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Nerd Lunch Episode 170: Fictional Bands

Posted in movies, music, podcast, pop culture, TV shows with tags , , , , on March 17, 2015 by Paxton

Nerd Lunch Podcast

This week we are joined by show regulars Jay from Sexy Armpit and Tim from the Neighborhood Archive to discuss one of my favorite subjects, fictional bands.

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In the first round we talk about some of our favorite pop culture bands that don’t exist. Expect discussions about bands like The Pinheads, Steel Dragon, The Hong Kong Cavaliers and The New Monkees. Then in round 2 we try to wow each other with how obscure we could get with our references. It’s a lot of fun and I’ve dropped a lot of musical cues in the show so you can get a taste of what some of these bands sound like.

And be sure to check out the amazing new intro Jay recorded for this week’s show.

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Nerd Lunch Halloween Extra Helping: KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park (1978)

Posted in 80s, movies, music, nostalgia, podcast, pop culture with tags , , on October 31, 2014 by Paxton

Nerd Lunch Podcast

I have an extra special Halloween treat for you. Jeeg and I recorded a Special Helping of Nerd Lunch for this spooky day and we recruited Jay, a Lieutenant in the KISS Army to talk about the legendary 1978 KISS movie, KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park (aka Attack of the Phantoms).

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We spend time talking about our history with this movie as well as some of the awesome 70s-ness of the clothes and dialogue and how incredibly stupid-awesome KISS comes across in the movie.  There are like 5 or 6 musical interludes and some awesomely crazy-weird concert footage featuring Peter Criss playing air guitar on carnival rides and Paul Stanley walking on laser beams.  And expect to see KISS vs Frankenstein at one point.  Seriously.  This movie is BONKERS.

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Nerd Lunch Episode 130: First Favorite TV Theme Songs

Posted in cartoons, Knight Rider, music, podcast, pop culture, TV, TV shows with tags , , , , on May 6, 2014 by Paxton

Nerd Lunch Podcast

This week the nerds and I are joined by our good friend, and pop culture encyclopedia, William Bruce West.  William joins us to discuss a very favorite topic of ours, TV theme songs.

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We are given categories; cartoons, action, sitcom, drama and opening narration and we all pick 2 or 3 of our favorites in each. Several of us wind up singing the songs for you. And yes, we do discuss our least favorites. But don’t worry, we leave plenty in reserve for our future SECOND Favorite TV Theme Songs episode.  And this may be our audio clip-iest episode since that board games episode we did with all the commercials.

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Cult Film Club Episode 14: The Last Dragon (1985)

Posted in 80s, movies, music, podcast, pop culture with tags , , , on April 30, 2014 by Paxton

Cult Film Club

Welcome to another exciting episode of the Cult Film Club.  This week, Shawn, Jaime and I are discussing the 80s martial arts/musical classic, Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon.

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We go over the story and the awesome characters. We discuss all the things we love about the movie. We talk about Sho-Nuff and Eddie Arcadian. We talk about Bruce Leroy and special guest cameos by William H Macy and Chaz Palminteri.  We spend an hour essentially having nerd orgasms all over this movie.  Join us, won’t you?

When you’ve finished listening to the episode, check out 30 Things We Love About The Last Dragon.

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AWESOME-tober-fest 2013: Four vintage Fangoria magazine ads

Posted in advertising, Fangoria, Halloween, holiday, magazine, movies, music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2013 by Paxton

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Fangoria had a lot of great merch that you could purchase directly through the magazine. We saw the masks/costumes collections yesterday. Now let’s take a look at some of the other awesome items you could buy through the pages of Fangoria.

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One of the first places I’d usually go, and the place I usually lingered on after I’d read the magazine, is the two page back issue order form.  Checking out previous issues and what movies were covered was amazing.  I love that they included many of the covers as well.  You can see in the lower right I filled out the order form back in the day.  I was optimistically hoping my parents would let me send away for some of the issues.  I checked off issues #50 and #55 in the form.  Issue 50 was the issue featured in the picture on the right with Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund).  I always lusted after that issue and never got it.  The other issue, #55, I’m less sure why I wanted.  The cover pic is above the description with the Invaders from Mars remake on the cover and some first looks at Psycho III.

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This ad showed up in Fangoria for many years.  One of my favorites.  I never wanted to own any of these shirts, I just liked the idea that they existed.  I would never have been able to wear one of these shirts to school, so what was the point?  Plus the shirts were $25 which was A LOT, even then.  But the ad was very eye catching and fun.  I like the guy in the luchador mask.  WTF?!

Music for Maniacs
Fangoria sold everything to make money within its pages. Here are some horror movie soundtracks for sale.  Some of these I would imagine are pretty rare now.  Some of these might possibly have been made custom.  That Troll soundtrack couldn’t have sold too well.  The Return of the Living Dead soundtrack is pretty great.  But check out that list of eclectic movie soundtracks on the right.  Teen Wolf?  Warhol’s Dracula?  The first Evil Dead? Transylvania 6-5000?!  Wow.

The Gore Store
The Gore Store was always a great stop in the magazine to see what cool books and props were being offered. This particular Gore Store is from 1987.  Some cool film books about Night of the Living Dead and Stephen King.  Also this page was a chance to order the annual Bloody Best of Fangoria issues.  In this one you could order all the current 5 volumes of Bloody Best right there for $18 plus shipping.  A little over $3 each.  Not bad.


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Also, check out the blog Countdown to Halloween for more Halloween-y, bloggy AWESOMEness.

