Hobgoblinspookadelic, ya'll.

October 31st that is my date of birth. I got to the party and I did the Smurf...

It's Halloween, folks. Hobgoblinspookadelic. As if you didn't know.

One of my favorite bands -- NIL8 -- is currently celebrating 30 years of making music and there's no better day than today to dig out their Scared Stiff 7" released back in the late 90s.


In addition to five live tracks of South-Central Illinois' finest punk rock (recorded at Chicago's Metro in August of '96), Scared Stiff looks something awesome pressed on goulish orange vinyl.


Interested in checking this out for yourself? You can download this long-out-of-print release for yourself over at Some Things Can't Be Ignored.

And for good measure, here's NIL8 knocking out a few new wave classics for your enjoyment...

[NOTE: October 31st is not my date of birth and I did not get to the party and do the Smurf.]

Adventure Club Halloween Spooktacular!

As a life-long fan of Summer School, I never thought I'd see the day that my name shared the same "guest list" as Dean Cameron.

God bless the internet.

As always, it was a pleasure to join Guy and John J. on the Adventure Club Podcast. Not only did this happen to be their 50th episode, it was a Halloween Spooktacular!

Myself and the other guests mingled at the Adventure Club Halloween bash and talked about our favorite spooky movies.

Check it out...

Tales from the Dollar Bin

A blog I read somewhat regularly -- Lair of the Dork Horde -- features regular posts under the title "Tales From the 25cent Bin." Essentially, these posts showcase this blogger's most recent trip to a comic book store's quarter bins. Pretty simple, really.

I had the day off of work today and one of my favorite day-off activities is digging through the boxes of dollar records at a local record store. So after a gut-bomb of a lunch at Meatheads, I spent about a half-hour knee-deep in musty vinyl.

Stealing a page from the Dorke Horde's book, I present to you the product of today's crate digging...arranged in order of increasing awesomeness.

Waylon Jennings - Greatest Hits

Big deal. I know. I grew up on Waylon and Willie and own a pretty good amount of their music. Even so, for a buck, I can never pass on Waylon.

Miami Vice Soundtrack

Say what you will, this soundtrack is amazing. At the very least, Melle Mel's Vice is worth a buck.

Bob McGrath - Sings for All the Boys and Girls

You know Bob. He's been on Sesame Street for years. He plays Bob.

John Schneider - White Christmas

Bo Duke is singing Christmas carols at my house this year. Yee haw.

Bootsy Collins - The One Giveth, The Count Taketh Away

Forget the other four I bought. This is all I've listened to all afternoon. It's Bootsy! If you've never given him a listen, I suggest you take care of that right now.

So, yeah. Five dollars well spent.

McDonald's Shanghai Taste Adventure

There is very little that I enjoy more than being right. Especially after I've been told I'm wrong for an extended period of time.

When I was a kid, there was a (very short) point in time when the McDonald's in my town ran some sort of a Chinese food promotion. I don't remember the finer details, but I very vividly remember two things:

1. There were fortune cookies.

2. This is where I learned to use chopsticks. In fact, I can remember the exact seat I was sitting in as I read the instruction on the paper wrapper around the wooden chopsticks: hold one between your thumb and index finger and hold the other like a pencil.

I've mentioned this to a handful of people over the past several years -- starting to wonder if I had imagined this. Sure enough, no one seems to have any idea what I'm talking about. I've also spent far more time than I'd care to admit scouring the internet for evidence of this taking place.

Still nothing.

Until now.

I raise my head high and look down my nose upon the doubters as I present to you the Chicken McNuggets Shanghai Taste Adventure.

My eyes aren't what they used to be, but if I'm reading the fine print correctly, this is from 1986. 

God bless ImRemembering.com for bringing this quest to an end.

Found Some Posters

Had the day off from work today and cleaned out the garage. Found a tube of posters from junior high and high school that I thought were long gone...

Teen Beat: June 1986

I've often mentioned that I have a running list of holy grail items in my head at all times. You know, things that I'm constantly looking for but likely will only come across once or twice (if ever). Given the opportunity, I've learned to pounce on holy grail items when I find them. Over the past few years, I've gotten my hands on a few of these items and this past week I secured one more.

Last February, a skeleton escaped my closet when I admitted to having a subscription to Teen Beat magazine when I was a kid. While issues of Teen Beat from that era regularly pop up on eBay, I wanted the first issue I ever owned -- June 1986. After keeping my eye out for the past three years, there it was.

Within less than sixty seconds of laying my eyes on it, the purchase was complete and payment was made. Fast forward a few days and there it was in my mailbox.

While this post isn't necessarily about this issue's content, I feel like I'd be doing somewhat of a disservice if I didn't at least share a few of the gems inside.

First comes the feature on Michael J. Fox which mentions his recent break-up with Nancy McKeon. The picture to the right of the page shows him with Tracy Pollan and explains: "Here's Michael with his Family Ties girlfriend, Tracy Pollan, at a Hollywood awards show. She's in love with Kevin Bacon in real life!" Of course, Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan have been married since 1988.

Anything about the Karate Kid just screams awesomeness so this feature, of course, was a highlight.

The Movies section makes an interesting revelation (and a horrible joke): "A sequel to The Breakfast Club? What will they call it? The Brunch Club? Possibly, though it's questionable whether John Hughes, who'll write and direct the movie, can coax his original five to return..."

Dean Cameron? Anything with Dean Cameron is at the top of my list. Even this poor attempt at bringing Fast Times at Ridgemont High to television. You can hear more about this show from Dean himself by listening to his guest appearance on the Adventure Club Podcast.

Menudo update? Teen Beat's got you covered.

And lastly, how about that drawing of Michael J. Fox? Not bad on the head, but I'd like to know what happened to the right side of his body. It's almost as if the artist got as far as the shoulders and just said, "Screw it. That's good enough."

The signs of the times seen on each and every page of this magazine are fantastic; but that's not why I'm excited to have found this issue. It's all about nostalgia, but not about the pop culture aspect this time.

Holding this magazine in my hands takes me back. I'm immediately swept away to the grocery store in my hometown where I stood as my mom did some shopping. I can feel the cold air of the air condition -- just turned on as the warm weather was on its way. I can hear the cash registers and the shopping carts. I can smell the damp air holding in the scent of cardboard boxes, fresh produce, and non-perishable packaging. I can see the huge selection of magazines on the rack in front of me.

This is the one I chose that day.

And now I have it again.