The Prevue Guide

Electronic Program Guide (EPG)
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.
Prevue Guide
Electronic Program Guide (EPG)
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.
Prevue Guide
TV Guide Channel 1999 with a preview from the Today Show
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.

Pictures of Candlebox and 311 at Royal Oak Arts, Beats & Eats

311 at Arts, Beats & Eats. Royal Oak, Michigan.

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.

The Journey Situation

From L to R: Ross Valroy, Steve Smith, Arnel Pindea, Neal Schon, Jon Cain


The Journey Situation

Late in July, three band members of Journey (Arnel Pindea, Ross Valroy and Johnathon Cain) had visited the White House. There is video of the three saying hello to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Again, three members of the band went to the White House, the two who didn’t were Steve Smith and Neal Schon. And as most Journey fans would know, the latter wasn’t happy about it.


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.

And also, on October 2016, Jonathan talked a little about Don’t Stop Believin’ and his Christian faith.

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.

Herbie Herbert and Neal Schon

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.



Artie Lange to co-host show with Anthony Cumia

The AA Show Artie Lange Anthony Cumia
From The Laugh Button
The AA Show (Artie and Anthony)

On August 21st 2017, while all of America was caught up in the solar eclipse, Compound Media’s founder Anthony Cumia announced a co-host for his show: Artie Lange. Those who grew up in the ‘90s and entered adulthood in the 2000s may remember Artie Lange as one of original cast members of the Fox comedy-sketch show MAD TV.

Artie and Anthony’s show will start in September 5th, 2017 and will be called the AA show. Those who want to watch this show can find it on Compound Media with a paid subscription of $6.95 a month. The network isn’t just limited to Artie and Anthony; Taleeb Starkes, Pat Dixon, East Side Dave, Kevin Brennan and Michael Malice also have shows there.

Artie Lange

Lange is perhaps best known in his MAD TV sketch, “That’s My White Momma.”  He also did the Little League Bookie sketch and many others. However, behind the scenes at MAD TV, Lange had trouble with cocaine use, which led to him going to rehab, and serving time jail—twice—and leaving MAD TV before the third season started, with a few special guest appearances on the show later.

Artie Lange was selected by Norm Macdonald to play in his 1998 buddy movie Dirty Work. Macdonald was one of the co-writers of the film and Full House’s Bob Saget directed. He was also set to appear on the 1996 blockbuster film Jerry Maguire, but his scene was deleted from the movie.

In 2001, Lange replaced Jackie “The Jokeman” Martling on The Howard Stern Show. He held that job until late 2009.

Lange attempted suicide for the second time in 2010, and the incident was discussed openly on the show. Stern mentioning that Lange would have his job back when he was healthy, but in 2011 on the show, Lange was referred to as a “former staffer.”

Lange would not give up on broadcasting. He reemerged in 2011 with The Nick and Artie Show with comedian Nick DiPaolo, which lasted for two years. When DiPaolo left in 2013, the show was renamed The Artie Lange Show and it ran until 2014. Lange was under fire for a few tweets about ESPN’s Cari Champion in November 2014.

Artie Lange moved to podcasting in 2015 with his own Artie Quitter podcast, sharing the name with his Twitter handle: @artiequitter. He is ending that podcast to join Anthony Cumia on his show on Compound Media starting on Sep 5th, 2017.

Lange has written two books: Too Fat to Fish in 2008, and Crash and Burn in 2013. He has plans to release a third book in late 2017.

Anthony Cumia

Anthony Cumia is perhaps best known for being one-half of the famous radio duo Opie & Anthony. The two began their first show in 1995 and kept going all the way until July 2014. Anthony was discovered by Opie due to his parody of Otis Redding’s Sitting on the Dock of the Bay; Anthony and his band Rotgut called it “Gonna Electric Shock O.J.” The O.J. Simpson Trial was top news at the time.

Anthony Cumia
Anthony Cumia and Gregg “Opie” Hughes, April 2014

The duo began in Long Island, and then went to Boston where they were later fired due to an April Fools’ Day joke in 1998. In late 1999, they were joined by comedian Jim Norton as a “third mic” in most of their shows.

Besides their 1998 April Fools’ Joke, the duo cause more controversy with the Voyver Bus in 2000 where Norton and Comedian Lewis Black got arrested, Homeless Shopping Spree, and Sex for Sam. The third installment of Sex for Sam in August 2002 got them fired. Due to contract requirements, the duo could not broadcast again until October 2004.

They were hired on XM Satellite Radio in October 2004, where they say all the foul language they want. After Howard Stern left FM radio to go to Sirius, the duo was offered a show on FM radio as part of CBS’ Free FM. Stern’s FM replacement, Rover’s Morning Glory, had produced low ratings, and CBS gave the duo a three-hour weekday show on FM radio from 6-9, after which they would head to XM for 2-3 hours. Their last show on CBS was on March 9, 2009.

They were suspended for 30 days in May 2007 when they allowed a homeless man named “Homeless Charlie” to make some sexual jokes about Condoleezza Rice and then first lady Laura Bush. This bit was harshly criticized by quite a few folks in the media, especially Bill O’Reilly and Mancow. Mancow would claim that the duo would be done, but he would be proven wrong.

In June 2011, the late Andrew Breitbart appeared on the show with a picture of Anthony Weiner’s weiner. The cameras in the studio captured a picture of his junk and both Opie and Anthony leaked the photo on Twitter. This would be coined as “Weinergate.”

The Opie and Anthony Show ended on July 3rd 2014, after Anthony’s hate-filled tweets after a confrontation with a black woman. He would later start The Anthony Cumia Show online. Later, Anthony would give The Legion of Skanks and Gavin McInnes their own shows (both no longer with Compound Media) and would rename the network Compound Media.  The conservative Cumia had made the news recently with his argument with highly-liberal Jon Stewart. Take a look at the poorly written article here. (Then again, my Kirby’s 25th article was poorly done.)

Opie continued on Sirius XM as the Opie and Jimmy show until September 2016; Opie had his own show during the afternoon drive on Sirius XM until he got fired on July 7th, 2017.

Artie and Anthony’s picture for the show does have the two with their actual mugshots. Lange has been arrested several times and Cumia got arrested in late 2015.

Layne Staley would be 50 today

Layne Staley
From Seattle PI
Happy 50th Layne

Late Alice In Chains singer Layne Staley would be 50 years old today. Just a few days ago, Staley’s mother Nancy McCallum had talked to Metal Injection about the Opioid Crisis and also about how she found out about the death of her son.

A benefit concert for Staley was held on Saturday, August 19th 2017 at the Moore Theater in Seattle. Here’s a video of a cover of Man in the Box:

Layne Staley was the singer of Alice In Chains from 1987 to 2002. The band would enter a hiatus after making three albums and a EP from 1990 to 1996. Slatey had problems with drug use which was one of the contributing factors to lead the band to the hiatus. Staley would buy a condo in 1997. He would stay there and become a recluse all the way to his death in 2002.

The last person who saw Staley alive was Mike Starr (bassist of AIC, 1987-93) on April 4th, 2002. Starr had encouraged Staley to get help, but Staley refused. Starr stormed out of his condo due to his refusal. On April 19th, Layne’s mother got a call from his bank letting her know of the inactivity of his account. Which lead to the discovery of her son’s death.

Mike Starr and Nancy McCallum did talk on Dr. Drew’s Celebrity Rehab. Here’s the video on DailyMotion.

Mike Starr passed away due to a drug overdose in March 2011.

Layne Staley’s Tribute Site


Kirby’s 25th Anniversary 

From Neoseeker
Kirby’s 25th Anniversary

It’s been 25 years since Kirby made his way into the Game Boy. We’re not talking about Game Boy Color or Game Boy Advance, the original Game Boy. Yes, it was a little disappointing when you would buy the game with it’s box and it would show Kirby in his original color: Pink. But on the Game Boy, he’s Black and White.

From TechnoBuffalo

Kibry’s first appearance would be Kirby’s Dream Land where he battles enemies all the way to the final fight with King Dedede. The game sold quite well despite how easy the game is and it being in black and white. I had the game when I was 10 and I was able to defeat King Dedede in 20 minutes. Afterwards, the game tells of a hard mode. That wasn’t too much difficult with hard mode. The creator of Kirby’s Dream Land, named Masahiro Sakurai intended the game to be simple.

Kirby’s Dream Land would not start and end with Kirby, more game would be released with Kirby due to the success of Kirby’s Dream Land. Kirby’s Dream Land is available on the Wii and the 3DS.

further releases

In 1993, Nintendo released Kirby’s Adventure for the NES. This was one of the final games released for the NES (the final one was Wario’s Woods in early 94).  Kirby’s Dream Land 2 would follow in 1995 and the third installment would come to SNES in 1997 in North America first and Japan in 1998. Kirby will would be found on the Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Color. Kirby has a game in each Nintendo console minus the Nintendo Switch as of August 2017, but I’m sure Kirby will make his way there.


TechnoBuffalo’s review.

A review of Kirby’s Dream Land 3 from ScrewAttack.

Happy Birthday to the late Chris Squire

Chris Squire

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.

Chris Squire’s website

Yes’ website


Duck Hunt on VR

If you grew up in the 80s and 90s, most likely you ran into Duck Hunt. When you got your NES for Christmas or your birthday, it likely came with Super Mario Brothers and Duck Hunt, and course, the NES Zapper! When Super Mario frustrated you, you would go to Duck Hunt and give that a try. And after you couldn’t get the duck for the 7th time, the dog would laugh at you.

Duck Hunt on VR
Augh boy! From Wikipedia
thirty years later, duck hunt on vr

And after 30 years later, Duck Hunt is now on Virtual Reality!

If you got the Oculus Rift, you can get yourself Duck Hunt VR on Android. This was made by Joesph Delgado in February 2016. At the time, he was a student and at the age of 21. So, if your interested in playing Duck Hunt on VR and you have the Oculus Rift, get yourself the app.

