Monday, July 28, 2014

Psychobabble’s 90 Favorite Songs of the Sixties!


Well, Psychobabblers, today is a banner day for Psychobabble as I cross the threshold of 900 fun-filled posts (amazing to think that the quadruple digits are not that far away!). To mark this milestone, I’m knocking a zero off that 900 to present my personal 90 favorite songs of my favorite musical decade, the sixties. Read carefully now, kiddies: these choices are personal and this is not in anyway intended as some sort of definitive “these are the best songs of the sixties” list. No one person can select such a list. The personal nature will really become apparent in the top twenty, which is seriously dominated by my all-time favorite band, a 17-headed beast I like to call The Beatlestoneskinkswho.

So here it is from my keyboard to your eyes and ears… my 900th post... 

90. “All Our Yesterdays” by Small Faces

And now, for your delight, we begin with a good-time song with an exhilarating introductory shout, a wild knees up from the darlings of Whapping Warf launderette that comes in just under two minutes. Think of “All Our Yesterdays” as an hors d'oeuvre for all the psych/garage/soul mania to follow.

89. “Reflections” by The Supremes

Here’s a hit that bridges the soul and psych gap with pulsing genius. Motown gets with the times for a lysergic peak through the window of lost time. Diana Ross breaks her cool with a touch of desperation on the ever-escalating bridge and James Jamerson pumps out one of the all-time bass lines of all-time.

88. “Alone Again, Or” by Love

Friday, July 25, 2014

Specs on "Batman: The Complete Television Series" Limited Edition Blu-ray

Last night Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar sat down for a panel discussion at Sand Diego Comic Con 2014 and be hand for the revelation of what we can expect from that rabidly anticipated Batman The Complete TV Series Limited Edition Blu-ray set due this November 11. According to Bluray.com, here's what the 13-disc set will entail:

Bleeding Cool.com released this image of the complete package. Looks bleeding cool, indeed.

*ALL 120 Original Broadcast Episodes Fully Remastered In HD, UltraViolet DigitalCopy Included

OVER 3 Hours Of ALL NEW Extras:

*Hanging with Batman – A true slice of life in the words of Adam West

*Holy Memorabilia Batman! – A journey into the most sought after collectables through the eyes of 3 extraordinary collectors

*Batmania Born! - Building the World of Batman – Explore the art and design behind the fiction.

*Bats of the Round Table – A candid conversation with Adam West and his celebrity friends, chatting all things Bat ’66.

*Inventing Batman in the words of Adam West (episode 1 &2) - A rare treat for the fans as Adam discusses his script notes on bringing Batman to life in the first and second episodes

*Na Na Na Batman! — Hollywood favorites stars and producers recount their favorite Batman memories

Hot Wheels® Replica Batmobile 
The Adam West Scrapbook 
44 Vintage Trading Cards
Here's the disc-by-disc break down:

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Review: 'Playground: Growing Up in the New York Underground'


Armed with just a trio of cheap-ass cameras (a Polaroid, a Brownie, a 110 Instamatic), Paul Zone was fully equipped to chronicle his fellow revelers in sleazy late-seventies NYC. Zone’s main gig was lead singer of The Fast, a band well covered in his new book Playground: Growing Up in the New York Underground, though not quite as legendary as a lot of the people he snapped. Along with the usual scene suspects (The Ramones, New York Dolls, Blondie, Suicide, Patti Smith, a very long-haired Lenny Kaye, Suicide, Tom Verlaine, etc.) there are some of the hugest rock stars of the day. Zone’s lo-fi approach to photography makes Ray Davies, Iggy, KISS, Alice Cooper, and Marc Bolan seem as gutter-bound as Wayne County. Not surprisingly, Debbie Harry’s natural luminosity makes all her pictures seem much more professional than the rest.

With Chris Stein, Harry also provided a short foreword for Playground, but the big text comes from Zone, himself, who tells his own story with all-appropriate rawness intact. There’s child abuse, drugs, serious health scares, and death, as well as love, generosity, and sex Tupperware parties. It gives a valuable glimpse of the guy behind the camera, though his pictures have so much personality that you can almost get his biographical gist without reading it. And most impressive of all, I’ve never seen a single one of these shots before.

Get Playground: Growing Up in the New York Underground on Amazon.com here:


...And for No Other Reason Than It's Awesome, Here's Pete Townshend Hanging Out with Siouxsie Sioux...


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Trailer for The Beatles in Mono Vinyl Box Set

Coming September 9. Stay tuned for the Psychobabble review...

Review: Twilight Time's 'Violent Saturday' Blu-ray


Richard Fleischer shot some audacious twists at the traditional noir with Violent Saturday. The first thing you’ll notice is how sunny and colorful his imagery and expansive his use of ultra widescreen vistas are. Scenes that may have taken place in a shadowy factory or seedy pool hall in another picture go down in broad desert landscapes and bucolic golf courses in Violent Saturday. Even more striking is the film’s structure. Fleischer spends the first hour of this ninety-minute film shaking his jigsaw puzzle pieces out onto the carpet. We meet a man (Victor Mature) whose son (great child actor Billy Chapin the same year he starred in The Night of the Hunter) is ashamed of him for failing to become a war hero. There’s a trio of hoods (Stephen McNally, forties monster-movie staple J. Carrol Naish, and king of the charismatic tough guys, Lee Marvin) plotting some sort of caper. A drunk (Richard Egan) is at odds with his wife (Margaret Hayes). A nebbish peeping tom (Tommy Noonan) peeps on a comely nurse (Virginia Leith, unforgettable as the verbose disembodied head in The Brain That Would Not Die) and has a run-in with an acerbic shoplifter (Sylvia Sydney, who’d become Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin’s caseworker in Beetlejuice three decades later). Ernest Borgnine is an Amish patriarch.

Not until the final half hour do we find out how all these puzzle pieces fit together. That’s when Violent Saturday lives up to its title, and quite shockingly so. Those of us who’ve seen a noir or two can certainly figure out where certain characters are headed, but others take surprising turns, and while taking violent actions may make heroes of some, others have no choice but to wrestle with the moral implications of what they’ve done. A heavily melodramatic tone adds extra flavor to an already complex genre picture, making Violent Saturday play out like The Killing if Douglas Sirk had directed it instead of Stanley Kubrick.

Twilight Time presents Violent Saturday in all its vivid, widescreen grandeur. The blu-ray looks fabulous without any significant blemishes. An isolated score and new booklet essay and commentary, both by Twilight Time’s house historian Julie Kirgo, supplement the disc. Get it at Screenarchives.com here.
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