Buffalo Springfield, For what it’s worth
Fans of Police Academy and Short Circuit will be going absolutely bonkers today, as Steve Guttenberg turns 51. No doubt the evening will be spent with Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, and their 23-year-old daughter Mary, who they all brought up together in a massive New York apartment. It’s going to be quite some night, so to celebrate we thought we’d buy Steve a gift, hence we dressed up as clowns and sat weeping hysterically in a park and discussing ideas, until it boiled down to a toss up between a big box of pens, or a clip of some hippies singing a song. In the end we got him both. Happy Birthday Guttenberg!
Some gems missed out…
Hey man, the 1960s. How about those! Everyone was naked in a field, smoking grass cigarettes using little tweezers. Then, in the evenings, they’d all pile into a camper van to drive up to a lake to guzzle loads of acid and have group sex on some rocks – all the while quoting Revelations to a screaming guitar backing track. It was far out. Everyone had long hair, man. Everyone. Pretty cool times. Can you tell that we weren’t there? We have, however, seen most of the films, and coming up with a top four was a very unhip and, at times, emotional experience. Just missing the cut were Easy Rider (pictured), Bonnie and Clyde, The Ipcress File, Planet of The Apes, Midnight Cowboy, and The Guns of Navarone…
1. Rosemary’s Baby
A completely terrifying film, even the trailer is chilling. Rosemary – played by Mia Farrow – and Guy move into an apartment building in New York, and it isn’t long before she’s been date raped by Satan, and his career is on the up and up thanks to a spot of soul selling. Farrow is career peaking throughout, as she grows more and more gaunt and spooky, craving raw meat through a very unusual pregnancy. A Polanski classic, and one of the scariest films ever. Interestingly, Jack Nicholson was almost cast as Guy, but just missed out.
2. Jason and The Argonauts
If you’re a Ray Harryhausen fan, and stop-motion animation is your thing, then this is quite possibly the greatest film you will ever see. Jason and his squad of Argonauts are on a mission to find a really expensive golden jacket (or fleece), but the Gods are angry, so their paths are littered with great big monsters, flying things, and skeletons with swords. A brilliant, brilliant movie, adventure films are rarely better. It keeps The Guns of Navarone and One Million Years BC out of the top four.
3. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The 1960s heterosexual version of Brokeback Mountain – in that the two stars were lusted after Hollywood hunks, playing cowboys. There was no mutual man activity, however. No fishing trips. Instead, Redford and Newman play bank robbers, who mess up and have to go on the run from a posse. Cue lots of action, sexy brothels, famous bike rides, and Burt Bacharach doing a fine job on the soundtrack.
Of course, this being the 1960s, there were plenty of freaky psychedelic movies to chose from – Barbarella, Pych-Out, Easy Rider. But this one takes the biscuit for being totally weird, occasionally excellent, and for proving that The Monkees were actually a pretty fantastic pop group. It was written and produced by Jack Nicholson, and features cameo appearances from Dennis Hopper, Frank Zappa and Sonny Liston. It was so-called with view to making a sequel “from the film makers who gave you Head”. Or so they say.
Have fun roadtripping, ladies!
Yes, it’s the bank holiday. For some, that means an extra Sunday, another day of rest. But for most of us, it’s the chance to squeeze in an extra afternoon of ice cold beers and gorgeous picnic foods. Whatever you’re doing, have a great time, and we’ll be back up and running on Tuesday.
And here’s The Monkees!
This man does not count
There is an enormous difference between a film produced/executive produced by a pop star, and a film that stars them as well. Most of the latter category feature rap music’s force of nature, Will Smith – a man who will surely direct himself playing the parts of God and Jesus in the same film one day. We can hardly wait. But until that day comes, we’ve decided to quench our thirst by looking at some of the greatest films produced by people in the music industry. These are the ones we like best…
1. Repo Man
A totally weird/brilliant film, what makes this punk-fuelled tale of car reposession, drugs and aliens even more surreal is that it was produced by Mike Nesmith from The Monkees. It stars Emilio Estevez – possibly at his peak – and Harry Dean Stanton, who is one of our favourite actors ever. Probably our sixth favourite to be precise.
Sorry Collins, no room at the inn
It’s difficult to pinpoint the coolest area of a band. Is it around the frontman/woman? Or is it at the back with the mentalist thrashing around on the drums? One thing is for sure, wherever Phil Collins lays his hat, it isn’t there. And, Ringo couldn’t plump Lennon, Harrison, nor McCartney for cool points either. Some people, however, have managed to occupy the front of stage, and the back of house, and have sparkled in both areas. Here is a rundown of our favourite drummers-slash-singers…
1 Chaka Khan
We all knew that Chaka Khan was a whole hunk of woman, with a voice so sharp and funky that it could cut through concrete, but who knew she could play the drums excellently as well? The perfect wife.
The Monkees, Circle Sky
Rutger Hauer. What the hell can you get Rutger Hauer for his 65th birthday? The guy’s The Hitcher for goodness sake, he’s been there, seen it, done that, got this, had that, eaten this, discovered that, rubbed those, touched this, licked that, and prodded the other. We debated long into the night, polishing off around three bottles of the good stuff, before deciding it was a toss up between a brilliant Monkees track, or a lifetime’s supply of ink. In the end we simply had to get him both. Happy Birthday baddie from Blade Runner!