The Goods: The Rock-afire Explosion (2008) feat. Andrew – Sad birthday vibe

In our first ever birthday episode, Brian’s brother Andrew joins to discuss the documentary of the proto-Chuck E. Cheese animatronic band The Rock-afire Explosion, the band’s creator, and its hardcore devotees. Join as they probe Andrew’s intense dedication to the band, ponder the pathetic-sweet dichotomy of pursuing childhood fancies, and consider the ramifications of a Mountain Dew-only liquid diet for no pacific reason. And have a happy birthday, birthday, birthday, Brian and Andrew, yeah yeah yeah.

Bonus Material:

  • Pizzacam: An absurdly thorough collection of vintage Chuck E. Cheese and Showbiz Pizza media, including the “Chuck E. Cheese’s University” series of employee training videos.
  • Andrew’s radio episode dedicated to “animatronic Orlandian music,” featuring the Rock-afire Explosion, Munch’s Make-Believe Band, and other groups. Also check out the follow-up fast food episode.
  •, a detailed fansite and great place to “enter the rabbit hole.”
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Andrew’s journey to find one of the last Mac Tonight animatronics

Music Credits:

RetroFuture Clean by Kevin MacLeod

Dan and Brian from Earn This now have a film review site and podcast:

The Goods: Film Reviews

The Goods: A Film Podcast

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