August 24, 1993

The Secret Garden

I have no memory of seeing this film. Zero. But I must have seen it, unless someone snuck into my house and pasted this ticket stub into my book while I slept...

August 5, 1993

So I Married An Axe Murderer

I am extremely fond of and nostalgic for this movie. I originally saw it in the theater August 5th and 16th, 1993. In 2010, I saw it again for the first time in a long time. It's still funny, but only sporadically. I think of it more as a beta test for the Austin Powers movies. Some of the Austin Powers jokes make their debut here, Myers successfully plays multiple characters in one scene, and his Scottish "Fat Bastard" accent is here too. One of my wife's favorite Australian actors, Anthony LaPaglia (Without A Trace), plays an American cop, but he appears to have no comedic talent, AND he looks like he's about to laugh in every scene. Having said all that, the movie has Alan Arkin, cameos from Phil Hartman and Steven Wright, plus the Dad character is priceless:
Stuart Mackenzie: Well, it's a well known fact, Sunny Jim, that there's a secret society of the five wealthiest people in the world, known as The Penteveret, who run everything in the world, including the newspapers, and meet tri-annually at a secret country mansion in Colorado, known as The Meadows.
Tony: [barely containing laughter] So who's in this Penteveret?
Stuart: The Queen, The Vatican, The Gettys, The Rothschilds, and Colonel Sanders before he went tits up. Ohhh, I hate the Colonel with his wee beady eyes! And that smug look on his face, "Oh, you're gonna buy my chicken!"
Charlie Mackenzie: Dad, how can you hate "The Colonel"?
Stuart: Because he puts an addictive chemical in his chicken that makes ya crave it fortnightly, smartass!
After many repeat viewings on home video and basic cable, twenty years and 10 days later I would see this movie again, this time outdoors!

August 1, 1993

N's 12th Music Mix

This mix is heavy on vinyl. I have marked with an asterisk* songs on vinyl.

Side A

  1. *"Bad To Me" is a Lennon/McCartney song which John and Paul wrote for the fellow Liverpool band Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas. I found this 45 rpm single in my basement in a cardboard box of my landlord's belongings.
  2. *"Walking on Sunshine": Katrina & The Waves
  3. *"Midnight Blue" Lou Gramm is the lead singer of Foreigner. His solo "career" is nearly nonexistent, except for this awesome song from his solo debut LP Ready or Not. I found this LP in a cutout bin at the old HMV music store in Harvard Square.
  4. *"Hungry Heart": Bruce Springsteen
  5. *"No One Is To Blame" Howard Jones recorded two versions of this song. He charted a hit with the re-make, which was produced by Phil Collins (and features Phil on drums and backing vocals). For this mix, I spliced together the first verse of the original into the remainder of the remake. I would reuse this mix on Mix 87 in 2002.
  6. "That's All": Genesis
  7. *"Better Be Home Soon": Crowded House
  8. "Finish What You Started": Van Halen
  9. "Bank on Your Love": Hall & Oates; an odd poker-themed song.
  10. "Relax": Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Side B: The Nouns Side

  1. "Runaway Train" This mix was relentlessly old-fashioned until this Soul Asylum song showed up!
  2. I will admit, I was totally hooked on "Life is a Highway" by Tom Cochrane in 1992 and 1993.Buying Cochrane's entire album on CD for full price because of this one song was the deepest nadir of my retail relationship with music.
  3. *"Pink Cadillac" is in my Top Five Bruce Springsteen songs.
  4. *"Goody Two Shoes": Adam Ant
  5. I first discovered "Hairstyles & Attitudes" when Timbuk3 was the musical act on Saturday Night Live April 18, 1987 (host: John Larroquette).
  6. "You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover": Bo Diddley
  7. "Ordinary Average Guy": Joe Walsh
  8. "Owner of a Lonely Heart": YES
  9. "Money Changes Everything": Cyndi Lauper
  10. "Panama": Van Halen
Recorded at WERS Studio P. 100 minute Maxell cassette