Thursday, 6 August 2015

"Ancient Rites of the Moon" rules the digital stores

"Ancient Rites of the Moon", the first  Stardust Reverie album,  is doing GREAT in Heavy Metal downloads in Singapore, Corea, Argentina, Japan and Brazil. It was also nominated the most underated album of 2014 by the brazilian specialized media and that´s something!


   Melissa Ferlaak (Visions of Atlantis)

Graham Bonnet (Rainbow/Alcatrazz)

Zuberoa Aznárez (Diabulus in Musica)

Stardust Reverie Burrns! Japan Again!!!

The second exclusive interview with Stardust Reverie in less than six months.
Graham Bonnet, Victor Banner and a lot of stories about Ritchie Blackmore, private sessions, the forming of the band and the recording of "Ancient Rites of the Moon"!

If you can read japanese, read Burrn!

About Living in Wonderland...

Victor Banner is not only the comic book collector that you all know (more than 55.000 comic books ) he also enjoys surrounding himself with toys, thousands of toys from all ages. That´s how he lives and, believe it or not, his son Adam plays with all of them and, usually, never break them.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

The Annotated Universal Horrors

The request that we receive most is about the meaning of the tune Universal Horrors.
Victor took the time today to throw some light on the subject:

Note: The following lyrics are the original ones, a few changes had to be made in order to make the tune sound more CATCHY.

                                          UNIVERSAL HORRORS

(Universal Movie logo 1930´s)

A whole bunch of ancient shadows made it to the screen
In a time where silent movies were a HIT

A hunchback of crowned head (The Hunchback of Notre Dame - 1923)

 and Erik were the advance  (Erik, The Phantom of the Opera - 1925)

of the folks with the longest fangs  (Dracula - 1931)


Run to the castle and enjoy the universal horrors

Bela was so dark                  (Bela Lugosi)

 but Boris was so sweet!!!   (Boris Karloff)

Hold to your torches and meet the universal horrors
Enjoy the swirling mist, 

white zombies and the creeps   (White Zombie - 1932)

Watch where you step there is a man struggling in the basement
A spider wants him dead
He is shrinking fast my dear

(The Incredible Shrinking Man - 1957)

British invasión tried in vain to bring new terrors
Great supporting cast but Hammer did not last

(Hammer Horrors)

It gives me the creeps just to think of the universal horrors
Princess of the dawn...

...and monsters from the deep!!! (Creature from the Black Lagoon - 1954)

Lee was good at it but Lugosi was immortal (Christopher Lee, Dracula in the series of the Hammer Horror films)

Son of Frankenstein, the stories were the same (Son of Frankenstein - 1939)

(Lon Chaney Jr. was Larry Talbot in The Wolf Man - 1941)

I still  remember well when Larry Talbot was Lon Chaney,  Brilliant make- up job!!! A man turned into a Wolf!!!

Monster magazines,

                              pin up girls (Evelyn Ankers) and...

                                            ...double sessions  
rising from the grave,..

...Ananka is on the way        (The Mummy´s Ghost - 1944)

Thanks for making this song an Universal Hit!!!!


Tuesday, 4 August 2015

My Child

"My Child" is based on the first memories of Adam, Victor´s only child, who was three years old when he inspired the song, a madrigal that has nothing to do with the pastoral thing: Batman (Adam West) fighting the bad guys at the end of the old movie from 1966, "taking the boat" along with Robin; Tintin, Haddock, Snowy and the search of the Unicorn; Peter and the wolf, Flash Gordon (the King Features Syndicate cartoons) and Spiderman (Sam Raimi).

This beautiful tune was number one in digital downloads in Singapore, Corea, Argentina and Brazil.

Life in the Country

Victor is a very down to earth man and the thing that he enjoys the most is to walk hand in hand with his son, Adam, through the heart of the country where the holy people grow, smelling the grass in the meadow... Paul McCartney knew it all and he was right!