Retro Spins: John Fogerty - Centerfield

John Fogerty is no stranger to the rock and roll scene. As front man for Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR),he saw major success from 1968 to 1972, and then once again as a solo act from 1973 through his 2013, and latest album, Wrote A Song For Everyone - Which peaked at number three in the USA.

Unfortunately, John Fogerty is also very familiar with lawsuits. Having signed the rights of all CCR's music to his record label, Fantasy, the multi instrumental and singer / songwriter found himself being sued for his 1985 track, The Old Man Down The Road. Fantasy alleged self plagiarism, stating that the song was identical to the 1970 CCR song, Run Through The Jungle. While the two songs certainly have their similarities, Fogerty was able to win the lawsuit by playing both tracks live in front of a judge. However, it would take escalating the case to the supreme court before Fogerty would be awarded all compensation for his legal fees in 1994.

I wanted to hear this album which caused so much controversy for the man behind it, so today I'm listening to Centerfield by John Fogerty.

The record certainly has a bluegrass / country roots style sound to it. Something definitely reminiscent of his 60's and 70's work with Creedence Clearwater Revival. It's an okay sound, but one you definitely have to be ready to listen to when comparing it to other albums of the 80's.

There were only three standout tracks from it, and coincidentally they're also the only songs which charted - The Old Man Down The Road (peaked at number 10), Centerfield (peaked at number 44) and Rock And Roll Girls (peaked at number 20). As for the remaining six songs on the album, they just don't do it for me. They're quickly and easily forgettable. I suppose since I was never really a big CCR fan either, this is no surprise that I would take this stance.

Am I a fan of John Fogerty? No, not at all. Does he have some good music which I can listen to? Absolutely. Will I seek out more music from him? Probably not any solo work, but there are still some CCR albums on my list to get around to at some point.

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Spider-Man Comics Reorganized

Sometimes it's not about collecting, but rather upgrading the way your collection is stored or displayed. I'm so happy to have transferred all my Spider-Man comics to Mylar bags, and upgraded from those cardboard short boxes to these more durable BCW comic bins.

Just seeing them all lined up makes you want to come in for a closer look. They present themselves like something special, and they are!

It took four boxes to house my collection of The Amazing Spider-Man. Though I only own thirty issues between one and 74 of the run, I have a consecutive run from issues 75 through 441 (which is the last issue, as far as I'm concerned). Though I'm still able to afford an issue here and there in the lower numbers, it's getting to the point that they're out of my price range. I never expected to ever own a complete run, that's simply not feasible. Thank goodness for reprints and Masterworks collections.

Two more bins house my Marvel Team-Up books. This collection is complete from 1 through 150, and Annuals, as well as the short lived volume two, and three.

As I made each box, it was important to me to capture an image of Spider-Man from that era, more specifically, the artist most notable for the run. I also made sure to utilize all those transitioning title logos from the passing decades. This helps make each box unique from the outside, and overall more interesting. I'm half tempted to start finding me some Spider-Man stickers to plaster around the boxes, but I don't know. I'm torn between wanting to go over the top or keeping it classy (like they are now).

I'm weird when it comes to The Spectacular Spider-Man series. I keep Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man, with its Annuals, separate from when the series shortened the title to just The Spectacular Spider-Man. Though the numbers continue from each other, they just feel like two different series.

While I could fit the entire run of Web of Spider-Man in one box, I had to move the Annuals for this series, as well as The Spectacular Spider-Man to their own shared box. It was just too tight to fit them in behind their respective series, but it did help with having a nice symmetrical two layer row of bins. It also gave me the opportunity to use that classic Web of Spider-Man logo which came about midway through the series.

I have a box strictly for my McFarlane Spider-Man issue 1's, and I intend to fill it (it's almost there). The remainder of the series, including when the title changed to Peter Parker, Spider-Man, fit in a separate box, along with the few Annuals.

The last four boxes are reserved for my miscellaneous Spider-Man titles, which consists of micro series, mini-series, and one-shots. My favorite is probably the complete run of Spider-Man 2099, which are all signed by artist / creator, Rick Leonardi, from the first to the very last issue, along with all variant covers, and the single Annual.

At this point in my collector's journey, I've really switched from obtaining more to focusing instead on the best way to store, display, and preserve what I have. This is where I get my joy from the things I've amassed over the years. I spent the time obtaining. Now it's time to enjoy. This upgrade makes me happy.

