Back in 1986 Marvel decided to take a shot at one their own comic books saving a rock icon just as DC did years earlier. However, much like DC couldn’t get the rights to use The Beatles name, it appears Marvel couldn’t lock Bruce Springsteen into a deal, but you think that stopped them from using Bruce and the E Street Band’s likeness? HELLS NO! The comic basically drew the band in perfect likeness but used some pretty genius writing to cover their tracks. How genius? Well I’ll tell you Tony (all of our readers are named Tony today). They named the lead singer Brick Springhorn and had him sing hit songs like “Born in America” and “Dancing in the Night”. So, the heroic Transformers were likely saving Brick Springhorn from the Decepticons during a rousing version of “Dancing in the Night” which probably sounded/looked like this, but in this version I like to think Ironhide is doing the dance instead of Courtney Cox.
30 years ago Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie and producers Quincy Jones and Michael Omartian all got together to write a song for Supergroup USA for Africa that would sell over 20 million copies. That song? Are you kidding me? It’s right there in the title. It’s ‘We Are The World’. Released March 7th, 1985, USA for Africa featured some of America’s biggest pop stars including: Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Tina Turner, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Loggins, Steve Perry, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Bob Dylan as well as many, many others. Between merchandice and record sales, it is believed that ‘We Are The World’ raised between $45 and $47 million in relief for Africa. Since I haven’t read the news since 1985, I’m gonna assume this solved everything and Africa is now a powerhouse both socially and economically U-S-A! U-S-A! But, to be sure I’ll just check Google and…oh dear god…I was WAY off… Enjoy the video and if you got a few bucks, maybe send them to Africa.
We all love album covers. Of course we do. Don’t argue with me, I know where you live! Back when we used to physically purchase albums said albums often came with covers on them. Some of those album covers went on to be pretty famous. But what was going on outside the margins of those famous album covers? We may never know but a series called “The Bigger Picture” by web design company Aptitude has done a pretty good job at theorizing the answers…
Ever wonder what that naked baby on the cover of Nirvana’s album ‘Nevermind’ would look like from behind? Well sicko, you are disgusting and I hope we are never friends. That said, you are in luck! A person who goes by Harvezt has created a series entitled ‘The Dark Side Of The Covers’ in which we see what famous album covers may look like if they were taken from the other side of whatever is going on in the album…wow this is harder to explain then I thought. Hopefully the pictures explain it, after all they are worth a thousand words (but I got these ones on sale for 950 words, no big deal). Enjoy.