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Experiment in Twin Peaks

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 11, 2019 04:25pm | Post a Comment

Experiment In Terror

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


The next evening you are heading through the Yerba Buena Tunnel on your way over the Emperor Norton Bridge to Baghdad By The Bay be sure to play Henry Mancini's all time slow-creeper hit, "Experiment in Terror," which is the theme from Blake Edward's outstandingly suspenseful crime movie of the same name.


The lead of the film, played by Lee Remick, is under the spell of fear from a psychotic killer played by none other than Ross Martin, who many of you may remember as Artemus Gordon, "Inventor" and "Master of Disguise" on the TV show The WIld Wild West (1965-69). Lee's character asks for the help of the FBI and is helped by an agent played by Glenn Ford. One of my favorite movies with Glenn Ford is Lust for Gold (1949) where he plays Jacob Waltz, the famous Dutchman who hides his gold in the Superstition Mountains. You've heard of the Lost Dutchman's treasure right? How about the famous Peratla Stones? Another film that I really enjoy that also involves Glenn Ford and hidden treasure is the 1953 crime-adventure Plunder of the Sun.

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Instrumental Sounds Somewhat from the Orient

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 30, 2019 06:50pm | Post a Comment

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


In these modern times where audience snapping is the new clapping, where it is normal to have your cat get a reiki healing for depression, and where "Oriental" has been replaced by "Soy Sauce" flavor on Top Ramen packages, I offer you a non-controversial read about instrumental music somewhat from the Orient.

When one closes their eyes and thinks of the word "Orient," they may dream of a bustling Persian Martin Denny's Hypnotiquemarketplace with spice traders and fakirs gathering crowds, a Shambala-ish temple garden with mewing peacocks, or perhaps a rickshaw ride through a mysterious dark alley in old Hong Kong. But when you open your eyes and see the "Orient," it is usually on a party supply catalog full of plastic junk for Saint Patrick's Day, a fancy-pants hotel in Waikiki that you cannot afford to stay in but maybe steal some beach towels from, or perhaps even that amazing Vladimir Tretchikoff painting (as shown above) that your friend scored at a thrift store in Fresno that's still sitting in the trunk of their rusty Valiant. When it comes to music "from" the Orient, you may drift to thoughts of such exotica tunes as Tak Shindo's "Port of Trinkitat" or Martin Denny's "Hypnotique." I hope to open some new doors for you.

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Lighthouse Horror Films Galore

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, October 31, 2019 06:05pm | Post a Comment

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


"It's bad enough to accept a musician into this family, but a jazz musician is asking too damn much."
~ from Bert I. Gordon's 1960 cult classic, Tormented

If Robert Eggers' new film The Lighthouse left you intrigued to see more eerie lighthouse flicks, let me humbly suggest you watch or re-watch these classics before you lazily settle your craving by watching the evil tooth fairy in Darkness Falls.

The Monster of Piedras BlancasThe Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959)
Why are the rocks white you ask? Maybe Sturges the lighthouse keeper should have worn a "Damn Seagulls" hat in the movie. Filmed in Cayucos, California (south of Der Tinkerpaw's Nitt Witt Ridge and just north of Alex and Phyllis Madonna's world famous Madonna Inn), the movie The Monster of Piedras Blancas sits close to my heart. The monster had a fantastic look and would have been a great tag team partner with either the Gill-Man from the Creature of the Black Lagoon or the monster from It! The Terror from Beyond Space. The Piedras Blancas monster would return in 1965 on TV in an episode of Flipper...not to be confused with the punk band Flipper, however many of you may recognize the monster from the Angry Samoans' 1982 album cover, Back from Samoa. Personally I never listened to either of those bands, because I'd rather listen to CRIME!

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Just Take Those Old Witchcraft Records Off the Shelf...

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 30, 2019 09:59pm | Post a Comment

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show

Louise Huebner
"If your partner is sexy enough, but projects little warmth, and warmth is what you desire...then you could use the Emotional Bondage Spell."
~ Louise Huebner (the "Official Witch of Los Angeles County"). From her 1969 album, Seduction Through Witchcraft.

In the late 1960s and early '70s, there was a fantastic blaze of witchcraft movies, books, and music. From spoken word albums like Alex Sanders' A Witch is Born, to the birth of occult rock n' roll with bands like Coven and Black Widow, this was truly the time to be rubbing your body up with Abramelin oil on a Saturday night!

In 1970, The Rattles from Germany would put out their psych-out international hit, "The Witch," but I'm sure Smokey the Bear and Woodsy the Owl did not approve of their music video.



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Sword-and-Sandal Time with Debra Paget

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 31, 2019 06:29pm | Post a Comment

By Kai Wada Roath
Ambassador of Confusion Hill and host of the Super Shangri-La Show


"Oh yeah there's all kinds of things happening here boy! There's sword fighting, horse-play, and there's dancing, dancing, dancing...Holy Cats!!"
~ Commander USA introducing Princess of the Nile (1954) on his Groovie Movies TV show

Pour yourself some pomegranate wine in a clay chalice, light some botanica candles, and kick your feet Journey to the Lost Cityup as Debra Paget takes you away to romantic palaces in ancient desert lands. Some of you may remember Debra from starring in Roger Corman's Tales of Terror and The Haunted Palace (both 1963 and her last films), but it was truly the Fritz Lang Indian epic of The Tiger of Eschnapur and The Indian Tomb (both released in 1959) that made her famous for her snake dance scene.

*Sidenote: This reminds me of the time I left my snake charmers flute that I got in India in my car on a hot day and the resin that kept it together melted all over my seat and my car reeked for months like someone dumped bong water in it.

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