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What's All The Hub Bub With Palworld?


Forced into mandatory use or lose time, I found myself with a week to do nothing. With Awesome Con 2024 quickly approaching, I wasn't necessarily interested in spending money, but definitely didn't want to sit around staring at the walls for the next five days. I opted for a happy medium which saw me spending a little money, for something that would hopefully keep me occupied for hours, days, the whole week, if you will. That was, Palworld.

My introduction to the game came via the YouTuber, Let's Game It Out. I've been a fan of his content for a while, but found that the majority of the games he reviewed were limited to Steam, which I don't have or use. So, when I saw Palworld was available on Xbox, things just kind of aligned between that and my vacation time.

The game starts off with you washed up on an island, but quickly prompts you to start gathering supplies, and start building the basics. This included a work station, a Pal box, then simple tools, and from there, it just keeps building. Food, shelter, materials, all of this comes into play as you progress, while also hindering progression should you not have the materials to begin with.

Work or die!

Throughout this process, the game also prompts you to start capturing Pals to work on said tasks of building and gathering. While the game's promotional videos and photos feature multiple variations of these characters battling it out with guns, the truth of the matter is that the majority of their, and your, time, will be spent material farming.

With everything being tied to skill stats and levels, you naturally start out with slow Pals, and eventually branch out across the excessively large map to find bigger and better indentured servants to work in your base. Your time will literally be spent going in circles.

Farm materials - Build weapons and spheres - Find better Pals - Capture - Return to base - Switch out Pals - Repeat

Working for materials to craft items, to catch Pals, with minimal reward, and ultimately no grand prize.

It didn't help that everything is tied to a timer. I hate games like that. Just let me play. If I have the materials, then it should be instant. Making me wait thirty seconds to a minute (or more) while I hold down the "X" button to craft something is tedious and boring, and that aspect is probably the worst thing about the game. Sure, I can assign a Pal to do the crafting, but I still sit and wait behind a timer, and this speeds up ever so slightly if I join in, which again has me sitting there holding the "X" button.

Regardless of this, I pressed on.

Eventually, I leveled up, and had materials flowing from  branching out to additional bases, and putting more Pals to work, or slaughtering them to harvest for food if they opted to resist being captured. I then decided it was time to go exploring.

To assist with this, I opted to first hunt down Jetragon, AKA, a flying creature with the highest speed in the game. This would aid in not only having a powerful ally to battle along side with, but one which would also make mapping everything out, collecting Lifmunk Effigies, while also tracking down all fast travel points.

While this certainly made the second and third items easier, I was way wrong on the help it would provide in battle. When not seeming lost in the background, my Pal would either circle in front of my  target, blocking me from attacking, or simply staying glued to its hip. All scenarios resulted in the same thing - No help. Fortunately, I too had the option of crafting guns, and this is what ultimately aided me the most.

Let's get it on!

After mapping out things, I opted to return to my base to try my hand at breeding Pals. This is a big facet of the game, as the whole point is to essentially create legendary versions of the animals, with four legendary stats. I opted to start with a Vixy, as its abilities seemed would ultimately be the most helpful around the base. Hours, and well over a hundred cakes later, I was able to churn out two female legendary versions (though I wanted one male and one female), and over a hundred duds. That was okay though. I simply took those duds and blended them in my condenser to boost the stat levels of my God tier versions. There was only one problem.

By this point my bases were already efficient. Everything was built, materials were flowing in at an acceptable rate, and all roles were being fulfilled. I didn't really see the point, or need, for a God tier Pal that's sole function would be to do what was already being done, but faster. As such, breeding too ran its course.

Returning to the map, I decided to go for broke and hunt down every boss Pal, and complete all the boss towers. Using my deliciously speedy Pal in conjunction with all the convenient fast travel points I unlocked while mapping things out, I sped from location to location capturing where I could, and shooting in the face where things resisted. Death or servitude, that was their only options. Even with legendary spheres, many opted for death.

Wiping all the bosses out took far less time then I expected, and this put me in an odd spot. One where I simply didn't know what to do at that point. I could return to my base and continue to farm for materials I didn't necessarily need to capture Pals I didn't necessarily want, and continue to breed unnecessary God tier Pals, thus keeping the circle going. However, this seemed pointless. The thought of doing this was the literal definition of wasting time. Doing a whole lot of nothing to accomplish nothing.

