Friday, December 31, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
- WILLIE MITCHELL, songwriter/producer "Let's Stay Together", "Call Me (Come Back Home)
- ART CLOKEY, creator of Gumby
- MIEP GIES, helped hide Anne Frank
- ERIC ROHMER, writer/director
- ELIZABETH MOODY, actress "Dead Alive"
- TEDDY PENDERGRASS, singer
- ERICH SEGAL, screenwriter "Love Story"
- BOBBY CHARLES, songwriter "See You Later, Alligator", "I Don't Know Why But I Do"
- ROBERT "SQUIRREL" LESTER, singer "The Chi-Lites"
- KATE MCGARRIGLE, musician
- JEAN SIMMONS, actress "Hamlet", "Black Narcissus", "Guys and Dolls"
- PERNELL ROBERTS, actor "Bonanza", "Trapper John M.D."
- LOUIS AUCHINCLOSS, author/historian "Queen Victoria & Her Circle"
- ZELDA RUBINSTEIN, actress "Poltergeist"
- J.D. SALINGER, author "Franny and Zooey", "Catcher in the Rye"
- HOWARD ZINN, historian "A People's History of the United States"
- SIR JOHNNY DANKWORTH, musician
- TOM BROOKSHIER, TV sportscaster
- IAN CARMICHAEL, actor "I'm All Right, Jack"
- PHIL HARRIS, fisherman "The Deadliest Catch"
- CHARLIE WILSON, politician "Charlie Wilson's War"
- ALEXANDER MCQUEEN, director "Bjork: Volumen"
- DOUG FIEGER, singer "The Knack"
- ART VAN DAMME, jazz musician
- DICK FRANCIS, author
- DALE HAWKINS, singer "Susie Q"
- KATHRYN GRAYSON, singer/actress "Ziegfeld Follies"
- LIONEL JEFFRIES, actor/director "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"
- ALEXANDER HAIG, former U.S. Secretary of State
- CAROLINE MCWILLIAMS, actress "Soap", "Benson"
- ANDREW KOENIG, actor "Batman: Dead End", "Growing Pains"
- JIM HARMON, screenwriter "The Lemon Grove Kids Vs. the Monsters"
- RON BANKS, singer "The Dramatics"
- CAROL MARSH, actress "Horror of Dracula"
- COREY HAIM, actor "The Lost Boys"
- MERLIN OLSON, actor "Little House on the Prairie"
- PETER GRAVES, actor "Killers From Space", "Night of the Hunter", "Airplane"
- LESLEY DUNCAN, singer "Love Song", "If I Could Change Your Mind"
- HERB COHEN, record executive/manager "Frank Zappa"
- SID FLEISCHMAN, author "The Ghost on Saturday Night"
- ALEX CHILTON, singer "The Box Tops", "Big Star"
- FESS PARKER, actor "Daniel Boone", "Davy Crockett"
- HERB DENENBERG, TV reporter "WCAU-TV"
- JOHNNY MAESTRO, singer "The Crests"
- ROBERT CULP, actor "I Spy", "Spectre"
- DICK GIORDANO, comic book artist "Batman", "Green Lantern"
- JUNE HAVOC, actress "Gentleman's Agreement"
- MALCOLM POINDEXTER, TV reporter "KYW-TV"
- SHIRLEY MILLS, actress "The Grapes of Wrath"
- BUDDY GORMAN, actor "The Bowery Boys", "The Dead End Kids"
- JOHN FORSYTHE, actor "The Trouble With Harry", "Dynasty", "Bachelor Father"
- HENRY SCARPELLI, comic book artist "Archie"
- CHRISTOPHER CAZENOVE, actor "The Duchess of Duke Street", "Dynasty"
- MALCOLM MCLAREN, manager "The Sex Pistols"
- MEINHARDT RAABE, actor "The Wizard of Oz"
- DIXIE CARTER, actress "Designing Women"
- MISSISSIPPI SLIM, blues singer
- DARYL GATES, former L.A. police chief
- DEDE ALLEN, film editor "Bonnie and Clyde"
- LYNN REDGRAVE, actress "Gods and Monsters", "Smashing Time"
- PETER O'DONNELL, author "Modesty Blaise"
- ROBERT J. SERLING, author/brother of Rod Serling
- LENA HORNE, singer
- FRANK FRAZETTA, artist
- ROSA RIO, organist "The Shadow"
- RUTH CHEW, author "What the Witch Left"
- RONNIE JAMES DIO, singer "Black Sabbath", "Dio"
- MARTIN GARDNER, mathematician/author "Perplexing Puzzles and Tantalyzing Teasers"
- WEE WILLIE WEBBER, TV host
- ART LINKLETTER, TV host
- GARY COLEMAN, actor "Diff'rent Strokes"
