Where strange fact and stranger fiction collide
The Best New show of 2016: And the winner is Stranger Things. The best way to describe this show, is as if back in the 1980’s if Steven Spielberg, made a mini-series out of the works of Steven King. This show is awesome. It’s about….Well I am not sure that I can do it justice, describing, so just go watch it on Netflixs. But the Duffer Brothers hit nostalgia and creepiness pay dirt. It shows us a 1980’s ripe with pulp culture references and a truly hidden supernatural world that is closer than we think it is. The Department of Energy, (The bad guys in the series) even tongue and checked made an announcement that they are not conducting experiments that are letting supernatural monsters in to our universe.
And I love the cast both older cast, with an awesome comeback of Winona Ryder and the younger cast. But a shout out has to be given to Millie Bobie Brown as Eleven. With minimal dialog she tells a story ad a back story that most adult actors couldn’t pull off. Sometimes heroes comes with a shaved head and a pink dress.
New song in 2016 that makes me sing in the car when I hear it. And the award goes to Lumineers for Cleopatra. This is an unusual song in that it is obviously from a women’s prospective, sung by a man. According to Wesley Shultz, the lead singer of the Lumineers, that it is a re-telling of a story he was told by a female cab driver from the Georgian Republic, who one true love proposed when her died, and she couldn’t give him an answer and he left their village, and she mourned the lost decades later.
To me this shows the universalness of the song. Here a goat farmer in Oregon is singing a song, along with a Jersey boy about the loves a woman form the former Soviet Union. Besides like that other song of the album, Ophelia, it is a snazzy song to sing along with.
New song in 2016 that captures the spirit of the Pretenders. And the winner is Florence + The Machine’s Ship to Wreck. OK, ok, this song was released in 2015, and even nominated for a Grammy that year, but I didn’t hear till 2016, so it counts for 2016 (My awards, my rules). Besides if a year needed a song about how we don’t create things just to watch them fall apart it was 2016.
Thematically it reminds of Flogging Molly’s gem Float but it sounded so much like vintage Pretenders, I though they released a new album when I first heard this. It time we just got back some good fashion rock and roll, and who better to emulate that that chick from Ohio that turned British punk on its head.
Musical comeback of the year: And the winner is the Belly 2016 tour. Back I the early ninnies the cutest button on the music coat was Tanya Donnelly, man did I have such a crush on her. I was really excited when she got the band together and hit the road this year. It was like it was 25 years ago. At 50 she rocks like we were back in college. When she faces Gail Greenwood and plays her guitar in to Gail’s base and the notes just vibrate off each other, that is my definition of musical love making. What makes this comeback so poignant is that today Gail revealed that during the concert she was undergoing Chemo therapy. May rock and roll never die and Belly have a lot more tours.
Best supernatural comeback: The Return of The Mothman. Nearly 51 years to the date of his first appearance in Point Pleasant WV, of Mothman was seen again by a group of hunters, this time they got a picture. Looks like Mothy is back. Of course sense he is supposed to be an omen of disaster that may not be a good thing.
Stay tuned Part III will include life time achievement awards and the highly anticipated Best in Farm animals categories.