They all look as bored with this game as I am!

Having more materials, and all the legendary Pals, ultimately accomplishes nothing in this game that I hadn't already accomplished with common ones. There was literally nothing left to do except to exist in a virtual world, farming digital items which at the end of the day only serve to make more items I don't need.

In fact, by the time I reached this point, I hadn't even crafted the top tier armor sets, or their legendary versions. These items simply weren't necessary. I never felt like I needed a rocket launcher or a legendary assault rifle to handle business with bosses.

Speaking of bosses, even if I wanted to go back and farm them for said legendary plans, or to capture them, I would once again find myself bound to a timer, a cool down process if you will, waiting for the game to graciously let me play it. Between timers and everything being a random drop, it just ultimately feels like it would be a waste of time, and that's basically what Palworld feels like - A waste of time.

Regardless of how much time you put into it, you are essentially just wasting time. Even when you've done what there is to do, you have still done nothing because the game expects you to continue this madness ad nauseam for eternity. There is no final boss. No role the credits moment. No real sense of accomplishment. I still don't even know where my character came from, or where this island with all these strange creatures came from. This place just exists for the sole purpose of going around and around in a circle. I have no interest in wasting that much time to get all legendary items and Pals, which at the end of the day serve no purpose both in game and real life.

Yes, Palworld kept me occupied for the week I was off. But did I accomplish anything worth while? Reach any major milestone? Absolutely not. I simply wasted a week of my life which I will never get back.

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Retro Spins: Aqua - Aquarium

You know what? I like Aqua, and I'm not ashamed to admit that one bit. Their sound is bubble gummy and fun. It's got a great dance beat, and doesn't take itself too serious. Their album Aquarium was a refreshing surprise in the midst of the 1990's.

I was introduced to the Danish-Norwegian band when a friend of mine brought the CD along for one of the many car rides we took to nowhere in particular. Several trips and plays later, and I was hooked. When I got my own copy, I played it back to back repeatedly. Three very long years later, Aqua finally released a follow up album, Aquarius and while I didn't necessarily like it as much as Aquarium, it was a decent record. It would be eleven more years before the band's third, and what appears to be final album came out.

For as much as I enjoyed everything Aqua back in the day, it's probably been about ten years since I've heard their music. Today's Retro Spin felt like a good opportunity to reunite with the band and have a play.

Everything stands up to what I remember. Out of the eleven tracks, the same three, which were my least favorites, remain as such. Those are, Good Morning Sunshine, Be A Man and Turn Back Time. Mind you, these aren't bad tracks, they're just not as good as the remaining ones, which are far more up tempo and peppy.

My all time favorites from the album remain Happy Boys And Girls, Dr. Jones, Lollipop (Candyman), Roses Are Red and Calling You. Meanwhile, My Oh My, Barbie Girl and Heat Of The Night round out the album to a very near perfection.

Playing this album after so many years was a treat in multiple ways. The music is still really fun to listen to, and it also took me back in my mind to days long forgotten with friends from the past  I don't unfortunately see anymore these days.

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Retro Spins: Katrina And The Waves - Katrina And The Waves

The history of Katrina And The Waves is kind of interesting. They seem to have had a few false starts before finally landing with their most successful song, Walking On Sunshine. To trace the band's roots, you would first need to look to their 1982 album, Shock Horrors, which was released under the name, The Waves. From there, they followed up with the 1983 album, Walking On Sunshine. While this record did indeed include the title track, it was shorter. Try as I might, I could not find this song on any of the typical sites, Youtube, Vemo, etc. to hear it.

Though it was technically their third album, in 1984, the band released Katrina And The Waves 2. However, it would be their 1985 self titled album, which would finally give the band success. Being the first release on a major label, the album featured a lot remixed and overdubbed songs from their prior records. The most notable being the re-recordered Walking On Sunshine, which would go on to peak at number eight.

With that said, it also wasn't their first song to show up on the charts. That honor goes to Que Te Queiro, which peaked at number eighty-four in 1984, and was the original version from their 1983 album, Walking On Sunshine. Additionally, they had a second single from their 1985 self titled album, Do You Want Crying. Unfortunately, this would only peak at ninety-six. From there, the band continued to have minor chart success in 1986 and 1989. 1997 would feature their most successful chart success to date with, Love Shine A Light, peaking at number three. 

