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Show 539 - Film Noir 2012

Show 539 - Film Noir 2012

Air Date:

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Little Steven here with our weekly Underground Garage pop quiz.

What kind of movie is it if it is black and white, lots of shadows, extremely conniving chicks betraying gullible and greedy guys?

That’s it, you got it, Film Noir, and we are celebrating that this weekend in the Underground Garage.

Joining us will be Graham Parker & the Rumour, the Yardbirds, the Shangri-Las, and the Kinks.

Brand new music out of St. Louis from the Nevermores, King Tuff from Vermont, Branden Daniel & the Chics from Seattle, and a Coolest Song in the World from Philadelphia.

Come find out what Julie Driscoll, Peter Lorre, and Slash have in common.

It’s our tribute to Film Noir, for those hot steamy summer nights, in the world’s only Rock n’ Roll dance party on the radio.

I’ll see you this weekend in the Underground Garage.

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  • Playlist:

    Set 1
    Lies (Knickerbockers)
    Musical Bed: The Maltese Falcon Opening Theme (Adolph Deutsch)
    Run Run Run (Who)
    Fools Gold (Graham Parker & the Rumour)
    Little Latin Lover (Michael Des Barres Band)
    Chico’s Girl (Girls)
    Hungry (Paul Revere & the Raiders)
    Musical Bed: T Roadster (Hot Rods)


    Set 2
    Musical Bed: The Man Who Knew Too Much (Elmer Bernstein)
    Restless Nights (Bruce Springsteen)
    I’m Shakin’ (Jack White)
    The Night Before (Beatles)
    Adeline (Nevermores)
    Musical Bed: Go (Ventures)


    Set 3
    Musical Bed: Dress To Kill (Pino Donaggio)
    Keep Me Hagin’ On (Vanilla Fudge)
    Bad Thing (King Tuff)
    Who Are The Mystery Girls (New York Dolls)
    Heaven Only Knows (Shangri-Las)
    Musical Bed: In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (Iron Butterfly)


    Set 4
    Musical Bed: As Time Goes By (Herman Hupfield)
    Electric Fever (Free Energy)
    See My Friends (Kinks)
    Maybe I’m The One For Me (Make Out)
    I Know You Love Me Not (Julie Driscoll)
    Have You Seen Your Mother? (Rolling Stones)
    Musical Bed: Moondog (Surfaris)


    Set 5
    Musical Bed: Black Rite (Mandingo & His Orchestra)
    Welcome To The Jungle (Guns n Roses)
    Murder In My Heart For The Judge (Moby Grape)
    Missionary (Branden Daniel & the Chics)
    Boom Boom (Little Walter & His Jukes)
    Smile On Me (Yardbirds)
    Musical Bed: Big Sleep Theme (Max Steiner)

Comments (18)

  • Patrick Mongoven
    08/02/2012

    I'm trying to find the author of that existential manifesto that Little Steven read at 10am CDT on Thursday Aug 2. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

