Posts Tagged ‘Double guitars’

6 Degrees of Francis Bacon Day 4: Otto

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Congratulations to a young man called Jason Cobley for suggesting Otto from The Simpsons, here joined by the Jethro Tull loving swot Martin Prince.


Otto is of course the heavy metal loving, license eschewing, school bus driving burnout for Springfield Elementary. He likes books that are from the vampire’s point of view, “double guitars” and exclaiming “Zeppelin Rules!” when apparently facing impending death. Otto is voiced by Harry Shearer, is the son of an Admiral, and once hired Cyanide (a loving tribute to Poison!) to play at his wedding. Plenty of possibilities for connections there then…

What next?  Make your suggestions, along with your connection, for future pictures in the blog comments, on my Twitter feed, or at the Facebook Group.


Wiithin You Wiithout You*

Friday, September 11th, 2009

With the release of The Beatles Rock Band, giving you the chance to play along with the seminal lovable scouse moptops’ synergistically released back catalogue (although sadly not The Inner Light), the Rock Band (and Guitar Hero) franchises are becoming a talking point among many that would never normally have in interest in video games.

Back in The CGI... nah doesn't work does it?

Ex Stone Bill Wyman and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason have both slammed the franchise, much like Jimmy Page did a few months back, and it’s easy to see why someone who grew up in that generation (and came up through a period in which rock and pop were the most exciting countercultural forces in the world) would be dismissive and suspicious of something which purports to let you “be” your rock heroes, without you having to learn to play a note.  When Jimmy Page was a kid computers were the size of a house and had the processing power of a lamp post!

I’m not sure that playing Guitar Hero would stop someone learning an instrument. If you have the drive to do it, you’re gonna do it. When I was a teenager my greatest achievement was learning to play Misplaced Childhood all the way through on a little Yamaha home keyboard (the one with the bright blue drum pads at the bottom) but I certainly wasn’t in danger of becoming a musician. Surely if you are really into Guitar Hero you are more likely to take up playing a real guitar. And when you play the drums in those games it’s pretty much playing the drums!

Although, on the other hand, there are way too many bands out there, and most of them are shit, so we could do with a few less.

* Well, The Metro had already used “While My Guitar Hero Gently Weeps”


Cover Your Nipples!

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Dinosaur Bands

Yes, after endlessly deliberating I have finally done some T Shirt designs. And by that I mean I have drawn two and then just dug up some old unused art for the others. Rest assured more will be added, especially if I get any requests to make t shirts featured in the comics available (although please note, I do not own the rights to Dr. Zoidberg). Trot on over to here to check them out.



Friday, February 26th, 2010

I just finished playing through Brütal Legend, an absurdly badassed videogame, in which “Eddie Riggs” (the world’s greatest roadie, voiced by Jack Black) is transported into a Sword & Sorcery Fantasyland, seemingly based on every Heavy Metal album cover ever. Here he finds he can make people’s heads explode by playing guitar, and sets off to unite the rock loving population against some S&M demons (lead by Tim Curry).

Although it inexplicably turns into a Real Time Strategy game, not a genre I have ever excelled at, it has enough action/adventure/exploration stuff to keep me happy. Unsurprisingly, given that the project was masterminded by Tim Schafer of Monkey Island and Day of The Tentacle fame, it has a terrific storyline and cast of characters. It’s these, as well as its loving tribute to the absurdity and awesomeness of the world of metal, that are its strongest elements.

In fact, the characters and design of the game are so strong that it seems to me Brütal Legend would totally work as a movie. Some time ago I bemoaned the fact that with all the “epic fantasies” being adapted by Hollywood, in the wake of the Lord of The Rings and Harry Potter movies, none of them has had the balls to have a full on metal soundtrack. Bombastic fantasy imagery fits perfectly with bombastic music (see also Flash Gordon). When Eddie first comes face to face with demonic scumbag monks, Black Sabbath’s Children of the Grave comes creeping out of the mist. Escaping a glam metal “Pleasure Palace” in a souped up hot rod is soundtracked by Dragonforce’s furiously hyperactive Through The Fire and Flames, and battles with the goth faction Drowning Doom are fought to the symphonic black metal sounds of Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir and Apostasy. Elsewhere, bonafide classics such as Diamond Head’s Am I Evil, Budgie’s Breadfan and Motörhead’s We Are The Road Crew can be heard. As a game it’s a wonderful romp, but as a cinematic experience, it would be a riot.