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Soundtrack music from the first silent forward. If it was written for the moving image, we'll play it. Library music included; popcorn optional.

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Options February 12, 2019: JONATHAN HERTZBERG (Dirty Old New York aka Fun City II)
Jonathan Hertzberg is back for a fifth installment (the second employing his exhaustive knowledge of John Lindsay and Ed Koch-era New York City portrayed in film which can be experienced through his "Dirty Old New York aka Fun City" video series). Whether it's the subway, Twin Towers, baseball, punk vs. disco or crooked cops off in the distance, a long-gone NYC is undeniably in the foreground, preserved in all of its glory, as is the music from this era. Check out Jonathan's first Morricone Island-curated show of music from films featuring NYC preserved in all of its glory on 7/21/15, and subsequent appearances on 12/15/15 (Coming Of Age Films), 1/17/17 (Films of 1981) and 11/21/17 (Source Music).

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Artist Track Album Label Year Comments Images Approx. start time
Michel Legrand/Jacques Wilson  Cops And Robbers Main Title   Options COPS AND ROBBERS  Kritzerland  1973  Grady Tate & Joe Spinell (vocals) 
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Cy Coleman/Sheldon Harnick  Theme from The Heartbreak   Options THE HEARTBREAK KID  Columbia  1972  Bill Dean (vocal) 
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0:03:24 ()
Jose Feliciano/Janna Merlyn Feliciano  Angela   Options AARON LOVES ANGELA  Private Stock  1975   
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Lee Holdridge  Dating Montage   Options JEREMY  United Artists  1973   
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0:08:54 ()
John Williams   Clark Loses His Nerve   Options SUPERMAN  Film Score Monthly  1978   
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0:10:35 ()
 
Music behind DJ:
Metamorphosis Blues Dave Grusin TOOTSIE 1982 WB/Film Score Monthly 
Metamorphosis Blue   Options TOOTSIE  Film Score Monthly  1982   
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0:11:19 ()
Dave Grusin  Flight Of The Condor   Options 3 DAYS OF THE CONDOR  Capitol  1975   
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0:16:50 ()
Roy Budd  Main Titles   Options THE STONE KILLER  Castle  1973   
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Paolo Vasile  Controrapina, Pt. 3   Options THE SQUEEZE  Cinevox  1978   
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Mikis Theodorakis  Meeting in the Park   Options SERPICO  Paramount  1973   
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0:23:43 ()
Jerry Goldsmith  Shamus Visits the Future Site of Whole Foods   Options SHAMUS  Columbia Pictures  1973   
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0:25:55 ()
David Shire/Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb  How Deep is Your Love (Instrumental)   Options SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER  Paramount   1977   
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0:27:04 ()
 
Music behind DJ:
David Shire 
End Title   Options THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123  Retrograde  1974   
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0:27:22 ()
 
Music behind DJ:
Bill Conti 
Main Title   Options I, THE JURY  La La Land  1982   
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0:32:44 ()
Thomas Newman  New York City by Day   Options DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN  Varese Sarabande  1985   
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Roberto Donati   NYC Main Title   Options CANNIBAL FEROX  One Way Static  1981   
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0:34:28 ()
Barry De Vorzon  Skater / Men's Room (edit)   Options THE WARRIORS  La-La Land  1979   
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0:36:14 ()
Curtis Mayfield   Eddie You Should Know Better (instrumental)   Options SUPER FLY  Curtom / Rhino  1972   
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0:39:07 ()
Michael Small  Jewelry Market Pt. 1   Options MARATHON MAN  Film Score Monthly  1976   
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0:41:17 ()
Bill Conti  Aftermath   Options GLORIA  Varese Sarabande  1980   
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0:42:39 ()
 
Music behind DJ:
Joe Delia 
Ms. 45 Dance Party   Options MS. 45  Death Waltz  1981   
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0:44:45 ()
Jay Chattaway   Main Title   Options VIGILANTE  Blue Underground  1982   
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0:49:54 ()
Keith Emerson   Main Title   Options NIGHTHAWKS  Backstreet / MCA  1981   
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0:53:15 ()
Nico Fidenco  Make Love on the Wing (instrumental)   Options EMANUELLE AND THE LAST CANNIBALS  Beat / Severin  1977   
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0:55:39 ()
Don Ellis  End Credits   Options THE SEVEN-UPS  Intrada  1973   
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0:58:35 ()

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:01pm Linda Lee:

Jonathan Hertzberg! fantastic! good evening!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:02pm Linda Lee:

his work is all about my home town & my years growing up there. fabulous.
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:03pm dale:

hello. this has a room 222 vibe that's kind of feel-good.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:03pm Webhamster Henry:

