In Stranger Things (based in 1983), we see the four boys play Dungeons & Dragons just before Will Byers disappears. A little after 1983, a Detroit-based company called Palladium Books began their own galaxy of Role-Playing games. Palladium is notable for Rifts, but also found some popularity within the RPG community with its games involving the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Of course, Palladium was not the ones who introduced TMNT (or Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles) to 80s and 90s children, the folks at Mirage Studios were responsible for that and held the copyrights. However, they made a deal with Palladium to create the TMNT RPG series. The first book Palladium pushed out was TMNT and Other Strangeness.
Starting in 1986, Palladium would release shorter supplement books to go along with characters created from the TMNT sourcebook. The first to be released would be After The Bomb. The story of After The Bomb begins after “The Big Death” that happens in the late 21st century. “The Big Death” began with a war, then a plague and eventually ending with 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 took place in the Eastern United States seaboard, stretching as south to modern-day Georgia to as north in New England. In the first page, the folks at Palladium asked its readers if After The Bomb had interested them and encouraged them to contact the company via mail.
The second release titled Road Hogs followed After The Bomb with the first paragraph thanking the readers on the overwhelming response. Road Hogs took place on the western seaboard of the United States. Overall, the After The Bomb series would release 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.
Palladium Books are still around as of May 2017. Besides bringing us TMNT, they were known for its Rifts series. Palladium has had troubles with embezzlement & financial issues in the mid-2000s.
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.
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.”
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.
Ex-Boston drummer Sib Hashian had passed away while on the Legends of Rock Cruise. He had collapsed on stage Wednesday. Sib’s best known work was being the drummer of Boston in the 70s and also the albums Third Stage and Corporate America. Besides Boston, he would play drums for Boston alumni Barry Goudreau on his solo projects. His death comes a little after 10 years from Brad Delp’s.
In 2012, Sib would be involved in local Boston show called Scotch’s PFG-TV. His daughter Lauren has been involved with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. RIP Sib.