Saturday, December 20, 2008

Friday, December 19, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Black Randy and the Metro Squad - Pass The Dust, I Think I'm Bowie (1979)

As promised here is the one and only album by Black Randy and it's fucking great.

The Metro Squad was a Hollywood punk super-group of sorts featuring members from The Randoms, The Dils and The Avengers. Their sound was spastic and funky. Think disco Crass.

There is a ton of stuff going on here, including a noisy version of "Say it Loud: I'm Black and I'm Proud" where Randy calls out James Chance for stealing his act as well as the dancey "I Slept in an Arcade" which was featured in the film "Ladies and Gentlemen... The Fabulous Stains."


  • The band had a rotating and fluid line up, which even included back-up singers such as Alice Bag and Belinda Carlisle.
  • There's a live track that references "Brenden re-opening up the Masque." Masque = Legendary Hollywood punk club. Brenden = Brenden Mullen who owned the Masque and wrote that really terrible movie about The Germs.
  • "Ladies and Gentlemen... The Fabulous Stains" was directed by Lou Adler who's son is the worst human in the world and should kill himself.

Golden Gate! Ready to jump!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Ladies and Gentlemen... The Fabulous Stains OST (1984)

Holy shit, this movie has everything!
  • Very young Diane Lane looking amazing.
  • Very young Laura Dern looking awkward.
  • The Tubes playing a washed up metal band.
  • A fake punk band featuring fresh from The Just-Broken-Up Sex Pistols Steve Jones, Paul Cook and Clash bassist Paul Simonon fronted by Beowulf himself, Ray Winstone!
  • Vince Welnick from The Tubes (and The Grateful Dead)'s character overdoses and dies. He did that in real life!
  • A KILLER SOUNDTRACK that was out of print for years and then up for download on Amazon for one day then taken down mysteriously... BUT HERE IT IS FOR YOU!
  • ...and of course a cameo by Black Randy and the Metro Squad!!
Sadly Black Randy didn't make the soundtrack but I'll post some of his shit later!

Here is their first gig:

Just to be clear the bands on this soundtrack are:

The Stains = Diane Lane, Laura Dern, Marin Kanter
The Metal Corpses = The Tubes
The Looters = Steve Jones, Paul Cook, Paul Simonon, Ray Winstone.

"Do you want to be a professional?"

Peter Falk - Total Bummer ;_;

NOT COOL! Peter Falk's daughter filed legal papers in Los Angeles County Superior Court seeking a conservatorship over her Oscar-nominated father, claiming he suffers from both Alzheimer's and dementia and has become unable to care for himself.

SUCKY! Poor guy was photographed wandering around Beverly Hills a couple months ago talking to himself and ranting. He's one of the best!

If you're looking for shit to rent this weekend, do yourself a favor and see these two amazing performances:

Husbands (1970) - John Cassavetes was a total bro. Perhaps that is why he made one of the best movies about bro-ing down ever. Cassavetes wrote, directed and starred in this over-long, misogynist, uneasy classic with his two favorite bros Peter Falk and Ben Gazzara. They are drunk! They are improvising! They are on a bender in Europe because their other bro died! It's brutal, funny and pretty fucking deep. I urge you all to see this and try not to love Falk as shy dude Gus.

A Woman Under The Influence (1974) - Cassavetes also directed this super fucking heartbreaking story of a crazy ass mom in 1970s Los Angeles. Peter Falk plays the sometimes dickish/sometimes sweet husband to Gena Rowlends sometimes loving/sometimes drunken bitch of a wife. This movie is engraved in my mind forever, especially for the performances from Falk and the dudes playing his fellow manual laborers. See this if you, like me, are a kid from a fucked up family and were raised in the LA area.

Feel better, Pete!!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Ennio Morricone - Duck, You Sucker OST 1971

This is the first in a series of posts I'll be making highlighting some of the lesser known Morricone soundtracks. First up is the score to Sergio Leone's unsung 1971 masterpiece "Duck, You Sucker" starring James Coburn and Rod Steiger. Many of Morricone's signature tricks are present throughout. Whistles, creepy guitar, kick ass percussion. This is a killer vinyl rip btw. One of my all time faves. ENJOY!

"I used to believe in many things, all of it! Now, I believe only in dynamite."

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Eddie Deezen Appreciation Post

Notable roles:

Laserblast 1978: ...And the world is introduced to the Deez. The template for his lovable, yet vulnerable, nerd is born in this fantastic science fiction romp featuring a really awful, terrible cameo by Roddy McDowell.

Grease 1978: I've never heard of this movie.

I Wanna Hold Your Hand 1978: I think of only one thing when 1978 comes to mind, and that is the term "Deez-mania." This was an Oscar winning Beatles based comedy from the director that brought you such classcs as Used Cars and Death Becomes Her. Deezen plays the drummer of the Beatles, Richard "Ringo" Klaus.

1941 1979: Again, I don't know what this movie is.

Midnight Madness 1980: Perhaps the greatest statement on college ever put on celluloid, Disney's live action caper "Midnight Madmen" brings to life cartoon character Micheal "J." Fox and reunites him once again with America's Eddie Deezen.

Zapped 1980: I don't remember who Eddie plays in this, but it is a really good movie.

WarGames 1983: Pictured above - Eddie as "Malvin" in Wargames, explaining to Mathew Broderick how to break into the military computer system. Dabney Coleman won BEST MAN in the Awards for this one.

Surf II 1984: Edward plays a downright nasty funky dirty "Menlo Schwartzer." A criminal mastermind that wants to rid the world of man's greatest enemy: Surfers. ***** stars

Eddie Deezen died in 1985 at the age of 43.


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Thank you: Grady Gillan

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