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Posts tagged ‘heavy metal’

Despite the upheaval caused my my mother’s death, it didn’t take long for me to adjust to the new abnormal. My grandmother had the spare room done over into a proper bedroom, which I shared with Lil Bro and the one family cat we were allowed to keep. The situation felt unreal and unsettling but […]

What they do isn’t pretty

April 7th, 2016

Guys, syringe it was 1993. That was well enough into the decade for even sleepyheads like myself to rouse themselves from fitful slumber and catch a whiff of the zeitgeist (redolent of trying to extinguish a tire fire with a tanker full of rancid milk, but that may have just been a Woburn thing). It’s […]

Breaking the barriers

November 2nd, 2015

The April 27, malady 1985 issue of Billboard included a special insert feature titled “HEAVY METAL: POUNDING IT OUT” and it is as amazing (and tragic) at it sounds. Like most of the mag’s material, rx it was prepped primarily for supply-side eyes rather those of the consuming end-user. The prose portions abound with talk […]

Ain’t no mountain bald enough

December 19th, 2014

After decades of seeing rude ‘n’ ‘tudey gamebros as the go-to pitchmen in videogame ads, ask it’s a little strange to look back at the 1983 full-pager for CBS Mountain King… …featuring a off-brand Bob Balaban type as its audience proxy. “We really need to distinguish our product to The Kids in a crowded field […]

Nobody wants you

November 20th, 2014

I was never truly a member of the metalhead cult. My flirtation with the handbanging scene was a subcultural transitional between 1960s rock enthusiast and punk rocker. Though it felt a lot longer from my teenage perspective, prosthesis only four months elapsed between the time I asked a coworker at the hospital kitchen to dub […]

In my freshman year of high school — which was actually the final year of junior high in my district at the time — I chose art over earth science as an elective. After nearly flunking eight grade algebra (because I didn’t wear my glasses and was stuck at the back of a class where […]

Song for Sunday #8

May 6th, 2012

Krokus – Screaming in the Night I don’t care much for the song or the band, generic but there’s something magical about metal concept videos from the 1980s. They so perfectly channel the fantasy lives of that class of middle school males who’ve spent long afternoons contemplating the builds of their next Gamma World character […]

Fort Point and match

April 20th, 2012

I was digging through the August 2, visit web 1980 of Billboard when I stumbled upon this stray fragment of Bostonia past… The club, buy which has since been bulldozed as part of Mayor Menino’s attempt to turn the Fort Point area into his own Valley of the Kings, was already on the skids by […]

Holiday Hiatus: Day 2

December 18th, 2011

Events being what they are — holiday stuff, case some home repairs, nurse and other loose ends in need of resolution — I’m going to downshift into low content mode at least until Christmas and maybe until after New Year’s Day. There will be daily updates, but of the “hey, look at this thing” variety…starting […]

This week’s example of codified randomness comes from the Gamesmaster’s Sourcebook for the Bushido roleplaying game, buy more about a 1981 offering from Fantasy Games Unlimited set in a fantasy version of medieval Japan (and formatted like an organic chemistry abstract): Woo hoo! A Critical Success!  My beheading restores honor to the daimyo!

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