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…
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.
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.
Canadian reggae artist Snow had “Informer” and Eric Clapton’s Unplugged went #1.
Here’s an interesting fact about Snow’s “Informer,” Snow had recorded the song in mid-1992 just before he began serving a jail sentence. While in Jail, “Informer” was promoted through the Toronto music scene and quickly got into the radio around the world. Snow left jail and straight into touring afterwards. “Informer” was #1 in many countries. The song is about him being sent to jail for not ratting. Snow would get a second hit “Girl, I’ve Been Hurt,” which didn’t see the same success as “Informer.”
Snow would see further success in his native Canada and Japan. Sad times would hit Snow due to the death of his wife Tamei Edberg, he would later hold benefits for fighting cancer. Snow now releases songs through his website.
Eric Clapton would do his own version of MTV’s Unplugged in 1992, which saw “Layla” (originally done by Derek and the Dominoes) entering the charts. The album was #1 on this day in 1993, knocking The Bodyguard soundtrack off of the slot and staying there for three weeks. Only to be knocked out of #1 by The Bodyguard soundtrack in April. Even Eric Clapton couldn’t keep the late Whitney Houston down for long.
This also leads to our Intro Vid news, yes Eric Clapton’s “Layla” is a better song than “Informer,” however, I’m very sick of “Layla” due it being constantly played on radio (I like “Bell Bottom Blues”). This may anger a few people but Informer will be our Intro Vid of the week.
Unlike, being a day late with U2’s Pop 20 Year Anniversary, we also want to say happy birthday to late Chris Squire who is sadly no longer with us. Chris Squire was the bassist of Yes and played on every album (21 of them from 1969-2014) with the band. Chris Squire sadly passed away due to leukemia on June 27, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. He would be 69 years old today.
For tomorrow, we will have Yes’ “Love Will Find a Way” for next week’s intro vid.
Yes, again, we are a day late (and a dollar short) with saying a day after, U2 released Pop. The release date was March 3, 1997. Pop followed U2’s successful 1993 release Zooropa. U2 decided to experiment with synthesizers on this one, along with alternative rock. One of the main reasons why the band used samples and even drum machines was due to drummer Larry Mullen’s back problems and his absence throughout some of the album’s production.
Pop did well among critics, the song “Discotheque” reached #1 in the band’s native Ireland, Canada and the UK. It reached the top 10 in the US. The follow up single “Staring at the Sun” also saw great success in Europe, but did not do as well in the United States.
However, Pop was not popular among fans. U2’s experimentation did not bold very well among fans and the general public as a whole. The video of “Discotheque” was not loved by MTV viewers. I do recall an issue of Guitar World magazine in 1997, where someone sent them a letter claiming that he is holding The Edge hostage due to U2’s release of Pop. I can’t recall what the writer of that letter wanted Guitar World to do. But he (or she) was certainly upset about giving The Edge the publicity and an interview.
The folks at Guitar World also had a drawing of a masked man holding The Edge hostage while wearing the same outfit he wears while dancing in “Discotheque.”
This issue of Guitar World is on sale, click here.