|Posted by Anna H. on September 16, 2017 at 3:05 AM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? After signing back online yesterday, there was a message in my inbox supposedly from Webs. It was about a "billing statement" I needed to pay. Otherwise, this website would be "terminated" within 24 HOURS.
I could not help reacting to such an e-mail message. I built this website for free, while I was still helping my uncle with his own company, 4 years ago. This e-mail message led to me contacting Webs.
Webs replied back and said, that they will be investigating this suspicious message. The "billing statement" message has also been sent to other site owners.
Aside from the suspicious e-mail message supposedly from Webs, this weekend's blogs have an Edgar Allan Poe theme. If you have been friends with me for the last decade or so or have at least been a subscriber of mine within these last 4 years, you already know that I am an Edgar Allan Poe fan. A stereotypical Goth trait. Am I right?
Considering that there are a few songs written about legendary authors, I decided to search for songs written about Edgar Allan Poe. Lo and behold were at least several songs about him.
"My Lost Lenore" by the Symphonic Gothic Metal band, Tristania, really caught my ears. The name of this band sounds vaguely familiar. Tristania comes from Dalane, Norway.
If you have ever read ANY of Edgar Allan Poe's work, the name, Lenore should sound very familiar to you. This is especially if you loved reading his narrative poem, "The Raven."
In the 1845 poem, "The Raven," the character Lenore is assumed to be a deceased wife. Poe wrote a poem specifically titled, "Lenore," which was published 2 years before "The Raven," also.
After listening to Tristania's song, "My Lost Lenore," I instantly thought of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven." The song was written by Morten Veland. If you would like to read the lyrics to "My Lost Lenore," click on the link right HERE.
"My Lost Lenore" was released on Tristania's debut album Widow's Weeds in 1998. Wow! This album will turn 20 next year and I just discovered this song 2 days ago. Had I known about Tristania years ago, I would've included the band on my music playlist, when I hosted my radio show.
To make up for it, I am sharing this Symphonic Gothic Metal band with you today. Besides, it has been a while, since I last shared any Gothic Metal bands in a Song Saturday blog. Better late than never, right? Anyway, here is Tristania's "My Lost Lenore" for today's Song Saturday.
Tristania "My Lost Lenore" Widow's Weeds 
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|Posted by Anna H. on September 9, 2017 at 4:50 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? On Thursday night for Throwback Thursday, I re-shared 2 older blogs regarding clowns around social media. Let's just say I managed to "trigger" some people's coulrophobia.
First I re-shared my Song Saturday blog, which featured Trippy The Clown's music video, "Shut Up." The image of Trippy which appeared after sharing it on World of Anime, frightened some. On the Anime based social media site, I talked to a few about Trippy's image and coulrophobia.
Because those same coulrophobics seemed interested in my blog about coulrophobia, I shared that blog after the Trippy The Clown blog. In the coulrophobia blog, there is a gif of a cute and friendly-looking Auguste Clown waving. That image frightened the same people, also.
If any of you are interested in learning about the fear of clowns, click on the following link.
Now that the 2017 remake of Stephen King's IT has been released in theaters as of yesterday, it would not surprise me if more coulrophobics became "triggered."
IT Remake Extended Trailer (2017)
After watching the remake's extended trailer above yesterday morning, it seems as if the remake of Stephen King's IT has potential to actually be a decent remake. As you already know, I am opposed to remakes and reboots 97% of the time.
The remake for Stephen King's IT seems like it has more jump scares and Splatterpunk Horror than the original film. Because this 2017 remake is an R-rated movie meant for theater viewers, the filmmaker had more flexibility to show more grisly content from King's novel.
Have I ever read Stephen King's novel, IT? No, I have not. However, I did watch the original TV movie that aired on ABC in 1990.
IT Classic Trailer (1990)
Before IT aired on TV, I will never forget picking up the TV Guide in my cousins' house to check the TV schedule and seeing ABC's advertisement of Tim Curry as Pennywise The Clown. As a little girl, I remember feeling somewhat scared.
Stephen King's IT contributed to people's extreme fear of clowns. Pennywise The Clown is normally a source of most people's coulrophobia.
It was not until 3 years ago, that I began conducting research and learning about such a strange phobia. My youngest aunt has a fear of clowns. Although, her fear is NOT as extreme as some people's coulrophobia.
When it comes to Stephen King's Horror novel, IT is supposedly more of a Coming-Of-Age Story about 7 children being terrorized by shapeshifter, that exploits their fears and phobias. This is in order to disguise itself, while hunting its prey.
This creepy shapeshifter the 7 children refer to as "It" mostly appears in the form of a clown named Pennywise, in order to lure its preferred prey of young children. In the novel, "It" takes the form of bats, leeches, werewolves, and sharks.
