think even though it hasn’t aged well it’s a very formative movie for me and still holds a special place in my heart.

  20. Fun story – I was actually on Ben Stein’s money in it’s final season. I auditioned when I was just out of highschool, was an alternate the next season and finally got on the show the next season.

    I made it to the second round. The lock out buzzers were a real pain and Stein outclassed everyone at ringing in. I made it to the second round. My consultation prize was a box of fancy hair care products. For ref: http://www.kabrina.com/wbsm/6042.html

  21. I’m going to go to bat for THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS. I think the movie is fucking great, and one of the best in the Bond series. Dalton gets a bad wrap for being so short-lived and serious, but his movies are a ton of fun, and while the plot is a little hilarious now (Bond helping basically Al Qaeda), it’s a perfect showcase of all the reasons 007 is a perfect movie character. In addition to that, (though I’m writing in advance of listening so Diana may have noted), it’s the last 007 movie with music composed by John Barry, the man who pretty much made the most memorable and recurring motifs we all know and love. This may be his best work on the series too, having a worthy sendoff to the music man who helped make the series what it is, incorporating a lot of great 80s tools into the Bond theme, and working with A-Ha! to deliver a great theme song. For what it’s worth too, Dalton may be the most accurate Bond to the books’ portrayal, cold-hearted, bleak, and kind of an asshole, but he gets the job done. Recently rewatched the movie a couple of months back, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone interesting in James Bond, spy/action movies, or someone who just generally wants a good 120 minute movie to enjoy. Happy 30th, TLD.

    TL;DR: The Living Daylights is great and the music is sooooooooooo damn good.

    1. I’m also a big supporter of The Living Daylights and if we’re talking music, there are TWO songs in the film by The Pretenders and both are awesome (one of which serves as a diegetic warning that an enemy is nearby because he’s listening to it on a walkman in the movie, but then it blends into the score!)
      Also it’s worth pointing that for 70s/80s kids, this was the first “new” Bond. I grew up watching Connery and Moore on TV but both were old by the time I knew who James Bond was, and all their films felt dated even in 1987. Here was a brand-new James Bond, younger than before, a little angrier, but still cool overall. The tone of the film was also forward thinking, as the writing was on the wall in 87 that the Cold War wasn’t going to last much longer (the Berlin Wall would fall two years later). So in The Living Daylights there is tension with the Soviets but the “real” bad guys are independent dudes selling weapons and dealing drugs. General Gogol, who had been the Soviet version of M in many previous Bond films, retires and is seen being friendly to his western counterparts.
      So yeah, I love The Living Daylights and think it holds up better than most Bond films of its era, even if it too is now dated thanks to shifting politics (remember when Afghani “freedom fighters” were considered heroes in the US? Charlie Wilson’s War will be coming up on the podcast later this year!)

  22. My memory of the Spawn movie is an AOL chatroom shortly after it was released. I was only 15 and using AOL all the time.
    AOL at that time would have special chat areas, such as the Anime chat room, which was my regular hangout.
    I remember they created ones for movies occasionally, and at that time there was a special chat with Todd MacFarlane himself to coincide with the Spawn movie’s release.
    I never read the comic, but as an avid reader of Wizard magazine I was pretty familiar with it and actually did see the movie in the theater as it was PG-13.

    I don’t remember a single thing about the movie, but I do remember telling Todd Macfarlane in that chat that “John Leguizamo ruined the movie for me with his cheesy acting” and being pretty proud of my 15 year old cocky self. 20 years later, I still remember his slightly defeated response of “I thought he did a good job.”

