June 30, 1993

N's Mix #9

This mix was recorded at WERS in production Studio "P". The other studios were also lettered. Studio A was the primary broadcast studio. Studio B was the secondary studio where we broadcast the live afternoon news. Studio C was our recording studio. Studio P was formerly a bathroom on the second floor which was converted to a production studio. Don't make me explain it further!

SIDE A- U.S. Mix "The Material Girl talks to Angels and Princes."

  1. Two Princes, Spin Doctors
  2. Black Gold, Soul Asylum
  3. She Talks To Angels, The Black Crowes
  4. Landslide, Fleetwood Mac
  5. All I Want Is You, U2
  6. R.E.M., Everybody Hurts
  7. 10,000 Maniacs, (Don't Go Back To) Rockville. I found this R.E.M. cover on the CD single for "Candy Everybody Wants".
  8. Talking Heads: Sax & Violins
  9. The B-52's, Good Stuff
  10. Madonna, Material Girl
SIDE B- U.K. Mix "Jackie Wilson said is it like the things we said today?"
  1. The Re-Flex, Politics of Dancing
  2. Owner of a Lonely Heart, Yes
  3. Relax, Frankie Goes to Hollywood
  4. Gimme Some Money, Spinal Tap
  5. Let Em In [live] Paul McCartney
  6. Dear God, XTC
  7. Is It Like Today? World Party
  8. Things We Said Today, The Beatles
  9. Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile), Van Morrison
  10. Tumbling Dice, The Rolling Stones
(100 minute Maxell cassette)

June 26, 1993

My All-Time Box Office Hits

Here's my all-time list of the movies I have seen the most often in a movie theater. Some of these films that are part of a franchise I've only seen once, some many times, so it's hardly scientific. Also, I don't have any hard data on movies seen prior to 1987. For example, I have a memory of saying I had seen Star Wars "six times", but I don't remember knowing that, I just remember saying it. Plus, I don't know if I was referring to Episode 4 or the original trilogy. In addition, sketchy documentation of films I've seen at the Brattle makes this list a little inaccurate.
  1. The Star Wars Films, Episodes 1-6 Twenty-one Times
    I have seen Episode 1 three times, Episode 2 twice, and Episode 3 twice. I have seen Episodes 4, 5, and 6 on two occasions each that I can document. I saw Episodes 4, 5, and 6 once each in 1977, 1980, and 1983. I think it's a safe guess that I saw Episodes 4, 5, and 6 five additional times, either in their original releases or in re-releases, between 1977 but before their release on VHS in the 1980s.
  2. Star Trek: I've seen at least 10 of the 11 Star Trek movies in the theater.
  3. The Indiana Jones Series Nine Times
    I have seen each of the films at least once each in 1981, 1984, 1989, and 2008. I saw the original trilogy again in 1994, at a special screening of all three at the Wang Center. I also saw Raiders Of The Lost Ark in 2003 and 2004. I think I must have seen the original trilogy in the theater more than once in the 1980s, but I have no proof or memory of it.
  4. James Bond: I would guess I've seen eight or nine Bond movies in the theater, but I don't recall seeing any more than once.
  5. Pulp Fiction Six Times
    • October 13, 1994 Free Sneak Preview Screening
    • November 20, 1994
    • January 13, 1995 Cabot St Theater, Beverly
    • January 31, 1995
    • February 18, 1995 Fresh Pond, Cambridge
    • March 1, 1995 Brattle Theater
  6. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy Six Times
    I have seen each film in the trilogy twice in the theater.
  7. Casablanca Six Times I have seen Casablanca on St. Valentine's Day with Emily in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006. I also saw it at the Hatch Shell in either 1992 or 1993. I have seen it at least once more beyond that.
  8. Citizen Kane Four Times I have seen Citizen Kane an estimated four times in the theater, most recently on July 10, 2004.
  9. Hot Fuzz Three times in the spring of 2007
  10. Die Hard With A Vengance Three Times
    In the summer of 1995 (the year I went to the movies 73 times), three of those 73 were Die Hard with a Vengance.
  11. Batman Returns Three times in 1992.
  12. Terminator 2: Judgement Day Three times in 1991.
  13. Die Hard Three times in 1988.

