Scorchedear’s 5th Anniversary

Here’s the 100th post commemorating this website’s five years!

Last year’s addition of Jerry’s interview with Bebe Barron, electronic composer for the sci-fi film classic Forbidden Planet has, as of this date, over 4,000 downloads, Scorchedear’s most popular-ever offering. So rewarding for the memory of Charles Brin, who made the Bebe interview possible because they were old friends. Charles also made a movie cameo as a dour Yiddish school principal in the Coen Brothers A Serious Man.

Send in these clowns…?

Could anyone fail to notice news reports of creepy clown sightings this past year? Not as recent yet contemporary clown encounters of the bizarre kind were only part of The Clown Show, certainly another of the most popular specials in the Scorchedear archives.

 

UFO researcher Terry Hansen passed away. His one book, The Missing Times, is an important must-read critical history of UFOs and censorship in the news. Terry meets Jerry on UFO Update Volume 7.

Terry Hansen

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Sounds of Forbidden Planet: Bebe Barron Interview

img002.bebeIn honor of the 60th anniversary of science-fiction movie classic Forbidden Planet, here’s Jerry’s interview with Bebe Barron, co-composer of the amazing electronic soundtrack. She and husband Louis Barron (1920-1989) previously worked with John Cage, Edgard Varese. Listen: https://archive.org/details/bebebarroninterview

Special thanks to the late Charles BrinInternet Archive logo for making possible this interview aired on The Musical Transportation Spree‘s show-within-a-show, the Spinner Sanctum “Electronaganza” in 2000; featuring bonus interview material not part of the original broadcast. Bebe Barron passed away in 2008. Thanks also to Julian West, Chris Waterbury, Incredibly Strange Music Vol. 2 (book).

Bebe & Louis Barron

Bebe & Louis Barron

Little City in Space: NPR Pilot

Created for National Public Radio, this audition was designed to help introduce first-time listeners to many popular locations of satellite LCS-1 guided by Stu, Pete & Jerry. With regular features such as Nowhere News, Sports, The Paul Bunny Report and Joblines, there’s the most popular songs in the entire universe. Of special note: TV spoof called Secret Reagent guest stars Charles Brin and Alice Phoenix. Listen: https://archive.org/details/LittleCityInSpaceNprPilotIiSecretReagent

Internet Archive logoAlso featuring the talents of Blanche Fubar, Bob Rynkiewicz, Chuck Isle, Mark Masyga, Elizabeth Thurber, Joe Shalita, Rob Ordahl, Lola Mathews. Produced & written by The Post-Void Radio Theater.

Heroes & Villains

Captain Bamboo Steamer & first mate Tugg Neato

Captain Bamboo Steamer & first mate Tugg Neato

You can listen to the tales of Captain Bamboo Steamer, sailor boasting of “me fists the size o’ two bunk beds” in a Best Of collection, Heroes and Villains, that also features far-off adventurers “Ace” Banning and his sidekick “Chubby” in the old-time radio spoof, I Love Danger, Action, Murder and Keen Stuff Like That;  movie parody The Mummy’s Hand-Stand; commandos of The Scuba Patrol battle Count Dracula, Santa Claus, and a trampoline; Tommy and Jimmy are heroes of the saga Earth Versus The Flying Dorseys. dorsey_bros Villain Pablum Picassowhat tries to outwit crypt-kicking cartoon kid Danny Phantom.

Danny Phantom

Danny Phantom

Hear all these thrill-packed melodramas at Archive.org.Internet Archive logo

Illustrations by Wayne Modjeski.

Movie: Little City in Space (1984)

LCS-2mins-StuDamon-corWhen the Post-Void Radio Theater was engaged by Czech filmmaker Miroslav Janek for his latest project, the result was a 1984 movie called Little City in Space.

In the scene pictured left, Post-Voiders Stuart and Damon Mathews are shown doing a broadcast.

Despite the title of the movie, it’s not about the Little City in Space show, instead it’s about the little radio station LCS originated from, 14-watt KFAI in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Interviews featured volunteer programmers such as blues legend Lazy Bill Lucas (pictured right)LCS-32mins-LazyBill

LCS radio’s alien newscaster Paul Bunny was filmed & discarded by the director, with other sequences. However, a Post Void creation survived the final cut: their commercial (introduced by Peter Stenshoel, left) LCS-40mins-PeterS-corfor Atomic Waste Bar and Grocery featuring Damon Mathews (below left, as announcer; and Charles Brin, right) seen at 40:00 when streaming or downloading the movie free at: http://dafilms.com/film/161-little-city-in-space/LCS-41mins-Damon-Charles1

Thanks Drew Miller and Robo for images.

The Mechanical Spider Clinic Volume Five

img003Spoof of 1950s sci-fi Taraunchyla! a giant radioactive arachnid on the rampage for this best-of the Mechanical Spider Clinic. Also: Charles Brin portrays Sherlock Holmes Versus The Spider Lady (Diana Swan). Mark Masyga as Dr. Watsump; Andy Schultz is Rondo, The Creeper.

Lazlo Morbid does Parasite Home Companion with News From Lake Woe.

Additional voices of Rob Shapiro, Leigh Bowser, Bob Rynkiewicz, Beryl Greenberg, and Dexter.

Mark, Peter Stenshoel & Chuck Isle join Jerry to read TV Guise (i.e. left) sponsored by The On Me Theatre; D.W. Ivan’s; Horse of Ether; and Hoopla Generator.

Extras: Original MSC music cues by Bat Lenny (Hot Rods From Outer Space); Brian Anderson (Danny Phantom).

KFAI, Minneapolis-St. Paul.  Listen at archive.org

Radio Plays: Dick Future and His Dancing Stool plus The Blank

Much-needed political satire featuring a talking grubworm (Leigh Bowser) who sounds like JFK, has presidential ambitions and uses the handsome, yet incredibly stupid Dick Future as his “front man,” and with the backing of crafty Tolarr (Charles Brin) plot their way into the White House. Original music by Bat Lenny.

Leigh Bowser’s current gig is singing with the North Carolina pop duo, The Del Zorros.

Bonus:

The Blank, based on a true story about a vocal mimic who temporarily lost his mind, but not his voices. Performed before a live audience for 1961: The Year That Time Forgot by the Grand Rapids (MI) Radio Players, produced and directed by Michael Packer with original music by Gene Traas.

Listen now at archive.org

Best of UFO Update Volume One

UFO Update was a regular feature on KFAI’s Musical Transportation Spree (1997-2006).

Tragic 1980 encounter, The Cash-Landrum UFO Incident in Texas, documented physical side effects and official cover-up, described by researcher John Schuessler; actor Charles Brin (Grumpy Old Men, The Naked Man) reads Charles Fort; and two-part serial, The Adventures of Captain Ruppelt and his pioneering work at Project Bluebook.

Listen now at archive.org 

Charles Brin meets Mickey Mouse in apartheid South Africa

Available for listening at archive.org: radio gems of Jerry with Charles Brin (1923-2016), whose acting credits include the movies Grumpy Old Men, A Serious Man and Inherit the Wind on Broadway.

Jerry’s original radio works featured Charles as Sherlock Holmes; portraying crafty Tolarr catapulting Dick Future and his Dancing Stool to the White House; Charles Brin reading Charles Fort; and Charles rapping Beat word-poetry as Lord Buckley hosting a TV kids show, Danny Phantom. Here’s a teaser, a clip of Charles Brin on Mechanical Spider Clinic as a zebra giving Mickey and Donald a tour of apartheid South Africa, in Jerry’s 1985 lampoon of Disney cartoon characters used as diplomats to foreign cultures.

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