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Saturday, November 18, 2006

GOOBER AND THE GHOST CHASERS

Yet another squad of Scooby-Doo wannabes, this time from (eek!) 1973:



(yes, the jigsaw is mine, and you're not having it....bwahahahaha!)

The story of Goober and the gang can be found here. Some sorta cross-over thang goin' on w/ The Partridge Family...

Long-term Kid Shirt readers will be aware that I have a fascination with imperfect duplicates, retrograde copies, analogues...I love the idea of a huge number of objects that are similar, yet slightly different variations of each other; when I see that sort of imagery it just totally blows my mind...paint-charts in DIY shops are an obvious example of this...all those greens and purples; so similar, yet subtly different...it hints at an almost endless vista of possibilities, and there's something in my own neurological hardwiring that finds that sooo aesthetically pleasing. I cried when fucking DC killed off the Silver-Age Earth-2 variants of their superheroes back in the 80s. Man, I was devastated. But great to see Earth-2 Superman back in action recently, tho Infinite Crises was total pants, I thought.

1973, again: that year is starting to become my own personal 23, a psychik touchstone...was listening to a recently-acquired vinyl of "The Plan" by The Osmonds this afternoon; checked the label and, lo! 1973!

Yeeeeeeeeek!

11 Comments:

At 9:23 pm, Blogger GTTRBRKZ said...

Funky Phantom and Goober both has a fresh lease of life on cBBC a few years back. Straight-up Scooby wannabes, no less. Goober went invisible whenever he got scared. Good stuff!

 
At 9:31 pm, Blogger GTTRBRKZ said...

...and as for 1973...wow, I was there but too young to actually remember anything about it, which makes it seem even more vivid with possibilities of what might've been happening. I think I'm haunted by false memories of '73. In fact that whole early 70s thing just creeps me out. I'd love to go back and check it out again...

 
At 9:33 pm, Blogger GTTRBRKZ said...

...although that would almost certainly ruin the whole eldritch vibe i got goin with that period.

 
At 10:13 pm, Blogger kek-w said...

"False memories of '73"....I think I'm trying to summon up some sort of 1973-that-never-quite-was...all the best half-incorrectly-remember'd bits of 70-74 condensed into a bogus faux-73...I like yr idea that it might be a bit creepy...eldritch is a good word to describe it: Bolan meets Biba meets The Rah Band (via Bob Moog and ARP) meets Jerry Cornelius meets...

Day-glo H-B cartoons, 70s porn, Sven Hassel, Norman Spinrad, Where Monsters Dwell covers by Gil Kane...I'd like to invent some stuff that never happened: sinister-sounding electronic soul records...kosmic glam...forgotten drugs...soft typography and tangerine swirls...

 
At 11:19 am, Blogger Molly Bloom said...

I love imperfect quasi-copy too. Wonderful stuff. A bit like 'VG' shops - our version of Tescos as kids. Anybody else remember 'VG'? I asked and they said it stood for 'Very Good' my, how I giggled.

 
At 2:57 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It;s an interesting snafu in the order of things when the iffy simulacrum is superior to the original ... the Monkees ouvre easily outpacing that of the boring old Beatles, James Chance way funkier than that lazy old James Brown, 'The Magnificent Seven' arguably better than 'Seven Samurai' ...... I could go on ... U.K. Subs better than the Pistols, Section 25 better than Joy Division .. no, fuck, wait, what am I going on about?

 
At 3:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1973 was a bit of a major year for me ... due to an elder brother's Bowie obsession I managed to plug-in to Lou Reed and William Burroughs ...
It ruined my life, come to think of it ...

 
At 3:03 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hell, the Rutles are better than the Beatles ...

 
At 4:36 pm, Blogger kek-w said...

Actually, almost anything is better than the Beatles, apart from, maybe, Pol Pot or drinking a bottle of raw spirit vinegar...

with you on Monkee Vs Beatles...once got asked outside for a fight (at work!) for saying that to someone...

Ditto: Bowie/Reed lead me into Burroughs...

Yeah, I'm really into the Factory sub-JD bands...I used to have all of Section 25's stuff, but foolishly sold it...bit of a Crispy Ambulance man myself...the recent-ish Umbrellas in the Sun DVD is recommended as an excellent trawl thru the Factory Benelux/Crepescule rubbish-skip: full of 'great' lost JD-clone bands produced by M. Hannett...

 
At 7:56 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Crispy Ambulance, the Stockholm Monsters ... even had a few Crawling Chaos records before I came to my senses.

I was a serious young man in a long black overcoat.

 
At 8:46 am, Blogger kek-w said...

yeah, you could get really good overcoats in Oxfam for a quid back then...nice deep pockets, ideal for stashing peguin editions of Albert Camus and crushy packets of gaulois...

 

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