Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Classic Television Episode of the Month: Galactica 1980

Galactica 1980 is considered to be the bastard son of the classic Battlestar Galactica. In some weird way I kind of like it. I know it sucks but I still have a certain fondness for it. Kind of like the three Star Wars pre-quels. Anyway, there is no denying that the best episode of the one season series was the final episode which featured the greatest character on the show, Lt. Starbuck. Here is "The Return of Starbuck". Enjoy!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Podcast #16

The latest of the Podcasts for your listening pleasure! This time around we get to hear the likes of Tommy James, The Maggies, David Cassidy, Sugarloaf, Elsa Lanchester, They Might Be Giants, James Earl Jones and more! Enjoy!

Dartman's Wacky Podcast #16

Friday, November 19, 2010

World of Wonder Tag Sale!!!

Here it is, folks; the first ever tag sale here in the World of Wonder. All of these items are from my personal collection. Browse around and see if there's anything you like. To purchase anything just send a comment with the item you want to buy and both your e-mail and snail mail address. I will let you know A) if it is still available and B) How much your total is and where to send the money! Every order will get a free gift bonus item!!! And all proceeds will be going towards The Richard S Dart Memorial Arts Scholarship Fund. This will be going on until the items are sold or I feel like bringing them to Goodwill. If you buy more than one item, I will obviously combine shipping costs. And of course, as with any tag sale - offers are considered and usually accepted!!! Thanks and enjoy the tag sale!!!

Records: All $1.00 unless otherwise noted

Sheila E - Romance 1600

Urge Overkill - Saturation (Promo Copy Orange Vinyl)

Dolly Parton - Great Balls of Fire

Jack Jones - Nobody Does It Better (contains the theme from The Love Boat!)

Madness - One Step Beyond

Linda Ronstadt - Heart Like A Wheel

Donny And Marie - Goin' Coconuts Soundtrack

The Chipmunks - Chipmunk Punk (Radio Station Copy)

Curtain Up:Music and Plunk, Tinkle, Ting-A-Ling

Johnny Mathis - Merry Christmas

The Monkees (repackage of the Arista Greatest Hits LP on Sounds Superb Label. Features pictures from "Monkees At The Circus" episode on the cover) - $5.00

The Pandoras - Stop Pretending - $10.00

LP Grab Bag - a lot of 10 assorted records (I have many of these - it's a surprise as to what's inside!!!) - $3.00 each

CDs: All CDs are $3.00 unless listed otherwise

Prince - Graffiti Bridge

Dave Samuels - Natural Selection

Supercop Soundtrack - Features Tom Jones doing Kung Fu Fighting and Devo doing Head Like A Hole!

Chick Corea Akoustic Band

Frank Sinatra Sings His Greatest Hits (1997 remastered edition) - $5.00

Blue Man Group - Audio - $5.00

Frank Zappa - Civilization Phaze III - $15.00

Bobby Darin - The Capitol Years (Box Set) $10.00

John Zorn - Redbird - $5.00

DVDs: All $4.00 unless otherwise noted

Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story

Domino - Full Screen

Thumb Wars: The Phantom Cuticle

Secrets of A Married Man - Starring Cybill Shepherd and William Shatner. Yes, I said Shatner!!!! - $1.00

Army of Darkness

Judgement At Nuremberg

The Alamo (original)

Carnival of Souls (original)

The Best of The Dean Martin Variety Show

Lars And The Real Girl (still in Shrinkwrap) - $6.00

The Road Warrior (Blu-Ray) - $8.00

I'm No Angel (Mae West) - $10.00

Belle of The Nineties (Mae West) - $10.00

The HIllsong Kids Live Worship - Tell The World - $1.00

Herbie Fully Loaded (still in shrinkwrap) - $5.00

Murder on Flight 502 - Starring Farrah Fawcett, Robert Stack and Sonny Bono! Yes, Sonny Bono!!!!! - $1.00

The Hangover - $6.00

Linda Lovelace For President - with Micky Dolenz!!!! - $1.00

Marc Bolan And T. Rex- Born To Boogie Special Edition - $10.00

Gene Autry - The Phantom Empire - Volume 2 - $1.00

Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe Volumes 2 & 3 - $.100

The Beatles Anthology Box Set - $15.00

The Man With No Name Trilogy Box Set - $10.00

Twin Peaks Season 1 Box Set - $5.00


Paperbacks:$.50 Each Unless Otherwise Noted

No One Here Gets Out Alive - Jerry Hopkins and Danny Sugerman

Film Flubs

'Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy

The Hunter - Christopher Keane

Wise Guy - Nicholas Pileggi

Paper Moon - Joe David Brown

After The Beep - Jonathon Winters

JACO - Bill Milkowski (with CD) -$3.00

Fields For President - WC Fields - $2.00

Hardcover: All are $1.00 Unless otherwise noted

Pet Semetary - Stephen King

David Lee Roth - Crazy From The Heat

Ranting Again - Dennis Miller

Fatherhood - Bill Cosby

The Road To Mars - Eric Idle

Book Grab Bag - A mixed bag of 10 books (I have several of these - Each one a surprise!!!) - $4.00

Odds and Ends

Box of plastic CD cases (there are a lot in here)- $5.00

VHS Video Grab Bag - Each bag contains ten videos - (I have many of these- Each one a surprise!!!) - $3.00 each

And there you have it!!! Happy Hunting!

