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The MACK podcast (Middle Aged Cool Kids) is now officially our longest podcast/webshow in our podcasting/webshowing careers!
Dozens of listeners can't be wrong! Give us a try! =)
Also, if you are a fan of the older stuff, a lot of those episodes can still be found at DaveAndShecky.com.
MACK #114: The Shark Worshippers
[ This is a video podcast! Link to the video below =) ]
It’s a video podcast from us! But, it’s also fun just to listen.
In belated honor of Shark Week, we watched and reacted to an In Search Of Episode from 1978 — The Shark Worshippers!
This particular episode of In Search Of is a little rougher than I thought it would be as far as shark torture goes.
We cut out something particularly offensive but if you want to see the gore, by all means find the episode here on youtube and watch it to your heart’s content.
Talk about a show that would never make it on tv today. In the end I think we are leaning toward The Shark Worshippers was a ruse of an episode. Those people may live in Fiji, but I’m pretty sure anything ceremonial we saw was completely scripted and inauthentic.
Make sure to check out all of our other episodes on MACKPodcast.com and also give our online radio station a try — MACKRadio.com.
Thanks for listening!
MACK #113: Very Special Episodes – PART 2 The Ranker List
Hi everyone! As you may or may not remember, our last episode was all about Very Special Episodes. This is a phenomenon that took place mostly in the 70s, 80s and 90s — a normally enjoyable and family-friendly half hour sitcom would all of a sudden become a cringe-inducing PSA. Subjects included drugs, kid touching and much more. Please do check out the first episode of this series if you haven’t already listened.
In part two we go over Ranker.com‘s top 10 list of Very Special Episodes, as voted on by the people! While there are a few crossovers from the list we covered last time, there are some interesting episodes we hadn’t thought of.
Thanks for listening, and as always you can catch up on all of our other episodes on MACKPodcast.com and listen to our groovy online radio station at MACKRadio.com.
MACK #112: Very Special Episodes
Hey there folks! Today’s show is all about Very Special Episodes.
I’m not sure if this is just a US thing or if our friends in other countries also experienced these horrifying plots shoved into half hour comedy shows, but just in case you aren’t familiar with the term:
“Very special episode” is an advertising term originally used in American television promos to refer to an episode of a sitcom or drama series which deals with a difficult or controversial social issue. The usage of the term peaked in the 1980s.”
It seems as if every half hour comedy that aired in the 70s and 80s (and into the 90s as well) had to put a halt to the funny and take an opportunity to teach us about whatever. Child abuse, Pedos, Aids, Lesbians, Drugs — and more.
It was a cringe fest as it happened and honestly, if you were young enough, it was also pretty traumatizing.
There are quite a few lists of cringe inducing Very Special Episodes, so this will be a two-parter. In this show we tackle the many episodes that wikipedia deems “Very Special.”
Lots of fun chat and many many tv show clips included in this one!
If you’re interested in more TV talk from us, give Our Top 5 70s TV Shows and Our Top 10 Favorite TV Show Theme Songs a listen!
Thanks for putting up with our nonsense!
MACK #111: Muse — Simulation Theory
Hey there good people! Today’s episode is about the Muse concert film, Simulation Theory.
If you only follow our podcast and have never ventured into our YouTube channel, then you may not be aware of Dave’s many reaction videos. People suggest bands and songs and Dave watches and reacts in real time.
A lot of people request Muse songs. A lot. We, of course, had heard of Muse — but we really didn’t know much about the band or their music. Fast forward over 30 Muse song reactions later, and we have become big fans of this band.
Recently someone has recommended a more recent song of theirs, The Dark Side. So Dave reacted to it:
This song came from a newer album that also had a concert film made of the tour. I really wanted to watch it with Dave and we finally were able to sit down and take it all in.
My goodness. This was probably the greatest concert film I’ve ever seen and I am so happy for and jealous of everyone in attendance over those two nights in the O2 arena. Truly an amazing performance. It is so well recorded and produced that I can’t imagine anyone not liking it.
We both went into this not know all of the songs that they played but it didn’t really matter. We were both just blown away by it all.