Meanwhile, this shapeshifter takes the shape of a serial killer named Pennywise The Dancing Clown, Mr. Robert "Bob" Gray, and Mrs. Kersh. Its true form is a giant female spider in the novel and original movie from 1990.
By me not seeing the 2017 remake of King's IT, I have no idea if the shapeshifter's real appearance is also a giant female spider or not. Past readers and viewers like some of us know that Its actual appearance is a GIANT spider, that shapeshifts into any child's worst fears, that traumatizes him/her into adulthood.
The staple themes in Stephen King's Horror novel are the power of memory, childhood trauma that is carried into adulthood, the hidden ugliness lurking behind a small-town quaintness, and overcoming evil through mutual trust and friendship.
Aside from King's Horror novel IT and the movies based on it, Richard Bellis composed the score to the original 1990 film. If you have not noticed lately, I have been sharing more music from Horror movies.
I cannot help emphasizing how much music sets the tone for TV shows and movies. This is especially when it's in regards to Horror films. The song I'm sharing with you today by Bellis is called "George Dies."
The story begins with George Denbrough sailing his paper sail boat. The paper sail boat sails down the storm drain. Shortly after George's boat flows down the drain, Pennywise The Clown appears and entices him with balloons and circus food.
IT "George Meets Pennywise" Scene (1990)
As writen in the novel and shown in the original movie made for TV, George OR "Georgie" declines Pennywise's offer and reaches for his sail boat. While George reaches for his boat, Pennywise grabs him, rips off the boy's arm, and kills him.
Combining Tim Curry's voice with that creepy music is enough to scare anybody watching this classic. Anyway, here is Richard Bellis' "George Dies" from the IT Soundtrack for today's Song Saturday.
Richard Bellis "George Dies" IT Soundtrack (1990)
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|Posted by Anna H. on September 2, 2017 at 4:50 AM||comments (0)|
How's it going my gumdrops? It appears that some visitors and subscribers are really liking this festive background, now that Halloween is creeping around the corner. I got several oohs and ahs online yesterday. Thank you so much for liking the current scenery! After October, this scenery will return next September to usher in the fall, Halloween, and the 5th anniversary of It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns.
Aside from the latest scenery, it is Song Saturday. Originally, I meant to share this last April while house hunting last spring, but was side tracked with other issues at the time.
Last April, I went house hunting with my family and my grandmother wanted us to attend an open house for a house, that she and my mother found. After parking in front of that house, I instantly got creepy vibes from it. It was as if my whole body was humming The Amityville Horror Theme Song.
The Amityville Horror Trailer (1979)
Speaking of the 1979 Paranormal Horror film, it was based on Jay Anson's 1977 novel of the same name. If you have never watched the original movie, I recommend doing so. It should make you think twice about house hunting.
Like I said above, the house my family and I took a tour of last April instantly gave me creepy vibes to the extent that my entire body hummed The Amityville Horror Theme Song. Rather than it being painted white, it was a Lavender Blue color.
The overall exterior looked like an abandoned home on a cold and dreary-looking day with someone's ginormous, khaki shorts embedded into the backyard's grass. Who the hell flees a house leaving SHORTS behind and in the backyard? Come on! Was the house THAT haunted?
Regardless, that house creeped me out so much, I nicknamed it "The Amityville Horror House." It was already bad enough, that the house we've been living in for the last 17 years is currently haunted. Anytime someone left SHORTS behind in the backyard OF ALL places, there was no telling HOW haunted that Lavender Blue house was that we visited.
You may be in stitches from laughing at my description of that house, but the creepy vibes I got from it were INTENSE. There's no telling what happened in it. Somebody's corpse could've been buried in the backyard and the burier probably FORGOT to bury the shorts with the corpse.
To add to my unease, a mental institution was located literally 1 BLOCK AWAY from that creepy house. Call me "crazy" but there were too many red flags with that house and its location. Hypothetically speaking, if we were to live in "The Amityville Horror House," I would be getting less sleep than I have been over the last decade or so.
When it comes to the actual Amityville Horror House, Jay Anson's novel was based on the paranormal experiences that The Lutz Family endured in December 1975.
On November 13, 1974, which was 1 year EARLIER, Ronald DeFoe Jr. shot and killed 6 of his family members in a large, Dutch Colonial House, in the Amityville Village. This 5-bedroom house is situated on the south shore of Long Island, NY; It is in a suburban neighborhood in Amityville. The exact address of the murders is 112 Ocean Avenue.
In November 1975, which was literally 1 month before The Lutz Family moved into the house, Ronald DeFoe Jr. was convicted of 2nd degree murder. Meanwhile, The Lutz Family moved into the same house DeFoe killed his family in for $80,000.
That price was considered to be a so-called "bargain." The house was also still furnished, since the time of the murders.
