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.
Some news first from Tool, but it looks like a April Fools joke. Tool has been involved with quite a few April Fools jokes from one stating three of the band members were killed to Maynard becoming a Born-Again Christian. Or this in 2015:
Boy, that’s annoying.
Anyways, there was some speculation that Tool was replacing Maynard with Sammy Hagar. Here’s an article from Loudwire on April Fool’s Day and one from Consequence Of Sound.
Tango in the Night
Now we make a long jump to Fleetwood Mac and yes, we here at 80s and 90s are a little obsessive with Fleetwood Mac. Despite my disagreements with Salon.com, they do have a long read from the engineer of the album Greg Droman. As one would know, Tango in the Night took a long 18-months to make. A few songs intended to be a Lindsey Buckingham solo album made it on the record. Also a worthy addition was Stevie Nicks’ contribution to the album just before the completion.
On April Fools Day 1982 (and a day after the webmaster’s birthdate), Toto released “Rosanna” as a single. The following week on April 8th, they released IV. That album spun quite a few hits besides “Rosanna”, “Make Believe”, “I Won’t Hold You Back” and also the band’s first #1 hit, “Africa,” a song intended to be a B-side. Good thing the band decided to include it in the album.
We have changed the intro vid to Toto’s “Rosanna.”
In honor of Steven Tyler’s 69th birthday, we will put up an 90s gem, “Cryin'” by Aerosmith. It presents Alicia Silverstone, whose career launched in the mid-90s. The video also has Stephen Dorff as Alicia’s ex and Josh Holloway from Lost as a thief. The video won MTV’s Video of the Year in 1994. Enjoy!
Oddly, the preview on the vid here shows a screenshot of “Crazy.” Someone made a mistake there.
While we wait for the release of Fleetwood Mac’s Tango in the Night 30th anniversary album, earlier last week we heard from Stevie Nicks on her thoughts of a new Fleetwood Mac album. The singer who has been outspoken about the Napster issue in 1999-2000 had stated that an album is unlikely.