- DENNIS HOPPER, actor/director "Easy Rider", "Night Tide", "Speed"
- RUE MCCLANAHAN, actress "Maude", "The Golden Girls"
- HIMAN BROWN, radio producer "Inner Sanctum", "CBS Radio Mystery Theater"
- MARVIN ISLEY, bassist "The Isley Brothers"
- CRISPIAN ST. PETERS, singer "The Pied Piper"
- AL WILLIAMSON, comic book artist "E.C. Comics", "Flash Gordon"
- JIMMY DEAN, singer "Big Bad John"
- JIM PUGLIANO, drummer "The Jaggerz"
- PHIL GORDON, actor "The Beverly Hillbillies", "Green Acres"
- GARRY SHIDER, guitarist "Parliament -- known as Diaper Man"
- RONALD NEAME, director "The Poseidon Adventure"
- JOJO BILLINGSLEY, singer "Lynyrd Skynyrd"
- COREY ALLEN, actor "Rebel Without A Cause"
- VONETTA MCGEE, actress "Blacula"
- SUGAR MINNOTT, singer "Hang On Natty"
- HARVEY PEKAR, comic book writer "American Splendor"
- GEORGE STEINBRENNER, baseball team owner "N.Y. Yankees"
- ALAN HUME, cinematographer "Return of the Jedi"
- SIR CHARLES MACKERRAS, conductor
- LARRY KEITH, actor "The Raven & Other Favorite Poems"
- ANDY HUMMEL, bassist "Big Star"
- MAURY CHAYKIN, actor "Nero Wolfe", "Dances With Wolves"
- MITCH MILLER, record executive/TV host "Sing Along With Mitch"
- BOBBY HEBB, singer "Sunny"
- CATFISH COLLINS, guitarist "Parliament", "The J.B.'s"
- PATRICIA NEAL, actress "Hud", "The Fountainhead"
- TED KOWALKSI, singer "The Diamonds"
- GEORGE DICENZO, actor "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", "The Ninth Configuration"
- DAVID L. WOLPER, producer "Roots", "The Thorn Birds"
- EDWIN NEWMAN, newscaster "NBC News"
- ABBEY LINCOLN, singer
- ROBERT WILSON, musician "The Gap Band"
- BOBBY THOMSON, baseball player "The Shot Heard 'Round the World"
- MICHAEL BEEN, musician "The Call"
- JACK HORKHEIMER, TV astronomer "Star Hustler"
- ROBERT SCHIMMEL, comedian
- MIKE EDWARDS, cellist "Electric Light Orchestra"
- CLIVE DONNER, director "Spectre"
- GLENN SHADIX, actor "Beetlejuice"
- BILLIE MAE RICHARDS, voice actor "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
- KEVIN MCCARTHY, actor "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"
- HAROLD GOULD, actor "Rhoda"
- CLAUDE CHABROL, director
- BILL LITTLEJOHN, animator "Tom & Jerry", "Peanuts"
- LEONARD SKINNER, teacher "namesake for Lynyrd Skynyrd"
- EDDIE FISHER, singer
- GLORIA STUART, actress "The Old Dark House", "The Invisible Man", "Titanic"
- BUDDY MORROW, band leader "Poe For Moderns"
- SALLY MENKE, film editor "Reservoir Dogs", "Pulp Fiction", "Jackie Brown"
- ARTHUR PENN, director "Bonnie and Clyde"
- JOE MANTELL, actor "Chinatown"
- TONY CURTIS, actor "Sweet Smell of Success", "Some Like It Hot"
- STEPHEN J. CANNELL, producer "The Rockford Files", "Wiseguy"
- MARSHALL FLAUM, director "The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau"
- SIR NORMAN WISDOM, actor/comedian "On the Beat"
- ROY WARD BAKER, director "A Night To Remember", "Quatermass & the Pit"
- DAME JOAN SUTHERLAND, soprano
- SOLOMON BURKE, singer "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love", "Cry To Me"
- SIMON MACCORKINDALE, actor "Death on the Nile"
- JOHNNY SHEFFIELD, actor "Tarzan's New York Adventure", "Bomba the Jungle Boy"
- BARBARA BILLINGSLEY, actress "Leave It To Beaver", "Airplane"
- GRAHAM CROWDEN, actor "Doctor Who: The Horns of Nimon", "Waiting For God"
- TOM BOSLEY, actor "Happy Days"
- ROBERT PAYNTER, cinematographer "An American Werewolf in London"
- BOB GUCCIONE, publisher "Penthouse"
- MIKE ESPOSITO, comic book artist "Wonder Woman", "The Amazing Spider-Man"
