Existential Parachute Pants: A 90′s Pop Culture Podcast

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Return Of Return Of The Rentals

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


Naturally, my go to Pandora station is Pavement, and sometimes a band called The Rentals pops up. They songs that have played I have enjoyed quite a bit, so I looked into them. Then, I found out that The Rentals are a project of former Weezer bassist Matt Sharp. Also, Maya Rudolph was in the band for a period of time. So, in short, The Rentals are pretty good, from what I’ve heard. Weezer? Less so. Matt Sharp’s better band is The Rentals.

Here’s to another short football season post!


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Existential Parachute Pants: A 90′s Pop Culture Podcast – Episode 65: Adam Sandler

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


Suntan lotion good for you, and so is this podcast episode about the works of Adam Sandler in the 90′s. We talk SNL, movies, and even some of his comedic musics and what have you. Dirt is dished from a biography written for children. Seth is taken to task for semantic errors. It’s all you’ve ever wanted and more, more being talk about Rob Schneider’s The Animal.


iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/existential-parachute-pants/id680253940 Please rate the show or subscribe or leave a comment. All would be greatly appreciated. Don’t you love us? Aren’t we worthy of your love? Yes. Yes we are.

Twitter: @ExistentialPant, @ChrisXMorgan, @SethMacy Tweet at us. Maybe suggest a topic. We could use some topics.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/epp90 Technically a thing.

The theme song remains “Her Favorite Bra” by Dan Emery Mystery Band. Thanks for listening. Thanks, Pepper Boy.

Pete Rose’s Tombstone

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


Pete Rose is in the WWE Hall of Fame. This is, presumably, in part because he is banned from the Baseball Hall of Fame, and also because he is an unapologetic publicity hound, who will show up nigh anywhere. This includes WWE events, which is why he’s in the Hall of Fame.

He showed up to three straight Wrestlemanias, including two in the 90′s. Both times he received a Tombstone Piledriver from Kane, the erstwhile Isaac Yankem DDS. One time he was dressed as the San Diego Chicken. He was a great baseball player, and apparently a legendary wrestling personality. Just like Abe “Knuckleball” Schwartz.


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Pick-a-nick Baskets To The Extreme!

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


You know what the problem with Yogi Bear was? He was not totally in our face! He was not proactive! Well, in 1991, Hanna-Barbera changed all that. That’s why they busted out the totally hip Yo Yogi! Not only that, but they did episodes in 3D! And you could get 3D glasses from Rice Krispies! They hung out at a mall!

It totally worked too… for 13 episodes. I guess they were just too radical. Or Yogi had to go back to his home planet, and died along the way.


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Notable Quotables

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


Mystery Science Theater 3000 is not a show with a running plot, really. I mean, there’s a background, wraparound story, but mostly it is just watching cheesy movies, the worst they could find, and cracking wise. However, despite this fact, the show still had…  I wouldn’t quite call them catchphrases, but riffs that they trotted out on multiple occasions. I have many that I enjoyed, but two stick out to me as favorites.

First, there’s “Dad!” That doesn’t really get it across though. I speak, of course, of anytime they would affect a teenaged girl’s voice, as she spoke with a sense of disdain for her voice. It’s much more like “Dooodd.” It’s very silly and simple, sure, but I’m OK with that. Second, there is the much easier to comprehend, “I’m so naughty!” Then again, tone of voice is also key here. There is a joy to it, and a particularly pronunciation of “naughty” that is required, with the emphasis on the “ty.” This is trotted out whenever a character is doing something, well, “naughty.” Usually when some sort of impishness is afoot, you’ll hear “I’m so naughty!”

Now, the former doesn’t really have any context in which I use it. I just say it every now and then. Maybe when I hear somebody say “dad,” it’ll pop into my head. “I’m so naughty,” though, has clear usage. Whenever I see somebody on TV or whatever doing something pranskterish or slightly bawdy or what have you, anytime anybody is giggling at their wacky antics, it’s time to bust out an “I’m so naughty.”

Also, whenever I need to grunt in an annoyed fashion, I trot out the classic MST3K line “D’oh!”


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The Box! The Box!

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


So yeah, this post is only going to be tangentially related to the 90′s. It’s about Daria, which aired partially in the 90′s, but this episode did not. However, I still wanted to write about it, and if I antagonize Seth so much the better. Take that, person with a different opinion than me!

I’m here to write about “Boxing Daria,” probably the only episode of a sitcom to reference the film Boxing Helena in its title. It was written to be the series finale of the show, and it is indeed the final half-hour episode, followed by Is It Fall Yet?, the televisual movie. I watched it yesterday, maybe for the first time, maybe not. I can’t remember, which is fitting given the parameters of this episode.

In short, this episode is about Daria coming to terms with herself and her family and friends. It’s also about a refrigerator box, and not about the fact that whenever I write the word “refrigerator” I put a “d” in it before remembering there is no “d” in it. Damn you, fridge!

Anywho, I was surprised by this episode. Pleasantly surprised? You bet! It was unexpectedly touching and emotional and what have you. I mean, not to any great degree, but it still worked on that level, whereas this show was usually much more biting and removed. A fridge box reminded Daria of a fridge box she had as a child, one that she took solace in whilst her parents fought and screamed and, in part, Daria’s personality was the reason. So them people come to terms with things, as they do in pop culture. But, like I said, it worked way better dramatically than I would have thought, but it was also funny. Jane was funny. Jane was always funny. That’s why, if they were to make a live action Daria, Daria isn’t the part you want. It’s Jane. It has always been Jane.

