Batman part 1

MV5BNTIzMDI1MTk3Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODE4NzM1MjE@._V1_SX214_AL_For Christmas my parents bought me a DVD called Gotham City Serials. This DVD contains the Batman serials from 1943 and 1949. I like the old serials from the thirties and forties and was excited to give this a view. This is Batman on the big screen just 4 years after he was created and its pretty cool to see a comic book adventure that was on the big screen before special effects were wildly used.

One thought I had when I was watching this was that the guy who played Robin kind of looks like David Faustino who played Bud in Married With Children. Pretty neat shot of Batman in his batcave. To bad they couldn’t afford a batmobile for this one, I guess you can’t have it all even when you’re a millionaire. Batman looks like he is wishing there was a computer in his cave and he is sad that Bruce Wayne’s millions couldn’t buy him one.

One thing to consider in this first serial was that it took place during World War 2 so I thought it was interesting when we see a shot of Little Tokyo and the narrator says it has been a ghost town since a wise government rounded up the shifty eyed japs. After this we find out that the main villain in the serial is supposedly a man of Asian descent named Doctor Daka and is working directly for the ruler of Japan and is going to bring down the democratic evil of  the United States.

He looks a little more like a white guy under heavy make-up that is really overacting but he still makes for a good bad guy. I’m thinking kids from this time probably would look at this guy as what the Japanese really looked like. This episode is big on propaganda against the Japanese and what else would you expect during the war. I’m wondering what’s in the cigar that Dr. Daka is smoking because he acts like he is on another planet.

We also find out quickly that it isn’t wise to say to no to Dr. Daka because he turns men into zombies. Not the flesh-eating kind but the mind controlled kind. The Doctor also has a death ray at his disposal along with a creepy mustache and even creepier eye lashes.

Batman wasn’t in this episode too much and when he shows up with Robin towards the end they get their butts kicked pretty bad. Maybe in the first four years of the comic they didn’t learn to fight well. Anyway this episode was pretty entertaining to watch and it was fun to see what people were seeing at the theaters over 70 years ago. I kind of wonder when kids originally saw this were they excited by the action or did they see it as corny. I guess we will never know. If your interested in seeing this the whole serial is on you tube and episode 1 is below, let me know what you think.

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Rock is Not Dead Yet: Part 1

Back in September Gene Simmons said that Rock And Roll is officially dead. He stated that the system that was in place when Kiss came on the scene back in 1974 is gone and rock bands don’t get the support they once had. He went on to say that it’s to easy for the younger generation to steal music and not pay for it and this is what killed rock and roll. To further prove his point he asked people to name a rock band who came out in the last 20 years that is a household name today. He didn’t say that there weren’t good newer rock bands out there, he just said that you can’t get rich off of Rock And Roll like you could in the past.

After Gene made his comments several other Rock stars such as Dee Snider, Slash and Rob Halford agreed with him. They said that he was right that Playing Rock And Roll isn’t something that can make you rich anymore. That doesn’t mean there isn’t a market out there for guitar based rock music and there are lots of new young rock bands out there that just need to get a little more attention to break through to a wider audience. It’s not as easy as it use to be but it can be done.

SaveRockRollWhen I was a kid growing up in the eighties there were a lot of great rock bands out there. You could see bands like Aerosmith, Poison, Dokken, Motley Crue and Cinderella on MTV and hear them on hit music radio. In the present day you don’t hear rock music on hit music stations. Even the rock music stations don’t seem to play a lot of stuff from the last 15 years.

That being said I know there is good rock music out there still getting made. I hear it on podcasts and indie music radio stations like WMSE.org. Good new rock music is out there, you just have to look a lot harder to find it then you did 20 years ago. To quote Joan Jett: “I Love Rock and Roll,” and just in case Rock is dying I want to quote The Who: “Long Live Rock, Be It Dead Or Alive.”

So if you stumble upon this blog post, I want to ask you is rock dead? I can name lots of great rock acts from the fifties, sixties, seventies, eighties and nineties. But what about the last 15 years? If you know of any good rock bands from the last 15 years, leave a comment on this blog or email me at dwatson2@wi.rr.com. I’m hoping to start writing blog posts on new rock bands who need more publicity, so help me out and below you will see a you tube video from one of my all time favorites: