Friday, July 31, 2009

The Way They Was (Part 1)

It's always cool to see what celebrities looked like when they were younger and what they look like now for a couple of reasons. Not only does it "humanize" them in terms of making them look more like everyday people you come across in daily life, but you see that often times they were very average looking in their younger years but are now quite attractive.

It's kind of inspiring and makes you think that one day, you too may be better looking and more attractive as well. Especially if you invest thousands of dollars in plastic surgery, workout for the better part of the day, have a personal trainer, a personal dietician, and personal assistants that can take care of things for you while you workout - like take your kids to soccer practice.


Angelina Jolie

Looking like a little cutie in 1988 - no sign that she'd grow up to be the homewrecker that she is although since she bagged Brad Pitt, somehow she gets a pass from scorn. Hmmmmmm.

Brad Pitt

Just as good looking today as he did in 1987. Funny how when Billy Bob Thorten split with his wife to be with Angelina Jolie he was labelled a pig and a scoundrel. Mr. Pitt does it and all the woman high five each other. Double standard? Just sayin'.......

Halle Barry

I think Halle Berry looked great in 1986 and then every year after. Though she's been known to wear a gold belt from time to time, she hasn't worn a leotard with USA printed on it for a while.


One word - "The Hoff"

Considering the macho roles he's had plus the fact he played the part of a life guard for a while, you'd think back in 1980 he would have spent a little more time at the gym trying to bulk up a bit with some muscle rather than all that time blowdrying his hair.


Janet Jackson
Miss Jackson if you're nasty. Cute as a button in 1984 and sexy as hell today. Anyone remember her on Good Times ?

Pierce Bronson
Clearly a Burt Reynolds fan in 1981, the future James Bond seemed to get more suave and good looking as he aged. Clearly couldn't afford a stylist in early '80s .

Cartoons Based on Popular Things (That Sucked)


On a recent post, we discussed some live action kid's shows that may have been ill conceived, badly produced or just plain sucked and likely got someone fired (or promoted -go figure). For every live action show produced in the '70s and '80s there were dozens of animated ones that tried to compete for a time slot in the lucrative Saturday morning cartoon market. Here's a look at some that were produced based on the popularity of certain trends or other shows that basically sucked.

Gilligan's Planet

Based on one of the all time Retro TV classics, Gilligan's Island, the ill conceived animated version had our ship wrecked crew flying through the cosmos dealing with all sorts of aliens and nutty situations.

So to recap, seven castaways can't get off a desert island, only have a radio with an awesome set of batteries, need an exercise bike made out of bamboo to wash their clothes but somehow can build a rocket and careen through hyper space on space adventures. Alrightie then.




Pole Position

Though named after the popular video game, the show really had nothing to do with the cartoon. Although it looked a lot like another car based cartoon that was pretty popular, Speed Racer, this one actually had a plot with a couple of crime fighting kids who also happened to be stunt drivers that were involved with a secret government operation. Happens all the time. What a stunt team has to do with a pole position on a racing grid, I'll never know. It only lasted one season.




Frogger

In 1983, Frogger the animated series made it's debut with our amphibious hero playing the role of a journalist - yup, a journalist. I suppose that answers the question as to why he was trying to get across the river - obviously there was a helluva story that needed to be written that was worth the risk of being eaten or crushed. You may have guessed that it only lasted a single season.




Q*Bert

Completing the trilogy of video game based cartoons is Q*Bert. He'd strut around the cube shaped town in a varsity jacket with a "'Q" patch (obviously) and along with his friends, constantly deal with the school bullies and their evil ways. This of course makes you think, what was he actually studying? What kind of future does a testicle shaped blob have? Again, one season. Starting to see a trend here.





The Snorks

So what do you do when a popular kid's show is owning Saturday morning ratings? You try to duplicate the formula (or ripoff) and come up with something to rival it. So first come The Smurfs and then come The Snorks. So named for the snorkel appendage sticking out of their heads. Snorks were a race of tiny sea creatures that lived pretty much like you and me. They lived in houses, went to d drive-in movies, drive cars etc. all while under the sea. Kind of like an early Sponge Bob. Only in this case they were constantly solving problems and trying to undo some of the dastardly plots of the mayor's son who was always up to no good. This actually lasted four seasons thanks to the introduction of new bad guys to content with on a regular basis.




