Thursday, September 14, 2006

Song Of The Week: Midget Spider-man Dance Party

The end sequence of Episode Five of Radio Free Charleston (go here to catch up on them) features the widely-acclaimed dancing skills of the internationally-renown master terpsichorean known as "Dancing Midget Spider-man."

We were thrilled that he agreed to be on the show, and even more excited that he chose to dance to a piece of original music composed and performed by my brother Frank and me. Our SOTW is that piece of music, presented uncut, it's "Dancing Midget Spider-man Fantasia."

A Healthy Part Of This Complete Breakfast

Thanks to a link at Bubblegum Fink, I discovered a cool blog called Waffle Whiffer Zone. It's dedicated to the packaging and premiums from kid's food items from the 60s and 70s. Lately he's written about Pizza Hut Pete, a long-forgotten mascot for the pizza chain, and Big Yella, the mascot of Kellogg's Sugar Corn Pops. This blog is a gold mine for fans of cereal and fast food from the golden age of mascots. He had me at Baron Von Redberry. I loved Baron Von Redberry. It wasn't exactly because of the taste. This was basically Frankenberry with different shapes. I've just always been a fan of the Fokker Triplane.

My sister preferred Sir Grapefellow. Me, I never much cared for grape cereal. Evidently, not too many other people do, either. If they did, there'd be all kinds of grape-flavored cereals. And don't even talk to me about Grape-Nuts. They're about as grape-flavored as Apple Jacks are apple-flavored.

The Day Of Double Damage!

Saturday September 16, IWA East Coast, West Virginia's premiere hardcore wrestling federation(as seen on Radio Free Charleston) will hold TWO tournaments at the South Charleston Community Center. At 2 PM, the Zero G Tournament kicks off with the following high-flying match-ups in the opening bracket:

M-Dogg 20 will face Ruckus; Lotus will take on Chuck Taylor; El Drunko, with Crowza and Woody Numbers, will meet Omega; and TNA star Sonjay Dutt will wrestle Zac Vincent. The finals of the Zero G Tourney will feature the two toughest competitors in a ladder match.

Then, at 7 PM, the Masters Of Pain Invitational kicks off, featuring hardcore lunatics from around the world, competing in a series of twisted contests. Each match will feature a different gimmick, including a bed of nails match, an electrified light tube match, a barefoot thumbtack match, and more beastly match-ups that could make Dr. Mengele wince. The first four matches in this bloodbath of a tournament are the following:

A No Rope Barbed Wire/Mystery Pit match will see Big Japan Star "The Crazy Monkey" Jun Kasai face off against "Mr. Insanity" Toby Klein; The first-ever "Fantastic Four Match" pairs up IWA EC Icon Mad Man Pondo against "The Deranged One" Coke Haine; In the oddly-named "Garden Of Eden" match, Brain Damage takes on Corporal Robinson: and a crowd-pleasing "Fans Bring The Weapons Match" sees 2 Tuff Tony take on JC Bailey.

These tournaments are a huge deal for IWA East Coast. They're treating this as their "Wrestlemania." It'll be interesting to see if local fans have the stamina to sit through a full day of intense wrestling action. The ranks of the local fans will be swelled somewhat by visitors from around the world, as IWA EC reports ticket sales to fans who are coming from Germany, Japan, and California.
There are a variety of ticket prices that cover package deals or tickets to the individual shows. But tickets will now have to be purchased at the door. For more information, check the IWA East Coast website.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

No Pants Weekend!

The No Pants Players return to the LaBelle Theater in South Charleston this Friday And Saturday. The family-friendly improv shows begin at 8 PM, and are guaranteed to be a treat for all in attendance. The No Pants Players are West Virginia's Only Improv Comedy Troupe. The group's comedy styling is very similar to the popular television show "Whose Line is it Anyway" The fast-paced nature of their performances forces every member of the troupe to completely rely upon the abilities, and most importantly, the instincts of their fellow players


IF YOU GO: The No Pants Players perform Friday September 15 and Saturday September 16 at 8 PM. Tickets are $5.00. For more ticket information call 1-877-467-7689 .

Annoying TV

You've all seen the commercial



"Head On, apply directly to the forehead!
Head On, apply directly to the forehead!
Head On, apply directly to the forehead!"

Widely proclaimed to be the most annoying television ad in history (no mean feat, mind you).

Thank God they don't make a hemorroid cream.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Monday Morning Art: Tracks East Revisited

Back in April, I posted a different version of this digitally assaulted photograph. This week I'm giving you a more bold, graphic version, with the aspect ratio changed and a new color scheme. This is also called "Tracks East," but it's a different take.

Our experiment with Cafepress is still ongoing. Visit the Monday Morning Art Store for your chance to buy this design on a variety of T-shirts and cheesy items. We've lowered prices and added some new products, so you should check it out to see if you want to buy anything with this design, or just make fun of me for thinking anyone would want to do that. You can check out the PopCult and Radio Free Charleston Shop, too.