Hopefully everyone is tuning into the Cobra Kai series on Netflix and enjoying the hell out of it. I fully admit that I was skeptical when I first heard about the show. It seemed like a cash grab or pure nostalgia for nostalgia sake, but I soon found out how wrong I was. So wrong.
Cobra Kai manages to capture the old magic of 1984’s The Karate Kid and continue the legacy with a deadbeat, all-grown-up Johnny Lawrence, successful businessman Daniel LaRusso and a new generation of karate kids. The result is fantastic and I can’t say enough good things about the show. I would also like to note that Johnny drives a 1991 Pontiac Firebird, drinks only Coors Banquets and wears a Zebra (the band) t-shirt. Need I say more?
Speaking of karate kids, it’s hard to believe that TNUC’s music video for Futurecop’s “Karate Kids” turns TWELVE YEARS OLD this year. Please press play and indulge again.
I remember the late nights in my old crusty loft in Los Angeles with no air conditioning, cranking this thing out at 3am in the sweltering heat. All Uncle T had to his name was his cat, some half-thawed boxes of Ellio’s pizza and one of those rotating fans from Kmart with the piece of duct tape stuck to the fan blade, flapping in the weak breeze.
Occasionally when it was unbearable I’d run outside and flop into the apartment pool to cool off. But only a little time would pass and those mystical, oriental synths of the Futurecop! song would beckon me to get inside and finish the video.