August 1st 2009 06:36
Greetings eightyholics, its good to be back after a little hiatus following the death of 80s juggernaut Michael Jackson.
I went back to my childhood town to visit my friend Bobby Finstock and talk about all the times he spent at the Neverland Ranch back in the eighties. Or, maybe I was just busy at work.
Either way, it was a sad and reflective time for all involved.
While I was back there talking to Bobby Finstock about all the good times back in the hood, we came to reminisce about good ‘ol Fraggle Rock. This show was a kids staple back in my day. Everyone knew the show and even the adults seemed to get a kick out of it.
Jim Henson already begun to rule in the 70s with The Muppet Show, but he didn’t stop there when that show started to lose popularity. No, he went straight into cinema and in his off-time he managed to crank out this gem of a show too. Many believe, even Henson at one time, it to be his masterpiece.
I remember there were those little miner creatures (Doozers) that were usually just in the background, mining the whole place with their own railway network and scaffolding. Every now and then they would be involved in the story, but usually they were just hanging out doing their thang.
Details like that are what made Jim Henson such a legend. There was also those giants (Gorgs) that lived up the well and were always trying to kill the Fraggles.
I always respected the main character’s (Gobo) enthusiasm for adventure — the dude would always be exploring and what not, partly because he felt the pressure of being related to the Fraggle legend Travelling Matt, who often checked in with letters about his ‘outer space’ (eg. the world) travels.
There was a huge list or reoccurring characters that made it truly epic in scope for a kids show. I remember there was even an ‘alternate’ theme song that dudes would sing at school, but we’ll leave it alone for now…
"Dance your cares away, worry's for another day. Let the music play, down at Fraggle Rock."
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