I really am fortunate enough to have a Wife that allows me to decorate our house in all manner of retro related items. The walls of our home are adorned with all sorts of movie theater memorabilia as well as various pieces of comic book artwork and arcade game flyers. Having said that…I think our windows need a little sprucing up and what better way to do so than by obtaining one of these 1980′s Pac-Man Sun Catchers?
They even provide a paint by numbers guide…though I bet that paint has dried up by now.
Lucky Charms was one of my favorite cereals growing up in the 80s and found the commercials for it to be almost good as the cartoons they aired in. So it was with great glee that I discovered that there is a limited edition box celebrating 50 years of the magically delicious cereal.
The other day I was reading about that legendary wife swap that two Major League Baseball pitchers pulled off in the ‘70s, and they mentioned that one of the meetings where the two creepy, swingin’ couples worked out the deets was conducted at Steak and Ale. And that is perfect. It was a definitive ‘70s steakhouse, in the Sizzler or The Keg vein. Steak and Ale, like those other chains, is just the kind of place where you’d see two couples working out the arrangements of a wife swap at one table, and an old couple suffering through a sad, silent 35th anniversary dinner at another table.
The Human Beat Box by The Fat Boys might be the first rap song that I ever heard. There was this kid named Mike who lived up the way from me and he had a cousin who lived back East. Cousin Whoever was a bit older than us and was totally into hip hop.
Kid was a breaker as I recall but who knows if that’s true. If I sent tapes to a cousin who I hadn’t seen in years and might not see again for years I might tell him that I was nice at break dancing. It’d sound better than telling him that I’d gotten a bit chubby and was into wrestling magazines and Gi Joe figures.
Anyway, dude used to send Mike mix tapes in the mail every once and again and every once and a while Mike’d bust out a Cousin tape when we were playing Uno or whatever..
When I first heard Human Beat Box it was like the funniest and most stupid song I’d ever heard. I totally loved it. It was so weird. Just bananas. I’d never heard of or even imagined Beatboxing. I was barely even aware of rap really. I’d heard of it and kind of had an idea of what went on in rap but Human Beat Boxing was beyond my ability to comprehend. I was gobsmacked.
It was wild too because Cousin Whoever didn’t include a track listing or anything to give an indication as to what we were listening to. We figured out that the dudes were called The D-3 MCs (before taking on the more obvious name: The Fat Boys the group was known as The Disco Three. A cooler name for sure but also less likely to cross over like The Fat Boy name did.) and that kid making the noise was called The Human Beat Box.
Really though having heard only this song it seemed like The Beat Box was the star and that the other two dudes are just backing him up. It was all very mysterious.
The Fat Boys was made up of three guys, MC’s Prince Markie D and Kool Rock-Ski and the star of the group, The Human Beatbox himself Buff Love.
Not to say that the Mcs were bad or anything because they definitely were not but Buff was the thing that made the Fat Boys stand out from the pack.
While not the guy who invented beatboxing Buff Love was an earlier adopter and really cracked some skulls with the depth of his bass drops. Alongside dudes like Dougie Fresh and self-proclaimed inventor of the Beat Box Swifty, Buff brought the art to the mainstream.
The Human Beat Box was released May 29th 1984 on Sutra Records. The album was produced by old school rap legend Kurtis Blow. Initially the record was released on vinyl and cassette. CDs didn’t follow until 2011. It’s currently out of print but there was a recent special edition vinyl release where the album looked like a pizza and it came packed in a pizza box. I would like to have that.
Pretty soon after first appearing on the music scene The Fat Boys briefly crossed over into mainstream culture, scoring multiple TV guest appearances, including an episode of Miami Vice and better yet a bit part in Run DMC’s movie: Krush Groove.
In 1987 the guys starred in the slapstick comedy flick Disorderlies which took advantage of The Fat Boys naturally humorous attitudes and presented them as useless hospital orderlies. It was an alright movie but not something that I’d recommend to anyone that i cared about.
The Human Beat Box Buff Love passed away Dec 10th 1995 of a heart attack. The group soldiers on without him and plans to release a reunion album any day now. Really though as much as I like them without Buff what’s the point?
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In a case of “everything old is new again”, Vanilla Ice is revisiting his “Ninja Rap” song for some new Ninja Turtles Mac & Cheese.
For any of you who don’t remember this song, shame on you!
…Seriously though, here’s a refresher:
I actually still have this soundtrack on cassette somewhere, along with the one from Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. What’s really interesting about this commercial popping up now is that not too long ago I found myself doing the Ninja Rap when dealing with my dogs. When they’re underfoot, I find myself saying “go pu-ppies, go pu-ppies, go! go! go! go! go!”