All posts tagged: 98

Chef Aid: The South Park Album

Who remembers this gem from 1998. SIDE NOTE: It’s hard to believe that South Park has been on the air that long, and maintained it’s popularity, but creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have always had their finger on the pulse of pop culture. In the second season (back when Chef was prominent character), Chef discovers that Alanis Morissette’s hit song “Stinky Britches” is actually a song he wrote year ago. While trying to get compensation for this, things turn around and somehow Chef is the one who ends up jail. The boys decide to throw a music fundraiser for Chef entitled “Chef Aid” featuring musicians like Ozzy Osborne, Joe Strummer and Wyclef Jean Not only was this a popular episode, but it turned into a popular album. It even had it’s own spin-off of Behind the Music. With songs like Chocolate Salty Balls, the album did very well on the UK, Canada, and US charts. As much as this is a comical and spoof filled album, it did feature some surprisingly good songs. On …

Claymation TV of the 90s

Cartoons have always been a dominate force in the annals of Prime-Time television, especially in the 90’s when shows like The Simpsons and King of the Hill would pull in big ratings for FOX. In 1998 a new form of cartoon was catching wave and thought to be the next big thing. I’m not talking about Seth MacFarlane, he was still a year away before releasing Family Guy. I’m talking about claymation. You mean like Rudolf and the California Raisins? Yes, exactly like Rudolf and the California Raisins…only a little more adult skewed sprinkled with repetitive plot lines and cheap pops. UPN banked a lot on this trend picking up. I’ll be the first to admit that I was very excited for their Friday line-up of Gary and Mike, followed by Celebrity Deathmatch. And being totally honest, I enjoy Gary and Mike; the story of two friends traveling across the country on a road trip, accomplishing nothing of importance, and unwittingly destroying hopes, dreams, and personal property.And  it featured the voices of Harland Williams and …