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LOST TREASURES: Judgment Night Soundtrack

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Think of Judgment Night–the original motion picture soundtrack from an Emilio Estevez film that didn’t do so well at the box office–as the stepchild of Run-D.M.C. and Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way.” In 1993 (the year the album was released) it wasn’t unheard of to hear rhymes behind rock riffs. Even the hip-hoppers mentioned above were doing it long before they crossed paths with Steven Tyler. But Judgment Night maintains its place in history because it fell between two periods in music where mixing your rock and rap was acceptable, and mixing your rock and rap was frowned upon (see Dope, Crazy Town, Adema).

A decade before digitally-spliced mash-ups found their home on iPods, and a few years before Limp Bizkit arrived on the scene and polarized the listening public, Judgment Night seemed like a novel (and perfectly innocent) concept–take your favorite alternative rock band and have them create a song with your favorite hip-hop group. Even if the album turned out to be a train wreck, enlisting artists like Pearl Jam, Sonic Youth, Helmet, Cypress Hill, and even rock/rap vets Run-D.M.C. made you want to listen to it at least once.

Not only was Judgment Night not a train wreck, but the album eventually sold over 2 million copies, overshadowing its accompanying film altogether. One of the album’s college rock singles was “Just Another Victim” featuring Helmet and House of Pain. Curiously, this is the only track on the album that features both full-on, verse-chorus-verse vocals from the rock group and rhymes from the rap act (which makes it the album’s most ambitious offering). Helmet liked the song so much, they began playing it live (sans Everlast) and later included it on their greatest hits album.

Sonic Youth teams up with Cypress Hill on the laid-back “I Love You Mary Jane.” B-Real and Sen Dog supply the weed-inspired rhymes (shocker there, huh?), while Sonic Youth provide the scratch guitar and the haunting hook, “Shoulda come by to get me high.” Cypress Hill also appears on “Real Thing” with Pearl Jam, another one of the album’s homerun hits.

Ice-T doesn’t go too far out of his comfort zone–considering he was already touring with his metal band, Body Count, at the time–when he shares a thrash-and-burn track, “Disorder,” with Slayer. The Seattle pairing of Mudhoney and Sir Mix-A-Lot on “Freak Momma” makes for one of the most memorable rhymes on the album, “I wanna put you in the mud, honey, ” while Run-D.M.C., the godfathers of this kind of stuff, appear on Judgment Night, tag-teaming with Living Colour on “Me, Myself & My Microphone.”

After sharing some screen (and scream) time with Onyx on their “Slam” video, Biohazard rejoins their buddies on the album’s title track. This may not seem like a relevant pairing 16 years later, but combining the in-your-face styles of both Biohazard and Onyx was a pretty big deal in 1993.

Years before Del The Funky Homosapien was plucked by Damon Albarn to lend rhymes to his super group, Gorillaz, he got his alternative-rock-training-wheels taken off when he teamed up with Dinosaur Jr. on “Missing Link.” I’m sure an early-90s Lou Barlow would tell you, if you could work with Dinosaur Jr.’s control freak, J Mascis, you can work with anyone.

In an album full of surprisingly fun treats, none gets sweeter than “Fallin’” from De La Soul and Teenage Fan Club, a bittersweet song about the ups and downs of fame. The backing instrumental will make you want to pour yourself a glass of lemonade and relax on the porch swing, while De La Soul defeats the alternative-grunge-era artists at their own game–crafting lyrics that will make you feel good about feeling so bad.

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Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.