Episode #74: Jon Spencer & the Films of Edgar Wright

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Musician Jon Spencer and the attendant Jon Spencer Blue Explosion were college radio and underground faves long before director Edgar Wright used the Blues Explosion's "Bellbottoms" -- from the band's 1994 album, Orange -- to blow open the beginning of his film, Baby Driver. Spencer's been making music for decades now, going all the way back to the days of Pussy Galore.

However, Spencer's profile has definitely been raised by Baby Driver, and so we were super-thrilled to finally be able to talk with the musician about that movie, as well as Hot Fuzz and his first-ever solo album, Spencer Sings the Hits.

Tracklist:

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, "Bellbottoms" (Orange)

Jon Spencer & the Elegant Too, "Here Come the Fuzz" (Hot Fuzz OST)

Jon Spencer, "Do the Trashcan" (Spencer Sings the Hits)

Jon Spencer & the Elegant Too, "Quilt Thief" (Bob's Burgers)

Episode #73: Record Store Day Black Friday 2018

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On this bonus episode, we’re running down all the soundtrack-related Record Store Day Black Friday releases. You can find a complete list of everything coming out on Friday, November 23 at the RSD site.

We also mentioned Fathom Events’ Jim Henson’s Holiday Special featuring Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas and The Bells of Fraggle Rock. It’s happening on December 10 and 16 (not December 14 and 16 as mentioned in the episode). You can buy tickets here.

Tracklist:

Cheap Trick, "Spring Break" (Spring Break OST)

Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, "Turn On the Lights" (Stranger Things Halloween Sounds Of The Upside Down)

Duke Ellington, "Chim Chim Cheree" (Duke Ellington Plays With The Original Motion Picture Score Mary Poppins)

Perry Serpa, "And You Are?" ft. Scott McCaughey (Wherefore Art Thou)

Joan Jett, "Fresh Start" (Bad Reputation OST)

U2, "Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me" (Batman Forever OST)

Cal Tjader, "Mamblues" (Fritz the Cat OST)

Syd Dale, "The Hell Raisers" (The Sounds of Syd Dale)

Paul Williams, "Riverbottom Nightmare Band" (Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas)

Paul Williams, "Ain't No Hole in the Washtub" (Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas)

Episode #72: Scott Bomar & the Films of Craig Brewer

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Director Craig Brewer's films, Hustle & Flow and Black Snake Moan, are just as much about the soundtrack as they are about the film. Thus, Brewer's collaborations with Memphis musician Scott Bomar only makes sense. Perfect sense, really, given that Bomar's band the Bo-Keys have backed any number of nearly-forgotten soul musicians in a live setting.

Bomar's film work is absolutely fascinating, and it was wonderful to spend some time speaking with him about his work with Brewer, the history of the Bo-Keys, and more. We even got a little bit into his work with his studio, Electraphonic Recording.

Tracklist:

Impala, "Experiment In Terror/Stalkin'" (El Rancho Reverbo)

Scott Bomar, "The Chain" (Black Snake Moan OST)

Anthony Hamilton, "Soul Music" (Soul Men OST)

Samuel L. Jackson, "Stack-o-lee" (Black Snake Moan OST)

Djay, "Whoop That Trick" (Hustle & Flow OST)

Episode #71: Atlanta with Bryce Hitchcock

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FX's brilliant comedy / drama / exploration of humanity, Atlanta, is as noted for its music as it is for the writing, directing, and acting. The show's soundtrack is a perfect combination of brilliantly-selected gems like Funkadelic's "Hit It and Quit It," as well as of-the-moment Soundcloud rap like Amindi K. Fro$t's "Cocoa Butter Shawty."

Hell, even Migos have popped up on the show. It's brilliant, and to explain it would be deceptively simple, given the multitude of layers the program features, but at it's heart, it's about Donald Glover's Earn trying to help his cousin, Brian Tyree Henry's Al, become a hip-hop star, while trying to navigate his other relationships.

One of the most-accurate skewerings of pop culture zeitgeist came from the second episode of Atlanta's Robbin' Season. The episode, entitled "Sportin' Waves," sees Al and Earn visiting a tech company and the various ways the majority-white company responds to them. The episode ends with a white-girl acoustic YouTube cover of Al's rapper self, Paperboi's big local hit.

