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 “Foster’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.

“Common People” – Pulp

Pulp’s “Common People” is a pop masterpiece from 1995 that combines brilliant lyrics with music that is positively thrilling.  Produced by the legendary Chris Thomas (Roxy Music, The Pretenders, Sex Pistols), “People” is a brilliant slam against “slumming” that’s even better than prior rock classics on the subject (The Rolling Stones’ “Salt of the Earth” and The Dead Kennedy’s “Holiday in Cambodia”).  The song never charted in the US, but was a big hit in Britain and had a tremendous cultural impact there, being cited in April 2014 by listeners of BBC Radio 6 Music as their favorite ‘Britpop’ song in an online poll conducted by the station to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the start of the Britpop era.  It also inspired a very good BBC documentary about the song which can be seen below in 6 different parts, courtesy of YouTube.

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The Complete New Wave Theatre

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSlPGa1DSp4PMejsDhrassQ/videos

Fans of early 1980s LA punk rock and early late night cable TV rejoice! Someone has uploaded multiple episodes of “New Wave Theater,” the highlight of the USA Network’s legendary late night show “Night Flight,” at the YouTube channel located the link above.  Hosted by the late great Peter Ivers.

Crispin Glover’s appearance on “Late Night With David Letterman” July 28, 1997

Here is Crispin Glover’s infamous interview with David Letterman on “Late Night With David Letterman.” Despite Glover’s bizarre behavior here, he later admitted he was trying to do a tribute to some of the brilliantly demented appearances Andy Kaufman had on Letterman’s from the early 1980s.  The only problem with Glover’s tribute was that Letterman wasn’t in on it.  And Letterman was clearly disturbed by what went down, as evidenced in Letterman’s commentary after Glover “left” the show.   This may seem relatively tame these days, but back in the day, this appearance, along with Glover’s performance in the brilliant film “River’s Edge” and a demented Spin Magazine profile from around the same time, created a mini-cult amongst my friends for Glover for many, many years.