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By: Halloween Nosalgia: The Haunted Mansion of Long Branch at bavatuesdays

Tue, 30 Oct 2007 15:43:17 +0000

[...] so besides the Toxic Avenger, New Jersey had one other amazing cultural treasure: The Haunted Mansion of Long [...]



By: jimgroom

Thu, 27 Sep 2007 19:27:22 +0000

@Mike Caulfield: Smurf Nazis -brilliant! We are of the same generation without a doubt!



By: Mike Caulfield

Tue, 25 Sep 2007 22:48:05 +0000

I'm with Gardner -- I grew up at the dawn of the video store revolution (high school class of '87), and many of my finest high school memories involve marathon games of Risk, big pots of coffee, and a Troma vid on the TV: at that time I think there was basically Toxic Avenger and Class of Nuke em High - although maybe Nuke em high was first year of college? We loved them -- and I'm still sentimental -- there was a raw geeky ingenuity to the gore, but more importantly there was just that joy of everything that is good and bad about being a high school male wrapped up into those things. All the being way too cocky and impressed with yourself, all the catalog of fetish hung onto by the high school male (all the fear of women as well), but all raw energy and unhoned brilliance too. In 1991 when I formed a rock band with friends, we called it The Smurf Nazis, partially in homage to Surf Nazis Must Die. No one except us got the pun. People kept asking us if we were really Nazis. I kept saying, yeah, and we're Smurfs too. The most striking Troma vid I think is Tromeo and Juliet, which I only saw once -- I was visiting my old high school friends for a mini-reunion and we decided to rent it... Maybe it was the beer and the 10 cups of coffee, but it struck me as kind of an oddly intriguing film... I mean -- in certain ways, it could be read as an extremely avante garde take on Shakespeare -- IF you took them as knowing they were satirizing themselves... but so long ago I'm not really sure. And many pots of coffee...



By: jimgroom

Mon, 24 Sep 2007 23:53:19 +0000

@Shannon; Tom Waits wrote that song under financial duress. He later retracted it as a moment of need-inspired weakness. But if I were from Jersey, and I thank the Gods daily I'm not, but if I were I would pull out the biggest gun of all Jersey greats: the late great [[Paul Gleason]]. Born and raised in jersey City and truly one of the best character actors of recent times (along with [[Harry Dean Stanton]]). His performances in [[The Breakfast Club]] and Johnny Be Good are downright brilliant. But I'm not from Jersey so I really shouldn't have given you all this caliber of ammunition, but I'm a softy at heart.



By: Shannon

Mon, 24 Sep 2007 21:53:09 +0000

Oh good so I'm not the only one who is defending Jersey from the likes of the Brookyln-brainwashed Jim Groom haha, I kid of course (sort of). Gotta give it up for the Jersey shore, I do love it so. And just because the parts closest to NYC are kind of gross doesn't mean the rest of the state is, its actually quite beautiful in some parts. We ain't called the Garden state for nothing. As much as I am fan of The Boss I'm still more of a Billy Joel fan. I guess that makes me a sell-out to the Long Island, oh well! Just remember Jim everyone loves a Jersey Girl. I believe Tom Waits dedicated a whole song to being in love with a Jersey Girl and you cannot deny Tom Waits haha.



By: D'Arcy Norman

Mon, 24 Sep 2007 21:27:28 +0000

Lots of good has come from Jersey! Both Bud Abbott and Lou Costello! Excellent! Also, David Cassidy, Danny DeVito, Jack Nicholson. Dennis Rodman, Kelly Ripa, Tara Reid. Wait. It's going south fast...



By: jimgroom

Mon, 24 Sep 2007 21:16:41 +0000

Ice-T is so weak!



By: Mikhail

Mon, 24 Sep 2007 20:58:35 +0000

Look, people, Paul Robeson was from Jersey (not to mention Allen Ginsburg, Norman Mailer, Dorothy Parker, William Carlos Williams, Jack Nicholson, Ice-T, and the Misfits. So there.



By: jimgroom

Mon, 24 Sep 2007 20:45:40 +0000

Actually Gardner, This could easily explode into a family feud, for Antonella was part of the Bruce Springsteen fan club in Italy, and had traveled Europe widely to attend Springsteen concerts. There is even a funny story about her accosting the bass player that she may even tell you at some point. Personally, Bruce has never really been of much interest to me, though his appeal on Long Island was everywhere felt, but when put up gainst the bubblegum pop of the Ramones, I'll go with the kids from Queens anyday of the week. Jersey be damned!



By: Gardner

Mon, 24 Sep 2007 20:34:42 +0000

James Miller would agree with you about Springsteen. I used to agree with you, but now I think Springsteen is not at all overrated, except when he's awkwardly trying to channel Woody Guthrie. (Not the Boss's true metier, I think.) I do think he makes aging rock critics very, very nervous, or sycophantic, or both. :)