Headsup: Vietnam, World War II, and Wall Street

elementary final seasonElementary stars Jonny Lee Miller as Detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson in a modern-day drama about a crime-solving duo that cracks the NYPD’s most impossible cases. Initially sober companion and client, Holmes and Watson’s relationship evolved into a symbiotic professional investigative partnership. Once the top homicide consultants for Captain Thomas Gregson, they worked regularly alongside Detective Marcus Bell before Holmes’ false confession to a murder he did not commit forced them to move to London. Holmes and Watson forge new careers in England as consultants for Scotland Yard until they receive news that a member of their inner circle has been gravely wounded in the United States. As Holmes’ stateside legal trouble threatens to keep them from returning to New York, their greatest foe to date, tech billionaire Odin Reichenbach waits on the horizon to test their limits.” — from CBS

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32 Days of Halloween XII, Day 7: Frankenstein!

Frankenstein (1931)

Out of the starting gates, we go to our #TrackoftheDay. And this time, it’s 1953 and Eartha Kitt with “I Want to Be Evil.” This is a “music video” (or as close as you could get at the time), obviously lip synced on some show with a live audience. And yes, for those of you keeping score, this song came out fourteen years before she took on the role of Catwoman. Talk about a long time to hear back about an audition.

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32 Days of Halloween XII, Day 6: The Ape!

The Ape (1940)

For tonight and our #TrackoftheDay, we start with some classic Pink Floyd. There are two songs that spring to mind for a Halloween type endeavor: “One of These Days” and “Careful With That Axe, Eugene.” We’ve gone with the latter. This is from the Live From Pompeii film in all of its David Attenborough documentary-on-acid glory.

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Craig Ferguson: Hobo Fabulous – Review

Craig Ferguson: Hobo Fabulous

Performance at The Tabernacle, Atlanta, 4 Oct 2019

Thespia brought Craig Ferguson to my attention via his Late Late Show and I quickly realized that this guy was batshit insane. If you’ve been around here for any length of time, you know that I have a great deal of respect for batshit insane people. Especially those that take something like a late night talk show and subvert it for their own amusement. Which, if they’re amused doing it, generally, it becomes infectious and next thing you know you’re laughing your arse off because a panto horse become a recurring character, or a robot skeleton sidekick has been invented.

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32 Days of Halloween XII, Day 5: The Devil-Doll (1936)!

Devil-Doll (1936)

Right out of the starting gate, one of my favorite live albums for Halloween graces us for the #TrackoftheDay. It’s Oingo Boingo’s final concert, Farewell: Live from the Universal Amphitheater. Danny Elfman retired the band because he wanted to focus on film scores but, as I understand it, because he was worried about losing his hearing. I was in a rock band for a brief spell, and even with that small bit under my belt, I get where he’s coming from. That being said, I freaking love Oingo Boingo. So I’d be perfectly willing to support a GoFundMe to buy Elfman some bionic ears. I’m just…putting that idea out in the universe.

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32 Days of Halloween XII, Day 4: The Manster!

The Manster

So we kick off today’s festivities with a classic track…and indeed, a live version of said track. It’s Screamin’ Jay Hawkins with “I Put a Spell on You.” Yes, this is the originator of that song, boys and girls. But this is from ten years after its release, and purports to be the earliest known footage of Hawkins performing this. And I have to say: oh, what I would give to be in that room full of white people and watch them watching this.

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