  • Robert P Smarse Jr.
    08/05/2012

    Yeah Baby! Now you're talking my lingo. Lies, Deception, & Betrayal. No room for honest, clean-cut heroes here. Because now you are entering the subterranean world that is known as Film Noir. Now, we are even UNDERNEATH the ultimate coolness of The Underground Garage!! Thank you very much, Mr. Maharaq of Garage, for an excellent musical journey, as well as educational lesson that deserves at least 6 stars but, alas, I can only give you 5! Smoke 'em if you got 'em. Yeah, Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, & who is it that I see in that small picture with the raven in the background shadow? Why that's Philip Raven, a psychologically disturbed hit-man played by Alan Ladd from the 1942 Noir This Gun For Hire. One of the essential early film noirs, because of Alan Ladd's role as the hired killer & because that film established the trench-coated figure as a major icon, for good or evil, of the Noir cycle. Ladd's stoic performance would set a hardboiled standard that descends even into today's cinema. OK-OK! I know that this is also a show about music so's here we go. Set 1. Lies by The Knickerbockers, Run Run Run by The Who, Fools Gold by Graham Parker & the Rumour, & Hungry by Paul Revere & The Raiders. Set 2. That's right, Little Steven, Classic Noir ran from 1941 with The Maltese Falcon to about 1958 with Touch Of Evil. 2 Masters of Noir. John Huston & Orson Welles. That's Right. German Expressionistic, Gothic Lighting, & Post War Italian Realisism. All combined to form the visual style of Film Noir. What beautiful Style! Black & White & HEY YOU come out from that shadow so's I can see your face, you sneaky little rat! Urban Jungle. Style & character over plot. More deception, betrayal, & seduction. Great sound-byte of Richard Widmark as Psycho Tommy Udo from 1947's Kiss Of Death. That's just before Tommy ties up & pushes the old woman in the wheelchair down the stairs as he laughs all the while. Your son took a powder huh? Set 2. Restless Nights by Bruce & company, I'm Shakin' by Mr. Analog aka Jack White, The Night Before by The Beatles who ask "Were You Telling Lies?", & Adelaine by the Nevermores. Set 3. Dedicated To George "Shadow" Morton. Fits very nicely with this week's theme. Dark side of Life in a surreal way, Outcasts, Misfits, & we always learn sonething about ourselves from Film Noir. Freak Of The Week. You Keep Me Hangin' On ny the psychedelic Vanilla Fudge, Bad Thing by King Tuff from nearby Brattleboro, Vermont, Who Are The Mystery Girls? by David Johansen & The New York Dolls, & closing with the incredible Heaven Only Knows by the Shangri-las. My only question here would be is What is HEAVEN doing in a show about Film Noir? My hunch would be the connection with Mr. Morton, who is one incredible producer. And I would be right. What Do You Think, Stevie? Thank You. Set 4. Nice sound-byte by Bogart. Coolest song of the week-Electric Funeral by Free Energy, See My Friends by The Kinks(1965), which also happens to be one of my favs,Make Out with their Ode to Narcissum, Maybe I'm the One(For Me), I Know You Love Me Not by Julie Driscoll, & the Excellent Have You Seen You're Mother Baby?( Standing In The Shadows) by The Rolling Stones. Where else would she be in this week's show? Set 5. John Huston tribute. The Maltese Falcon(1941). Not bad for a 1st feature, Eh? Welcome To The Jungle by Gun's N' Roses, Murder In My Heart For the Judge by Moby Grape, Missionary by Branden Daniel & The Chics, Boom Boom(Out Go The Lights) by the amazing Little Walter & His Jukes from way back in 1955, & closing with The Yardbirds & Smile On Me Baby from their Little Games LP(1967). Is That It? No Way Jose! I'm gonna tell you MY Fav Noirs. Bear with me now. Just a couple. Out Of The Past(1947) with my fav Noir actor, Mr. Robert Mitchum & Kirk Douglas & Jane Greer. Directed by Jacues Tourneur. Night And The City(1950) with Richard Widmark & Gene Tierney & directed by Jules Dassin. D.O.A.(1950) with Edmond O Brien & directed by Rudolph Mate. Night Of The Hunter(1955) with Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, & Lillian Gish & directed with amazing style by Mr. Charles Laughton. This was the ONLY film ever directed by Laughton who was dissapointed with the revies & vowed never to direct again. The film is now hailed as a MASTERPIECE! The Big Sleep(1946) with Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall & directed by Howard Hawks. And last but not least, Kiss Me Deadly(1955) with Ralph Meeker & Albert Dekker & directed by Robert Aldrich. Ok-one more for Noir's sake, Touch Of Evil(1958) with Charton Heston, Janet Leigh, just 2 years before she took that shower in Psycho(1960), & Mr. Orson Welles, who also did double duty as director. that , my friends, wraps up the cycle known as classic Film Noir. Remember that Little Steven dedicated an entire show to the Big Sleep(1946), just a while back or so. Well I guess that's it for this week & an excellent show #539-Film Noir. I was going to tell you the difference between Neo-Noir & Retro-Noir but I guess you will have to wait for my book when it comes out in 2013. Wait! Is that sighs of relief that I hear from youse Underground Garage members? Now that's not very nice of you. But I forgive you which would be unlike the Noir protagonists that Little Steven just taught us about. Once again-Very Good Work, Administrator, for keeping us all up to date. Like Stevie says, Don't take the administrator's work for granted or we'll end up like things were a couple of months ago. Thank you once again, Stevie, for both a memorable music journey & a very educational session. I guess that I'll see you next week in The Underground Garage. Peace Be with You All! Hey-whose that hiding around the corner with the gun in his hand? To All who Live IN & For the Underground Garage!! EEYAHH!! SMRZ!!!

