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1988 Countdown #79: OMD, “Dreaming”

A glowing white light wobbles around and comes into focus: it’s a pair of headlights on a deserted highway. The car’s driving on the right side of the road: this video was filmed in the States, apparently. Clouds race across the sky. An attractive brunette girl in a peach-colored prairie dress and a black leather […]

posted 30 September 2008 in 1988. 6 comments

Bottomless Belly Button

I’ve got a new piece up at the the Barnes and Noble Review: this one’s a short assessment of a long graphic novel, Dash Shaw’s Bottomless Belly Button. (To read it, scroll down to the bottom of the page, past Felix Dennis and Gorgeous George.) While we’re on the subject of comics: it occurs to […]

posted 29 September 2008 in Outside, Reviews. no comments yet

Friday Foto: Ecology

In late 2005, I spent most of a week on assignment in New Zealand, interviewing Peter Jackson and his colleagues about the King Kong remake. (This is the trip that led to my unbelievably jetlagged interview of George Clooney upon my return.) Between interviews, I tried to explore as much of New Zealand as I […]

posted 26 September 2008 in Photos. no comments yet

1988 Countdown #80: Whitney Houston, “Where Do Broken Hearts Go”

A deliveryman stands outside Whitney Houston’s dressing room: we can tell it’s her room because it’s got “WHITNEY” and a star engraved on the frosted glass. This implies that Houston’s abandoned her pop-music career in favor of starring in a Broadway show–or maybe she has “venue will provide artist with a specially made door with […]

posted 25 September 2008 in 1988. 1 comment

The Office: Chuffa and Hyphenates

Last year, I visited a modern comedy mecca: the studio where The Office is filmed. The Dunder-Mifflin offices look reasonably large on screen, but they’re actually very cramped in person (in contrast, when I visited the Mad Men sets, I found the offices of the Sterling Cooper advertising agency to be surprisingly sprawling and capacious). […]

posted 24 September 2008 in Archives, Articles. no comments yet

1988 Countdown: #81-90 Roundup

For those of you just tuning in: Cleaning out my garage earlier this year, I found three old videotapes that contained the entirety of MTV’s 1988 year-end top 100 countdown. Each Tuesday and Thursday for the past four months, I’ve written up another segment of the countdown (usually a video, but sometimes a commercial break). […]

posted 23 September 2008 in 1988. 2 comments

Travis Barker

I was shocked, of course, to hear about the plane crash Friday night in South Carolina that killed four people and hospitalized drummer Travis Barker and DJ Adam Goldstein. (The most recent press reports say that Barker and Goldstein are both expected to make a full recovery.) Everyone on that plane (and their friends and […]

posted 22 September 2008 in Archives, Articles, News. 2 comments

Daryl Hall, Call Your Trademark Lawyer

From the latest (September 26, 2008) issue of Entertainment Weekly, Alicia Keys on her collaboration with Jack White: “I like to call it rock & soul.”

posted 21 September 2008 in Tasty Bits. no comments yet

Friday Foto: Flipwalk #34

If you’re new to this site and you haven’t seen my flipwalks before, here’s what you need to know: while I was living in New York City, near the site of the former World Trade Center, I would take walks, leaving the route up to the flip(s) of a coin at every intersection. After an […]

posted 19 September 2008 in Photos. no comments yet

1988 Countdown #81: Van Halen, “Finish What Ya Started”

Kevin Seal returns, and ponders the question of whether the Van Halen album title OU812 was a shot at David Lee Roth’s Eat ’Em and Smile. He says that this video (“Finish What Ya Started”–he makes sure to overenunciate the “Ya”) was directed by Andy Morahan, “who did George Michael’s videos, which is why it […]

posted 18 September 2008 in 1988. 6 comments