February 2012

Long Tails and Links For Hats

by David Dedrick on February 28, 2012

Hi everyone! Welcome back for another round of he says…er…he says? Anyway, as usual, Ian has posted his links on our Sneaky Dragon Facebook page and now it’s my job to take those links and post them here. Sometimes I agree with his choices, sometimes I DON’T!

First up, it’s show number 12. That’s a good reason to celebrate. Like this:

We love Sesame Street! (I wonder if the modern Sesame Street resonates with kids the way it did with mine and Ian’s generation?) Here’s one of my favourite number songs from Sesame Street:


Okay, we also talked about bread, bakers and also baking bread. Baking bread with bones! Oh yeah, we went there! Speaking of bread baked with bones naturally takes us to the “rhyme” Fee-fi-fo-fum, which naturally takes us to the Sklar brothers.

They’re famous for their extensive deconstructions of the Brothers Grimm. The Sklars do a great sports comedy podcast called Sklarbro Country, which Ian and I highly recommend (and Ian hates sports).

Ian celebrated Ash Wednesday by watching Pokemon:

Am I the only person who finds that joke a little obscure? I like Ian’s other suggestion better. Next Ash Wednesday I’m watching this!

Oh, Ash, I’m laughing now.

“What other podcast talks about Twiggy?” Ian asks.

No other podcast. That’s the answer! Except for the Twiggycast. They live up to their motto: “Let’s get Twiggy with it.” Have you ever seen Ken Russel’s The Boyfriend? It starred Twiggy and Tommy Tune and it’s an interesting film. The art direction is terrific and it has the patented Ken Russel-craziness.

Beautiful set designs!

Next up, did you know that February 29th is Superman’s birthday? Me neither! Who was the best Superman: George Reeve, Christopher Reeve or Brandon Reeve? The answer is Henry Reeve! But let’s look at this tribute to the best Clark Kent:

What made him so good as Clark Kent was his glasses.

Ian talked about going to see the new Ghost Rider movie. I always thought that, like most motorcycle riders, Ghost Rider was a big sissy, but Ian proved me wrong:

I didn’t see the whole show, but was Galactus punished for a crime against fashion? Ohhhhh! That’s right, Galactus! You’ve been pwned!

Not only did we talk about Ghost Rider, we also talked about The Last Action Hero. And then once we’d scraped the bottom of that particular barrel, we rolled it out. Still, we did talk about The Last Action Hero:

Wow, that trailer was interminable! It was longer than the actual movie, wasn’t it? I thought so.

We also talked about the Tooth Fairy. Ian posted a clip from Yo Gabba Gabba, but they’re big jerks and don’t allow embedding so you get this instead: (You’re welcome.)

Here’s a bit of trivia: Dwayne Johnson (or, as he’s better known, not a very good actor) could not ice skate so they had to tow him around the ice on a board! Yeesh.

Perhaps you prefer this Tooth Fairy:

I’m sure that’s Ian’s favourite. He doesn’t think much of the Tooth Fairy. (After all that money she gave him.)

Speaking of terrible movies, we spent an awfully long time talking about this movie. I mean, an awful time talking about this movie. Oh, and several others of its ilk.

Ugh, bad computer animation and terrible acting, but just the right amount of ample cleavage.

As I told Ian during the show, I used to dance like this to soothe wild horses during my days as the Horse Fruggerer:

Man, that guy was getting a Bollywoodie.

Okay, moving on. This episode seemed to be all about lame-o 80’s film like this one:

Apparently this film inspired a series of terrible films, including one so awful that they added scenes to the trailer that were never in the movie just to make it look better than it actually was. The cheaters! Ian had an exchange with Roger Ebert about it (click here.)

Ian tried to explain to me what the quickening was and linked to a clip of it on our Facebook page. Unfortunately, the clip could not be embedded here, but I’m certain it was exactly like this:

That is the Quickening from Highlander, folks!

I made Ian post this by quoting a bit of the song during the show. Ha!

Good Lord! That went on for a while, didn’t it? I guess the joke was on me!

Ian decided that what makes me American is my love for burgers. It is true that I love burgers so naturally I love this show:

Unlike Donnie and Marie, that really makes me want to visit Utah!

We spent some time talking about Archie comics and Ian pointed out how naughty Sabrina was at the beginning of the strip!

We also talked about The Archies, Riverdale’s swingingest band. We all know Sugar, Sugar, but they had another Top Ten hit:

Although the song is sounds like it’s being sung by a girl, it’s actually lead singer, Ron Dante, singing in a falsetto. Sugar, Sugar and Jingle, Jangle are a bit played out. I always like the deep cuts, such as this song from the album Jingle Jangle:

Gotta love that bubblegum pop!

