Home to one of the iconic TV parodies, ‘Star Blecch,’ December 1967’s MAD #115 also features a couple examples of surprising prognostication.
Though at this point, Zappa had released five albums, the first official compilation, Mothermania, only features a selection from the first three.
What better way to follow up your avant garde musique concrete classical LP? Why with ‘Cruising With Ruben & the Jets,’ a doo-wop record, of course!
This last week, Adult Swim posted Jack Stauber’s Shop: A Pop Opera, a collection of short songs about groceries in a weirdly Sparksian vein.
Recently, Netflix got ‘Catwalk: Takes From the Cat Show Circuit,’ and it’s a lovely little film about adorable cats showing off their stuff.
In MAD #346 from June 1996, the lead parody is a spoof of ‘Ellen’ BEFORE Ellen DeGeneres came out, along with a look at ‘Mr. Holland’s Opus.’
Lumpy Gravy, Zappa’s third or fourth album, depending on how you count, was originally for Capitol’s classical music label, but it’s still definitely Zappa.
TruTV’s ‘Those Who Can’t’ recently entered its third season, and if you’re not watching, you’re missing out on one of the best sitcoms running.
The slice-of-life manga Yotsuba&! is an utterly delightful look at a single father raising his adopted 5-year-old daughter.
The Comeback Documentary ‘Bros: After the Screaming Stops’ Is Excellent, Even If It’s Not Terribly Kind to Its SubjectsOn
This Winter, the BBC aired the documentary ‘Bros: After the Screaming Stops’ about the hit London ’80s boy band’s 30-year comeback concert.