We have changed the intro vid to Inxs Devil Inside! Enjoy!
Due to some trying times in this webmaster life, 80s-n-90s will see fewer updates all the way until around Mid-December of this year. Sorry for the inconvenience. Otherwise, I’ll be updating the Facebook page a little often.
Prevue Guide started simply as Electronic Program Guide in 1981. The Electronic Program Guide (EPG) wasn’t as advanced as Prevue Guide, it was merely a scroller with some local radio. It would occasionally show advertisements.
The Prevue Guide that we 80s & 90s couch potatoes are most familiar with had launched in 1988, however, it was a little slow to launch in all cable stations. For instance, Prevue Guide was available in central Texas in 1988, however, West Covina, California ran EPG until early 1990.
From Prevue Guide to Prevue Channel
The split-screen Prevue Guide surely was a step-up from Electronic Program Guide. The listings would be cut in half and be shown on the bottom, while on the top half: previews & commercials on top. Prevue Guide did take the font and graphics of EPG. The font and graphics were used until 1993. Starting in March 1993, it changed to Prevue Channel. What also changed was its appearance and also the familiar Prevue Guide song everyone loves (or perhaps not).
The fonts & graphics from the old EPG were replaced by a blue grid setup showing the show that is on each channel and the show(s) coming up. This was a better option as Prevue Guide would show each half-hour time frame every couple minutes. Prevue Channel instead had their own blues jingle with a man singing with an acoustic guitar. Besides that, Prevue Channel didn’t have the old theme music from Prevue Guide, they had a library of its own.
Beginning in 1998, Prevue Channel would bring some short-form shows. All would start with the Prevue name, such as Prevue This, Prevue Family, Prevue Sports & Prevue News. Also in 1998, Prevue Guide’s parent company acquired TV Guide. And at midnight on February 1st, 1999, Prevue Channel was renamed TV Guide Channel.
When Prevue Channel went to TV Guide Channel:
TV Guide Channel
Around the turn of the millennium, new graphics were introduced to the listings. The old navy blue grid was replaced by an advanced red & blue grid. Prevue Channel’s short-form shows had the Prevue name replaced with TV Guide. You would see TV Guide Close-Up, TV Guide Sportsview and also TV Guide insider. TV Guide’s short-form shows would feature interviews with actors, directors & producers and would also give a behind-the-scenes look of the big ticket movies that were being made at the time. A definite 1-up from what Prevue Channel had to offer.
TV Guide channel’s short-form shows had a share of hosts, Debbie Matenopoulous & Cynthia Garrett would be hosts in the early 2000s. Matenopoulous would later join Good Day Live and would be injured during a live show in 2004. In 2005, TV Guide would bring in full-length shows.
The Technical Stuff behind Prevue Guide/Channel
Prevue Guide’s predecessor EPG ran via an Atari 130XE and later a 600XL. These were part of a series of 8-bit computers made by Atari from 1979 to 1992. When Prevue Guide entered the world of Cable TV, they would be dependent on the Commodore Amiga 2000. In 1994, as Prevue Channel, they would upgrade to an Amiga 3000 despite the model being discontinued in 1992. TV Guide Channel would use Windows NT.
One of the big minuses for Amiga computers is it ‘Guru Meditation.’ An error that will show a black screen with red text on top showing the message. Besides that error, Prevue Guide was known to crash from time to time.
The news was quite strange in regards of Tom Petty’s death. First it was reported that he died, then apparently he wasn’t dead but gravely ill. Then around 12m my time, I got the news from the BBC that he did die, then my local app The Detroit News confirmed it. Damn!
Anyways, the least we can do is honor his memory, and for a start, we will make the intro vid Free Fallin. Great vid!
Tom Petty gone? That’s just so wrong. What a bad day this has been, in so many ways.
I bought Twisted Metal 2 at a classic video games shop nearby me for a mere seven bucks. I had Twisted Metal 2 back in 1997 and remember beating the game quite a few times with the sluggish controls of Hammerhead. Twisted Metal 2 is one of these early PlayStation games and could be completed in an hour if you’re good at it. No memory card is needed for Twisted Metal 2, it depended on easy passwords.
The Twisted Game We Play!
The first Twisted Metal was released in 1995, it was based in Los Angeles in 2005, and the man running the show was Calypso. Needless to say, the city wide demolition derby pretty much tore Los Angeles apart. For the second Twisted Metal, released in 1996, Calypso goes global in 2006 with the worldwide series of car fights. One of the differences with Twisted Metal 2 was SweetTooth was not an available player, one would have to put in a code to unlock him. The same could be done with Minion. Unlike the first Twisted Metal, you fight Minion in Amazonia (the 3rd level) and not at the end of the game in the first installment. The end of Twisted Metal 2 has you fighting Dark Tooth in Hong Kong.
