Sid & Goblins, Clinton & Gore, Elite Beat Agents and Gears of War – Nov 4-10


This week in 86 brought us Sid & Nancy plus a trio of Capcom classics, then 1996 saw the Spice Girls hit it big, Ransom in theaters and Clinton elected for a second term. Flash to 2006 and Gears of War redefines shooters as good-vibe-police spring into action on the Nintendo DS.

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Midterm elections give Democrats control of the Senate, but fresh-faced 50 year old congressman John McCain wins Arizona’s Senate seat.

52 Pick Up – Roy Scheider, Vanity

Modern Girls – Virginia Madsen

Sid & Nancy – British biopic, released in US this week, Gary Oldman as Sid Vicious

Something Wild – Melanie Griffith, Jeff Daniels, Ray Liotta
Jeff Daniels plays a NY businessman who’s working his way up the corporate ladder after his wife left him and took his kids. He randomly meets manic pixie dream girl Melanie Griffith after skipping out on a diner bill. She takes him on a sex vacation that culminates in her hometown where they pretend to be a married couple for her mother and at her high school reunion. There she meets an abusive ex played by Ray Liotta, and it gets really dark from there. Melanie Griffith, Jeff Daniels, & Ray Liotta were all nominated for Golden Globes, none of them won

Tai Pan – De Laurentis movie where they IRL clashed with communist China to get it made – allegedly the first English movie shot in China!

Quiet Cool – James Remar

11/4 – All 3 networks pre-empt at least part of their prime-time schedule for mid-term Election Night coverage (would this happen outside of presidential elections nowadays?)

11/8/86 – Saturday Night… Taped?! Due to Game 6 of the World Series between the Mets and Red Sox, NBC had to pre-record the Rosanna Arquette/Ric Ocasek episode of SNL, which ran two weeks later with an opening featuring Mets pitcher Ron Darling apologizing. This was also the second appearance of The Church Lady, proving that SNL does indeed overuse some of its most popular characters.

11/8/86 – The Golden Girls episode “Isn’t It Romantic” airs, where Dorothy’s friend Jean (Lois Nettleton), a lesbian, comes to visit after her longtime partner dies. Rose and Jean have a lot in common and they strike up a fast friendship, but Jean starts falling in love with Rose, who’s unaware of her new friend’s sexuality (she mixes up Lesbian and Lebanese). This episode won a best directing Emmy.

11/9/86 – The Walt Disney World 15th Anniversary Celebration airs, with guest appearances from Emmanuel Lewis and The Golden Girls!

Capcom titles 1942, Ghosts n Goblins, Commando, Data East’s Karate Champ

AND “Hooping It Up” The Chipmunks, the Chipettes, and a tough group of older students participate in a 1950s-themed scavenger hunt at school.

The Pretenders – Get Close, My Baby
Yngwie Malmsteen – Trilogy
Kate Bush – The Whole Story, 4x Platinum in UK
They Might Be Giants – Debut Album aka Pink Album.



Spice Girls – Spice debuts in US, incl Wannabe, Say You’ll Be There, 2 Become 1. 31 million sold worldwide, one of the most successful albums of all time
Beavis & Butt-Head Do America Soundtrack – Rollercoaster cover
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, 2Pac’s first posthumous album, cleared 4 million
II – PUSA, includes Mach 5
Unchained – Johnny Cash’s 82nd album??

1996 Presidential Election, with Democrat Bill Clinton defeating Republican nominee Bob Dole and Independent Ross Perot.

California passed Prop 215, the Compassionate Use Act.

Ransom – Mel Gibson, dir. Ron Howard

Set It Off – Jada Pinkett, Queen Latifah, Vivica A Fox, Dr Dre

Santa With Muscles – Hulk Hogan, Mila Kunis’ first role

Brassed Off – Ewan McGregor, Pete Postlethwaite

Seinfeld episode “The Checks,” where Jerry learns he’s semi-celebrity in Japan but gets carpal tunnel signing low-paying royalty checks from his appearance on a Japanese show (this coincides with Kramer housing Japanese businessmen in his large bureau drawers). Meanwhile, George is angry when a carpet cleaning cult doesn’t recruit him and Elaine is angry when her boyfriend won’t let his favorite song be their song (Desperado)

Simpsons episode “The Homer They Fall” where Bart gets the world’s greatest belt and Homer discovers his ability to get hit in the head without getting hurt gets him a major boxing match against Drederick Tatum



Go – The Very Best of Moby, mostly post-Play stuff but lordy do I love Play
Eisenhower – The Slip, only know them from Guitar Hero’s bonus tracks
The Great Burrito Extortion Case – Bowling for Soup

Breaking & Entering – Jude Law

A Good Year – Russell Crowe / Ridley Scott

Harsh Times – David Ayer, Christian Bale, Eva Longoria

The Return – Sarah Michelle Gellar, perhaps explains why she wasn’t in Grudge 2

Stranger Than Fiction – Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah again!

11/4/06 – Premiere of Rob & Big, the reality show about the daily lives of skateborder Rob Drydek and his large bodyguard Christopher “Big Black” Boykin. The main set of the show was Rob’s office/skate park. I once went to an X-Games party held there! IT IS NOT A GOOD PLACE TO DRINK.

