Thursday, September 05

Watch This First: Criss Angel Rocks, 1989

by Jason Toon

When '80s stage magic meets '80s hair metal, what could possibly go wrong? How about "everything"? What makes this slice of spangled, AquaNetted cheese even more delicious is that the dorky frontman pulling rabbits from totally rockin' hats is none other than Mindfreak megawanker Criss Angel. "Don't You Want My Love" starts with an onscreen alert that "All the Magic that appears in this video is genuine and not aided by trick photography" and gets funnier from there. Bravo to Metal Injection for the find.

 


Watch Watch This First first, every weekday morning. Because the best way to start the day is to start it a few minutes later.

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Wednesday, April 25

The Trivial Eye: 80s Music Videos

by Jason Toon

Until the 1980s, the main way for a musical act to present any kind of visual element to their audience was through album covers, an art that finally came into its own in the '70s. But then came MTV, and suddenly every band had to give as much thought to their visual aesthetic as to their sound. Looking at them now, '80s videos are always naive, often scattershot, sometimes tedious. But the trackless wilderness of this new form encouraged all kinds of goofy experimentation, and produced some memorable images. Can you identify these mini-masterpieces from the dawn of the pop-video age?

Answers are here. Please post your guesses, speculations, or arguments, below! But know this: the Trivial Eye is presented for public amusement and no prizes are offered other than that familiar feeling of aggravation that so much of your mind is occupied by useless trivia.

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Wednesday, March 21

The Trivial Eye: 80s TV Themes

by Jason Toon

If you spent as much time watching TV as I did during the 1980s, we should start a support group together or something. On my deathbed, I'll be bitterly regretting the many, many hours I spent in the company of Arnold Jackson and Judge Harry T. Stone. Here are eight images from the opening theme sequence of '80s TV shows. Name them all, if the post-traumatic stress disorder doesn't get you first.

Answers are here. Please post your guesses, speculations, or arguments below! But know this: the Trivial Eye is presented for public amusement and no prizes are offered other than that familiar feeling of aggravation that so much of your mind is occupied by useless trivia.

Hey, science types: I'd like to do some science-oriented Trivial Eye quizzes. But I've always been more verbal than clinical. I'd appreciate any suggestions for scientifically trivial subjects that can be shown in pictures - please post them below. Thanks!

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Wednesday, January 25

The Trivial Eye: Atari 2600 Box Art

by Jason Toon

The fanciful/deceptive artwork on Atari 2600 game packaging wasn't just a marketing come-on. It was an essential component of the gameplay itself, often the only way for us to know whether a certain clump of squares was supposed to be a dragon, a spaceship, or a linebacker. Peruse the gallery of kitsch classics below (all from boxes for Atari-manufactured games - no Activision, Imagic, etc.) and see how many you can name. One thing is certain: all of them were much more exciting than the games themselves.

Answers can be found by clicking here. Please post your answers, or arguments, below! But know this: the Trivial Eye is presented for public amusement and no prizes are offered other than that familiar feeling of aggravation that so much of your mind is occupied by useless trivia.

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