Purveyor of all things cool in the universe, Eddie Spughetti has made a name for himself across multiple media formats. Whether it be his love for horror, retro goodness, old but not forgotten toys, or the path that led us to this interview, synthwave, Eddie never does anything halfway. I couldn’t think of a better person this Halloween to showcase and honestly thank (for shining a light in the darker corners) than the one, the only, Eddie Spughetti. Let’s dive right in!
First of all, big thanks to you, THE Eddie Spuhghetti, for taking the time to do this interview. What are you up to today?
You caught me at a good time. I’m actually heading in for a meeting shortly with Paramount regarding their “Three Grumpy Old Men & A Lady” reboot/sequel: we’re trying to merge the Three Men & a Baby + Grumpy Old Men universes together = $$$. I’m just taking a Fiji break at the moment.
When Here Lies kicked off, did you ever expect it to grow into what it’s become?
I’m happy to see where it’s at and that it continues to grow/evolve. There have been some changes in staff, management and direction since inception. I’m now working with Canadian Horror-writer Jeff Robertson and soon collaborating with Marc Nadeau from the Cinefessions podcast. We’re moving forward with a new approach to content; OSI-74 picking us up for their Roku Network has been a large influence in shaping things out and really getting us to focus at what we’re trying to accomplish. Like the decision to brand my famous Holiday Tapes as an official Here Lies item and then giving it as a gift for people who donate to our show.
Where can people catch your show if they’re unfamiliar with it?
Our series Here Lies is a mixture of review/retrospective on pop culture collectibles while blending sketch comedy segments. So you can watch me discuss the history of an old monster book then get chokeslammed through a table by Michael Myers. We are still available on YouTube (www.youtube.com/hereliesdotcom) but we’re now a part of OSI-74’s Friday Night Wild programming block via any Roku streaming device.
You were one of the first outlets to embrace synthwave in a big way. What drew you to the genre?
That’s something we take pride on. When I developed the concept for Here Lies, I knew Synthwave had to be one of our major points of focus in not only giving our content some extra aesthetic but primarily getting the music out there and showcasing artists to different audiences. I personally had a sequence of getting into Italo Disco in college coming up on a decade ago; it was from there that I eventually discovered a movement going on that was Synthwave. I see myself as a Synthwave Ambassador: I get asked a lot to listen to someone’s work in advance or if I can promote their new album.
Who are some of your favorite synthwave acts?
I’m picky so I sometimes will enjoy specific tunes over an artist’s entire work but there’s a few that I can say overall I’ve enjoyed their stuff from Day 1. Sellorekt/LA Dreams is a close personal friend and I adore blasting his music at the yacht club. The Northern Lights is another close personal friend (I have many) and I’ve actually cut a music video to one of his tracks (working at getting it released). Sunglasses Kid is a fella that can easily be mistaken for mainstream Pop and that really says something about the quality of his work. I’ve also developed a good working relationship with Bishop Of Battle and he’s provided some tunes for Here Lies exclusively.
It’s that time of year…favorite horror film?
Holy smokes: that’s a tough one. As a published writer for several Horror magazines and websites, I have to point out that I legit haven’t seen everything and there’s a ton of content I still need to sit down and watch. But if I had to pick and choose for what works the best for ME at this time of year, it would have to be Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. Not only a childhood favorite but also the model for how Comedy and Horror should work together. It never gets old and the jokes still work, plus it’s a great send-off to the Universal Monsters.
On the flip-side, worst horror film you’ve ever seen?
Skinned Deep. A buddy once snagged it at a Walmart and thought it looked wild but it turned out to be really boring. A movie can be bad but enjoyable; this one was bad and boring like the upcoming Justice League film. Warwick Davis was in it as this little guy who whips plates at people too. There was also a scene where a kid was playing some kind of fake game console but using a SNES controller. I love it when they do crap like that; I know a fella who once walked out of Rumble In The Bronx because he couldn’t get past the kid in it playing a Game Gear without a cart in it. Studios should know better, they really should.
Why do you think the 80’s and 90’s are having such a big resurgence?
There’s a mix of things to this natural phenomena and I believe it’s due to technology and nostalgia becoming inherently important to us as human beings. It’s almost on par with how old folks went batshit for those Time Life Hits Of The ’50s CDs in the ’90s: it took something they liked, put it all together and made it easily accessible through only five easy payments of $21.95. If I couldn’t easily find things I enjoyed in the past, I would probably not care as much. There’s also a bigger emphasis on technology being important to everyday life than it was before. I grew up in a tech-orientated family and had to learn DOS at age 4 because my Dad got annoyed with constantly loading games up for me. So when I would hear the negligence from others at school regarding their incapability to actively seek out these amazing things at their disposal (emulators, roms, music), it floored me. But now that everybody has a portable computer in their phone, it’s different.
One summer I started in “A” of the Horror VHS at the local video store and rented every movie until I got to the end of the section. Do you think the youth of today are missing out on the adventure and risk of an unknown rental or is it counterbalanced by access to everything?
One summer, I think I started at A in the yearbook and got as far as Abigail: really sweet gal and now a proud member of my Fan Club. Your question though: it’s just evolved. They still get that same sense of “What the piss is this thing” but through a computer screen. Every kid still walks in on their parents watching something and wonders what the heck it is or gets frightened without letting them know. The fear or adventure is still prevalent, it just doesn’t have to do with paying to borrow a film from a store. Maybe some kids in the 1800s traded Poe novels in the back of the schoolhouse? I don’t know, I haven’t been back that far yet. If anything, more choice and access to information has eliminated wasting your time and money on something that looks pretty but really isn’t. You could argue though that a lot of smaller townships still run on this system as a lot of places don’t even have access to dial-up yet. I really can’t relate to youth these days unless it’s part of a Jump Street program at a local high school.
Any parting words before we go?
I appreciate being considered a member of the Synthwave community! It’s almost on par with all of my single-mom fans. #momsspuhghetti