Tuesday, October 30, 2007

"Stunt Rock" Trailer/Sorcery Concert Footage (1978)

As many of you may already know, SORCERY'S first big break came when they were signed to appear in and do the sound track for the motion picture "Stunt Rock" in 1978. Having been together less than a year this was a great opportunity for them to show their stuff, and they made good use of it! The movie itself features LOTS of great Sorcery concert footage from the early "magic" days, when their stage show made people like KISS jealous! And the soundtrack for the movie is just as stunning, with some of the BEST 70's hard rock that ever came out of that era

Much of the filming of "STUNTROCK" was shot in Hollywood, California . That location would allow for the soundtrack to be recorded at the Warner Brothers "Burbank studios", just over the hill from Hollywood, thereby giving the band the time they would need to get to the filming of the picture, (at the MGM studio's in Culver City, California) in the early morning hours, a 6am call to film their parts and then to the Burbank studio's in the late afternoon to record the soundtrack . Those were the 12 hour recording sessions from 5pm to 5am.! The tracks were done in studios "A", for recording the basic tracks, and"B" for the overdubs.

The motion picture was originally placed with "ALLIED ARTIST" for distribution in America and Canada, other distributors around the world would have the remaining 56 countries for release. Three months prior to release date of STUNTROCK, "Allied" files for bankruptcy and the U.S and Canadian release dates were pushed back 6 months. The rest of the world got their first look at the band Sorcery that summer of 78' and the producers quickly secured a new distribution deal and released STUNTROCK. In the U.S. market, the picture is re-released in 1980, with one minor change. The picture is now titled "SORCERY" after the band! Their is also a "Stuntrock" video available at the same time!!! The original "STUNTROCK" sound track album, and the "fold-out" double album (LP) in Europe, were followed up with a promo copy of selected tracks from the motion picture. The entire soundtrack was released in a number of countries including, Holland , Australia and the United States first. There is a promotional 12" picture disc (very rare) that was made for the movie with 3 Sorcery songs on each side . The "STUNTROCK" soundtrack albums, and CD.'s began to reappear in the mid 90's as the motion picture was re-released .

Monday, July 2, 2007

The Gorgon KFJZ-TV Dallas, Texas (late 50's/early 60's)

I ripped all this text off from Monster Kid Online Magazine... This site is a must for your list of book marks. So do it today! This article on Dallas Texas Horror Host The Gorgon is just the tip of the nightmare!

The man behind NIGHTMARE was a talented young employee of KFJZ named Bill Camfield. Born in nearby Mineral Wells, Texas, Camfield moved to Ft. Worth at an early age. He developed an interest in literature and theater and entered TCU as an English major with aspirations of being a writer. In 1949 he began working as a copywriter for a local department store and was soon in charge of their advertisements on the burgeoning medium of television. Taking quickly to small screen, he began to write and perform in the local programs sponsored by the store. In 1954 he became part of the staff of the newly created KFJZ-TV, Channel 11. Bill Camfield soon became one of the busiest workers at the station both behind and in front of the camera and was on his way to becoming a local TV legend.

When KFJZ-TV purchased the S
HOCK package Bill Camfield, who had already created many characters for various local shows and commercials, was selected to host the movies, partly on the strength of his evil laugh. He was given free reign to write and produce the program. Drawing upon his interest in gothic literature he developed the character of Gorgon and worked to establish the eerie mood of the show. He chose a subtle but effective make-up and wore a black cape over a white shirt. NIGHTMARE made it's debut in September of 1957 amid much hoopla and was an instant hit with young viewers in the Dallas and Ft. Worth area.
NIGHTMARE received national attention and was featured in LIFE, POST and TV GUIDE magazines as well as Famous Monsters of Filmland . Gorgon was named one of the top three chiller peronalities of 1958.

