So I’m two days late for my usual “On This Day In” entry, but it turns out that it IS better late than never! Imagine Star Trek getting the Tarantino treatment! The only thing I could think of that would add to that would be if David Carradine were still alive (and still acting…but come on–like father like son, David would’ve probably worked until he literally died in the middle of a take.)
(Insert any tasteless comments and jokes here–I won’t add any because hearing about his death pi$$ed me off royally, thinking about all of the A, B, and Z grade movies he could’ve been making.)
I thought it would be interesting to use another great British group to pay tribute to the tenth anniversary of Amy Winehouse’s death. I remember exactly where I was (I sound like those people who remember where they were when JFK/MLK/RFK/January 6, 2021 happened.) I had the headache of all headaches, but suddenly I had one of those flashes that never means anything good’s going to happen. Sure enough, my mother came in with a sad look on her face and I didn’t even need to KNOW what had happened. Maybe it was because it was all of the YouTube bingeing my mother and I did (the video in the police station was so sad…)
I didn’t even hear of her the usual way others did (either the radio or through the tabloids), it was just hearing a snatch of “Rehab” on something (can’t even remember what it was from and what was the context) and from then I was HOOKED! I hadn’t been hooked that fast since one Colin Edward Michael Blunstone when I was three or four. And like the Zombies, her career ended too early (but unlike the Zombies, she’ll never get to begin again with an even stronger sound.)
Here’s the “Tell Her No” of Amy Winehouse tracks “Fool’s Gold.”
If there’s one good point to this pandemic, it’s the fact that the drive-in has become popular (kinda) again. I’ve never been to a drive-in–that I can remember (there was probably some time in 1976 or so that I was briefly in attendance.)
Who is Sam Sherman and why am I so excited at hearing about this? Welp, Sam Sherman and Al Adamson were the two Is in Independent International Pictures (I probably don’t have that totally right, but who cares?) The point is that this (Sherman) is the man who wanted the Three Stooges (Howard, Sitka, and DeRita) for what would become the Ritz Brothers final film Blazing Stewardesses. There’s STILL A LINK to the Three Stooges that’s still active and doing what they do best!
Anyhoo, what he’s doing now is working with the good folks at https://driveinsanity.com/ to go back to the glory days of yesteryear (late 60s early 70s) with what is the most WTF? of the “vs.” movies: Frankenstein vs. Dracula (1971). Imagine seeing this at a pop up drive up theatre! Let’s all go to the movies!
Think about this: the Three Stooges outlasted the Beatles, the Zombies, were still actively performing during the moon landing…and may have watched the very last episode of ST: TOS–“Turnabout Intruder.”
No nerd worth their salt should ever forget that today, June 3, 1969, that the last Star Trek episode, “Turnabout Intruder” was aired. If you’d like to see William Shatner at his Shattnerist (on Star Trek, at least!) see this episode.
Think of it–in 1969, the Three Stooges were still touring, the moon landing was little more than a month away, and a couple of months later, a certain Family would be on everyone’s minds. Interesting time, when you look back on it as history. As everyday living, I imagine that it was pretty much like today.