Has it really been that long? I’ll be turning 45 in a couple of months, and reading this story reminds me of how much time has zipped by. I still remember hearing this at around 13 years old, thanks to an uncle who was into New Wave music at the time. I was instantly mesmerized, as I was when I had first heard New Order a few months previous.
Shimmery and lo-fi are words that normally shouldn’t go well together. In the hands of New Zealand guitarist Roy Montgomery and members of the Philadelphia-based Bardo Pond, the description fits perfectly.
Anyone who grew up in a Spanish-speaking household will be very familiar with Sábado Gigante, and its ringleader, Don Francisco. It was the be-all and end-all of Latin American variety shows, and it spawned countless cheesy imitators.
The king has given up his throne. 53 years of fun and silliness will always be appreciated.