Sleepless In Seattle

Jonah: If you get a new wife, I guess you'll get to have sex with her, huh?
Sam: I certainly hope so.
Jonah: Will she scratch up your back?
Sam: [surprised] What?
Jonah: In the movies, women are always scratching up the mens' backs and screaming and stuff when they're having sex.
Sam: How do you know all this?
Jonah: Jed's got cable.
Sam: Oh.
(Church St, Harvard Square)

June 19, 1993

The Last Action Hero

Almost ripped my own arms off at this atrocity. Over-produced and over-imagined action-comedy hybrid with pretentions of high-concept. The in-jokes are wayyy too smug. I'm sure the producers hoped that Danny (Austin O'Brien) would be as beloved as Macaulay Culkin, but he was just annoying. Personal turn-off: there's this scene where he eats popcorn with scabby hands? Yuck. Not something I need to see on a giant movie screen.

June 13, 1993

Casablanca

Since this was part of WBZ-TV's Free Friday Flicks movie series, I don't have a stub. Because it was over a decade ago, I don't recall which summer it was. But I did see Casablanca on the Esplenade one summer. It was probably the summer of 1993, but it might have been 1994. I was supposed to meet up with my friend Craig and his girlfriend, but they arrived after the movie started, and in that pre-cellphone era, there was no way to find each other in the dark.

After this feature, I did not attend the Free Friday Flicks again until 2005. There are several reasons for this. First of all, in 1993, I moved from Beacon Hill to Davis Square, so it would no longer be convenient to visit the Esplenade. Secondly, WBZ does not advertise these free flicks, so it's very hard to learn their upcoming schedule. And thirdly, the movies they do show tend to be family-friendly fare, which is not always my interest.

Jurassic Park

We saw it in a sold-out theater (the former Cheri in Boston) on opening weekend. I nearly got my arms ripped off by my girlfriend and her friend, sitting on either side of me: when Lex (Arianna Richards) is hanging from the suspended ceiling in the lab, and a raptor leaps up and snaps at her, I thought they would dislocate my shoulders!

The Many Deaths of Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson dies almost as often as Steve Buscemi: Here's a pretty comprehensive listing of all the deaths of Sam Jackson:

Death By Gunshot

  • GoodFellas (Joe Pesci)
  • Jungle Fever (Ossie Davis)
  • True Romance (Gary Oldman)
  • Hard Eight (Philip Baker Hall)
  • Jackie Brown (Michael Keaton)
  • One Eight Seven (Russian Roulette)
  • Basic (unknown)
  • Kill Bill, Vol. 2 (the DiVAS)
Deaths (Miscellaneous)
  • Jurassic Park (velociraptor)
  • Deep Blue Sea (super-smart great white shark)
  • Star Wars Episode III (light saber/evil lightning)

June 11, 1993

11: Beatles Covered b/w I Don't Love, Want, or Need You!

Side A: Covers of Beatles songs (recorded 6/11/1993) I would record another covers mix of Beatles songs in 2003.
  1. The Mamas & Papas: "I Call Your Name" is a great cover of a good Lennon/McCartney song, a song which the Beatles made a mediocre recording of.
  2. Aerosmith: "I'm Down"
  3. The Deighton Family: I found this cover of "Taxman" when I was a DJ on WERS' World Music show The Gyroscope.
  4. Phil Collins: "Tomorrow Never Knows"
  5. Joe Cocker [live at Woodstock 1969] "With a Little Help from My Friends", arguably the most famous Beatles cover ever.
  6. Billy Joel [live in the USSR] "Back In The USSR"
  7. Jeff Healey Band: "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
  8. World Party: this is a note-for-note, exact Xerox duplicate of the original "Happiness is a Warm Gun". I read somewhere that World Party frontman Karl Wallinger even owns a recording console from Abbey Road?
  9. Nina Simone: "Here Comes The Sun"
Side B: Breakup songs (recorded 8/5/1993)
  1. I'm Not Your Man: Tommy Conwell & The Young Rumblers
  2. Hit The Road Jack: I always loved the female backup singers on this Ray Charles song. One of the best things about the Norman Jewison biopic Ray (starring Jamie Foxx) is the prominent role backup singer Margie Hendricks (Regina King) plays in the movie.
  3. Tainted Love: Soft Cell
  4. Family Man: The best Hall & Oates song which does not appear on their Greatest Hits CD.
  5. Don't Come Around Here No More: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  6. Is She Really Going Out With Him? Joe Jackson
  7. Suspicious Minds: Elvis Presley
  8. Superman: R.E.M.
  9. Kiss This Thing Goodbye: Del Amitri
  10. Hey Hey What Can I Do? is my favorite Led Zeppelin song. Well, Top 5 for sure.
  11. Missing You: John Waite
(Maxell 100 minute cassette)

