5MA – 3×3 Eyes: Jūma Hōkan (1995, SNES)

If you exclude classic ’80s Japanese-animated/adapted stuff like Battle For The Planets, Ulysses 51, The Goddamn Mysterious Cities Of Flipping Gold and the like, then the first anime qua anime series I fell in love with was 3×3 EYES (apparently pronounced “Sazan Eyes” in Japanese or e.g. “three times three eyes” if like me you’re…

Radiohead – The National Anthem

Upon hearing that I owned no (zero!) Radiohead albums merely a faint smattering of ’90s singles and taped-off-Radio-One live broadcasts, retrolechuck of this parish took it upon himself to right this indignity. I’ve mostly been spinning/enjoying the early albums (forgot how good the song Bones is!) Just put Kid A on and my exact-if-censored words…

Keys Are A Loss (Keys Can’t Be Won)

Right, I’m 40-mumble years old and can pass as a responsible adult when so called upon. I last lost my keys when I was 16-17. I was at the fair and they almost certainly fell out of my pocket on one of the rides. Well, last lost my keys… until this weekend past. I went…

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…