Rubik the Amazing Cube

Invented in 1974, the Rubik's Cube is still a popular puzzle thanks to the introduction to a new generation. Jumping on the popularity of the Rubik's Cube craze in the '80s, "Rubik The Amazing Cube" animated series made its debut in 1983. Why they chose to give the cube an alien head, I'll never know. Really hard to believe they managed to come up with a full season of plots for a show about an animated cube shaped puzzle. Shockingly, it lasted only the single season.


Retro Video of the Day - Planet Rock

You may have never heard of Kraftwerk unless you are a true Retro lover however you most certainly heard their music or their musical influences on other artists. Artists like Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Ultravox, Devo and David Bowie all owe their sound to the ground breaking efforts of these four German electronic originals.

Founded in 1968, Kraftwerk tried to carve a sound that was uniquely German. They experimented with new technologies and relied on the industrial world around them for inspiration. Album after album their innovative approach to creating new sounds attracted the attention of young musicians and by the early '80s, pretty much every new wave / synth group credited Kraftwerk as a major influence. This made Kraftwerk's Euro sound a dance floor staple.

"Funky Futuristic White Boys"

Th0ugh Trans Europe Express was released in 1977, it eventually caught the attention of an American DJ who went on to release a little ditty you may have heard of - "Planet Rock" by the Soul Sonic Force masterminded by Afrika Bambaataa who dubbed Krafterk "Funky futuristic white boys". Planet Rock was the catalyst to the whole Electro Funk sound that became synonymous to the whole '80s sound.



Saturday, July 25, 2009

Random 80's Movie Prick of the Day

Growing up in the 80s and 90s it would have been impossible for you not to have seen Pretty in Pink. If you were a guy growing up in the 80s, most of you were probably wondering why they kept casting Molly Ringwald as the female love interest in all those teen movies. Was everyone else simply not available? Was it her pouty lips? Did she do the movies for free? If they ever remade that film again, I can guarantee they wouldn't be casting a pale, scrawny girl for the role. I can see Megan Fox in that role. Okay - maybe that's too much but hey - she definitely looks pretty in pink! She'd have to get a restraining order on Duckie for sure.



Back to topic though. In the movie, the chief protagonist was Blayne's best friend Biff who was played superbly by James Spader. James is a great actor and watching him on Boston Legal is simply a treat and certainly deserves his Emmy for that role. In the movie he kept trying to convince Blayne that Andy (Molly Ringwald) was nothing special and to stop wasting his time while in reality, Biff had the hots for her as well and the only reason he didn't like her was because Andy kept shunning his repeated attempts at a hook up.

James played the part to perfection from the swaggering walk, the holier than though attitude and just the droll, couldn't care less mannerism in the way he conducted himself. We all knew guys like this in high school and wanted to take a swing at them just for breathing air. I'm sure Biff went on to become an investment broker and probably was a key player in the saving and loan scandals and now doing time with his second wife waiting for him on the outside.



Who Knew That Lysol Was a Girl's Best Friend?


Read the ad first. Not sure what's more disturbing about this ad, the fact this woman needs a household cleaner to achieve that fresh feeling down there or that women walked around in the 50's smelling like pine cones. Honestly, what if it didn't work? Where do you go from there if Lysol doesn't work for you? It was the 50s afterall - Woolite? (Just sayin'........)

I can imagine the conversation at the lodge between the men.


"Say, how's the Lysol working for you Bob?"

"Pretty good Fred! Got the boat all scrubbed down and ready for fishing!"

"That's great Bob. How'd it work on Ethel?"

"Not so good Fred.......not so good."

"That's a damn shame Bob."

"Go to hell Fred."

Duran Duran Turning Japanese

Most bands tend to be influenced by another artist to forge a new sound or style. It’s either a blatant rip-off or just a skimming of the best traits to take advantage of a trail already blazed. One such example is one of my all time favorite 80s bands, Duran Duran. A true Duranie would already know that the fab five were heavily influenced by a group called Japan who were a former glam rock band that made the switch to the New Romantic scene in 1980.



Japan was formed by Steve and David Batt, two brothers who were heavily influenced by David Bowie and the New York Dolls to the point where they not only copied the musical styles of both Bowie and the Dolls, but actually changed their last names in homage of the Dolls’ key members, Sylvain Sylvain and David Johansen. Steve and David Batt became Steve Jansen and David Sylvian.