The Lutz Family moved into the 5-bedroom Dutch Colonial House for 80 grand on December 19, 1975, then fled after 28 days of being terrorized by the paranormal activity stemming from the DeFoe murders.
While author Jay Anson documented The Amityville Horror, George and Kathy Lutz heavily supervised him. If ANYTHING, this real life story should make people think TWICE about house hunting on a bargain.
Anyway, since this blog heavily focuses on The Amityville Horror, here is the theme song for it composed by Lalo Schifirin for today's Song Saturday.
Lalo Schifrin "The Amityville Horror Main Title" The Amityville Horror Soundtrack (1979)
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|Posted by Anna H. on August 26, 2017 at 9:15 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Tomorrow night will be the 2017 MTV VMA's, hosted by the God awful Katy Perry. Apparently, MTV was extremely desperate for a VMA host anytime she's hosting this year's VMA's. Sometimes Katy gets snubbed for a VMA.
After last year's RACIALLY DIVISIVE show (It was like the BET Awards), I noticed there are more RACIALLY DIVERSE performers. MTV actually included more white entertainers, this year.
However, there being more racially diverse performers doesn't necessarily mean, that the VMA's will be worth watching. It could be another politically and racially divisive show like the last 2 VMA's.
Then again, now that Taylor Swift is back to starting more shit with her usual call out songs, something tells me that a cat fight may break out between she and Katy Perry. I find both of them to be incredibly sickening including KimYe.
Maybe I WILL watch this year's VMA's, after all. The best part about the MTV VMA's are the feuds these days. God knows it's not the music videos. I would laugh my ass off if KimYe, Katy, and Taylor ALL got their asses kicked. They are SO sickening!
Hopefully, there will be music tributes this year, since we lost Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington. Let's see if these tributes come to fruition unlike last year, when no music icon from MTV got a tribute. Last year, we lost 5 ICONS too soon!
Since I am already on the topic of Rock, I browsed the MTV VMA's archive to see what bands were nominated and won the Best Rock Video category. If you know the history of MTV, you already know, that the network launched in 1981.
MTV did not launch the VMA's, until 1984 YET the Best Rock Video category was NOT launched, until 1989. Considering that MTV has been playing Rock music videos since its launch, you would've thought the category always existed. Looks like you learn something new everyday.
Originally, the category was labeled Best Heavy Metal Video in 1989. Even though Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine" was from 30 years ago, their video won this category 28 years ago.
GnR won over Aerosmith's "Rag Doll," Def Leppard's "Pour Some Surgar On Me" (both those music videos also released 30 years ago), and Metallica's "One."
When you have been watching MTV as long as some of us veterans, you start noticing the changes in the programming. Like I said earlier this month, how the mighty have fallen. Since 2004, MTV turned into a joke, especially when it comes to the VMA's.
In 2007, which was the same year Britney Spears bombed for the very 1st time ever as a VMA performer (also the same year she got divorced from Kevin Federline, had a breakdown, and shaved her head), MTV removed the Best Rock Video category.
The 2007 MTV VMA's was 1 of the WORST in VMA history. That year, MTV removed most of its original VMA categories. Then in 2008, the network brought them back probably because they realized that the 2007 MTV VMA's was a Shit Sandwich.
Once tomorrow night's VMA's end, something tells me that MTV will have to bring back their gender and some other missing categories, again because they will have angered more viewers for promoting genderless politics, CONTRIVED political correctness, and other regressive, political propaganda.
After last year's MTV VMA's, I believe it topped being the WORST to date. There is no telling how horrible this year's VMA's will be. For the 2017 MTV VMA's, Coldplay, Fall Out Boy, Foo Fighters, Green Day, and Twenty One Pilots have been nominated for Best Rock Video.
Because the MTV VMA's have been extremely contrived and RIGGED, since 2010 if not before then, chances are highly great the award will be given to any band except Foo Fighters. If they do happen to win over all those shitty Rock bands, I will be shocked.
As I browsed through the category for Best Rock Video, I realized that Rammstein was NEVER nominated for a VMA within the last 2 decades. They were blacklisted from our MTV VMA's.
This is shocking, considering that MTV heavily played their music video for "Du Hast" in 1998. Luckily, Rammstein won a European VMA for Best German Act in 2005.
Then again, with the media's feigned outrage and need to demonize Rammstein as being a "fascist" band because they are from Germany, it shouldn't be a surprise. I have noticed over these last 15 years, that people are quick to label something or someone as a "fascist" or a "nazi."
This is especially when it comes to someone being of German descent or speaking in German.
Leave it up to a news rag like The New York Times, which allows authors with money to lie and pay them to say their books are "best sellers," when they NEVER were, to demonize someone for only being themselves.
The New York Times, which is also called "fake news" today, labeled Rammstein as being a "fascist band" for having militaristic content. Earth to The New York Times! Rammstein is NOT a fascist band!
