A little something to perk up your weekend. Basically, this is what happens when Broadway cast members from The Lion Kingand Aladdinget stuck at an airport together and are on a weather delay. They SING! And freestyle rap, in the case of the Genie. Enjoy!
It’s high time you guys got schooled in the Old School. Get ready to get rocked by the Power to Move You. That’s right, this summer Music Minute is bringing on the ROCK!!!!!
So sit down ’cause school’s in session.
Rock n’ Roll ain’t your Grandma’s Bingo tournament. Modern Rock has been around since the 50′s and holds old roots in Jazz, Bluegrass blues, Rockabilly, and the Deep American South. The guitar came over on the slave ships. The trademark studded leather outfits can be sourced back to the Renaissance Era when rich nobles padded their doublets with metal plates as a form of hidden body armor because swords were a leading cause in Death, second to the Plague and horrible hygiene. The staple heavy duty combat boots were easy to come by after the Second World War thanks to Army Surplus stores. Baby Boomers wanted, no, craved a new sound that would go against the then current norm and they found it through the scream of an electric guitar riff.
So I’d like you to meet Rock n’ Rolls big bad Big Sister…Joan Jett.
She’s been rockin’ out on the guitar since 1975 and she still kills it on stage every time she performs live. Her resume is hella impressive and she has coined so many famous rock songs that today’s musicians would give their eye-teeth to take a piece of that cred. She was the lead guitarist for The Runaways (the infamous all girl rock band that spawned all sorts of hard core grief among parents and authoritative figures). Proving that girls can rock just as hard as the boys she formed her own band, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts , when the Runaways broke up. Joan has played alongside just about everyone in the music industry past and present. She may look like the Rock Daughter of Alice Cooper‘s but she shreds just as vivaciously as Slash. One of the few bastions left of old school rock she’s the type that tells it like it is, sticks to her guns, and lets her guitar show the world what she’s all about.
Some call her the Queen of Rock. And you know what? She’d look killer in a crown.
This may come as a shocker. Everyone brace yourselves…your favorite blog writer (me) is actually a bit older than y’all.
WHAT? NO! REALLY?
I know, right! Who knew? But it’s true. And I mention that so that when I go into this whole thing about a character named Jem, you’ll know I’m coming from a position of experience in this matter. So here we go…
We got a trailer for a movie due this October that features a fictional girl band that was a pretty big staple during my childhood. Observe…
Yup, Jem is coming back! As in Jem and the Holograms, who first appeared in the animated show Jemall the way back in 1985 (30 years ago; totally dating myself here). It was about Jerrica Benton, a young girl who inherits both a music company and a foster home for girls from her late father, and uses her dad’s invention, an AI program named Synergy, to create the holographic illusion of Jerrica’s alter-ego Jem, who leads the band The Holograms, consisting of Jerrica’s younger sister Kimber and their adopted sisters Aja and Shanna. The Holograms are constantly up against rival group The Misfits, who act as the main villains of the show, along with a greedy rival music head. Here’s the opening titles…but you might want to shield your eyes a bit here. These are some very strong neons coming at you!
Yeah, I know. It was a different time, people! Sure the animation was crummy, the songs were half-baked at best, the whole thing was cooked up by Hasbro to sell toys (that was the goal of just about every cartoon back then) and the colors alone are enough to give you eye strain. Having said all that, this still holds a place in my heart. It was glamorous and exciting for kid-me to watch on syndicated TV back in the day.
So what do I think of this new film version, people may or may not be wondering? After watching the trailer, I greet this with a resounding ‘meh’. Actually more of a disappointed ‘meh’.
Seems to me that the only thing that’s survived the original storyline was four girls, a band and bright pink. Otherwise this could be any run-of-the-mill girl-doesn’t-know-she’s-talented, girl-finds-out-she’s-talented, girl-lets-fame-go-to-her-head-and-we-all-learn-a-valuable-lesson movie. Where’s the artificially intelligent program that uses hologram-based entertainment tactics that adds a nice Sci Fi touch to the proceedings? Where’s the girl trying to save her company and her family? Where’s the over-the-top fashion and glamor?
I may be protective of this, but I don’t think I’m being too biased. Especially since I saw a recent reboot from another medium that is just way, way cooler than what this trailer is hinting at.
IDW Comics has come out with it’s own Jem and the Holograms series. I’ve read the first issue, and gotta say it made me love The Holograms all over again. This series focus’ on Jerrica and the band trying to get their first big break but Jerrica has a crippling case of stage fright, to the point that the band is running out of money and on the verge of breaking up. But then the girls discover Synergy, and Jerrica now has a way to hide behind the Jem persona and become the star her sisters need. But it’ll bring a whole new set of troubles, I’ll wager, especially going up against reigning girl group The Misfits.
See? Much more interesting. And the artwork is great, super colorful without being to grating. This is what I’d expect a reboot of The Holograms to look like.
So not all hope is lost when it comes to taking an 80s icon and rebooting it for the new millennium. I just hope the movie isn’t as dry as it seems to be. Will you guys give either of these a go? (The comic is still in it’s initial run but once it’s out as a graphic novel we’ll see if we can get it in for VPL).
For the love of cheese toast and fries! I haven’t seen something like this since…since…before Pixar won all the Oscars! It’s so beautiful. I can’t even right now. Just let me love this on repeat!
The animator and her team made this amazing video….for fun.
My mind is just blown away by the amount of time, effort, frustration and creativity that went into creating this little slice of heaven. I can’t stand the Keshamusic video but this one makes me want to get up and dance through the stacks flipping my hair like I just don’t care. Such emotion, energy, and motion. And it’s all hand drawn!