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…

Island Sunrise 1988

The music in my previous post about The System reminded me of this little known gem from 1988 – a beautiful ambient instrumental track by a group called Software. This video features some vintage 80s CGI known as “Carla’s Island”, created by Nelson Max in 1981.

What Is Best In Life #20: ZX Moire

Per Wikipedia, moiré fringes are the complex patterns that manifest as a result of interference between overlaid transparent images. Provided you don’t count people on TV with dodgy stripey shirts or ties then I first encountered them as attractive features on naive loading screens for early (1982-83) Spectrum games. Sometimes drawn by the BASIC loader….

Easy As 1-2-3

Every Christmas this ABC-rhyme biscuit/sewing(?) tin containing our Nativity Set comes out from the cupboard under the stairs. The tin goes way back through a couple of families and I am but its custodian, not its owner. I thought I’d share it with you because… well, just look at it! Fair warning up front, G…

ZX81 Manual Cover Art

Here’s the glorious sci-fi cover art for the ZX81 manual minus its usual contrasting red text. Not sure of the original provenance, but was pretty chuffed to happen across it at such a decent resolution online. And just for lagniappe have pics of the French-language cover along with the English original: RUBOUT rubs out the…

SDTOTD #9: So Mega

Noticed this while watching the news. SUPREME COURT OMEGA SUPREME Guess he transforms into a court building too, ha! To catch a T/F

St. Dragon SCREEN$

I’d forgotten how good the St. Dragon loading screen looked on the Speccy. For the uninitiated, St. Dragon was a side-scrolling space shooter which pitted your invulnerable-tailed robot dragon against various giant mechanical animals such as pumas, bulls and, er, whatever comes after the first level. Here’s the loading screen (click if it looks weirdly…

Cestello Annunciation – Botticelli

So I’m not an art person, but I know what cliches I like, doh-ho-ho! A year or two ago I happened across this image online by Botticelli, someone who I was vaguely aware of by name (thanks University Challenge!) but hadn’t even connected to The Birth Of Venus. Close your eyes and think of Venus….