    • greggie434
      08/13/2012

      Hats off to SMRZ for this review. and a REALLY BIG THANK YOU to to the Administrator for getting the shows on so quickly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ted Brennan
    08/05/2012

    Love Noir Films! Best show ever!!! Thank you so much........!!!!!

  • Robert P Smarse Jr.
    08/05/2012

    Hey Stevie! Thank You so very much for the pair of tix for Bruce & youse E. Street Band members for the show at Fenway Park in Boston. I guess that you liked my posted comment, eh? Well It's all going down like this. Ya' see. 1st I am taking a private charter flight from Barnes Airport from right here in Westfield to Logan in Boston. then a small Cessna is flying me over Fenway at which point I shall then parachute from over Fenway & land on my slow-healing ruptured Achilles Tendon somewhere near the stage where you, Bruce & company will be playing. Sounds very cool to me although could you please have a medical unit at close range to tend to me After I land. Just In Case! Why, Thank You Very Much! That is so thoughtful of you! I am looking forward to this stunt very much. Peace Be With You. Next week we shall be commenting on The Cycles Of Soul. Pt. 1 of 4. I can hardly wait! EEYAHH!! SMRZ!!!

    • greggie434
      08/13/2012

      SMRZ, on ur way down, be sure not land on "Lawn Chair Larry"!!!!!!!

      • greggie434
        08/13/2012

        To land on, I for got the to in my privious post.

  • Robert P Smarse Jr.
    08/08/2012

    Hey all youse Underground Garage members. Stevie asked me to remind you to please remember to post your star ratings. PLEASE!PLEASE!PLEASE! Thank You Very Much! Sincerely, SMRZ!!! Now Go In Peace1

  • Ron Lynch
    08/09/2012

    Glad to hear from Bruce, Mick & Chris. All do Rock & Roll more than proud.

    Thanks Stevie, great show.