It's hilarious and it's perfect and it's by an actual YouTube cover artist. Her name's Bryce Hitchcock, and she has a slew of original music as well, and it was a great conversation when we spoke with her last month about the show, acting, and her original music.

Tracklist:

Stephen Glover, "Paper Boi"

Bryce Hitchcock, "Paper Boi"

Bryce Hitchcock, "Endless Dream"

Bryce Hitchcock, "Through the Night"

Episode #70: The Hidden with The Truth's Dennis Greaves

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1987's The Hidden is a sci-fi action horror film directed by Jack Sholder, and starring Michael Nouri and Kyle MacLachlan. The film's a really great underseen gem, although several articles last year for its 30th anniversary helped raise its profile. It's a very early role for MacLachlan, and shows that directors were putting him into odd characters right from the start.

The soundtrack, compiled by IRS Records, is one of several that the label put together around that time, and thus, this is the second film in a row that featured Concrete Blonde's "Over Your Shoulder" and "Haunted Head," as did the previous year's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. There was never an actual soundtrack release, although Michael Convertino's score was put out by Varese Sarabande, and the Truth's "It's Hidden" was released as a single by IRS.

We spoke with the Truth's Dennis Greaves this summer about the band's work on the soundtrack and their experiences making a music video for the film's theme song.

Tracklist:

The Truth, "Weapons of Love" (Weapons of Love)

The Truth, "It's Hidden" (single)

Concrete Blonde, "Your Haunted Head" (Concrete Blonde)

Michael Convertino, "Final Transference" (The Hidden OST)

Episode #69: Creedence Clearwater Revival in the Movies with Doug Clifford

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Drummer Doug Clifford is best known for his work in the seminal band, Creedence Clearwater Revival. The group celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and as part of that, Craft Recordings released a remastered version of Clifford's 1972 album, Cosmo, along with Tom Fogerty's 1972 solo release, Excalibur. We were lucky enough to speak with Clifford about that release for Modern Vinyl, and also managed to sneak in a discussion about the use of Creedence Clearwater Revival in film.

Tracklist:

Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Fortunate Son" (Willy & The Poor Boys)

Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Looking Out My Back Door" (Cosmo's Factory)

Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Sinister Purpose" (Green River)

Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Midnight Special" (Willy & The Poor Boys)

Episode #68: Chris Butler of the Waitresses

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In addition to his work in the pioneering New Wave band, the Waitresses, Chris Butler has worked for years as a musician and producer on such albums as Freedy Johnston's debut, The Trouble Tree. His most recent work, out next week on Smog Veil Records, is a collaboration with Tin Huey's Ralph Carney, entitled Songs For Unsung Holidays. It's Carney's last recordings before his death in December of 2017.

We spoke with Chris Butler by phone about his work with the Waitresses, including their iconic theme for the '80s TV show, Square Pegs, the new album on Smog Veil, and a surprising connection to a recent horror film.

You can find more music by Chris Butler at his Bandcamp page.

Tracklist:
The Waitresses, "Square Pegs" (Your Choice of Sides)
Chris Butler & Ralph Carney, "Polka Day" (Songs For Unsung Holidays)
Chris Butler, "Square Pegs Part 1"
The Waitresses, "I Know What Boys Like" (Your Choice of Sides)
The Embarrassment, "Sexy Singer Girl" (Heyday 1979-1983)
Chris Butler & Ralph Carney, "World UFO Day" (Songs For Unsung Holidays)

Episode #67: Your Favorite Soundtrack with Aaron Vehling

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On this episode, we continue our summer series, Your Favorite Soundtrack, where we talk to our favorite people about the soundtracks they love. Our third installment features Aaron Vehling, writer, podcaster, and synthwave expert, talking about the soundtrack to the 2011 Nicolas Wending Refn film, Drive.

You can find all of Aaron's work at his website.

Tracklist:
Chromatics, "Tick of the Clock"
Kavinsky, "Nightcall"
Cliff Martinez, "I Drive"
Cliff Martinez, "Kick Your Teeth"
Desire, "Under Your Spell"
College ft. Electric Youth, "A Real Hero"

Episode #66: Your Favorite Soundtrack with Charlie Brigden

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On this episode, we continue off our summer series, Your Favorite Soundtrack, where we talk to our favorite people about the soundtracks they love. Our second installment features Charlie Brigden, freelance writer and film score expert, talking about John Williams' score to the 1980 Star Wars film, The Empire Strikes Back.

