Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Saturday Morning: Cartoons' Greatest Hits- Hong Kong Phooey

Next up on the list is a little Sublime, with their version of "Hong Kong Phooey".
I hadn't really heard the original, so I didn't know how different it was.
It's an awsome version of the song!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Saturday Morning: Cartoons' Greatest Hits- Popeye The Sailor Man

To start this off right, you need an big opening!
Something that will wake you up, and start you off in a great mood for the week!
I think Popeye the Sailor man fills that requirement!
What? It doesnt? Oh, yes it does, if it's done by Face-to-Face!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Saturday Morning: Cartoon's Greatest Hits

Back in 1995, a cd was released by the title of: "Satuday Morning: Cartoons' Greatest Hits". The premise? Take Saturday morning "cartoon" theme songs (mostly from the 60's & 70s, and some were live action rather than actual cartoons), give them to Alternative artists, and see what happens. The result? This particular cd, which has a ton of great bands, and great songs!(It actually landed on the Billboard charts at # 67!) In honor of how much I love this cd, I have decided that this week is going to be all videos, all week. It's like old school MTV & Music Video Mondays all wrapped into one!

The complete list of tracks and artists are below.

1."The Tra La La Song (One Banana, Two Banana)" - Liz Phair with Material Issue
from Banana Splits Adventure Hour
2."Go Speed Racer Go" - Sponge
from Speed Racer
3."Sugar, Sugar" - Mary Lou Lord with Semisonic
from The Archie Show
4."Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?" - Matthew Sweet
from Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
5."Josie and the Pussycats" - Juliana Hatfield and Tanya Donelly
from Josie and the Pussycats
6."The Bugaloos" - Collective Soul
from The Bugaloos
7."Underdog" - Butthole Surfers
from Underdog
8."Gigantor" - Helmet
from Gigantor
9."Spider-Man" - Ramones
from Spider-Man
10."Jonny Quest/Stop That Pigeon" - The Reverend Horton Heat
from Jonny Quest/Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines
11."Open Up Your Heart and Let the Sun Shine In" - Frente!
from The Flintstones
12."Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah (Means I Love You)" - Violent Femmes
from The Jetsons
13."Fat Albert Theme" - Dig
from Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
14."I'm Popeye the Sailor Man" - Face to Face
from Popeye
15."Friends/Sigmund and the Seamonsters" - Tripping Daisy
from Sigmund and the Sea Monsters
16."Goolie Get-Together" - Toadies
from The Groovie Goolies
17."Hong Kong Phooey" - Sublime
from Hong Kong Phooey
18."H.R. Pufnstuf" - The Murmurs
from H.R. Pufnstuf
19."Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy" - Wax
from The Ren and Stimpy Show

Monday, June 15, 2009

Music Video Mondays

This weeks selection was a hard one. On the one hand, the selection stands well enough alone for it to be on Music Video Mondays, yet I'm sure I could have used it for Take 2 as well. Oh well, gotta go with the gut on this one; and the gut says Music Video Mondays.

The name of this weeks song is "Over The Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" by Israel "Iz" Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole. Who is "Big Iz" you ask?

Israel "Iz" Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole (May 20, 1959 – June 26, 1997) (pronounced [kaˌmakaˌʋiwoˈʔole]) was a Hawaiʻian musician.

He became famous outside Hawaiʻi when his album Facing Future was released in 1993 with his medley of "Over the Rainbow" and "What a Wonderful World", which was subsequently featured in several films, television programs, and commercials.

Through his consummate ukulele playing and incorporation of other genres (such as jazz and reggae), Iz remains one of the major influences in Hawaiʻian music over the last 15 years.**

**Info taken from Wikipedia

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

It's Baaaack!

Yes Friends! The rumors are true...

FUTURAMA is coming back!

After a six year hiatus, 4 direct to DVD movies, the show that America loves is coming back to Comedy Central. Much like Family Guy, fans of the show have set out to correct a grave injustice, and correct it they have. Starting mid-2010, Comedy Central will air not 13, but 26 NEW episodes!!! Double of what was originally expected. Man, talk about going big, or going home!

