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Doctor Who Essentials #3: Jon Pertwee

With the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who approaching in November, Need Coffee Dot Com celebrates the legacy of the show by examining all Eleven Doctors. Every Doctor will be profiled as part of the series.

At the end of each overview is a recommended list of commercially available DVD titles from that particular Doctor. For the sake of simplicity only complete stories will be considered.

Jon Pertwee, the Third Doctor

JON PERTWEE

Jon Pertwee was nicknamed “The Tall Light Bulb” by Tom Baker. In a weird way it is perfect since as a performer everything about the actor who played the Third Doctor was bright and beaming. Pertwee, a veteran actor and comedian who dabbled equally in radio, theatre, film and television, who never entered a room quietly–was larger then life. The legend of Pertwee only grew larger when it was revealed that he was involved in high-level espionage in World War II.

He was born into a famous family. His father Roland was a well-known writer and artist. His mother, Avice, whom Jon would later grow estranged from, was also a performer.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:27:20+00:00 August 5th, 2013|Stimuli|0 Comments

The Sound Board #33 1/3: No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Sell Records

Peter Sellers as James Bond

This podcast generally covers music and other transgressions. This month’s episode is helmed by Dr. Rob Levy with Prof. Tuffley providing backup and Widgett on hand mostly to record it.

This episode’s central topic is: fifty years of James Bond music…the good, the bad and A-ha. We also: mourn the loss of more music legends, update you on spring releases that interest us, wonder what Lil’ Kim is up to, wonder if Guns n Roses will be covering Steve Martin‘s “Dentist” song, wonder who’s handling Taylor Swift’s fanmail, wonder who’s going to back the animated Biggie show, wonder what’s up with Carole King’s musical, and then ponder a couple of instances of rock stars acting like…well, rock stars.

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Special thanks to Hyperbubble for our lead-in music. Show them love and buy their stuff.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:28:14+00:00 March 28th, 2013|Podcasts, Sound Board|1 Comment

Doctor Who Essentials #2: Patrick Troughton

With the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who approaching in November, Need Coffee Dot Com celebrates the legacy of the show by examining all Eleven Doctors. Every Doctor will be profiled (one each month) as part of the series.

At the end of each overview is a recommended list of commercially available DVD titles from that particular Doctor. For the sake of simplicity only complete stories will be considered.

Patrick Troughton as The Doctor with his 500 Year Diary

PATRICK TROUGHTON

Patrick Troughton, the actor who would make a name for himself as the Second Doctor, was born in Middlesex, England on March 25, 1920. Growing up in North London provided the young Troughton the golden opportunity of indulging his passion for drama. In his teens, he attended Mill Hill School, where his interest in theater led to his first starring role in a production of Bees on the Boat Deck in March of 1937.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:28:18+00:00 March 11th, 2013|Stimuli|7 Comments

Doctor Who Essentials #1: William Hartnell

With the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who approaching in November, Need Coffee Dot Com celebrates the legacy of the show by examining all Eleven Doctors. Every Doctor will be profiled (one each month) as part of the series.

At the end of each overview is a recommended list of commercially available DVD titles from that particular Doctor. For the sake of simplicity only complete stories will be considered.

William Hartnell as The Doctor in the TARDI

WILLIAM HARTNELL

When William Hartnell died at the age of 67, he left behind an intriguing legacy. On one hand he was respected family man and a famous character actor who would go on to become a popular culture icon as The First Doctor in Doctor Who. On the other hand, there have been countless stories that the actor was a prickly fellow on and off the set. When filming Hartnell was known as a control freak notorious for clashing with writers, producers and directors. He took his role as The Doctor seriously and set high performance standards for himself and the creative team around him.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:28:25+00:00 January 29th, 2013|Stimuli|1 Comment

Music Tuesday: Pogues, Nick Cave, A.C. Newman & More…

Shane MacGowan of the Pogues, live at the Olympia in Paris

Widge here. Yes, it’s late but I’ve been sick as hell and even though Monday is gone where I am, dammit, we still need music. So, you know what? It’s time to make the donuts. More music picks for your Monday whenever. Rob’s leading the charge because I’m hopped up on meds. More than usual, I mean. If you like what you hear, use the links provided to snag it for yourself from Amazon. Doing so through us gives us kickbacks, and those help pay for stuff like more bandwidth. And also so we can buy more music.

