August 22, 1992

Death Becomes Her

Academy Award nominee Bruce Willis, with Academy Award winners Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn, all acting very silly. Zemeckis's fetish-ization of special effects continues.

August 1, 1992

N's Music Mix #6

SIDE A
  1. "Train in Vain", aka "Stand By Me", the biggest pop chart hit for The Clash.
  2. "No Surrender", Bruce Springsteen
  3. "Undercover of the Night", The Rolling Stones most New Wave single.
  4. "Bullet the Blue Sky", U2
  5. "This & That", Michael Penn's debut album March included a novel combination of acoustic guitars and drum machines, and/or heavily processed drum sounds.
  6. "Talk About The Passion", R.E.M.
  7. "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic", The Police
  8. "She Blinded Me With Science", One of my favorite novelty songs of the New Wave, from Thomas Dolby.
  9. "Perfect World" is from the Huey Lewis & The News album Small World, their first album after they peaked with the one-two punch Sports and Fore!
  10. "Glamour Boys", Living Colour
  11. "Hard to Handle", The Black Crowes
  12. "Movin' Out (Anthony's Song)", Billy Joel
SIDE B
  1. "Games Without Frontiers", Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
  2. "I Can't Dance", Genesis
  3. "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)", Hall & Oates
  4. "Join Together", The Who
  5. "Should I Stay or Should I Go?", The Clash
  6. "You Can't Always Get What You Want", The Rolling Stones
  7. "After Midnight", Eric Clapton
  8. "I'm Goin' Down", Bruce Springsteen
  9. "Bloody Well Right", I bought Supertramp's Classics Volume 9 (see image, right) sometime late in high school when classic rock dominated my life and I wanted to buy CDs to play songs on the radio. My friends hooked me on Supertramp, but they were so uncool (my friends and the band too), I basically shunned Supertramp once I hit college, and I eventually dumped the CD at a yard sale circa 1999.
  10. "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around", Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Originally recorded without Stevie Nicks, this song was converted into a duet by stripping out some of Petty's vocals and replacing them with Nicks'.
  11. "Tusk", Fleetwood Mac, featuring the USC Trojans Marching Band
  12. "You're Only Human (Second Wind)", A wildly overproduced Billy Joel song, with extremely contemporary synthesizers and drums. This track was one of two new songs added to Joel's first "Greatest Hits" package.
(100 minute Maxell cassette)

N's Music Mix #5

SIDE A
  1. "Smells Like Nirvana", is one of my favorite "Weird Al" Yankovic parodies, because Yankovic is parodying the song itself. Many of his parodies are not about the song he's singing. Other Yankovic songs like this include "(This Song Is) Six Words Long" (a parody of the endlessly repetitive "Got My Mind Set On You", and "Achy Breaky Song" (a parody of the awful "Achy Breaky Heart").
  2. "Rock and Roll", Led Zeppelin
  3. "Janie's Got A Gun", Aerosmith
  4. "Under The Bridge", Red Hot Chili Peppers
  5. "Superman's Song", Crash Test Dummies
  6. "That Would Be Something" [unplugged] Paul McCartney
  7. "Let Me Roll It", Paul McCartney & Wings
  8. "Losing My Religion", R.E.M.
  9. "Stand Back", Stevie Nicks
  10. "Everybody Wants to Rule the World", Tears for Fears
  11. "Right Here Right Now", Jesus Jones
  12. "Slap and Tickle", Squeeze
I covet this pop art Squeeze poster from Sixteen Candles!
SIDE B
  1. "Smells Like Teen Spirit", Nirvana
  2. "I Know What I Know", Paul Simon
  3. "D'yer Maker", Led Zeppelin
  4. The 7" remix of the B-52's "Roam" is nearly identical to the album version, with a much better introduction.
  5. "Spirit of Radio", Rush
  6. "Jack & Diane", John Cougar Mellencamp
  7. "Behind Blue Eyes", The Who
  8. "Dream On", Aerosmith
  9. "Sultans of Swing", Dire Straits
  10. "When We Was Fab", George Harrison (featuring Ringo Starr on drums)
  11. "King's Highway", Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  12. "Figure of Eight", Paul McCartney
(100 minute Maxell Cassette)

Unforgiven

I am not a big fan of Westerns. At the time, I hadn't really seen any Westerns, as the 1980s were a low valley for the genre. However, despite not having seen any of Clint's Westerns, I loved this movie. I think I went a second time, with a date, but maybe I just went this one time, at the old theater on Cambridge Street in Boston, near MGH.

Raising Cain

Director Brian DePalma could crank out uninspired ripoffs of Hitchcock movies every week if necessary. This was the middle episode in John Lithgow's Evil Antagonist Trilogy (Ricochet, Raising Cain, and Cliffhanger).