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nterview with cartoon legend Space Ghost shows there is more to the hero than
I black mask, a monkey sidekick and a hit talk show on the Cartoon Network
By Chris Martin
fthe musical refrain of a song like “Don’t
Send in the Clowns” or "Minkey Boodle”
suddenly fills the air, look up up into the
y, because Space Ghost might be near.
“Space Ghost and Dino Boy,” a Hanna-Bar-
era cartoon about a bulky black-hooded
|omic-book superhero, made its debut on
nerican television in 1966. After swinging
trough the ‘60s and defeating a myriad of evil
illains from outer space, Space Ghost took
he next two decades off.
In that time, according to the Cartoon Net-
I’ork, Space Ghost discovered Earth’s “talk
jhow wars” and, with a burning desire to be-
:ome a “player,” pitched his own talk show to
The Cartoon Network bought the idea, and
n 1994 “Space Ghost Coast to Coast” became
he latest foray into the late-night talk show
^ ar i ^ icene. The show is a simultaneous blend of
j. irilliance and awkwardness, and has hastily
j, jecome the hip hangout for celebrity guest
itars ranging from Michael Stipe to Fran
" irescher to Alice Cooper.
Space Ghost’s co-stars include Zorak, a gi
ant locust and former arch-enemy who now
Id heads up the house band. Also on hand is
slow-witted former space pirate Brak.
The comedic musical interludes by Space
Ghost, Zorak and Brak sprinkled throughout
theshow are now available for Earth citizens
a convenient compact-disc collection
called Space Ghost's Musical Bar-B-Que, from
lino Records. Space Ghost has released two
|cvious albums in limited edition through
® Cartoon Network.
The new CD features 37 tracks of songs and
comedic vignettes from the show, such as “1
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Love Beans,” “Smells Like Car toon Planet” and
“I Love You, Baby.”
To promote the release, Space Ghost and
Brak hosted a conference call for college
newspapers to field questions about the al
bum and themselves.
Question: Howdy, Space Ghost.
Space Ghost: Greetings, American young
Q: How are you?
SG: I’ve never been better. I’m living a
dream. I feel like a hundred dollars.
“No, Em plain as chipped beef. I
am Mr. Humble. A lot of people
can take the kind of success we’ve
had on Musical Bar-B-Que and just
lost their minds. WeVe sold over
370 copies and Em humble as dirt.”
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Q: Since the success of your debut album,
have you turned into a diva or are you still flat
on the ground?
SG: No, I’m plain as chipped beef. I am Mr.
Humble. A lot of people can take the kind of
success we’ve had on Musical Bar-B-Que and
just lose their minds. We’ve sold over 370
copies, and I’m still humble as dirt.
SG: Never begin a sentence with “and.” I
must teach you kids. Good heavens.
Q: Why did you feel the need to put out an
SG: Brak, Zorak and I are, of course, very
musical. It’s just one of those natural things.
We get in the studio, we sing, we dance, we set
fire in our pants. And the music just happens.
Q: While you were recording Musical Bar-
B-Que, who were your greatest musical in
SG: Well, I don’t want to gross anybody out,
but Zorak, Brak and I got naked, turned on the
black light, sat in a room and we got down to
our roots. We started talking about Hendrix,
listening to Morrison and Charlie Parker. We
were boiling apple cider in the kitchen —
that’ll make you nutty. So we sat naked, we
had our apple cider, and we got in touch with
that whole ‘60s experience.
Q: Do you feel like you are competing with
current performing artists like Jewel?
SG: No, I really don’t. Entertainment is a gi
ant palette of many different colors and fla
vors. I’m the yellow ocher in the entertain
ment spectrum. There’s room for everybody.
Q: Space Ghost, who are you a ghost of?
SG: I was Tad Ghostal, originally. I fell into
a Hormel meat grinder during a tour. I want
ed to see how they made the chili. They were
busy throwing a goat in at the time. I leaned
over to see if it would totally grind up the
horns, lost my footing and the rest is history.
Q: So do you or Zorak have anything to do
with the mysterious crop circles?
SG: Yes, as a matter of fact. What you do is
eat pimento loaf and go stand in the middle of
a field. In the middle of the night, if you wait
long enough and you eat enough pimento
loaf, a miracle happens. And thus are born the
Q; Your past two pets from theshow are now
dead. Do you plan on having any more pets?
Please see Ghost on Page 5.
The resurrection of shows like ‘Knight Rider,’
‘Fame’ begs the question: ‘Is it all worth it?’
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where have you
As Paula Cole
all the cowboys have gone, our gener
ation should investigate the disap
pearance of quality television shows
from our childhoods, namely the car
toons we grew up watching.
Scooby Doo has long since been
replaced by the likes of Two Angry
Beavers and cheesy Fluke films. So
where have all the pot-smokers of
the Mysteiy Machine gone?
Luckily, this is just one of many
cartoons and childrens’ programs
that has survived the ridicule of re
make-mania (although, I hear there
is talk of a Scooby Doo movie with
Jim Carrey as Shaggy).
It never seems to fail that some
television executive gets it into his
or her head to bring back oldies in
an attempt to recapture the nostal
gia Generation-X members har
bored as kids.
From “Knight Rider” came “Knight
Rider 2000.” The classic film Conan the
Barbarian has become a syndicated se
ries filled with extras from “Baywatch.”
But the ultimate display of televi
sion wrongdoing has finally reared
its ugly head. No longer will the mu
sical theme of “Fame... I’m gonna
live forever; I’m gonna learn how to
fly, high ...” be one of thousands of
tunes we pass on to our children.
Now the song will sing, “Fame...
I’m gonna toke forever; I’m gonna
learn how to fly, high on crack-co
caine.” And we owe this all to the
makers of “Fame L.A.,” adding this
updated series to a list of unneces
sary television remakes.
The time period from the ‘70s to
mid-‘80s held a vast array of enter
taining programs for children. From
"Inspector Gadget” to “Thunder-
cats,” these animated shows were
our passion, our diversions from the
evil plague of growing up. Forget
football — the shows were our great
But when a certain power-hungry
industry makes an attempt to trans
form die good ’ol days into a more
modern, nineties depiction, the
essence of childhood memories is lost.
And what do we get in return? Si
mon, Chalkworld’s longtime hero,
has switched over to using penlights
on his IBM supercomputer. “You
guys need a new basketball goal be
cause the last one you had got erased
by someone standing too close to it?
Please see Francis on Page 4.
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