The High Five Podcast Episode 54 – 1977 Vinyl Roundup

On this week’s episode, I dig through my vinyl collection and pull out six records that represent the interesting musical era known as 1977! You get disco, funk, blues and rock!

If you’re interested in some of the episodes I mentioned in the episode, you can give them a listen. I talked about Weird Records on Episode 21 and the Foo Fighters’ Hail Satin on Episode 46.

During my brief talk about Led Zeppelin’s 1977 tour, I neglected to mention that I was speaking about these being their last shows in the United States.

And now for some music in video form! Here you have a live version of “A Fifth of Beethoven,” a whole Commodores show from 1977, “Take Me Back To Chicago” live from 1977, Tom Jones singing with Janis Joplin (because why not?), Muddy Waters Chicagofest 1981 show with Johnny Winter and Heart’s all-time classic “Barracuda” plus the Wilson Sisters and Jason Bonham doing “Stairway” for good measure.

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The High Five Podcast Episode 30 – The Works Of Grady Hendrix!

On this week’s episode, I discuss my recent journey making may way through most of author Grady Hendrix’s fantastic horror novels. I’m mainly covering Horrorstor, Paperbacks From Hell, My Best Friend’s Exorcism, The Southern Book Club’s Guide To Slaying Vampires, We Sold Our Souls and just a bit about The Final Girl Support Group!

For what it’s worth, I think I realized why some might not connect to We Sold Our Souls as much. I think it’s because there’s no friendship at the heart of the story like there is in most of the other ones. This also explains why it feels more akin to HorrorStor to me because Amy’s in a similar boat.

If you’re interested, I wrote a bit about HorrorStor here and covered Paperbacks From Hell here.

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The High Five Episode 7 – ’50s Inspired Musicals From The ’80s…Mostly

Hi there cats and kittens, this week’s episode of The High Five podcast gets hep with a quintet of musicals from the 1980s that have roots going back to the 1950s! We have Happy Days and Grease to thank for these, plus the eventual power that kids who grew up in that older decade had in the latter one! This one was a real wild trip, but I had a gas putting it together!

Oh and if you want to list to the Spotify playlist I put together based on some of these films’ soundtracks, check it out!

Here’s a few cool pieces of Little Shop Of Horrors art too!

Quick Movie Review: Pirate Radio a.k.a. The Boat That Rocked (2009)

Pirate Radio, or The Boat That Rocked as it was known in its native UK, is a pretty fantastic movie. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not surprised I liked it, I’m just really glad it didn’t disappoint me. It’s one of those movies that seems genetically engineered with me in mind. It’s directed by Richard Curtis who did my beloved Love Actually. It’s got an amazing cast, including favorites of mine like Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy and Nick Frost. With it’s late 60s mod setting, it’s firmly set in one of the top five all time sexiest times for women’s fashion. Oh, and it’s about rock and roll. But not just rock and roll, British rock and roll. In the 60s. On a BOAT!

The idea is that in the 60s with all this amazing music coming out from bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, The Who, The Kinks and so on and so forth, there was actually very little played on the radio. Except from pirate radio stations like this one, which was set up on a freighter. Now, the movie isn’t based on one specific occurance of pirate radio, though, this did in fact happen and I want to read a book about it. Does anyone have any suggestions?

The plot follows the new guy who says he’s there to get straightened out but is really SPOILER looking for his father who is on the boat. There’s a lot of growing up in the movie, usually the hard kind, as the kid experiences heart break (and blue balls) and nearly every turn. The performances are fantastic all around and the movie really made me want to not only listen to the awesome music the DJs spun, but also be a DJ. It’s a great, fun rock and roll movie that makes you feel like you can still be a kid even when you’re an adult, which definitely hits home for this 27 year old freelance writer who makes his living by spouting off about toys, comics, movies and TV. Yeah, the end kind of comes out of nowhere, but not in a bad way and it turns out to be a good one probably thanks to all the intensity. Definitely check this one out!