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Monday, March 31, 2014

Slim Gaillard suits up for blast-off, 1953

Photo by Isaac Sutton, via the Jet magazine archives.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Vocal Group 45 of the Week!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Black Sand Beach

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Psychotronic Movie of the Week: Skidoo (1968)

A preview of our coming attraction,...

1968 - Paramount Pictures - D: Otto Preminger S: Jackie Gleason, Carol Channing, Alexandra Hay, Groucho Marx, Frankie Avalon, Fred Clark, Michael Constantine, Frank Gorshin, John Phillip Law, Peter Lawford, Burgess Meredith, George Raft, Caesar Romero, Mickey Rooney, Arnold Stang, Slim Pickens, Richard Kiel, Harry Nilsson. 

Now here's something completely different. And by different, I mean different compared to,... well, just about anything I've ever seen. Long left stashed in the Paramount vaults and only wondered about by those who missed it in its initial run, this is Otto Preminger's misguided attempt at one of those "generation gap" films that were becoming more and more prevalent around 1968.  The plot is comedic mash-up of hippiesploitation and a gangster movie. Jackie Gleason is a retired mobster living a legit life with his wife (Carol Channing) and their hippie daughter. One day, a mob boss (named "God" and played by Groucho Marx!) sends a couple of guys over to pull Jackie out of retirement for one last hit on a snitch (played by Mickey Rooney). Resistant at first, he eventually relents and gets put in the same prison as Mickey so he can do the hit. But before that can happen, someone slips "the Great One" some LSD, Gleason trips balls, and his whole worldview is blown away. In a sense, it almost becomes a PRO-drug movie if you can believe it! While he's in the slammer, his house becomes a playground for his daughter's hippie friends, and eventually Carol Channing, dressed in full pirate regalia leads the kids in a siege of God's boat. Oh, and did I mention there's musical numbers? Or that it was endorsed by Timothy Leary? Yeah, this is one strange piece of celluloid - worth watching for its jaw-dropping absurdity, the parade of famous Hollywood actors who somehow signed on for this, and its time-capsule quality, but mostly because the scene where Jackie Gleason trips in his prison cell is positively epic. 

And now, our feature presentation!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Vocal Group 45 of the Week!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Monty Johnson  -  Flyin' Saucers In The Air

Monday, March 17, 2014

Hey, Buh-buh-buh-buh-buh-bay-bee

Rusty Draper  -  Tongue Tied Over You

Hey, remember when they used to make dopey records about speech impediments?  No? Pretty sure I don't either, but here's proof.  I have more.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Vocal Group 45 of the Week!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Psychotronic Movie of the Week: At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul (1964)

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1964 - Industria Cinematografica Apolo (Brazil) - D/S: Jose Mojica Marins 

Today's selection marks the occasion of its creator's 78th birthday. Jose Mojica Marins, better known to the world as Coffin Joe, was born on March 13, 1936, and is still alive and kicking, frequently seen on tv in his native Brazil. He created the Coffin Joe character in 1963, for this film, possibly his greatest work, At Midnight I Will Take Your Soul. Marins described the conception of Coffin Joe in a 2006 interview:

"In a dream saw a figure dragging me to a cemetery. Soon he left me in front of a headstone, there were two dates, of my birth and my death. People at home were very frightened, called a Priest because they thought I was possessed. I woke up screaming, and at that time decided to do a movie unlike anything I had done. He was born at that moment, the character would become a legend: Coffin Joe. The character began to take shape in my mind and in my life."
This was the first Coffin Joe film. It was followed by This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse (1967), and, forty years later, Embodiment of Evil (2008), completing what is known as the Coffin Joe Trilogy. He revived Coffin Joe many times over the years, though not always as the central character, in films including Awakening of the Beast (1970), The Bloody Exorcism of Coffin Joe (1974), and Hallucinations of a Deranged Mind (1978).

And now, our feature presentation.

Special bonus feature, Damned: The Strange World of Jose Mojica Marins (2001 documentary)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Milt Dickey On Westport & The Story Of A Love Lost To Technology

In what might be the first (and only?) record label established solely to promote the musical stylings of children, Westport Records existed in Kansas City, Mo. from 1955 - 1962.

Westport put out a handful of great hillbilly, rockabilly, and r&b records, by artists such as Milt Dickey, Alvis Wayne, & Big Bob Dougherty.

photo courtesy of Al Turner

Read more about the Westport label here:

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Nipsey & The Strippers

Via the Jet magazine archives, 1954.  Nipsey Russell cavorts with strippers Rose LaRosa and Delilah Wyld at the Baby Grand nightclub in Harlem.