Whew, that's quite a bit to keep up with. Especially for a band that is relatively only remembered for one song, and not one that's really considered all that good. It's more so a campy anthem for how excessive and fun driven the eighties were.

But, what about the album as a whole? Where does it stand? Well, it's not bad. It's peppy. You can definitely feel happy listening to this one. Meaning, there's only one melancholy and depressing track, and it feels out of place with all the others. Other than that, the remaining tracks are upbeat and seem to promote toe tapping. I can definitely see why people were interested in hearing more from them after this release. It's not bad.

Now, with that said, I don't see myself throwing Katrina And The Waves into my normal rotation. Truth be told, I'm not a major fan of Walking On Sunshine and only picked up the album when I did because it was in a quarter bin.

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Just Doodling: Spider-Man's Rogue Gallery

My ability to post content may have been hindered for a bit. A couple days after Christmas, my external hard drive, which housed all of my Toy Box and Retro Spins stuff died. Man, I lost so much personal stuff. Fortunately, this series of pictures were sent via text a while back to my pops, so I had them preserved to download and post today.

This one took me a ton of time. Spidey and the background colors were two separate elements.

But, the true work like in the intricacies of the rogues gallery behind him. That webbing in between all of the circles took quite some time too. Overall, it was worth it for the end result.

 The end result is one that I would love to frame, and stick on my wall.

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Retro Spins: Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch - Music For The People

I have a guilty pleasure in songs from this album. Specifically, Music For The People, Good Vibrations and Wildside. I've liked these tracks ever since the 90's, when I heard my brother pumping them through his speakers. However, I never actually got around to hearing the whole album. With Retro Spins visiting the 90's this year, I thought, why not.

This CD came into my possession during one of my many Timonium visits to see, CD Guy. As I've said in the past, that's actually not his name. I didn't actually expect to come across this album, nor was I actively looking for it. However, when I did, I nabbed it up quicker than quick and added it to my pile.

After hearing Music For The People, the album, again after all these years, I can fully understand why my brother only played the first three tracks mentioned above. It's not very good. In fact, I'm not even a fan of Wildside anymore after hearing it again. It has not aged well, and its message, while deep in 1991, is a little corny now.

Music For The People and Good Vibrations? Well, that's another story. Those two tracks are still pretty solid. Dope if you will. With that said, I won't be rushing to hear them again any time soon.

I can also understand why Mark Wahlberg has distanced himself from his Marky Mark persona and music. If this album was hot in the 90's, it hasn't aged well over time.

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Retro Spins: The Romantics - The Romantics

It's the album that officially started the 1980's. Released on January 4, 1980, The Romantics album would not only serve as the band's debut, but also usher in an era of pop and new wave music like no other.

The group released the majority of their albums throughout the 80's, venturing out only briefly in 2003 with their album, 61/49. That album appears to have been well received by fans, so it's surprising to see that they've not really done much since then - Well, with the exception of attempting to sue the makers of Guitar Hero for the use of their song, What I Like About You. That lawsuit was eventually lost, with the judge stating the creators of the game had secured all the necessary approval to use it, and that the band held none of the rights. Let that be a lesson, kids. Always maintain control of your music.

As I cranked up their album, I got the immediate sense that the style would be more so reminiscent to that of the fifties, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens type music. Early rock, if you will. It easily felt like something that could have been playing over a jukebox at the local soda shop. Not necessarily a bad thing in my book.

With that said, I didn't necessarily hear many songs that I felt were "hits". Enjoyable, but no long lasting songs. Well, with the exception of What I Like About You. Oddly enough, for how iconic that song has become to the era, it only managed to top the charts at number forty-nine in 1980. Ouch.

For being only thirty-eight minutes, the album somehow manages to feel really long. Not in a good way either. It's one of those where you're kind of like, "Come on! Get moving!" Again, it's not a bad record, it's just now all that impressive either.

Truth be told, I'm not a major fan of the band. I think I only know and like two songs from them, What I Like About You and Talking In Your Sleep. My major push to own this particular album wasn't at all driven by anything more than being curious one day as to what the first album released in 1980 was, and upon finding out it was this one, deciding the one song was worth making this a part of my collection.

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Homemade Meatballs For Spaghetti And Meatballs Or Meatball Subs (With Optional Meat Sauce)


While traditionally, we would have cooked a rib roast for Christmas dinner, my girl developed an aversion to beef, which would make her physically ill if eaten. As we thought about it, we decided we really wanted to keep things simple. As such, we opted for spaghetti and meatballs.