Rammstein is an apolitical, Industrial Metal band from Germany. The New York Times exemplifies why most people (including celebrities) have always hated tabloids and the media in general.
The media loves to over exaggerate and publish lies about anyone they personally feel is a threat to them.
Rammstein has a total of 6 studio albums, 23 singles, and 26 music videos. For those who don't speak German, here are the English translations of their song titles for the music videos I shared below:
1) "You Smell So Good" 2) "You Hate" 3) "Angel" 5) "Fire At Will!" 6) "No Desire" 7) "Fuel"
You have to click on the link below for the last music video I shared. You must watch it on Vimeo because it is pornographic. In Rammstein's music video for "Pussy," it has porn stars. The band also had their own body doubles for their porn scenes. Yes, we are getting raunchy today. Anyway, here is Rammstein for today's Song Saturday.
1) Rammstein "Du Riechst So Gut" Herzeleid (1995)
2) Rammstein "Du Hast" Sehnsucht (1997)
3) Rammstein [Featuring Bobo] "Engel" Sehnsucht (1997)
4) Rammstein "Stripped [Depeche Mode Cover]" Sehnsucht (1997)
5) Rammstein "Feuer Frei" Mutter (2001); XXX Soundtrack (2002)
6) Rammstein "Keine Lust" Reise, Reise (2004)
7) Rammstein "Benzin" Rosenrot (2005)
|Posted by Anna H. on August 19, 2017 at 12:25 PM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? In case you missed the blog I published Wednesday night, regarding primetime shows I will be watching this fall, here it is once again:
In that same blog above, I also gave quick reviews on Sleepy Hollow and Grimm. This was along with linking past reviews about those 2 shows and their flaws in that same blog.
Aside from Wednesday night's blog, you should've either read somewhere online or already seen the news about the solar eclipse on August 21st. My local news won't shut up about this eclipse and how we are not supposed to be staring at it.
At the same time, reporters repeatedly tell us to buy the right sunglasses for Monday's solar eclipse because there are faulty sunglasses being sold to stare at it. Does any of this make any sense to you? I am going with a NO.
Since the time the news has been reporting about the solar eclipse, Bonnie Tyler's hit single, "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" has been stuck in my head. MTV Classic aired the music video for it, last month. Every time I hear "Total Eclipse Of The Heart," I now associate it with that scene from the 1998 Slasher Horror film, Urban Legend.
Urban Legend was based on the premise that a serial killer was using strategies described in certain urban legends, in order to kill students at a New England university.
In the beginning of Urban Legend, a tone-deaf Michelle Mancini sings along to Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse Of The Heart," while buying gas at a gas station.
Urban Legend: Gas Station Scene 
It has been years, since I last watched this movie. Urban Legend was filled with urban legends from start to finish. In regards to this particular scene, Michelle Mancini had a killer in the backseat of her SUV. The urban legend about the killer in the backseat is a car-crime urban legend, that was documented by Carlos Drake (folklorist) in 1968.
According to the research done by Indiana University students in '68, the killer in the backseat urban legend typically involves a woman driving a car, while being followed by a strange vehicle. The driver of that vehicle flashes high beams, tailgates, and may even ram her car.
After finally making it home, the woman realizes that the driver was trying to warn her about a man, which could be a murderer, rapist, or an escaped mental patient, hiding in the backseat of her car.
In some instances like what you just watched in the scene above, a woman stops for gas and the attendant can be a lumberjack, trucker, OR a man with a scary-looking appearance, that she mistrusts without reason. He asks her to follow him inside the gas station to sort out her credit card problem.
Inside, the attendant asks the woman if she knows there is a man in the backseat of her car. The woman then assumes, that the gas station attendant wants to hurt her, when in reality, he ends up trying to save her life.
So, what is the moral of this particular urban legend?
It really should be common sense for people to check their vehicles BEFORE getting inside. This most definitely applies to female drivers. Women are always vulnerable to attack by some creep.
What does any of this have to do with the solar eclipse and Bonnie Tyler?
On August 16, 2017, it was reported, that Bonnie Tyler will be performing "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" with Joe Jonas and his Dance-Rock band, DNCE. They are scheduled to aboard the MS Oasis Of The Seas cruise for their performance.
I wonder if Bonnie Tyler, DNCE, and their fans have ever watched the Slasher Horror film, Urban Legend. If you have never watched it, I recommend doing so. It is quite the clever movie.
Not only is the writing for Urban Legend CLEVER, but it also features Robert Englund as Professor Wexler. In this Slasher, he is the professor of American Folklore teaching students about the different types of urban legends. The film especially pays homage to Englund by featuring a puppet of his notorious character, Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare On Elm Street.
I tried finding the exact clip of the Urban Legend scene but had no such luck. However, I did find a video with scenes of Robert Englund in the film.
