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The Late Movies: Halloween

It’s Halloween, in case you hadn’t noticed. Let’s look at my favorite Halloween-ish videos! Tim Burton – “Vincent” From 1982, narrated by Vincent Price. An amazing tribute to Edgar Allan Poe. It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown – Trick or Treat I was always the kid who got the rock. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – “I Put a Spell [...]

The Late Movies: Songs About the Jersey Shore

I’ve lived my whole life in Philadelphia, which means every summer, I start thinking about how much I want to go to Jersey. Traditionally, Philadelphians like to mock New Jersey for, well, everything. From bad drivers to bad food to anything in between, we’re not fans of the Garden State. Except between Memorial Day [...]

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme 34

It’s Thursday, it’s late…it’s time for GUESS THE THEME! All the songs below have something in common. Think you know it? Leave your best guesses in the comments. Lisa Loeb – Stay (I Missed You) Tom Waits – Hoist That Rag NSync – Bye, Bye, Bye David Bowie – Heroes Sugar Ray – Fly Steve Earle – [...]

The Wire Variations

By far one of the best HBO series of all-time, The Wire, had a lot of original characteristics going for it: plots that stretched over and across multiple seasons for starters, and a different variation on “Way Down in the Hole” each new season. The “theme song” was originally written by singer songwriter Tom Waits [...]

11 Rock Star Cameos in TV Shows

From Davy Jones on The Brady Bunch to (Cow)Boy George on The A-Team, here are some of the more memorable musician TV cameos. 1. Davy Jones on The Brady Bunch Marcia’s all-out campaign to get the Monkees singer to perform at her prom yields a kiss on the cheek, a date, and a specially dedicated song. “Thank [...]

The Late Movies: Songs About November

Today marks the first day of November. We’re still recovering from our Halloween candy hangover, so we’re keeping things simple with tonight’s Late Movies. Here are six songs about the month of November. Add them to your playlist and keep them in heavy rotation this month. November Rain Guns N’ Roses’ 1992 hit had one of the [...]

Cookie Monster vs. Tom Waits

In this clip, the Tom Waits song “God’s Away on Business” is expertly combined with clips of Cookie Monster on Sesame Street. The effect is absurd and wonderful, as this really does seem a bit like a Sesame Street song (except for, uh, portions of the subject matter). Enjoy: Weirdly, this is not without precedent. In [...]

The Late Movies: Nine Terrible Videos

I won’t make you guess the theme of tonight’s Late Movies — it’d be way too obvious. I searched YouTube for the most terrible videos I could find — most of which have the word “terrible” in the titles. The results are, well … interesting. TERRIBLE VIDEO GAME ENDINGS Ever play a game through to the end [...]

The Late Movies: Films by Jem Cohen

Jem Cohen is one of the pioneers of “experimental” documentary — or “punk rock” doc, if you prefer — and has spent his filmmaking career solidly outside the mainstream, working on shoestring budgets, making these very edgy, personal, lyrical films that don’t feel quite like anything else out there. Coming up in the 70s and [...]

The Late Movies: Christmas Songs

I decided to put together some unusual, funny, off-the-wall Christmas songs because, you know, ’tis the season! Starting things off, here’s one of my favorite old Tom Waits songs, Christmas Card from A Hooker in Minneapolis. If it sounds like he’s had a few, he probably has — but it’s part of his schtick. Here’s another [...]