I gave Twisted Metal 2 a try with Hammerhead again. Hammerhead is manned by two idiots who go by Mike & Stu. They remind me a lot of Cory & Trevor in the early Trailer Park Boys episodes, Trevor would later be replaced by Jacob. Another duo they remind me of is Zack and Suliman, two brothers who often call the Tom Leykis Show, the former often calls from his room with a smoke detector chirp due to a low battery.
Showtime with Hammerhead & Weaponary
Playing as Hammerhead was a challenge as it took a little while to get use to the sluggish controls. It wasn’t due to the game, it’s just difficult to move Hammerhead around without someone fast like Mr. Grimm throwing missiles at you. Suprisingly, I was able to beat the 1st level, being the Los Angeles ruins with just losing one life. The power missiles were helpful when I was able to get near the opponents. The missiles come in three different types: the homing missile, which follows the opponent when fired; the fire missile which doesn’t have the strong homing capabilities as the previous mention; and the power missile that goes straight and needed to be fired at the right time. This also includes napalms that also have little homing capability and the ricochet bombs that are just like the green Koopa shells in Mario Kart, they only go straight and bounce on walls.
Gameplay & Levels
After the ruins of Los Angeles, you go to a very small level in Russia. This one was difficult, especially when Sweet Tooth following me and kicking my ass, but I was able to win with losing life number 2 and barely getting by with a small smug of energy. Next was Paris, I got killed before I could do anything and lost my last life. After two times dying in Paris, I finally beat it and went to Amazonia. Amazonia took me two tries with one of my deaths staying in the hot lava for too long. I found a little room and began to fire missiles out of there until I got everybody. And Minion came along and I killed him too (that took too long due to me pulling the wuss move and hiding in the room waiting for him to drive by the doorway).
After that, New York was next. New York is the biggest level in the game, and with how I beat Minion, I did the same thing. I hid on one of the buildings and waited for the opponents to come to me. It all worked well until Outlaw got below me and did her special attack with the lighting going through the floors and getting me. I drove Hammerhead to first aid and some power missiles and waited. Luckily, Outlaw made a mistake and fell off one of the buildings. In New York, you can easily fall off of buildings.
The glitch in Antarctica
Antarctica has ice that can break and have you fall into the ocean and lose a life. When I played, I tried to hide in one of the snowy areas in the level, but that wasn’t working. I drove hammerhead around the ice and sadly fell into the ocean which leads to losing a life or your death if you lost all your lives. But the game glitches and had me still alive, just not able to move. My last three enemies tried to get closer to attack me but all three fell into the ocean and died. That was strange!
I gave up!
Next up was Holland, it is a very small level and flat with no hiding spots. I had a hard time and cheated by getting the Hong Kong password and went on. Hong Kong is the final level and after defeating all opponents, you fight Dark Tooth, the final boss. Hong Kong is a big level with some dead ends; you can also drive on the subway as well. I had a hard time with Hong Kong and just gave it up. I’m just not good at this game as a 35-year-old man and not the video game obsessed 15-year-old I once was.
So, since we are in 2017, we can show you what happens to Mike & Stu when they win:
Also with our PlayStation, it came with a sampler disc that contained demos and also interviews with the game makers. Twisted Metal 2’s lead designer has an interview on this disc. In the sampler disc, you highlight the question and press X, and you get the answers from David Jaffe himself. This vid below just has his answers, here is:
Yes it has, it’s been 25 years since Stone Temple Pilots released their debut album Core. September 29th, 1992 was the release date. In the beginning, the San Diego band spun “Sex Type Thing” to the radio, which did not bring them the publicity they were looking for, but gave them the contender status to align them with Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains. It wasn’t until “Plush” was spun as a hit in May of 1993 and the song, along with it’s video became popular in the summer of that year.
Plush (The Music Video)
“Plush” saw heavy airplay and the video was often played on MTV back in the summer of 1993 (when MTV played music most of the time), folks would know the music video were the band is playing in a empty bar, while a visual show of the lyrics are on the video. The lyrics in the video are loosely based on a newspaper article Scott Weiland read about a woman who was murdered near San Diego, but Weiland also said that some of the lyrics are based on a failed relationship. Here’s more info on the song’s meaning. A notable acoustic version was done on MTV’s Headbangers Ball. However, then host Riki Rathman wasn’t a fan of it and had later dissed the band on the show.
