This Book Sucks was published in 1993 from a UK company called Boxtree Limited and it evolves around our friends Beavis and Butthead. As noted on the cover, Butthead wears a Skull shirt and for Beavis, Death Rock. Boxtree could not have the duo in their usual shirts due to copyright purposes.
The book illustrates the lives of Beavis and Butthead while in the fictional town of Highland. Also included is a photobook of the duo from when they were babies to all the way to their teenage years.
Activities for the reader
Minus all of the items of the duo’s history and life, the book presents activities the reader can do. They have a coloring book where you finish the other half of Tom Anderson’s home being vandalized with graffiti.
Another activity is Instant Band Names which features three columns of names to combine for use for your next band name. I would later discover a independent mail order store in PA called Satan’s Candy Basket. My guess is the person who ran the store got the idea from this book.
Also included are tattoos, mail Beavis and Butthead received, cooking recipes from the boys (notably wearing chef hats) and the Burger World menu heavily edited by the boys.
This Book Sucks also contains further references to some episodes. Such as the psychological profiles done by Dr. Floss from the episode “They’re coming to take me away, huh-huh.” Also added is a letter from Mr. Buzzcut about the numerous offenses the duo have committed while at Highland High, all in the year 1993.
Let’s not forget Stewart’s Journal.
I bought this book in 1997 from a swap meet in Grosse Pointe Park, MI for a couple of bucks.
Those who love role-playing books and games should know about Palladium Books. Started in 1981, the Detroit-based company put out a few books before hitting it big with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series as well as the Rifts series.
Mirage Studios actually created TMNT and held the copyrights, however, they made a deal with Palladium to create the TMNT RPG series, and the first book Palladium pushed out was the TMNT sourcebook.
Starting in 1986, Palladium released shorter supplement books to go along with characters created from the TMNT sourcebook. The first to be released was After The Bomb. That story begins after “The Big Death” of the late 21st century. “The Big Death” began with a war, then a plague and eventually ended with a nuclear winter, which caused some survivors to mutate into creatures.
You can play as a mutant animal going against the evil human empire or vice versa. After The Bomb takes place on the Eastern United States seaboard from Georgia to New England.
Due to overwhelming fan response, the second release, titled Road Hogs, took place on the western seaboard of the United States. Overall, the After The Bomb series included six books from 1986 to 1992, ending with Mutants in Orbit. I suppose they were able to advance after “The Big Death” and head to Mars.
It’s sad to say that we lost one of 90s superstars Chris Cornell, the lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave. He was also known for Temple of the Dog, the band had reformed and toured last year. Cornell did a show with Soundgarden at the Fox Theater on May 17th and would return to his hotel room where he had supposedly committed suicide.
Here is a short video of his last show at the Fox Theater.
It’s hits close to home due to Detroit being my hometown and also, I was at the Joe Louis Arena at the same time as Soundgarden’s last performance with Chris Cornell, only I saw Tears for Fears and Hall and Oates. Today’s article was going to be all about that and the poor cellphone pics I would be uploading.
Another strange thing about the death of Chris, at my primary job on Wednesday night, I was thinking about the song Black Hole Sun and how goofy that video is. Was my brain trying to tell me something?
Not a good day for us folks who grew up on Grunge.
It sucks that I have to go to that Temple of the Dog page and re-edit the page to add that Chris Cornell died. Ugh…
Saturday 29th of April, I travelled an hour and 20 minutes from my hometown of Sterling Heights to Frankenmuth. Around the last weekend of each April, Frankenmuth throws a 80s party to help benefit cancer research. It’s been a while since I have attended an 80s gig and I thought I should go, for my own enjoyment and for this site.
Square Pegz and Slick JimmY
The 80s party had it’s own tent and also a large garage where the bands played. I attended Saturday’s show, which had a Flint-based band called Slick Jimmy. The band did not have a keyboard players so all the synths were pre-recorded to go along with the performance. The headliners were a Detroit-based 80s band known as Square Pegz. Here they are in the 2015 80s Fest, wished I was there:
The tent also contained a Rec Room where many 80s toys were there for one’s view. They also had an Atari, Nintendo and Sega Genesis hooked up to old TVs for one’s gaming pleasure.
The place got crowded around 8:30p and it’s just would be hard to get around. But despite my hatred for being in a small place with a shitload of people, I was happy as hell. Lots of Henry’s Hard Orange Soda to boot (I had 4 or 5) and 80s music playing all day. I never wanted it to end. I wanna go next year, the 80s Fest in Frankenmuth is highly recommended for all who love the 80s.
The Netflix show Stranger Things sure is making it’s way to the binge-watching crowd, myself included. There is talk of the season 2 in the works as well. One of the memorable items of Stranger Things is the retro darkwave music done by some folks in Austin, Texas. The fight scene between Johnathon and Steve had Tangerine Dream’s “Exit” playing in the background, from 1981.
The above video (called Stranger Synths) has only a couple of songs from Stranger Things, noteably the intro from the said show. And arguably, this mix here also has some rough transitions. However, it does present some orignal and good darkwave tunes from groups such as GUNSHIP, Timecop1983, Le Cassette and many more.
The guitarist and leader of the J.Geils band John Geils has passed away. The J.Geils band is known for their slew of hits in the 70s and early 80s. The band’s Freeze-Frame album in 1981 hit #1 in the Billboard charts and saw “Centerfold” and the album’s title track saw heavy airplay on MTV.
John Geils was found dead in his Massachusetts home at the age of 71. The local police department stated he likely died on natural causes.
Around the time AOL began its big move in 1995, another option for a whole encyclopedia on CD-Rom would be Encarta 95 for Windows 95. Encarta had lots of info, music and movies all stacked in a 650MB CD. If you were in school, Encarta would help with you projects.
Encarta wasn’t just limited to a boring encyclopedia, you can look up rock music and hear a sample of Soundgarden’s “Nothing to Say.” Nowadays, you can look that up on YouTube and get the song in it’s entirety. It also had a video of the 1993 World Series game winning home run by Joe Carter. According to this Reddit thread, they had a portion of Sea Shanties: Santy Anno. Encarta was an encyclopedia on steroids; you definitely would not need this:
Another great addition to Encarta was the quiz game known as MindMaze. You walk around a castle and answer questions to continue on with your quest. I loved MindMaze and played that quite a lot in 95 when I was 13 years old. Learning was interesting for a sick-ass video gamer like me back in the day. Some folks with Encarta 97 played MindMaze here with three videos passing the 30-minute mark each. MindMaze wasn’t action-packed; all it offered was pictures of doors or folks you could click on for the questions or hints, with Classical or Irish Folk music to accompany you. A right answer would get a horn; a wrong answer will give you the sound of a bad piano chord.
If you reading this, I highly recommend MindMaze!
Where to find:
I bought an original copy of Encarta 95 at a Salvation Army back in 2012, but as of now in April 2017, I can’t find it! No worries though, you can download Encarta 95 here on Archive.org, but the bummer is that it won’t work on Windows 10! Shit…
I do have a spare computer with Windows XP, I’ll have to install it on there, if this Archive.org copy works on Windows 7, please let me know.
There is WikiMaze here that is more like a welfare version of MindMaze, it just isn’t the same. I’ll be putting Encarta 95 on my Win XP computer.