22 Mar 2011 @ 6:00 AM 

Tuesday Minute
No. 227 | March 22, 2011

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2011

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Our theme this week
Performers inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011

Featured this week
(See Monday post for theme introduction and program note)
Monday         —   Alice Cooper

Dr. John

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Longtime musician Mac Rebennack hit it big in the late-’60s/early-’70s as “Dr. John, the Night Tripper.”  His debut album, Gris-Gris (1968), blended New Orleans R&B with psychedelic rock, and though ignored at first, it gained cult status, and later became regarded as one of the classics of the time.  By 1973, everyone knew Dr. John.  “Right Place Wrong Time” was a top 10 hit, the biggest of his career.  “Such a Night” was another hit from the same album.  When Dr. John came on the radio, you couldn’t mistake him for anybody else.  He hasn’t had great mainstream success in the decades since, but he never stopped making music, everything from blues to zydeco to boogie-woogie to jazz to whatever you want to call what the Doctor was cooking up.  From his top hit, one line that probably sums up Dr. John as much as anything:  “I’m having such a good time.”  Listen to his music and you’ll be feeling the same way.

The Doctor on film
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Last Waltz (1978)*
Candy Mountain (1988)**
Blues Brothers 2000 (2000)
Lightning in a Bottle (2004)*

* As himself.
** Original music.
Contributed songs to soundtracks for many films.

The Last Waltz (1978)
Martin Scorsese, director
“Such a Night”
Dr. John

Blues Brothers 2000 (2000)
Dr. John
“Season of the Witch”
Donovan Leitch, songwriter

Quote of note
“I been in the right place / But it must have been the wrong time / I’d have said the right thing / But I must have used the wrong line / I been in the right trip / But I must have used the wrong car / My head was in a bad place / And I’m wondering what it’s good for.”
—Dr. John, “Right Place Wrong Time,” soundtrack to Dazed and Confused (1993) and other films


 27 Aug 2010 @ 6:00 AM 

Friday Minute
Entr’acte | August 27, 2010


from The Last Waltz

This week, selections from concert films worth remembering.

The Last Waltz (1978)
Martin Scorsese, director
Van Morrison, songwriter
Van Morrison, The Band

Final Friday Five, the monthly mini-quiz

1.  Fred Astaire and his sister, Adele, were inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 1971.  How many films did Fred and Adele make together?

a.  6
b.  2
c.  1
d.  0
e.  4

2.  Match the dance with the film in which it was performed.

Street dance

Zorba the Greek (1964)
Step Up (2006)
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
Mulholland Dr. (2001)
The Red Shoes (1948)
Pulp Fiction (1994)

3.  Mick Jagger has acted in several movies.  Which one of the following roles was not a Jagger performance?

Ned Kelly in Ned Kelly (1970)
Turner in Performance (1970)
Vacendak in Freejack (1992)
Andy Warhol in Basquiat (1996)
Luther in The Man from Elysian Fields (2001)

4.  Casting for David Fincher’s English-language adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, due out at the end of 2011, has made news the past few weeks.  Daniel Craig will play the male lead, Swedish journalist Mikael Blomkvist.  Stellan Skarsgård and Robin Wright will co-star.  Little-known Rooney Mara will play the title character.  What is the name of “the girl with the dragon tattoo”?

5.  A recent article called “The Worst Movie Year Ever?” decried the woeful Hollywood films of 2010.  Who was the author?

a.  Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
b.  A.O. Scott, New York Times
c.  Joe Queenan, Wall Street Journal
d.  Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
e.  J. Hoberman, Village Voice

Answers here.


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Last Edit: 27 Aug 2010 @ 02:59 AM

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 26 Aug 2010 @ 6:00 AM 

Thursday Minute
Entr’acte | August 26, 2010

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps”

from The Concert for Bangladesh

This week, selections from concert films worth remembering.

The Concert for Bangladesh (1970)
Saul Swimmer, director
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps”
George Harrison, songwriter
George Harrison, Eric Clapton


 25 Aug 2010 @ 6:00 AM 

Wednesday Minute
Entr’acte | August 25, 2010

“Once in a Lifetime”

from Stop Making Sense

This week, selections from concert films worth remembering.

Stop Making Sense (1984)
Jonathan Demme, director
“Once in a Lifetime”
David Byrne, Brian Eno, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, and Tina Weymouth, songwriters
Talking Heads


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 24 Aug 2010 @ 6:00 AM 

Tuesday Minute
Entr’acte | August 24, 2010

“Sympathy for the Devil”

from Gimme Shelter

This week, selections from concert films worth remembering.

Gimme Shelter (1970)
Albert Maysles, David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin, directors
“Sympathy for the Devil”
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, songwriters
The Rolling Stones


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Last Edit: 16 Aug 2010 @ 11:28 PM

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