11/5/2006 – Treehouse of Horror 17 airs, with the segments “Married to the Blob,” where Homer becomes The Blob, “You Gotta Know When To Golem,” where Bart controls a Golem, and “The Day The Earth Looked Stupid,” where 1930s Springfield residents are fooled by War of the Worlds. Guest stars included Dr Phil, Sir Mix A Lot, Richard Lewis, and Fran Drescher.

11/6/06 – Studio 60 Episode “Nevada Day” features John Goodman as a small-city Judge who hates Studio 60 and won’t let one of the stars out of jail in time for the show

11/10/06 – Nickelodeon earns its highest ratings ever with a 24-hour Spongebob Squarepants marathon leading up to the original episode “Best Day Ever”

Gears of War, Elite Beat Agents, FFV GBA, Lumines II, Guitar Hero II, Tony Hawk’s Project 8








16 thoughts on “Sid & Goblins, Clinton & Gore, Elite Beat Agents and Gears of War – Nov 4-10

  1. Btw even though they weren’t original Disney productions, the company owned the syndication and distribution rights for shows like Golden Girls featured in the celebration. A hand in every pot…

  2. This show reminds me of how much I value Michael Grimm when he’s on a Lasertime show. Because when Antista makes some bizarre, don’t-think-just-speak statement like “Gears of War was the first time game stories started being good,” Grimm would pounce on it and pick it apart for the off-the-cuff unsourced nonsense that it is. He doesn’t stand for shit like that and I love that about him.

    Alas, Elston makes only the most half-hearted objection and then moves on as if a reasonable point has been made.

    1. I was never a fan of Gears, but it was very influential. I think they went on to explain it pretty well. Gears really marks the time that mainstream video games started to not be for me anymore. The commercial is pretty emblematic of that feeling.

  3. Having “Something Wild” as your movie-that-filmed-in-my-hometown claim to fame is a heckuva lot better than mine: Armageddon. Specifically, the scene at the end where the sun rises over the idyllic small town and the kids come running around the corner with toy planes and stuff. They repainted the Coca-Cola sign just for the movie. Still looks pretty good. (They also filmed a lot of Walker: Texas Ranger in my area. Don’t know any specific episodes.)

    Also from my area and mentioned in the show: Bowling for Soup. The lead singer is now the voice of Chuck E. Cheese. Yeah.

    I actually bought Eisenhower on the strength of Even Rats. It’s not a very memorable album other than that track. Before the Slip were a straight-ahead rock group, they were a try-hard fusion-ish outfit. I like “Eube” from their debut album From the Gecko. It’s on YouTube, I think.
    Favorite song from Guitar Hero II: “Soy Bomb”, by a band with a highly excellent name, Honest Bob and the Factory-to-Dealer Incentives.

    Finally, like all post-first-movie SpongeBob (excepting the second movie), Best Day Ever SUCKS and I refuse to acknowledge it.

  4. This is a great episode! Your jokes were really on point. I want a full version of Madworld “Gears of War” parody song you made up.

  5. Actually, statistics show that Perot voters were basically split between Bush and Clinton as a 2nd choice – at worst it was 60/40 Bush over Clinton as a 2nd choice.

  6. TMBG were also my first concert! 1997 — I was in middle school. Pinkerton-era Weezer was my second concert, I think later that year!

  7. Fun fact: My family visited Disney World during their 15th anniversary. I guess I was nine at the time. We also visited SeaWorld and later spent a few days at a completely empty Daytona beach.

    And Ransom’s infamous “Give Me Back My SON!” trailer pretty much paved the way for the spoilerific trailers we see today. When producer Brian Grazer was asked if it was a bad idea to spoil the movie’s twist in the trailer, he basically said he didn’t care, so long as it got people to see the movie.

  8. For what it’s worth, I normally *hate* movies like “A Good Life” but actually enjoyed it. For some reason I saw it in the theatre and can’t remember why. I walked out thinking “That was actually not bad!”

    Also, if you haven’t picked up the two Ouendan games that Elite Beat Agents spun out of, you really need to! They are great!

    Just as goofy, just as fun, and the music is good, even though you likely won’t know many (or all) of the songs. I *finally* managed to find the first Ouendan game last week after looking for four years, every time I made a trip to Japan. So happy!

    1. Absolutely! I literally spent all of college playing Ouendan and Ouendan 2 while learning Japanese. The moment I could understand the crazy and outrageous stories brought me so much joy.

  9. aint too hard writing lyrics for madworld, here’s one called podcasts.

    all around me are too many podcasts
    so many podcasts
    so many podcasts

    i dont know which ones to choose from
    theres no cape crisis
    no more cape crisis

    I really should save one for tomorrow
    for my way home
    for my way home

    there’s a new laser time out each week
    what will it be
    what will it be

    i find chris kinda funny
    i find brett kinda sad
    finding all the puns that dave ever said
    learning about pop culture
    and the games out this week
    all of the top sevens about miss piggy

    its a podcast

  10. Also – for anyone looking for a good Gears of War clone, I simply cannot recommend Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine enough. It is so fucking good. Amazing graphics, a fantastic soundtrack, and awesome combat that never gets old. A criminally underrated game for 360/PS3.

  11. Thank you so much for bringing up Even Rats. I adored that song after being exposed to it through Guitar Hero. I listened to it a lot during some University-era heartbreak and hearing on the show sent some tingles through me. Still a fantastic song.

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