1994 in popular music – musical hell, heaven or purgatory?

Nothing cures a pesky bout of writer’s block like a good old-fashioned Inter-web meme!I stumbled across one today on a blog that is full of crap.  So like the lemming I am, here we go:

The gag here is that you travel to musicoutfitters.com and enter the year you graduated high school into their search engine. It gives you a list of the top 100 songs for that year, based on some super-secret algorithm. If you didn’t graduate high school, just have a friend read the list to you.

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The Top 9 Snakes of All-Time

From ancient Egypt to Bugs Bunny to GI Joe, here are the greatest snakes to ever grace the annals of pop culture.

Patrick Warburton, Linchpin of the Universe

You know that feeling of total satisfaction you get when you find something great in life, and you didn’t even realize you were looking for it?  I got that very feeling late last year when I discovered The Venture Brothers. I remember seeing ads for the show last year on Cartoon Network before its debut. […]

Brian makes me SMiLE

I don’t normally plunk down any of my hard-earned (well, just earned) money on any form of entertainment unless I have a reasonable expectation that it will be worth it. But when I found out a few months ago that Brian Wilson was coming to New Jersey and performing his seminal work, SMiLE, I knew […]

But can it core a apple?

I’m a sucker for a good infomercial. There were times (before I graduated college) when I would literally stay up all night and watch nothing but infomercials. This was in the mid 1990s, or what I refer to as the Golden Age of the Infomercial. Perhaps not coincidentally, the mid 1990s were also the Dark Ages of My Dating Life.I challenge anyone to name five prime time shows of that era that were as consistently entertaining as the infomercials of that era.

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So long, Peter

I have avoided television news like the plague since the 2000 US general election. While the legal battle between then-Governor Bush and Vice President Gore was certainly excellent fodder for the talking heads, I grew very tired of hearing them analyze every single word uttered by anyone even remotely connected to the two sides. The […]

“That’s all I can stands, I can’t stands no more!”

I hadn’t intended to use a Popeye quote, of all things, to start my first blog entry, but such is the capriciousness of life. I decided to start this blog to chronicle my take on Western culture; from the obscure to the popular, from the enriching to the mind-numbing.

Speaking of which, we have been presented with yet another reminder that the collective taste of the American moviegoer seems to be about as sophisticated as the children’s menu at Denny’s. I am referring, of course, to the roughly $30 million (yes, that’s US dollars) that The Dukes of Hazzard managed to swindle over the weekend. I’m still holding out hope that some absent-minded auditor accidentally shifted a comma one number to the right, but something tells me I’m in for disappointment there.

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