Wednesday, May 03, 2006

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Today in Music History:

In 1972 "Old Man," by Neil Young, peaks at #31 on the pop chart. It is the third and last time Young will crack the Top Forty
All thanks for the responses to the last post. You guys educated me on a few things. I couldn't believe all the suggestions that I had never heard before. I am humbled. Also I have to say this before continuing, Well Done Stephen Colbert, well done. You are my hero. What did those people expect? Did they really think he was a Bush supporter? Haven't they ever watched his show.

If I had to pick my favorite musical of all time, it would be a toss up between The Rocky Horror Picture Show (of course) and Little Shop of Horrors.audrey II They both have awesome music and both are a bit twisted. Little Shop is based on a stage production which was based on the Roger Corman film. The film, directed by Frank Oz, is generally faithful to both the original and the stage version of the story, except for the ending. The film's biggest change is its ending which was re-shot when it received negative reviews from test audiences. While the off-Broadway musical version, like the 1960 film, ends up with everyone dead, the 1986 film has a happy ending in which Audrey II is killed, while Seymour, Audrey and humanity survive. The movie was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song for the song, "Mean Green Mother from Outer Space", written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. It caused a small controversy at the Academy Awards because it was the first Oscar-nominated song to contain foul language and thus had to be censored for the show. (lyrics) Gotta love those Yanks and their censorship.

The film has become legendary for a widely-unseen 23-minute alternate ending that retains the darkness and B-movie roots of the original movie. Oz and his special effects team went to great lengths to create this dramatic finale during which Audrey II takes over New York City, attacks the Brooklyn Bridge, fights the U.S. Army, strangles the Statue of Liberty and - in an homage to the 1933 classic monster movie King Kong - scales the Empire State Building. The entire action sequence cost $5 million to produce. But 1986 preview audiences rejected this ending as too disturbing. Damn Pussies. Afterwards, director Oz commented: "They hated us when the main characters died." Little Shop of Horrors was the first DVD to be recalled for content. In 1998, Warner Bros. released a Special Edition DVD of the 1986 musical film. It contained a black and white rough cut of the "Plant Conquers The World" ending where all of the principal cast members bite the dust. This supplement was pulled by David Geffen who (depending on your source) either didn't like the quality of the print and wanted to prepare a special version himself(which he never has), or is just an evil asshole who hates people. Geffen became angry at Warner Bros. for including this footage on the DVD and as a result, the studio yanked it off the shelves in a matter of days and replaced with a second edition without the extra material. The original first edition DVD is now a much sought-after collector's item and sells for upwards of $150 on eBay. Several outstanding moments from the movie include Steve MartinSteve Martin as the twisted dentist and Bill Murray in Jack Nicholson's original role of the patient. Reportedly Murray ad libbed all his lines. Levi Stubbs from the Four Tops provides the voice of Audrey II. Excellent music, murder, carnivorous plants, camp, everything a person could want in a movie. A couple selections here with Steve Martin's song and the above mentioned too hot for TV song.

Mean Green Mother by Levi Stubbs
The Dentist by Steve Martin
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