Retro Radio Memories Ep 17

Retro Radio Memories Podcast – Episode 017 (Popeye Meets Robin Hood)

Welcome back friends to the Retro Radio Memories podcast! Each podcast my co-host, the Projectionist and I will briefly discuss a classic old time radio show before sharing said program with you listeners. This week we present a fun episode from the 1936 Popeye radio series entitled “Popeye Meets Robin Hood”!

If you have any suggestions for radio programs you would like for us to cover in the future or comments, email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and on Facebook of course. The Projectionist may be reached at https://www.facebook.com/projectionist.haunteddrivein if you have any comments or questions for the shadowy cinephile from Haddonfield.

Music on the show was provided by Peachy (the Victor Irwin of Wales), if you have musical needs, why not contact Peachy at peachy@retroist.com.And be sure to “Like” him on his Facebook page.

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Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast – Episode 003 (Golden Axe)

Welcome friends to the third episode of the Diary of An Arcade Employee podcast! Each show I will not only discuss a particular classic arcade game but share some behind the scenes information of what it’s like to work at the Arkadia Retrocade. This episode I discuss 1989’s Hack and Slash classic, Golden Axe. I am also joined on this show for an interview segment by my good friend and co-worker at the arcade, Andy Pickle!

If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by “Liking” their Facebook Page!

For more info on the film clips that were used in Golden Axe, make sure to check out the Retroist’s post from back in November of 2014!

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Watching This 1988 Pet Shop Boys Music Video For “Always On My Mind” Will Grant You Diplomatic Immunity

I’ve mentioned before that in my youth, music wasn’t really a big thing in my household. I had access to my Father’s collection of Beatles albums, and a handful of kid friendly music but relaxing by listening to records or the radio wasn’t something that we did.

That all started to change around 1984 when our local cable provider began supplying Nickelodeon in the basic cable package. I would typically get home from school, watch Transformers and G.I. Joe and then tune into Nickelodeon to catch TV shows like Out of Control and Turkey TV as well as Nick Rocks.

"Nick Rocks" (Videos to Go) Nickelodeon from Robert Lyons on Vimeo.

That would eventually lead me to watching WTBS’s Night Tracks, staying up during Summer break and recording my favorite music videos. One that caught my attention was by a band I had never heard of called the Pet Shop Boys, a rather bizarre video featuring Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe in a Taxi when they stop to pick up a strange old man played by Joss Ackland (Lethal Weapon 2, The Hunt for Red October) who mutters hilarious…and sometimes creepy comments.

[Via] EMI Music

It wasn’t until many years later I realized that the music video was part of the Pet Shop Boys film entitled It Couldn’t Happen Here. But my Father and I certainly recognized Joss Ackland in 1989’s Lethal Weapon 2, all thanks to watching that Pet Shop Boys music video.

[Via] Loiter Clips

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ABRAMS Books Presents: Aama Vol. 3 The Desert of Mirrors

I am always delighted to be asked to review a new book from our friends over at ABRAMS. This last week there was a knock at my door and after signing for the package, I tore open the box to find they had sent me the third volume of a series entitled aama by Frederik Peeters.

When I had a quiet moment to myself I began reading the graphic novel and to be blunt was totally confused as I hadn’t had the pleasure of reading the previous two volumes The Smell of Warm Dust and The Invisible Throng. Thankfully my local comic shop carried them and I was soon caught up…well…caught up as I could get because this story while fantastic at times seems like what you would get if David Lynch and Ray Bradbury decided to write a graphic novel.

All images courtesy of ABRAMS Books.

All images courtesy of ABRAMS Books.

Our main protagonist is a man named Verloc Nim who is travelling with his…robotic ape…that also has human legs (He has…appropriated those limbs.) named Churchhill. Verloc posssesses a diary, this is his connection to what he has forgotten during his journey. In this volume Verloc is travelling with his brother Conrad and others trying to reach the biotech experiment known as aama, it’s safe to say that the experiment has gone completely and violently off the rails. The landscape our “heroes” traverse is a shifting planet called Ona (ji). Nightmarish is a kind way to describe the place but it also is wrapped in a high science-fiction concept.

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If you want to add aama: The Desert of Mirrors to your collection you can order it at ABRAMS but be advised it certainly isn’t a book meant for you children.

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1988’s Bloodsport Now With 100% More Mentos!

To say that Jean-Claude Van Damme’s Bloodsport was a popular VHS rental at the little Mom and Pop store that I first worked at in the late 80s is something of an understatement. I mean the Manager had to keep ordering extra copies because fans of the film would just keep it and pay the fee for a “lost” movie.

I don’t believe while ever watching the film for myself that I realized it was missing something…something like Mentos, the freshmaker!

[Via] u3cL49W518

I’m not sure who created this video mashup but I certainly salute them for their work.

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Saturday Frights Podcast Episode 036 (MORE Fright Night)

Welcome back friends to the Saturday Frights Podcast! Each podcast my co-host, the Projectionist and I will discuss a particular horror movie or horror themed TV episode from the Retroist Vault. For this episode we have decided to talk a little more about 1985’s classic Horror/Comedy “Fright Night”, sort of a bonus episode allowing us to discuss in lenght some of the more interesting trivia on the making of film plus its legacy.

If you have any suggestions for topics you would like for us to cover in the future or comments, email them to me at . You can also follow me on Twitter and on Facebook. The Projectionist may be reached at https://www.facebook.com/projectionist.haunteddrivein if you have any comments or questions for the shadowy cinephile from Haddonfield.

Music on the show was provided by Peachy (the Brad Fiedel of Wales), if you have musical needs, why not contact Peachy at . And “like’ him on his Facebook Page.

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Retro Radio Memories Ep 16

Retro Radio Memories Podcast – Episode 016 (Rogue’s Gallery – Blondes Prefer Gentlemen)

Welcome back friends to the Retro Radio Memories podcast! Each podcast my co-host, the Projectionist and I will briefly discuss a classic old time radio show before sharing said program with you listeners. This week we present an episode from the often overlooked Rogue’s Gallery radio series from 1945 entitled “Blondes Prefer Gentlemen”!

If you have any suggestions for radio programs you would like for us to cover in the future or comments, email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and on Facebook of course. The Projectionist may be reached at https://www.facebook.com/projectionist.haunteddrivein if you have any comments or questions for the shadowy cinephile from Haddonfield.

Music on the show was provided by Peachy (the Leith Stevens of Wales), if you have musical needs, why not contact Peachy at peachy@Retroist.Com . And be sure to “Like” him on his Facebook page.

If you enjoyed listening to Rogue’s Gallery why not visit the Old Time Radio Researchers Group over at the Internet Archive to listen to more episodes?