NIGHTMARE originally aired on Saturday nights from 8:00 to 10:30 and featured two movies each week. Camfield preferred to run mainly pure horror films on NIGHTMARE so some of the features from the SHOCK package were run on the station's MYSTERY MATINEE on Saturday afternoons. At the end of 1959 KFJZ, feeling the films were being overexposed, put the show on a planned hiatus except for Halloween specials. Camfield's busy schedule might have been a factor in the decision too since he had recently begun his stint as Icky Twerp, host of the station's long running afternoon kids' show SLAM-BANG THEATER .

In 1962 NIGHTMAREreturned to it's weekly schedule now with one feature at 7:30 each Saturday night. The show proved just as popular as ever and ran in that slot for two more years. When country-western music programming took over the Channel 11's Saturday night lineup, NIGHTMARE was moved to Wednesday nights for several months before being taken of the air permanently.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Gene Autry & Smiley Burnette "Uncle Noah's Ark" (1935)

It's June 22nd and that means that the start of the Gene Autry and the Twentieth Century West exhibit opens at The Autry... Here's the scoop:

Gene Autry and the Twentieth-Century West:
The Centennial Exhibition 1907-2007
Autry National Center, Griffith Park Campus
in Los Angeles, California
June 22, 2007 through January 13, 2008

Gene Autry achieved fame as America's Favorite Singing Cowboy, but he was so much more than that. Come learn about this multifaceted man who was the first and only entertainer to earn five stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for recording, radio, motion picture, television, and live performance. Gene Autry and the Twentieth-Century West: The Centennial Exhibition, 1907-2007 provides a comprehensive window into Gene Autry as a celebrity, innovative media maverick, sports team owner, businessman, and humanitarian.

On display in the George Montgomery Gallery from June 22, 2007, through January 13, 2008, the exhibition spotlights Gene's contributions during the significant events of his lifetime, including his military service during World War II, friendships formed with U.S. presidents, and his involvement in Major League Baseball. At every critical point throughout the twentieth century, Gene Autry was there-as a patriot, celebrity, visionary, and everyday hero who helped shape and influence our culture.

As you tour the five-gallery exhibition, you'll engage with fun, interactive, multimedia displays that allow you to sample early recordings and film clips. You'll also experience the more personal side of Gene as you peruse his closet full of brilliantly embroidered Western shirts, handsome, hand-tooled leather boots, and spotless cowboy hats, not to mention his famous Martin D-45 guitar. Additional displays round out the other dimensions of Gene, effectively bringing this legend to life for all to experience anew.

To celebrate here's a clip from my favorite Gene Autry movie/serial, "The Phantom Empire". Here's the plot summary...

When the ancient continent of Mu sank beneath the ocean, some of its inhabitant survived in caverns beneath the sea. Cowboy singer Gene Autry stumbles upon the civilization, now buried beneath his own Radio Ranch. The Muranians have developed technology and weaponry such as television and ray guns. Their rich supply of radium draws unscrupulous speculators from the surface. The peaceful civilization of the Muranians is corrupted by the greed from above, and it becomes Autry's task to prevent all-out war, ideally without disrupting his regular radio show.

This is an incredible film. Visit www.geneautry.com for more Gene goodness.

The Hoosier Hot Shots - Etiquette Blues (1946)

Here's another YouTube clip I ripped from Pappy Stuckey's page. I'll even rip-off his text....

Along with Freddie Fisher and the Korn Kobblers, the Hot Shots were the precursor to Spike Jones, albeit with a rural bent... they were highly successful, making at least 22 movies throughout the 40's & 50's -- this one from the 1946 feature Lone Star Moonlight -- and featured the greatest musical washboard of all time, walloped by the great Hezzie! Dig in!

