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I picked up the Bubblegum Crisis and VOTOMS manuals more out of interest in the licensed source material than anything else. I picked up Champions: The New Millennium because it happened to be racked next to those other two games. Okay, maybe there’s a little more to it than that. The third edition of Champions […]

Sic transit gloria Nineties

July 31st, 2018

Looking back, you wonder if any of it was real. Of course it was. You can find ample physical evidence in any thrift store or the few sad remnants you’d elected to hold on to all this time. There’s a part of you that whispers how these were your best years — a halcyon daze […]

On the heels of yesterday’s grab for low-hanging gigglefruit, I must admit a genuine fascination with budget knock-offs of currently popular toy lines. It’s not strong enough to compel me towards seeking out the actual items to own, but the mercenary logic behind their existence falls squarely in my cultural history wheelhouse. These cheapjack imitators […]

Did I mention I was taking a vacation for a week? Because I did and it was great, but now it’s time to get back to the grind. Up until the beginning of this year, I never owned the US version of the first Clash album on vinyl. It’s a startling admission, I know, but […]

The new millennium saw me getting back into anime in a big way. I’d been a fan since the Star Blazers days, but my interest began to cool after the space opera/giant robo craze gave way to other, less interesting-to-me fandoms. The force that swung the pendulum came from multiple overlapping vectors. My forays into […]

Getting behind it

July 10th, 2018

I’ve picked up half a dozen entries in Time-Life’s Classic Rock series over the past year or so. The year-themed double LP sets serve up a well-curated roster of rock, pop, and soul hits from 1964 to 1969. The there’s very little filler on them and the recording quality is outstanding, making them a handy […]

It took half a decade for burnout and backlash to do in disco. “My Sharona” managed to do the same for the nascent power pop revival in the space of six months. Power pop was supposed to be the Next Big Thing, the commercial face of the burgeoning “New Music” scene with maximum crossover potential […]

Spirit of ’97

July 3rd, 2018

I love transitional periods in pop music history. The Last Big Thing is dead or dying and The Next Big Thing hasn’t taken shape yet. In the absence of their hegemonic shadows, a host of niche ecologies emerge in a mad scrum for the public’s attention. Media conglomerates and self-appointed tastemakers thrash about in search […]

Although “hip” pop music was a crucial (MTV-driven) component of the Eighties’ “teen movie” craze, it didn’t really materialize in soundtrack form until the middle part of the decade. The licensed songs from Fast Times At Ridgemont High managed to score a double LP release in 1982, but the majority of the music came from […]

A somewhat long time ago

June 25th, 2018

During the process of sorting and disposing of the stuff in my grandmother’s attic, I unearthed my copy of West End Games’ Star Wars Sourcebook. The book and its core rules companion (as soon as I locate it) will both be spared the sad fate destined to befall scores of other less cherished articles from […]

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