Lists · Music

The I, Omnibus Top Ten Underrated Aerosmith Songs

“I’m a real fat city
I’m an aero delight”

–  Aerosmith, “Let The Music Do The Talking”

It’s difficult to call a legendary band that has been around for over four decades underrated. Considering how ubiquitous they were throughout the entire 1990s, it’s very easy to snobbishly dismiss them as overrated. You wouldn’t be completely wrong – most of their stuff during that decade was not… to put it kindly, not their best stuff. To be more blunt, they sold out to become the world’s oldest teeny-bop bubblegum pop band. To their credit, they went back to their hard rock roots in the 21st Century, but the damage has been done to their reputation.

But I’m not here to bury Aerosmith. I’m here to praise them. Forty seven years in the business, and they have had their original lineup for most of them. And they are still going strong in their concerts.

Anyone unfamiliar with the band’s history can easily go their Wikipedia entry. In the fewest words possible – years of hard drugs and hard living took its toll on lead singer Steven Tyler and lead guitarist Joe Perry, that by the mid 1980’s, they were on the verge of breaking up and were considered irrelevant just when hard rock / glam rock / heavy metal had crossed over the mainstream and dominate the radio and MTV airwaves. Then, Run DMC collaborated with Tyler & Perry to do a rap version of “Walk This Way,” and Aerosmith received a second wind.

To get back to the “overrated” reputation; if you listen to a classic rock station, you will hear the same five Aerosmith songs over and over, with little to no variance. They are; “Dream On,” “Sweet Emotion,” “Walk This Way,” “Rag Doll,” and “Dude (Looks Like A Lady).” In essence, it’s more akin to say that because their biggest hits are so overplayed, the casual fan can not appreciate the band’s versatility. But it gets worse if you listen to an Adult Contemporary, Easy Listening, “Best of the past few decades” station. These stations bombard you with the band’s power ballads: “Cryin’,” “Crazy,” and “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.”

The fact that these power ballads, which are clearly the band’s “Kangaroo Men” moment, didn’t completely derail the band’s career, is a testament to their greatness.

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Animation

It’s that time again – time for Animaniacs?!

Animaniacs OST1

IndieWire has some breaking news. The fine folks of Amblin Television and Warner Bros. Animation are planning to reboot the 1990s cartoon classic, “Animaniacs.” And even the original Executive Producer, Steven Spielberg, whose name was a part of the official title, is also reported to be involved in this new project! Continue reading “It’s that time again – time for Animaniacs?!”

Lists · Movies · Podcast Unlimited

The Top Ten Movie Directors

George Lucas and Steven Spielberg

“Like Kurosawa I make mad films
Okay, I don’t make films
But if I did they’d have a Samurai.”
Barenaked Ladies – “One Week”

If you are following my blog and/or podcast, then I don’t need to explain the significance and value a good director brings to the making of a movie. But if you need empirical proof, take a look at your multiplex, or steaming provider. We are living in a gilded age of remakes and reboots. Whereas the originals have given us iconic images and memorable scenes that made them timeless classics, the newer versions are created by those that lack the creative vision, and fail to learn the lessons why the originals work so well. Continue reading “The Top Ten Movie Directors”

Food

A sushi donut?! That’s CRAZY TALK!

sushi donut

When last we left those crazy culinary Californians, those kooky chefs gave us the pizza with the hot dog crust. And that idea went national, as Pizza Hut copied that idea for the summer. Not content with Frankenfooding American cuisine, they set their eyes to the Far East. Just what the heck is that? Continue reading “A sushi donut?! That’s CRAZY TALK!”

Lists · Podcast Unlimited · Video games

The Top Ten Star Wars Video Games

LucasArts

“Oh Star Wars,
Nothing but Star Wars,
Give me those Star Wars,
Don’t let them end.
Oh Star Wars,
If they should bar wars,
Please let these Star Wars
Stay.”

