“The Amityville Horror” (1979) dir. Stuart Rosenberg

I realize this is not a good movie by any stretch of the imagination.  In fact, much of this is fairly laughable and campy.  But … I have a soft spot in my heart for this film, mainly because it was the first R-rated movie I ever saw.

Let’s take the wayback machine to the summer of 1979 … “The Amityville Horror” was the most popular film of the latter months of that summer and my brother and I wanted to see it.  The only problem?  It was rated R.  My mom was fairly vigilant about shielding us from inappropriate content.  But one of her friends told her that the film wasn’t that bad and that she couldn’t understand why it was rated R.  So with this “endorsement,” my Mom took my brother and me to see this at the Circle 6 in Norfolk, VA.

My impressions at the time?  I enjoyed the film, but kind of wondered what all the fuss was about.  I didn’t find the majority of it scary at all.  However, I enjoyed a lot of hip cachet with my peers for seeing an R-rated film, so of course, I indulged … if not embellished … all the sordid things I witnessed.  Allright, cut me some slack, I was 9.

Anyway, the thing that freaked me out the most wasn’t the haunted house shenanigans (i.e. blood in the toilet, flies attacking the priest, the voices saying “Get out!”), but the opening, the true-life event that allegedly made the house haunted.  This was when the son of the previous house owners massacred the entire family in cold blood.  That’s the part that I couldn’t comprehend and that’s the part that actually gave me nightmares.  I remember asking my mom would someone would kill their entire family and the response was that the boy was “insane.”  That didn’t rest well with me then … and still doesn’t rest well with me now, even though it’s probably true.  Tellingly, it was the part of that “Amityville Horror” story that actually happened that frightened me the most.  The haunted house crap … that even at the age of 9, I shrugged my shoulders at … has since been discredited by many people.  I have no idea if what the Lutzes experienced was true or not.  But the opening events which are not in dispute terrified me the most.

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“You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” – Marilyn Manson

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I can’t think of a better performer to cover Dead or Alive’s trashy Hi-NRG disco classic from the mid-1980s than Mr. Manson. I realize some people think this cover may be sacrilege, but Manson is really just Pete Burns with some added 1990s nihilism thrown into the mix. Yes, this was recorded in 2009 when such throwback nihilism was considered to be as corny as parachute pants. But I’m a huge fan of that trend.

Dave’s Strange Radio is back on iTunes!

Dave’s Strange Radio has returned as an official iTunes radio station!

What does this mean? It means that you can now find us in the “Eclectic” section of iTunes radio stations or on your Apple TV device. If you’re on your computer, open iTunes, go to Music and then go to Internet. Lots of genres will appear, but you will find us in the “Eclectic” section.

Less than two weeks ago, my licensing server announced it was going out of business, which prompted iTunes to drop the station. Since then, I connected with a licensing server that’s been beyond awesome (StreamLicensing.com) and not only can you now access the station through www.davesstrangeradio.com, you can now stream us through TuneIn Radio and now on iTunes again, as well as SHOUTCast.

Thank all of you for your patience and support throughout this process. I will sign off with the only song that seems appropriate at this moment…

Dave’s Strange Radio has been added to TuneIn Radio!

Huge news! Dave’s Strange Radio is now available on TuneIn Radio. 

Now there’s an even easier way to listen on your iPhone, Android phone, iPad, iPod touch, Roku … and now Kindle Fire! Just download the TuneIn Radio app, type in Dave’s Strange World, and you’re all set. 

This is truly the best way to experience Dave’s Strange Radio on your mobile phone or tablet. You get album art as well as links to purchase the song you’re listening to.

Or you can go to this link:

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

And of course, you can still find us here:

http://davesstrangeradio.com

 

New home for Dave’s Strange Radio!!!

Big news! Dave’s Strange Radio can now be found at a much simpler, easier-to-remember address:

http://www.davesstrangeradio.com

This is where Dave’s Strange Radio can be heard from here on out. You may still be able to access it at the LoudCity address for a little longer, but it will be gone by the end of the month, if not before.

If you’re accessing the station on your phone or mobile device (iOS and Android), you may or may not see a blank pop up window when you bring up the station. If you get this, just delete the blank window.

You can also access Dave’s Strange Radio on your iPhone, iPad, or Roku through the free SHOUTCast app.

I’m still working on getting listed in the iTunes Internet Radio directory again. Because LoudCity will no longer be in business at the end of the month, all of their stations have been removed from iTunes.  I don’t have an ETA, but will keep you posted. Despite this, you can still stream the station into iTunes, or your Windows Media Player, Quicktime, or Real Audio player on your computer via the link above.

Also, if you’re listening via your computer, the new pop up player also provides a link to buy or download whatever you’re listening to via Amazon

Please let me know if you have any questions or problems accessing the station.

Thanks again for all the support!

Dave’s Strange Radio now available to stream through Roku!

Dave’s Strange Radio is now streamable through Roku! Add the Shoutcast channel (which is free), search for the station using “strange radio,” and when you find Dave’s Strange Radio, add it to your favorites.

Next project: A microchip you can permanently attach inside your head to hear the station 24/7… You’ll have to sign a medical and legal waiver of course …

And, of course, you can still listen through iTunes and your Apple TV box (in the “Eclectic” section)  or online at:

http://www.davesstrangeradio.com

and now Shoutcast’s internet page (type in “strange radio”) to find it:

http://www.shoutcast.com/

Louis C.K. on raising a 3-year old

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There’s Bill Cosby’s classic descriptions of dealing with small children … and then there’s Louis C.K.’s. The language here is really rough … not even remotely work or family safe. But if you’re offended by this, then you’ve never been a parent … let alone had to deal with a 3-year old on any long-term basis. From his album, “Hilarious.”

Dave’s Strange Radio is now back on the air … bigger and badder than ever!

Dave’s Strange Radio is officially back on the air.  When I thought about creating an internet radio station, for a split second I thought about ways I could try to appeal to more people … only playing certain songs or bands that would appeal to a certain demographic. I thought how the station could make money, etc. And once I started going down that road, it was no longer any fun for me. If I’m going to devote time and heart to this, this was going to be a labor of love if there ever was one.

I decided my role model would be comedian Andy Kaufman when he created his Carnegie Hall Show in 1979. He basically made this show everything he ever wanted to see in a live show and as weird or incongruous it may have been, he freakin’ did it the way he wanted and let everyone else catch up. And that’s what I wanted to do with Dave’s Strange Radio.

The station is an extremely broad mix of garage punk, classic rock, prog rock, soul, hip-hop, comedy, folk, and all kinds of weirdness in between and outside the margins. While the material on Dave’s Strange Radio may not appeal to everybody, it’s all stuff that’s been personally selected by yours truly and is all stuff that I love and enjoy immensely. The station will evolve over time and more stuff will be added. However so far, there’s nearly 7 days worth of material that you can listen to without a repeat…

Please let me know what you think … or if you have trouble tuning in …

Without further ado … here we go …

www.davesstrangeradio.com

“Smile” – The Jayhawks

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Here’s something that would not have been out of place on an early 1970s Badfinger, Harry Nilsson, or John Lennon-solo album. “Smile” is the title track from their 2000 album, produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin (who produced most of Alice Cooper’s early classic albums, KISS’s “Destroyer,” Lou Reed’s “Berlin,” … and a little something by Pink Floyd called “The Wall”). This is far removed from the alt-country that initially made the Jayhawks famous, but I think this got unfairly ignored. A really lovely pop ballad.