Zacherely "The Cool Ghoul" Footage (early 1960's)

Here's some rare B&W footage of Horror Host John Zacherley. There's not too much of this stuff around. If you want to know more about him here's a pretty in depth Wikipdeia entry for him. He also has a website, www.zacherley.com that you should all bookmark. He recorded a bunch of great horror rock 'n' roll records that everyone should hear. I love Zacherley. I'm going to post more footage of him on here when I run across it.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Jack Starr "UFO" Video (early 1990's)

Jack Starr is one of my guitar/singer heroes of all time. Here's a video that he did in the early 1990's... Jack Starr was a monster-movie maker, rock & roll singer and all around nut-ball. He's got a great album of material out on Norton Records. If you don't have it, get it!

Thursday, March 1, 2007

The Rio Theater Ad (1944)

45 Grave & The Damned Live in Los Angeles (early 1980's)

These are a couple of old color prints from Los Angeles punk shows in the early 1980's... They bloomed on my scanner. The first one is Dinah Cancer and Paul Cutler of 45 Grave at the Ritz. This might be from 1981 or 82....

The Second one is Dave Vanian of The Damned at Godzilla's from the same time...

Thursday, February 8, 2007

George "The Animal" Steele visits the Zoo

I used to LOVE wrestling in the early and mid-1980's. WWF ruled back then. I went to see many of the matches live when they came through town. Wrestle-mania was a big deal. Then something happened and I'm not sure what it was, but in short, it just started to suck and I stopped watching. I haven't watched it in many, many years. Back then, George "The Animal" Steele was one of my favorite wrestlers. He had a green "lizard-tongue" and was covered in "fur". George Steele is from Detroit, Michigan. He has been in many movies. He played westler Tor Johnson in the 1994 movie "Ed Wood". This is a promo piece that he did for WWF. These things would play between matches to fill up time.

The Knott's Berry Farm Burro in Ghost Town (1955)

Monday, January 29, 2007

Tor Johnson interviewed by Groucho Marx (1950's)

This is Tor Johnson interviewed by Groucho Marx on Groucho's television show "You Bet your Life". I'm not sure of the date on this. Both of the gentlemen are heroes to me.

Sunday, January 28, 2007


I found this Western Union Telegram envelope today at my Grandmother's house in the desert. This letter is from my Great Uncle Emmet, who lived in Detroit, to my Great Grandfather, living in Los Angeles, telling him of my Great Great Grand Father's death. I think that Western Union charged by the word. That might be why the message is so brief and to the point. It could also be that there is not much else to say between two brothers when it comes to their father's death. 1145 Arizona Ave is right off Olyimpic just east of the 710 and 5 freeway intersection.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Zontar: The Thing from Venus "Surreal" Short Film (1966/2006)

This is a surreal short film made out of a classic scene from "Zontar: The Thing from Venus" (1966) which is actually a remake of other classic science fiction/horror movie "It Conquered the World" (1956). Zontar stars John Agar and was directed by Larry Buchanan.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

ELVIRA - Coors Light commercial (19??)

I think this is from the late 1980's... it might be the early 90's. I used to have that stand-up display that at the end of the commercial. A friend of mine worked at Coors and got it for me. Now I can't remember if I sold it or lost it in a move.

I've been real busy with a bunch of personal stuff (nothing bad, all good) and I haven't had the time to dedicate to this blog like I used to. Hopefully that will all change, so keep coming back and check out The Butcher's Floor too. That's my other blog with more Western/Country/History/Outdoorsy stuff.
Thanks, HG

Jimmie & Leon Short - "Old Indians Never Die" (1947)

Some good ol' Delmore Bros.-type harmonizin' from the 1947 feature Hollywood Barn Dance. Yes, that's Ernest Tubb intro-ing the Shorts...

I ripped this off PappyStuckey's Youtube page. This guy manages to find the cool/rare C&W and Jazz clips. Amazing stuff.

I've been real busy with a bunch of personal stuff (nothing bad, all good) and I haven't had the time to dedicate to this blog like I used to. Hopefully that will all change, so keep coming back and check out Sick's Sick Six too. That's my other blog with more Horror/weird/crazy stuff.
Thanks, HG