Besides “Sex Type Thing” and “Plush,” Core spun out “Creep” (not to be confused with Radiohead’s hit and later TLC’s hit) and “Crackerman” was also released as a single, but did not hit the charts. The band also performed “Naked Sunday” on Saturday Night Live back in 1993, with the lovely Nicole Kidman introducing the band.
Look What I Found!
While I was looking for more vids for this article, I came across this! This is a compilation of STP’s performances from 1992-1996 and one from Weiland fronting Velvet Revolver. Take a look:
25th ANNIVERSARY reissue of core
Yes, the band is putting out a reissue package for “Core.” The Super Deluxe Bundle comes the Core 25th Anniversary Super Deluxe box set with the original album on 180-gram vinyl, an exclusive Core 25th Anniversary album t-shirt, and Core 25th Anniversary 16″ x 20″ lithograph. The first 1,000 orders get a 7-inch vinyl of “Plush” that was originally released in 1993 in the UK.
Folks who visited the Arts, Beats & Eats on Saturday the 2nd of September in 2017 were treated to a pair of great 90s bands, Candlebox and 311. Candlebox hit the stage at 8pm and 311 followed around 9:45pm.
Candlebox still has their frontman Kevin Martin, he was joined by bassist Adam Kury, drummer Robin Diaz and guitar players Brian Quinn and Mike Leslie who happens to be from Detroit. Strange thing is that on Wikipedia, it states that Leslie was in the band from 2015-16, currently playing rhythm guitar is somebody named Island Styles. Huh? Strange name. I haven’t been paying too much attention to Candlebox these days. Perhaps Mr. Styles wasn’t available and they gave Mr. Leslie a call.
Of the two bands, Candlebox’s singer was more chatty with the crowd than the two singers from 311. He also discussed the meaning of “Cover Me” and told us how he was an Altar Boy at the ages 10-14. He said at 11, he lost faith in Catholicism, but faked it until he was 14. Martin said although he has no issues with religion, he told the crowd not to hurt or kill anyone due to their faith.
The band’s final two songs were “Far Behind” and ended with a recently written song by them called “The Bridge.” Kevin Martin said the song was about Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington, and had urged the crowd to seek help if they are looking to take their own lives.
“Take a step back and make a phone call.”
311 hit the stage at 9:45pm and did a good one hour and 45 minute set. 311 has been the same lineup since their self-titled album in 1995. The band consists of Nick Hexum at vocals and guitar, S.A. Martinez at vocals and DJ, Tim Mahoney at lead guitar, P-Nut at bass and Chad Sexton at drums.
The band did not only do songs from the 90’s, but also did their new material and stuff from the 2000’s. A bass solo was done by P-Nut and Chad Sexton had a drum solo, later to be joined by the other four band members. My only disappointment on this show is they didn’t do “Hey You.” Kinda wanted to hear that one.
All pics taken at the Arts, Beats & Eats in Royal Oak, Michigan in 2017. The festival is held each Labor Day weekend for 4 days from Friday-Monday. Other 90’s favorite The Wallflowers was there that Monday.
Here’s an article on Variety commenting on the situation, and also SPIN talks about this with it’s title: Journey May Break Up Because of Trump, and also this. Of course, this is just opinion from me, it seems that the news especially CNN and MSNBC like to talk about Trump a lot, heck, they’re probably blaming Trump for Hurricane Harvey. The presidency is a touchy subject these days. Also, I didn’t see any pictures of the three with Trump. I’d imagine if they did meet Trump, we would see pictures.
When it comes to Trump, Neal Schon has stated he is neutral with him, but he was upset with the three other members visiting the White House. Schon pretty much wants to keep the band politically neutral. However, there had been some reports of Jon Cain and Neal having issues in early June, before the visit to the White House as Ultimate Classic Rock states. Also, Jonathon’s wife, Paula White Cain is a Spiritual Adviser for Trump. The two married in 2015, the third marriage for the both of them.
When it comes to the rift between Jon and Neal before the White House visit, Carl Palmer of Asia said he didn’t notice anything.
As for the end of Journey, somebody got a hold of Herbie Herbert, the former manager of Journey from their start as Prog Rockers in the mid-70s to when they reformed in the 90s. Herbie stated that fighting within the band is usual. But he also did note that Neal had an issue with Cain going to Christianity. Herbie Herbert, whose an Atheist, had no problems with Cain finding God.
But Herbie also talked about Neal’s personal life and the idea of him on his fifth marriage. The article also tells of Neal owes a lot of momey in alimony from his previous marriages. Journey is Neal’s primary money-maker and if the end of Journey were to happen, according to Herbie, that would bring Neal into financial ruin.
Let’s hope this won’t be the end of Journey. I saw them in June and I would like to see them again.