First up, Rob throws down with the excellent Pogues in Paris. He says, “A great 2CD or DVD or Blu-Ray set featuring a Pogues concert from 2012. A great liner booklet is also included.” I’ve included “If I Should Fall From Grace With God” below for your dancing and dining pleasure. It’s available in umpteen different formats–and a CD/DVD limited edition combo is available, but that’s Amazon UK, just FYI. Your cheapest bet is the MP3 bundle of both CDs for less than $10. (Amazon: Blu-Ray; CD; DVD; MP3; Vinyl. Amazon UK: CD/DVD Combo.)

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By | 2017-09-24T22:28:28+00:00 January 22nd, 2013|Music Whenever|0 Comments

The Story of Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas”

White Christmas

Make no mistakes about it; the version of “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby is the heavyweight champion of the world. Although over five hundred artists have recorded Irving Berlin’s classic song none of them can even begin to hold a candle to Crosby’s version, which has sold over fifty million copies and remains the best selling single of all time. It has withstood the test of time to become one of the most significant American recordings in history.

The song has simple but contradictory beginnings. We do know that the great American composer Irving Berlin wrote it in 1940 either in Arizona at the Biltmore Hotel or at the La Quinta resort (note: no relation to the chains of today) that served as a getaway for many of Tinseltown’s luminaries. The latter is more likely.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:28:36+00:00 December 24th, 2012|Stimuli|0 Comments

Turkeys Away!

Les Nessman from WKRP in Cincinnati: Turkeys Away

To me it’s not Thanksgiving without the WKRP In Cincinnati episode “Turkeys Away.” Writer Bill Dial made a story that was executed with a precise comedic timing that few contemporary programs today can match. The ensemble was on top of their game and the jokes were relentless and timeless. “Turkeys Away” was the seventh episode of the program’s first season, debuting on October 30, 1978 on CBS.

When the episode begins, WKRP is months into a regime change that has woken it from the doldrums of easy listening into a full-fledged rock n’ roll format. There have been some growing pains along the way but Program Director Andy Travis (Gary Sandy) has carefully moved his pieces into place, securing his team of oddballs and egomaniacs. Although he is technically in charge of WKRP, he still must answer to Station Manager Arthur “Big Guy” Carlson and his mother who owns it.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:29:01+00:00 November 22nd, 2012|Stimuli|2 Comments

A Conversation With Joe Dante

Joe Dante

For over four decades Joe Dante has been one of America’s most prolific film directors. Emerging from Roger Corman‘s cadre of talented filmmakers in the late 1970s, he quickly established himself as a versatile director who could work within several genres while oftentimes employing a regular group of returning actors from project to project.

His filmography is nothing short of amazing. Consisting of both cult and commercial hits including Piranha, Rock n’ Roll High School, The Howling, Police Squad, Gremlins, Gremlins 2, Innerspace, Looney Tunes: Back In Action and Matinee. Dante also has worked in television, directing episodes of The Twilight Zone, Amazing Stories, CSI: New York and Hawaii Five-O. He also was a Creative Consultant and director for Eerie Indiana.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:29:05+00:00 November 8th, 2012|Interviews|0 Comments

Bauhaus: Bela Lugosi’s Dead

Bauhaus: Bela Lugosis Dead

Many great songs have been written over the last five decades that capture the spirit and frightful spirit of Halloween. However, when it comes down to expressing everything that is macabre about All Hallows’ Eve, none of them hold a candle when compared to “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” By Bauhaus.

In a nutshell, Bauhaus was a massively influential band comprised of brothers Kevin and David Haskins, Peter Murphy and Daniel Ash. The Northampton band formed in 1978 and split up in 1983. Murphy went solo, although he did make an album with Mick Karn of Japan under the name of Dalis Car. Ash, and Kevin Haskins formed Tones on Tail with Glen Campling before settling in as Love and Rockets with David J (Haskins) replacing Campling in the band. David J also recorded several solo albums and collaborated with Alan Moore.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:29:09+00:00 October 31st, 2012|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween VI, Day 30: Monster Squad (The Series)

Monster Squad Game

In mid 1970s the Saturday morning television landscape consisted of cartoons and a variety of live action series based on action adventures and superheroes. Networks scrambled to take the formula laid out by Sid & Marty Krofft and adapt it for their own machinations.

This resulted in the creation of a plethora of cult TV shows that never got to really extend themselves beyond a few episodes or a full season. The networks were antsy and the ghouls in suits had neither qualm nor problem with pulling the plug on a show that didn’t get ratings or ad money straightaway.

Granted, upon hindsight many of the shows were putrid and really did deserve to go. However almost forty years later some of these shows (Shazam, Isis, Jason of Star Command) have managed to retain a nightmarishly loyal cult following.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:29:10+00:00 October 29th, 2012|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments