On last night’s chapter, I played “Paranoimia” by Art of Noise, it was the link between The Who’s “My Generation” and The Allman Brothers Band’s “Jessica”. The way I linked them was the Grammys.
Art of Noise won a Grammy at the 29th annual awards in 1987 for best rock instrumental performance for their version of “Peter Gunn”. That same award was awarded to the Allman Brothers Band for “Jessica” in 1996 during the 38th awards.
Now this is where it gets kinda neat.
You’ll notice I said their version of “Peter Gunn”, that’s because Art of Noise didn’t compose it, Henry Mancini did, as part of the sound track from a late-fifties private-eye show called, well, Peter Gunn. The theme music is what is most remembered today. Mancini won two Grammys for it: Best Arrangement, and Album of the Year.
Interesting side note – that was at the first EVER Grammy Awards.
Through that same arrangement, I could also link to The Blues Brothers, who did a version in 1980, and through there I can link to Saturday Night Live and any band that links through it. The most obvious choice being The Lonely Island.
Going back to Art of Noise, Peter Gunn was on side two of their album “In Visible Silence”, and on side one is a familiar song: Paranoimia.
Going back to yesterday’s show – I flubbed a line and didn’t notice until it was too late. When I was talking about Little Shop of Horrors, I said it was based on a movie based on a film (etc) instead of a musical based on a film. My bad.
What’s interesting to note, though, is that since the movie came out it returned to Broadway (and this time actually ON Broadway instead of Off-Off–Broadway). That’s actually where I got the recording I played for the show. A lot of elements from the movie came back to the musical, so now it’s a musical based on a movie based on another musical, based on a film, based on a short story, based on a different short story, based on mythology.
At that point I probably could’ve linked it to pretty much anything – and since Alan Menken composed the score for the original production, I had a pretty clear link to pretty much anything Disney produced since The Little Mermaid.
Alan Menken also links us right back to the Grammys.
I love my job.
As always, thank you for reading, dear listeners, and I’ll talk to you next time.