GUNSHIP – Dark All Day (feat. Tim Cappello and Indiana)

Yet another random discovery on YouTube, this is such a cool song with such an awesome music video (with so many references) to accompany it! I’m not even that big of a sax fan, but Tim slays it (literally lawl)! This song is too good! I kinda’ wanna’ include all the references, but that’ll take the fun out of it for you guys. I don’t wanna’ give anything away, but I will say though, that Ryu is killin’ it on the drums haha See how many you can spot.

Honestly? Best Music Video of 2018!!!! That’s how it’s done, people.

Miami Nights 1984 – Ocean Drive

Did this world really exists? This 80’s flashy pink synth Miami Vice centered world? With people with white suits, sunglasses, full blasting this music in Ferrari testarossa on a highway in the middle of the ocean?
Did any of this exist? I want to believe it did…

So I’ve kinda’ been on an 80’s music kick recently and accidentally stumbled upon Synthwave and I’ve become absolutely obsessed ever since! If you don’t know what Synthwave is, basically it’s “a genre of electronic music influenced by 1980s film soundtracks and video games“. It’s meant to sound like 80’s music, only better! Think along the lines of the Stranger Things soundtrack.

As the way it usually goes with YouTube, I was actually watching something (Crockett’s Theme from the Miami Vice Soundtrack) and one thing led to another, and before I knew it, I found myself going down the rabbit-hole… which is how I stumbled upon Synthwave. One song in particular has gotten me hooked! I’ve been listening to it nonstop for about a week now! It’s called Ocean Drive and it’s by Miami Nights 1984. They’ve got a bunch of other really awesome songs, but this one is hands down my favorite, out of the entire genre even! The scenes are actually taken from an Anime called Golgo 13, and as a fan of most Anime, I think this fits in quite seamlessly with the music!

As for the music, man oh man, is it something else! It just gets better and better with every listen! If I could, I would love to live in this song! Ocean Drive has single-handedly rekindled my affection for all things 80’s! In fact, Ocean Drive is the sole reason why my current mission in life is to somehow acquire a Ferrari Testarossa! My first choice was actually a DeLorean, except those are notoriously bad, so Testarossa it is (time to start saving up)!

If like me, 3 mins just doesn’t cut it for you, here’s the 1-hour-long extended version. I can already see myself blasting Miami Nights 1984 – Ocean Drive while driving my Testarossa sea-side in Kuwait at sunset!

Sick guitar improv! Adds a whole new dimension to an already ridiculously awesome song!

I hope you get as much enjoyment out of Miami Nights 1984 – Ocean Drive as I did!

Jan Hammer – Crockett’s Theme (Miami Vice)

Purely based on my deep deep deeeeeeeeeep unabashed love of 80’s (as well as 80’s-inspired) music… but also based on my outfit in the previous post (here). In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve never actually seen a single episode of Miami Vice. It’s not so much that I missed the boat on that one, as much as everyone has just talked about it and referenced it so much that I don’t really feel the need to watch it anymore. I did binge-watch Narcos on Netflix recently (which is why I can’t stop randomly blurting out “tranquila” to anyone and everyone… yup, that’s my take-away) and can honestly say that Narcos was an awesome, awesome show!

Lil Dicky – Freaky Friday feat. Chris Brown

The first time I saw this, I’ll be honest, I thought it was cheezy and didn’t even get through the whole video. After it had enough time to marinade (just roll with it), the song grew on me and now I think it’s tres adorable! I’ve always liked Chris Brown, ever since Usher first introduced him as this kid with mad dance skills at one of the MTV Awards Shows (years and years ago). Other than having a gorgeous smile (every time he flashes those pearly whites, I melt a little) and being a pretty talented dancer, his songs are always so good! Freaky Friday is no different. It’s nothing new, but still so fun and cute! I think I might’ve spotted him doing the Fortnite Dance at one point (-_-) but aside from that, I love the way he moves (also, that smile)! Perfect Summer-y Song!

Overall, I like the song, minus the Kendal Jenner part (towards the end) which just kills the vibe for me though. I mean she can’t sing (not that DJ Khaled can sing either… unless you count yelling) and she’s not funny, otherwise I have no qualms with her. The only Kardashian I can’t stand is that she-hulk Khloe because she’s always so self-righteous and just plain mean, while my favorite Kardashian has to be Kourtney, because she literally has no facial expressions… at all (she’d be like “OMG that’s so funny, I die”, except she’d have a totally expressionless face, not even a hint of a smile), which I find hilarious!

