The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, November 21, 1997, Image 3

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nber21 friday • November 21, 1997 Lifestyles 3t a vegeta J 0w er risk off ■' er ' a lowert| be in bettel ^ban peopiej "'tain manyr n iron andct to keep pec; le gumes,^; vegetables: titles inava 'iso helps re] 3r| d prever dark leak )urces of Is, which r etarians r m ^ nly found; getariansc olesterola- Elevated fr; ding risk fa: 'id stroke, one oftti leath in k pt a soup d of a hufe eir risk |tion on tte questior: [ducatior; turned off ?? 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 Staff writer 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 e channel. 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 tary/tmeij ' Health KKK in up Is (AP)-c Iter is late's lion s app I a fedora 1 : the Klar service, * trouble,' lithdrawal, |t Monday, oplied in Apr! Ilitter on tw |dwayaspar little rwf t-hrt Ifway # |ghts of th 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 people! 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.” SPACE GHOST ON THE SUCCESS OF HIS NEW ALBUM Icontendf, ]n only pf civic ai employ 1 lor govei |elingdi ‘State [kk; P |a flat ti"! prAttoi baid. 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. Q.And why— 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 other album? 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 spirations? 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 crop circles. 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?’ James Francis opinion editor P inwheel, pin wheel, memories abound... Look at my pinwheel and see a mute clown... Pin- wheel, pinwheel, where have you been?... Good question. As Paula Cole continues to wonder where 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 American pastime. 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. ay I Biology Department These courses were left out of the Spring course catalog. MICR 351 - Section 508 BSBE 312 MW 8-9:50 a.m. MICR351 - Section 509 BSBE 312 MW 10-11:50 a.m. ZOOL 388 - Section 505 BTLR 001 T 9:35-12:25 a.m. ZOOL 388 - Section 506 BTLR 001 R 9:35-12:25 a.m. BIOL 489 - SP TP GENES, ECLGY & EVOL Pepper Section 500 BTLR 100 MWF 10:20-11:10 a.m. For more information call 845-7771 November 24 & 25 at 8 pm Rudder Auditorium Can 845-1234 for tickets Opera & Performing Arts Society