Happy 10th Birthday ‘Random TV’

Posted: September 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

EDIT (20/09/15): It upsets to announce that as the hosting site has apparently been shut down, the site for Random TV has sadly vanished. No fair.

In 2003, myself, my then 9-year-old brother and a friend who lived a few houses down the road set about jumping on the awesomely cool skate and stunt show bandwagon by following in the footsteps of our God incarnate Bam Margera, creating our own Jackass/CKY-style home video show, with the criminally unoriginal title Random TV.

Who has ever needed anything higher than 300x300 pixels?

Who has ever needed anything higher than 300×300 pixels?

Recently I discovered that our website survives, and it finally sunk in how long ago this was. TEN. YEARS. I’m not sure whether to be stunned that evidence remains of our escapades survives, or mighty depressed that time has flown by so fast.

Remember that recording of Johnny Knoxville, warning viewers not to engage in similar stunts? Well, we were too awesome to care what wimpy MTV had to say. Nor did we have to, considering the tameness of our rebellions. To give you an idea of how scaled back our 13-year-old selves were, the most extreme we ever got was luging down a hill on an all-terrain board, because we didn’t have the guts to stand up.

The intricate masterpiece that was www.freewebs.com/random tv We could only dream of a .com domain.

The intricate masterpiece that was http://www.freewebs.com/random tv
We could only dream of a .com domain.

This was the ‘Explination’ (sic) provided by the website. Note that this will be the final use of ‘(sic)’ in this post. I needn’t explain why:

Bush dives: Extreme bush dives, scotering, skateing, blading, mountain boarding, Running into bushes! or Jumping out of trees.

Destruction Derby: 3 or more idiots on skate boards ploughing through a wall of whatever is in the way! e.g Ketchaup sachets, bricks, woods, people……..etc.

Ghosties: BMX Ghostie compos.

Hobovision/Krackton: Tramps on TV!!!!

Extreme Pro…Moutain boarding, Skateing, Blading, Scootering(offroad), ROLLING!!!

Peeing in trees: well?

Pranks: Joking about being stupid in town on buses trains and around random people!

Little Sister: Like big bro but not very long and no-one gets evicted.

From the top of my head I can recall my other input included very little more than:

–       Actually managing to FAIL at rolling down a hill, and accidentally rolling sideways while shouting in a prepubescent attempt at a growl “it’s time to rock and roll!”.

–       Approaching kids of a similar age, trying to dress as a ‘hobo’, and asking them whether they had any food ‘that we could skate for’. One called me a ‘batty’.

–       ‘Ghostie’-ing, seeing how far we could make my BMX carrying on rolling after jumping off of it. Somebody’s ended up going straight through someone’s picnic in the park.

Upon discovering that our official website survives, I couldn’t resist giving it a post for old time’s sake. It was so ridiculous that were I in possession of the VHS (apparently in ownership of another member of the Random Crew), I’d have little trouble letting the world see it.

Considering how long www.freewebs.com/randomtv has been gathering dust, I also felt that it was time to preserve the GIFs that we made – a true symbol of a time when we didn’t have a clue how to animate with sound, much to our irritation. Coming to think about it, we didn’t have much of a clue how to animate at all.

Also, note how they all feature the same string of punctuation (“!!!!?#”). It was something of a trademark for us. After all, we were using the hash years before the hashtag came to be. We were pioneers.

If I remember correctly, this was far prettier as we made it, until I accidentally saved this in poor quality, due to fear that the file size would be too high.

If I remember correctly, this was far prettier as we made it, until I accidentally saved this in poor quality, due to fear that the file size would be too high.

Wow. An opening sequence! We were really moving up in the world.

Wow. An opening sequence! We were really moving up in the world.

And yes, that was Saddam Hussein saying

And yes, that was Saddam Hussein saying “!!!!?#”.

Happy birthday Random TV.

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