Sunday, March 18, 2007

Those were the days

This is me in 1990, aged 29, in my heyday. No one remembers me anymore.


Anonymous Davi said...

Emílio, Sou o Arqueiro do site "Teenage Wildlife" e queria te fazer umas perguntas. Manda e-mail pra Abraço.

11:08 PM  
Blogger james said...

Forgive me for being so round about. I'm James Spina. There is a blog entry from you about me and my spinaddict column from hit parader.
Is there any way I could get a translation. If not, thanks for the mention anyway.


12:25 PM  
Blogger james said...

oops...sorry...didn't leave my e-mail

12:27 PM  
Blogger Emilio Pacheco said...

No you didn't. If you did the second time, it's still not showing. That was a comment about how I read Hit Parader for most of my teens. I begin by saying that, whenever anyone asks me what he or she should read to practice his/her English, I always say: "Read about something of your interest. That will encourage you to learn". Hit Parader fit my eclectic tastes like a glove, as I was into David Bowie, Kiss, Abba, Bee Gees, Pink Floyd and all those acts I mentioned. I further say that the magazine also ran stories on artists that were not well-known in Brazil, such as Angel, Starz and Emmylou Harris.

What I say about you is that you would write short reviews, influenced by British magazines. Later I mention something that you wrote in 1980 (I still have the magazine somewhere) about new heavy metal groups that you couldn't care less for and the ironic fact that a year or so later you were out of the picture and Hit Parader had become a heavy metal magazine. That's when I stopped reading it. The only magazine that, in my opinion, more or less continued in the same vein as 70's Hit Parader was the short-lived Rock magazine.

If you want to e-mail me, my e-mail address is

By the way, I can hardly wait to let a friend of mine know that you contacted me. Your name is a legend both for him and me. Even if I didn't like when your reviews were too short. Your longer pieces were interesting (Syd Barrett and David Bowie come to mind), but they were written in such a witty style that would give me a hard time as a teenager learning English as a second language. I also remember your "showdown" of sorts with Ted Nugent.

1:29 PM  
Blogger gsamx said...

Emilio, enjoyed your blog and your comments about Hit Parader...I too loved the Spinaddict column and wondered if James ever got in touch with you. By the way, there's another blog here you'd probably enjoy, your musical tastes are similar to mine and the guy who runs the blog.
He's posted a lot of old Starz, Angel, and other eclectic stuff that's really hard to find now.
All the best to you...Mike (gsamx)

6:31 PM  
Blogger Emilio Pacheco said...

Better late than never, thanks for the tip, Max. I tried to contact you through your blog, but your details are hidden. I'm not very keen on downloading music, but in the case of blogs that make entire albums available and concentrate on rare and obscure stuff, I make an exception.

7:05 AM  

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