Nerd Lunch Extra Helping – Run-DMC

Posted in movies, music, rap, Run-DMC with tags , , , , , , on September 18, 2013 by Paxton

Nerd Lunch Podcast

While Nerd Lunch is on hiatus, I got together with Matt Ringler from Schlock Treatment and Tim Lybarger from The Neighborhood Archive to discuss Run-DMC and their entire musical catalog. But since this week is the 25th anniversary of their fourth album, Tougher Than Leather, we try to focus on that.

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We begin by talking about our first experiences with rap music.  We talk about how we discovered Run-DMC, our favorite Run-DMC albums and songs and we even touch on the long forgotten Tougher than Leather movie that was released the same year as the album.

Lots to talk about and discuss in this episode.  So don’t be a sucker MC.  Download this episode today and relive the glory days of one of raps greatest musical groups.

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Nerd To Dos:

We didn’t do them this episode, but Matt and Tim do have some related recommended reading for you to check out.


Matt says for a good history on rap as a genre, check out Dan Charnas’ The Big Payback.


Tim recommends Adam Bradley’s Book of Rhymes.

Suprisingly, I’ve not read any books on the subject of hip hop. That kind of surprises me that I haven’t yet. But, a book I’ve had my eye on for a few years now is:


Raising Hell: The Reign, Ruin, and Redemption of Run-D.M.C. and Jam Master Jay

I go ahead and rank Run-DMC’s albums in order from best to worst

Posted in music, nostalgia, pop culture with tags , , on September 16, 2013 by Paxton

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Today marks the 25th Anniversary of the release of Run-DMC’s fourth studio album, Tougher than Leather.  I was introduced to rap music in the early 80s by two groups. The Fat Boys and Run-DMC.  I continued listening to both groups throughout my youth in the 80s and 90s.  As a matter of fact, I still listen to them.  For me both, but especially Run-DMC, ARE rap music.  The prototypical rap group.  Copied hundreds of times over.

So, on this anniversary, I’ve decided to make a very personal list of ranking Run-DMC’s studio albums in order of my personal preference.  This was a really hard list to make because the first 3 albums are so historically important that I hate to put anything above them.  But I have to forget the overall value to pop culture and just talk about the albums I listen to the most.

Here we go.

Tougher than Leather Tougher than Leather (1988) – Like I said, it’s really hard to rank these first three spots.  Run-DMC’s first three albums are so important in the history of rap and hip hop that I struggle to not automatically put them first.  As a matter of fact, these three spots have changed at least three times since I wrote this article a few months ago.  And they may change again tomorrow.  *shrugs* Anyway, for me, beginning to end, Tougher than Leather is my favorite.  And not just because its birthday is today. Back in ’88 when this dropped, I LIVED the album.  I wore out my copy.  Pound for pound this has more good songs on it than any other album.  BUT, it’s really close.  The title track is similar to King of Rock but with a much harder rock backing track.  I LOVE THAT SONG.  My second favorite song on the album is Run’s House.  It begins with Run’s famous monologue in which he opens many of their live shows, “We’ve had, a whole lot of super stars on this stage here tonight.  But I want y’all to know one thing, this is…MY HOUSE!”  And how awesome is Mary, Mary?  They actually sample The Monkees and make a great song.  Other kick ass songs include They Call Us Run-DMC, Beats to the Rhyme, How’d You Do It, Dee?, Papa Crazy, Miss Elaine and Ragtime, which is a fun derivation of the regular Run-DMC track.  Reggae-influenced.  It’s very reminiscent of a rapper called Slick Rick as, and it sounds weird on paper, the guys use very a very proper, clipped, but subtle, accent throughout the rhyme.  It works because the song is sort of weird, too.  Plus, you get to hear Jam Master Jay actually rap on the track.

Raising Hell Raising Hell (1986) – Commercially, this was Run-DMC’s most successful album.  Part of that came from their cover of Walk this Way with a special appearance by Aerosmith.  That cover is considered by many to be the first commercially successful fusions of rock and rap.  Depends on how you look at it.  Run-DMC’s earlier tracks Rock Box and King of Rock both successfully fused rock and rap before this.  King of Rock being a fairly big commercial success.  But nothing like Walk this Way.  This IS a fantastic album, though.  The title track on this album is pretty awesome and follows in King of Rock‘s footsteps.  It’s Tricky is probably their second most popular song and is a sort-of sequel to Can You Rock It Like This? from King of Rock.  Other great songs include My Adidas, Peter Piper, Hit It Run, Dumb Girl and You Be Illin’.  Dumb Girl is one of their “conscientious” rap tracks similar to Hard Times or It’s Like That from their first album.  You Be Illin’ is a fun track similar to You Talk to Much from King of Rock.  And let’s not forget…”Son of Byford, brother of Al…..”  Lots to really like on this album and it’s easy to see why it’s so important and popular.

King of Rock King of Rock (1985) – It’s deceptive that this album is THIRD on my list.  This is the album I discovered first probably in late ’85 or ’86.  And it was INCREDIBLY hard not to rank it first.  Incredibly hard.  Any other day I MAY rank it first.  Mostly because King of Rock is probably my favorite Run-DMC track of all time.  King of Rock is awesome and showcases the group’s great, high energy backing tracks and awesome lyrical assault.  Second best song on the album is probably Can You Rock it Like This? which, like I mentioned above, is a prototype in style and lyrical content to It’s Tricky.  You Talk Too Much is a fun, goofy track that I mentioned above is a precursor to You Be Illin’.  You can’t go wrong with this album.  Other good songs are You’re Blind and It’s Not Funny which is similar in style and structure to Hard Times from the previous album.  And Darryl & Joe (Krush Groove 3) is a great old-school rap track.  As you can see, Run-DMC’s song stylings will have elements present throughout all of their albums.  They are remarkably consistent while also always trying something new on each album.

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