Monday, April 27, 2009

Phelpster's Custom DVD Covers - Volume 4

Thought I'd share a few more of my custom DVD cover because why not? A few of these aren't 100% finished yet, so if you notice, say, Special Features for the Royal Tenenbaums on the back, try and ignore that for the time being. As usual, click on the images to be taken to the Deviant Art pages. Once there click on the image to see it full sized.

Eraserhead Criterion - I used an awesome Japanese poster for this. As cool as the Jack Nance poster image is, I am a little tired of that seemingly being the only image you can use on an Eraserhead cover.

Harold and Maude Criterion - Another attempt at a Criterion style cover.

The Blob '88 - I know, I know, the Blob is way more red than it is on the cover. Poster Blob was pink, I darkened it as much as I could without it looking too crappy. And yes, I know the tagline on the back is the same as on the front. I'll fix it later on some time.

Spasms - Used the original VHS back, but the front cover was one of those Red Foil covers. Those don't scan very well, so I improvised and used an image from a poster for Stanley, another snake themed horror film.

Before I shut up, I got a pretty cool comment not too long ago from a guy called Coop some of the artists out there might be interested in. I'll just paste what is written on his site:

"I am attempting to amass a large collection of portraits of Frankenstein's Monster in as many different styles and in as many different media as possible as an ongoing art project. The only stipulation is that the size is 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches (standard artist trading card size) and that each card has name, date, title and anything else you care to add on the back.

I welcome cards from both amateur and professional artists.

I will be leaving blank cards with instructions and mailing address in galleries, colleges, art shops, on buses, handing them out in the street and wherever else I can think of.

If you are reading this and would like to get involved, please send a portrait to:

A Patchwork Of Flesh
45 Silversea Drive
Westcliff on Sea
United Kingdom

Each card I receive will be uploaded here to produce an on-line gallery, I then hope to put on an exhibition of these cards in a gallery."

Head over to the site A Patchwork of Flesh and check out some of the submissions.

Asylum Party - Borderline

A bit of a change of pace here today, this is French Coldwave, New Wave, Post Punk or "Nouvelle Vague" - in two reviews I saw them called all of these things - band Asylum Party and their 1989 album Borderline. I just discovered this album on another blog a few weeks ago and I think it's a pretty amazing album that should definitely be more well known. I've just listened to track 10 about 5 times in a row while uploading/posting. Give it a shot, you might just love it as much as I do.

1 Play Alone 6:22
2 The Sabbath 3:22
3 La Tourmente 6:33
4 First Days of Winter 3:24
5 La Nuit 4:55
6 Better Days Ahead 4:44
7 Winter 5:04
8 Pictures 6:58
9 Old Dreams Are Not Innocent 4:49
10 Julia 4:06
11 Sweetness... of Pain 6:30
12 Before the Smile 4:24
13 White Light 4:58
14 Together in the Fall 5:44


Choice tracks: First Days of Winter, Julia, Sweetness...of Pain

And while I'm here, remember to watch Chuck on NBC tonight, it could be the last time we get to do so. Don't make Sarah angry. You wouldn't like Sarah when she's angry.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Withnail & I

One of my absolute favorite films (Top 10, probably) Withnail & I (German title, Withnail & I), Bruce Robinson's tremendously funny 1987 film about two unemployed actors in London and their mistaken holiday. Starring the brilliant Richard E. Grant as Withnail, Paul McGann as "I" (actual character name Marwood, though it's not mentioned in the film or credits) and Richard Griffiths as raving homosexual Monty. Also with Ralph Brown, nearly stealing the show as deranged drug dealer Danny. Ralph was also in Wayne's World 2 as Del Preston, a character very similar to his Danny character from Withnail.

I recently purchased the R2 3-disc DVD of the movie. Included was a cd of the score. The original soundtrack featured both the score and the other songs featured in the film (the Jimi Hendrix tracks, The Beatles, King Curtis, etc.), so I ripped my CD of the score and tracked down the rest of the songs featured on the soundtrack.