Tracklist:
All tracks by John Williams, from The Empire Strikes Back
"Main Titles"
"The Battle in the Snow"
"Imperial March"
"The Asteroid Field"
"The Duel"
"Hyperspace"
"End Credits"

Episode #65: Your Favorite Soundtrack with Josh Robbins

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On this episode, we kick off our summer series, Your Favorite Soundtrack, where we talk to our favorite people about the soundtracks they love. Our first installment features Josh Robbins, bassist and vocalist for Charlotte, North Carolina's Late Bloomer, talking about Ken Higgins and James Calabrese's score to the 1986 horror movie, Spookies, as well as the band's new album, Waiting.

Tracklist:
Ken Higgins and James Calabrese, "Zombie Theme (End Credits Music)" (Spookies OST)
Ken Higgins and James Calabrese, "Opening Credit Theme" (Spookies OST)
Ken Higgins and James Calabrese, "Muck Men" (Spookies OST)
Late Bloomer, "Complacency" (Waiting)
Late Bloomer, "The Truth" (Waiting)
Late Bloomer, "Life is Weird" (Waiting)

Episode #64: Donna Loren

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Summertime starts this week, so on this episode, we could think of no-one better to speak with than American singer and actress, Donna Loren, best-known for her work in the American International Pictures Beach Party movie franchise.

Loren not only appeared in Beach Blanket Bingo, Bikini Beach, and Muscle Beach Party, but the prolific '60s performer was the "Dr Pepper Girl," the featured singer on Shindig!, and guest-starred on both Batman and The Monkees. She left entertainment at the height of her fame in 1968 to start and raise a family, and while she recorded occasionally in the '80s, didn't return to music in a big way until 2009.

Additionally, she's the mother of that dog's Anna Waronker and Joey Waronker, drummer for Atoms for Peace. Her first book, Pop Sixties: Shindig!, Dick Clark, Beach Party, and Photographs from the Donna Loren Archive, was released last year, and a second edition is out now. We talked about all of this and more in a career-spanning interview.

Tracklist:
Donna Loren, "It Only Hurts When I Cry" (Beach Blanket Bingo)
Donna Loren, "The Devil Made Her Do It! (I Can’t Help It)" (Mansfield 66/67)
Donna Loren, "Among the Young" (Pajama Party)
Donna Loren, "Sunshine, Lollipops & Rainbows" (Shindig!)
Donna Loren, "Beach Blanket Bingo" (Beach Blanket Bingo)
Donna Loren, "Two Timin' Angel" (Sergeant Deadhead)
Donna Loren, "Muscle Bustle" (Muscle Beach Party)

Episode #63: The Ranger

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Director Jenn Wexler's debut feature, The Ranger, is a fun but brutal movie about a bunch of punks who hole up in a cabin while on the lam, only to be stalked and killed by a psychotic park ranger. It's been getting a lot of acclaim from everyone I know who's seen it, so I reached out via Twitter, especially after reading a piece music supervisor Middagh Goodwin wrote for the Modesto View, running down all the great bands he'd lined up for the film.

After watching the movie, I was even more excited to talk with Wexler and Goodwin, and I think it comes through in the interview. We get very goofy, and it's a damn blast.
 

Tracklist:
Charlie Rich, "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" (Behind Closed Doors)
Rotten UK, "Animal Sacrifice" (That Is Not Dead)
The Avengers, "Teenage Rebel" (Died For Your Sins)
The Atom Age, "It's A Mess" (Hot Shame)
Dayglo Abortions, "Used To Be In Love" (Feed Us A Fetus)

Episode #62: The House on Sorority Row with 4 Out of 5 Doctors' Cal Everett

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On this episode, we talk about Mark Rosman's 1983 movie, The House On Sorority Row, might not be the first to come to mind when thinking about when discussing the slasher genre, but for those who have seen it, it's a real diamond in the rough, with a solid cast and wry sense of
humor that keeps it entertaining from start to finish.

The House On Sorority Row is story of seven sorority sisters who accidentally kill their house mother and are then each picked off by a mysterious killer. Like every sorority or fraternity-based movie, it has a big blow-out party sequence. Since the movie was shot in and around Baltimore, it comes as no surprise that a Washington D.C. power pop band, 4 Out of 5 Doctors would perform at said party.

