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Time is tight this week, so the second half of the July ’65 hall of shame will have to wait until next Friday. As a consolation prize, I made a quick dive into the Charlton Comics archive and plucked this tantalizing pitch from the acid-eaten newsprint… …a Hit Records mail-order ad from the middle of […]

Zillion dollar baby

May 24th, 2018

I have previously discussed my love of Zillion, the Sega Master System’s consolation prize for folks who really wanted to play Metroid but backed the wrong side during that generation’s console wars. While the actual game was a bit thin compared to its NES counterpart (and owed more to the Impossible Mission PC game than […]

Wrecks and candy

May 11th, 2018

The mid-Nineties were a boom time for promotional CD compilations. Unholy alliances between record labels and other commercial concerns were nothing new, but they did attain a distinctly plaintive quality during the generational marketing shift of the Alt-splosion Era. From the labels’ standpoint, these deals meant some easy licensing revenue and a passing chance at […]

Image is everything

April 13th, 2018

It’s the spring of 1995, and I am nearing the end of an agonizingly long Green Line trip to Brookline. I’m doing it to meet a friend, one I had been estranged from for a couple of years but have recently reconnected with. In the time since we went our separate ways, he had moved […]

The second edition of Warhammer 40,000 dropped in the autumn of 1993. Unfortunately for me, Games Workshop’s pre-release hype-storm had attained its desired effect and made finding a copy of it nigh impossible for a few weeks following the game’s release. I did eventually come across one at Pandemonium Books in Harvard Square (back when […]

The little oddity that could

April 10th, 2018

Gift cards are the low-hanging fruit of holiday shopping, offering an easy out when one’s time and inspiration reserves have been depleted. “Here’s $25 for TGI Fridays!” “Thanks, here’s $25 for Target!” And thus the lateral transference of bespoke wealth carries on, sustained by a sense of obligation and the notion that gifting cash is […]

Dead alive in 1995

April 6th, 2018

I remember next to nothing about MTV’s Club Dead, apart from the lingering feelings of horror and disdain the whole “full motion video” CD-ROM game fad of the early-to-mid-Nineties instilled in me. Ballyhooed as the “Next Big Thing,” the FMV game thing was really just a massive cop-out that took advantage of the CD-ROM format’s […]

Twi5t of Ca1n

April 3rd, 2018

Oh, sure, you claim to be a fan of Danfourg, but can you name any other songs he did besides “Mothreer?” I bet you didn’t even realize he was the frontman for horrorpunk legends The Misfivets, who recorded such classics as “Astro Zerombies” and “Last Careights.” They played their first shows at C8G8′s in NYC, […]

It calls for thee

March 30th, 2018

Remember me as you pass by. As you are now, so once was I. As I am now, so you must be. Prepare for death and follow me. Hindsight is 20/20, but I’ll always have room for a rich helping of historical irony.

Let’s go places

March 29th, 2018

And on the listing these words appear: ’94 Toyota Paseo, for parts or scrap; Two-hundred-and-fifty, cash only, no refunds!’ Nothing beside remains. In the trunk Of that compact wreck, mildewed and dented A pair of racoons loudly copulate.

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