June 5, 1993

N's Music Mix #8

I don't know the exact date of this recording, except it was done sometime between Mix #7 on June 5 and Mix #9 on June 30, 1993.

For the first six tracks on side A, I must have been trying to create a medley of R&B classics?

  1. Limbo Rock, Chubby Checker: from the Moonlighting TV Soundtrack LP.
  2. Jump In Line (Shake Shake Senora), Harry Belafonte: from the Beetlejuice soundtrack CD.
  3. Chain of Fools, Aretha Franklin
  4. Before You Accuse Me [unplugged] Eric Clapton
  5. Hit the Road, Jack: Ray Charles
  6. Day-O (The Banana Boat Song), Harry Belafonte [live at Carnegie Hall]
  7. For What It's Worth, Buffalo Springfield
  8. Can't Get There From Here, R.E.M.
  9. Can You Picture That? Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem: From The Muppet Movie soundtrack CD.
  10. The Globe, Big Audio Dynamite II
  11. You Can't Judge A Book By It's Cover, Bo Diddley
  12. 57 Channels (and Nothin' On), Bruce Springsteen
  13. I Can't Go For That (No Can Do), Hall & Oates
  14. Obsession, Animotion
SIDE B
  1. Smells Like Nirvana, "Weird Al" Yankovic
  2. She Blinded Me With Science, Thomas Dolby
  3. We Close Our Eyes, Go West
  4. Abracadabra, Steve Miller Band: I actually bought this whole album on CD just for this one song.
  5. Something About You, Level 42
  6. It's The End of the World As We Know It, R.E.M.
  7. Where'd You Go? The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
  8. Rattlesnake, Think Tree
  9. Rush, Big Audio Dynamite II
  10. Keep Your Hands To Yourself, The Georgia Satellites
  11. You Know My Name (Look Up The Number), The Beatles
(100 minute Maxell Cassette)

N's 7th Music Mix

SIDE A: "Three Worlds"
  1. Magic Carpet Ride, Steppenwolf
  2. Weight of the World, Ringo Starr
  3. Are You Gonna Go My Way? Lenny Kravitz
  4. Sweet Home Alabama, Lynyrd Skynyrd
  5. Jimmy Olsen's Blues, Spin Doctors
  6. Light of Day (live) Bruce Springsteen
  7. In Bloom, Nirvana
  8. Ordinary World, Duran Duran
  9. Sold Me Down The River, The Alarm
  10. Until The End of the World, U2
SIDE B: "Can't/Days"
  1. Freedom Someday, Level 42
  2. Is It Like Today? World Party
  3. Alison, Elvis Costello
  4. Can't Do A Thing (to Stop Me), Chris Isaak
  5. Patience, Guns 'n Roses
  6. Can't Buy Me Love [live] Paul McCartney
  7. Lonely Stranger [unplugged] Eric Clapton
  8. Landslide, Fleetwood Mac
  9. Blood of Eden, Peter Gabriel
  10. Tangled Up In Blue, Bob Dylan
(Maxell 100 minute cassette)

June 3, 1993

Cliffhanger

This was an awful movie, and my hatred for director Renny Harlin begins here. He seems to relish in creating endearing characters, then killing them for no reason. The opening sequence, where Sly fails to save a hiker from falling to her death, turned me off immediately. The third in John Lithgow's Evil Antagonist Trilogy, preceded by Ricochet and Raising Cain.