Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

the Olympic Adventures of Brisco County, Jr

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

If while watching NBC you hear the Adventures of Brisco County Jr come on it must be the Olymics

Stephen Graziano and Velton Ray Bunch composed original music for the series. Composed by Randy Edelman, the distinctive theme music gained recognition beyond the show’s following; in the mid-1990s, the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) hired Edelman to provide music for its sports coverage, including National Football League games and the Olympics. The music samples Edelman sent NBC included the Brisco theme, and by 1996 it was being used during coverage of the Olympics. NBC used it again as the theme for their coverage of the 1997 World Series. Edelman said, “It was original, and it seemed to have the right spirit. It’s got a very flowing melody, it’s triumphant, and it has a certain warmth. And it has at the end of it, what all television things like this have, a ‘button,’ an ending flourish that works really well if they need to chop it down into a 15-second thing.”[44]

NBC continues using the theme in contemporary commercials for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. If you listen you’ll notice.

Now normally the theme for the Olympics is this:

It was even noted on the commentary track for the very first episode the Brisco County DVD set that the theme music ultimately outlived the series and very few of the people that hear it these days would know its origin. But if you listen and you hear this,

then it is fairly obvious. It is sad that this extremely underrated and completely perfect series ended before its time (likely because it was ahead of its time) but at least parts live on. Just not the parts I want.

Happy Birthday Hutch

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Fred Hembeck on Jenny Wren and a Phantom

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

from Fred Hembeck

Being the semi-literate Beatles fan that I am, upon learning that the central character (and murder victim) of 1932’s “The Phantom of Crestwood” was named Jenny Wren, I immediately assumed Paul McCartney must’ve been up late one night watching the tube when he was inspired to write a similarly named tune for his 2005 release, “Chaos And Creation In The Backyard”. Then I went to Wikipedia and learned that Jenny Wren was also a character in a Charles Dickens novel I’d never heard of, “Our Mutual Friend”. Oops. Well, at least I’m pretty sure I know where “Magneto and Titanium Man” came from… (By the way, what a crazily unique movie! Apparently NBC ran a radio serial of the same name, left off the final chapter, invited listeners to submit their own solutions to who killed Jenny (with 6000 1932 dollars divvied up amongst the winners), and then come see this RKO Radio motion picture to see WHO–NOT necessarily using the winning entry–did the dirty deed! All of this is explained by a radio announcer standing in front of a full orchestra before the title credits commence! A decent mystery with a fair amount of atmosphere (dig that death mask!) Ricardo Cortez and Karen Morely head the cast, ably abetted by the adorably named Richard “Skeets” Gallagher. And every time, early in the picture, Cortez gave out the fake name, “Mr. Fonbons”, I had to laugh, as it sounded an awful lot like Don Martin’s “Fonebone”! )

from Thursday January 24 2013

even the dead still have birthdays and Hoagy Carmichael proves it

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Big Hollywood » Blog Archive » Hoagy Carmichael: Happy Birthday to a Conservative American Patriot.

comic book super-heroes tv themes

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

This was rescued from the ancient vintage ComicBookResources’ Apr 20, 1999 TV Themes website. Incredibly a lot of the sound-files are now on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine servers and are not just dead links so they are available for download. (more…)

A Chipmunk Song, VENTURE STYLE!

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

Stili, It’s not the same without Dave yelling at Alvin, but that’s just me.

More fun with Conan (O’Brien, not Barbarian)

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Yes, Spinal Tap’s new album has just dropped:

Daft Punk – Technologic

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Hutch! make embedded media work!

Took me an hour to post a ten minute dealy and it will not work.

embedding youtube is supposed to be elementary!

(if the video doesn’t show, Hutch must fix it)

Talk about nightmare fuel!!!


Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Remember that post where I raved about Pandora?

I still love Pandora. But here’s Dizzler, a site which has most of the songs you love at your beck and call. I think it may be the best music site around!

So, those songs I recommended? Here are direct links:

Mirror Mirror by Blind Guardian
Soldiers of the Wasteland by Dragonforce
Dark Chest of Wonders by Nightwish

I know I have a dirty mind, but every time I hear that song I think it’s Halle Berry’s theme song.

HA! Here’s a new discovery. Edguy’s “Life and Times of a Bonus Track” (Language warning). Sounds like Edguy was asked to come up with a bonus track for the Japanese version of their album.

