Existential Parachute Pants: A 90′s Pop Culture Podcast

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Cletus? Cousin Merril? Big Hungry Joe?

Posted by on Nov 23, 2014 in Existential Parachute Pants | 0 comments

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There is an episode of The Simpsons entitled “Brother From Another Series.” Have you heard of The Simpsons? It doesn’t come up a lot here, but it’s a pretty big deal. Anyway, this is a really good episode, and my favorite Sideshow Bob episode. It is the one where he “goes straight” and works at the hydroelectric dam with his brother Cecil. Bob is voiced by Kelsey Grammer, Cecil by David Hyde Pierce.

This is notable because they players Frasier and Niles on Frasier. In turn, this episode has a vaguely different vibe to it than a lot of Simpsons episodes. I wonder if it is a Frasier vibe. All I know is the last time I watched this episode, it really made me want to watch Frasier. But I haven’t yet. For one, I often get wary of diving into shows with extended episode catalogs. I mean, when I watched Scooby Doo!: Mystery Incorporated, it was only 52 episodes. Frasier has a bunch. Do I have to watch them all? No, but if I really like it, I would kind of like to.

Then, there is the Cheers factor. Frasier started as a character on Cheers. I have only see two seasons of Cheers, none involving Frasier. Do I want to watch Frasier, and then go back and watch Cheers episodes with Frasier in them? Then again, I kind of soured on Cheers season two because I do not like the way they dealt with Diane, and with Sam and Diane. So, does it even matter? Does anything matter? Or should we all just give up and kill ourselves?

In short, do not play with your smellhound around a cement mixer. Rest in peace, Geech. And rest assured, if I watch Frasier, I will write about it. Also, I am getting the feeling I wrote about this episode before. Then again, maybe it was somewhere else. I write a lot of stuff, and I write a lot of stuff about The Simpsons. A quick internet search makes me feel I am safe. Hooray for that.

 

You can find Chris Morgan on the Twitter

Existential Parachute Pants: A 90′s Pop Culture Podcast – Episode 70: Hackers

Posted by on Nov 22, 2014 in Existential Parachute Pants | 0 comments

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Hackers is the great love of Seth’s life (don’t tell his wife and children) so we finally got along to talking about it, because I finally got around to watching it. If you’ve ever wanted to see a film that encompasses either a vision of the 90′s from the 1940′s or from the 2040′s, then make it Hackers. Angelina Jolie is in it. Fisher Stevens too.

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The theme song remains “Her Favorite Bra” by Dan Emery Mystery Band. Thanks for listening, all you Phantom Phreaks and Acid Burns.

Chasing Angela Crazy

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Existential Parachute Pants | 0 comments

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Thanksgiving, right? It’s a way to think of a thing to write about. It’s also an easy way to find an episode of some humorous show to write about or whatever. Take, for example, Boy Meets World.

They had two Thanksgiving episodes. One was called “Turkey Day.” That’s pretty basic. I don’t know anything about it. It’s probably just basic Thanksgiving stuff. Then, there’s the second Thanksgiving episode. It is called “Chasing Angela-Part II.” I find this interesting, because the Thanksgiving episode is the second part of a two parter. It’s both a holiday episode and the second part of an ongoing story. That seems like an odd choice. I don’t know if that happens often. I also don’t know who Angela is, or who is chasing her, or why. All I know is Topanga is a character.

 

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Homer Simpson Lives On The Second Floor

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Existential Parachute Pants | 0 comments

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How long has it been since I wrote about The Simpsons? Probably not very long, by the standards of all topics, but, in terms of my returning to The Simpsons as a topic, it has been awhile. So, let me take another moment to praise a show I have praised a million times.

In the episode “Realty Bites,” a great episode by the way, Homer buys Snake’s car at an auction, and Snake breaks out prison to get it back, even if it means killing Homer. At one point, Homer is driving Lil’ Bandit, the car in question, and happily singing. What is he singing? “Luka” by Suzanne Vega.

This is brilliant, and hilarious, and awesome. One, it’s a fairly obscure song, making it a nice reference. I mean people know the song, and it was a hit,  but it’s not super well-known. Two, singing it happily while you drive along in a convertible is incongruous to the serious subject matter and tone of the song. Three, Homer singing it. He’s butchering it in his happy obliviousness, and it’s just tremendous.

Could there have been better choices? Maybe, but I can’t think of one off the top of my head. And stay off the west side.

 

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Bleep Bloop Heavy Metal

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Existential Parachute Pants | 0 comments

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This week, Metallica are doing a sort of residence on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson. They were a guest on Monday, and they are doing musics every night. I do not like Metallica. I do not like “heavy metal,” as the kids call it. I know Metallica is the “pop” heavy metal band, as in they are the metal band that is more palatable to a wider audience. It still doesn’t really work for me.

However, back in the 90′s, things were slightly different. I thought Metallica was OK, I guess. They did represent tough guy rock and roll, at least, which had its appeal to a child of a certain age. But this was a pre-Napster world, but one with the internet. So what was a discerning child to do? Why, listen to MIDIs of course. You know MIDIs. They are sort of like chiptune or elevator music or whatever. They were used to take songs and break them down into something more basic. Honestly, they often sounded pretty alright. I mean, they had a pep in their steps, and were often melodic enough to be enjoyable.

There were a couple of Metallica songs I’d listen to the MIDIs of. “Enter Sandman,” of course. “Turn the Page,” their cover of Bob Seger. And also “Nothing Else Matters.” Here’s the thing; I’ve never heard the traditional, non-computerized version of “Nothing Else Matters.” Just the MIDI version. I have no real reference point for the real thing. All I know is some bleeps and bloops and cheery computer noises. It’s probably an improvement.

