(UPDATE: This post originally gave the erroneous impression that Gimme Gimme Octopus condones drug use, but thanks to our attentive readers this has now been corrected. I must have smoked too much insect repellent.)
If you are like me, you have by now pledged $350 (or more) to WFMU, put it in a prize account, listen to the station continually, and throw in $10 whenever another great premium item is up for grabs. You get tons of stuff, get to play the WFMU slot machine, and you will be thanked on the air all the time. It is too late to sign up for the prize account now, but you should still pledge and hunt for swag until March 12, so I will keep this post short and sweet.
If you recently read this blog or listened to WFMU, you might have heard about Kure Kure Takora, aka Gimme Gimme Octopus, an insane 60s Japanese TV show for kids, starring an octopus and a peanut who are in love with the same walrus. However, love stories are notoriously boring, so the creators of this series made the wise decision to drop copious amounts of acid, and to infuse the series with lots of crime, gratuitous violence, and
drug use insect repellent. The music is already great, but the episodes themselves are unbelievable. Here are two of them, teaching the kids about private property, violence, and use of mind enhancing substances: Stealing The Dragon's Dope Mosquito Repellent Which Is Not At All Psychoactive and Fighting With The Dragon to Steal His Book (both approximately 11 meg MP4 files).
More (and even more outrageous) episodes next week, but only if the fundraising goal of $850k is met. And if you don't pledge, we will send out our dragon to break your kneecaps, like in the video. Yes, we have finally realized that blackmailing is a good thing. By the way, you can order a DVD with a "Best of Kure Kure Takora" compilation at 5 Minutes to Live, or you can get the complete series on 4 DVDs at Brutallo.com. And you can get more "information" on Kure Kure Takora on this Japanese website translated by Google.