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By Johnny Rollerfeet's Echo Chamber - Last updated: Wednesday, August 4, 2010

NSFW “…bleak multiplied by grim to the power of Hot Topic…”

I like this funny review for two games available on Xbox Live, and I’m definitely more in the “patronize the arts” category because I think Limbo is beautiful, disturbing, fun to play and well worth the $15.

(Thanks to @BTSjunkie for the link to The Escapist : Video Galleries : Zero Punctuation : DeathSpank & Limbo.)

I had forgotten how it felt the first time I saw old videos of…
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By Johnny Rollerfeet's Echo Chamber - Last updated: Wednesday, August 4, 2010

I had forgotten how it felt the first time I saw old videos of The Runaways on late night TV. I’m falling in love again.

I was 11 in early 1982, sneaking into the living room to watch bootleg satellite video of Rock and Roll that would have crushed my conservative parents if they knew. Joan Jett had a #1 hit with “I Love Rock and Roll” from March until May, and freshly-launched MTV would play that video during the day. (I  turned 12 while the song was holding the #1 spot.) Then at night, during their more subversive programming, MTV would slip in live concert videos, including The Runaways in Japan. Every one of the band members was hot and powerful, and I was totally smitten.

The movie The Runaways — based on Cherie Currie’s book, Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway, and executive produced by Joan Jett — is out on Blu-Ray. Watching it last night I realized that Cherie was the eye candy for the band, but I mostly had eyes for Joan. My 11 year old eyes were affixed to any band member on screen, but at the sight of Joan my heart would pound loud enough to drown out the TV volume, set very low so my parents wouldn’t hear.

I’m obsessed again but now I have an income and don’t have to worry about breaking my parents’ hearts by listening to the devil’s music. I just bought The Best Of The Runaways and iTunes Essentials: Joan Jett. I’m watching a ton of Runaways videos on YouTube, and tonight I’ll be watching the 2004 documentary by bassist Vikki Blue called Edgeplay – A Film About The Runaways.

There should be more room in this world for girls who rock, because it is one of the most entrancingly beautiful and powerful things that exists.

(video from The Runaways – Queens Of Noise . /via CherieO)