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Show Don’t Tell about Terminator, Grunge Music and Technology

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. In today’s thrilling episode of comedy satire epic Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps Dizzy explains the background to the Terminator time-travel goings on in KerangKerrang in a classic example of the show don’t tell writing technique. werewolf of oz book cover

This involves travelling forward into the 1990s, and the arrival of grunge on the rock scene. Here it is:

Chapter 83.  Will Grunge Rock Robot Destroy Trash Metal Music? 

Celebration (Uriah Heep album)
Celebration (Uriah Heep album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We sped through the alley, before ducking behind a Uriah Heep piled high in a derelict building carved out of rock. I blended in well with the grey surroundings, but the others were too colourful to be camouflaged. As we caught our breath in the net of time, I asked Dizzy what on earth was going on.

No Place for Trash in the Grunge Decade

Dizzy said that while there had been a peaceful transition from trash metal to grunge rock in the real world; in the media world where Kerrang resides, conflict had built up.

As the 1990s wore on, and grunge lost its strength, a small group of grungementalists wrote their own history of the decade.

Kurt Cobain: About a Son
Kurt Cobain: About a Son (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

They believed that Kurt Cobain would not have left them if trash metal hadn’t survived into the 1990s and made him miserable.

Of course, in reality Cobain had a lifetime of complex mental health issues, but the grungementalists didn’t want facts to cloud their agenda, so they focused on only one or two episodes in Kurt’s life.

The Making of Jeremy Grunginator 

A shadow appeared at the building’s entrance, and we readied ourselves for more death-defying excitement; but it turned out to be an old hobo who looked seasick the way he played his guitar.

Recovering from the scare, I took the opportunity to grill Dizzy some more, asking what the grungementalists had to do with our current predicament. He explained that they were led by a technological genius named Frank Grungenstein. Grungenstein supplied constant espressos in a secret coffee house, so his team worked all hours blending a Pearl Jam with a Percolator. On the tenth attempt they perfected the Instant Prosecutor Ten.

I was already amazed, but there was more.

Frankenstein Remade [A Gender Switch Adventure...
Frankenstein Remade [A Gender Switch Adventure] – Marly Shelley (Photo credit: Jekkara Press)
Dizzy said the IP10 was made Alive with electricity, and because it had an amazingly Even Flow it was nicknamed Jeremy. Its scientific name was the Grunginator. They sent it back to 1980s Kerang-Kerrang to destroy trash metal, in the belief that the 1990s would then be a better decade for Cobain and them, and grunge would remain strong.

It all made sense now.

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Notes 

Uriah Heep are a rock band named after a Dickens character in David Copperfield.
Kurt Cobain was the singer in Nirvana.
The old hobo is Seasick Steve (musician).
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
The Terminator (film).
Pearl Jam album and songs: Ten, Alive, Even Flow, Jeremy.

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Bon Scott Inspired Character Finds AC/DC Home

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. As we enter the final 3/7ths of the Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps today’s episode is a momentous one in many ways. Not only do the Werewolf of Ozzers enter the magical rock decades 1960s to 1990s world of KerangKerrang for thirteen chapters/episodes, but one of the most important characters leaves, and the travelling quintet become a quartet once more.

Bon Scott, AC/DC and Wizard of Oz 

English: Bon Scott in Grenoble, December 10 19...
English: Bon Scott in Grenoble, December 10 1979. Français : Bon Scott lors d’un concert d’AC/DC à Grenoble le 10 décembre 1979. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This episode is paralleled in the human world by Bon Scott passing away in 1980, and the AC/DC rock group he’d played a big part in elevating to rock giantdom recording a Back in Black memorial album with Brian Johnson.

The Bonzo character in Werewolf of Oz parallels Toto in Wizard of Oz. Toto of course completed the journey.

So Bonzo’s story resembles Bon’s more than Toto’s.

Chapter 81.  Ghost Dog Bonzo Finds AC/DC Back in Black

There was a time-machine at the entrance to Kerang-Kerrang, and you could choose a decade to enter. The 1980s looked an exciting time, with the magazine-town being built and developed on a surge of metal euphoria. So we entered then.

Kerrang magazines.

Kerang-Kerrang Born too Late for Bon Scott

We had an eerie introduction to 1980s Kerang-Kerrang, walking through an arid barren region populated by just one gravestone. It reminded me of a scene out of a spaghetti western.

When we reached the gravestone I read out the inscription ‘Ronald (Bon) Scott, born 1946, died 1980.’ The next thing, Bonzo keeled over.

Bon Scott's gravestone
Bon Scott’s gravestone (Photo credit: delboy1203)

We revived Bonzo, and I asked if he knew what happened to him. He said he’d had a rush of déjà-vu when he saw the grave; as if it held some significance to his past. He’d felt an urge to dig into it, but had tried fighting it, and then his legs had given way beneath him.

