Some Amusing Riff Raff
Howdy. Before I dart off to work for another day, I realized I had a stock pile of things I wanted to share, but didn’t have a ton of time to give them each their own post. Figured I’d do a little blurb here and then run out the door.
– Firstly, anyone remember the old Super Mario Brothers cartoon? Yeah, there were several of those, but specifically, I’m talking about the cartoon for Super Mario Brothers 3. When it aired originally in 1990/91-ish, one episode featured the pop sensation (at the time) Milli Vanilli, and Princess Peace as well as Kootie Pie Koopa, wanted to see them perform in New York. They played snippets of their songs, “Blame it on the Rain” and a few others I really don’t care to remember. And of course, the show was full of bad puns surrounding it, especially those rattled off by king Koopa himself (as he usually tended to do anyway).
A few weeks ago, my girlfriend and I, out of an urge to see something nostalgic and out of an urge to laugh until our heads came off, rented the new DVD release of the old cartoon show. Yes, it was hilarious, with all of its continuity errors, faults in animation and awkward writing. But what really made us pause and tilt our heads was the ‘famed’ Milli Vanilli episode. Something seemed to be missing. We soon realized that all segments of their music had been removed from the show, and instead, those scenes were dubbed over with what sounded like a bad instrumental version of “Beat It”. You can imagine how odd this looked—an animated version of Milli Vanillie dancing and moving their mouths without any vocalizations and music that was not fitting the scene.
And it soon followed that any other references to the band’s music were removed from the dialogue as well. One of Koopa’s original lines was, “Blame it on the rain? Ha! Blame it on King Koopa!” as he beamed them aboard his Doom Ship. The modified line was cut in half to just “(mouth moving without sound….) Ha! Blame it on King Koopa!” (original episode is up on youtube for you to see)
Now, I’m not upset that this stuff was cut out, although it made the episode laughably worse: twice as chopped up and more poorly edited than usual. But it did make me realize that if someone were to show this cartoon to their kids today, they’d have no idea who that pop flop band was, let alone what their music sounded like, leaving us products from the 80s to shake our heads as something from our past (though more of a funny moment in passing than anything else) will finally fade away.
– Secondly, Graveface Records is planning on releasing a fantastic book of artwork by William Schaff with a unique 10” record by Jason Molina. The problem of course is raising the 15,000$ to put the book together. And that’s where we come in. Go here to check out the donation levels to help make this project happen. You can get some pretty neat stuff to boot if you do. I definitely am.
– Lastly, the French band Air have created a soundtrack to the film, “A Trip to the Moon,” a film originally made in 1902, hailed as the first ever sci-fi film and one of the most technical films of all rime. A rare hand-colored- version was discovered about twenty years ago and it has just been restored. Air, after making a sixteen minute track to serve as its soundtrack, decided to make a full length album inspired from the film. Expect that out in February. Until then, you can get a peak of it here.
Peace out for now!