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The Pink Panther on Venus: a Horror Tale

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Pink Panther on Venus
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When your creative work lies dormant, it sometimes takes a holiday to get the juices flowing again. And Halloween is arguably one of the juiciest holidays available. So, welcome back to the Sheer Joy of Noise. Mwawah ha ha ha ha….

“The Pink Panther’s Visit To Venus” is one part alien conspiracy, two parts ghost story, and in some ways a coming-of-age tale in which a young feline tries vainly to reconnect with his roots. We learn that the celebrated Pink Panther is in fact from another planet, the Prodigal Son of a dead race of beings. But a journey to his doomed planet reveals a spooky haunted house. The terrors that lie within will test the limits of both panther and human alike…

This master work was recorded in the vicinity of 1983, right around the time of The Ghost of Mr. T, in fact. The similarities are obvious, of course. Both are Halloweeny, dealing with ghosts and spooky rainstorms. (Both of them feature sound effects from the classic Disney album “Chilling Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House”) It is the differences that are notable, though. The Ghost of Mr. T seems on the surface a bit more silly and abrupt, yet it simultaneously addresses vengeance and corporate greed.  Conversely, Pinky’s trip to Venus seems deadly serious.  The listener immediately discerns a defensiveness on the part of Pinky, whose trip seems outwardly rather than inwardly motivated; he seems desperate to prove that he is not an actual panther but a mutated Venusian who inadvertently wandered into a pigment mine.  The combined effects of a messy, junk-filled spaceship and unfortunate encounters with spooky portraits, angry dogs and ghosts result in a spectacular failure that is received with indifference, even relief, by the protagonist.

The shrewd listener will note that this recording is supposed to be accompanied by an illustrated storybook. While I recall getting about two pages into this, I never finished it. I invite you to “read along” in an imaginary storybook, with eyes closed. But stay close to the door, in case you get scared and have to bolt.

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October 26th, 2012 at 2:18 pm


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Tough and Tender

The Ghost of Mr. T - EPISODE 2

In our previous episode, things went terribly wrong with a misguided attempt by N.A.S.A., apparently intoxicated with power, to forcibly send Mr. T on a mission to outer space. But will Mr. T cut through all the jibber jabber and seek his revenge? Find out in this action-packed conclusion.

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October 31st, 2010 at 1:05 am


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My name is Norm. I like to make tape recordings.

I've been recording myself, friends and family since 1978, when I received a tape recorder as a gift from my mom and dad. I kept all of these recordings and now, 32 years later, I have thousands of hours on tape, CD, mini-disc, hard drives, memory cards. I'd like to share some of them with you.

If you want to get technical, this legacy began on April 11, 1976, exactly 34 years ago, when my dad recorded me singing, giggling, and telling surrealist stories. Here's my favorite segment:

Henry And His Post Hole Digger - 4/11/1976

PARAPHRASED TRANSCRIPT: (Read along!) Once a time there was a little boy named Harry, and Harry had a post hole digger. And Harry had some tago. And the tago was sent to the Three Bears. Then, Mama Bear said: "I want to get some tago."

- ABOUT THE PHOTO: This is my 3rd birthday, April 8, 1976. There's Gwen, myself, Holly and Darren. Note the "bedposts" in the background on the right. You will be seeing them again. {Spoiler: They are pure evil.}

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April 11th, 2010 at 11:30 am

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