The end of the Coreys

Generation X hasn’t had one of it’s major icons that it completely owned die yet. Not really.

Michael Jackson rose to extreme fame during the 80s, but first tasted celebrity in the 70s. Maybe I’m missing someone, but all the members of Brat Pack are still alive, Madonna looks like she’s going to try to live to be 150 and Kirk Cameron is quoting Bible verses on TV every weekend. Kurt Cobain? Chris Farley? Who would have thought they would ever be in the same sentence with Corey Haim?

ah, younger days.

ah, younger days.

So when we found out that Corey Haim died this morning at 38, it stung a little.

No, it stung a lot.

It’s surprising how things like that hit you, especially when you can’t point to one good movie Haim had. He had some fun roles, yeah. License to Drive was a Sadowski household staple, but Lost Boys was a tad overrated, and I don’t even remember ever seeing Lucas. At least not all of it. If it’s possible for someone to actually ride Corey Feldman’s coattails, he did. Feldman was the one with iconic 80s roles from Goonies, Gremlins and Stand By Me — Haim didn’t have anything like that on his resume. The last time I really wanted to see something he did was Blown Away so that I could see Nicole Eggert naked. That’s it.

the best reason to see a corey haim movie

the best reason to see a corey haim movie

So why am I so broken up that he died, perhaps of an accidental drug overdose? And why did I first decide to refer to him as an “icon”? He’s fringe icon at best, tied to our memories only because he was part of “The Coreys,” whether they were good actors or not. Together, they were the teen movie idols of the 80s, much like Kirk Cameron and Michael J. Fox were on TV. In the first true age of Tiger Beat and teen magazines, they were on every cover of every teen magazine at every grocery store. Whether they were good actors or not didn’t matter — they had a cool name, they were attractive and teens latched on to them for whatever reason.

So call Haim one of the first teen idols of the information generation. It’s just too bad we couldn’t ever call him a major movie star. And if I’m missing someone who died who comes on the level of Corey Haim, leave it in the comment section.

There’s a couple things I hold sacred, or at least did at one time before they were trampled into the ground when Powers That Be realized there was money to be made. One Shining Moment, the song that traditionally ends the NCAA Tournament, was one of those things. I was all-in on the tourney by the time I was 12, when Indiana beat Syracuse in 1987.  Since 1987, it’s been my favorite sporting event. I usually take the Friday of the first weekend off and go to a bar to watch every game. In college, I skipped class for two days and bet on every game. It’s the best mix of sports excitement, betting tension, social interaction and alcohol consumption we have in America today. The original One Shining Moment typified the best parts of the entire tournament — great song, great highlights, the perfect way to end the best three weeks in basketball. When I was too young to stay up until midnight to watch One Shining Moment, I’d tape it and watch it the next day, and the next day, and the next day, and the next week, and the next month. Even the piano music before it’s played gives me chills and I used it for an audio project in college. It’s easily in my top 20 songs of all time. It’s become so famous that now, people pound their chest in the tournament just so they can be included in the clip montage in the hopes they can be the highlight during the “Feel the beat of your heart” lyric. Then around 1994, CBS realized that it was becoming one of the biggest things about the game, so they brought in new singers, changed some lyrics and now the song sucks. Well, not sucks, but it’s not the same. So Jennifer Hudson signing it this year— I’m not on board. Why ruin it even more than they already have? Just go back to the original David Barrett version and we’ll all be happy. It makes me extremely angry that I can’t find the correct version of the 1990 version after UNLV beat Duke — the best verison after my favorite tournament — but I know I have it on tape somewhere and I’m gonna figure out some way to get it on YouTube for every one’s viewing pleasure. Tell me you don’t get chills watching and listening to the original:

Or the version from after North Carolina won the 1993, a big moment in my life:

As long as we’re talking about the tournament, here is the daily reminder of what is going to be daily reminders over the next week to join in the Yahoo! bracket challenge group I set up for PopRox fans. Follow the link, go to “sign-up” then hit “join group” and enter the group ID 26876 and the password poprox and you’re joined up. I’m efforting some prizes for the winner.

Have you ever shushed someone in a movie? I go with long, piercing scowls instead of shushing, and that usually works. Let’s clear up one major misconception about people who talk in movies — it’s not young people. Young people talk before the movie. They talk to each other, they talk on their cell phones, they talk to the screen. But once the movie starts, they normally shut the eff up. Talkers are usually adults. Umm, older adults, who don’t realize they’re even talking as loud as they are. I go to a lot of movies, more than the normal person. Not as much as I used to, but a lot nevertheless. This isn’t a generalization or a stereotype, this is hands-on research and observation. So if you think you might be a movie talker, please stop. Now. Right now. It’s only two hours, you can talk about it as much as you want after. You can even email me and I’ll talk to you about it all you want, even if I haven’t seen it. Anything to keep from ruining someone else’s movie experience.

not a great track record these days

not a great track record these days

After pulling it from the schedule recently, ABC has decided to cancel its first-season show the fogotten. That’s 0-for-2 for Christian Slater in his TV comeback attempt after last season’s hideous My Own Worst Enemy. Never saw one second of it because it’s produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, but doesn’t seem like I was missing anything.

I thought the Oscar tribute to the people who died seemed a little thin for all the celebrity deaths we had in 2009. Now we know why — because it decided to leave people out like Farrah Fawcett. Hey, at least she was in the South Park Dead Celebrities episode. What more do you want? Put a gun to my head, and I can’t name a Farrah Fawcett movie. Wait! I can remember one, Cannonball Run. If that’s the reason her family thinks she should have been included in the tribute … well, that’s kinda desperate. In an effort to make sure everyone is mentioned next year, perhaps they should get Jack Nicholson to come out and just read a year’s worth of obits from the LA Times.

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