Simone Simons of Epica – One funny lady!

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

We Will Take You With UsEpica is one of the bands that pops up on my Fantasy Shredding Metal channel and lead singer Simone Simons is gorgeous. But it’s not often that you see a beautiful woman willing to make a fool of herself.

BTW: Is it just me, or is the picture at 1:19 an Ann Coulter book cover with photo-shopped red hair?

My Fantasy Metal Channel

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Here’s an Internet Trend I don’t mind hopping on: Pandora radio!

For the uninitiated: You name an artist you like, and it creates a “radio channel” featuring that artist as well as similar artists via the Music Genome Project. (This identifies songs by a wide range of descriptors. Very music brainiac stuff.)

Getting the right channel for you may take a few tries. By thumbing up or down a song, you craft whether you want more songs like that one or fewer. If you played a soft Sinatra tune and suddenly you’re getting Barbra Streisand and Barry Manilow, just give them the thumbs down…and give thumbs up to Tom Jones, Mel Torme, Louis Prima and the like, and pretty soon it gets the idea that you like Sinatra for the crooning, not the easy listening. (This is just an example. It’s not amongst my stations.)

One artist whose genome is much more difficult: Weird Al Yankovic. You’d think it would link to other song parodists, or players of odd instruments, etc. Instead, I get Coldplay, Ween and the like because of the pop stars he is imitating and how their songs are described. It took some doing to get it to be more of a funny channel.

I like the song “High Enough” by Damn Yankees. However, a Damn Yankees channel was disappointing. Then I created a channel based on that specific song…and the resulting station is awesome!

The best part of Pandora, and probably why artists are glad to “give away” their music, is that it introduces you to artists you have not heard of. I created a Symphony X channel, based on a band my brother (a guitar enthusiast who makes custom guitars) really digs, though I wasn’t really familiar with them aside from their version of the Star Wars theme (which is gorgeous). I built the channel and then quickly fell in love with a few bands that were completely off my RADAR, such as Dragonforce and Nightwish. Noticing how many of the songs were goblin and dragon-related, I retitled it “Fantasy Shredding Metal“. It’s just the right thing to put on for a night of D&D or comic-reading.
Sonic Firestorm
Dragonforce’s “Soldiers of the Wasteland” was so good that I immediately added all of their albums to my Amazon wishlist, and I’d never heard of them before Pandora…

…which is probably the point of Pandora.

Other excellent songs: “Mirror Mirror” by Blind Guardian, “Dark Chest of Wonders” by Nightwish and “Wake Up The King” by Edguy.

This song needed a video

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

Five for Fighting: Two Lights CDI just saw this new video, “Freedom Never Cries,” I’d been listening to this song on Five For Fighting’s new album and I never really got the whole “flag to a pawnshop” idea. The lyrics don’t convey the action which the main character takes at the end of the video. The song makes more sense now.

By the way, watching the video counts as a charitable donation. No, seriously. Every time you watch, $1 goes to Operation Homefront which cares for the families of our military and helps returning vets.

Hat tip to Hewitt, who points out that the pawnbroker in the video is actually a Medal Of Honor vet.

Or Pat Benatar!

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Lady JI know, I said Sheena Easton below. And Lady J does generally look like Sheena Easton. However, I knew this shot looked familiar!

It reminds me of Pat Benatar’s…ugh, TWENTY-SIX-YEARS-OLD music video. (Oh, I’m so old.) This was from back in the early days when music videos had plots and themes and storylines. Anyway, the shot of Pat belting out her tune into the cockpit microphone is what came to mind when I put up the screencap of Lady Jaye.

I loved this video when I was a kid. I don’t know what it is about 1940s women’s hairstyles, but I think they’re hot.

I also love how the planes are supposedly taking off from England in the 1940s and in the background you can see modern semi trucks whipping by on a highway.

More Superman music videos

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

Sorry.  Got on a kick. 

Christopher Reeve tribute

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

I’ve been getting into Five For Fighting (a/k/a Jon Ondrasik) recently, mainly due to Jon’s recent tour of the radio talk shows to promote his new projectCD For The Troops.”  I figured it’s about time I bought some Five For Fighting albums, but I wanted to check out more of his music.  Not content with those 30-second iTunes samples that cut off right before the chorus ramps up, I headed over to YouTube to browse his videos

…and I found this:

Cool, isn’t it? 

Oh, and I found some even better resolution videos online.