It took a while to set this up, but we were able to track down and talk with 4 Out of 5 Doctors' guitarist and singer, Cal Everett, about the band's appearance in the film, as well as their history with another lesser-known horror film, The Boogeyman. It's probably our longest episode ever, but the conversation is pretty wonderful.

Tracklist:
4 Out of 5 Doctors, "Modern Man" (4 Out of 5 Doctors)
4 Out of 5 Doctors, "Dawn Patrol" (2nd Opinion)
4 Out of 5 Doctors, "Not From Her World" (4 Out of 5 Doctors)
4 Out of 5 Doctors, "Mr Cool Shoes" (4 Out of 5 Doctors)
4 Out of 5 Doctors, "Waiting For Roxanne" (2nd Opinion)
4 Out of 5 Doctors, "Waiting For A Change" (4 Out of 5 Doctors)

Episode #61: Nightmare Sisters

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David DeCoteau's 1988 horror comedies, Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama and Nightmare Sisters,  are notable for featuring the trio of '80s scream queens Linnea Quigley, Brinke Stevens, and Michelle Bauer. They're low-budget bits of craziness, loaded with bad jokes, buckets of blood, and copious nudity.

Also in both films is actor Michael Sonye, better known as Dukey Flyswatter, frontman for the Los Angeles splatterpunk band, Haunted Garage. He voiced the imp in Sorority Babes, and played the mystic Omar in the opening to Nightmare Sisters. Additionally, Haunted Garage performed four of the songs heard in Nightmare Sisters. Beyond all of that, Flyswatter has written and acted in quite a few genre films you might be familiar with.

We spoke about all of this via phone with Flyswatter earlier this year, before his recent knee replacement surgery.

Tracklist:
Haunted Garage, "Sorority Sister Succubus"
Linnea Quigley & the Skirts, "Santa Monica Blvd Boys"
Haunted Garage, "Yumpin' Yiminy, Suck on My Chimney"
Haunted Garage, "Incredible Two-Headed Transplant" (Mother's Day)
Haunted Garage, "Brain In A Jar" (Possession Park)

Episode #60: The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale with Eli Braden

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Back in February, Joel McHale made a triumphant return to making fun of TV clips with the show that's definitely not the Soup reloaded, but absolutely definitely is. The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale is on Netflix, and it's hilarious and kind of the way I kick off every week. Part of what makes the show so wonderful is the music which plays over the closing credits.

Written and performed by comedian and musician, Eli Braden, the song pokes fun at the fact that most people skip the closing credits to Netflix shows. It's become a surprising hit, and has even begun changing. We talked with Braden about the song, his career in comedy and music, and more.

Tracklist:
Eli Braden, "The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale end credits"
Fuse, "Smack Wham"
Eli Braden, "Laverne & Booey"

Episode #59: The Breakfast Club with Simple Minds' Jim Kerr

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On this episode, we talk about the iconic 1985 John Hughes teenage comedy-drama film, The Breakfast Club, with Simple Minds' Jim Kerr.

The Breakfast Club was written, directed, and produced by John Hughes and starred Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy as the titular kids brought together by Saturday detention in fictional Shermer, Illinois.

The film's spawned memes, quotable lines, and just last week became the subject of a retrospective look in a New Yorker essay by Molly Ringwald, entitled "What About 'The Breakfast Club'? Revisiting the movies of my youth in the age of #MeToo." The Breakfast Club's visuals are iconographic, with the film's poster being lifted by sources as varied as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 and Archie comics.

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However, what's endured most from the 1985 movie has been the soundtrack, and in particular, Simple Minds' Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit, "Don't You (Forget About Me)." The song -- written and composed by producer Keith Forsey and Steve Schiff -- would be Simple Minds' biggest hit, while also one of the few songs not written by the band's vocalist Jim Kerr or keyboardist Charlie Burchill.

Forsey had several instrumentals featured on the soundtrack, along with songs by Wang Chung and '80s soundtrack staple E.G. Daily. It's an impressive array of '80s pop, but Simple Minds' song playing over the closing credits and and Judd Nelson's raised fist, will forever be linked with the film.

