024 - GARRETH F. HIRONS - I BACKED THE BETAMAX OF NIRVANA SPINOFFS

Looks Unfamiliar is a podcast in which writer and occasional broadcaster Tim Worthington talks to a guest about some of the things that they remember that nobody else ever seems to.

Joining Tim for a second time is musician and writer Garreth F. Hirons, who’s getting puzzled looks whenever he mentions The Yellow Album by The Simpsons, the Frankie Goes To Hollywood computer game, post-Nirvana outfit Sweet 75, sitcom Linc’s, the Transformers ‘Action Masters’ range, The Way Of The Tiger gaming books, and high-concept soft drink Quatro. Along the way we’ll be finding out why Ian Amblin took exception to E.T.’s Rugby League, how marketable a Richard Stilgoe Action Figure would be, the correct angle for Ped Gill’s head, and more than you would ever rationally want to know about what happened on 24th November 1998. Plus there’s an update on the Piers Morgan/Monster Munch debacle!

You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.

You can find Garreth’s previous appearance on Looks Unfamiliar – with the origins of the Piers Morgan Monster Munch outrage and some chat about ZX Spectrum game Saboteur – here and his own podcast Retrospecticus: The Simpsons And Modern History – Together At Last! here (which you can also find on Twitter at @_Retrospecticus). There’s also some festive chatter with Garreth about Malcolm McLaren’s early nineties oddity The Ghosts Of Oxford Street here.

You can find more chatter about unlikely ZX Spectrum games in other editions of Looks Unfamiliar with Phil Catterall on Platoon here, Stephen Brotherstone and Dave Lawrence on Deus Ex Machina here, Michael Livesley on Clumsy Colin Action Biker here and Emma Burnell on The Lords Of Midnight here. There’s also more about forgotten soft drinks – this time Quosh Tropical – in the edition with Jacqueline Rayner which you can find here.

If you’ve enjoyed this, you’ll enjoy Tim’s book Can’t Help Thinking About Me – including a big feature about how much he hated Nirvana and preferred those nice boys from Blur – which is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

Garreth also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Ros Ballinger, Jonny Morris, Darrell Maclaine, James Gent and Paul Kirkley, which you can find here.