– Nick Winters (a.k.a. Bill Murray), from “Saturday Night Live”, Jan 21, 1978

I wish I could have been at LucasArts at the ground floor. They created a bunch of wonderful and underrated game in the 1980s that myself, and many others still adore to this day. But the main reason is the slew of Star Wars games they have created the past four decades. And as long as we have home video game consoles, and video game systems, we will have Star Wars video games. In fact, I think one of my best friends and I had the only 2 video game systems that did not have a Star Wars game in its catalog: Channel F, and Vektrex. So if you thought I was going to make a new Internet Rule, forget  it!

When you consider that the video game franchise maker was part of the deal that Disney acquired back in 2012, the price tag looks even more like a bargain!

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Lists · Literature · Media · Omnibus · Podcast Unlimited

The Top Ten Comic Book Mini Series

Marvel Civil War

“I don’t need your civil war,”
– Guns N’ Roses, “Civil War”

During the 1980’s, the comic book industry, after seeing the success it brought the television networks the previous decade, decided to create their own mini-series. Before then, if a comic book wanted to tell an extended story, they would just tell the story over multiple issues with little to no fanfare. The story arc would be given a name after the fact (e.g.: the X-Men’s “Dark Phoenix Saga” is the name given to issues #129 – 138 of the comic title, “Uncanny X-Men.”) But when comic books industry hit its first bubble in the eighties, the companies decided that they can generate even more sales if they hyped their story arcs ahead of time, and dubbed them as events. And it worked! Continue reading “The Top Ten Comic Book Mini Series”

Disney · Omnibus · Trivia

WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 21 (Mouse Rants #4)

Disney Pin Mania

[DISCLAIMER: The following was originally written by Jerry Skids back in 2009. He is a big Disney fan. He has his own WDW-themed podcast, which you can find here, or here. This is 100% Jerry’s words, completely unedited, out of respect to Jerry. If you are confused by any of the acronyms, check out the previous posts. My comments are listed in [ ] – anything in ( ) are all Jerry’s words. I have not fact-checked any of this information. Obviously some things have definitely changed since 2009, and should be used for comparative purposes only, as many attractions have come and gone since the time this was written. However, that does not invalidate his suggestions one iota. This is still useful, and I think this is so amazing, that I want to share his knowledge and wisdom. Thank you Jerry! Posted with his permission. – Editor]

WDW For The Single Guy: an experiment, part 21

Weird Section #4: Collector’s Edition

There’s a group of… let’s call ’em crazies… out there called “Disnoids.” When I say crazies… they make Jerry Skids look like a WDW tourist! Disnoids will literally jeopardize their jobs, their houses, their pride, and their family for WDW. For instance: you may have seen or heard of the Disney tattoo guy [website has been removed, but you can Google “Disney tattoo guy” and see for yourself.] This guy was all over television from “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” to VH1’s “Weird People,” and in the Guinness Book of World Records.

He is known for having his body literally filled with tattoos of ONLY Disney-related material. This includes every landmark, his favorite characters, his favorite resorts, his favorite quotes, and even his favorite cast members!! (The guy shows off like crazy. I met him once right before he got kicked out of MGM for not wearing a shirt, and once more in World of Disney NYC, where he wouldn’t shut up about himself.) He’s also known for his insane house. Every room is themed to Disney, from the shower to the utensils. I don’t find it that bad, but when his 13 year old daughter freaked out and told him she didn’t want the monorail to go through her room, he did it anyway, and she ran away. Later, his 4th wife (the girl’s mother), divorced him and took the kid. The guy is nuts.

Why am I telling you this? Continue reading “WDW for the Single Guy: an experiment, Part 21 (Mouse Rants #4)”

Media · Omnibus

2017 NYCC will not sell 3-Day or 4-Day passes

New York Comic Con (NYCC 2012)

It’s almost that time of the year again! Which means it’s pre-pre registration time for New York Comic Con tickets. Those that jumped through their hoops to get tickets last year, like myself, received a new message in their inboxes this morning. It’s from ReedPOP, the company that runs NYCC. It’s a typical newsletter sent to fans. The good news is that the dates for this year’s NYCC is October 5 – 8, 2017. But it includes one paragraph of what many might consider bad news…. Continue reading “2017 NYCC will not sell 3-Day or 4-Day passes”