The Englund Files: Urban Legend 
This should be enough news and trivia for now. Because this is supposed to be a Song Saturday blog about Bonnie Tyler and her 1983 hit single, here is the music video for Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse Of The Heart."
Bonnie Tyler "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" Faster Than The Speed Of Night (1983)
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|Posted by Anna H. on August 5, 2017 at 9:15 AM||comments (6)|
How's it going my gumdrops? Most people don't know that MTV turned 36 on Tuesday. Yes MTV was launched on August 1, 1981. Wow! Like the old adage, "how the mighty have fallen." MTV is obviously in a rut and has been, since 2004.
The programming is so awful, that the network is reviving their afternoon countdown, Total Request Live a.k.a. TRL.
Of all the shows to bring back, TRL should've been the last. Don't get me wrong, Total Request Live was alright between 1998 to 2002. TRL became outrageous the moment MTV allowed Pop-Punk bands like Good Charlette to be number 1 on the countdown.
If anything, MTV needs to clean house with the current administration and restore the network to what it was before the late 1990's. MTV did not start going downhill, until 20 years ago. It reached its all time low either this year, or last year.
Watching the 2016 MTV VMA's left me with a disgusting taste in my mouth. Never have I ever watched such a racially divisive awards show saturated with poilitical propaganda, until 2016. The 2014 and 2015 VMA's weren't exactly stellar either.
Although, 2014 and 2015 had more performers, awards show hosts, and the winners of the Vanguard Award did NOT perform 4 times within the same night, unlike last year's VMA's. Even the Pre-Show was pathetic.
When MTV normally broadcasts the VMA Pre-Show, the crowd is somewhat lively and the celebrities act like they care to be there for the ceremony. Last year, the energy was dead.
The casts of Guy Code and Girl Code desperately tried to hype up the VMA's but failed miserably. Almost no one went. THAT'S how horrible the 2016 MTV VMA's were, last year.
As a long-time viewer, I was highly disgusted with the fact, that MTV's need to be politically and racially divisive takes precedence over entertaining we the viewers. This was along with the fact, that there were NO tributes performed at last year's MTV VMA's.
Considering the fact that Lemmy Kilmister, David Bowie, Vanity, Prince and Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver's Scott Weiland died, MTV should've planned tributes for ALL of them. Holding tributes was tradition. Over these last several years, MTV broke that tradition. Not only did the network break their own tradition, but also Beyonce.
Last year, Beyonce was supposed to do a Prince tribute at the MTV VMA's. Instead, she wasted our time by demonizing police officers with her performance and made criminals from national news into martyrs.
Beyonce acted like stereotypical ghetto trash with her SJW bullshit at last year's MTV VMA's.
This year, Katy Perry will be hosting the MTV VMA's. God help us all! Not too long ago, the pretentious blowhard said the VMA's were fake and rigged. As if we didn't already know that? Usually, Katy has a snide remark about being snubbed for a Moonman.
Speaking of MTV's Moonman trophy, it is no longer called a Moonman. Because MTV continues to be politically oppressive, the trophy is now called a "Moon Person."
The network wants to be "genderless" and went as far as removing the categories, Best Male and Female Video.
In addition to renaming the trophy as "Moon Person" and removing gender based categories, MTV continues to oppress viewers with the new category, Best Fight Against The System.
Seriously MTV? Keep burning those bridges with your viewers, until there are no more. Something tells me that more viewers WILL be boycotting this year's VMA's. I plan on doing the same as well, after the last 2 years of politically oppressive and racially divisive VMA's.
Since today's blog is about MTV, I thought I would start from the very beginning of MTV's launch. Here are the first 2 music videos that aired on the network by The Buggles and Pat Benatar for today's Song Saturday.
1) The Buggles "Video Killed The Radio Star" The Age Of Plastic (1979); (1981)
2) Pat Benatar "You Better Run" Crimes Of Passion (1980); Roadie Soundtrack (1980)
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|Posted by Anna H. on July 29, 2017 at 6:10 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? I have some exciting news, in regards to Adult Swim's Toonami block. Yes, I know today's NOT Cartoon Sunday. In fact, I am sharing this news for all those, who watch the block.
There appears to be a schedule change as of TONIGHT. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders and Tokyo Ghoul have been moved up.
It would be nice if Naruto Shippuden was airing at the start of the Toonami block, but I can live with its new timeslot. I believe that The Toonami Team actually took what I said earlier this month into consideration on facebook.
On the official facebook page for Toonami, I told them that in order for more viewers to have a better chance of watching JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders and Tokyo Ghoul, both shows should be airing at earlier times. Then, both of their viewer ratings would be higher.
We all know how NEUROTIC Toonami fans can be over cartoon ratings, that are already RIGGED.
