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Werewolf of Oz Time-Travel Tale Whams Whiskey-a-Go-Go

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. You might have thought the thrilling time-travel tale in Kerang-Kerrang was all over after the Alician ending told in yesterday’s blog, but like in many a good tale told in books and movies, it’s not quite the end of the tale.

Suddenly (Angry Anderson song)
Suddenly (Angry Anderson song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nope, before the Werewolf of Ozzers can continue eating up the miles on their epic Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps journey there’s the not so small matter of getting Angry to the Whiskey-a-Go-Go in time to save trash metal; set up in Chapter 84. Meanwhile, Angry finds a puppy that becomes relevant in a later Perishers-themed chapter; that storyline was inspired by the photo that is used again below.

Wham, bam, werewolf comedy slam, here we go to the Oz 1960s-1990s time travel town:

Chapter 91.  No Rest for the Licked: it’s All Go, to Whiskey A GO-GO

We turned the corner of the Temple of the Dog, just as the spirit of Andrew Wood Thru Fade Away with a Gentle Groove. We could see no sign of the Grunginator, just a Man In The Box.

Remembering Angry’s Appearance at the Whiskey a Go-Go 

Angry Chair
Angry Chair (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was feeling drained, plum knackered in fact, so I lay down on the temple steps. I was about to drop off, when I heard Dizzy exclaim:

‘I’m waking you up
before to sleep you go-go,
there’s no time to rest
so Wham is a necessary pest,
Angry was supposed to be on floor
of the Whiskey a Go-Go
over an hour ago.’

It had completely slipped my mind, and seemed Rock of Ages since I’d seen the Whiskey a Go-Go poster advertising Angry’s appearance.

Rushing Angry to the Whiskey a Go-Go 

We rushed back to the 1980s, and arrived at the Whiskey a Go-Go in next to no-no time, pronto.

Angry Anderson, a singlet, a puppy and a boot.
Angry Anderson, a singlet, a puppy and a boot. (Photo credit: Gribiche)

The crowd roared raucously as Angry took to the stage. The show went brilliantly, and Angry surprised us all at the end when he magicked a puppy out of his boot, telling the crowd it was a gift from the Temple of the Dog. I didn’t see Angry receive it; maybe I did drop off before Dizzy’s wake-up call.

Angry left the stage to resounding cheers, surely having fulfilled his destiny to inspire the LA metallers.

It had been hard work, and downright dangerous at times, but it was rewarding to think we’d played a small part in saving trash metal.

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Notes

Angry’s puppy was inspired by a Zemanta photo of Angry Anderson holding a puppy.
Mother Love Bone songs: Thru Fade Away, Gentle Groove.
Alice in Chains and song: Man In The Box.
Wham and song: Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.
Rock of Ages is a musical.

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Terminator to Blade Runner through Mother Love Bone

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. Here’s the next beyond thrilling episode of Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google, which sees the denouement of the Grunginator grunge rock Terminator tale that burst into the Kerang-Kerrang time-travel town back in Chapter 82.

Grunge Rock and Trash Metal, Terminator and Blade Runner 

Blade Runner: Pris
Blade Runner: Pris (Photo credit: Traumatron Illustration)

This episode travels through a series of Mother Love Bone songs to a conclusion based on another classic 1980s sci-fi movie, Blade Runner; whereas the Terminator was all machine, Blade Runner featured android assassin replicants that were more human.

After Andrew Wood uses his grunge icon status and deductive reasoning (Marc Latham’s PhD was useful there) to reach the Grunginator; convincing it that Axl Rose shouldn’t be blamed for everything; the story ends with an Alice in Wonderland and Alice in Chains Alice mix after a pastiche of the leading Blade Runner android assassin antagonist’s final speech. Enjoy!

Chapter 90.  Andrew Wood Converts Terminator to Blade Runner 

Andrew Wood looked at us, and then farther down the cobbled criss-crossed streets, where the Grunginator was fast approaching. Wood motioned us behind the temple, before putting his right arm up in the air while singing to the advancing robot: ‘Stop right there Captain Hi-Top, because this has gone on long enough, you ain’t been programmed right, and you need to tighten up your screws.’

Axl Rose not to Blame for Kurt Cobain’s Death 

Blade Runner 1982
Blade Runner 1982 (Photo credit: Dallas1200am)

The Grunginator stopped, and seemed to show emotion for the first time. Did a tear roll down from its lid, or was it percolator perspiration? It was hard to tell through the swirling mists enveloping the Temple of the Dog.

The Grunginator looked up at Wood, saying ‘I know you are a friend, as all the Seattle music heroes have been installed in my memory. But I know not what I do, only what Frank Grungenstein programmed in me.’

