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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 3: A song that reminds you of summertime

Who is this super hero? Sarge? NO!

Rosemary, the telephone operator? NO WAY, MAN!

Penry, the mild-mannered janitor? COULD BE!

Every time I hear this deep cut by Sublime, it brings me back to summers and weekends, cruising around Cobb County, Georgia in a 1996 Ford Windstar with the best mates an oddball kind like me could hope for! The album, Saturday Morning, Cartoons’ Greatest Hits, and this track in particular, served as the soundtrack to many an ill-advised jaunt around the greater metro Atlanta area. Adventures that led to destinations like Funcoland for old video games (we were retro gamers when the N64 was still new), to Peachtree Industrial for new airsoft guns, or even the occasional detour to Crescent City Beignets for an afternoon of caffeine, muffalettas, fried dough, and enough powered sugar to kill a small animal.

I first discovered this track while watching the MCA Records-produced TV special on Cartoon Network’s Mr. Spimm’s Cartoon Theatre (this was during the early days of Cartoon Network, before classics such as Dexter’s Laboratory and The Powerpuff Girls even existed), and I thought it was the coolest thing to see theme songs to shows that I loved performed by contemporary artists that I was enthralled with! I mean, Sublime, Helmet, Wax, Reverend Horton Heat–what’s not to love about that? Sadly, this was also the days before the widespread adoption of the Internet, so there was really no way to find a copy of this video at any of my local outlets.

Sometime in the late 90s, I happened across the soundtrack on CD at Disc-Go-Round (RIP), tucked in the back corner of the shop among copies of Titanic and The Bodyguard that no one seemed to want anymore. Of course, I let out an audible shriek and plunked the $17.95+tax onto the counter before gleefully running out the door to listen to my newest treasure in the Sony Walkman that I had stashed in the center console of the minivan (routed into the stereo by way of a cassette adapter, naturally). From that day forth, the merry band of misfits known as Angst Haben had a new freak flag to fly, compliments of that 3rd-wave ska band out of Long Beach and the first black superhero on television (who also happened to be a dog).

C. Martin Croker (1962-2016)

I’ve been a huge fan of the “reimagined” Space Ghost franchises since they first appeared on TBS back in the mid-1990s (notably as Cartoon Planet) and I’ve already talked about how Space Ghost Coast to Coast irreparably affected my psyche through middle and high school, so it should come as no surprise that I was genuinely saddened by the news that Marty Croker had suddenly passed.

I met Marty once at Anime Weekend Atlanta in 2001. The story goes something like this:

This was my first AWA, having come back for the occasion from my exile in Athens. I remember cosplaying as “Melvin” (Umino) from the Sailor Moon anime because it was easy, recognizable, and didn’t involve sourcing a proper flight suit. Walking around the exhibit hall, I ran across George Lowe (voice of Space Ghost) at a table chatting with some people and stepped up to see what was going on. Lowe was upset that he was not allowed to sell his autograph (per convention rules), so he was signing drawings that he did on the spot and selling those as his loophole. Anyway, Lowe seemed a bit of a jerk–he didn’t look to be enjoying himself, had a latent disdain for the crowd at the convention, and certainly didn’t want to talk to anyone there for longer than it took to sell a drawing–so I left his table somewhat nonplussed, browsing around the rest of the con.

Walking around the Airport Sheraton (which is where the con was held until KATL expanded, perpetuating the need to knock the building down), I noticed this guy with a small crowd gathered around him doing the best Zorak impression that I had heard! Better than mine, even (and mine was pitch perfect)! So it turns out that this guy was Zorak (and Moltar, actually, which made things even more interesting)! We chatted for a bit about the show and how he helped create the premise and characters, and about how “CHiP’s” was one of the best shows ever, and even about how George Lowe was a brilliant comedian–albeit a persnickety one!

The animation community has lost one of its shining stars, a dreamer born of the 1990s renaissance who created an entirely new paradigm when he was given the keys to Hanna-Barbera’s catalogue and a desk at TBS’s old Williams Street headquarters. He will be missed.

Cartoon Network Promotional TV Spot (circa 1992)

Remember when Cartoon Network was but a brand-new cable network? Remember when they showed only Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes, and Tex Avery shorts 24/7?

Call your cable operator and tell them you want Cartoon Network!

The Phantom Fame: ‘Space Ghost Coast to Coast,’ Secretly TV’s Most Influential Show

My formative years were spent awake until the wee hours of the morning, wrapped in a blanket as 35000BTU of air conditioning power blew full-blast onto my back, exploring this new frontier called “Internet” while the dulcet tones of Zorak and The Original Way-Outs broke the eerie silence of many a summer night. Years later, I would meet Marty Croker (voice of Zorak and Moltar) at Anime Weekend Atlanta 7 (2001) and spend an afternoon discussing “CHiP’s”, production life, and how much the Space Ghost character had in common with his voice actor.

The life and enduring legacy of a cult comedy classic.

Source: The Phantom Fame: ‘Space Ghost Coast to Coast,’ Secretly TV’s Most Influential Show «

Toonami Robotech Intro

No assembly required.

Sailor Moon 1998 Toonami intro

Admit it, this intro made the show much more badass and enticing.

When I was your age, MTV showed music videos and Cartoon Network showed cartoons.

When I was your age, MTV showed music videos and Cartoon Network showed cartoons.

For the record, I miss CGI Moltar. Also, Robotech & Voltron.

For the record, I miss CGI Moltar. Also, Robotech & Voltron.