Regardless, I am so excited to see Stardust Crusaders! Hopefully, Toonami plays The Bangles' "Walk Like An Egyptian." It is the ending theme song for Stardust Crusaders, after all. On April 29th, I published a Song Saturday blog, featuring the band's music video.
TALK ABOUT THE SO-CALLED FEELS!!!
Over 3 decades later, I still have The Bangles' album, Different Light on vinyl. My mother bought their 2nd album for me, when I was a preschooler. What can I say? Cartoons and music videos were a major part of my childhood, during the 1980's.
Now that I think about it, not too much has changed as an adult. I suppose some can say, that "old habits die hard." Meanwhile, the ending theme song for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency was a song I never heard in all my life. That was until last year.
When I heard Yes' "Roundabout" as the ending theme song for Phantom Blood AND Battle Tendency, it reminded me of the 1970's band, Earth, Wind & Fire. Because Yes was a Progressive Rock band from the '70s, Jazz, Funk, Latin, and Disco can be heard in their song, "Roundabout."
This song from their 4th album, Fragile released in 1971. That was 11 years before I was born. Considering that I listen to some songs, which happen to be YEARS before my time, it is surprising that I have never heard "Roundabout" on radio stations.
Yes released their song, "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" 1 year after I was born. I have known about that song for the last 3 decades and still love it until this very day.
Speaking of "Owner Of A Lonely Heart," a quick sample of the song was featured in an episode of Battle Tendency. The song quickly played, when Joseph Joestar was in the middle of doing his Hamon training with Lisa-Lisa and Caesar Zeppeli, last season.
Since today's Song Saturday blog is mostly about the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure franchise, here is its original ending theme song by Yes.
Yes "Roundabout" Fragile (1971) JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood & Battle Tendency Ending Theme Song (2012)
|Posted by Anna H. on July 22, 2017 at 9:25 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? On Thursday afternoon, I published a blog asking if you would like for me to publish more Q&A blogs. In case you missed that blog, click on this LINK.
While working on Thursday's blog, I clenched my chest in shock after reading the headline about Chester Bennington of both Linkin Park and Stone Temple Pilots.
Supposedly, Chester hung himself on what would have been Chris Cornell's (Chester's close friend) 53rd birthday had he also NOT supposedly hung himself, 2 months ago.
You may be wondering why I keep saying the word, "supposedly." Call me a conspiracy theorist, but both of their deaths were extremely sudden.
Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell's suicides remind me of Michael Hutchence's death from 20 years ago. In case you're unfamiliar with Michael Hutchence, he was the lead singer of the Australian Rock band, INXS.
In April 1997, the band released their final 10th album with Hutchence, Elegantly Wasted. It was named after their song, "Elegantly Wasted." INXS had lots of tours scheduled to celebrate their 20th anniversary that year.
By November 22, 1997 INXS's homecoming tour was canceled after Michael Hutchence was found dead hanging outside his hotel window in Sydney, Australia. Reports claim that Michael hung himself.
On January 19, 2016, Soundgarden announced that they were working on their next studio album. Apparently, they had been working on their music for the last several years and were touring.
After Soundgarden performed on May 17, 2017 at The Fox Theatre, which is located in Downtown Detroit, MI, Chris Cornell was found dead by his bodyguard on May 18th around 12:15 am. According to the reports, Cornell's body was lying on the bathroom floor of his hotel room at the MGM Grand Hotel.
***An exercise band was wrapped around Chris Cornell's neck and blood was in his mouth.
By the Detroit Police reviewing a hotel surveillance video, they ruled out a homicide. Supposedly, there was no evidence showing anyone entering or exiting Cornell's hotel suite, after the frontman's bodyguard left around 11:35 pm.
By June 2, 2017 the coroner confirmed that Chris Cornell committed suicide.
Chester Bennington was not only a close friend of Chris Cornell's, but also the Godfather of Cornell's son, Christopher.
In an interview with Radio.com, Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda claimed that Chester was really aggrieved, as they performed "One More Light."
Radio.com: Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda Claims Chester Bennington Was Hit Hard By Chris Cornell’s Suicide (2017)
This interview with Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda was taped on May 19, 2017. This was the day after Soundgarden's Chris Cornell died of suicide. I'm still not believing this story. Chris' death sounds very suspicious; It sounds more like he was murdered.
Considering that Soundgarden was last seen in Detroit, MI, it would NOT surprise me if Cornell was murdered. Detroit is notorious for having a criminal element. I know this because I have relatives, who unfortunately live there.
As for Chester Bennington, he grew up troubled. At 7 years old, he was sexually abused by an older male friend and was scared to ask for help. He did not want everyone thinking he was gay or a liar.
The abuse did not stop, until he was 13 years old. Here's the real kicker, Chester Bennington's father was a police detective, who worked with sexual abuse cases. Meanwhile, Chester's mother was a nurse. By the time he was 11, his parents got divorced and Chester's father gained custody of him.
