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Top 5 Meme: Top 5 favorite cartoons as a kid

Posted in Meme, Memories, Television, Top 5 on 18 October 2007 by jason

It’s Meme Time ™ Y’all!

Um….ok.

What were your top 5 favorite cartoons when you were a child? They can be shows that you find entirely unwatchable now; you only had to like them when you were a child.

Here are mine, in random order.

1. Transformers.
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Of course, as a child of the eighties, and as a boy, I thought that the Transformers were the shiznit. However, the word “shiznit” didn’t come along until later, so I didn’t have the vocabulary to discuss them. Now I do. Shiznit. Anyway, great cartoon, awkward toys. The show should have ended when Optimus died.

2. G.I.Joe.
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Yo Joe! Again, if you were a boy in the eighties and this is not on your top 5, you must be a communist (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!). This show was great, and the toys were better! The one thing I hated, though, were the PSAs at the end. I used to watch for a character to say, “And knowing is half the battle!”, then I would take the figure of that character and freeze him in ice or hang him with a little twine noose.

3. Robotech: Macross
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This show was basically a soap opera for kids. Lots of action, lots of robots, and it was the 1st time I ever saw a main character die. Roy Fokker’s death still haunts me to this day!

I recently rewatched part of this series, and besides some corney elements, this one actually holds up to my somewhat adult sensibilities.

4. Galaxy Rangers.
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I wish I could remember more of this show! I remember that the stories seemed more mature than most shows, and even my Dad liked it! Basically, a galactic squad of rangers maintained peace and fought biologically engineered soldiers. Good stuff. There was no toy line in the US because the producers thought it would cheapen the show! Classy.

5. The Real Ghostbusters
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Who you gonna call? This show was great…I still catch it every once and a while. Is this one out on DVD? I’d buy it if it were. It picks up where the 1st movie left off.

Bit of trivia: Lorenzo Music, the voice of Garfield in his own cartoons, played Peter Venkman on this cartoon. In the Garfield movie, Bill Murray, who played Peter Venkman in the Ghostbusters movie, voices Garfield. Weird.

So, go on…what were your favorite shows?

Here are Bibliomom’s favorites!
Here are Stevo’s, better late than never!

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My Top 5 Albums(Bumped and Edited)

Posted in Meme, Music, otter, Top 5 on 8 October 2007 by jason

1. In the Aeroplane over the Sea Neutral Milk Hotelaeroplane.jpg
This album kind of came to me just when my marriage was falling apart, and it think it actually helped me get through it all. My friend Dan had given me a bunch of burned CDs, and I decided to listen to them all one night. I was mostly unimpressed with his selection (though some of them would later grow on me), but ItAotS was amazing. That night, I must have listened to it 3 or 4 times, and by morning, I could play the songs “The Aeroplane over the Sea” and “Oh, Comely” on the guitar. Everyone should own a copy of this album (I later bought one myself and gave away my burned copy).

2. If You’re Feeling Sinister Belle and Sebastian
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Another one that came during a dark period in my life. I was actually warned against B&S by my friend Jayson, and after I heard this album, I want on a binge of music he said was bad. (Sorry, Jayson!) There’s something very early sixties bubblegum about B&S; there’s an innocence, even when they are addressing failing relationships, doubts in faith, drug use. The otter gave me this album as a Christmas gift, and it led to me buying almost every one of their albums. Out of Belle and Sebastian’s complete library, though, this album feels the most earnest, the most sincere. “Get Me Away From Here, I’m Dying”, “If You’re Feeling Sinister”, and “Stars of Track and Field” are probably the best tracks, while “Me and the Major” is the only song that feels “off”.

3. The Bends Radiohead
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Many will say that OK Computer was Radiohead’s peak, and they would probably be right. However, despite my love of concept albums, The Bends sounds more like a band just trying to make a good album. This one doesn’t trail of into aether like OK Computer does. The first time I heard “Fake Plastic Trees”, I cried. I’ll admit it. To this day, “Street Spirit (Fade Out)” is one of my favorite songs, and it puts a fitting cap to this album.

4. The Beatles The Beatles
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Ah, the White Album. Oddly, while I can go on and on about the superiority of well conceived albums over mere collections of songs, my favorite Beatles album is like 4 solo albums slapped together. The infamous “Revolution #9” is here (try playing it backwards!), as well as “Helter Skelter.” My favorite tracks are probably “I’m So Tired”, “Cry Baby Cry”, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, “Yer Blues”, and “Revolution #1”. I could do without Ringo’s “Good Night”.

5. Storefront Hitchcock Robyn Hitchcock
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I’m usually not a fan of live ablums, but the intimate setting of Storefront Hitchcock practically makes this a studio album. There are some brilliant performances of “I Don’t Remember Guilford”, “Glass Hotel”, and “Alright, Yeah”, as well as a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “The Wind Cries Mary”, Besides these songs, though, you also get Robyn’s stage banter, which is a completely surreal experience of it’s own. The only problem I have with this almost perfect collection is that it’s missing “Airscape”, my favorite Hitchcock song, as well as his haunting performance of “You and Oblivion”, both of which appear in the film verson of this concert.

So, that’s my non-binding top 5. What’s yours? (I will bump this post as I get more responses.)

Here’s what Amuirin had to say.
And here’s Stevo