As a glam band they achieved little success and by 1980, they were ready for a change. The idea was incorporating elements of the emerging Euro Disco sound, heavy synthesizers and a back beat all performed in a rock band setting. The timing was perfect, and they created one of their classic albums, Quiet Life. It was around this time that they took the androgynous cartoon like image to a new level of sophistication with their suave demeanor and sophisticated style fashion similar to what Brian Ferry was rocking with Roxy Music. This “gay but straight” look became pretty mainstream, and pretty much sums up what it means to be “totally 80’s.”


Separated at birth ?

After a few years they spilt up but by then, their influence on mainstream music in the U.K. was undeniable. One young musician that noticed and followed Japan’s moves was Nick Rhoads. Nick took the best elements of Japan and created Duran Duran. Though Japan’s influence is undeniable, and in some cases blatantly obvious, it seems like an appropriate passing of the torch. Japan created the look and sound and Duran Duran took it to the mainstream and to the next level and beyond.




Friday, July 24, 2009

Michael Jackson - Then and Now and What Could Have Been

No matter how you feel about Michael Jackson, there is no disputing the fact that he had a seriously messed up childhood which probably led to much of the weirdness in his later life. I challenge any of you to grow up in his environment and be normal and not end up on the floor in the corner in a fetal position singing Diana Ross songs. No doubt this is only the beginning with much more weirdness to come thanks to people's never ending thirst for celebrity dirt. Let the man moonwalk with Elvis in peace.


One of the things that Michael always denied was the amount of plastic surgery he had. He only ever admitted to doing his nose (shocker!) to correct a breathing problem and attributed his facial change simply to natural aging. Obviously there was nothing natural in the way he looked in his recent years. Back in 1985, Ebony magazine commissioned an artist to create his rendition of what some celebrities would look like by the year 2000 which is what you see in the middle picture above. Did he take a picture of Latoya and simply draw a mustache? Not even close. Still, makes you wonder what Michael would have indeed looked like if he just chilled a bit with the surgeries. Vanity Kills.

The magazine was also wrong about something else. They predicted that by the year 2000 Michael's fan base would grow by ten times. His popularity is way off the charts now. Say what you will about him but I doubt any artist alive or yet to come will ever top him in terms of impact on our culture and post death adulation.

Darth Vader - The High School Years

Saturday Morning Kids Programs We Actually Watched

When you try to tell your kids that back in the old days certain things were better you can usually make a decent argument. For example, you could play outside without fear of smog, nobody you knew was alergic to peanuts and you could walk out of a store with a handful of gum and candy that would last you the whole week for a quarter.


Some things aren't as easy to defend such as Saturday morning kids shows. Sure we had classics like Looney Tunes (before they got all censored and polically correct), the Flintstones and Scooby (before Scrappy) and of course Josie and Pussy Cats but let's look at some live action shows that you likely watched as a kid in the 70s either because nothing else was on or you actually liked it though secretly you wished the Jetsons were on again.



Ark II

Nobody really remembers this until you show them the picture of the jacked up RV and they suddenly vaguely recall seeing it. The other reason they likely don't remember is the fact it only aired one season's worth of shows but ended up in reruns for many years after.

From the opening sequence we learn, "For millions of years, Earth was fertile and rich. Then pollution and waste began to take their toll. Civilization fell into ruin. This is the world of the 25th century. Only a handful of scientists remain. Men who have vowed to rebuild what has been destroyed...this is their achievement... Ark II, a mobile storehouse of scientific knowledge, manned by a highly trained crew of young people. Their mission: to bring the hope of a new future to mankind."

That's it? That's the master plan? Even as a kid I knew we'd be screwed if the future of mankind depended on an Asian woman, a young boy, his monkey and a hipster with a jet pack. The show did have some decent morals and was kind of an eerie foreshadowing to what is actually happening with our environment.

Shazam! Isis Power Hour

Okay I'll admit she was rather easy on the eyes but are you telling me there weren't any beefed up actors that could have filled the Shazam! costume out a little more super heroish than Jackson Bostwick? But I digress.

Shazam! lasted three seasons after its debut in 1974. The premise was Billy Batson (Michael Gray) and his guardian
known only as Mentor traveled around and always wound up mixed up in some kind of problem (Nice going mentor - way to teach the kid how to stay out of trouble). Whenever the need for a super hero came up, Billy Batson would utter the word "Shazam!" and get transformed into Captain Marvel.