- GREGORY ISAACS, singer "Night Nurse"
- TED SORENSON, JFK's White House Counsel
- CHARLIE O'DONNELL, TV announcer "Wheel of Fortune"
- JILL CLAYBURGH, actress "An Unmarried Woman"
- TONY WEST, musician "The Searchers"
- DINO DELAURENTIIS, producer "Europa '51", "Barbarella", "La Strada"
- BABY MARIE OSBOURNE, actress
- HENRYK GORECKI, composer
- IRVIN KERSHNER, director "The Empire Strikes Back"
- INGRID PITT, actress "The Vampire Lovers", "Countess Dracula"
- LESLIE NIELSEN, actor "Forbidden Planet", "Airplane", "Police Squad"
- MARIO MONICELLI, director
- DON MEREDITH, football player/TV announcer "Monday Night Football"
- JAMES MOODY, jazz saxophonist "Moody's Mood For Love"
- BLAKE EDWARDS, producer/director "The Pink Panther"
- JEAN ROLLIN, director
- DON VAN VLIET, musician "Captain Beefheart"
- STEVE LANDESBURG, actor "Barney Miller"
- FRED FOY, radio announcer
- DOROTHY JONES, singer "The Cookies"
- BERNARD WILSON, singer "Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes"
- TEENA MARIE, singer
- NICK SANTO, singer "The Capris"
Sunday, December 26, 2010
- AUTUMN SONATA (1978) - Ingmar Bergman finally works with Ingrid Bergman. Masterful performances from Ingrid and Liv Ullman in the harrowing portrait of a mother who never connected with her daughters.
- THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE (1970) - Dario Argento's early thriller concerning a writer stalked by a serial killer after witnessing an attempted murder.
- THE BUDDHA (2010) - Beautiful TV documentary helmed by David Grubin relating the life and teachings of the Buddha with ubiquitous Richard Gere narrating and readings by Blair Brown. Lovely animation as well.
- CHUSHINGURA (1962) - Director Hiroshi Inagaki's lush retelling of the Japanese national epic of a conflict of obligations also known as THE 47 LOYAL RONIN
- DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS (1971) - Dreamlike and queasy "Carmilla-like" film with Delphine Seyrig as the vampire preying on married couple John (DARK SHADOWS) Karlen and (more specifically) Danielle Ouimet.
- DEEP RED (1975) - Superb Dario Argento horror-thriller starring David Hemmings in the middle of the knife-slashing mania.
- DISTRICT 9 (2009) - Oscar-nominated science fiction phenomenon with prawns.
- DORIAN GRAY (2009) - The best filmic adaptation of Oscar Wilde's hoary old tale of debauchery with Ben Barnes as the angelic-faced reprobate and Colin Firth leading him astray. Did I say ashtray?!?
- THE 8 DIAGRAM POLE FIGHTER (1984) - masterful kung fu director Lau Kar-Leung's revenge film starring Gordon Liu and Alexander Fu Sheng (who died during filming).
- THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL (1962) - Luis Bunuel's deliriously odd (that's nothing new) tale of a group of guests at a formal dinner party who find themselves unable to leave. Ever.
- THE FACE OF ANOTHER (1966) - Director Hiroshi Teshigahara's strange mixing of EYES WITHOUT A FACE and DR. JEKYLL & MR. HYDE as a hideously scarred man has a new face sculpted by a plastic surgeon. Does the person wear the mask or the mask wear the person?
- FELLOWSHIP OF THE FROG (1959) - One of the wonderfully daffy German krimi films based on the writings of Edgar Wallace. A master criminal by the name of "The Frog" torments Joachim Fuchsberger et. al.
- FIST OF LEGEND (1994) - As much as it seemed like a dopey idea to remake Bruce Lee's classic FISTS OF FURY, they actually did a really nice job of it with Jet Li fighting like a whirlwind.