AC/DC begin the Kerrang Construction

When Bonzo was steady on his paws we continued toward the first constructions in Kerang-Kerrang.

The first was a black house featuring a big mural of AC/DC’s Angus Young on the front. I was admiring it with the others, until noticing Bonzo wasn’t with us. I looked around, and poor Bonzo was on the ground again.

Bon Scott and Brian Johnson Meet

English: BRIAN JOHNSON Live with AC/DC on Nove...
English: BRIAN JOHNSON Live with AC/DC on November 23, 2008 in St. Paul, MN PHOTO BY MATT BECKER melodicrockconcerts@gmail.com (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A man wearing a flat-cap emerged and exclaimed Hell’s Bells. He introduced himself as Brian and asked what was wrong with Bonzo. We told him it was the second time it had happened today, and Bonzo’d said he’d had a sense of déjà-vu the first time. Brian said he’d go and get some food and drink. He returned with a beer and bone, and after reviving Bonzo told him to ‘Have a Drink on Me, and chew on this bone.’

Somebody shouted from the house asking him what he was doing, and he replied that he had Given the Dog a Bone. He then asked Bonzo if he could Shake a Leg, and when Bonzo showed he could, he invited us all into the house.

It was rocking in there, and a revitalised Bonzo soon became the life and soul of the party.

Bye-Bye Bonzo

You Shook Me All Night Long
You Shook Me All Night Long (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bonzo and the householders got on so well that they asked him to stay. Having recently remembered his upbringing in nearby Melbourne, Bonzo decided that he had found his place to settle.

We were all sad to be parting from Bonzo, but understood his reasons, and stayed until the morning to make a night of it. As we waved goodbye to Bonzo and the rest of them, they sang us off with: You Shook Me All Night Long.

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Notes

Spaghetti westerns often have dramatic graveyard scenes, such as the concluding gunfight in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
AC/DC album and songs: Back in Black, Have a Drink on Me, Given the Dog a Bone, Shake a Leg, You Shook Me All Night Long.
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Werewolf of Oz Preface and Y

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. Here’s the Werewolf of Oz preface. Part 3 of the published epic comedy-fantasy, poetry ramble, questionable quest; introduced by a declaration of Y:

Y is the 3-D tree of growth, thought and knowledge at the heart of the
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PREFACE 

The book was made possible by using technology that has emerged in the digital age. Companies providing the broadband, software and websites include: Virgin, Amazon, Google, WordPress, Wikipedia, Photo Impact, Microsoft, Facebook and Koalanet (Aussie slang words). The author was grateful to acquire friends, readers, inspiration and information through the social media on some of those websites. Family and friends in the real world are also appreciated. Thanks also to those who have published, bought and praised the author’s previous work.

Writing Magazine provided most of the creative writing advice and instruction learnt before and during the writing of this book. The writer learnt most of his old rock from Kerrang and Classic Rock magazines, and usually listened to Planet Rock radio while working on the book. Comedy was learnt from cartoons, comics, television, magazines, films, books, people and animals from the 1960s to the present.

Dr. Marc Latham has been editing for seventeen years: eleven years of further education and six years of creative writing. He took a six-month career break to finish the book. Researching the book was both an enjoyable form of escapism and an informative geography lesson; the author was often sent on a trip down memory lane, and maybe that’s what the dust sandy path (yellow brick road) is all about.

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Greenygrey back as One after Werewolf of Oz Published

 

Hi, it’s the Greenygrey. Yes, that’s right, we’re back together. And for spring too, after we enjoyed a sunny equinox yesterday.

Y?

Y, you may ask. Well, we thought that Grey publishing its epic Werewolf of Oz ozyssey on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com yesterday concluded its quest to survive Oz and return home to other half Green, and the time was right for us to join together as one big werewolf again.

Talking of Y. You might have seen that at the front of the book (there is a free web preview on Amazon.com) our conjoining y has been declared:

the 3-D tree of growth, thought and knowledge at the heart of the
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It is a massive promotion for our y, as when it first joined us it was a bit of a joke, with ‘greeny’ slang for a bogey or snot (stuff up your nose); so the y was the tail-end of snot basically.

But now it has grown into a great tree at the heart of us, symbolising the three-dimensional: thought and questioning to acquire knowledge. And that is hopefully the type of journey we are on at the Greenygrey, and what Grey experienced on its epic ozyssey as the Werewolf of Oz.

P.S. There are some free Word docx files from the book to download on the Greenygrey website home (rock music time-travel tale) and biography (two poems) pages.

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