Now this is nostalgia…..


By Shawn Robare

First off, let me just say that another podcast is on the way, so if anyone cares, um…., be awares, and stuff.  Probably won’t record it until the weekend after next, and it’ll most likely be on horror related nostalgia, per an idea from my first listener to write to me.  Anyways….

So somehting that I’ve really been into recently is sound recordings that I remember from my childhood.  I didn’t have much in the way of music that I was really into, mostly Michael Jackson (the Thriller album in particular), the Beach Boys, the Monkees, and a copy Weird Al’s first album on tape that my sister gave me.  But I did have a small collection of records that I would listen to over and over.  The majority of these were read-along record books, most of which were Star Wars related.  My favorites by far were what we’d now call part of the “extended universe”, or stories that took place outside of the movies.  The two that I had were Planet of the Hoojibs and Droid World.  I must have listened to these a million times.  I had this weird set up, there was a record player in my closet that was plugged into an outlet out side of the closet, but I’d go in there and shut the door and listen to records in the dark (to sort of help get into the story without having my eyes wander around the room distracting me.)

Well when I began the hunt for all things childish I had no problem finding pictures of the covers to these record books, but I had a hell of a time trying to find the actual sound files themselves.  I haven’t had a record player in like 16 years, so I didn’t want to buy one just to rebuy and listen to the old vinyl copies that you can no doubt find on ebay (like I’ve stated before, though I am super obsessed with nostalgia, I have a mighty hard time plunking any money into the hobby.)  So I kept my ears open and didn’t have any luck.

That is until last week when I stumbled upon this site.  Oh my freaking gwad.  It was like hitting the Star Wars record book jackpot mega lottery.  Like the dude who runs Scar Stuff, this guy deservices a nobel prize in nostalgia.  So with out further ado, I present much record book goodness.

Star Wars Planet of the Hoojibs

Star Wars Droid World

And for fans of the 12 minute adaptations of the original trilogy, or for those who want to learn about colors and shapes or their ABC’s the Star Wars way Here you go: Star Wars, Empire, Jedi, Colors and Shapes, and finally ABC’s.