1. A Whiter Shade Of Pale (05:29)
King Curtis
2. The Wolf (01:33)
3. All Along The Watchtower (04:10)
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
4. To The Crow (02:22)
5. Voodoo Chile (04:28)
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
6. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (04:44)
The Beatles
7. Marwood Walks (02:14)
8. Monty Remembers (02:02)
9. La Fite (01:10)
10. Hang Out The Stars In Indiana (01:35)
Al Bowlly & New Mayfair Dance Orchestra
11. Crow Crag (00:56)
12. Cheval Blanc (01:15)
13. My Friend (01:28)
Charlie Kunz
14. Withnail's Theme (02:40)

Who fucks arses? Maybe he fucks arses! Maybe he's written this in some moment of drunken sincerity.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Stefano Mainetti - Ratman (Quella villa in fondo al parco)

This is Stefano Mainetti's music from the 1988 film Quella Villa in Fondo al Parco, better known simply as Ratman. Starring 2' 4¼" tall Dominican Nelson de la Rosa in the title role of Ratman. Nelson was best remembered for starring alongside Marlon Brando in the Island of Dr. Moreau. Ratman also starred the highly likable Italian horror regular David Warbeck. Ratman's tagline - I'm not making this up - He's The Critter From The Shitter!

Those of you who haven't seen the film yet should definitely seek out a copy of the Shameless DVD release. It's only £5.98 on, along with most of the other titles Shameless has put out.
  1. Synodia (01:09)
  2. Persequor (02:00)
  3. Coniectrix (01:42)
  4. Egomet (01:26)
  5. Temulenter (00:31)
  6. Vesaevus (02:49)
  7. Xuthus (00:41)
  8. Necator (01:44)
  9. Esus (03:19)
  10. Daemonicola (01:07)
  11. Phitia (02:16)

Petition to Save Chuck

I've got some more music to post later on today, but first a little rant if I might. Chuck, my current favorite show on television, is at risk of being canceled. Between not so great ratings, and NBC giving no-talent ass clown Jay Leno a 10 o'clock show, Chuck is pretty close to getting dropped after next week's season finale.

I guess it seems like kind of a silly thing to post about, the show doesn't have many viewers so I can see why NBC might be afraid to keep it. However, I really think it's an excellent show that just hasn't been around long enough to quite find an audience. As someone who has been a fan of many high quality shows that get canned because Americans would rather watch some famous twats play dress up and practice dance routines, or watch some kind of glorified karaoke competition than a quality scripted show like Chuck or 30 Rock, I really don't want to see this happen yet again.

I know petitions don't usually do anything, but I found this one today:

It's already got around 20,000 signatures, so if you are one of the few watching Chuck, get over there and sign. Or if you don't watch Chuck, and just like my little site here, do me a favor and give it a sign. I'll be leaving the Save Chuck petition box up on my sidebar for the couple of weeks until NBC announces the show's fate.

Don't let what happened to Arrested Development, Freaks & Geeks, Undeclared, or Wonderfalls happen to Chuck.

In order to get some extra traffic to stumble upon this post with any Google searches, the lovely Yvonne Strahovski in her underwear:

Anyway, check back a little later for some music from a rather sleazy Italian horror film.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: The Animated Series

After the success (?) of Killer Tomatoes Strike Back! – the second sequel in John Debello’s Killer Tomato series – John, acting as producer, set out to give the children of the world something they didn't even know they had always wanted. That something? Attack of the Killer Tomatoes in animated form.

AOTKT:TAS features the voice talent of Tomatoes regular John Astin and also Maurice LaMarche who you'll probably instantly reocognize as Chief Quimby from Inspector Gadget (Along with about 200 other things).

