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Show 586 - The Godfather

Show 586 - The Godfather

Air Date:

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Hey baby, Little Steven here.

Our summer celebration continues this week with a movie the younger generation needs to discover.

It’s called The Godfather, and it is arguably the greatest movie ever made.

We are going to jump into it this weekend with the Yardbirds, Spirit, Dion, Marvin Gaye, the Nazz, and Moby Grape.

Brand new music from the Anderson Council, Amy Gore & Her Valentines, Kurt Baker & The Party Animals, and the Bayonets.

It’s the only Rock n’ Roll dance party on the radio celebrating the greatest movie ever made.

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

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  • Playlist:

    Set 1:

    One Hit To The Body (Rolling Stones)

    Musical Bed: Godfather Waltz (Nino Rota)

    Murder Incorporated (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band)

    I’m Not Talking (Yardbirds)

    He Hit Me (And It Felt Like Kiss) (Crystals)

    Can I Get A Witness (Marvin Gaye)

    She Can Do It All (Kurt Baker)

    Shotgun (Vanilla Fudge)

    Musical Bed: Lulu’s World (Davie Allan & the Arrows)


    Set 2:

    Musical Bed: Love Theme From The Godfather (Nino Rota)

    I’m Bad (Bo Diddley)

    I Got A Line On You (Spirit)

    Gardening Man (Anderson Council)

    Drip Drop (Dion)

    Musical Bed: Glad To See You Go (Ramones)


    Set 3:

    Musical Bed: Apollonia (Nino Rota)

    It’s My Life (Animals)

    Smartphone (Bayonets)

    Don’t Bother Me (Beatles)

    Robert DeNiro’s Waiting (Bananarama)

    Bend Me Shape Me (American Breed)

    Musical Bed: Bo’s Guitar (Bo Diddley)


    Set 4:

    Musical Bed: Connie’s Wedding (Nino Rota)

    Send Me A Postcard (Amy Gore & Her Valentines)

    As Tears Go By (Andrew Loog Oldham Orchestra)

    Please Don’t Wake Me (Cinderellas)

    I Wouldn’t Ever Change A Thing (Rod Stewart)

    Musical Bed: Shimmy Shimmy (Megatones)


    Set 5:

    Musical Bed: I Have But One Heart (Al Martino)

    Pictures Of Lily (Who)

    Hold It Baby (Trashed Romeos)

    Open Eyes (Nazz)

    Engineer Man (Young Sinclairs)

    Seeing (Moby Grape)

    Musical Bed: Godfather Finale (Nino Rota)

Comments (12)

  • Robert P Smarse Jr.

    Thank You Very Much, Little Steven, for yet another 5 Star Special that celebrated the BEST American film ever made! Show # 586. The Godfather. Also would like to thank The Administrator for getting the show up into the Archives for all of us to enjoy. GOOD WORK!! Remember. "Never tell anybody outside of the Family what you're thinking again"!

  • Robert P Smarse Jr.

    WITH ALL DUE RESPECT! All Underground Garage members please go back into the Archives to Show # 534 from last year. I worked my ass off on my posts and might not have the time this year, so's you can get some more schoolin' about The Godfather. Take Care & Peace Be With You. Sincerely, EEYAHH!! SMRZ!!

  • Robert P Smarse Jr.