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Nicki Minaj – Chun-Li

The first time I heard this song, I was unimpressed. Few months later, outta’ nowhere, this song literally starts playing in my dream (inception much?) and now I’m kinda’ into it!

Chun-Li was actually my favorite character in Street Fighter! Although Vega/Balrog (Spanish character, sports a wolverine-esqe claw and wears an iron mask on his face) is a close second, because both Vega and Chun-Li were pretty speedy! Back in the day, we would all huddle around this really, really small tv (hand-me-down from my dad, which we reserved for gaming) and play Street Fighter II on the SNES for hours on end. If you lost, you’d have to hand the controller to the next person. If you won, you kept playing. We’d all take turns trying to dethrone the winner. In the interest of full disclosure, I used to cheat (I was a kid, okay?) by trapping my opponent in a corner using Chun-Li’s Lightning Kick, until their character’s health was depleted and I’d win.

I’d get such a kick (lawl) out of the bonus levels!

Consequentially, I was no longer “allowed” to choose Chun-Li lol That’s okay though because there was a Street Fighter Arcade Game at one of those sea-side restaurants (I believe it was Shrimpy) on Blajat Street. I’d be minding my own business, trying to finish the game, when a group of giants (everyone looks like a giant when you’re a kid) would strut in, take one look at me (in my pigtails and overalls lawl) and just assume that they could take me, which is why I’d get immense satisfaction trapping them in a corner, until my food was ready. Good times! lol Arcade-wise, I sorta’ stopped playing Street Fighter because King of Fighters was more fun (you got to pick 3 characters). I always used to hate the arcade version of Tekken (so slow) but when it started getting faster, I sorta’ got more into it. There were so many places that had Arcade Games back in the day and I might be remembering this wrong, but I believe that you could just pop in a 100 fils coin to activate the game and start playing, as opposed to nowadays where you have to buy a token (that can cost your entire life savings, easily).

When Tekken 6 came out, I finished the game, twice, using Alisa (the robot girl, because she’s super fast) and Angel (because she’s… pretty. lawl). Incidentally, both characters happened to have wings! Anyways, in the middle of Dead Risings 3, my character was surrounded by zombies, which made me panic, which in turn sent me into random button-mashing mode and outta’ nowhere, the main character executed Ryu‘s Dragon Punch! He literally yelled out “Shoryuken“! We all died laughing! Street Fighter and Dead Rising were both developed by Capcom (which should explain the cross-overs) but still, it was so unexpected, which is why I found it hilarious! It also made me miss Street Fighter so I went back to it and finished Street Fighter IV using Hakan (slippery Turkish Oil Wrestler) just because his character kept saying “Seriously?” which cracked me up (I’m easily amused).

Back to the point of this post, for some reason, the live action versions of Anime, Video Games, and so on, usually tend to… suck. Super Mario Bros (1993) was trash! The original Street Fighter (1994) despite including Van Damme as part of the cast (Kylie Minogue as Cammy lol) was a trainwreck! Somehow, Mortal Kombat (1995) was even worse! The list goes on and on and on.

However, Machinima released Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist (live action web-series) which was pretty awesome! Ken looked like a low-rent Tom Cruise and everyone mostly talked in English, but the whole thing was so good, regardless. The fight scenes choreography was just… *mmmwha* perfection! Prior to that, they’d released Mortal Kombat: Legacy (Season 1 here) which was insanely good! My favorite episode was the one featuring Raiden (here). Both shows were successful enough to get a second season.

Just goes to show the difference between being money-hungry (churning out garbage as quickly as possible for a quick buck) and being a true fan (resulting in quality work, born of love)!

Camel Does the Shiggy to Drake’s In My Feelings (KiKi Song)

 

Does it better than humans

Personally, I could never stand Drake. I believe I was first introduced to him around 2010 or 2011 in Nicki Minaj‘s Music Video (Moment 4 Life) where Drake was featured. Something about him just rubbed me the wrong way and so ever since then, I just can’t stand the guy. My friends however, went crazy for him when Started From The Bottom came out and they’ve all pretty much been obsessed with guy ever since. So even despite the fact that I can’t stand Drake, I’ve managed to unintentionally know all his songs by heart (sadly) due to the fact that my friends (guys and girls) play his music… non-stop. Anyways, this particular video cracked me up!