 

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Toby Huss, Superstud

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Existential Parachute Pants | 0 comments

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There is an episode of Seinfeld called “The Junk Mail.” It’s a weird one. It’s probably the episode I’ve seen the least, because it doesn’t really work for me. ‘Cuz it’s weird. Dana Gould is in it, but that’s not what’s important here.

I’m here to talk about the character of Jack. Elaine falls in love with him. He’s supposed to be super handsome. He has dreamy eyes, or so the legend goes. He also is The Wiz, a goofy TV pitchman, but that’s neither here nor there. The point is, this dude, this super handsome dude that Elaine falls in love with at first sight, is played by Toby Huss.

Toby Huss is, of course, Artie, the Strongest Man in the World. That’s what makes this so amusing to me. On Pete and Pete, Toby Huss plays a goofy, ridiculous superhero. He says “Pipe!” and stuff. And yet, here he is, playing a heartthrob. I find this incongruity very amusing. I know actors play different roles and stuff. And The Wiz and Artie are peas in a pod. But seeing the dude who played Artie playing a guy who is supposed to be dreamy? That’s a spicy meatball… of humorousness!

 

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I Can, In Fact, Wait

Posted by on Nov 17, 2014 in Existential Parachute Pants | 0 comments

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I have never seen the 1998 film Can’t Hardly Wait. It seems like it was made for teen agers at the time, and like older teenagers. Teenagers who can see the finish line of their high school careers. It is, after all, about a post-graduation party. But not, like, a “graduation party,” of which I went to many after I graduated high school. I was too young for this ish. Now, I have seen a couple minutes of it, and I realize I am absolutely much to old. And not dumb enough.

This is, it would seem, the laziest of high school movie bullshit. Like I said, I only saw a couple minutes, flipping over to it and stuff, presuming I might laugh at how dumb it was. Alas, it was not laughably dumb. Just dumb. Everything is so broad. The emotional crux of the story involves some random dude professing his love for the prom queen, played by Jennifer Love Hewitt. And it seems to sort of work kind of? I don’t know. Seth Green acts like he’s “black,” which I put into scare quotes because, of course, there is no inherent way that black people act. This movie still decides to mind the notion of a white dude “acting black.”

Jason Segal plays somebody called “Watermelon Guy” I did not see him in the handful of minutes I watched. I did, however, see Melissa Joan Hart as “Vicky, Yearbook Girl.” They do place The Replacements’ “Can’t Hardly Wait” over the credits, and that’s a great song. It also has nothing to do with this movie in any capacity.

In short, boo. Boo to this movie.

 

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Aack!

Posted by on Nov 16, 2014 in Existential Parachute Pants | 0 comments

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If you are anything like me, whenever you hear the name Cathy, your immediate response is to say, aloud or within your brain, “Aack!” This is because of, naturally, the comic strip Cathy. You know the one. It existed for a million years. Cathy wore bathing suits all the time but they didn’t fit and she ate food and said “Aack.” I think that was the gist of it.

Anyway, because of that, and in part because of an episode of MST3K where they made this joke repeatedly, the name Cathy turns to “Aack” right away. It’s like whenever I hear the phrase, “How ’bout…” I immediately am reminded of the Upright Citizen’s Brigade TV show and the line, “I like cake, how ’bout it?”

So, in short, aack.

 

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Existential Parachute Pants: A 90′s Pop Culture Podcast – Episode 69: Pokemon

Posted by on Nov 15, 2014 in Existential Parachute Pants | 0 comments

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We chose to cover Pokemon, and the wide gamut it runs, in this episode of the podcast. We also chose to have Max Scoville as a guest. Choosing things is a big part of the Pokemon ethos, you see. Video games. Cartoons. Some sort of thing with cards. It’s all covered. Also, The Simpsons.

Thanks to Max for joining us. He’s on the Twitter at @MaxScoville. He seems pretty enthused about being engaged. He is also a part of The Comedy Button, much like prior guest Scott Bromley. Perhaps some day, we will have everybody from The Comedy Button one. Catch ‘em all, as it were.

Now, onto your regularly schedule links.

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The theme song remains “Her Favorite Bra” by Dan Emery Mystery Band. Thanks for putting aside your Jigglypuffs and your Snorlaxes and your other impenetrably named boogens to listen.

Fare Thee Well Love

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Existential Parachute Pants | 0 comments

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Listen to the album Alvvays by Alvvays. Do it. It’s great. It’s the album of the year. It’s one of the best albums in recent memory. I love it. What does it have to do with the 90′s? Nothing, but I can tie it in! Thus, I can justify mentioning an album I love from 2014 through reverse engineering! The lead vocalist of Alvvays is Molly Rankin, who is the daughter of one of the members of The Rankin Family. I had not heard of The Rankin Family, but they had a Wikipedia page, so I looked them up. Dudes are Canadian country music royalty.

You know how many Juno Awards they have won? Six! That’s like winning a single Grammy, conversion wise. 1994 was the big year for them. They were nominated for four Juno’s, and won all of them. Single of the Year? Won, for “Fare Thee Well Love.” Group of the Year? Yep. Country Group or Duo of the Year? Obviously yes, because it would have been weird if they were the group of the year but not the country group (or duo) of the year. They also won Canadian Entertainer of the Year. They were the top entertainers in all of Canada!

Also, one of the band members is named Cookie.

 

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