Philip Laird returns to Tapeheads with his sister Liz in tow to discuss the 1977 TV holiday special Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, a Jim Henson tale that depicts a cute but dystopian world in which talented Muppet animals distract themselves from their extreme economic hardships with a little bit of washtub bass. Topics of discussion include the Laird siblings’ history with the tape, the Riverbottom Nightmare Band, and the baffling economic structure of Frogtown Hollow, which may in fact be a post-apocalyptic wasteland populated by mutant creatures.
Lyndsey chats with Sean about her VHS copy of 1999’s action-adventure remake The Mummy, directed by Stephen Sommers and starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, Kevin J. O'Connor, and Arnold Vosloo. Topics include the Egyptology craze of the 1920s, the performances, and (as always) the ads on the tape.
In this special Halloween episode of Tapeheads, Sean has Lyndsey watch his VHS copy of Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College and things get dark really fast. Talking points include: the little monster craze of the 1980s, Patrick Labyorteaux, Matthew Lillard, and the disturbing parallels between Ghoulies Go to College and current events.
In this episode, Lyndsey revisits her VHS copy of the 1995 kids sports flick The Big Green, in which Olivia d'Abo takes it upon herself to teach a bunch of rag-tag rural Texas kids how to become competitive soccer players while dodging the advances of Deputy Steve Guttenberg. The film co-stars John Terry, Patrick Renna, and a goat.
Ads on the tape include the Toy Story video game for Sega Genesis and SNES, Man of the House, A Kid in King Arthur's Court, and an extended music video starring Timon and Pumbaa.
Actor Ben Bellamy visits the podcast to revisit his beloved VHS copy of the 1997 Jim Carrey film Liar Liar in which an unethical lawyer cannot tell a lie for 24 hours after his son Max's birthday wish comes true. Topics include the tape's opening advertisements, Carrey's filmography, and the horrific implications of Max's powers.
We're well into baseball season, which means it's time for Tapeheads to revisit the 1989 Kevin Costner fantasy film Field of Dreams! Directed by Phil Alden Robinson and based on the novel Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella, the film tells the story of Iowa farmer Ray (Costner) who decides to build a baseball diamond in his corn fields after hearing a voice whisper "if you build it, he will come." The film co-stars Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, Burt Lancaster, and little Gaby Hoffmann.
Lyndsey revisits her VHS copy of Simply Irresistible (1999), a strange tale of witchcraft, love, and fine dining. The film stars Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sean Patrick Flannery, Patricia Clarkson, Dylan Baker, Larry Gillard Jr., Amanda Peet, and a magic crab. Ads on the tape: Anna and the King, Ravenous, Office Space, Wing Commander, Party of Five, and the soundtrack, which includes Katalina's "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered."