RO Exclusive: WHY YOU NEED NEON DREAMS LIKE AIR!

Ah ha, thought you tricked us, did you, Mr. Hickman?

IF THAT’S EVEN YOUR REAL NAME!!

Admit your name is really a rearranged alphabet soup version of the word DAY and NO ONE GETS HURT!

Oh yeah, and something like this, too.
Oh yeah, and something like this, too.

In semi-sweet chocolate chip sized pieces of seriousness, how does a man of my caliber of vocabulary and dry wit possibly explain the sheer artistry of a man like Aaron “The Aaron” Hickman, who, like The Candy Man, makes sweet like candy chip tunes and mixes them with love, thus making the world taste good?

That's exactly what I called this album the first time someone asked me about it.
That’s exactly what I called this album the first time someone asked me about it.

The more I sat and pondered our most excellent friendship (Shut your pie holes, Bill and Ted!) I realized that Aaron, like many of the superb Retro Junkies I have encountered on this journey called life that often echoes episodes of Gilligan’s Island (You’re not the Professor, Stephens, nope) rely on me for my gift..the gift of DeMarco..drink it in, maaan.

They rely on me to explain to the masses the sheer magnitude of what is within our world of retro goodness, so who am I, a wordsmith, a man who once broke Retro Obscura for over 6 months, to deny Aaron DYAman(Eh? Eh?) his moment of glory? That’s why the only way to do this is with a list, so I give you, a list as shiny as Rob Luther’s teeth, as toxic as a Nick Stephens’ chili dog run, and as deserving as a marathon of The Landon Long Show Starring Landon Long..

MY TOP 17 REASONS YOU NEED NEON DREAMS LIKE AIR!!!

#17
It has NOTHING to do with THIS GUY.

And it never will, because whenever this butthead gets too close to this album, he's allergic to it and his left eye shuts and begins to swell!
And it never will, because whenever this butthead gets too close to this album, he’s allergic to it and his left eye shuts and begins to swell!

#16
It is the audio equivalent of this staple of down home cooking.

This, while kids today listen to the equivalent of a stale Taco Bell burrito. Shame on you, parents!
This, while kids today listen to the equivalent of a stale Taco Bell burrito. Shame on you, parents!

#15
Because the guy featured in the first track was a Notre Dame football Cinderella story AND he helped save Middle Earth.

Something tells me this was probably asked no less than 42 times during the making of this album.
Something tells me this was probably asked no less than 42 times during the making of this album.

#14
Because just admit it, when you’re fighting Black Friday crowds in November, you’re playing “Chora” in your head the whole time.

The opening beat alone gets you ready to throw those haymakers for the latest "must have" toy.
The opening beat alone gets you ready to throw those haymakers for the latest “must have” toy.

#13
It is known to melt faces.

Sometimes even the artist himself. It's dangerous out there, kids.
Sometimes even the artist himself. It’s dangerous out there, kids.

#12
Am I the only one who thinks “Destroyer” should have been what played every time Lucas from “The Wizard” was on camera?

Then he'd TRULY be SO BAD.
Then he’d TRULY be SO BAD.

#11
It makes even the youngest minds deep thinkers.

Just ask Grayson Luther, heir to The Shiny Teeth Kingdom.
Just ask Grayson Luther, heir to The Shiny Teeth Kingdom.

#10
If “Let’s Be Friends” doesn’t make you do this, you don’t have a pulse.

You know, a typical Rob/Aaron/Stephens episode of Genesis Gems.
You know, a typical Rob/Aaron/Stephens episode of Genesis Gems.

#9
The Bad Dudes homage is really the new theme song to the Walker Texas Ranger reboot.

Because Chuck Norris sneezed and made it so before Captain Picard had a chance.
Because Chuck Norris sneezed and made it so before Captain Picard had a chance.

#8
Because “Chilled Reflection” is what Rob Luther brushes his teeth to.

And who are we to argue with the results? I mean sure, it did turn Rob part Muppet AND turned Willie into an extra from the movie Hook, but what's so bad about that?
And who are we to argue with the results? I mean sure, it did turn Rob part Muppet AND turned Willie into an extra from the movie Hook, but what’s so bad about that?

#7
“Mother Funk Signal” is what we all think the brainwaves of George Clinton sound like too close to a Commodore 64.

Ya dig?
Ya dig?

#6
The synthesized words in the Galaxian are helping T-Pain realize he needs to work harder.

Beginning with his wardrobe.
Beginning with his wardrobe.

#5
Shakestreet Glide is about a street where the best milkshakes on the planet are served.

Oh sure, you didn't want anyone to know this so you could have them all to yourself, Hickman, but no way!
Oh sure, you didn’t want anyone to know this so you could have them all to yourself, Hickman, but no way!

#4
Shipwrecked is about how I feel reviewing a Genesis game.

I always click that left button for you Genesis Germs. NO, OH GOD NO!!
I always click that left button for you Genesis Germs. NO, OH GOD NO!!

#3
Aaron friend Dext remixed “Chora” because he knew people wanted to use the original song for more than just Black Friday shopping. He knew there was another use for it.

Like exposing the dangers of being a talking wallaby on laundry day. Thanks, Aaron.
Like exposing the dangers of being a talking wallaby on laundry day. Thanks, Aaron.

#2
2A03 Strut is what a Star Wars droid with the personality of Ric Flair implanted in its hard drive does. WOOO!

You know, when it isn't doing this.
You know, when it isn’t doing this.

And the #1 reason you NEED “NEON DREAMS” LIKE AIR..

#1
It was built on blood, sweat, tears, AND the best Texas BBQ and lawn chairs in the San Antonio area.

Just let that sink in for a second, because “It’s Not Too Late”(You’re welcome, Aaron) to be grateful to this..

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And this..

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For creating a superb album of tunes to keep you going throughout your work week, or hey, just when you want to post the 2nd half of the last podcast I was on with you.

OHHHHHHH SNAP!!

*Grab the album right here:
https://dyamusic.bandcamp.com/releases

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