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My kind of summer blockbuster.... - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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My kind of summer blockbuster....
Spidey this. Super that. Bat the other thing. It gets old.

This, though? Pretty feckin awesome:

It's a real Marvel movie. Team concept. Plenty of mad skillz. Plus the team includes a potted plant and an animatronic raccoon. How can you go wrong with that?


You either love, or hate, the piece of soundtrack that comes in just past the 1:30 mark. It's a talisman of my teenhood from the early 70s, a bizarre reworking by an English-speaking Swedish band (called Blue Swede, oddly enough) of a perfectly normal 1969 B.J. Thomas recording that I vaguely remember. It was Thomas's biggest hit before "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" won an Oscar and a Billboard #1 placing after featuring in the Butch Cassidy soundtrack. But the Swedish clef soared even higher, and had the 9th grade graduates of Woodland Junior High ooga chokka-ing all summer long in 1974.

Lost in the transition, though, was the British artist, Jonathan King, who three years earlier took the Thomas hit to the not-quite-top of the Pops in the UK in 1972:

The top comment on that Youtube is, apparently, from King himself, who laments:

Yes; this is constantly used in films; sadly they tend not to use my original (using the Oooga Chagga chant; BJ Thomas did the first country version) but the cover 3 years later by a Swedish session group. I get no money for my arrangement!

Can't drop any quid your way, dude, but hopefully you'll get some recognition and belated love this summer as the Guardians go forth to the drumbeat of your Ooga Chokkiness. And, like some guy named Gary, we'll call you "The King!"

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digitalemur From: digitalemur Date: February 22nd, 2014 04:22 am (UTC) (Link)
My workplace's mascot is a drawing version of the goose that lives on a lake on campus. Most people call this goose Jorge, but there's this minority who is determined that his name is King Gary, so I appreciated that shout out to the King just now.

And I am so bleeping stoked about GotG. Apparently some people were horrified to find out that the trailer was FUNNY, because apparently a movie about two men and a woman and a raccoon-like alien and a sentient tree is not supposed to be funny?
xiphias From: xiphias Date: February 22nd, 2014 01:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, if there's HUMOR in it, we run the risk of the movie actually being FUN and ENJOYABLE.
digitalemur From: digitalemur Date: February 22nd, 2014 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
And apparently enjoyment is not _real_ comic book fandom, right right, I forgot!

You know, I first got the "fandom means how much trivia you know" thing from a family friend when I was in middle school. He sent me a Lord of the Rings trivia quiz. I was a little mystified, because that wasn't the point, to memorize facts! I was polite about it, but now that I think about it, it _was_ encouragement to take a memorization view of fandom. Wacky.
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