Below you will find links for 5 episodes of the animated series. The first two files are up on Rapidshare, the other three are on Megaupload. I tried putting all on Rapid, but I was having trouble uploading today, so I just used Mega. Let me know if the MegaUpload files don't work - I uploaded all 3 in about 5 minutes. I haven't used them in a while, but I certainly don't remember upload speeds anywhere near that fast. They also give you the option of just watching the episode directly on the site now too, not sure when that started. Anyway, let me know if any of you have trouble with those.

I’ve got most of the episodes, so if anyone wants some more I’m sure I could be swayed into posting more of them. I got these from a very awesome uploader over at MySpleen and I would be remiss if I didn't give them the proper credit for ripping and uploading these files originally.

Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 4, 5, &6 Folder

Things to Watch For:
Siskel & Ebert At The Movies: The Animated Series
Mustachioed Tomatoian Dictatorship
Vengeance - A Dish Best Served Diced
The Ketchup/Catsup debate reaches it's boiling point
Start of Episode 4 - A 4 second B.C. Cartoon?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Toshiro Takashi - Daichee Bell

Man, apparently D.C. Cab's soundtrack is one sought after son of a bitch. It has been downloaded by people without RS accounts 462 times in under 3 days. Just as an example of how many downloads that is in such a short time - Fletch, much more popular and well known film, soundtrack posted November 6th, 2006, 400 downloads.

Moving on. I stumbled upon a rather rare treat the other day. This is the full version of Daichee Bell, which is played during Tochi's Do A Lap, Chug A Beer Tricycle race scene in Revenge of the Nerds (Spanish title - Guerra de Pazguato de Correría de Panty). Like some progressive metal song it takes over 2 minutes for the vocals to kick in, and then the song only lasts for about another 28 seconds after that. But it's still a very entertaining 3 minutes and 11 seconds of music.

While I'm here, a little shameless plug. I've just submitted a shirt design over at 6DollarShirts, so if anyone here likes my design, or future designs (waiting to see how bad the feedback is on this one first before I submit my other designs)give it vote. Here's a look - sorry to any Springsteen fans offended by the message, I'm just having fun here:

It's a cool site, by the way. Everything really is $6, and there are some really cool shirt designs available. In fact, I'm wearing the Callahan Auto Parts shirt at this exact moment.

Monday, April 13, 2009

D.C. Cab

I hope everyone out there had a nice Easter. At least those of you who, unlike me, don't have crappy jobs where you had to work on Easter. Today I give you the music from the 1983 film D.C. Cab. Directed by Joel "Ice to see you!" Schumacher, D.C. Cab stars Adam "John Casey" Baldwin and Lawrence "They Call Me Mr. T" Tureaud. It also stars Bill Maher, a man I've always wanted to perform a noogie on while simultaneously giving him a wedgie. He's actually not bad in this, but he's got this nearly Dennis Miller level of pomposity normally... not a good quality.

I had never seen this movie until about a month ago. One of my recent Big Lots scores, I gotta say I thoroughly enjoyed it. Loud, stupid, and most importantly tremendously entertaining. As a big fan of the NBC show Chuck (which is on the brink of cancellation - for the love of me, everybody watch it so it gets a third season!) I got a kick out of seeing the usually badass Adam Baldwin play such a goofy, bumpkin of a character.

1. The Dream (04:51)
performed by Irene Cara
2. Knock Me On My Feet (04:40)
performed by Champaign
3. Single Heart (03:32)
performed by DeBarge
4. Party Me Tonight (03:52)
performed by Stephanie Mills
5. Knock Me On My Feet (instrumental) (03:02)
Giorgio Moroder
6. World Champion (03:47)
performed by Leon Syvers
7. Deadline USA (03:32)
performed by Shalamar
8. Squeeze Play (03:18)
performed by Karen Kamon
9. One More Time Around The Black Ophelia (03:16)
performed by Gary US Bonds
10. DC Cab (03:17)
performed by Peabo Bryson

Phelpster Fun Fact: D.C. Cab is known as Mr. T and Company in the Philippines


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