During the time of their divorce, Chester Bennington began using marijuana, alcohol, opium, cocaine, methamphetamine, and LSD. After turning 17, he moved in with his mother. When she discovered that he was using drugs, she banned him from leaving the house. By 2011, Chester Bennington supposedly quit using drugs.
In addition to Chester Bennington's dilemmas, he and his wife were harassed by the cyberstalker, Devon Townsend. The cyberstalking went on for almost a year.
Luckily, Townsend was found guilty of tampering with the couple's e-mails, sending threatening messages, and was later sentenced to 2 years in prison. Learning about Bennington's cyberstalker makes me even more suspicious than before.
What if Chester's cyberstalker, Devon Townsend murdered him on Thursday and made his death appear as a "suicide"?
You may assume that I am some crazy fan with conspiracy theories. Given the fact, that people were always attacking Chester, anything is possible. Regardless if Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington's deaths were murders or suicide, the news about both frontmen dying was and still is tragic.
Excluding the critics, trolls, AND haters, both frontmen are worldwide losses. Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell greatly touched the lives of many families, friends, fans, and celebrities. If you don't believe me, here are 2 videos from these people.
1) Death Of Chester Bennington: Celebrities Reaction [Dwayne Johnson, Mike Shinoda, and Others] (2017)
2) Loudwire: Rock World Reacts To Chester Bennington's Death (2017)
After publishing Thursday's blog about my Q&A, Jesse posted in the comments section:
"The lead singer of Linkin Park has been found dead. What are your thoughts of him and his band?"
Depending on my chaotic schedule, I plan on answering Jesse's question. Anyway, here are my favorite Linkin Park music videos for today's Song Saturday.
1) Linkin Park "One Step Closer" Hybrid Theory (2000)
2) Linkin Park "Papercut" Hybrid Theory (2000)
3) Linkin Park "Points Of Authority" Hybrid Theory (2000)
4) Linkin Park "In The End" Hybrid Theory (2000)
5) Linkin Park "Bleed It Out" Minutes To Midnight (2007)
1) Linkin Park [Chris Cornell Tribute] "One More Light" One More Light (2017)
2) Jonathan Davis [Featuring Chester Bennington] "System" Queen Of The Damned Soundtrack (2002)
|Posted by Anna H. on July 15, 2017 at 1:25 AM||comments (2)|
How's it going my gumdrops? We just came short of it being Friday the 13th. Yesterday was Friday the 14th. Gotta love it.
Even though we missed out on such an ominous day this month, *knocking on wood* it doesn't mean we can't enjoy Harry Manfredini's "Overlay Of Evil." If you watched the 1980 Slasher Horror film, Friday The 13th, you already know, that "Overlay Of Evil" was its theme song.
Earlier this week, I listened to the Friday The 13th Soundtrack. Every song on the soundtrack (or should I say "score"?) sounded like the movie's theme song. There were some minor changes in each composition.
However, each song had portions of "Overlay Of Evil" in it. Manfredini saying, "ki ki ki, ma ma ma" echoed throughout Friday The 13th's score.
It's fascinating that most people mistake the sounds Manfredini made in the score for this Slasher Horror film. "Ki ki ki, ma ma ma" is commonly mistaken for "cha cha cha, ha ha ha."
According to the composer, "ki ki ki, ma ma ma" was a sound he created from the reel, when Mrs. Voorhees recites "Kill her, mommy!" "Ki" was derived from the word, "kill" and "ma" was derived from "mommy."
These 2-worded sounds were spoken "harshly, distinctly and rhythmically into a microphone." Then, they were run through an echo reverberation machine.
The original score for Friday The 13th was recorded in a friend of Harry Manfredini's basement.
Before I forget, Harry Manfredini's "ki ki ki, ma ma ma" sounds were inspired by a piece of Krzysztof Penderecki's work, which was very similar to his own.
Are you interested in learning more trivia about this Slasher Horror film?
The romantic Supernatural Shojo Comedy Anime, Fruits Basket, which centers around characters that transform into animals from the Chinese zodiac, made a reference to Jason in 2001.
In 2001, the creator of Fruits Basket titled episode 16, "If We've Three Then We Don't Need To Fear Jason." In episode 16, Shigure Sohma (representing the dog in Chinese Astrology) emotionally blackmailed his cousins Yuki (rat), Kyo (cat), and protagonist, Tohru Honda, into vacationing at The Sohma Family Lake House for the summer.
Shigure Sohma succeeded in scaring Kyo with the fictitious, "Jason The Bear." "Jason The Bear" was supposedly a bear down by the lake. His name was in reference to the character, Jason Vorhees from Friday The 13th.
Speaking of the Friday The 13th character, Jason Vorhees has been played by at least several actors. Ari Lehman was the original actor for the character. Not only was Ari the original Jason Vorhees, he also formed a Horror-Punk band called First Jason.
