Options Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins: Playlist from September 19, 2017 Options

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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 September 19, 2017: JOHN DOE of X
X bassist and vocalist John Doe discusses his and the band's film and television acting and soundtrack contributions on this special edition of Morricone Island. From being the subject of music documentaries (The Decline of Western Civilization, Urgh: A Music War and X: The Unheard Music) to roles in over 75 film and television productions (Border Radio, Slam Dance, Road House, Great Balls of Fire and Roadside Prophets) not to mention providing music to countless films and television programs, it would be difficult for a band that has defined Los Angeles music since the late-1970s, living under the shadow of Hollywood's film and television industry, to somehow escape the city's allure and opportunities. All of the original members of the legendary band play NYC's Stage48 on September 21st in support of X's "40th Anniversary Tour" commemorating their 1977 formation in Los Angeles and the history that followed!

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Artist Track Album Label Comments Images Approx. start time
John Doe/Dave Alvin  Little Honey   Options Border Radio  Engima   
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X  Adult Books   Options 7"  Dangerhouse  inspired by "The Valley of the Dolls" 
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X  Because I Do   Options Under The Big Black Sun  Elektra Records  X: Unheard Music Silent Film Short 
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John Doe  Beer Gas Ride Forever   Options Roadside Prophets  Vanguard   
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The Knitters  Burning House Of Love   Options The Knitters The Modern Sounds Of The Knitters  Zoe   
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John Doe  Pressing On   Options I'm Not There  Columbia   
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Music behind DJ:
John Doe 

Interview   Options





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Ennio Morricone  Svolta Definitiva   Options Città Violenta  GDM   
0:55:48 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

  7:01pm Morgan:

Whooo John Doe!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:01pm melinda:

This is exciting!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:03pm common:

Avatar 7:05pm geezerette:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:07pm chris:

Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:08pm ultradamno:

Ready to Meet John Doe.
Avatar 7:10pm Cheri Pi:

  7:22pm Dean:

DJ with The Eyes was...amazing.

The Masque was more or less in the basement of a Pussycat Theater.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:22pm melinda:

He's in Portland Maine now? I'm here too, so out of it, had no idea.
Avatar 7:24pm geezerette:

Elks Lodge! :)
  7:25pm Dean:

Did you attend, geezerette? I made it to one of the two nights.
Avatar 7:26pm geezerette:

Can't remember! haha
  7:27pm Dean:

Heh, we opened for Levi & the Rockats at the second Masque! Even got to borrow one of their amps.
Avatar 7:29pm geezerette:

I loved them, great band! That whole Punk/ Rockabilly revival thing.
Avatar 7:29pm geezerette:

Dean, did you know Art Fein?
  7:30pm Dean:

I never saw the show, except for a YT clip or two featuring Richard Meltzer, whom I did know. Heard him--Meltzer--read poetry at Beyond Baroque and Al's Bar.
  7:31pm b k:

I love John Doe in "Strait Country" with George Strait.
Avatar 7:31pm geezerette:

Yeah, Meltzer was omnipresent.
Avatar 7:32pm Cheri Pi:

Saw the film in the mid 80's at our repertory theater
  7:32pm Dean:

Hepcats from Hell, the LA Reader columns...
  7:33pm Mike tp:

I seen the Rockats once n their lead singer really did have an iguana in his trousers!I chalk it up to a gimmick to get audiences attention.they were good live.yheir song make your move was just released!..
Avatar 7:33pm geezerette:

That version of L.A. was fun!!!!
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:34pm ultradamno:

That violin duo Decline sounds great. The original soundtrack was kind of a big deal for a high school kid living in Indiana.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:34pm melinda:

I liked Border Radio. Also liked her later film Gas Food Lodging.
Avatar 7:35pm geezerette:

Gotta see that.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:35pm ultradamno:

I love Gas Food Lodging. A high point for Balk.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:37pm ultradamno:

Will we discuss his turn on Wizards of Waverly Place?
Avatar 7:37pm geezerette:

The humor in Punk lyrics and the great band names, great writing.
  7:37pm JakeGould:

“Urgh: A Music War” Man… That is a VHS rental shop memory… That and “Face of Death”…
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:40pm ultradamno:

I remember Urgh being on Night Flight a lot. Some great stuff in there, Pere Ubu are breathtaking in it.
Avatar 7:47pm ReneTLevins:

Gotta love John Doe. Hi all.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:51pm ultradamno:

Only ten more minutes? This has flown by...
Avatar 7:53pm geezerette:

Glad they're documenting that time.
Avatar 7:55pm geezerette:

Thanks Devon & John!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:00pm chris:

thanks, Devon and John!
  6:04am Morgan:

Morning Clay, Morning all from Bay Ridge
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