Saturday, September 26, 2009

Married Punks #4: Das Klown Review

Originally appeared in Married Punks #4, which was probably published in 1995. Reprinted as it originally appeared.

Das Klown Blow Yer Self 7"

I've been wanting to hear this band for quite a few months now, but never got around to it. Now that I have heard it I can safely tell you that it was worth the wait. No person in their right mind could dislike this! There's three songs ("Blow Yer Self," "Blue Jay Way," "Billy Bad Ass") and each one is excellent. I can't even pick a favorite. These guys get my vote as one of the top punk bands of the year.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Excess Hollywood: The High-Grade Workforce and Neo

A piece I wrote on Keanu Reeves for Film Threat garnered the most hate mail the site ever received upon until that point. I was pretty proud of myself, and I think Chris Gore was delighted. This column (originally published 8/15/03) was my response to all the mail. Enjoy.

Click here to read the hate mail.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Married Punks #4: Tales From the Joint Book Review

Yet another book review from Married Punks #4, most likely published in 1995. Transcribed as it originally appeared. The book was written by Hawkeye Gross.

Tales From the Joint

This hardbound book is a true story involving the author's prison time, and the cast of characters he meets. Gross, sentenced for drug possession in a very riveting opening, runs into some interesting people. There's Ted Bundy, Leory the Jitterbug (a hyper young guy with no morals), the head of the Outlaws (a very non-cliched type of guy) and the author's best friend in there: Judge Joe Peel, a jailhouse lawyer. This is chockful of stereotype destroying stories of what life is really like behind bars. An interesting fact to note: Gross says, "This [a long probation with strict parole] is the one chance the justice system has to keep the career criminal classification off a large number of first-timers entering prison. A sentence of probation keeps the fear of prison alive, and it just might be enough to cause a person to change his ways .... Because, once a person gets behind bars, he quickly realizes that he can adapt to the circumstances ... the fear factor of doing time in a penitentary is eliminated." Food for thought, isn't it?

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Married Punks #4: Street Gangs Book Review

This appeared in issue #4 of Married Punks, published (most likely) in 1995. I transcribed it as it appears. This is possibly the worst book review I've written.

Street Gangs

A very comprehensive, and accurate, guide to today's gangs. Skinheads, Korean, Asian, Bloods and so on. The author (unknown) writes about initiation rites, graffiti to look for, areas they operate in and their histories. The book is 74 pages long and not one page is wasted on nonsense. I highly recommend this only if you are interested in gangs, otherwise this book wouldn't interest you.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Married Punks #4: Poor Man's James Bond Vol. 1 Book Review

Reprinted as it originally appeared in Married Punks #4, published (most likely) in 1995.

Poor Man's James Bond Vol. 1

Survivalists, you must get this! Info on making zip guns, fireworks, body armor, cyanide, how to commit arson by phone, Marine hand to hand combat and much more. Jesus, you have to see it to believe it. What a valuable book. As you can tell-- this gets my official seal of approval.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Married Punks #4: Da Qiang Ji Book Review

Another reprint from Married Punks#4, with a publication date (most likely) 1995.

Da Qiang Ji: Power Striking

Power striking is the art of hitting and kicking for more power. This comprehensive book not only shows you how to do power striking, it also shows you why it works. By using easy to understand text and illustrations it teaches the reader how to combine various methods for greater striking power. This is a must for anyone interested in the martial arts.