“John Cale” 1998 BBC Documentary

Here’s yet another terrific BBC documentary … this time about one of my favorite musical/cultural icons, John Cale.  People tend to think that Lou Reed was the dark lord of the Velvet Underground, but these same people often forget that once Cale left the group, the Velvets recorded the considerably more mellow self-titled 3rd album and “Loaded.”  On his own, Cale continued to record beautiful, but frequently disturbing music, as well as producing some of the most influential bands of all-time (Nico, The Stooges, Patti Smith, The Modern Lovers).  A fantastic overview of one of the most under-appreciated geniuses of modern music.

“Shock Value” dir. Dino Everett (2014)

Jason Zinoman’s 2011 book “Shock Value” was a fascinating look at the creation of several transgressive and classic horror films of the 1970s that not only redefined the genre, but Hollywood as a whole (“Night of the Living Dead,” “Last House on the Left,” “The Exorcist,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “Halloween,” “Alien” to name a few). One of the best parts of Zinoman’s book was in exploring the roots of these films and filmmakers, specifically film students at the University of Southern California (USC) during the early 1970s. Many of these student films were horror-themed and many of these films either influenced these great films or whose filmmakers went on to play an integral part in Hollywood later.

USC Cinema Archivist Dino Everett has assembled many of these classic (but not seen for years) short films for his new feature-length anthology called “Shock Value.” Among the films featured are: two versions of Dan O’Bannon’s “Blood Bath” short and “Good Morning Dad,” John Carpenter’s “Captain Voyeur,” Charles Adair’s “The Demon,” and Terrence Winkless’s “Judson’s Release.”  While I’m excited to see all of these, I am most eager to see “Judson’s Release,” which was written by Alec Lorimore. I saw “Judson’s” many years ago on HBO and it scared me to death. The plot later formed the basis for the popular film “When a Stranger Calls” and while “Stranger” had its effective moments, “Judson’s” was much more terrifying.

The film just premiered at USC last week and should be hitting theaters and film festivals in the coming months. Dave says check it out!

For more information about “Shock Value,” there’s a great overview at the link below:

http://uschefnerarchive.com/project/shock-value-the-movie/

“Don’t Change” – Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen brilliantly covers my favorite INXS song.  If someone put a gun to my head, I’d still favor the INXS version, but this is a terrific cover … full of passion, power, and energy.  This was recorded live in Sydney from February 2014.   This performance also features Steve Van Zandt and Tom Morello on guitar.

“Bitch in the Pit” – Body Count

You’d think that after having a music career that’s spanned more than 30 years and an acting career that’s spanned over 20 years, Ice-T has mellowed with age.   Not only has he not mellowed, but he still is releasing brain-melting thrash metal albums with his band Body Count.  Here’s one that came out a few months ago … and it’s one for the ladies.   Some people may be offended by the word “bitch,” but this song is anything but an insult.  It’s a shout-out to the women who hang tough in the crowd and like to slam and mosh as much as the guys.  From their 2014 album “Manslaughter.”

Happy Birthday Dave’s Strange Radio!

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Dave’s Strange Radio celebrates its 1st birthday today.  A very heartfelt thanks to everyone who has tuned in and supported us during the past year. The best is yet to come. Stay tuned…

What is Dave’s Strange Radio?  Why it’s the greatest radio station in the world.  It’s a mix of garage punk, hardcore, classic rock, alternative, prog rock, folk, outlaw country, soul, and all kinds of weirdness in between and outside the margins. From the Rolling Stones to Roxy Music, from Iggy to Ike & Tina, from Brian Eno to the Butthole Surfers, from the Doors to the Devil Dogs, from the New York Dolls to the New Bomb Turks, we’ve got you covered. Warning: some of the material is not work or family friendly.

You can enjoy Dave’s Strange Radio in many ways …

At our official homebase: http://www.davesstrangeradio.com

You can also find us in the following places:

iTunes Web: You can find us in iTunes as an official iTunes radio station. When you open iTunes, go to Music, then Internet. You can find us under the Eclectic subheading.

TuneIn Radio: You can find us at the following link through TuneIn Radio:

http://tunein.com/radio/Daves-Strange-Radio-s218280/

iPhone/iPad/Android phone/Kindle Fire: The best way to experience Dave’s Strange Radio on your mobile device is through the free TuneIn Radio app. Just type in “Dave’s Strange Radio” into the search engine and then select the heart to add us to your favorites. Here you can get album art, as well as links to purchase the song you’re listening to. You can also access us through the free SHOUTCast app (though not on the Kindle Fire).

Apple TV: We are an official station on iTunes radio that you can stream through your Apple TV box. Find us in the Eclectic section under “Dave’s Strange Radio”.

Roku: You can enjoy Dave’s Strange Radio either through the free TuneIn Radio app or through the free SHOUTCast app.

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The “Free Bird” climax from “The Devil’s Rejects” (2005) dir. Rob Zombie

This is the climax from Rob Zombie’s best film, “The Devil’s Rejects.”  “Rejects” is a throwback to the nasty, gritty, and extremely political indie horror classics from the 1970s (“Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “Dawn of the Dead”) and like its 70s horror film brethren, Zombie’s film directly comments on the political state of America and its foreign policy circa the mid-2000s.  The family of killers on display in “Rejects” may be vile, but the law enforcement sent to hunt them down are arguably equally as vile.  This is the film’s climax set to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird” and it’s a brilliant use of this song as the gang  goes up against the equally morally compromised police.  I can’t imagine a more 70s ending for a film.  In other words, f–king great!

Roy Batty’s death scene from “Blade Runner” (1982) dir. Ridley Scott

One of the saddest and most beautiful moments in movie history.  This is the scene from “Blade Runner” where the film’s ostensible “villain” Roy Batty (played by Rutger Hauer) saves the life of the film’s hero Rick Deckard (played by Harrison Ford) and delivers a brief, but moving monologue before dying:

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I’ve watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those … moments will be lost in time, like tears…in rain. Time to die.”

The first 25 minutes of “When a Stranger Calls” (1980) dir. Fred Walton

Since I can’t find the legendary USC film school short from 1971 “Judson’s Release” by Terence H. Winkless (which is a much better representation of this infamous urban legend), I’ll have to provide this clip instead from the 1980 film “When a Stranger Calls.”  Granted, this is a VERY effective opening to a film.  It’s so good that the rest of the film doesn’t compare to the first 25 minutes.  But if you’ve ever been a babysitter … or hired one at some point … this is one of the scariest things you’ll ever see.

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” – Prince, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Steve Winwood, et al (2004)

This is from George Harrison’s posthumous induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, where Harrison’s artistic peers performed some of his songs.  “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is not only my favorite Harrison song, but my favorite Beatles song of all-time.  While Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne share the vocal duties, the standout is Prince’s blistering guitar work towards the latter half of this performance.  I realize that calling Prince underrated may seem silly, but how often do people mention what an outstanding guitarist the man is?   Prince steals the show here and aside his mind-blowing work on “Let’s Go Crazy” and his Super Bowl performance of “Purple Rain,” this is my People’s Exhibit A as to why Prince should rank as one of the greatest guitarists of all-time.  If you’ve never seen this, you must check this out.