Episode #44 of the Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind podcast sees Dan, Imran and Denis-Jose Francois sit down to discuss the surprising rise of movies that position established villains as the protagonist. Through movies like Joker, Cruella, Suicide Squad, Venom, Dracula Untold, Maleficent... we're seeing more sympathetic presentations of villains we've come to affectionately *hate* for decades. But what inspires a shift like this - are we running out of super hero stories to tell? Is this a move indicative of evolving audience tastes? And what's the future of on-screen villainy if there are no on-screen villains?
Welcome to episode #10 of the 90s State of Mind podcast - a collaborative project between 4ever in Electric Dreams and Blue-in-Green:RADIO. This podcast series sees Imran (London, UK) and Rhonda (California, USA) delve into some of their favourite releases from the 90s and this week, the pair revisit the one-&-only album from incomparable Groove Theory.
Released in 1995 through Epic Records - and spearheaded by the classic single 'Tell Me' - the pairing of vocalist Amel Larrieux and producer Bryce Wilson resulted in one of 90s R&B's most beloved projects. Having achieved moderate success upon release, the duo disbanded a few years after their album release and although there have been efforts to resurrect the Groove Theory name, no new full-lengths have come to fruition. The 90s was certainly a prolific decade for each member with Amel Larrieux having established herself as a solo star with the first of what would be five solo albums having been released in 1999 along with multiple guest appearances on projects by The Roots and Guru. Wilson continued his run of excellent productions jumping behind the boards for colossal names like Mary J Blige, Changing Faces and Toni Braxton.
Imran & Rhonda delve deep into this definitive 90s R&B album looking at the project, remixes, b-sides, solo projects and efforts to revive the group with vocalist Makeda Davis.
Episode #43 of the Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind podcast sees Dan partner with friends of the show Denis-Jose Francois and Richard Roth to look at the impact of nostalgia in our lives: how much does nostalgia impact the things we hold dear? As we either marvel or bemoan evolving trends with technology, social media, music, film, etc, do we remember things from our childhood as perhaps being just that little bit better than they were?
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