One of my favourite comics of all time is The Invisibles issue 9 which presents the day in the life of a henchman leading up to the moment where he’s killed by King Mob and company in one panel in a previous issue. A deleted scene on the Austin Powers DVD has a similar scene showing the effects the death of a henchman has on his family. Adult Swim shows like Venture Brothers, Frisky Dingo, Sealab 2021 and even Robot Chicken often make it a point to explore what’s happening on the sidelines of the major action.
I love diversionary stories like this. I’d love to see a whole series where it’s solely about the Kobra or Hydra henchmen who get killed or maimed or brutalized by an invading Checkmate or SHIELD as presented in a big action-sequence-filled first issue, but each successive issue presents the story of a different henchman and you don’t really which henchman it is until you get to the moment of truth… anyway…
BURN-E, a Pixar digital short on the WALL-E DVD, follows the BURN-E as he goes about his daily exterior maintenance and welding existence on the AXIOM ship. BURN-E can be seen briefly in the main WALL-E movie, but this short shows how WALL-E’s generally positive influence on most of the ship’s denizens is actually a little more than disruptive to BURN-E’s routine. It’s a cute and funny short which fast forwards through the main feature but focussing on the most minor of characters in the film.
I used to love, love, love bacon. For the past 5 years or so, however, I feel like bacon, despite its tastiness, does nothing but expand guts and clog hearts. I will get bacon on a cheeseburger or club sandwich on the rare occasion when I have one, but otherwise I avoid it. Today, however, I felt not like having ham (kind of overdosed on ham as of late) or (ech) sausages with my diner breakfast meal (eaten solely because we had an hour to kill since our rental house was being shown), thus bacon. Tasty, but yeah, guilt inducing.
Album: Straight Up Sewaside (1994), Hold It Down (1995). Das EFX seems to escape the consciousness of hip-hop fans, myself included, as one of the best rap groups of all time. Straight Up Sewaside and Hold It Down are all classic albums (Dead Serious, their debut has less longevity), full of catchy hooks, quotable lyrics and some absolutely slamming head-nodding beats. Back in the CD clean-out of of 2004, I attempted to dispose of my Das EFX albums, thinking them obsolete, but not realizing that each listen is a welcome listen. “Real Hip Hop”, “Here We Go” or “Krazy Wit Da Books” come on and I’m right in there with Dre and Skoob trading off their lyrics.
Their freeflow style and solid production weren’t so commonplace in the early ’90’s but by the end of the decade they were pretty much rendered obsolete because so many other artist had stolen their flavour. I had moved away from hip-hop in the mid-90’s when gangsta started to overtake and dominate the east coast style in popularity and missed out completely on Das EFX’s fourth and fifth albums. But listening again to the albums I did get, they seemed to get better with each successive album which makes me wonder if they peaked with Hold It Down or if their follow up albums built upon them. Either way, these two albums are still innately easy to listen to, rare classics that were never overplayed in their heyday.