I only go back to the 60 cent subway fare.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:04pm Linda Lee:

i started riding by myself at .35.
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:05pm dale:

jose feliciano?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:05pm melinda:

@dale I was just thinking this is feel-good music.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:06pm Linda Lee:

if you haven't seen Mr. Hertzberg's video series 'Dirty Old New York', i strongly recommend it. Dirty Ol' New York as dynamic, versatile movie star!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:07pm Linda Lee:

definitely Jose' Feliciano.
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:07pm dale:

right melinda? could you see karen valentine too?
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:09pm dale:

is this series online or streaming somewhere?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:10pm Linda Lee:

let's find a link..
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:10pm common:

The good stuff
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:10pm melinda:

@dale I see her now.
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:11pm dale:

google search shows it on vimeo. easy peasy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:11pm Linda Lee:

gothamist.com... ~ it's a series. be sure to see them all!
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:11pm Buddha of Suburbia:

Hi Devon E. Levins! Hello, my children! Oops, sorru! All this feel good music made me say 'Hello, my children'. Hello, young adults!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:12pm Linda Lee:

i saw them all on vimeo. there are at least 4.
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:12pm Buddha of Suburbia:

I love the tunes in Woody Allen movies.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:12pm Linda Lee:

Buddha, you're in time to hear one of my true heroes on air! this man's work is tremendous.
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:13pm Buddha of Suburbia:

Linda Lee! Hello!
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:14pm Buddha of Suburbia:

Tom went to bed in a huff. And I couldn't find anything on TV, so, I decided that instead trolling you, I would just come on here and say, "Hi"!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:14pm Linda Lee:

i'm so pleased we're listening. you're about to hear a bit of my new york adolescence :-)
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:15pm dale:

hi boods. no farting or vomiting sfx in this show. sorry in advance.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:15pm melinda:

I watched Prince of the City for the first time not long ago, and it featured the moody urban saxophone which was once common but you don't hear anymore in movies. It made it seem sort of dated but not in a bad way.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:15pm Linda Lee:

that's what we love. dated in a good way. :-)
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:17pm dale:

i'm not a fan of saxamaphone - just too romcommish for me.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:17pm melinda:

I remember the actor in that photo from All That Jazz, one of my first favorite NYC movies.
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:17pm Buddha of Suburbia:

Dale, actually I'm fine with that. This sounds like really classy 70's porn music.
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:18pm dale:

classy and 70s porn?i know of no such pairing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:19pm Linda Lee:

what's cool is that visions of new york we saw in film & on tv informed & mirrored our experience of the place, not unrealistically.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:19pm Tommy in Neversink:

LL totally
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:20pm dale:

saw a commercial for tootsie coming to broadway.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:20pm Linda Lee:

hey there Tommy! :-)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:20pm melinda:

@Linda that is interesting. This is the music of my childhood TV-movie watching life.
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:20pm JakeGould:

@LindaLee: I know what you mean. Just finished watching the Netflix series, “Russian Doll.” I liked it, but there was a lot of fauxthentic/cartoonish takes on New York.
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:20pm Buddha of Suburbia:

Seriously, Dale?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:21pm Linda Lee:

oh dear. can't stand that tendency now.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:21pm Tommy in Neversink:

HI LL
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:21pm JakeGould:

Yup! en.wikipedia.org...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:21pm melinda:

Tootsie also featured moody urban saxophone. I must have watched it on cable a dozen times after seeing it in the theater.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:22pm Linda Lee:

that's a great word: fauxthentic. pefect.
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:22pm JakeGould:

@LindaLee: Kinda like the way “30 Rock” is fauxthentic. Watching Natasha Lyonne drop casual Yiddish was cool tho.
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:22pm dale:

yes. it was a proven movie so why not a proven play? lazy, but it'll do well no doubt.
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:23pm JakeGould:

91.1FM seems to be dropping out sporadically. Like pure static at times. Up now.
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:23pm ultradamno:

On Russian Doll: Groundhog Day plot devices should have been retired after Lola Rennt. It's a pet peeve of mine.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:24pm melinda:

I tried watching 30 Rock and was thoroughly unimpressed.
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:24pm JakeGould:

@ultradamno: That said, I would have liked “Russian Doll” as a 2 hour movie. Not 4 hours of the thing.
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:24pm Snortley:

91.1 signal has dropped out.
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:25pm ultradamno:

Mostly because every TV show seems to feel obligated to do one, it's threatening to overtake Christmas Carol as the most overused trope.
  Tue. 2/12/19 7:26pm Your Ace From Exchange Place:

Just lost 91.1.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:27pm Linda Lee:

i like the term esp. because it's actually descriptive of most commodified experience.
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:28pm Buddha of Suburbia:

I feel like I should be dressed in a big hat and bell bottoms for this program.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:29pm Linda Lee:

you know it, love.
check out Mr. Hertzberg's video series on vimeo. it's very cool.
  Tue. 2/12/19 7:32pm herb.nyc:

Yep, no 91.1fm in Manhattan
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:32pm dale:

haven't seen pelham 123 in ages. soooooo good.
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:33pm dale:

this sounds like a tom petty tune.
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:33pm Buddha of Suburbia:

Isn't this from Pretty in Pink?
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:33pm dale:

well, at the beginning.....
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:33pm melinda:

Dave Grusin did the Goodbye Girl music, another one of my favorites.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:33pm Linda Lee:

1985 ~ the era shifts under Reagan (& isn't very happy with the position).
  Tue. 2/12/19 7:34pm Ven:

check out the bogdanovich documentary around the making of "they all laughed" ... some view it as the last movie about '70s nyc
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:34pm Linda Lee:

the tropes .. the tropes!! :-D
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:34pm Buddha of Suburbia:

You guys are so smart. You're like wizards.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:34pm Linda Lee:

stick with us, Kid. we won't steer ya wrong.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:36pm Webhamster Henry:

You can sing "careless whisper" to these chord changes.
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:36pm ultradamno:

DSS: Richard Hell's big break.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:36pm Linda Lee:

wasn't that "Smithereens"?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:37pm melinda:

I gotta see The Warriors again. I don't think I've watched the whole thing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:37pm Linda Lee:

a much better picture of the LES at the tie, if ya ask me. then there's the famed flic 'Downtown 81', with Basquiat.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:38pm melinda:

When I was young I thought it was supposed to be an accurate reflection of street gangs and their style.
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:39pm JakeGould:

@melinda: The only gang in the film that comes close to realness is “The Orphans.” I felt like I grew up with everyone in that gang.
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:42pm ultradamno:

Wait, there weren't roving bands of greasepainted baseball team gangs?
  Tue. 2/12/19 7:43pm Ven:

gena rowlands
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:43pm Buddha of Suburbia:

what a beautiful rendition. Lovely.
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:43pm ultradamno:

...and the rollerskating gang. That's got to be impractical in a rumble.
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:44pm Buddha of Suburbia:

Used to live in Washington Heights. Congrats! TDK60 lives around there.
  Tue. 2/12/19 7:45pm Ven:

i attended a tommy tedesco guitar clinic when i was 14!
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:45pm JakeGould:

Rollerskating in matching overalls in NYC. I mean, maybe in Chelsea… And not one of those “stabby” gangs.
  Tue. 2/12/19 7:46pm Peter from Dover NJ:

great show. I've had to go to the mobile app because some upstate NY radio station has horned in on your frequency.

Lo g live WFMU.
  Tue. 2/12/19 7:46pm yipster times:

iceskating too
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:48pm Buddha of Suburbia:

Do I need to call the COAST GUARD? Where's Dale? I need a dose of dale-isms! That kid comes up with the best zingers.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:49pm Linda Lee:

knifeinthehead.blogspot.com
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 7:53pm Buddha of Suburbia:

Love this.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:53pm aq:

fabulous, no?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:55pm Webhamster Henry:

This is emersonian alrighty!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:55pm LInda Lee:

(aq is me. Mr Feet changed my name!)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:56pm Webhamster Henry:

Devon should do an all Cannibal show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:57pm Linda Lee:

@Webhamster Henry ~ delicious idea!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 7:59pm Linda Lee:

just a fabulous show. thank you gentlemen!
Avatar Tue. 2/12/19 8:00pm Buddha of Suburbia:

Bye everyone! Good tunes!
  Tue. 2/12/19 8:00pm Ven:

thanks! wonderful show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 2/12/19 8:06pm Webhamster Henry:

Now I have to do some movie searching! Thanks!
Avatar Thu. 2/14/19 10:08am Ned Merrill:

Thanks everyone for listening and commenting! Means a lot!
  Tue. 3/5/19 5:09pm Bill Teck:

What great comments! Of course Hertzberg would inspire that. He’s great - had the pleasure of interviewing him for the Bogdanovich/ They All Laughed doc I directed One Day Since Yesterday, and I was sohappy to see it get a mention here! Thanks @Ven for that! I also interviewed Jon about his Dirty Old New York / Fun City series here https://vimeo.com/90324260 great show and great comments!
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