  • Robert P Smarse Jr.
    08/12/2012

    All Right! All Right! I'll come clean about Neo-Noir. At least part of it anyway. My producer has got me backed up into a dark corner & I don't know whose hitting me. Now Class! Neo-Noir films are made after the classic period, which we just talked about, but they are set incontemorary time frames. Examples of this would be Body Heat(1981), Jackie Brown(1997), & one of my favs True Romance(1993). I'm specifically choosing True Romance because their are only 2 degrees of separation between Little Steven & True Romance. True Romance stars Christian Slater as Clarence, Patricia Arquette as Alabama, Val Kilmer as Elvis, Gary Oldham as Drexel,Dennis Hopper as Clifford, Christopher Walken as Vincenzo Coccotti, James Gandolfini as Virgil, & last but not least, Brad Pitt as the stoner Floyd. Yeah-there are others but those are the main characters as far as we're concerned. Clarence is a comic book clerk who takes advice from an imaginary Elvis. Clarence hooks up with Alabama, who he later finds out is a hooker, whose pimp is Drexel.Clarence wants to free Alabama from Drexel, so he kills Drexel in an excellent scene in which Drexel, with his dreadlocks, does not look anything like Gary Oldham. Clarence grabs a suitcase that he thinks is full of Alabama's possessions but which actually holds a large shipment of mob cocaine. Clarence & Alabama then get married & head to California where they hope to sell the cocaine & live happily ever after. Now we know that it ain't gonna be that easy, right? Exactly! Of course, the mob sends hit-man Virgil, played by Gandolfini, after the cocaine. There is another excellent scene in which Alabama manages to waste Virgil in a truly ultra-violent manner! Another excellent scene is when Walken, who plays Vincenco Coccotti, confronts Dennis Hopper, who plays Clarence's father & trys to keep his son's whereabouts unknown is executed by Coccotti, mob-style, naturally. The interplay in that scene between Hopper & Walken is another highlight from the film. I'm not gonna be a spoiler here so you gotta go out & rent or buy the dvd, yourself, Quentin Tarantino wrote the script but did not direct. The director was tony Scott. The story has great energy, the casting is good, & the performances are excellent. The chameleon Gary Oldham is over the top as the pimp Drexel, Bradd Pitt is hilarious as the stoner Floyd, Paticia Arquette is sensual & strong as Alabama, Christian Slater is very convincing as Clarence, Dennis Hopper & Christopher Walken give peak performances in their classic & unforgettable scene, & Gandolfini, as Virgil is excellent. True Romance is indeed an excellent neo-noir. Now, Stevie, look at your 2 degrees of separation here. With you & Gandolfini as main characters in The T.V. Series The Sopranos, you are also just 2 degrees of separation with Gary Oldham, who also brings you 2 degrees from The Christopher Nolan Batman films, 2 degrees from Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Christopher Walken, Dennis Hopper, Brad Pitt, & ultimately Quentin Tarantino! How Cool Is that!! Wow, Stevie, as I said before, you never cease to amaze! Well Class, that's it for your 1st neo-noir lesson. Stay tuned. Now I heard that Christopher Walken heard somebody talken about my film script & now HE wants to be in my flick. I need more $, mr. producer, unless Christopher will work below scale. You see, all of my other actors are amateurs but they know after my film comes out in 2014, they ALL will be in demand!! Gotta Go for now, Stevie. I appreciate the book on Monterey & the 2 Springsteen tix, but I am still waiting for my Underground Garage 10th Anniversary T-shirt. Remember, I take a 2-XL. Thank you very much! Sincerely, with Peace & Love for you All, SMRZ!!!

    • greggie434
      08/13/2012

      I am going to rent True Romance ASAP SMRZ, sounds like a clasic!

  • Robert P Smarse Jr.
    08/12/2012

    C'Mon Underground Garage Members! Stevie is getting TICKED OFF! PLEASE POST YOUR STAR RATINGS!! Now, is that too much to ask after listening to such GREAT shows? 4 different members with only 2 STAR ratings!! NO EXCUSES!! BUCK UP!! Or else STEVIE & MYSELF are gonna have to get HEAVY with YOUSE!! YA' GOT IT!! NOW-GET ON IT!! SERIOUSLY_SMRZ!!!

  • greggie434
    08/13/2012

    SMRZ, I was a little late on my star rating, but, I did it. Glad to see U back in FULL!!!!!!!!

    • Robert P Smarse Jr.
      08/13/2012

      Thank You Very Much greggie434. Both Bruce & Myself appreciate it very much! You are a true BRO! Sincerely, SMRZ!!!

  • jcjohnson63
    08/19/2012

    probably THE classic episode of all time? maybe.thanks once again. :)

  • Richard Kline
    06/03/2013

    "He was just dumb enough for that angel." So many classic lines in "The Maltese Falcon".

  • Steed Colliss
    06/20/2013

    I had to read the comments section today with its mentions of True Romance, the day after James Gandolfini's death... My condoleances to Stevie and all...

  • Steed Colliss
    06/20/2013

    At the end of set 5, Little Steven mentions the Hollies' "King Midas in Reverse" Between "Welcome to the Jungne" and "Murder in my Heart for the Judge", but he song is not played at all...

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