Now I admit, I'm not the kind of guy that makes his own spaghetti sauce or noodles, though I certainly would like to. However, what I do take the time to do is make my own meatballs. This recipe I concocted originally started out with beef, veal, and pork, but had to be tweaked as the above noted issues with beef were discovered. As such, there are two options here for those of you who may want to attempt this.


1 Pound 80 / 20 Ground Beef (Option 1)
1/2 Pound Ground Veal (Option 1)
1/2 Pound Ground Pork (Option 1)

1 Pound Ground Turkey (or Chicken) (Option 2)
1 Pound Ground Pork (Option 2)

The remaining ingredients consist of the following:

2 Tablespoons Fresh Basil (Chopped)
2 Tablespoons Fresh Parsley (Chopped)
1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
1/2 Cup Fresh Parmesan Cheese
1/2 Cup Fresh Romano Cheese
1 Cup Plain Bread Crumbs (Separated into two 1/2 Cup measurements)
4 Slices White Bread
1 Small Container Heavy Whipping Cream
1 Egg (Whisked)
2 - 24 Ounce Jars of Spaghetti Sauce (We use Rao's Tomato Basil)
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil

In a large flat dish, I use a 9 X 13 Pyrex dish, pour your Heavy Cream until you have 1/8 an inch of full surface coverage. Then add your four pieces of Bread.

Let these soak for five minutes, then flip them.

Let them sit in the pan while you move on to the following steps:

Add your meat to a large bowl, and your chopped Basil and Parsley.

Now add on top of this your Minced Garlic.

Tear up your Bread pieces into small bits, and add them to the bowl.

You should have some remaining Cream at the bottom of your dish, which you're going to also scrape into your bowl.

Add both your Parmesan and Romano Cheese, and 1/2 Cup of your Bread Crumbs. Stir to combine.

It should keep a soggy consistency.

Add your Salt and Pepper, sprinkling it around the bowl, versus dropping it in one central location.

Then add your remaining 1/2 Cup of Bread Crumbs. Again stir to combine.

The mixture should look a bit drier than before, so bring back the wet by stirring in your whisked Egg.

The mixture should now be perfect for forming into meatballs.

With this recipe, you should be able to roll out eighteen balls that are about two inches in diameter.

You will need to sear your meatballs, and for this, I use a large electric skillet set to 350 degrees. Alternatively, you can use a non-stick pan on the stove, but this method will take longer because you don't want to overcrowd the pan. Additionally, you want to preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Adding my three tablespoons of Olive Oil to the skillet surface, I let this warm, and then spread it across the entire top with a pair of tongs.

Now I add the meatballs, and let them sear about two to three minutes on each side.

I'm not trying to cook these through. Rather, just get a nice brown color along all sides.

Meanwhile, I've popped the lid on one of my spaghetti sauce jars, and dumped it into that same 9 X 13 pan I used for my bread - After cleaning it, of course.

Add the meatballs to the sauce.

Then top them with your second jar of sauce.

Cover the pan with foil, and place it in your preheated 350 degree oven for one hour.

These would be perfect on their own to top on any type of spaghetti, or to make delicious meatball subs with. However, for me, if going the spaghetti route, I like my sauce to have a bit of substance to it. This means, I'm also making meat sauce, which in essence is the majority of the steps above. Again, you have two options on the meat mixtures.


1 Pound 80 / 20 Ground Beef (Option 1)
1/2 Pound Ground Veal (Option 1)
1/2 Pound Ground Pork (Option 1)

1 Pound Ground Turkey (or Chicken) (Option 2)
1 Pound Ground Pork (Option 2)

The remaining ingredients consist of the following:

2 Tablespoons Fresh Basil (Chopped)
2 Tablespoons Fresh Parsley (Chopped)
1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
2 - 24 Ounce Jars of Spaghetti Sauce

In a large pot add your meat, and turn the heat on medium. Then add your Garlic.

Next add your Basil, Parsley, Salt, and Pepper.

Stir this all up to combine it.

Then cook your meat until brown, stirring frequently to break up the bits.

Add both jars of sauce, and stir it to combine thoroughly.

Everything should come together nicely.

Cover the pot with a lid, and reduce the heat to low. Let this simmer while your meatballs cook. After completing the steps above, this was about forty-five minutes for me.