    "A man who doesn't spend time with his Family can never be a real Man" "Women and Children can be careless, but not Men". O.K. All right! I'll do a new posted comment in honor of James Gandolfini. That's the least I can do. Excellent background and intro by you, Little Steven, about the movie that nobody wanted to direct. Show # 586. The Godfather-2013.A truly excellent show that paid tribute to the very Best American Film ever made, if you include Godfather:pt. 2. Which you did. 375 minutes of pure cinematic Heaven! I used to teach the film in my Neo-Noir class so please excuse if I Stiff the music just a little bit. Set 1. One Hit To The Body by The Rolling Stones, which was from their 1986 L.P. "Dirty Work", which should have been called "Dirty Laundry". Check out my review on Amazon under SMRZ! That L.P. was pretty much done by just Keith and Ron Wood as Mick was busy on his solo release, "She's the Boss". Yeah, good thing that Keith didn't have Mick Whacked, as you said, Stevie. Murder Incorporated by Bruce and the gang. The song always reminds me of another Mob Film, "Murder Inc."(1960). Excellent performance by Mr. Peter Falk, who played Abe Reles, the syndicate's ill-fated #1 Hit-man. Falk did receive an Oscar Nomination for Best-Supporting Actor but lost out to Peter Ustinov in "Spartacus". Tuff Loss. I'm Not Talking by the Yardbirds. You Better Not! A Mose Allison cover. He Hit Me(And It Felt Like A Kiss), which was a Goffin-King composition as done by The Crystals. Nice sound byte by Talia Shire, who played Connie, talking about The Underground Garage's Ultimate Coolness! The silk-like voice of Mr. Marvin Gaye with Can I Get A Witness. NOT LIKELY! New cool stuff by Kurt Baker with She Can Do It All. The truly insane Psychedelic version of Shotgun, as done by Vanilla Fudge. PSYCHOTRONIC OR WHAT? That great sound byte by Mr. Marlon Brando with "Never Tell anyone outside of The Family what you're thinking again". Set 2. I'm Bad by Mr. Bo Diddley. followed by I've Got A Line On You from Spirit's 1968 L.P., "The Family That Plays Together". "I'm Gonna make him an offer he can't refuse". The Anderson Council crawl out of 1966 to give us brand new stuff with Gardening Man. "But you can't touch my plants". Wonder exactly what they are growing. From their cool new L.P. "Look At The Stars". "And I hope that your first child.....will be a masculine child". Dion closes the 2nd set with Drip Drop.Dion covering The Drifters. Set 3. Marlon Brando's set. Or is that Vito Corleone? "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse". Kicking off with The Animals with It's My Life. Good thing that Mario Puza demanded that Brando play the lead. And those 3 conditions! The Beatles follow up with Don't Bother Me that featured an excellent vocal by George Harrison. BEST EVER!? COULD BE! The Bayonets wanna sing about Smartphone with all that junk taking up space in space. Banamarama follows with Robert De Niros Waiting from 1984. Those 60's American Indians, The American Breed, give us Bend Me Shape Me from 1967. No, I can't imagine another actor in Brando's role. GENIUS! Set 4 opens with the coolest song of the world this week with Send Me A Postcard by Amy Gore & Her Valentines. I wonder if she's any relation to Lesley Gore. Believe it or Else, it was a Shocking Blue cover. New version of As Tears Go By by Andrew Loog Oldham who provides some very nice background vocals. Always brings a tear to my eye. The Cinderellas beg (If This Is Just A Dream Then) Please Don't Wake Me. Closing the Brando set with I Wouldn't Change A Thing by Rod Stewart from his 1969 debut solo L.P. A Very significant quote from Brando in 1971 with "What Are They Getting So Excited About? It's Just another Gangster Picture". He had NO idea about that one! "You know how naïve you sound...Senators and Presidents don't have Men Killed. Now who's being naïve, Kay"? Excellent Musical beds by soundtrack master, Nino Roto. They all bring me back to specific scenes from the Film. Boy, did he ever get STIFFED for not even getting an Oscar Nomination for 1972. At least he won an Oscar for Pt. 2, even tho he shared it with Carmine Coppola. Also, talk about Sins Of Omission, as you said, Little Steven, how could they ignore the truly Excellent Cinematography by Gordan Willis for BOTH FILMS. Set 5. Pictures Of Lily, which was the Who's Ode To Masturbation. The Trashed Romeos beg please Hold It Baby, once again reminding us about Lenny Bruce. Open My Eyes by The Nazz led by Todd Rundgren from 1968. The Young Sinclairs come crawling out of 1966, to give us cool new stuff with Engineer Man. Finishing the excellent set 5 & the show with Seeing by the amazing Moby Grape & written by the late Skip Spence. Now a few more tings here. I would like to give some time to Mr. John Cazale, who played Fredo in both films. Talk about NO RESPECT! Please pick up or at least rent the 2010 dvd titled "I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale, which is a film by Richard Shephard. From the liner notes which refers to Cazale as an Actor's Actor. From his film debut in 1972 to his tragic early death just 6 years later at only 42, Cazale appeared in 5 films. ALL of the films are now considered classics and ALL of them received Academy Award Nominations for Best Picture, and 3 of the 5 won Oscars for Best Picture! "The Godfather"(1972), "The Conversation"(1974), with Gene Hackman, "The Godfather"Pt.2(1974), "Dog Day Afternoon"(1975), & "The Deer Hunter"(1978). 5 for 5, and then it was over. Only "The Conversation" & "Dog Day Afternoon" did NOT win Best Picture Oscars! But Get This! While Cazale, himself, never received an Oscar Nomination, his co-stars in those 5 films received a collective total of 14 OSCAR Noms! Talk About NO RESPECT!! Just like Fredo in The Godfather films, he was repeatedly passed over again & again. That is a Significant reminder of 2 things. 1st, as you mentioned, Stevie, Awards are deeply fallible & 2nd, that John Cazale was the definition of a GREAT Supporting Actor. He refused to showboat, to reduce HIS performance to big moments, or to sacrifice truth in order to gain Attention for the weak and compromised men that he played. Ultimately, his acting raised the bar for his co-stars & forced them to meet HIS Level of Acting Commitment. In that, Cazale wasn't just a Supporting Actor, but an ELEVATING one! I thank you, Mr. Mark Harris, for the excellent liner notes to the dvd! I would also like to strongly recommend the Excellent book by Jenny M. Jones, who lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her husband and daughter. The book is titled "The Annotated Godfather:The Complete Screenplay". It includes commentary on every scene, interviews & little known facts. The book includes excellent details about filming locations, tales from the set, including arguments, accidents, & the practical jokes on the set, as well as deleted scenes that never made the final cut, as well as goofs & gaffs that did. MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Well, I guess that it's about time for a wrap. If anyone wants to know the difference between Classic Film Noir, Neo-Noir, and Retro-Noir, just give me a call or e-mail, or buy my book when it comes out in 2014. Again, Thank You very Much, Little Steven, for such an excellent show. Also would like to Thank The Administrator for getting the show up into The Archives before this week's new show. GOOD WORK! And to ALL members of the Underground Garage, I wish you All a Very Happy & Safe 4th Of July! HEY U.S.A.! HAPPY 237th BIRTHDAY! Watch Out for those Fireworks, now. Take Care of yourself and All Who you hold close to your HEART! Peace Be With You! Sincerely, SMRZ!!!

