Sunken Continent Mental Vacation Needed

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 31, 2019 06:05pm | Post a Comment

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show

"Knowing her fate, Atlantis sent out ships to all corners of the Earth,
On board were the Twelve: The poet, the physician, the farmer, the scientist,
the magician and the other so-called Gods of our legends.
Though Gods they were...
And as the elders of our time choose to remain blind,
Let us rejoice and let us sing and dance and ring in the new...Hail Atlantis!"
~ Donovan, "Atlantis," 1968

Were you too thwacking the side of your head to get the salt water and crummy dialogue out of your brain after seeing the new DC AquaDude movie? Good grief, give me a 1966 Marvel Sub-Mariner cartoon on VHS any day over that overload of computer-graphic garbage...for nothing beats the fear of being trapped in the Quagmire of Doom!

Not to mention, the fear of being killed by a giant man-eating clam, much like the lyrics to "Leah," my favorite Roy Orbison song.

Like many, my first introductions to Atlantis as a kid were from watching In Search of with Leonard Warlords of AtlantisNimoy and Arthur C. Clarke giving his theory on the lost continent while twirling a rainbow parasol and strolling on a beach in Sri Lanka. It was not till I was in my mid-20's that I discovered such breathtakingly "beautiful" films as Beyond Atlantis (1973), The Giant of Metropolis (1961), Warlords of Atlantis (1978), and the George Pal classic Atlantis, the Lost Continent (1961) with the menacing Giant Death-Ray Crystal! Mind you, what takes my breath away may just give you bad breath...but it's worth it, much like chewing on Riley's delicious Jalapeno beef jerky.

One very rare and fantastic film to find is the Japanese superhero flick Ogon Bat (Golden Bat) made in 1966 and starring Sonny Chiba. Considered to be the world's first comic book superheroes, Golden Bat (the skull-masked champion) is awoken from ancient Atlantis after 10,000 years to battle some diabolical super-villains that look like the Mouse King in the Nutcracker (but with four eyes and robot claw-hands).

Atlantis Jazz Ensamble


Do you remember when your wild Uncle threw an antique divers helmet on his head, flopped Sun Ra's 1969 Atlantis LP on your record player, and then preceded to dance in the living room like a freaky sea-monkey at your Full Moon Garlic party?

If underwater jazz is your olallieberry jam, then sleuth out the Atlantis Jazz Ensemble's Oceanic Suite album, released in 2016 by Marlow Records.

For me, my mind drifts to an underwater dream-realm with this album, much like when I'm listening to Dave Brubeck's Jazz Impressions of Eurasia and Eastern Sounds by Yusef Latef.

These are just a few of my humble suggestions if you need a break from the monotony of the surface world and desire an undersea getaway. I'm a Pisces, so I often need this escape. Treasure hunt the movie and record aisles at your local Amoeba for these sunken city titles.

Darling it's better, down where it's wetter...take it from me.

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