As you get down to the remaining time of your meatballs cooking, you want to make your noodles. When you start will depend on how much time you plan in advance for this. We like to use the fresh pasta in the cold section of our grocery store, so for us, this is simply a matter of boiling water, and letting it cook for two to three minutes. Makes all the difference using fresh pasta as compared to dried.

With the meatballs done, it's time to get busy on constructing a massive pile on a plate, and topping it with some more of that Parmesan and Romano cheese.

Then all that's left to do is get you some, and dig in!

Now, like I said above, we use Rao's Tomato Basil sauce. If I were so inclined to make my own sauce, which I am, I would personally start with Martha Stewart's copycat recipe for the brand's marinara. From there, I would taste, and tweak into my own Frankenstein.

Her ingredients call for the following (and I put this here more so for myself for future reference):

4 - 28 Ounce Cans Whole Tomatoes with Basil (preferably from San Marzano)
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
6 Tablespoons Minced Onion
4 Cloves Garlic (peeled and minced)
Coarse Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
12 Leaves Fresh Basil (torn)
Pinch of Dried Oregano

She then provides the following instructions:

Remove tomatoes from can and place in a large bowl, reserving juices. Crush tomatoes using your hands; remove and discard the hard core from stem end, and any skin and tough membrane; set aside.

Place oil in a large, nonreactive saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onion, and cook until soft and just beginning to brown, about 3 minutes. Stir in garlic, and cook until softened, about 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes and reserved juices; season with salt. Increase heat and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce heat to low and simmer until slightly thickened, about 1 hour.

Stir in basil (if using), oregano, and season with pepper; continue cooking 1 minute more. Remove from heat and serve.

Right off the bat, I can tell you I would simply substitute the four cloves of garlic for four teaspoons of jarred minced. As for the Oregano, I would equate a pinch to about 1/8 a teaspoon.

It's not helpful that she provides no measurements for the salt and pepper. These can make or break any dish if too heavy handed, or on the opposite spectrum, not generous enough. For me, I'd start with a teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 a teaspoon of pepper, and increase from there to (a maximum) of two teaspoons salt, and one teaspoon pepper.I'm not looking for a sodium fest here.

I would also consider, after tasting, to add some sugar to help bring out the natural sweetness of the tomatoes. Again, starting at 1 teaspoon, and going from there.

Lastly, after adding the basil, oregano, and pepper, I would let this sit covered (off the heat) for an additional thirty minutes (if not overnight). I want these herbs to infuse into the sauce, not be an afterthought. However, I do agree that you don't want to simmer these with the sauce for the hour cook time, as this could make the flavor unbearable.

Since I am adding these at the end, I also want to substitute fresh oregano for the dried. A standard rule of thumb is to use 1/3 dried to fresh. So since her recipe calls for a pinch (1/8 teaspoon) of dried, I'll start with 3/8 fresh.

Everything, at first, is going to be a season to taste experiment, so we'll see where we end up when it's all said an done. Of course, that's a post for another day.

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Retro Spins: The Time - Pandemonium

The majority of my exposure to The Time is via Prince's Purple Rain and Graffiti Bridge. While I'm sure in 2023 I wrote a post about an 80's The Time album, the truth of the matter is I wrote all the 2024 posts before any of those. This makes Panedmonium the first album from The Time I've actually heard.

Panemonium starts out on a really strong note, and I found myself really enjoying the album title track of the same name, Jerk Out and Blondie. However, that's were things really stopped for me. As the album kept going, I was expecting to hear something as good as what these first few tracks offered, but it never came. I even went back when the album was done and played sections of the aforementioned songs to make sure I did actually enjoy them just to be sure. I did.

So, what happened? Why did the tracks suddenly drop off for me?

I think part of it was that the remaining songs turned more serious in tone from that of the ones I mentioned before. That niche comedy styling that The Time has become known for just wasn't there for these remaining tracks.

Additionally, I think the album suffers from the same issue a lot of albums from the 90's do - It's too long. At one hour five minutes, that's just too much material for any record. Some of the best albums I've ever heard have been around the thirty-five to forty minute mark. I think this "forces" musicians to pack in only the strongest of their tracks, while leaving the filler out.

I'm pretty disappointed that Pandimonium set the bar so high when it first started, but then continued to lower and lower and lower and lower the bar until it was dragging on the ground. I really had high hopes based on my first impression.

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