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1988 Countdown: Commercial Break #10

We see the “Big Bang ’89” promo for the third time, with close-ups on explosions and spinning clocks building up excitement for the fact that 1989 will start in only a few hours, a transition that can be enjoyed in the company of Robert Plant, Poison, Winger, Cameo, Hall and Oates, the Escape Club, Bobby […]

posted 16 October 2008 in 1988. 1 comment

Dennis Hopper, Photographer

Apparently Dennis Hopper is starring in the new TV adaptation of Crash, which holds no interest for me, since it’s an adaptation of the bad Paul Haggis movie from 2004. (An adaptation of the Cronenberg/Ballard movie from 1996 might be equally awkward, but at least it would be unlike anything else on TV.) But the […]

posted 15 October 2008 in Articles. 2 comments

1988 Countdown #77: Foreigner, “I Don’t Want to Live Without You”

I love Foreigner the way I love my microwave oven. The oven’s clunky and utlilitarian, and I don’t even use it that often. But when I nuke a bag of popcorn, or fill my eyes with that double vision, it makes me happy beyond all reason. Alas, this song isn’t one of the GE Spacemaker […]

posted 14 October 2008 in 1988. 5 comments

1985 Countdown #1: a-ha, “Take On Me”

I’m relying on 23-year-old memories, since I didn’t have the foresight to tape the whole thing, but I’m pretty sure a-ha were on top of the MTV countdown in 1985. (The network certainly did everything they could to push that video.) At any rate, somebody’s done a new “literal” version of “Take on Me” that’s […]

posted 13 October 2008 in Links. 1 comment

Friday Foto: The Brooklyn Bridge

U2 did a free “surprise” show at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge in November 2004. I took some photos of the concert, but I prefer the picture I took of the bridge:

posted 10 October 2008 in Photos. no comments yet

1988 Countdown #78: Pat Benatar, “All Fired Up”

Back from the commercial break, we find Kevin Seal standing on top of a ladder, with the top half of his body out of the frame. “The top one hundred of 1988!” he shouts. He jumps off the ladder and then lies down on the floor. Standing up and dusting himself off, Seal says, “It’s […]

posted 9 October 2008 in 1988. 2 comments

Scraps DeSelby

Some of you already know this: Scraps (Soren) DeSelby had a serious hemorrhagic stroke on Monday and is currently in the ICU. In addition to being a frequent and quick-witted commenter here, he’s a good friend; I’m fervently hoping for a speedy and complete recovery, and feel helpless being on the other side of the […]

posted 8 October 2008 in News. no comments yet

Sarah “Big S” Silverman

Since there’s a new season of The Sarah Silverman Program starting tonight, it seemed like a good time for me to put an extended version of my 2002 interview with Silverman up in the archives. A few notes: 1. Silverman kept doing the Jesus Is Magic jokes for many years–one of the things I liked […]

posted 8 October 2008 in Archives, Articles. no comments yet

1988 Countdown: Commercial Break #9

A lonely bugle plays over an image of Jon Bon Jovi–who’s looking morose, with his left hand on his cheek. Maybe Jon’s run out of bottles, and hence no longer knows what day of the week it is. “Bon Jovi on the road,” says the Voiceover Guy. “They play their guts out.” The image changes […]

posted 7 October 2008 in 1988. no comments yet


This website has been linked to by some interesting and worthy websites, but never from an online dispatch about a labor action by university professors in Mongolia. Until last week.

posted 7 October 2008 in Links, Self-reflexive. no comments yet