Confession time. Very recently we made a boo-boo. We posted a photo that wasn’t ours. Now, ladies and gentleman of the cancel jury, hear me out.
We have several strict procedures when it comes to SLOW. We have lists upon lists. Because finding old stuff is getting harder. Reference: ever heard of the digital dark ages? Yeah, we might be living in it. Just try finding your hands on the cult classic show Kompleks — a comedic legend that doesn’t really exist according to the internet.
And dudes, that one came out in the mid-2000s. Not during apartheid. And not in the heyday of 90s K-TV.
Which brings us to the crime in question. This week we posted this (second image).
It was originally posted on the Facebook group, Old K.T.V. Shows That Ruled! It came up in our feed and we saved it without following library protocol. Retro Beast Gamer, I take personal responsibility.
We know better. My bad. We’re sincerely sorry. That was YOURS.
Which brings us to this next part. We can’t help but notice there’s been a rise of retro content. And not just your white auntie posting the glory days of what Cape Town Sea Point used to look like when Alphaville still governed airwaves.
Now sirs, madams and they. This is hella serious. These dudes have CRT setups, pro lights, and serious concern for yesterday. All wrapped up in an aesthetic making your inner child melt with gooey green K-TV dunk.
Here’s the important bit: we are not a retro channel. We are not here to steal your sunshine. We’re for it. We want to promote it. Because explaining, understanding and celebrating South African culture beyond its immediate capitalistic goal is what connects us.
We have no Sex Pistols or Nirvana or Tupac, really. For every Arthur, Fokofpolisiekar and Kombuis, there’s a thousand Joko Teas, Yebo Gogos and I Love It When You Speak Foreign memes burnt on the polyester plastic of a VHS tape.
And in that vapor wave world of post-apartheid product we are connected. We love you collecting. We want to make a video on that sometime.
DM us. Call us. Let’s crack a carling or steam a Joko.
For everyone else, remember. It’s not just a song. It wasn’t just a marketing mnemonic when we had a ding dong dairy day.
It was the greatest show on earth.
Mona Lisa, eat your heart out.