Ray Van Horn, Jr. is a veteran entertainment journalist whose writing and live photography has been featured in Blabbermouth.net, Dee Snider’s House of Hair Online, Fangoria.com, Horror News.net, About.com Heavy Metal, MetalManiacs, New Noise, Music Dish, AMP, Hails & Horns, Unrestrained,Noisecreep, Impose, Pit, The Big Takeover.com, Rough Edge.com, Pitriff and others. His blog The Metal Minute won a “Best Personal Blog” award in 2009 from Metal Hammer magazine and he wrote and produced his own hard rock e-zine, Retaliate.

He has contributed essays to UK author Neil Daniels’ Iron Maiden and ZZ Top biographies. Ray’s fiction has been published in various periodicals and anthologies, including his flash fiction piece “Off the Record” for Akashic Books’ “Mondays Are Murder” noir series. His recent short stories “Before the Ball” and “Widow” were featured in subsequent editions of Alex S. Johnson’s Axes of Evil anthologies. Ray wrote serialized original superhero fiction for Cyber Age Adventures and five of those stories appear in the anthology Playing Solitaire. He was the winner of Quantum Muse’s fiction contest in 1999.

Ray is a former NHL game analyst for The Hockey Nut and one-time host of the forum “Comic Books” at ReadWave. He has done beat reporting, photography and lifestyle articles for Metromix, an affiliate of The Baltimore Sun, Carroll Magazine, The Northern News and The Emmitsburg Dispatch.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunday Triple Play - 9/7/14

It Came From the Eighties highlights this week's Triple Play.  As I'm a (mostly) proud Gen X'er, I always find myself trolling through a lot music from the 1980's after I finish my review queue each month.  As my generation is now one of the most catered-to (outside of the Boomers, of course) by marketers, it's both fun and unsettling to see a lot of love being cast toward the Eighties.  Most of it's designed to get us to buy recycled crap we grew up with that have been rebranded for our children.  However, riding through the movies and the music of the Decade of Decadence, I can't help but drown in the nostalgia of it all.

Here are three clips that are not always highlighted by Eighties retrospectives, save for maybe After the Fire's poppin' cover of Falco's new wave jam, "Der Kommissar." Following that song is the obscure Boys Don't Cry with their nutty one-hit goof-around, "I Wanna Be a Cowboy."  This song is silly as all hell, but it has an undeniable groove and look, there's Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead as one of the bad guys in the video!  Win-win, in my book.

Finally is the Divinyls with their modest hit, "Pleasure and Pain."  I prefer this song to their breakout "Touch Myself" since it has an all-around dirtier hum than the latter cut.  Whereas Chrissy Amphlett was more blatant lyrically in "Touch Myself" amidst a near-innocuous soundtrack from the band, "Pleasure and Pain" writhes with a sex hump from all stations.  The late Amphlett's an aphrodisiac from head-to-toe in this video, and the song's her motoring vibrator.  This is the sound of the Eighties I'm probably most fond of outside of punk, alternative and heavy metal.

After the Fire - "Der Kommissar"

Boys Don't Cry - "I Wanna Be a Cowboy"

Divinyls - "Pleasure and Pain"

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