- THE FIVE DEADLY VENOMS (1978) - Director Chang Cheh's hugely popular kung fu epic of a dying martial arts master tasking a student with checking on five masked former students named Centipede, Snake, Toad, Lizard and Scorpion. So influential the actors in the film forever after were known as "The Venoms".
- FIVE ELEMENT NINJAS (1982) - Another Chang Cheh kung fu classic this time with more of a "fairy tale" feel to it. A student seeks revenge over the ninja who killed his brothers & father; he must run the gauntlet of the Five Element Ninja Challenge of Earth, Wood, Fire, Gold and Water.
- FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH (1972) - Also known as KING BOXER, this is the film which actually kicked off the kung fu craze in the early 70's. This is yet another revenge tale with Lo Lieh playing the hero this time.
- THE GOOD DIE YOUNG (1954) - Three decent men are led astray by an amoral "gentleman" who involved them in a plot to rob a postal van. Great cast includes Laurence Harvey, Stanley Baker, Richard Basehart, Gloria Grahame, John Ireland, Joan Collins, Margaret Leighton etc.
- HEROES OF THE EAST (1979) - Kung fu classic helmed by Lau Kar-Leung starring Gordon Liu as the Chinese martial arts master who married a Japanese woman; he accidentally offends all of Japan's martial arts and must accept the challenge to fight 10 ninjas each specializing in a particular fighting style. One of the best.
- IN THE LOOP (2009) - The closest thing so far to getting the exceptional British comedy THE THICK OF IT into a film. Hilarious political comedy with the spectacular Peter Capaldi as Malcolm.
- IN WHICH WE SERVE (1942) - Story of World War II British destroyer H.M.S. Torrin told in flashbacks as its crew clings to a life raft. Directed by David Lean & Noel Coward. Cast includes Coward, Michael Wilding and John Mills.
- IP MAN (2008) - Director Wilson Yip's sorta-biography of Bruce Lee's martial arts master Ip Man takes place before and after the Japanese occupation of China leading up to World War II. Donnie Yen has probably his finest role here. The wonderful Simon Yam also stars and legendary Sammo Hung does the action directing. One of the best films of the year.
- IT ALWAYS RAINS ON SUNDAY (1947) - Director Robert Hamer's rather bleakly realistic film of an escaped convict's attempt to hide out in his former (married) lover's house. The wonderful Googie Withers heads a superb cast.
- JUDEX (1963) - Georges Franju's fever-dream updating of the classic French serial.
- JULIE & JULIA (2009) - Nora Ephron's lovely intertwining of the life of iconic TV chef Julia Child with a blogger's attempt to cook every recipe in Child's cookbook in a year. Based on a true story starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Stanley Tucci.
- KILLZONE (2005) - Director Wilson Yip's police story/martial arts blockbuster also known as SPL. Stars Donnie Yen as a new police detective taking over retiring Simon Yam's beat and getting entwined in an ongoing revenge vendetta against crimelord Sammo Hung. Great story and great fight scenes including a spectacular alley fight between Yen and psychotic Jing Wu.
- LA RONDE (1950) - Max Ophuls' delightful film about . . . well, sex, actually. Beautiful as a jewel. Superb cast includes Anton Walbrook, Simone Signoret, Simone Simon, Danielle Darrieux and more.
- LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD (1961) - Director Alain Resnais' bewildering but rivetting film concerning a man and a woman who may or may not have met last year at Marienbad. Delphine Seyrig enigmatically stars.
- THE MAD EXECUTIONERS (1963) - Another wildly fun German krimi based on the writing of Bryan Edgar Wallace in which a hooded society passes judgment on criminals who "got away with it" and kills them. This could be my favourite krimi, I think.
- ME AND ORSON WELLES (2008) - Lovely Richard Linklater film which (fictionally) takes us back to the famous Mercury Theater production of Julius Caesar. Christian McKay is stunning in his Orson Welles impersonation. The cast is rounded out by Zac Efron (you should pardon the expression), Claire Danes and Ben Chaplin.
- MY BEST FIEND (1999) - Werner Herzog's startling and hilarious documentary of his relationship with mad actor Klaus Kinski.
- MYSTERY OF CHESS BOXING (1979) - Mark Long stars as the Ghost Face Killer in this classic "martial arts training" film.
