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I have been thinking of trying to do this for a very long time.
Provide a Rock & Roll Soundtrack to the much loved and immensely popular movie- particularly at this time of year- "It's A Wonderful Life".
Soundtracks albums are very important and profitable to Movies nowadays.
That was not the case in 1946 when this Movie came out. 
Music was only important as a plot move the flick along with an orchestra for dramatic or lighthearted effect.
And besides, who would buy an album of music from a flop?
That was the case with It's A Wonderful Life- it lost at least a half million dollars, huge bucks back then.
Well, it all changes right now, right here!
Over the years, I have talked to just a handful of people about attempting this.
I thank them for their help and suggestions, with the biggest thanks going to Pete Fornatale of WFUV...I nicked a few ideas from him, lol!
I have never said this about a show before, but this may be something you will never forget!
The house lights are dimming, the curtain is rising.
So I invite you to join me for the opening half of some good old Black & White Radio!
Here's the link to a movie that I hope, like me, is a wonderful part of your own life, at WLSO.FM:


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Comment by Mike Pell on December 24, 2011 at 2:18am
Yeah, maybe I'll give it a shot for a few minutes.
That black & white turnoff annoys the crap out of me!
Any list of the greatest movies ever made would include more than half in b&w I'll bet!
Maybe I still am a sucker for schmaltz, lol!
A Christmas Story is a good one, the others seeing it once was enough.
Watch the DAMN movie will you!
Put some mush in your Christmas,
Comment by Jon on December 22, 2011 at 7:21am

It's actually the first 45 or so minutes of Dark Side/Wizard. I haven't watched in on You Tube, that's just stupid! I did it at home on my comfy couch, but if you want to see it, even for a few minutes, hunt it down.

Even though you want me to, there is probably no way in he** I'll watch that movie. I am not a fan of Jimmy Stewart at all, something about him annoys me. And this has nothing to do with how old the picture is, or that it's in b&w (that's a turnoff for a lot of people). It could be that it's been overplayed or something, but I have no desire to see it, ever.

However, give me these for Xmas and I'm happy:

A Christmas Story

Natlional Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Silent Night, Deadly Night (I mean, why can't Santa be a sicko slasher?)

Maybe it's that I don't like schmaltzy holiday movies (and not putting it down, but "It's A Wonderful Life" seems a bit schmaltzy), I want something with a little bit of bite.

Comment by Mike Pell on December 22, 2011 at 2:02am
Dammit, I answered this and my system crashed before I could post it.
Don't you hate that?
Short and sweet could be a description of me, lol!
The guy's been away all week and he comes back short and sweet...hahahaha?
I like soundtracks somewhat, but I hate it when the song you really remember from a movie doesn't make the soundtrack.  What a bummer!
Has that happened to you?
Jeez, I can't think of any for myself.
You do realize of course that the songs I am putting in there are NOT on any soundtrack for It's A Wonderful Life, lol!
And you have seen the movie, right?
Unlike the previous one, I readily accept the Golden Pell for CSNY- nice choice!
The whole challenge is to find songs that fit perfectly, so it's good to hear you say I got a few.
Just wait until you hear Part TWO!
Keen observations bro,
Comment by Mike Pell on December 21, 2011 at 9:25pm
You mean you can spend 2 hours or so in front of your computer on Youtube and watch Wizard Of Oz with Pink Floyd?
No thanks, lol!
After the Beeber incident, I am still itchy!
I guess I should see that trilogy with The Desperado- I always loved Doug Sahm's music, with Sir Douglas Quintet & without!
I don't know...I am losing my taste for Hair as I lose my own hair, lol!
You have NEVER seen It's A Wonderful Life?
Am I ALONE here?
Oh I see you have another post.
That's right, I played NO Christmas songs in Part One or the forthcoming Part Two.
Nothing wrong with those added enhancements, lol!
But don't consider it with any dread, it is such a typically great picture directed by Frank Capra that they invented the word "Capra-esque"!
Seriously, you owe it to yourself to see that movie!
Lights out, no interruptions...just you and the flick.
Comment by Jon on December 21, 2011 at 4:52pm

Not necessarily Christmas songs, but songs you can belt back some nog with "added enhancements" as you wear that reindeer sweater. Nice listen and the beauty is that there were enough sound clips from "It's A Wonderful Life" that I still don't have to watch the movie!!!

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on December 21, 2011 at 3:43pm

These comments will be short and sweet!  I like soundtracks somewhat, but I hate it when the song you really remember from a movie doesn't make the soundtrack.  What a bummer!


Best songs for me were "This Old House" by CSNY, which easily get's the Golden Pell. 


Also liked "Sunshine".  Of course, that one I've heard, just not in a while.  Those 2 songs fit perfectly Mike.  Nice picks there.

Comment by Jon on December 21, 2011 at 7:44am

Yes and it's actually available on You Tube...someone has too much time on their hands

Sorry about you having to listen to Beeber. I hope you went and decontaminated yourself. Get that stuff off and out of your system!

The Desperado I'm talking about is the second movie in a trilogy (El Mariachi, Depserado and Once Upon A Time In Mexico), has some really great Tex Mex rock on the soundtrack. 

I completely forgot one of my all time fav soundtracks which is Hair. Not the broadway version, but the movie soundtrack. Just a great, great listen.

I am so far behind on your stuff it's sickening, but I am going to listen to this this morning. And, belive it or not, I have never seen this movie.

Comment by Mike Pell on December 21, 2011 at 1:19am
Wow, you've DONE the Dark Side and Wizard of Oz thing?
And it works?
Show you how I am, I was in a van yesterday and somebody said that was Justin Beiber on the radio.
First time I have ever heard the little twirp, lol!
Hey I forgot about Grease!
Desperado I love but wasn't a soundtrack just a concept album as far as I know.
There are too many for us to try to remember, lol!
Good to hear from you buddy, and I hope you listen to the conclusion of It's A Wonderful Life tomorrow- I am real proud of how it turned out,
Comment by Mike Pell on December 21, 2011 at 1:11am
Live and Let Die may be first one too with McCartney.
Of course A Hard Day's Night & Help were soundtracks too, but I considered them Beatle albums.
Footloose and Fast TImes Times At Ridgemont High were fun for me too!
Jeez, that sounds like a joke, "A guy walks into Sam Ash...", lol!
What are the odds you meet up with John Parr?
Comment by Jon on December 20, 2011 at 4:51pm

Crap, hit "add" too soon. I have a few soundtracks, Heavy Metal (duh, who doesn't?), Fast Times, Grease, Jesus Christ Superstar (more of a broadway cast album, but still....), Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn, Thief (Tangerine Dream and  a wicked instrumental with a soaring geetar, loved it when I first saw that movie as a kid) and there might be a few others I'm forgetting about.

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