Early Daria episodes were really cheaply animated and kind of logy and slow paced, and the jokes weren’t as strong or as frequent. By “Boxing Daria,” though, everything had changed, and for the better. That’s why I like this show. That’s why I support it in the face of my detractors. Also, the theme song is really good.


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Blast ‘em all and let the archeologists sort ‘em out!

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Existential Parachute Pants | 0 comments


Look, should I just post a big paragraph from the Wikipedia page of the cartoon The Terrible Thunderlizards? Is that fair? Is it just? I don’t know. These are questions for the courts to decide. I just want to leave this there for you. It says enough. It says more than enough. It says more than I could ever want. Here you go:

The series chronicled the misadventures of a trio of dinosaur mercenaries released from incarceration (the prison sentences were never clarified) and charged with the task of eliminating two primitive human beings after scientists realize that if humanity is allowed to multiply it will mean the end of dinosaur supremacy. However, despite their superior size and firepower and the obliviousness of their targets, the mercenaries always fail to kill the humans with comic results. Their usual preferred method of attacking the humans was throwing bombs full of bees, which upon impact would usually then go after the dinosaurs; forcing them to run to water to get away from the bees. Although the mercenaries failed to eliminate the humans, they had better luck in defending Jurassic City from enemies, and had been successful in dangerous missions such as rescuing the kidnapped daughter of the president, which might explain why the team was allowed to continue working and not returned to prison. Dee Snider, from the band Twisted Sister composed the show’s theme song.

Oh, also Mr. T played a character called Mr. T-Rex. Wait, Corey Feldman was a voice! And Kurtwood Smith! What a show! What a time to be alive!


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Existential Ennui And Rugged Rats

Posted by on Oct 12, 2014 in Existential Parachute Pants | 0 comments


You may have seen this image before. Apparently it is quite popular on the internets. A “meme” as it were. I’m not “with it,” as the kids say, but I stumbled upon this, and apparently it is popular enough that if you merely type “Stu Pickles” into a search engine it will autofill in the “chocolate pudding” part.

I’m not interested in any of this, though. What made it strike me is that this was a thing on Rugrats. Rugrats, which is a show for children. Not a show for families, like an I Love Lucy or what have you. It’s straight for kids. I said in an episode of our podcast it’s basically a show for 10-year-olds who are nostalgic for being 5-year-olds. And yet, there is a joke in an episode about how an adult man has lost control of his life.

I find this to be a genuinely funny bit. I don’t remember what happened before this, or after this. Maybe it had to do with inventing. But man, this just feels so incongruous to my memory of the show Rugrats. It’s mostly Reptar on Ice and Satchmo (which is, admittedly also a joke for adults), and so on and so forth. Also, the guy who voiced Stu, Jack Riley, played Mr. Carlin on The Bob Newhart Show. He was the most famous, and beloved, of Bob’s regular patients. He’s also one of the only ones to be played by the same actor every time. I swear the old lady was played by at least four different women. The kids and their memes don’t care about this, though. Well, maybe they do. I first started watching The Bob Newhart Show when I was, like, six. I was watching Rugrats at the same time, and yet I would have never connected the two.


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Existential Parachute Pants: A 90′s Pop Culture Podcast – Episode 64: WCW

Posted by on Oct 11, 2014 in Existential Parachute Pants | 0 comments


Fans of Hulk Hogan’s Pastamania!, today is your lucky day. We were joined once again by RD Reynolds to talk about the life, and death, of World Championship Wrestling, known to most as WCW. We were quite pleased to have RD join us again for a lengthy conversation on a subject he knows quite well. In addition to being the longtime proprietor of Wrestlecrap, the book he co-wrote, The Death of WCW, has released a new, extended 10th anniversary edition. You can find information about that book, and much more, on Wrestlecrap, and RD is on Twitter at @WrestlecrapRD. If only there was more wrestling to talk about, so we could have him back again. But we can’t turn back time, and nobody wants to hear about Smoky Mountain Wrestling.

Now, for our own links:

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/existential-parachute-pants/id680253940 Please rate, subscribe, and leave a comment.

Twitter: @ExistentialPant, @ChrisXMorgan, @SethMacy Tweet us on the Twitters and stuff.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/epp90 I am going to make a smarky comment about our Facebook page, and then Seth is actually going to update it.

The theme song remains “Her Favorite Bra” by Dan Emery Mystery Band. Thanks for listening, humanoids!


Posted by on Oct 11, 2014 in Existential Parachute Pants | 0 comments


The internet is an informative place. For example, I just found out that cattle don’t have horns based on sex, but on a species to species basis. Also, Ellen Cleghorne starred in a sitcom.

Her character was called Ellen Carlson, but the show is called Cleghorne! I appreciate the exclamation point. It was some sort of WB show where she had a kid or something. You know, sitcom stuff. There were 15 episodes, three of which didn’t air, one of which was called “Money for Nothing and Your Chicken for Free.” I wish I knew what that was about. There are also episodes called “Adventures in Babysitting” and “The Parent Trap.”

Of all the shows with exclamation points in the title, Cleghorne! is certainly one of them. Cleghorne! Also, remember when she was Bus Driver Sally on Pete and Pete? Good times!


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