- OIL CITY CONFIDENTIAL (2009) - Superb Julien Temple rockumentary following the history of classic British rockers Dr. Feelgood.
- ONG BAK (2003) - One of the most highly touted martial arts flicks in recent memory. Tony Jaa is breathtaking in his fighting scenes as the young man charged with the task of returning his hometown's stolen Buddha statue by using his astonishing Muay Thai fighting technique.
- OPEN CITY (1945) - Roberto Rossellini's neo-realist trend-setter concerning the final days of Italy's Nazi occupation and the freedom fighters who try to undermine them. Aldo Fabrizi and Anna Magnani head the cast.
- PASSPORT TO PIMLICO (1949) - Terrific British comedy in which the residence of an area of London secede from Great Britain and proclaim themselves an independent country. Great cast of British character actors includes Stanley Holloway and Hermione Baddeley.
- PERSONA (1966) - Stunning Ingmar Bergman film in which an actress suddenly stops speaking and the nurse assigned to her care slowly finds herself losing her own personality. Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullman both give startling performances.
- RICHARD III (1955) - Laurence Olivier directs and stars in this Shakespearean adaptation of the "pantomime villain" which also stars acting heavyweights Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Sir Ralph Richardson, Sir John Gielgud, Pamela Brown and Claire Bloom. But not a horse.
- RUSH: BEYOND THE LIGHTED STAGE (2010) - Absolutely spectacular documentary on the Canadian rock institution Rush which covers their history and their music in equal depth.
- THE SARAGOSSA MANUSCRIPT (1965) - Director Wojciech Has' film adaptation of the thought-to-be unfilmable Polish epic.
- SCARFACE (1932) - Howard Hawks and Richard Rosson co-directed this 30's gangster classic with Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, George Raft and Boris Karloff.
- SNATCH (2000) - This is actually the only Guy Ritchie film I've ever seen but I thought it was hilarious. I can't speak to the "mockney" quality of his other films but this is like the British Three Stooges do a caper film. Brad Pitt, Benicio Del Toro, Jason Stathan and Mike "Frank Butcher" Reid are among the cast.
- TARZAN AND HIS MATE (1934) - The second of the Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan films. It doesn't really matter what the plot of this cult film is; it's just a lot of fun and features the pre-code nudey swimming scene with Maureen O'Sullivan.
- TESTAMENT OF ORPHEUS (1960) - Jean Cocteau directs and stars in this film in which he looks back on his life and his obsessions.
- THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN (1978) - One of the greatest kung fu films ever. Lau Kar-Leung directs and Gordon Liu stars in this ultimate "martial arts training" film of the famous Shaolin Temple.
- THRILL OF A ROMANCE (1945) - Another of those Esther Williams swimming musicals. However, this one stands out because of Esther's rather salty and sarcastic acting role which departs from her usual sugar and light cheeriness. Esther marries a rich businessman but, when he leaves their honeymoon for some business duties, she begins flirting with a war hero. Van Johnson is back again as her co-star.
- TOKYO STORY (1953) - Yasujiro Ozu's masterpiece of of devastating loneliness as an old couple visit their children and grandchildren who basically ignore them. Heartbreaking.
- THE WAY AHEAD (1944) - Director Carol Reed helms this World War II tale of a group of infantry conscripts who morph from a hopeless group of amateurs to a seasoned fighting unit. David Niven, Stanley Holloway and William (DOCTOR WHO) Hartnell head a nice cast.
- WENT THE DAY WELL (1942) - It's startling to realize this film was made deep in the midst of World War II when the outcome wasn't at all decided. Nazi paratroopers take over a sleepy English town and it's up to the residents to fight against them. Surprisingly brutal in spots. Cast includes Leslie Banks, David Farrar and Mervyn Johns.
- YOU, THE LIVING (2007) - Director Roy Andersson's genuinely funny film of seemingly unrelated scenes which demonstrate the utter "humanness" of us all.