Another Riverdale band popular with the kids was Josie and the Pussycats. Here’s a really good song by the Pussycats that’s not the oft-played theme song:

I love this story about Josie and the Pussycats, which I’ll quote from Wikipedia. After hiring producer Danny Jannsen to hire singers for the band based on the characters, “Hanna-Barbera wanted Janssen to recast Patrice Holloway, because they had decided to portray “Josie and the Pussycats” as an all-White trio and had altered African-American Valerie’s character to make her Caucasian. Janssen refused to recast Holloway, whose voice he felt he needed for the soul-inspired bubblegum pop songs he had written, and threatened to walk away from the project. After a three-week-long stand-off between Janssen and Hanna-Barbera, Hanna-Barbera finally relented, allowed Janssen to keep Holloway, and changed Valerie back to being an African-American. Valerie had been introduced in the “Josie” comic book in late 1969, and the character had been African-American from the start.

Word quickly spread around Los Angeles about the stand Janssen had taken. To show their gratitude, a number of the most notable soul session players in the city offered their services to La La Productions and the Josie album at a fraction of their regular fees. Among them were Elvis Presley’s drummer Ronnie Tutt, Elvis’ bassist Jerry Scheff, keyboardist Clarence MacDonald, flutist Wilton Felder and guitarist Mike Stewart.”

That’s a great story and another interesting thing is future Charlie’s Angel, Cheryl Ladd, was in the group.

Okay, we know about the Archies and Josie and the Pussycats, but did you know that there were two other groups formed by Archie characters? One was the Bingoes from That Wilkin Boy and the other was The Madhouse Glads. Unfortunately (or fortunately), no actual album was ever issued of their music.

Well, enough of the history lessons, we’ll see you next week!


Sneaky Dragon Episode 12

February 26, 2012
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It’s episode 12 of Sneaky Dragon. The podcast that gives you more podcast in a convenient podcast-sized podcast. This week Dave and Ian have lots to say about the difference between a baker’s dozen and a podcaster’s dozen. (Hint: only one is real.) They also hop on that whole Women’s Lib bandwagon everyone’s talking about […]

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A Link Dressed Up As A Nine

February 20, 2012
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Oh boy did we have a fun show last week and we have the links to prove it. So let’s not blither blather, but get right to it! First up, during the show – apropos of nothing – Ian brought up the Berenstain Bears and insisted that they are Jewish. They are not. Everyone knows […]

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Justice Pals/Sneaky Dragon Crossover Podcast Part II

February 19, 2012
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Hello, friends! Just so you know, the second half of our crossover podcast with the Justice Pals gang is up on the Justice Pals website. You can go there to hear it or check it out on iTunes, where you can also subscribe to the show. Ian and I had a lot of fun doing […]

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Sneaky Dragon Episode 11

February 19, 2012
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Oh boy, everyone, it’s Episode 11 of Sneaky Dragon. That’s Sneaky Dragon, the Digital Version! We won’t see another one of those until episode 101! (Which is a long, long way away.) So, in this episode, David and Ian have the greatest start to their show in the history of podcasting. That’s at least five […]

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Oh, Heavenly Links!

February 12, 2012
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Hi, everybody! Ian has found some great links related to our most recent episode, which was a special one because we had guests! That’s right, we we’re joined by Eric Fell, Allen Morrison and Shaun Stewart from the Justice Pals podcast. This time, with five people in the room, there was way less of our […]

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Sneaky Dragon Episode 10

February 11, 2012
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It’s Episode 10! That’s right, they made it into double digits. This is also a special episode because this week Ian and Dave were joined by their friends from the Justice Pals podcast, Eric Fell, Allen Morrison and Shaun Stewart. They had a great conversation and, although there is the usual serving of pure nerdiness, […]

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Chain Links

February 7, 2012
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Well, it’s that time again. Time for Ian to post a bunch of links on our Facebook page and time for me to post them here on our website. It’s become a bit of a tradition here at Sneaky Dragon Inc. Like Kwanzaa – only it has more traction. First up, in this episode I […]

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Sneaky Dragon Episode 9

February 4, 2012
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Hey everyone, welcome to Episode 9 of Sneaky Dragon. This week Ian has some microphone issues – pretty strange for a guy who makes a living as a roadie; Dave reveals his unfortunate speech impediment; parenting is discussed, mostly for the bad; both stump the other with useless trivia – Ian, video games, Dave, music; […]

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Linkin’ Logs

February 2, 2012
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Hi y’all, welcome back to Sneaky Dragon for this week’s link post. Ian has posted a whole bunch of links on our Facebook page, but I like to post them here too. Partly to keep our website as interesting as our Facebook page, but also because it gives me the chance to comment on Ian’s […]

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