Let’s reminisce shall we?
I had a pretty epic childhood, especially when it came to Saturday morning cartoons. We didn’t have the ones like they do now, which seem like 30 minute toy commercials ( wait..are Saturday morning cartoons still a thing? I am out of the loop ) I grew up with The Banana Splits, Groovy Ghoulies, Josey and The Pussycats and my all time favorites The Archies.
Now I know most of you readers have no clue who I am talking about ( trust me , soon you will learn all you have missed in life ), but The Archies were the cool kids of Riverdale High School. Archie, Reggie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica ( she was always my favorite ) taught us small children all about relationships, fashion ( no matter how bad it might have been then ) and what it was like to be in High School, but they mostly taught us about music.
These Saturday morning cartoons were full of music and were the breeding ground to a lot of our music tastes. The songs were popular and were played on Top of The Pops and American Bandstand. It is possible that after watching an episode of The Archies one Saturday morning, I begged my mom into taking me to the record store to buy me the 45 single of Sugar Sugar I still have in my possession, or I could have nicked it from my older cool cousin who had a massive stack of 45’s that I loved to look at while she scolded me for sliding them off the pile and scratching them ( give me a bit of a break I was a child )
The other great thing about The Archies ….Comic Books. I spent many hot summer days tucked under the window unit trying to stay cool reading Archie Comics, I was a loyal reader and didn’t miss an issue.
Fast forward to my high school years ( sadly, they were not the all out fun of Riverdale High ). I traded in my Archie Comics and began letting Seventeen magazine give me my relationship and fashion advice. My thicks scratchy copy of Sugar Sugar was put to the bottom of the record pile and replaced it with full albums from bands such as The Clash, The Sex Pistols and my favorites The Ramones. If you know me, or you have talked to me in some concert queue, you will have heard me say that Joey Ramone is the man who taught me to love music. The Ramones first album was the first album I bought because I like it. I did not buy it because some cartoon drew me in, or because my older cool cousin had bought it ( she had lost her coolness factor by this time ), but because I was a rebellious teenager,and I was looking for something different. So, not only did The Ramones teach me a thing or two about music, ( for instance, we didn’t need a guitar solo that last half the album to have a good song) but they also got me to toss the Seventeen magazine and trade in my tiny floral and lace Gunne Sack dresses ( look it up if you must ) for ripped jeans and band tee shirts.
So why I am rambling on about the Archies and The Ramones ? They have absolutely nothing in common, other than molding my musical tastes…until now. Possibly the greatest thing ever to happen to me since the invention of gluten free sliced bread….the announcement of a new Archie comic book. Not just any comic book, but one called Archie meets The Ramones.
The co-writer of the future comic book, Matthew Rosenburg recently told Comic Alliance…
“It might seem strange to some people to combine these things, but there’s really no divide for me… Archie is what got me into comics, the Ramones are what got me into punk rock, and those two things have always been connected for me. The Ramones are my punk rock heroes, they’re really very comic booky, and Archie has a long history of being connected to music, and being willing to try new things and do cool new stuff, so to me, this makes perfect sense.”
It makes perfect sense to me Mr Rosenburg, and it gives me something to look forward to in 2016. My second grade self and my high school self is screaming with excitement!!