DESKPOP x Galaxy Swim Team ☀︎ SUMMER SOLSTICE

FREE MUSIC!! HAPPY MUSIC!! Cool little collection of leftfield beats with a strong chiptune slant. Highlights: junglist riddims snuck into track 2, strong Mario 64 vibes in track 4, track 5 is basically a Zelda remix in a Super Mario Kart style, Vib Ribbon vocals towards the end of track 16 (plus that Woo! sample sounds…

FFVII – Opening Bombing Mission music

The interaction between computer gaming and honest-to-goodness actual musicians is a ever a fascinating one. I started by YouTubing up some filthy FFVIII Fithos Lusec Wecos Vinosec, because if VGR suffers an absent friend or three it’s in no way attributable to their damn fine taste. The inevitable subsequent stroll through Black Mages’ (and other)…

If The Bomb Drops…

In 1980 the BBC showed this episode of Panorama, presented by a youthful Jeremy Paxman. Its subject is the failure of successive UK governments to adequately prepare the populace for any potential nuclear exchange. Combining Two Tribes-recollecting Protect And Survive-style government information films with Paxo-on-the-street (standout response: “You’ve ‘ad it, ain’t ya?”) and as-it-happens coverage…

Dreamy M.F.

Had a disturbed night’s sleep yesterday which means just one thing, Weird Dreams. Not planning to turn VGR into Stevenger‘s Nap-Time Journal, but I was quite amused by this particular one and wanted to make note of it. After a mad, obstacle-filled rush which I’ll elide for brevity’s sake, I found myself arriving late to…

Well I Never Knew That #3

So there I was watching Casualty the other week when up pops Martin Jarvis. “Who?” says you, “Oh, him!”. He’s a solid older actor with a distinctive enough, slightly Pertwee-ish look that know you’ve seen him in a hundred different things on TV from the ’70s/’80s/’90s. Possibly killing or being killed. What the Americans might…

5MA – Knuckle Busters (1987, Spectrum)

OK, housekeeping first. 5MA a.k.a. 5 Minutes Alone (named after the Pantera song, natch) is my answer to trying or playing games and never writing about them, either because they only provided 5 minutes entertainment or because I thought they deserved a fuller, infinitely-deferred write-up. Short responses to early gameplay, i.e. explicitly not a “real”…

Just One Fix Sells … But Who’s Buying?

Musical double-header post. Been listening to a bit of Psalm 69-era Ministry and I was commenting to Retrolechuck about how the video edit of “Just One Fix” had some different vocal samples (plus an always-appreciated bit of gratuitous William S Burroughs to boot). That reminded me that I never got round to posting the Megadeth…

What Is Best In Life #22: WrestleMania III

Whilst a thousand other posts percolate, here’s a topic you probably hadn’t expected from me. I saw an excellent reconstructed “oral history” article on ESPN about (apparently) one of the greatest WWE/F[/G?] fights ever. Intrigued, I dug up a few links and found myself cast into that familiar, fannish need-to-know-more rabbit-hole. My wrestling pedigree is…

Switch ing it up

I was browsing eBay a few weeks ago and came across Street Fighter Alpha 3 on the Gameboy Advance. On the PSX this is my all time favourite fighter! The game was Japanese and the box was beautiful! This got me nostalgic for my GBA I sold when I was broke and needed the cash…

Sigue Sigue Sputnik

So I barely remember Sigue Sigue Sputnik save the name mid-charts when I was small. Their music videos however are excellent examples of mid-’80s futurism, combining Blade Runner visuals with their proto-Visual Kei New Romantic excess. Check out Love Missile F1-11 and 21st Century Boy below. There goes my love rocket red.

Who Is Techno Cop?

Techno Cop is a 1988 game for 8/16-bit home computers published by erstwhile industry stalwarts Gremlin Graphics, which was also ported to MegaDrive in 1990. This isn’t a review, but here’s a quick bit of context. The game obviously seeks to riff on RoboCop (you’ve heard of him, right?). Gameplay is an interesting 50/50 combination…

Mini Movie Reviews February 2017

Feeling lazy today so I’m just posting trailers instead of writing reviews. Lovelace – 7 Sin City 2 A Dame To Kill For – 7 Time Masters – 8 The Imitation Game – 7 The Secret Life of Pets – 6 Finding Dory – 5 A Most Violent Year – 6 The Two Faces of…