80s Readings: After The Bomb

 

After The Bomb
From Wikipedia
After The Bomb

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.

Further Releases

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.

From Wikipedia

Palladium Books is still around as of May 2017. They survived embezzlement & financial issues in the mid-2000s, and still has a loyal following.

Visiting the 80s Fest in Frankenmuth

80s Fest in Frankenmuth 2017
Freddy, Robbie & Chucky
the 80s fest in Frankenmuth

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.

Bands:

Square Pegz

Slick Jimmy

 

Here are some additional photos of the fest, with some of them containing my ugly-ass self too:

 

 

 

Intro Vid Change and Upcoming Frankenmuth 80s Fest post

Devo’s “Whip It” will be this week’s Intro Vid. It was also one of the songs performed by Square Pegz at the Frankenmuth 80s Fest in Michigan. I was one of the attendants.

80s Fest in Frankenmuth 2017
Freddy, Robbie & Chucky

We will also have some more pics on the way early this week along with more vids. Stay tuned!

Stranger Synths

Stranger Synths – Retro Darkwave comeback?

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.

Here some Le Cassette for you:

 

RIP John Geils

From Getty Images

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.

See NPR article for more details.

RIP John

A Tool joke and a Tango in the Night longread.

Tool with Sammy Hagar?
Tool Hagar
Hagar and Keenan Source: consequenceofsound.net

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.

Greg Droman discusses his lack of experience as an engineer at the time and his panic attacks of the making of Tango in the Night.

Take a look at 80s-N-90s best albums of 1982, with Fleetwood Mac’s Mirage included in the slideshow.

Toto’s Rosanna released as a single 35 years ago.

Rosanna Toto
Source: InTheStudio.net

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.”

Fleetwood Mac News

Fleetwood Mac

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.

Then we hear about the possibility of a Lindsey Buckingham-Christine McVie duet album. Then Mick Fleetwood says a new Fleetwood Mac album will happen… without Stevie Nicks. Fleetwood would also say in the interview that the album could win awards without Nicks’ help.

I suppose Mick isn’t happy about what Stevie said. With Tango in the Night, Stevie was involved in the last three weeks of the recording of the album. We will have to see what happens.

Here’s a recent review of Tango in the Night from The Guardian.