Siouxsie Sioux is Spellbound!

The picture of Siouxsie Sioux above may well be the greatest ever photo I’ve ever seen of the ‘Banshees lead singer. Except it isn’t entirely legit – can you tell why?

I’ll leave you to check out the pure awesomeness that is the All-New Superpowered Post-Punk Marvels by Butcher Billy, a collection of Marvel mashups with a Post-Punk twist!

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If you like what you see here. Butcher Billy’s Behance page is full of stuff like this and we’ve featured him here at The Retroist previously too!

Awesome Mix Volume 1 from Guardians of the Galaxy

Awesome Mix Vol. 1

Thanks partly to the inclusion of Blue Swede’s “Hooked on a Feeling” in the trailer, I’m really looking forward to the forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film from Marvel. Now, thanks to seeing the awesome artwork for the companion soundtrack, I’m looking forward to hearing all of the music in the film too! With that mix tape adorning the cover, you expect the songs to live up to the moniker. Thankfully, it seems they’ve nailed it!

Blue Swede – Hooked on a Feeling
Raspberries – Go All the Way
Norman Greenbaum – Spirit in the Sky
David Bowie – Moonage Daydream
Elvin Bishop – Fooled Around and Fell in Love
10CC – I’m Not in Love
Jackson 5 – I Want You Back
Redbone – Come and Get Your Love
The Runaways – Cherry Bomb
Rupert Holmes – Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
The Five Stairsteps – O-O-H Child
Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

Here’s a few choice selections of retro goodness to get you in the mood…

And as if Rupert Holmes’ Escape isn’t fantastic enough already, here it is with a little added Village People!

Pre-order the soundtrack on Amazon here.

The 1944 Captain America Serial

Captain America 1944

I recently posted about the 1979 Captain America TV movies and it was rightly pointed out in the comments that an earlier live action serial was produced in 1944 starring Dick Purcell. The 15-part serial is a far cry from the current Captain America and for that reason I never made it past the first chapter. Watch the first chapter, The Purple Death, below to see what I mean.

The 1979 Captain America movies

Captain America in 1979

I’ve known for a long time that the current film version of Marvel’s First Avenger is far from the first screen version of the character to be thrust in front of eager fans. However, I was surprised to learn that the 1979 film starring Reb Brown was successful enough to warrant a sequel, subtitled Death Too Soon and featuring Christopher Lee!

The first film of the year is terrible. I can’t think of any good reason to watch it, even if you are a completist. I watched it for that very reason and I was hoping for some cheesy heroics but, short of the brief fun to be had in seeing Cap’s van and motorbike, it’s just too silly.

The sequel however, which I’ve just finished watching, is quite good. I’m not going to say it’s brilliant, it really isn’t, but it is exactly the kind of fun I was expecting to find of the earlier film. The story, visuals and acting are typical B-Movie fare but the pace is quite brisk, the humour is better judged and Mr Lee’s evil Miguel is a worthy challenger to this version of Steve Rogers.

I enjoyed it so much that I started to question my sanity – surely others had thought like me, others had appreciated the quirks? Apparently not, most reviews are quite damning of both films, possibly due to comparisons with modern superhero outings.

So this is me going on record to say that I did like Death Too Soon, I think the costume looked great, and I think if you enjoy shows such as The Six Million Dollar Man, you too would likely find some fun here!