Gome of the Week
Ha, yeah, wouldn't that be hilarious?
"Also in the cast are Tom Sizemore, Penelope Ann Miller, Natasha Henstridge, Alicia Witt, Ray Wise, Harry Hamlin and Bill Bellamy."
My rage is turning to intrigue...
This Week's Link That's Probably Not That Great
Tube, A Giant Tunnel of Magnetic Tape from VHS Cassettes - This is my kind of art.
This Week's Movie You've Probably Never Seen
Snap! - World Power: The Video (1990)
I always thought Snap! was really smart, because though it was, much like the far-less-superior C&C Music Factory, a dance act that was run by some behind-the-scenes producers who hired attractive young people to perform their songs, their style was far darker, and much more legit-seeming. I would have never admitted that I liked C&C Music Factory (not that I was conflicted about that), but I didn't give a fuck who knew that I liked Snap!.
That's mostly due to the fact that Turbo B, the dude who rapped in this group, came off as a real badass in the "The Power" video, and for 12-year-old me, that was really all it took. Watching it now, I can't believe they let him do the same rap twice during the course of the song, but dude still commands respect from behind the podium.
This home video must have been released between their first and second records, because it features three videos from their debut, but doesn't include "Rhythm is a Dancer," their semi-popular single from their sophomore effort, which dropped in '92 and marked the last time anyone in the US would pay attention to them.
This thing's only about 35 minutes long, but it features some cool live footage of Turbo B playing the shit out of some electronic drums while he raps, and some rehearsal footage of the dude behind a kit, getting mad funky. He also does an interview while riding in the back of a limo, and they show some different live footage of them playing at some festival in front of a sea of people. Surreal.
This was my favorite part: A live performance of "Believe the Hype."
This Week's Record You're Probably Not Listening To
Thomas Steven Smith - Can You Tell Me the Zip of That Faraway Land? (1982)
The subtitle on this is "A Youth Musical About the Prodigal Son," and between that, the bizarre cover, and the fact that it's on what appears to be an extremely independent labe, I couldn't pass it up.
I can't find any info on this thing online, and it's a bummer, because this was clearly a labor of love for this dude, and it's one of the better Jesus-centric musicals I've heard (seriously), and I've heard more than you might imagine.
And the ones, like this one, that take tales from the bible and update them for modern society, are always gold. Especially when modern society was 1982.
This Week's Hip New Slang Word or Phrase
spoiler alert! - A sweet thing to say when you see a car that has a ridiculous spoiler on the back of it, especially if it's a car that has no business having a spoiler on it at all.
Origin - Most of the Honda Civics in my neighborhood.
Usage - "Oh, dude. That is a sweet new ride."
"Dude, you got that right. Mid-90's Acura Integra, and it's got one of those huge obnoxious mufflers on it. And I believe you saw the custom accoutrement on the rear."
"Dude, spoiler alert!"
This Week's Top Ten List
The Top Ten Reasons CAC is Getting Back Together:
10. When someone drives up to your house with a dump truck full of money, it's tough to say no
09. Still never worked "Doug Drabek" into a rhyme, and that's something that needs to get taken care of
08. We wanted to wait until the music industry was really booming
07. Sometimes you just gotta break ups 2 make ups
06. We heard there'll be bath salts in the green room at the gig, and who can pass up a party?
05. We still have 850 copies of our debut CD that we need to sell/give away/throw off a freeway overpass
03. We heard old dudes with dangerous levels of back sweat are really "in" right now
02. We've got something to prove, though we can no longer remember what that something is
01. Our fan was clamoring
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