"Beware The Beast, Batman . . ." or The Bookworm's Revenge!

I remember when Tim Burton's version of Batman came out in the 80s. It was huge! You couldn't go anywhere without seeing something to do with the movie. Not to mention that it was freaking awesome! After Burton left the franchise it went down hill until the new Batman films of the past few years. (personally, I thought "Batman Begins" was kind of lame. I did like "The Dark Knight, though). Anyway, one of the cooler items of memorabilia for the 80s version was a book on tape of the novelization of the screenplay. You would have thought that maybe Michael Keaton or even Kim Bassinger would be the one to read it. Nope. It was none other than, Cornelius himself, Roddy McDowall! Not to mention that Roddy was the Bookworm on the classic 60s television version of Batman! How cool is that? Find out for yourself when you listen to it. Here it is for all of your literary needs. Here is "Roddy McDowall Reads Batman". Enjoy!

Roddy McDowall Reads Batman

PS - If audio books interest you, stay tuned to The World of Wonder in the upcoming year as we unveil our newest feature: The World of Wonder Book Collection! You will love it!

Monday, November 15, 2010

And The Accordion As Bob Janitor!

I am not afraid to admit that I am a Weird Al fan. Not that you couldn't guess that but I have been a true fan of Al's ever since he first came to fame in the early 80s. I was, at one time, an incredibly rabid fan of everything he did. Over the years, I have still been a fan but not to the extent that I used to be. Not to say that he isn't as good as he used to be, it's just that I have kind of lost touch with what he is doing these days. There was a time when Weird Al was as big as Madonna. MTV gave his career a gigantic boost and he in turn raised the bar for music video. It was during this time that he released what I like to call, the long lost Al project. It was a classical album. You heard me. A classical album. Actually, it was a classical album aimed at kids. It was Al doing "Peter and The Wolf". Well, it was Al narrating Peter and The Wolf. The amazing Wendy Carlos (who was at one time Walter Carlos) provided the music. Well, most of the music. There is a slight bit of Al playing accordion on the record. You would expect a parody version but for the most part, Al plays it straight. There are a few jokes thrown in here and there and, as I said, an accordion part that was not in the original piece, but mostly it sticks to the original story. It's a great treasure that kind of went by unnoticed. I present it for you now. Here is Weird Al and Wendy Carlos with "Peter And The Wolf". (they also tackle "Carnival of the Animals!) Enjoy!

"Weird Al" Yankovic & Wendy Carlos-Peter And The Wolf

Here's the fake trailer for the Weird Al bio pic courtesy of funnyordie.com!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

I Want To Be A Stooge

Found this on YouTube! It's "THE THREE STOOGES SCRAPBOOK", the rarely seen television pilot. This is NOT the complete pilot. The series went unsold and was broken into two parts and released as theatrical short-subjects. This is the first of the two short versions. A huge token of appreciation to the uploader, 2reeler! Enjoy!

Friday, November 12, 2010

A Solo Carpenter

Just the other night, I was talking with my Uncle while looking through a gigantic collection of records and the topic of The Carpenters came up. He had just finished reading a tell-all biography about Karen and was filling me in on some of the gory details. (He has the distinction of going to school with both of the Carpenters when they were wee youngsters) In the book, they apparently talk about Karen's one solo album at length. He had never known about it. Of course, I did. I told him that I had had a copy of it somewhere. Well, it didn't take me too long to find it. Here's a little background on it: In 1979, Richard Carpenter was being treated for an addiction to prescription pills so The Carpenters went on a hiatus. Karen wanted to remain productive and record songs and did that for the next year, recording an album with producer, Phil Ramone and Billy Joel's back-up band. After completing the album, Karen played it to A&M executives and her brother Richard. The response to the album was not what she had hoped. She devastated and was coaxed into the decision to not to release the album. Quincy Jones argued with A&M Records for the album's release, but Herb Alpert (the head of the label) called it un-releaseable. Cut to a phone conversation between Karen and Phil Ramone on February 3, 1983. In the course of the conversation, the solo album was brought up with Karen stating. " That album is fucking great!" The next morning she died. Thirteen years later, in 1996, the album was released. The songs on the album remain the way Karen wished it to be mixed. Many fans have determined that the album should have been released in 1980 as it is a solid work and contains some of the best work Karen has done in her career. The same fans completely disagree with the negative opinion that A&M executives and Richard Carpenter had about the album. Still others agree with the original decision. Decide for yourself if it should have been released or not when you take a listen to it here at the World of Wonder. Here is "Karen Carpenter". Enjoy!

Karen Carpenter

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Breaking Bread

Here's a trailer for a new short film starring my friends, Roxanne Albee and Valerie Kairys Venet (aka Toby from The Monkees). It looks pretty funny. Just thought I would share it with you! Enjoy!

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