More on Duck Hunt VR from CNet

Besides, if your a child of the 80s and you have kids, it’s probably better that they try the VR version first. Otherwise:


Another video from VRScout:

Tool’s Strange Songs

Tool's Strange Songs
From the

In 1992, the band Tool had made their major debut with the album Opiate, a six-song album with notable songs such as “Hush” and a live version of “Jerkoff.” They would go on to make Undertow in 1993, Aemina in 1996, Lateralus in 2001 and 10,000 Days in 2006. As of 2017, there are little details about a new album in the works.

One of the typical elements on a Tool album is their unusual and mysterious songs. Tool likes to put some soundscapes or other songs that don’t match to the band’s Alternative Metal sound. Here are some of Tool’s Strange Songs:


Disgustipated (Undertow)

Disgustipated,” The final song in Undertow (with the exception of Japan’s release where a live version of Flood is the final song) reaches a total length of 15 minutes. It starts with percussion and a man preaching about the cries of the carrots, and then later goes to some singing by Maynard with an industrial sound behind him. From the 6 minute to the 13 minute mark, you hear are crickets chirping, and nothing else.

Just before the 14-minute mark, you hear a strange answering machine message about colors and the little people.

For those who have or once had the Undertow album, in the liner notes, you’d see “Phone call: Bill the Landlord.”

Little has been said by the band about the origins of that message. An unofficial site for the band has a saved chat log from America Online back in 1995. Tool’s Maynard James Keenan made an appearance in the chat room to be interviewed, and was asked a few times about the phone message. Maynard replied that it was his landlord telling him he had to pay his rent.

If that is correct, Maynard surely had a creepy landlord before he found fame. There is also speculation that this was Bill Manspeaker of Green Jelly, a comedy rock band Danny Carey and Maynard James Keenan had played for.

This wouldn’t be the last time Tool used a phone message in one of their songs.



Useful Idiot (Aemina)

In song 4 of Aemina, this 30-second track presents a record skipping. Although this song is on the CD version, it is also on the Vinyl version of this album, ending side one of the record. Therefore, the Useful Idiot must get up and flip the record.


Message to Harry Manback (Aenima)

This 2-minute song starts and ends with a melancholic piano with an angry Italian man leaving a threatening message mostly in English but partly in Italian. The band has said very little about this song, but Danny Carey had said in one interview that this Italian man was an uninvited guest at a party at the home of Green Jelly’s Gary Helsinger (or Hotsy Manshot).

He was asked to leave after refusing to give his name. He was kicked out of the home and later left the threatening message. Supposedly, during the Aemina sessions, Maynard found the tape with the message and decided to add it to the album.

The same man left a second message and the band released that on their mostly live album Salival in 1998. The second song features more Italian than English and the piano is replaced with strings.


“Hooker with a Penis” (Aenima)

Strange name for the title, however nothing is really strange about this song when you compare it to others in this list. The song is a response from Maynard James Keenan to a fan who’s accused him and Tool of being sellouts. Much different than their usual progressive metal and art rock, this song ventures in heavy metal.


Intermission (Aenima):

Listen for yourself:



Die Eier von Satan (Aenima):

This industrial song features a man making a speech to a crowd in German. Soon after the album’s release and due to the title of the song, some have speculated that this was satanic worship, but it’s a recipe for Mexican cookies.

The vocalist for this song is Marko Fox who played bass for Danny Carey’s other band Zaum. The band Zaum also has Chris Pitman, who played the synthesizer for Aemina’s 13-minute final song “Third Eye.” However, Zaum has been inactive since 2001.


Cesáro Summability (Aenima)

The song begins with a newborn crying with an echo. The rest of the song is huge noise with guitar sound effects. After the baby crying, someone is speaking but it intelligible. The songs title refers the Cesáro summation. This song is perhaps the most mysterious songs Tool has put out there and fans are having a hard time putting this one together.


(-) Ions (Aenima)

This segue contains a buzzer sound looping and also somebody banging on what sounds like cookies sheets. I remember a time where I and a few friends were listening to this; we would guessing someone was punching a cookie sheet to make that thunderous sound. With this song title and Cesáro Summability, it seems the folks from Tool do have an interest in science.

Extra bonus:

Faaip de Oiad (Lateralus)

Yes, this is a 80s and 90s website, but I have to include one from Tool’s Lateralus album. A good addition to Tool’s Strange Songs.

Faaip de Oiad is Enochian for The Voice of God. This final song from Lateralus is very interesting and very strange. It presents Danny Carey playing a tune similar to Wipeout with heavy buzzing. The man speaking is a caller to Coast To Coast AM on September 11th, 1997 where the host Art Bell had dedicated his show for anyone who had, or at that time, worked at Area 51.

“Faaip de Oiad” does not contain Art Bell’s voice.  This call was a very big moment for Coast to Coast AM and is considered by many to be one of the most eerie radio broadcasts ever.

In 2014, comic book artist Bryan J.L. Glass claimed to be the caller.

Danny Carey supposedly explains Faaip de Oiad here.