Not to be confused with this guy - he's Kazaam!

The storyline for Isis involved Andrea Thomas (Joanna Cameron), who was a high school science teacher. While on an archeological dig in Egypt, she found an amulet that belonged to an ancient queen named Hatshepsut (rumor has it is was a play on the phrase "That Cheap Slut") which would grant the wearer the powers of the Goddess Isis.

She only lasted two seasons even though it was a much stronger show than Shazam!. Both characters would appear in each other's shows which kind of begged the question of why not just let them join forces for the whole hour and get a real good story going. In the end both shows would try to hammer some moral into you at the end of each episode which is more than what you can say for Yugioh! They eventually made them into cartoons which were probably much less expensive to produce.


Bigfoot and Wildboy

I'm not really sure where they blew they're budget on this show but it certainly wasn't on Bigfoot's costume. The premise was that Bigfoot found the orphaned boy and raised him in the wild, hence the name Wildboy (man, the writers were firing on all cylinders that day). Naturally they went on to battle all evil doers in the forest and avoid capture. Let's see the Loch Ness Monster do that !

The show started as a fifteen minute piece on the Kroft Super Show in the late 70s before getting it's own thirty minutes in 1979. It lasted only one season after that. Can't imagine why - there's all kinds of evil happening in the forest on a regular basis. Isn't there? The episodes were released on DVD but have been extremely rare and have actually become a collector's item.


Retro Video of the Day - Pump Up the Volume

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo landings, I thought the video should reflect the space theme and frankly Pete Schilling's Major Tom thing is way too obvious so I decided on one of my personal favorites from 1987 - "Pump Up The Volume" by M/A/R/R/S. The video featured some vintage footage from the early U.S. and Russian space program. The footage confirms these astronauts had balls of steel or were heavily sedated and brainwashed to volunteer for this gig. How do you convince a guy to sit on top of a long gas tank and let them light the fuse. Now it seems fairly routine but back then I'm sure there was a lot of finger crossing and rabbit feet rubbing going on in the control rooms.

This song was a collaborative effort and became a one hit wonder since the people involved couldn't play nice together. Literally. Even though they were nominated for a Grammy in 1989, they never released anything after that. I never get tired of this one. Turn the volume way up on this one!


Quest for the Perfect Mullet

If you were around in the 80s you would have seen the birth of a new hair trend. I didn't call it a style and when you see the pictures you'll know why. The Mullet was the perfect solution for anyone who wanted long hair but couldn't be bothered dealing with the hassle. Best of both worlds - short around the sides and front to keep hair out of your eyes and out of your way while doing stuff and long silky locks in the back to show the world you were actually a badass.


Click the pic of the patron saint of mullets to see a definitive guide to mullets and a gallery of every kind of mullet recorded to date. Truly an archive for the ages. When it comes to mullets, I'm all for keeping it Retro but I do have my limits!

Killing Two Retro Birds at the Same Time


So what do you get when you combine the late King of Pop with the classic Super Mario Brothers video game? Super Michael Jackson Brothers of course!


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Yo Quiero No More


Sadly, we lost one of the most popular advertising dogs in recent years today. Gidget the Taco Bell Chihuahua died of a massive stroke (no relation to eating Taco Bell I'm sure) and has moved on to the big taco stand in the sky.

She (yes it was a she) became part of our pop culture in 1997 with the now classic "Yo Quiero Taco Bell" ad campaign which had all of us mumbling the phrase whether we really wanted Taco Bell or not. Other catch phrases this pint size pitchman drilled into our collective heads included "Drop the Chalupa!", "Viva Gorditas!" and the classic, "I'm thinking you, me...... burrito!". Honestly could you ever imagine a time in your life where you thought you'd ever have the need to utter any of these phrases? Yet, we did. Even SportsCenter was hooked on the Chalupa phrase for a while. And oh, how we laughed.

One company that didn't laugh to loudly though was Taco Bell themselves. It seems they ripped off the idea from a couple of guys who pitched the idea six years earlier and then went with another ad firm to produce the campaign. The guys sued and $32.1 million dollars later, all was forgiven. Taco Bell went on to show real class when they went after the ad firm that produced the campaign trying to blame them for the oversite - a three judge panel dropped the Chalupa against Taco Bell. Any idea how many burrito supremes and super value menu items you need to sell to recoup those grande sized judgements? Mucho.

