18 March 2008

Now You Know.

The Simpsons episode Hungry Hungry Homer has the Springfiled Isotopes baseball team relocating to Albuquerque. The Isotopes were the name chosen by fan poll for the real Albuquerque Minor League team in 2002

In another episode of The Simpsons titled E Pluribus Wiggum, Krusty states that the presidential candidates have more hot air than the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

In Bugs Bunny shorts where Bugs is traveling underground and does not end up where he thought he was going, while consulting a map, he would often say, "I knew I should've taken a left turn at Albuquerque."

"Weird Al" Yankovic wrote a song for his Running with Scissors album called Albuquerque.

The Hit Disney Channel Original Movies High School Music and High School Musical 2 are both set in Albuquerque. The teenagers attend the fictitious East High School. Neither of the films were shot in Albuquerque.

In Little Miss Sunshine the family travel from Albuquerque to the pageant.

Neil Young wrote a song called "Albuquerque" for his album Tonights the Night from 1975.

The Partridge Family had a song called "Point Me In the Direction of Albuquerque" that was played in one of the episodes of the show.

Ethel Mertz, a fictional character played by Vivian Vance in the 1950s sitcom I Love Luch, is from Albuquerque, which is featured in the episode "Ethel's Hometown." Vance, like her character, hails from Albuquerque.

Prefab Sprout mention Alburquerque in the chorus of their song The King of Rolck n' Roll.

Albuquerque has an active live music scene.

Avant-Garde musician Frank Zapa in his song "The Jazz Discharge Party Hats" tells a story set in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The show Breaking Bad (2008) on AMC was filmed and takes place in and around Albuquerque.

The city of Albuquerque started REAAAAAL late when it comes to preserving historical buildings. I recently purchased a book called ALBUQUERQUE: THEN AND NOW

The book has some awesome photographs of architecture from Albuquerque's past -- all demolished to make way for new plazas and parking lots. What a pisser.

My favorite is of the Hotel Franciscan:

What a waste.


Kevin M said...

I'll have to get that book. FYI, it's part of a whole series, including "New Orleans: Then and Now", showing some of the architectural glories that were torn down for some of the crap the city has today. Thankfully, it was such a large place (and so poor, for much of the 20th century) that they couldn't afford to tear down more of it.

MICK said...

Hey K-Mo!!

I just noticed on the sleeve of the book today that there were other ones. It's a great series [Boston, New York and even Los Angelesl].

It's really sad to see that the only preserved buildings are in the downtown/Old Town area. The city has expanded soooo quickly, especially from the mid 80s to now that historical buildings just dont exist. Like Vegas and Phoenix most of the city is new.

Woe is me.

Anonymous said...

and don't forget the song "lights of Albuquerque"


Anonymous said...

....and David Sylvian (former of the group Japan) released a song called Albuquerque (Dobro #9) off the album "Everything and Nothing"