  23. In the 90s, the Action Channel had a deal with the Arena Football League to air tape delayed Orlando Predators games in the middle of the night, after whatever anime bullshit they were showing. My brother and I were fascinated by it and became huge fans, but I soon realized that I was the league’s curse.
    In college, I took an internship in New York, and was excited to find out they had a team – the New York Dragons. I tried to buy tickets to their season opener, but they announced right after tickets went on sale that they would be shutting the team down and refunding all ticket sales.
    I went to school in New Orleans, and when they started a new AFL team – the VooDoo – and I was stoked! They had a great first season, and then Katrina blew through and most of the team moved to Kansas City.
    After college, I moved to Los Angeles, which had a team called the Los Angeles Avengers. Once again, I tried to buy tickets to the season opener, then the league announced that they were taking a year off to reorganize During their year off, the Avengers went bankrupt and never returned.
    A few years back, we got the Los Angeles KISS which is, of course, owned by Gene Simmons and had flames on their jerseys, but they agreed to shut down as part of the NFL moving the Rams back to LA.
    I’ve been a fan of the AFL for 15 years, but have only managed to go to a handful of games. If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend it. It’s over-the-top, fast paced and easy to follow. It’s also the cheapest sporting event you’ll ever go to, and they usually serve beer pretty cheap.

  24. I actually liked “Win Ben Stein’s Money”, in spite of his politics. They did make contestants wear a dunce cap if they answered “What is” or “Who is”.

    I can’t be 100% sure of this, but I’m pretty sure I’ve seen Ben Stein.
    It was many years ago. I was at a Starbucks in Virginia. I had ordered an iced mocha (my favorite), and as I was waiting for it, I heard a voice behind me. That voice! No one else sounds like that! I turned my head, and saw a guy waiting to order coffee that looked EXACTLY like Ben Stein! And he was looking right back at me, with a look that seemed to say: “I know why you’re looking at me, and the answer is: yes, it’s me.”

    If I had my wits about me, maybe I would have told him I liked “Win Ben Stein’s Money”. But if it happened today, I would probably ask him if he has ever read “Why Evolution is True” by Jerry A. Coyne. A great read.

  25. “Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone” will always be one of my favorite albums. With lyrics like, “call me the looming shades of winter dusk impending” and “friends will turn against you, people disappoint you every time,” no other album from my past provides such connection to the angsty teenage self I’ve long hidden away from the world. Who knows what may have happened had they choose a better track for a follow up single to “Flagpole Sitta”, a song that, according to a 2015 AV Club article, still receives as much, if not more, air play as “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, “Loser”, or “When I Come Around”. Sadly, I am pretty sure Henry is the only person I’ve ever heard quote lyrics from another song off that album.

    Ref- http://www.avclub.com/article/why-harvey-dangers-90s-alt-rock-hit-flagpole-sitta-227937

  26. Dave mentioned Now That’s What I Call Music in the roundup a couple of weeks ago and since it’s originally a British series that’s been running since 1983 and will have reached its 100th release this time next year I thought it would be interesting to look at what was on the contemporary releases.

    Turns out that 1997’s Now 36 and 2007’s Now 67 are both utterly forgettable, but Now 9 from March ’87 captures a weird time in British pop music history.

    The lead track is Jackie Wilson’s Reet Petite, which inexplicably became a #1 hit in November 1986 due to it being the subject of a stop-motion animated video that was featured in a BBC documentary. I was a kid at the time but I remember that video vividly, mainly because it’s so terrifying. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CTs8a7dVa0

    But on the complete opposite end of the spectrum, the second disc features Jack Your Body by Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley. It’s notable for becoming the UK’s first ever #1 house record in February 1987, just a few months after Jackie Wilson did the same. It managed it without any nationwide radio play as well, and and triggered the start of the country’s love of dance music. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQcg-dRg5h4

  27. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Hot Rod, and was so excited to hear the guys talk about it this week. It is definitely my favorite comedy of all time, and there is a good chance it is my favorite movie of all time. I love the twist it puts on the “all we need is one big event” genre by making Rod want to save his stepdad for the sole reason of needing to beat the shit out of him to earn his respect. Something about the comedy and the chemistry that Andy Samberg and his friends have hits my funny bone in exactly the right way. I was happy to hear Hank talk so lovingly about it, and the fact he put it on repeat at the video store means he is probably one of the only people I know who has seen this movie more than me. I actually watched this movie on the first date I went on with my current girlfriend to see how much silliness she would be okay with in our relationship. We ended up having sex later that night and two and a half years later we are engaged to be married, so it seems like that was the right call.

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