So we bid farewell to Gidget and hope she finds peace wherever she is. Thanks to the internet, her legacy will live on. Pass the Pepto.


When Retro and Politics Collide

Arguably one of the most influential Hip-Hop artists to inspire the newer generation of rappers are Run D.M.C. They were credited with bringing rap to the mainstream with their collaboration with Aerosmith and have been honored with numerous accolades including showing up 48th on Rolling Stone's list of the greatest musical artists of all time back in 2004.



It seems their influence is still felt to this very day not only in music but politics as well. I seem to recall Obama using the term "It's tricky" a few times in his address yesterday on Healthcare reform. Coincidence !?!? I think not.

Cars That Would Have Saved Pontiac If They Still Built Them

With the recent collapse of the North American auto industry, there have been more than one casualty and the jury is still out on if there are any more to come. One of the biggest brands to bite the dust was one of the former pearls on GM's crown - Pontiac.

Although it can be argued that the Pontiac laid many a turd in recent years like the much hated Aztek which although was much more feature rich than many other SUVs in it's price range, was just plain ugly. Other cars in recent years that brought on universal yawns from Pontiac included the Bonneville, the G3 (they build excitement?!?!) and the Montana. All had promise but all had severe short comings that made the Pontiac one of the brands to hit the chopping block.

Even great new cars like the G8 GXP, the 2010 G8 ST which would have heralded the return of the El Camino type car/truck hybrid, and the Solstice GXP Coupe all had the earmarks of what once made Pontiac great but it was too little too late.

While many car companies were taking their cues from their vintage models, Pontiac never really took advantage of their rich heritage to really "Build Excitement". Let's take a look at some of the models that could have likely jump started Pontiac's sales if they followed the lead of companies like Ford, Dodge, Volkswagen, and Chrysler to come up with new cars with that retro look.


1969 Pontiac GTO Judge


With the success of the first generation, the second generation GTO picked up right were it left off with a much more robust and modern fastback styling and massive 400ci V8's rated all the way up to 370 HP. The Judge package offered wild color options with matching decals, a Ram Air hood, spoilers and a T-handle Hurst shifter. There was nothing you could tell this judge.


1978 Pontiac Trans AM


Ahhh the flaming chicken. Back in the late 70s and early 80s, you wanted a '78 Pontiac Trans AM. Not just any Trans AM, you wanted the black and gold "Bandit" color scheme Trans AM with a T-roof. This model year had a few tweaks that brought the top-line V8 to 220 HP. Not bad for those days. You wanted one. You also wanted to grow a mustache like Burt Reynolds and find a woman like Sally Field.

1988 Pontiac Fiero GT

Admit it, you made fun of the Fiero when it was around. The obvious play on the name which labelled it the poor man's Ferrari was the butt of many a joke. For the most part though, it was a joke initially. It was strapped to a sluggish 2.5-liter "Iron Duke" four-cylinder engine and the suspension was based on a Citation for Pete's sake. The Fiero was easy pickings for the haters. By 1988 however, GM snapped out of it and gave the car a proper suspension, head turning styling and considerable improvements to both the four-cylinder and V6 engines. Once it became respectable and sought after, it was scrapped.


1967 Pontiac Firebird


The battle of the pony cars was in full effect between Ford and Chevy and the engineers at Pontiac were paying attention. The 1967 Firebird debuted with more even weight distribution for better handling, and traction bars to offset the infamous single-leaf rear springs. This move prevented spring twist under hard acceleration. Five models were offered in both convertible and hard tops with engine sizes ranging from 230ci to a whopping 400ci V-8 that produced 325 hp.


1964 Pontiac GTO


The 1964 Pontiac GTO was the car that sparked the original muscle car wars. Though it can be argued that this was just a supped up LeMans, but the 325 HP, 389 cubic inch V8 with Carter four-barrel carbs, a dual exhaust and a three-speed Hurst manual transmission made you king of the hill (or street) pretty easily. It sold three times the projected annual sales showing yet again that marketers really didn't know how to read a demographic and plan accordingly and also that this car was destined to be a classic.

