Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Now That's What I Call Stuart's Favourite Music 73 - Super Furry Animals - Juxtapozed with U

I love this song.  Probably the only song I do like from Super Furry Animals.  It was released in July 2001 and reached number 14 in the UK singles chart.

Two music videos were produced for the track, but my favourite one is this one,featuring three people walking through the streets of Hammersmith, dressed in cardboard costumes of a camcorder, clapperboard and microphone. Weird!

I can't really say much else about it other than it's a great song and worth a listen if you've never heard it before.

Monday, January 09, 2023

Now That's What I Call Stuart's Favourite Music 72 - Tim Souster - Journey of the Sorcerer

Famously used as the theme tune to the brilliant BBC television adaption of Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Journey of the Sorcerer was in fact a song originally written and performed by the American rock band "Eagles" (yes, Hotel California) from their 1975 album entitled "One of These Night", and it was that version which was used as the theme to the original Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio series in 1978 

Of course, for me the best version was this one, arranged and recorded by Tim Souster for the 1981 television series.  It actually takes me back to the mid-80s when my Dad introduced me to the series.  

Composer Joby Talbot did a marvellous version for the Hitchikers movie in 2005, but I must admit to preferring the early 80s synth/electronic sounds of Tims version.


 And here's the original version by The Eagles.

Sunday, January 08, 2023

Game Covers - Super Cycle (Commodore 64)

Super Cycle.  Hang on.  If you can.

You're sitting on 750 cc's of screaming machine, chrome and pistons ready for the course.  It's you and your cycle against the road, the curves, the other motorcycles and the clock.  Hot rubber on hot streets as you scream to victory.

Racing was never so fast and furious.

It takes split second timing.  You must know when to cut, when to speed up, when to brake.  Hesitate, and there's no way you'll win.  Act rashly, and you crash.

You race through progressively harder courses.  Finish successfully, and you get to try the next one.  But don't push your machine too far.  Keep your eye on the instruments.  Push it to the limit, and you win.  Push it over, and you crash.

  • Race against Other Motorcycles, through Countryside that Changes from Course to Course.
  • Watch Realistic Instruments - Tachometer, Speedometer.
  • Lean into the Turns, Scream Out into the Lead.
  • One Player.

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Monday, January 02, 2023

Game Covers - Arkanoid Revenge of Doh (Commodore 64)

Eons have passed...  yet despite apparent annihilation in the original ARKANOID game, Dimension-controlling force "DOH" has come back to life, and occupying the huge space-craft ZARG, has entered our Universe.

ARKANOID type space-fighter MIXTEC runs through long-forgotten computer data until it finds the answer to this threat... "VAUS 2" is launched and speeds towards the threatening alien presence, before it can extract its revenge...

"The Revenge of Doh"

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Sunday, January 01, 2023

Game Covers - Arkanoid (Commodore 64)

The era and time of this story is unknown.  After the mothership "Arkanoid" was destroyed, a spacecraft "Vaus" scrambled away, only to be trapped in the void...

You control the Vaus and have to penetrate 32 levels and then confront the "Dimension Changer" whom you must destroy in order to reverse time and resurrect the "Arkanoid".  Frantic action and split-second timing combine to produce the most addictive and compulsive game.

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Tom Thumb

"So Stuart, how did you see in the new year?"

Well, I played and finished Tom Thumb on the Commodore Plus 4 for the umpteenth time and uploaded it on to Youtube! 

Hello 2023

Time to dig out this SID song again.  I really need to write a new one!  Happy new year to my friends and family.  

Well, 2022 was a bit crap to be honest, and I am already wondering what shit is going to be thrown my way for 2023.

One thing is for sure...  there will be plenty of gaming (both retro and new) starting with the Dead Space remake in January, and lots of walks with Millie. 

Onwards and upwards, eh?