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 a second appearance on Looks Unfamiliar to talk about The Yellow Album by The Simpsons, The Frankie Goes To Hollywood Computer Game, Sweet 75, Linc’s, Transformers Action Masters, The Way Of The Tiger and Quatro – and more insulting of Piers Morgan – which you can find here.
Garreth also showed up on a Looks Unfamiliar Christmas Extra to talk about Channel 4’s Malcolm McLaren-driven 1991 Christmas Day musical oddity The Ghosts Of Oxford Street, which you can find here.
Garreth also features in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Emma Burnell, Ben Baker, Phil Catterall, Stephen O’Brien and Mark Thompson, which you can find here.
Saboteur gets another mention – this time on ill-advised computer upgrade the Commodore Plus/4, in the edition of Looks Unfamiliar with Paul Abbott which you can find here.
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