So there you have it. This list is by no means complete. Great cars like the Grand Prix, Bonneville and even the Grand AM helped to keep the brand going all these years but it would have been great to see an effort or Pontiac's part to bring some of the retro lines back in to their late model cars a bit sooner. Who knows, it may have made a difference. Bottom line is classic Pontiac car owners are enjoying a bittersweet moment. The brand is gone but that just makes the machine in their garage a bit more valuable.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Before They Were Famous Part 1

Before they were stars, many actors and musicians were just average Joe's trying to make a buck while waiting to make it big. I'm sure they hoped that many of their early efforts would fade away on crappy VCR tapes never to be seen again and eventually forgotten.

Of course, that was before the internet. Thanks to modern technology, these examples of fine acting and suave career decisions will haunt them forever. Here's two good examples for you:

John Travolta for SafeGuard Soap



Jason Alexander from Seinfeld for the McDLT

Retro Video of the Day - Spin Me Round

Pete Burns and Dead or Alive are considered by many to be one hit wonders but that actually isn't true. The problem is their one big monster hit everyone remembers them for was so massive that it kind of set the bar pretty high in terms of trying to come up with a decent followup that would compare to Spin Me Round (Like A Record).

Before Pete became the mess that he is today, and before the countless remixes and remakes, he and the boys came up with some pretty catchy and memorable ditties but the one below is and will always be their greatest contribution to Retro dance parties everywhere.

Vintage Movie Inspired Sneakers

Here's a collection of brand name sneakers that were inspired by major motion pictures. You can deny it if you want, but you know you wanted them. Some were very cool - others, not so much. You can certainly file some of these under what were they thinking. It would be interesting to see if anyone lost their jobs over some of these designs.

Click the hideous Air Jordan below to see the article:

Scary Old School Surgical Tools

You may want to pray the doctor is out. It seems kind of dumb to be squeamish about needles or having a prostate exam when you see the kinds of vintage instruments of terror doctors used back in the day.

Click the Vicodin popping doctor below to goto the article.



Vintage Ads From A Simpler Time - That Creep You Out!


You often hear of people talk about the good ol' days because those were pure and innocent times. These days, we seem bombarded with TV and magazine ads that push the boundaries of good taste or obscenity.

Here's a collection of ads from simpler times that used the innocent images of suicide, murder, wife beating and pedophilia to sell their wares. We've certainly come a long way - suddenly a half naked woman strutting her stuff doesn't seem so bad!

Click the politically correct ad below to go to the article:


The Complete History of the BoomBox


This is the definitive guide to the history of the boombox or ghetto blaster as is was also known as. These battery sucking bohemoths were a staple in many playgrounds back in the day. Here is a complete history along with great examples of some of the obscure and oddball options that may or may not have survived the test of time.


Click the boombox to go to the article:


Star Wars - Lighter Side of the Dark Side



Here's a couple of cool Star Wars related links that don't really need much of an introduction.




Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Video games during simpler times.....



It's amazing how far we've come with video games and home video game platforms. When you consider that the average home gmaing console has more computing power than NASA had during the Apollo missions, it really puts things in perspective on how far we've come from the early days of Pong.

I know I've spent countless hours in arcades back in the day spending a small fortune on quarters to try and just get to the next level of the latest and greatest game. Even though you knew they were making it more difficult to suck more quarters out of you - you still fed those babies like your life depended on it. When home computers and gaming systems came along, it allowed you to play in the comfort of your own home without having to constantly feed more quarters. Having said that, you had to spend a small fortune to keep up with the technology to be able to play the latest and greatest games.

Game consoles came along and we were hooked on crappy graphics for the longest time until eventually you had games that rivalled and beat out the PC games. They were easier to play than using a PC keyboard but you killed your fingers and lost hours of sleep just trying to beat the damn thing or get to the next elusive level.




One thing I have noticed though is that games in the old days like Wolf 3D or Doom were quick loading games that allowed you to jump in and start blasting. Simpler games that although challenging, didn't require weeks of training or learning key combinations. I find the older I get, the more I like and miss the older games. I guess it's whatever you grew up with that will remain near and dear to your heart, but I think we've all been there when it comes to sitting down to play a quick game only to have a slow loading PC just kill the will to play anything or wish that photon balster in the gam was real so you could actually unleash your wrath on the wretched PC!

Click here to play Retro arcade games from the 80's.


arcade games

So it begins........

If you're reading this then I assume you got here by mistake. This is my first attempt at a blog and trying to figure out how this whole blogging / RSS / Twittering stuff works. Yeah - I'm a newbie so be gentle.

I don't know anything about blogging effectively but - I do know great retro music. So without any further delay, let's take it back to the old school!