November 30th, 2010

Ice King, Adventure Time

The Perennial Retro Kid

One thing I've never been accused of is being with the times. After much consideration, I've decided that the rule of thumb, more or less is this.

Allengator's current interest in stuff = Current time - 20 to 30 years.

I grew up on oldies music, listening to the sounds of Petula Clark and the Beatles. I really did not listen to anything newer than that unless I heard it on a commercial or movie. Space Jam briefly opened up my interest in more modern music, but now I listen to it and I want to beat up the younger version of me that thought it was the greatest thing since sliced chocolate cake. Aside from a couple discrepancies, my taste in music didn't wander much outside of the year 1975. Even the TV shows I enjoyed were the likes of The Andy Griffith Show and I Love Lucy.

After I got a job in 2003, I got introduced to a new concept of music called classic rock. At first I didn't like it, especially the likes of John "Cougar" Mellancamp. Actually, I still can't stand his songs. Anyways, this guy was allowed to listen to the radio back in the produce department and despite my objections, he listened to classic rock. It was crap. However, over time I realized that a few of the songs I listened to, like the Beatles and Rolling Stones, were being played from time to time. It was great hearing them on there. Soon I started picking up on other artists, like Electric Light Orchestra, Rush, Ozzy Osbourne, and many others. My world changed at that point.

Cut to today, where I have stopped listening to most oldies not because I don't like them, but because I forgot some of them and there are no oldies stations around here. I listen to classic rock like its back in style, but I have acquired a taste for metal more than anything. I especially love hair metal. However, between all this music I also have made some more modern and indie style tastes. Now 99% of the songs I have I heard from commercials or television, but a few I did stumble on the dark bowels of the Internet. I remember when the iPods started to become a hot item and the commercials were of shadowy people randomly spazzing out (some would call it "dancing", but it looked more like they were having a fit). The song played in the background was "Flathead" by the group The Fratellis. I have become a huge Fratellis fan since that day. Their songs are so freaking catchy.

Despite all these leaps and bounds, however, I still am not into modern music. Black Eyed Peas? No thanks. Lady Gaga? More like Lady Nono. Then again, more music seems to either be geared towards either hip-hop or country, and I despise both of these equally. People who listen to hip-hop or rap really need to learn what true music is. People who listen to country need to know what the terms "pitch" and "tone" mean. I won't go on a tirade this time on country music, but boy oh boy, do NOT get me started. Aside from that, I don't have much I listen or currently follow.

Let's cut away from music for a moment.

Another thing I grew up on was cartoon shows. Shows like Darkwing Duck, DuckTales, Goof Troop, Animaniacs, Tiny Toons, and many others I would watch religiously until I became 14, where I started to focus more on video games than cartoons. That was all my mind could comprehend as far as cartoons go.

As time went on, cartoons had to become more politically correct and more educational, making them seem really dumb in comparison. Remember the Power Rangers and how they had to go into their Zords and fight the enormous bad guys? Well, the modern Power Rangers just control their robots from a distance. Its like they are playing with a Kinect, but in real life. I refuse to acknowledge this travesty as the same series that I watched as a kid. I cannot watch modern cartoons to save my life. The last one I remember watching is Doug. I freaking loved Doug.

About a couple years ago I discovered anime. Do I really need to go into this in depth again? Didn't think so.

Television is one of the few things I keep up with, so there isn't much for me to say on that end.

Movies I am behind on, horribly so in fact. My summer watching list only has one movie marked off on it. That's because I refuse to go to the movies alone, but finding someone to go with me is a pain sometimes, and they may not want to see what I want to see. The end result is me going to the movies maybe once or twice a year. Sad, I know. I actually prefer older movies to modern ones, especially during the age of the silver screen. One genre I refuse to explore much further is the horror genre. As far as I'm concerned, the movies up to the 60's provide more of a psychological scare than modern horror movies. Without getting too much on my soapbox, most modern horror films are just a poor excuse to see how much blood, guts, and disgust they can smear on the screen. A good horror film should frighten you from the inside, not with some guy's intestines exploding.

So why do I go into all of this? I dunno. I guess just to give you a better idea of who I am and why I act the way I do. I doubt I will truly be into anything modern except television and video games. I'm more of a retro kid, especially if it has to do with the 90's. I love the 90's. Skip it Skip it...

Catch me in 20-30 years and I will probably be going on how the song "Bad Romance" is the best thing ever.

The Allengator