Do me a favor?  If you feel like buying some Five For Fighting albums, grab them from our Astore.  I have to renew our site’s hosting soon and could use some kickback dough!

who is Boba the Fett?

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

The answer:

The song is “Fett’s Vette” by MC Chris.

The video was created using Star Wars Galaxies, purportedly. I don’t care that the video seems to star Jango rather than Boba. It’s still funny.

The record on the back of the Honeycomb box!

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

“The Miser’s Gold”!  That’s the name of that creepy story I used to play on the Honeycomb box record!  Awesome!

Ahem.  Pardon me.  Allow me to catch you up:

In writing the previous posting about horror records, I did some googling for my links and amongst them was a blog post about “Wade Denning’s Famous Ghost Stories With Scary Sounds”  Now, that wasn’t what I was looking for, but I left the story up anyway.  Good thing I did.  In reading further, I discover that some of these stories were later licensed for reproduction as the famous Honeycomb box records!

You see, in the 1970s, most kids had record players.  If you don’t know what a vinyl record is, it’s a device invented by Thomas Edison for the purpose of making a jarring scratch effect in movie trailers.  Also, in the 1970s, it was popular for cereal boxes to actually contain a plastic toy, as opposed to giving you a code for a free download or a sample DVD with two episodes of Barney Miller.  The premiums given away in cereal boxes were a huge attraction for kids in those pre-Internet days. Those were the Carter misery index years and we were all so poor that any cheap piece of plastic that did something if you put cheap baking soda in it or attached a rubber band would delight and entertain us for hours on end.  See, these goodies were freely given away in cereal…something our mothers were going to buy for us anyway, so if we could steer mom towards the one with the best goodie inside it we would seemingly be getting a “free” toy.

So around 77 or 78, Honeycomb and Alpha Bits raised the stakes by actually giving away a record as part of the box packaging!  You’d cut the record out, plop it on the turntable even though it was in the shape of a square, and it would play!  The three stories everyone remembers (perhaps the only ones there were) were “The Headless Horseman,” “The Hitchhiker” and “The Miser’s Gold”.

 I loved The Miser’s Gold.  I’ve been wanting to hear that record again for ages.   Want to hear it for yourself?

FYI:  There’s a museum of these cardboard oddity records.  Enjoy!

Thanks to Scar Stuff and Mostly Ghostly Music Sharing

How was your Halloween?

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Vampyre : Symphonies from the Crypt

I won’t bother getting a photo of the front of my house; it’s just a bunch of light-up plastic pumpkins from Menards and a single jack o’lantern which I carved using the Homestar Runner stencil of Strong Mad’s face.  Yeah, it would be cool to do the whole rigamarole like my neighbor who has cobweb strung all around the entrance of his house and fake cardboard tombstones and a monster sprouting out of his lawn.  The thing is, we don’t have any kids of our own and we only have about 12-15 separate visits from trick-or-treaters.  A small bowl of candy is all we need.  Given the pitiful turnout, it seems ridiculous to spend much time decorating the place.

Nevertheless, I wanted to creep out the visitors this year.  (As creeped out as you can get with Menards plastic pumpkins lighting up the landscaping.)  So I put an old boombox in the bushes, cranked up the volume and had the Midnight Syndicate’s “Vampyre” on REPEAT ALL all night.  Very effective!

Necronomicon Way better than that old Disney haunted house sound effects album where a woman begins talking in, ahem, “Chinese” after undergoing water-torture.  (My parents actually still have that album.  Well, that’s not true.  They gave it to me, and I don’t even have a turntable.  Plus, you can find the MP3 online!)

Too bad I couldn’t find my Nox Arcana “Necronomicon” album.  It’s probably buried on my desk somewhere.  Oh, Midnight Syndicate is a little better anyway, but I love the idea of a dark voice bellowing “Chulhuuuuuuu!” as the kiddies ascend the steps.  It has the same vibe as those Family Circus cartoons that were rewritten with words from Lovecraft.

UPDATE: Phew! The lengths I go to for my faithful readers.  Since writing that last paragraph and posting, I have spent over an hour of googling trying to find “The Nameless Dread” somewhere on the Internet!  It took a lot of linking from blogs that were all pointing to the same two sources, both of which had been dismantled after a talking-to by Bil Keane’s lawyers.  I guess what I’m saying is…be sure to save any that you like to your own hard drive and fast!