Looks Unfamiliar 24: 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 for a second time is musician and writer Garreth F. Hirons, who’s still 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, mid-nineties 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 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 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 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 Jonny Morris, Paul Kirkley, James Gent, Darrell Maclaine, Ros Ballinger and Tim on Betamax Video Club talking about Absolute Beginners, which you can find 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.
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