During October 2014, I published a blog featuring an interview Ari Lehman did with the founder of Horror-Punks and host of The Horror Of It All, Marquis DeBlood. If you are interested in watching this interiew, click on the following link.
Is that enough trivia for you? I really hope so. You should be all set, for now. In the meantime, here is Friday The 13th's theme song, "Overlay Of Evil" for today's Song Saturday.
Harry Manfredini "Overlay Of Evil" [Theme Song] Friday The 13th Soundtrack (1980)
|Posted by Anna H. on July 8, 2017 at 7:55 AM||comments (4)|
How's it going my gumdrops? If you are subscribed to the website iHorror, you probably know about the latest movies in the works.
Are these sequels, prequels, and reboots necessary? HELL no.
All these sequels, prequels, and reboots are the main reason for my indifference as someone, who use to enjoy going to movie theaters. I have not stepped foot into a theater since 2005. Yes, you read that right.
It has been 12 YEARS, since I last went to the theaters.
During 2004, entertainment in general became politically divisive and oppressive. The incessant sequels, prequels, reboots, and remakes made the problems we have worse with today's TV shows, films, and entertainment in general.
And Hollywood wonders why it can BARELY turn a profit off today's entertainment?
Today's screenwriters and filmmakers have no originality anymore and want to keep recycling films, which do NOT need sequels, prequels, remakes, and reboots.
A few years or so ago, I channel surfed, scrolled down my TV Guide, and stumbled upon A Nightmare On Elm Street. I assumed it was another sequel to this Slasher Horror franchise. Instead, it was a 2010 remake of the original movie from 1984.
The remake also had someone else playing the role, that Robert Englund originated. The remake was garbage. Why do Hollywood screenwriters and filmmakers feel the need to beat horses to death and keep beating them, after they've been killed?
Throughout this last decade, I have watched a number of Horror documentaries. A History Of Horror is only 1 example.
Halloween's John Carpenter (the original filmmaker/music composer) if memory serves me right, said that even though the original movie wrapped up everything in the plot, Hollywood keeps wanting more sequels because they keep the franchises active and sequels generate more money.
This is very true. Some movies do NOT need sequels. Hollywood loves to beat a dead horse. Meahwhile, you can sense that some movies with cliffhanger endings DO need sequels.
Speaking of Carpenter, an article was published last year, on Entertainment Weekly. He accused Rob Zombie (the former Horror Groove Metal vocalist of White Zombie) of lying on him. Carpenter even went as far as calling Rob "a piece of shit."
I never bothered watching any of Rob Zombie's Horror films, after painfully trying to watch The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto. Zombie may be skilled at illustrating Horror Animation and Art, but his movie scripts were and still are contrived piles of shit.
As much as I use to LOVE Rob during my youth, I grew up and realized the man is nothing more than a pretentious tryhard, sell out, and a HIPSTER. I am sure Sean Yseult probably wonders what she saw in Rob Zombie as the former frontman and founder of their band, White Zombie as well as a boyfriend.
Since we're already on the topics of Horror movies and sequels, you're gonna love this next sequel, which is currently in production. After nearly 2 decades of talking about a sequel, Deep Blue Sea is being made for a channel with THE WORST TV shows and movies. That being Syfy, formerly known as The Sci Fi Channel.
Seriously?! Not that most sequels, prequels, and reboots excite me or anything, but I am REALLY disappointed with the fact, that Deep Blue Sea is being made to air on a network, that airs the most preposterous and contrived Science Fiction TV shows and movies.
Deep Blue Sea is another example of a movie, that does NOT need a sequel. The sequel is obviously being made to capitalize off the latest Killer Shark flicks and pandering to those fans, who want to see a movie as stupid as Sharknado.
The Sci Fi Horror film, Deep Blue Sea released July 28, 1999 (when I was still in high school). If a sequel wasn't made during the early 2000's, it didn't need a sequel now. I can only imagine how ridiculous Deep Blue Sea 2 will be on Syfy.
If Deep Blue Sea 2 was more like the Killer Shark Thriller, Jaws, I would probably consider watching it. NO ONE from the original Deep Blue Sea (Michael Rapaport, Jacqueline McKenzie, Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool J, etc.) will be in this sequel!
Knowing that Syfy is currently shooting Deep Blue Sea 2 in South Africa without its original cast, and that they want the film to be more Sharknado-esque, I will pass.
Considering that today's blog is mostly about Horror, Sci Fi Horror, Thrillers, sequels, prequels, remakes, reboots, and killer sharks, it is ONLY fitting to have suspenseful music dealing wiith killer sharks. With that being said, here is Trevor Rabin's score, "Armageddon," from the original Deep Blue Sea Soundtrack.
Trevor Rabin "Armageddon" Deep Blue Sea Soundtrack (1999)