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March 29, 2005

It's a program of (mostly) new releases, along with an interview with San Francisco-based cartoonist Keith Knight, Jr. (The K Chronicles, Th(ink), Life's Little Victories) about his new book The Passion of the Keef, his hip-hop band Marginal Prophets, and what we can all do to survive another four years of Boy George.

Here are links to the sites mentioned in the interview:

  • The K Chronicles - Keith's personal web site and the site for his cartoons.
  • The Marginal Prophets - Keith's "hip-hop garage" group.
  • Salon.com - the on-line magazine carries The K Chronicles and other great non-mainstream 'toons.
PLAYLIST
Selection Source Performer(s) Comments
Music Perspective with Ron Fields The Best of the National Lampoon Radio Hour Brian Doyle-Murray, Christopher Guest Ron spots another hot trend.
Overdose Heaven The Best of the National Lampoon Radio Hour Christopher Guest All the greats are there.
Do it Like That Bohemian Rap CD The Marginal Prophets Cartoonist Keith Knight Jr. is one of the two lead vocalists for this San Francisco-based rap group.
As Kosher as They Wanna Be As Kosher as They Wanna Be 2 Live Jews This comedy duo produced at least four albums during the 1990s, all of which got laughs out of the idea of a couple of grouchy old Jewish guys rapping. I don't know anything about the rappers themselves, so I have no idea how old (or for that matter how Jewish) they actually were.
She Never Sleeps The Ring / The Ring Two (OS 2005) Orchestra conducted by Fiachra Trench and Gavin Greenaway Music from the creepy re-make of the Japanese film Ringu and it's recent sequel is by Hans Zimmer, with additional material by Henning Lohner and Martin Tillman.
Television The Ring / The Ring Two (OS 2005) Orchestra conducted by Fiachra Trench and Gavin Greenaway
Main Titles Space: 1999 Year 1 Studio orchestra conducted by Barry Gray Space: 1999 was a live-action science-fiction series produced by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson - best known for puppet animations shows like Thunderbirds.
War Games Space: 1999 Year 1 Studio orchestra conducted by Barry Gray Long-time Anderson collaborator Barry Gray composed most of the music. This is an exception; it's credited to Mike Hankinson.
Sarabande 2001: Music from the Films of Stanley Kubrick City of Prague Philharmonic conducted by Paul Bateman This arrangement of a Handel keyboard piece (a set of variations on "La Folia", a tune that goes back at least to the 1500s) is from Barry Lyndon (1975).
Waltz From Jazz Suite No. 2 2001: Music from the Films of Stanley Kubrick City of Prague Philharmonic conducted by Paul Bateman This track from Eyes Wide Shut (1999) is another case of classical borrowing, this time from Shostakovich's Jazz Suite No. 2. It starts with the composer's original orchestration and then expands on it.
The Bomb Run 2001: Music from the Films of Stanley Kubrick City of Prague Philharmonic conducted by Paul Bateman This is from British composer Laurie Johnson's score for Dr. Strangelove (1964). The quote from "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" here is ironic rather than triumphal.
The Woman in White is the latest project from Andrew Lloyd Webber. It has lyrics by Tony award winner David Zippel (City of Angels, Hercules) and a book by British playwright Charlotte Jones, whose work has won Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards. It's based on the 1860 thriller of the same name by Wilkie Collins. The book was immensely popular and made Collins something of a literary superstar. This recording was made during the opening night performance at the Palace Theatre in London on September 15th, 2004. Sections that were covered by applause, laughter or excessive stage noise were then re-recorded in the studio and digitally plugged in, resulting in a disc that has the spontaneity of a live performance and the perfection of a studio product.
I Believe My Heart The Woman in White (OC 2004) Martin Crewes, Jill Paice In this number impoverished drawing teacher Walter Hartright and his pupil Laura Fairlie find themselves increasingly attracted to each other.
Lammastide The Woman in White (OC 2004) Ensemble Their intimate moment is interrupted by the arrival of the villagers and the Lammastide celebration.
You Can Get Away with Anything The Woman in White (OC 2004) Michael Crawford Count Fosco is the semi-comical second-rank villain of the piece. Here he's getting ready to flee England with his ill-gotten gains but pauses long enough to reflect on why he's such a successful crook: "I can get away with anything / Because I have no shame." This "bonus" track includes crowd laughter and applause, along with an encore verse not in the version that's part of the official cast recording. It's funny on multiple levels, by the way. As written, Fosco is a mostly comic character. In this song, he's also given the opportunity for "shameless" vocal pyrotechnics that poke fun at bel canto opera. Finally, there's the fact that both Michael Crawford and Andrew Lloyd Webber have been accused of having "no shame", so the song gives both of them the chance to mock their own public images.
The Rosenbergs The Best of the National Lampoon Radio Hour Martin Harvey Friedberg, Lynn Lipton It's Julius and Ethel with a warning for anti-semites.
Onion Radio News 25 The Onion's Finest News Reporting Doyle Redland Chrysler Discontinues Neck Belts. Fortunately, recent class action lreform will prevent frivolous lawsuits by the families of headless victims. Another triumph for capitalism!
Chapter 4 - Where Was Jonas When the Lights Went Out? The Tale of the Giant Rat of Sumatra The Firesign Theatre The Story Time segment features this thrilling tale from The Cheque Book of Hemlock Stones. In chapter 4, Stones and Dr. Flotsam arrive at the Chicago mansion of Jonas Acme - and so does the sinister Electrician!
Hip-Hop Hypocrisy Bohemian Rap CD The Marginal Prophets and DJ Quest "It ain't where you're at, it ain't where you're from / It's where we go to next and how we get the job done." The track is about big money rappers who have sold out, among other things.
Interview Part 1 Self Keith Knight Jr. and Chuck Lavazzi Keith Knight Jr. is a San Francisco-based cartoonist whose work is syndicated nationally (mostly in "alternative" weeklies) and on web sites like salon.com. He draws the multi-panel strip The K Chronicles and the single-panel editorial cartoon Th(ink). The Riverfront Times used to carry The K Chronicles before it was sold to New Times and became Just Another Corporate Bird Cage Liner (tm).
Yes Pants Bohemian Rap CD The Marginal Prophets "Hip-huggers that are low / Make me go uh-uh-oh." Keith chose this track to open the second part of the interview.
Interview Part 2 Self Keith Knight Jr. and Chuck Lavazzi Keith's new book is The Passion of the Keef. It's a collection of his strips from the past couple of years.
Taylor, the Latte Boy Coffee House Susan Egan This song about finding love at Starbucks is by March Heisler and Zina Goldrich
Where in the World is My Prince Coffee House Susan Egan On the other hand, the narrator in this song is still waiting for Mr. Right. It's by Broadway veteran Jerry Herman's new musical Miss Spectacular.
I Can't Believe My Heart Coffee House Susan Egan This Alan Menken / David Zippel tune was cut from Disney's Hercules. Zippel also is a link back to The Woman in White in the first hour of the show.
Wuthering Heights Coffee House Susan Egan Here's a haunting Kate Bush song, originally from Bush's 1978 album The Kick Inside.


Acronyms and other mysteries defined:

OC: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Cast recording of a Broadway show, along with the date.

OS: Unless otherwise indicated, the Original Soundtrack recording of a film, TV show, etc.


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