- ZOMBIELAND (2009) - Ruben Fleischer directs this combination zombie horror film and comedy which surprised me by working on both levels. Cast includes Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and a magnificent Bill Murray cameo.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 02, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
KISSIN' AND CUSSIN' - Carolina Chocolate Drops
HIT 'EM UP STYLE - Carolina Chocolate Drops
TRAMPLED ROSE - Carolina Chocolate Drops
YOUR BABY AIN'T SWEET LIKE MINE - Carolina Chocolate Drops
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
- JACKIE BROWN
- RESERVOIR DOGS
- KILL BILL (Sorry, it's one movie, folks)
- PULP FICTION
- DEATH PROOF
- INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
A DEAR JOHN LETTER by Ferlin Husky & Jean Shepard. We're starting off honky-tonkin' with this country duet from 1953 which no doubt graced quite a few juke boxes. Getting a "Dear John" letter is bad enough; but when your gal is leaving you to marry your brother!?! Ferlin Husky was never a particular favourite; he's most famous for his pseudo-gospel "Wings of a Dove" which I never liked. However, here he's teamed up with the bona fide honky tonkin' Jean Shepard and this was her first and only chart topper.
I CAN'T HOLD YOUR LETTERS (IN MY ARMS) by Jack Scott. Still deep amidst the dark fifties, Rockin' Jack Scott brings us this half-country/half-rock n roll 45. "Your sweet love letters will help me dream of what the mailman cannot bring."
THE LETTER by The Nirvana Sitar & String Group. We all remember the hit single by Alex Chilton's The Box Tops. However, in 1968 wackiness reached new heights with the Indian sitar craze produced an instrumental sitar cover that is enough to permanently damage your sanity!
I'M GONNA PAPER ALL MY WALLS WITH YOUR LOVE LETTERS by Dean Martin. It's now time to swing with the coolness of Dino in this 1955 ditty. Is this devotion or blackmail?!?
I'M GONNA SIT RIGHT DOWN AND WRITE MYSELF A LETTER (LIVE) by Sarah Vaughan. And there's no better way to end than with the Divine One. This Fats Waller standard was recorded live at Mr. Kelly's nightclub in Chicago on the night of August 6, 1957 and it's probably my favourite rendition of the song. So hang your hat and stay a spell.
Sunday, November 07, 2010
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
CERPTS: I would like to thank you Mr. Zacherle for granting me this interview.
ZACHERLE: Speak up, boy. I can't hear you.
CERPTS: Well, sir, if you'd turn off that cement mixer, maybe . . .
ZACHERLE: Oh, forgive me, but I'm having quite a large gathering here tonight and I must finish the monster mash hash!
CERPTS: You're making dinner in a cement mixer?
ZACHERLE: Oh, yes, my guests have ravenous appetites. H'mmm, delicious -- possibly just a touch more of Black Widow Spiders.
CERPTS: According to my records, Mr. Zacherle, you were born 150 years ago in . . .
ZACHERLE: No, it was 200 years ago -- and I wasn't born -- let's say, I was belched forth from the graveyard.
CERPTS: All right, you were belched forth 200 years ago in Transylvania. In school you excelled in all the "Black Arts" . . .
ZACHERLE: Yes, I made my Phi Beta Draca in my 3rd year at "Ghoulage". Would you hand me that jar of gravestone chippings. H'mm, and hand me that hand, it looks delicious.
CERPTS: Sir, that's my hand! Can we please get on with the interview?
ZACHERLE: After I received my "monsters degree", I made my way into the mortal world.
CERPTS: Is that when show biz beckoned you?
ZACHERLE: Yes, I had my own TV shows and also made many network appearances.
CERPTS: And soon you became America's number one "spook" spokesman. Now, about this new "Monster Mash" smash record album of yours . . . how did that come about?
ZACHERLE: Well, the "twist" may be new to mortals, but it's old to ghouls. My fiendish friends have been doing a pretty wild twist since time began. Great Goblins, I'm running short of blood. Count Dracula will burst a blood vessel. I hope it isn't mine.
CERPTS: Gee, what a natural or should I say supernatural, to have Zacherle , himself, record the weird versions of the big hits made famous by the real live teenage artists of our day. Well, Mr. Zacherle, thank you very much for this interview.
ZACHERLE: Going so soon, I was planning on you for dinner.
CERPTS: No thanks, I've eaten already.
ZACHERLE: But my friends haven't eaten yet.
CERPTS: Please sir, put me down. No, no -- don't throw me into that cement mix . . .
ZACHERLE: That's show biz!
AND NOW . . . THE MONSTER MASH by the master of monsters -- ZACHERLE in monaural and SCAREO over at our sister audio blog BATHED IN THE LIGHT FROM ANDROMEDA. Don't go alone!!!
(Interview originally appeared on the back cover liner notes of the 1962 LP written by Don Rosenblit)