Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Escaped Fetal Pigs - "Hatebomb"

This is from the tv show Musical Mayhem.  Jimmie Frederick taped the show at The Good Tymes Pub in Bowling Green, Ohio USA in the Fall of 1991.  This song was one of the later Pigs songs when we started to morph from comedy rock to music that was a bit more serious as well as aggressive (we were listening to a lot of Slayer and hardcore punk if I remember correctly).  This song is still pretty humorous though, well, as humorous as explosives go.  It was inspired by one of my old managers at K-Mart, who used to put on a disguise and go spy on another store, Fisher's Big Wheel, that was a block over.  In the song, two rival store managers start a real price war between their two stores and start engaging in combat, culminating in each sending bombs to one another.

By the way, I worked for K-Mart, but Fisher's Big Wheel had a better music selection since they carried The Dead Milkmen.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Escaped Fetal Pigs - "The Cult Of Pogo And Porky Pine"

This is from the tv show Musical Mayhem. Jimmie Frederick taped the show at The Good Tymes Pub in Bowling Green, Ohio USA in the Fall of 1991. This song was fun to play live as we liked to do the Sid Vicious pogo dance during it. It's not named for that though. It's based on Walt Kelly's Pogo comic strip. The narrative of the song involves a bunch of people who find some old Pogo books and base a religion on them.

Hey, there are worse religions!

In this version, the band plays their standard roles. We also would do a version where Simon (the drummer) would sing, Mark (the guitarist) would play drums, Jim (the bassist) would play guitar, and I (the singer) would play bass. Maybe someday I'll find a video of that. In the meantime, there is this.

More Pigs are coming for the next few months. I have already found another videotape with more good Pigs stuff on it. I also have the Pogeybait portion of Musical Mayhem coming. Party like it is 1991!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Escaped Fetal Pigs On Musical Mayhem!

My lovely dual cassette player died today.  It had been faithfully serving me and my rare cassette playing needs since the last century, so though I am sad to see it go, I can't complain.  Fortunately, the reason I bought it was to transfer some cassette recordings to digital formats I could post on the Internet and store electronically.  I did most of that in 1999-2002 and then a bit more in 2012-2013, so I have all that done, but the cassette player's passing did remind me that I should finally get rolling on another archival project I planned on doing.  Just like I had a stack of cassette audio recordings slowly working their way towards obsolescence and decay, I also have a stack of video recordings on VHS heading the same way.  So before my VCR, purchased about the same time as my dual cassette player, croaks, I have started to transfer some of the videos to digital.  This is the first one.  Filmed in 1991, it is an episode of Musical Mayhem, a cable public access show from Defiance, Ohio USA (?), which featured The Escaped Fetal Pigs.  Our friend Jimmie Frederick produced the show with a little help from our other pal Lisa Collet.  This is the introduction to the show and features the band visiting a pig farm, among other fun bits.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Goodbye To News Of The Weird!

I've enjoyed reading News Of The Weird for many years.  Every week, it usually makes me laugh out loud with one or more incredibly strange yet true news story.  Sadly, it's coming to an end.  After almost 30 years of collecting and sharing strange news stories, Chuck Shepherd is retiring.  Someone else may take over the column, but it will never be the same.  Robert, thank you for years of chuckles!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

New Story

"Operative 73 Takes A Swim", a new story, will be published on New Pop Lit soon.  I will, of course, let you know when.  In other news, Frequently Asked Questions About Being Dead, my latest novel, is being prepared for publication.  I hope to have it out later this year.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Best Garage Sale Ever!

When I was younger, I used to go to garage sales a lot with my parents.  I found a lot of cool stuff cheaply priced.  I liked to read comics, so it was always a thrill when I found a garage sale with comics.  The best garage sale I ever went to though was when I was an adult.  This was because the garage sale was basically nothing but comics.  It was held by Tony Isabella, the creator of Black Lightning.  And now it looks like he's holding another one.  If you like comics, and you are anywhere near Medina, Ohio USA, then you will likely enjoy this garage sale!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Congratulations To The Red Fez!

Congratulations to The Red Fez!  Websites, especially literary ones, can often be ephemeral, but The Fez has managed to publish 100 issues.  They publish one a month generally, almost working like a print publication.  I'm not quite sure why they opted for that approach considering they are an online publication and could publish continually, but it's their shtick and it seems to be working for them.  They have published a few poems by me over the years, and if they keep going, perhaps they will publish a few more!  Congratulations on a milestone, Fezzers!