Looks Unfamiliar 2 – Garreth F. Hirons
Looks Unfamiliar is a podcast in which writer and occasional broadcaster Tim Worthington talks to a guest about some of the things that they remember that nobody else ever seems to.
Joining Tim this time is writer and musician Garreth F. Hirons, who tells us about his hazy yet definite recollections of indie band The Bigger The God, unlikeable action figure range Food Fighters, ZX Spectrum game Saboteur, short-lived wrestling sensation The Triangle Of Terror, Sizzlin’ Bacon Flavour Monster Munch, and BBC3 sitcom Fun At The Funeral Parlour. Along the way we’ll also be finding out why professional wrestlers should never attempt topical satire, what caused ZX Spectrum owners to live in fear of Ian Durell, and how Piers Morgan caused the decline of the maize-based snack industry.
Garreth F. Hirons is co-host of Retrospecticus – The Simpsons And Modern History, Together At Last!, a podcast that looks at an episode of The Simpsons and an event from world history that happened in the week the episode first aired in America. You can find the Retrospecticus website here and follow Retrospecticus on Twitter at @_Retrospecticus (don’t forget the underscore because they can’t!). I’d especially recommend Episode 19, Dead Web Page Society, in which Garreth discusses Dead Putting Society, Tom discusses the invention of the World Wide Web, and they both try and fail to explain Paul ‘Gazza’ Gascoine to international listeners.
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Garreth made another appearance on Looks Unfamiliar talking about The Yellow Album by The Simpsons, The Frankie Goes To Hollywood Computer Game, Nirvana spinoff band Sweet 75, Linc’s, Transformers Action Masters, The Way Of The Tiger and early eighties soft drink Quatro – complete with more insults aimed at Piers Morgan – which you can find here. Garreth also took over as host for an edition with Tim talking about comedy on BBC Radio 3 which you can find here, and festive themed chats about The Ghosts Of Oxford Street here and Futurama here.
Garreth has also been on Tim’s other podcast It’s Good, Except It Sucks talking about Avengers: Age Of Ultron here, Thor: Ragnarok here, and standing in as host to chat to Tim about The Defenders here.
Garreth also features in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Emma Burnell, Ben Baker, Phil Catterall, Stephen O’Brien and Mark Thompson, plus Tim on Perfect Night In talking about the BBC edits of The Monkees, which you can find here.
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