Tracklist:
Simple Minds, "Don't You (Forget About Me)" (The Breakfast Club OST)
Simple Minds, "All The Things She Said" (Once Upon A Time)
Simple Minds, "Magic" (Walk Between Worlds)

Episode #58: New Year's Evil with Made In Japan's Bobby Asea

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On this episode, we talk about the 1980 slasher classic, New Year's Evil, with Bobby Asea, bassist for Made In Japan. New Year's Evil is fairly amazing, because it's pretty nasty in terms of tone, but it also manages to be a really punk rock kind of film. It's thanks in no small part to the fact that two L.A. area bands, Shadow and Made In Japan, perform during the film's New Year's Eve TV special, which is the setting for the terrorization of the evidently famous Blaze. It's pretty atrocious, but the performances are cool as hell, with Made In Japan's power-pop being especially good.

The band was coaxed out of the woodwork a few years back by the folks at Chicago's Hozac Records, who released two songs from the band's heyday on 7-inch, making this the first time Made In Japan's music has ever been readily available. An announced soundtrack for New Year's Evil never materialized, despite statements in the closing credits of the film, as well as promotional singles sent to radio stations.
 

Tracklist:
Shadow, "New Year's Evil"
Made In Japan, "The Cooler"
Made In Japan, "Instant Hit"
Made In Japan, "Dumb Blondes"
Made In Japan, "You Never Had It So Good"
Made In Japan, "Hey Roxy"

Episode #57: Artie Kane

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On this episode, we talk about a lifetime in the film score world with composer and conductor, Artie Kane, who composed the music for over 250 television shows, conducted scores for 60 motion pictures, and had eight marriages and a career spanning over eight decades.

At the end of last year, Kane released his memoirs, entitled Music To My Years: Life and Love Between the Notes. In the book, out now from Amphora Editions, the musician recounted his life in Hollywood and New York as a child prodigy, composer and conductor working with such stars as Frank Sinatra, Henry Mancini, John Williams, and Quincy Jones.

This interview is a little different than most, in that Kane is a very busy man, so we sent him the questions via email, and he recorded his responses at his home studio.

Tracklist:
Artie Kane, "Samba De Orfeu" (Henry Mancini Presents Artie Kane Playing the Swinging Screen Scene)
Artie Kane, "Laura's Nightmare" (The Eyes of Laura Mars OST)
Danny Elfman, "The Frighteners Main Titles" (The Frighteners OST)
Artie Kane, "Dynasty: The Downstairs Bride"
Artie Kane, "Knockout" (Wonder Woman Original Television Soundtrack)

Episode #56: Stan Bush

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On this episode, we talk about '80s action with the one and only, Stan Bush.

If there is a list of iconic '80s movie songs, Stan Bush's "The Touch" has to be be on it. Notably featured in 1986's Transformers animated movie, the song has made repeated appearances in any number of '80s homages, and its soaring opening lines are instantly memorable.

However, while Bush is best known for that song, his work on the early Jean Claude Van Damme hits Kickboxer and Bloodsport, are just as amazing, as well as the highly-underrated "Hearts Vs. Heads" from the equally-underrated 1986 sci-fi teen movie, The Wraith.

Tracklist:
Stan Bush, "The Touch" (Transformers: The Movie OST)
Stan Bush, "Never Surrender" (Kickboxer OST)
Stan Bush, "Hearts Vs. Heads" (The Wraith OST)
Stan Bush, "Fight to Survive" (Bloodsport OST)
Dirk Diggler, "The Touch" (Boogie Nights OST)

Episode #55: Your Favorite Soundtrack with April Wolfe

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On this episode, we continue our occasional series, Your Favorite Soundtrack, where we talk to our favorite podcasters about the soundtracks they love. On this episode, we talk with Switchblade Sisters host, April Wolfe, about the 1994 Keanu Reeves / Sandra Bullock action extravaganza, Speed.

Switchblade Sisters is a podcast providing deep cuts on genre flicks from a female perspective. Every week,  Wolfe -- former lead film critic for L.A. Weekly -- sits down with a phenomenal female film-maker to slice-and-dice a classic genre movie - horror, exploitation, sci-fi and many others! Along the way, they cover craft, the state of the industry, how films get made, and more.

Tracklist:
Billy Idol, "Speed" (Speed: Songs From And Inspired By The Motion Picture)
Saint Etienne, "Like A Motorway" (Speed: Songs From And Inspired By The Motion Picture)
Blues Traveler, "Go Outside and Drive" (Speed: Songs From And Inspired By The Motion Picture)
Carnival Strippers, "COT" (Speed: Songs From And Inspired By The Motion Picture)
Mark Mancina, "Main Title" (Speed: Original Motion Picture Score)