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 musician and writer Garreth F. Hirons, who’s getting puzzled looks whenever he mentions The Yellow Album by The Simpsons, the Frankie Goes To Hollywood computer game, Krist Novoselic’s post-Nirvana outfit Sweet 75, sitcom Linc’s, the Transformers ‘Action Masters’ range, The Way Of The Tiger gaming books, and high-concept soft drink Quatro. Along the way we’ll be finding out why Ian Amblin took exception to E.T.’s Rugby League, how marketable a Richard Stilgoe Action Figure would be, the correct angle for Ped Gill’s head, and more than you would ever rationally want to know about what happened on 24th November 1998. Plus there’s an update on the Piers Morgan/Monster Munch debacle!
Garreth Hirons is a musician and 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!). You can find Garreth’s blog Atomic Sourpuss here and follow him on Twitter at @invaderace1.
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Garreth made another appearance on Looks Unfamiliar talking about The Bigger The God, Food Fighters, Saboteur, The Triangle Of Terror, Sizzlin’ Bacon Monster Munch, and Fun At The Funeral Parlour – and more insulting of Piers Morgan – which you can find here. Garreth also returned for festive themed chats about The Ghosts Of Oxford Street here and Futurama here, and stood in as host for an edition with Tim talking about comedy on BBC Radio 3, which you can find here.
Garreth has also appeared on Tim’s Marvel Cinematic Universe podcast It’s Good, Except It Sucks talking about Avengers: Age Of Ultron here, Thor: Ragnarok here and Venom here, and standing in as host to chat to Tim about The Defenders here and Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings here.
There’s more on Transformers – and their not exactly close rivals Rock Lords – in the edition of Looks Unfamiliar with Paul Abbott, which you can find here. Bizarre spinoff Frankie Goes To Hollywood merchandise also features in the edition of Looks Unfamiliar with Mark Griffiths, which you can find here, while David Smith took a look back at Bart Simpson’s Guide To Life on Looks Unfamiliar here.
Garreth also features in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Paul Kirkley on The Kids From Fame Again, Darrell Maclaine on The Brennan JB7, James Gent on When The Wind Blows by David Bowie, Ros Ballinger on Microsoft Explorapedia and Jonny Morris on Jesta Giggle by The Barron Knights, which you can find here.
If you just can’t face the exotic thrills of Quatro, Can’t Beat The Real Thing takes a look at the taste-free world of ‘alternative’ colas here.
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