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Geekmusic Track 19: The, uh… Backstreet Boys – Larger Than Life

I admit, I don’t have this renowned reputation online or anything, but I can’t help but feel I’m risking what little I have by telling your how geeky a Backstreet Boys video is. The song, I’ll admit, is nothing more than your average boy band tune, but the video… the video… Well, just watch it and then we’ll talk.

Now, I don’t know how much input the band member themselves had in the making of the video, or whether it was just put together for them, or what, but it covers a good range of sci-fi tropes in its five or so minutes. You’ve got dancing robot boy, the space fighter pilot who seems to be shooting down space girls at the end, a brightly-clad spaceboarding future athlete of some kind, the guy in the white padded suit who seems to be practicing telekinesis or something, and the guy in the blue exoskeleton who… is, uh, attaching himself to modular panels of the wall. I don’t know what that last one is all about. I’ll tell you something else I noticed back in the day when I first saw this video. This video was released some time in 1999 and Lost In Space came out some time in 1998. I remember thinking that this video borrowed a bit of inspiration from Matt Leblanc’s fighter from that movie.

(Wikipedia tells me the song was recorded in November 1998; Lost In Space was released in April of that same year.)

I won’t go into detail about the Backstreet Boys, I’m sure you guys all know who they are. Larger Than Life was part of their 199 album Milennium.

My biggest question is about the dance sequence at the end. Judging by the lack of uniformity in their clothes, and that one guy is wearing his shirt unbuttoned, we can assume this is not a military ship. This negates the possibility that this is a drill of some kind. What, then, is the purpose of synchronized dancing? Is it a kind of team-building exercise? A physical regimen to combat the effects of low gravity while traveling in space? It wouldn’t be just dancing for the sake of dancing, would it? That just wouldn’t be realistic, and I think you know how much realism I demand in my space-robot-fighter-battle boy band music videos.

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GeekMusic: Kirby Krackle

You cannot deny that, at some point in your life, you have wished for superpowers. It’s the core comic book shop (or shoppe) question: if you could have any power, what would it be? Just the other day, I was quipping (as is my wont) that laser eye surgery is a sham; if there were a surgery that could give me laser eyes, I would know about it. Of course, the violent crime rate would explode as giving someone the stinkeye would result in horrific burns. Still, we can all dream of the day we all somehow develop phenomenal abilities beyond mortal ken. (Mortal Ken works in accounting, I think.)

Kirby Krackle is a two-piece geek rock outfit founded in 2009, out in Seattle, Washington. Their secret origin makes no express mention of details of mystical training, mutant genes, alien rings, radioactive insects, alien abduction, vampire blood, or murdered parents and their billion-dollar fortune being focused on a life fighting crime… but I think we can safely assume one or more of these is the case. Kirby Krackle has three albums out, at present.

Fun fact! kirby krackle is the name of a visual effect frequently used by comic book art pioneer, Jack Kirby. The King used them in his many titles to represent negative space in strange and wondrous energies. Comme ceci:

Kirby Krackle’s  Official Site

GeekMusic: Track 16 – Adam Warrock

It’s a theme week, geeks!

To kick of Comic Book Week here at GeekMusic, I present you another non-video (thanks, Youtube!). We stray away from pop and rock today, and into the realm of rap and hip-hop from the awesomely named Adam Warrock and the Infinity Watch.

I don’t even have to tell you what’s geeky about this song. That’s how it rolls. Hardcore geekery, right there. (And for the record, Marvel beats DC, in my book.) So rather than tell you about Eugene Ha, Warrock’s mild-mannered alter ego, and how he’s only recently begun his music career (3 albums available digitally), I’m going to make sure you understand who Adam Warlock is (the name upon which Ha’s pseudonym is based).

Adam Warlock was introduced in 1967, in Fantastic Four #6667, although he was simply known as Him, at that point. Later on, he was revamped by Roy Thomas in 1972 before finally landing his own series in 1975. (He only appeared in a few other titles during that time.) Got it? Good, because none of that matters.

Warlock came back in a  big way in the nineties -a period many comic book fans know as the dark ages. He reappeared in the miniseries called The Infinity Gauntlet, which was, actually, an awesome Marvel cosmic event comic. It all had to do with Thanos getting the eponymous mitten and laying waste to the universe. Naturally, everyone bands up to stop him and, in the end, fail miserably. I won’t spoil the story, in case you haven’t read it (which I highly recommend; it’s probably available at your local comic book shop, bookseller, or online, in collected trade paperback or hardcover graphic novel format), but the story ends with Adam Warlock getting the infinitely powerful gauntlet and not giving it up as planned, since he feels he can do more good as the universe’s supreme being, rather than scattering the gems as he had promised.

Adam gets his mitten on!

This leads to Adam’s most popular comic (which isn’t really saying much) called Adam Warlock and the Infinity Watch. Hence our artist’s pseudonym. Warlock’s series wasn’t tremendously popular, eventually got cancelled, and Warlock has since appeared in a number of Marvel’s cosmic titles (which took a sharp upturn in number around  2010, with the publication of the Annihilation storyline- and if you haven’t read Annihilation or Annihilation: Conquest, mofo do it now!)

So there you have a little Comic Book 101.

 

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