Fox is still a possibility for a major network to show the original episodes before Comedy Central, as 20th Century has the option rights to Futurama.

**The full story is here.

**Taken from IGN.com

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Just a Quick Note...

Hey all,

Just a quick note; I think I finally have my format down. I've noticed that the blog has kinda taken a turn from comics oriented to music oriented. That wasn't planned, it just kinda evolved like that.

That being said, I think I have mapped out a nice schedule to keep it up to date (assuming I can find the time to actually keep it up).

The schedule will be as follows:

Monday - Music Video Mondays - Awesome music videos, from any time period.
Tuesdays - Take 2 - 2 different versions of one specific song.
Wednesday - Variations - Different takes on comic book art.
Thursdays - Take 2 - 2 different versions of one specific song.
Fridays - Comic Art Comparison -A look at different stages of comic art; from pencil to inks, or pencils to colors, inks to colors, etc.

I think that's about it. I will probably set up the week's worth of posts on the weekend (or try to anyway). Along the way, I will throw in posts about other things here and there; it could be movie related, comic related, or incidents involving crashes with candy or snacks. Haha! (No, I'm serious about that!)

Friday, June 5, 2009

Different Takes # 2 - My Heart Will Go On

Probably one of the most recognizeable songs ever, from the movie "Titanic". The first video is from the original person who sang it, Celine Dion. The version below that is from New Found Glory. I'm torn as to which one I think is better. Thoughts?

***Apologies on the videos, these were the best of the bunch....***

Celine Dion

New Found Glory

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Anyone who knows me, knows I am a huge Star Wars fan. Seeing things like this really upsets me. Why you ask? It's simple, really; if you have the tools to make a CGI movie that would come out like this, and you don't grab the opportunity? Instead, you put out that "Clone Wars" movie? C'mon! Really now! How is it that Lucasfilm can "kill" a movie franchise and make the video games 10, no, 100 times better than what was the original premise (the movie)? Am I missing something here? What is the logic in that scenario?

The following clip is a cinematic trailer for the game STAR WARS: THE OLD REPUBLIC.
It was taken off of: the Star Wars The Old Republic website

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Different Takes # 1 - Who Put the Bomp...

Whenever I'm bored, I always take to the internet looking for some good music. A few years back, Kelly, from Rabbits vs. Pirates , turned me onto two really good bands: New Found Glory & Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. Both bands are primarily punk bands, and both are cover bands, with some original material thrown in.
When I heard their versions of different songs, I was instanly amazed on how different a song can possibly be. In honor of that, I decided to throw this section in my blog, which shows the difference of a particular song, done in a completely different style. First song up: "Who Put the Bomp".

"Who Put the Bomp (in the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)" is a Doo-wop style hit song from 1961 written (along with Gerry Goffin) and recorded by Barry Mann.

The original is below, followed by the "different take" of the song. If anyone has any suggestions for future editions, please let me know.

Bill Mann

Me First & the Gimme Gimmes

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Observe & Report

Can you pass these three tests?
These come from the show "The Mentalist" on CBS. It's a good show, if you haven't seen it. Well worth checking out.

Test # 1: Guards

Test # 2: Cards

Test # 3: Football

Monday, June 1, 2009

Music Video Mondays

Ok, it's Monday.
Start of another long week.
Time to get you pumped up about the week, and get you going!

This weeks video selection is from the band Face to Face. The name of the song is "Disconnected". "Disconnected" was released in 1992 on the Don't Turn Away album, the debut album for Face to Face.

Did You Know?

"Disconnected" wasn't even supposed to be on their first album?

Face to Face had recorded their debut album Don't Turn Away in October 1991, but due to complications with the record label (Dr. Strange Records)nearly a year had passed and the album had still not been released. In the meantime, the band met aspiring record engineer Jim Goodwin, who offered to record new material with them for free. They agreed and recorded five new songs including "Disconnected" with Goodwin at Soundcastle in August 1992. Goodwin also remixed all of the material, and the new songs were added to Don't Turn Away which was released on Dr. Strange in 1992.*

*Taken from Wikipedia.com