  • abba lover

    jeezus dude, if you want folks to read your massive missive try some punctuation :)

    • Robert P Smarse Jr.

      Hey ABBA LOVER! My comments are here for you to read OR NOT! If you don't want to read them. DON'T! I receive a very large majority of positive feedback about my posts, including from Little Steven, as well as from other Underground Garage Members! So, why don't you go and listen to WATERLOO or DANCING QUEEN? You'll NEVER hear ABBA on The Underground Garage! THANK GOD FOR THAT! Peace Be With You! And please stay in touch-with YOURSELF! SMRZ!!

      • greggie434

        Keep up the good work Robert!!!!!!!!

  • Ron Lynch

    A good ass kickin there SMRZ. Youse coulda been in the Mob.

  • Ron Lynch

    Murder Incorporated (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band)
    how appropriate, another masterpiece by Bruce.
    I’m Not Talking (Yardbirds) rocks. Can I Get A Witness (Marvin Gaye) can,t get more classic than this tune.
    She Can Do It All (Kurt Baker) cool tune. I’m Bad (Bo Diddley) Who thinks of this cool line (gunpowder soup ) too cool. I Got A Line On You (Spirit) First time I heard this i think but I like it.
    It’s My Life (Animals) Yeah says it all for the kids past & present.
    Smartphone (Bayonets)This one has a wicked hook to it.
    Bend Me Shape Me (American Breed) Remember this well when I was a kid.
    Gardening Man (Anderson Council) Like this one too not just because I finished building 2 large garden boxes for my wife.Engineer Man (Young Sinclairs) like this song the more I hear it.

    Thanks Stevie Keep on Rockin.

  • Michael Hunter

    The Air Dates on the archived shows are off; some are on a Sunday date, some Monday and Tuesday. You might want to pick a consistent day of the week.

  • jcjohnson63

    although i never liked the godfather i dig this episode!!! great tunes!! very thematic show! BTW- i LOVE ABBA so don't be a hater!! robert- thanks for the commentary! most of us here love it!! THANK YOU ADMINISTRATOR!!! doing a great job with the postings!! evrybody kust...... ROCK AND ROLL!!!! :)

  • jcjohnson63

    btw- my in-laws are from maine! digging kurt baker!Anderson COuncil should get album of the year as well as song of the year imho!!!!!

  • Chris Dougherty

    Hopefully Steve will do a show saluting Gandolfini soon. Went to Holsten's last week with my wife and daughter. Very nice what they've done for the booth.

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