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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Round Robin Challenge: Behind the Music

A Coast to Coast Dedication from

     I'm Cliffy Crankcasem, and this is the story behind our number six song this week,

     A Few Months before this song was written, the A little Bar in northern Wyoming was the starting point of a massive manhunt for the worst serial killer in Wyoming history. O'Malleys bar was the scene where Julie,the killer, would meet with Keith, the philandering man she was obsessed with. 

     He would grow bored with their relationship, and search the newspaper ads in the personals, looking to meet someone new. They would arrange to meet, and his girlfriend would waylay his new interest, and meet him instead. She would use the psychopath's ability to cunningly show the behaviors and interests he expected to see. Later, after the date, she would drive the other woman up US14 to Bighorn National Forest. There, she would dismember  the body and bury the remains. 

     It was a rainy night in late July when a woman named Dierdre Bowens  was almost Julie's 29th victim. Evading the shovel swung at her, she staggered into O'Malleys bar with Julie hot on her heels, and full into the view of Keith and everyone else gathered within. 

     Julie was fully prepared for another impersonation and another new romance with Keith, but not Prepared for the desperate run to the Bighorn forest. She was never caught, because her car went off the road but they never found the body. 

     So here with a murder mystery turned into a pop song, is Julie's story. Because the girl she was set to impersonate, Dierdre...liked Pina Coladas and walks in the rain...

And now with the top songs this week...
  • Toy Break takes us back to 1984 with a personal anecdote about...Missing You.
  • Alexis' Universe comes in with a long distance dedication from her Mom with You Are Not Alone

I Can BS With the Best of Them

     I am Happy to report that I finished my Degree this morning after starting it way back in mid-February 2017, I went back to school at Thunderwood College, and I did this for you. In this age of Alternative Facts, you need a man you can trust to know what is right, what is wrong, and what is just plain made up. I happen to be that man, because I made a lot of it up myself.

   Making Goofy Stuff and Toy Pictures Great Again!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Round Robin Challenge: Behind the Music

Pick a song that you like, love, or one that just plain bugs you, and give it a bizarre backstory- Mine will be up in a couple of days.

Monday, February 6, 2017


An award-winning challenge from Alexis' Universe and
And the Nominees are...

  • The Harry Potter Saga
  • The entire Marvel Cinematic Universe 
  • The Transformers Live Action Franchise
  • The Lord of the Rings movies series et al
  • Watchmen
     The Harry Potter Saga suffers from some cuts and casting choices that in my opinion make it fall short. It's an excellent adaptation of the books, but there is too much material there to capture in a cinema form movie- I almost feel like they would be better served to have done it as a 7 year series on TV or netflix. It's about 85% perfect. 

     The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a staggering achievement, and remains faithful to the characters and origins, while updating them to be relevant today. As with Harry Potter, there are some cuts and casting decisions that make this fall short of being the best. Call it 88% perfect, which leaves it just 12% off.

     The Transformers Live Action Franchise. Decisions good and bad were made on this, I'm not a Bay-ter(Bay-hater) by any means, but there are legitimate complaints to be made about mis-characterized and weirdly amalgamated autobots and decepticons that cause this to fall short.There seems also to be little cohesion or big plan to the story arc, just a sense of lets do this movie and figure out how to fit it to the other movies after most of it is made. As much as I love to watch the films, I have to rule this at 55% as an adaptation. 

     Side note: Did you know that 84% of statistics are made up on the spot? Did you know that they can make you post sound 94% more scientific and authoritative?

     The Lord of the Rings, including three parts of the Hobbit. Make no mistake- this is a masterpiece- born out of Peter Jacksons long time love for the saga, the casting decisions and choices are near perfect. there are cuts, missing characters, added characters, and even additions to the story that seem odd, but the overall effect gives this a solid 90% perfect for me. Unfortunately...when it comes to this challenge, that SHALL NOT PASS! Fly, you fools!

     For me, the winner has to go to Watchmen, for two important reasons. The main reason is because the visual style that director Zack Snyder brings to the table not only perfectly replicates scenes from the book, while keeping the flavor of a world on the edge of madness- a world where fear of masked vigilantes and the looming threat of Doctor Manhattan has kept Richard Nixon in office long past his second term. The second reason is due to my snark reflex: Alan Moore hates it, and would never see it. nuff said. 95% perfect. 

For other adaptations