MGP & the New Wave of British Heavy Metal

April 9, 2011 MGP 4

In the wake of the last thirty years and the endless branching off of metal into more and more subgenres, many have forgotten (or never even knew) about a significant period of metal history, known by the rather troublesome acronym of NWOBHM or, more specifically, the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Though many extend the era to 1984 to include some reasonably important acts, purists will put the range […]

Accept – “Balls To The Wall”

March 19, 2011 MGP 0

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the first metal band I ever saw live, opening for Ozzy Osbourne in support of his Bark At The Moon tour in April of 1984. I was a wee lad of 15 and completely lacking in any sort of self-control or decorum. That night, I also discovered another use for my Bic lighter, solos that go on forever, and that girls could wear lingerie OUTSIDE […]

Introducing the iCade!

January 9, 2011 MGP 1

So, it look like this mini arcade cabinet for the iPad is actually going to happen. Atari even promises to release an impressive number of their vintage titles (like Asteroids) via the iTunes Store at or soon after launch. Even if they stick with vector-based graphics games, my vote would be for Star Wars, Battlezone and Tempest — all of which, under the Atari license. If Williams jumped in, the […]

Battle of the Planets – Opening Sequence

November 16, 2010 MGP 4

Battle of the Planets was easily one of my favorite animated shows when I was a wee lad, broadcast each weekday on the once-mighty TV56 in Boston. Looking back, I can’t imagine how I could have overlooked the obvious pilfering from Star Wars in which this program indulged. I remember all of the names of the G-Force kids (including the ever-irritating Keyop), the fiery Phoenix, and the villainous Zoltar from […]

Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010)

May 17, 2010 MGP 2

Let’s face it. Most rock stars are complete fuck-ups. Whether through drugs or irresponsible behavior or just being so catchpenny as to be largely dismissible, it is all the more astounding that there are music personalities who stay the course, avoid the perils, make a profound impact on the music world, and remain actual human beings in the process. Of the latter, there has been no better paragon than Ronnie […]

A Decade of MGP (1999-2009)

December 24, 2009 MGP 4

I realize that it is considered important or necessary or even a means to avoid boredom this month for various bloggers to cobble together some Top Ten list or similar rundown of pop culture media releases over this still-not-named decade. Given that I feel most of that could disappear off the face of the Earth and I wouldn’t even notice, it is not in my best interest to bother jumping […]

MGP Rewind: Dio Lyrical Examination

July 20, 2009 MGP 4

Back in the 1990s or nearabouts, I’d composed a lyrical examination of sorts for Dio’s first album, Holy Diver. At least, some of the choice tracks on the album. Bill M. posted it on the Internet, and then added his own commentary. Since you might have never seen this (or the other tracks dissected), here’s an example… Holy Diver Holy Diver [MGP: Question: what is a holy diver?] You’ve been […]

MGP Rewind: “You’re ALL Fascists!”

June 29, 2009 MGP 2

An oldie, to be sure. Not really this angry anymore, but it’s still fun to share. Enjoy… excerpt from “You’re ALL Fascists” originally printed in Poo Poo Magazine #10 Copyright © 1995 Purging Talon Fascism is fundamentally a dictatorial practice, which means that if you feel that everybody should think like you do on a particular issue AND you wish to implement some sort of regulation, force, or social stigma […]

6/12/94 – Burlington, VT – time unknown

June 15, 2009 MGP 0

This gigantic pic appeared in a fairly old issue of the Burlington Free Press for a story on zines, taken by someone who would later end up being a pal of mine. The photo actually takes up about a third of the page, which even took me aback. This is pre-Not Like Most, by the way — back when Purging Talon pretty much consisted of one small-press zine title. I’m […]

Ode To Blue Suede News (Book Excerpt)

June 13, 2009 MGP 1

The following text is from an 11-page history of Purging Talon that will introduce that still-in-the-works Not Like Most compilation book that I still need to get finished. Same story with many of my projects: I’m always waiting and waiting and waiting for other people. But, you don’t want to hear any of that. What you might want to hear — or in this case, read — about is this […]

The Green Mountain Effect

April 16, 2009 MGP 1

[Note: This segment from a larger essay of the same name was written sometime in my mid-20s — a very adorable age, I’d say — and before the Internet explosion of the latter-1990s. It appeared in an old and long-since-vanished issue of my first publication, Poo Poo Magazine. I chopped it down to its essence and thought some of you might enjoy this very limited peek at America’s 14th state […]