I’ve always felt like I was born in the wrong time period. So, it’s no surprise that I enjoy the web series Vinyl Rewind, hosted by the Vinyl Geek and (as of season 2) and Miz Mel.
In each episode the Vinyl Geek (aka Eric Callero) showcases a single artist/band/album. While some of the artists are probably more well-known (Weird Al Yankovic, Nirvana, The Buggles), a greater number are pretty obscure (ever heard of Korla Pandit or Dino, Desi and Billy?), but that’s what makes this series interesting. As a fan of trivia, this is right up my alley.
I’m not the most versed on music (especially not of today’s “music”), so with each episode I learn something new. In fact, it pays to watch. For instance, in Season 2, Episode 5 “Record Store Day 2012,” the Vinyl Geek plays music trivia game show host (complete with Bob Barker-style mic) to people on the streets of LA. I knew quite a few of the answers because I pay attention to The Vinyl Rewind! Ever heard of Jani Lane (RIP), former lead singer of Warrant? His real name was John Kennedy Oswald. Yup, pretty obvious who his parents supported and what decade he was born in. So if they ever bring back “Rock ‘n’ Roll Jeopardy!” and this is the final question, you can thank me or The Vinyl Geek later.
My personal favorite episode was the Season 1, Episode 3, “Stand by Me” episode. This album is what really got me into ’50s music. It just makes me think of when times seemed happier. And of course I love (x 1,000,000) the movie.
Another great aspect to the show is how The Vinyl Geek dresses for the occasion. An excellent example is Season 1, Episode 12, “Conan the Barbarian.” Just click that link. I wasn’t sure if The Vinyl Geek was going to pass out from his excitement. But I must admit, it is also the first (and only time so far) that he’s shown quite a bit of skin, which I have NO complaints about at all!
If you haven’t seen the series, I highly recommend watching from the beginning. Most episodes are under 10 minutes long, so it’s not going to take long to catch up at all. The show has definitely evolved. I think The Vinyl Geek has definitely found his groove (no pun intended).
I liked the Season 1 opening sequence, but I really love the Season 2 version. It puts me in a good mood, and I wouldn’t mind being in “Auntie Vinyl’s” shoes. Watch the show and you’ll see what I mean!
In a separate post, I will detail how I discovered The Vinyl Rewind and the Vinyl Geek. Until then, I urge you to watch the series.
Bottom line: Discover some of the best and worst music you’ve never heard! And for the ladies, enjoy that eye candy.