There is a sci-fi narrative throughout the film, dealing with alternate realities (the simulation theory) and a main stream media that doesn’t seem to want to report the truth. And just to really blow your mind, there’s a virus/pandemic thrown into the mix. Is Muse from the future? Perhaps!
You can rent this film on YouTube for 4.99 (for HD) and we both recommend you do.
I try to explain that I think certain elements of this show are an homage to movies and bands that have influenced them in some way, but Dave becomes way too fixed on the word “homage” and we get a front and center seat as he dreams up a whole scenario based on what he thinks is New York State’s best wedding band, Homage.
We drift a little bit off topic here and there while Dave shares some stories from the road.
If you’re interested in hear some of our other music based episodes, here’s a link.
Thanks for listening everyone!
MACK #110: Our Top 5 1970’s TV Shows
Hey everyone! Here we are!
Spring in upstate New York is a wonderful time to do work on your house, your garden, your property etc. And that’s what we’ve been up to.
Last year we put together two beautiful vegetable garden beds and then one day realized that we’d been invaded by these weird worms that just basically destroyed the whole thing. So this year we put together a make shift green house to try to combat those pesky buggers.
Anywhoooooo, long story short, we’ve been taking advantage of some really nice weather to get things done around here.
But today we’re back and we decided to talk about each of our top 5 favorite 1970’s tv shows. Some of Dave’s picks surprised me and I’m sure none of my picks surprised him.
Personally I enjoy the hell out of 1970’s everything. Movies, tv shows, music. It was a better and more groovy time.
Thanks to PlutoTV one of my favorite 1970’s tv shows has a channel all of its own so I get to watch it a whole bunch.
If you are interested in hearing about how we rank various other things, follow this link right here and you’ll see we’ve been ranking things for quite a while.
Also, don’t forget to check out Dave’s MANY youtube reaction videos along with other stuff we have posted throughout the years.
Alsox2, Dave recently appeared on a friend’s album, playing on two songs. The album is Strange Mutations by Count Blastula. Dave’s handiwork can be heard on Tracks #3 and #4.
Well, it’s been fun catching up!
See you next time America!
MACK #109: Skinwalker Ranch
Hey there everyone! We’re back with episode 109 which is all about the Skinwalker Ranch.
Well, mostly about Skinwalker Ranch. We do drift away from our topic from time to time.
If you love paranormal shows of all types, the chances are pretty good that you’ve at least heard of the Skinwalker Ranch. The ranch is on a 500+ acre plot of land in Utah. There are many reports of crazy things happening in and around that area. Some even claim that the reports go back as far as the 1700s.
There have been a ton of radio and television shows dedicated to the ranch and what goes on there. Zak Bagans, Portals to Hell, Art Bell, George Noory, Jeff Rense and even Joe Rogan have spent time discussing or investigating Skinwalker Ranch.
In this episode we talk about the ranch and it’s history. We also listen to some George Knapp (he literally wrote the book on Skinwalker ranch) clips from various radio shows he’s been on.
The ranch has changed ownership quite a few times. Most recently it was purchased by Brandon Fugal who has put together a team of scientists, researchers and experts to try and get to the bottom of what is really happening in that corner of Utah.
The team, Brandon, and the ranch itself all starred in an 8 episode series on the History Channel, entitled “The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch.”
There have been electricity problems, failing gear, radiation spikes, ufo sightings, animal attacks and a lot of other spooky stuff highlighted throughout the show’s run.
It has been a pretty fascinating watch, especially if you’re into this sort of thing. Pssst, I am!
And now they are about to start airing season 2.
So, if you haven’t binged season 1 yet, now’s the time. You can watch it right here on the History Channel’s website – no login required.
Also, Dave and I briefly discuss the latest (and maybe the greatest?) Nic Cage movie that was recently released. Willy’s Wonderland is so damn fun. A campy horror flick that I personally think deserves to achieve cult classic status ASAP. If horror/comedy is something you enjoy, we both recommend this one whole-heartedly!
Alrighty, that’s it for this week.
Thanks for listening!
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