Wood looked down with sympathy, before telling it, ‘I can see your Heartshine, but they programmed you with biased and incomplete information; blaming Axl Rose for Kurt Cobain’s early death, and sending you back to the 1980s to eliminate him. Just look at me and my life; I never had no beef with Rose, but I also died tragically young.’

Terminator to Blade Runner 

With that, the Grunginator seemed to calm down, and called for a time-out coffee break. It made a couple of cappuccinos for itself and Wood and they sat down on the temple steps.

Down in a Hole
Down in a Hole (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It all seemed to be calming down, but then Alice in Chains fell out of the sky, singing Down In A Hole. Alice looked doomed, but the Grunginator reached out its handles and caught them.

The Grunginator looked into the eyes of Alice, before saying: ‘I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe: Faster Pussycat screeching on stage at the Rainbow Bar and Grill; I’ve watched Seasick Steve die in a dark shared with Love/Hate. A poison-dart-frog glowing in the Italian Job; Janis and Jimi running wild in the 1970s streets. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to fly.’

And with that it released Alice’s chains, and Alice flew over the Sea of Sorrow to Nirvana.

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Notes

The Grunginator speech is a pastiche of one in the Blade Runner film. In Blade Runner, the replicant Roy Batty delivered the following soliloquy after saving the hero, who was its previous target: ‘I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe: Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion; I’ve watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.’
Captain Hi-Top and Heartshine are Mother Love Bone songs.
Axl Rose is the singer in Guns N’ Roses. He and Kurt Cobain didn’t get along.
Alice in Chains and songs: Down In A Hole, Sea of Sorrow.

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Mother Love Bone and Pearl Jam Grunge Revival

Hi, it’s Greenygrey. Here’s the next thrilling episode (number 10) of the story within a story Kerang-Kerrang 1960s-1990s rock music time-travel classic epic within Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps epic classic. While grunge fans might have hated the story so far, they might like it from now on…

Mother Love Bone and Pearl Jam 

Mother Love Bone, clockwise from left: Bruce F...
Mother Love Bone, clockwise from left: Bruce Fairweather, Stone Gossard, Greg Gilmore, Jeff Ament and Andrew Wood (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This episode sees the troubled time-travellers return to the Temple of the Dog, and its relevance to the story revealed. This Temple of the Dog refers to the Mother Love Bone song rather than the band.

Two members of Pearl Jam (Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament) originated in Mother Love Bone, and later hired singer Eddie Vedder, so Pearl Jam probably wouldn’t have existed if tortured genius MLB singer Andrew Wood hadn’t ended his time-travelling tragically early; instead overdosing on heroin. Here’s the episode:

Chapter 89.  Andrew Wood and the Temple of the Dog

We re-entered the British Quarter, but couldn’t lose the Grunginator, and it seemed to be gaining. Its newly discovered hopping technique made it look a lot quicker and scarier than when it relied on its old robotic movement.

It also seemed to be creating and distributing more poison darts per-minute, and one was surely to hit the target before long.

Temple of the Dog Brings Out Spirit, Mind and Body 

We were passing the Temple of the Dog, which was damaged but still standing, when Cathy sensed a spirit there. I hoped it was another sign of Cathy returning to her peak spirit level.

Elle McPherson
Elle McPherson (Photo credit: nechbi)

I suggested trying to reach Andrew Wood, as he’d sung about a temple of the dog with Mother Love Bone, and might be able to reason with the Grunginator.

Angry pointed out that Wood became famous in Seattle rather than Britain, but said it was worth a try. I thought it was a good use of Angry’s mind, showing knowledge and diplomacy.

Meanwhile, Elle was protecting us from the poison darts with her body. This was an incredible use of her body, and she certainly seemed to be getting her confidence back.

Dizzy Reaches Spirit of Wood with a Keyboard Tune 

Shine (Mother Love Bone album)
Shine (Mother Love Bone album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dizzy unpacked his portable keyboard to play Mother Love Bone tunes he thought might tempt the spirit of Wood into our time and place in Kerang-Kerrang.

He started with a great version of This is Shangri-la, but there was no movement around the temple. Stardog Champion was next, and my hopes rose with the mist swirling out of the temple base during the second half of the song. Was this the beginning of something special? It gathered pace, and soon the temple was hardly visible.

Eureka, as Dizzy finished off Man of Golden Words, the spirit of Andrew Wood appeared above the Temple of the Dog.

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Notes

Andrew Wood was the lead singer of Mother Love Bone. He died in 1990.
Mother Love Bone songs explained within the narrative.

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