It’s the most wonderful time of the year…
Every year right around this time, the Fall season unmasks, the cold weather creeps in and the air is filled with something. With momentum building for the holiday, it’s the brisk, Autumn days leading up to Halloween that are the ones we’ll remember the most.
For the next two weeks, whether you’re riding your bike over wet leaves, hanging out in abandoned cathedrals, spending late nights by the lake, dismembering corpses, sacrificing midgets or seducing the neighborhood slumber party, don’t forget to stay tuned to your favorite Uncle to get your fix of fear.
The ferocious feature I’m presenting today stars our main man, Freddy Krueger, who took the pleasant courtesy during some of his downtime in 1987 to star in the following headbanger video. The video draws it’s curtain with dame Patricia Arquette, who plays Kristen, the chosen helpless teenie in A Nightmare on Elm St 3: Dream Warriors. Watch as she puts together a diorama of the Elm St. house using Popsicle sticks and…pictures of hair metal screechers, Dokken? YES.
There are too many scenes that I just cherish. From the earsplitting hawk-like vocals of Donny Dokken, to lead axe-grinder George Lynch hammering through a wall to shred a solo, it’s all nothing but bliss. Forget Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, the only jam I need for partying on the 31st is this beastly number by DOKKEN!
Enough words, time to maximize the video, turn it UP, press play and whatever you do, don’t fall asleep…
For the hardcore TNUC supporters, here’s the track in its rip-roaring, 320-bitrate glory:
D/L: Dokken – Dream Warriors
I can’t speak on what fate had in store for Rick, but I’d like to think he relocated somewhere up in Northern Alaska, far away from his enemies, where he has taken over a small town, turning all the locals into factory workers, making them work relentlessly to push thousands of units a day of his “Arrogance” perfume, while Rick spends his days lounging in his sauna with a girl dangling from each arm.
Various taglines from 1987’s The Principal:
“Rick Latimer had nothing to lose…until he was given the one job nobody else dared take.”
“An educator who never plays by the rules. A high school where the only law is survival. Will he break it before it breaks him?”
“Welcome to Brandel High…where two men who’ve never done ANYTHING by the book are laying down the law.”
“To get this job, he had to be crazy. To survive it, he’ll have to get even crazier.”
“To tame the roughest, meanest and wildest high school in the district, they needed an administrator who was rougher, meaner and wilder. Enter Rick Latimer.”
“He’s teaching the students at Brandel High two words… NO MORE.”
“At a high school where the students major in arson, extortion and assault, the new principal and the head of security just might be crazy enough to turn things around.”
This is the reason you wake up at night in a cold sweat. Steve Moore’s hauntingly beautiful Fever Dream. Make no mistake, this dream is a reality.
You can be fully conscious when the song starts, but the waves of synthesizer will wash over you and your mind will begin to wander out unwillingly into the fog. The first layer is gentle and captivating, which floats seamlessly over an ominous rhythm that feels like it’s slowly creeping towards you. Beware. Something else is lurking behind the layered rhythms…it slowly reveals itself from the mist and takes you to another level. Once the song ends you realize you have been in a trance for some time. It’s OK. It was only a dream. This track originally surfaced as a bonus on his Demo 2003 LP (get on that if you haven’t already, will ya). This 10’’ release, out on the Mexican Summer label next month, pairs the track with another eerie dreamscape called 30,000 Feet Deep.
The album art, pictured above, clearly matches the mood of the music it contains which will be a nice addition to your vinyl collection. Mr. Moore should already be on your radar, but if he is not, you have some homework to do. Take a leisurely stroll to his blog for updates on his upcoming work. I thank Uncle T for having me listen to Zombi’s ‘Surface To Air’ a few years back which introduced me to the wizard behind the keys, Steve Moore. It’s an honor to post here at TNUC. Uncle T and I are cut from the same cloth…Denim. Our mutual love for Steven Seagal’s ‘Out For Justice’, synthesizers, pizzas, strip clubs, and New England construction has provided the foundation for a great friendship.
– Jared Haselton a.k.a. Relax English (East Coast contributor to the TNUC book of enlightenment.) –
What I envisioned this release to sound like has now far exceeded my expectations. I posted about Steven Falken’s Visions EP a few weeks ago, but now that it’s surfaced, this sonic eruption is far more greater than I ever imagined. With only four songs, Mr. Falken manages to capture a sound that can’t help but draw you into a world of rich synthesizers, mansions on a hill, and Miami-drenched nightlife. Listen to the full-length effort below.
14 tracks / 63 minutes / 1 Swayze.
This very well could be the most important post on Uncle TNUC, and also could be the last, so listen up…It’s been a little over a week since we heard the horrific news of Patrick Swayze’s death. I’d like to apologize for the lack of updates, but as you can imagine, the magnitude of his death struck grief and sorrow throughout the TNUC camp. TNUC basically came to a screeching hault and to be honest, in light of this tragedy, the future of TNUC was seriously in question. When a loss this severe arrives, it feels like a part of your youth and upbringing closes its door. Yet through this loss, I’ve gained knowledge and learned something. I’ve learned that the one thing EVERY ONE knows about me, is my love for SWAYZE. I was amazed and shocked to see how many condolences I received over the week. I think it really hit me when artist LexiconDon said to me, “My heart goes out to you. SWAYZE was like a brother to you”. It’s true. From Road House, to Youngblood, to Point Break, to Black Dog, I literally swear by these films. I mean, how many people do you know that can say they own a Road House super-size half-naked SWAYZE poster, Road House soundtrack (on cassette), Road House beer coaster, Road House official Japanese movie program and the Tiger Warsaw soundtrack on Vinyl. And the list goes on, no kidding.
The heart wrenching week ended with a sign of hope that swept over me like a proud eagle. I closed my week-long grieving session with attending a rare screening at New Beverly Cinema of SWAYZE’S tractor-trailer-truck-testosterone-thriller, Black Dog. As I polished off my 17th beer of the night, I clenched my grip around the can, raising it in the air, thanking the higher powers that movies like this actually existed, courtesy of THE MAN. I could go on and on about the man but a proper 500th viewing of Road House is calling my name.
But before I go, I’d like to share a very special mix I’ve put together in honor of SWAYZE’S accomplishments. Some of the songs you’ll find on this collection are from his movies, but most are not. PROUD EAGLE: A Salute to SWAYZE, is primarily a collection of songs for you to take a deep dive into the memories of this cinematic icon and also the decade, respectively. Like this blog, this mix has songs for every type of listener. The last thing we want people to do is brush it off like the countless mixes posted on countless blogs. We’ve got something that appeals to every one. There’s dreamwave delights, SWAYZE essentials, soundtrack staples and even a couple monster ballads. Also note that even though the songs are included as individual tracks, and not put together as one continuous mix, they still should be played in numbered order! (track listing is in comment section)