Options Morricone Island with Devon E. Levins: Playlist from February 12, 2019 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 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) 
Cy Coleman/Sheldon Harnick  Theme from The Heartbreak   Options THE HEARTBREAK KID  Columbia  1972  Bill Dean (vocal) 
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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   
0:08:54 (Pop‑up)
John Williams  Clark Loses His Nerve   Options SUPERMAN  Film Score Monthly  1978   
0:10:35 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Metamorphosis Blues Dave Grusin TOOTSIE 1982 WB/Film Score Monthly 

Metamorphosis Blue   Options


Film Score Monthly 




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Dave Grusin  Flight Of The Condor   Options 3 DAYS OF THE CONDOR  Capitol  1975   
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Roy Budd  Main Titles   Options THE STONE KILLER  Castle  1973   
Paolo Vasile  Controrapina, Pt. 3   Options THE SQUEEZE  Cinevox  1978   
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Mikis Theodorakis  Meeting in the Park   Options SERPICO  Paramount  1973   
0:23:43 (Pop‑up)
Jerry Goldsmith  Shamus Visits the Future Site of Whole Foods   Options SHAMUS  Columbia Pictures  1973   
0:25:55 (Pop‑up)
David Shire/Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb  How Deep is Your Love (Instrumental)   Options SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER  Paramount   1977   
0:27:04 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
David Shire 

End Title   Options






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Music behind DJ:
Bill Conti 

Main Title   Options


La La Land 




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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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Barry De Vorzon  Skater / Men's Room (edit)   Options THE WARRIORS  La-La Land  1979   
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Curtis Mayfield  Eddie You Should Know Better (instrumental)   Options SUPER FLY  Curtom / Rhino  1972   
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Michael Small  Jewelry Market Pt. 1   Options MARATHON MAN  Film Score Monthly  1976   
0:41:17 (Pop‑up)
Bill Conti  Aftermath   Options GLORIA  Varese Sarabande  1980   
0:42:39 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Joe Delia 

Ms. 45 Dance Party   Options

MS. 45 

Death Waltz 




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Jay Chattaway  Main Title   Options VIGILANTE  Blue Underground  1982   
0:49:54 (Pop‑up)
Keith Emerson  Main Title   Options NIGHTHAWKS  Backstreet / MCA  1981   
0:53:15 (Pop‑up)
Nico Fidenco  Make Love on the Wing (instrumental)   Options EMANUELLE AND THE LAST CANNIBALS  Beat / Severin  1977   
0:55:39 (Pop‑up)
Don Ellis  End Credits   Options THE SEVEN-UPS  Intrada  1973   
0:58:35 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar 7:01pm Linda Lee:

Jonathan Hertzberg! fantastic! good evening!
Avatar 7:02pm Linda Lee:

his work is all about my home town & my years growing up there. fabulous.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:03pm dale:

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

I only go back to the 60 cent subway fare.
Avatar 7:04pm Linda Lee:

i started riding by myself at .35.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:05pm dale:

jose feliciano?
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:05pm melinda:

@dale I was just thinking this is feel-good music.
Avatar 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 7:07pm Linda Lee:

definitely Jose' Feliciano.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:07pm dale:

right melinda? could you see karen valentine too?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:09pm dale:

is this series online or streaming somewhere?
Avatar 7:10pm Linda Lee:

let's find a link..
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:10pm common:

The good stuff
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:10pm melinda:

@dale I see her now.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:11pm dale:

google search shows it on vimeo. easy peasy.
Avatar 7:11pm Linda Lee:

gothamist.com... ~ it's a series. be sure to see them all!
Avatar 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 7:12pm Linda Lee:

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

I love the tunes in Woody Allen movies.
Avatar 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 7:13pm Buddha of Suburbia:

Linda Lee! Hello!
Avatar 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 7:14pm Linda Lee:

i'm so pleased we're listening. you're about to hear a bit of my new york adolescence :-)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:15pm dale:

hi boods. no farting or vomiting sfx in this show. sorry in advance.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 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 7:15pm Linda Lee:

that's what we love. dated in a good way. :-)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:17pm dale:

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

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

Dale, actually I'm fine with that. This sounds like really classy 70's porn music.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:18pm dale:

classy and 70s porn?i know of no such pairing.
Avatar 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 7:19pm Tommy in Neversink:

LL totally
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:20pm dale:

saw a commercial for tootsie coming to broadway.
Avatar 7:20pm Linda Lee:

hey there Tommy! :-)
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:20pm melinda:

@Linda that is interesting. This is the music of my childhood TV-movie watching life.
  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 7:20pm Buddha of Suburbia:

Seriously, Dale?
Avatar 7:21pm Linda Lee:

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

  7:21pm JakeGould:

Yup! en.wikipedia.org...
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 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 7:22pm Linda Lee:

that's a great word: fauxthentic. pefect.
  7:22pm JakeGould:

@LindaLee: Kinda like the way “30 Rock” is fauxthentic. Watching Natasha Lyonne drop casual Yiddish was cool tho.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:22pm dale:

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

91.1FM seems to be dropping out sporadically. Like pure static at times. Up now.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 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 7:24pm melinda:

I tried watching 30 Rock and was thoroughly unimpressed.
  7:24pm JakeGould:

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

91.1 signal has dropped out.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 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.
  7:26pm Your Ace From Exchange Place:

Just lost 91.1.
Avatar 7:27pm Linda Lee:

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

I feel like I should be dressed in a big hat and bell bottoms for this program.
Avatar 7:29pm Linda Lee:

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

Yep, no 91.1fm in Manhattan
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:32pm dale:

haven't seen pelham 123 in ages. soooooo good.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:33pm dale:

this sounds like a tom petty tune.
Avatar 7:33pm Buddha of Suburbia:

Isn't this from Pretty in Pink?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:33pm dale:

well, at the beginning.....
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:33pm melinda:

Dave Grusin did the Goodbye Girl music, another one of my favorites.
Avatar 7:33pm Linda Lee:

1985 ~ the era shifts under Reagan (& isn't very happy with the position).
  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 7:34pm Linda Lee:

the tropes .. the tropes!! :-D
Avatar 7:34pm Buddha of Suburbia:

You guys are so smart. You're like wizards.
Avatar 7:34pm Linda Lee:

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

You can sing "careless whisper" to these chord changes.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:36pm ultradamno:

DSS: Richard Hell's big break.
Avatar 7:36pm Linda Lee:

wasn't that "Smithereens"?
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:37pm melinda:

I gotta see The Warriors again. I don't think I've watched the whole thing.
Avatar 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 7:38pm melinda:

When I was young I thought it was supposed to be an accurate reflection of street gangs and their style.
  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 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:42pm ultradamno:

Wait, there weren't roving bands of greasepainted baseball team gangs?
  7:43pm Ven:

gena rowlands
Avatar 7:43pm Buddha of Suburbia:

what a beautiful rendition. Lovely.
Avatar 🎸 Swag For Life Member 7:43pm ultradamno:

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

Used to live in Washington Heights. Congrats! TDK60 lives around there.
  7:45pm Ven:

i attended a tommy tedesco guitar clinic when i was 14!
  7:45pm JakeGould:

Rollerskating in matching overalls in NYC. I mean, maybe in Chelsea… And not one of those “stabby” gangs.
  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.
  7:46pm yipster times:

iceskating too
Avatar 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 7:49pm Linda Lee:

Avatar 7:53pm Buddha of Suburbia:

Love this.
Avatar 7:53pm aq:

fabulous, no?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:55pm Webhamster Henry:

This is emersonian alrighty!
Avatar 7:55pm LInda Lee:

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

Devon should do an all Cannibal show!
Avatar 7:57pm Linda Lee:

@Webhamster Henry ~ delicious idea!
Avatar 7:59pm Linda Lee:

just a fabulous show. thank you gentlemen!
Avatar 8:00pm Buddha of Suburbia:

Bye everyone! Good tunes!
  8:00pm Ven:

thanks! wonderful show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:06pm Webhamster Henry:

Now I have to do some movie searching! Thanks!
Avatar 10:08am Ned Merrill:

Thanks everyone for listening and commenting! Means a lot!
  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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