Arguably the best band to ever come out of Japan, if not Earth, the Plastics actually got a big boost from SCTV (clip here - the universe is complete at 1:25) and were briefly touted as the next Wall of Talking B-52's, but alas, the future of music - so cheerful, peppy and full of Japanese fun - was tragically cut short when they realized that cheerful, peppy and full of Japanese fun had no chance against towering bullshit posers like Duran Duran and U2.
But, but - why didn't I know about this? Bellem wrote the strips, Barreaux drew them. Bellem was evidently a low-rent master of outrageous hardboiled slang. He makes Chandler sound like a doily-fondler. From Thrilling Detective:
Was he trying to parody the hardboiled detective genre barely ten years after its birth or (and this is even scarier) was he simply, completely unaware of how funny and original his style was?
It was the high-octane use of every slang word known to man (and more than a few Bellem must have coined himself) that fueled the tales. Women were wrens or frills, and their breasts were pretty-pretties or tiddlywinks, something that Dan, "as human as the next gazabo," always took the time to notice. Cars were chariots, money was geetus and no one ever got killed in the stories, they were croaked, cooled, iced, de-lifed or had an act of killery performed upon them. Guns didn't go bang – they were roscoes and they spat, coughed and belched. Or somtimes they just sneezed, though the end result was the same -- people ended up dead.
Stop it. Yes, these are garbage movies and only the posters, but stop. I don't think I can watch modern movies anymore. When I see a pre-orange and teal era movie now, it's like a crazy revelation, an eye-punching marvel. At first I wonder what kind of knob-twiddling manipulation they pulled to make the film look so startlingly different - like reality with real colours and what not. Or go back further - Technicolor? Like movies from another planet.
The old hat is now a Mardi Gras head dress. Although orange and teal is no fresh chapeau - the shit's been going on for a over a decade.
Certainly there are some modern deviations from this combo; there is also the green and piss-yellow film - the truck stop bathroom in Finland look. Another variation is the desaturated minimal blue and grey movie - good for science fiction, dystopian wastelands, zombies. werewolves, etc. - but still, by and large orange and teal rules the earth.