Mayor of the Sunset Strip Soundtrack
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Few radio disc jockeys can boast the career highlights that Los Angeles D.J. Rodney Bingenheimer can. One of the original jocks on KROQ-FM, "Rodney on the Roq" helped launch the careers of such household names as the Ramones, Coldplay, Van Halen and the Sex Pistols. His weekly radio show on the high-rated modern rock station continues to push the boundaries and confines of todays radio programming. In 2003, Chris Carter (formerly of Dramarama) and filmmaker George Hickenlooper (Dogtown, The Man from Elysian Fields) created a documentary film revealing this local pop impresarios life, exposing the (sometimes ugly) truth behind celebrity. The soundtrack, which highlights the honorary Mayors musical triumphs, also includes sound bites by a few of those artists whose careers he touched.
Includes rare or previously unavailable tracks by Beach Boy Brian Wilson, X, and Coldplays Chris Martin!!
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"Im the designated driver between the famous and not-so-famous." Rodney Bingenheimer
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Without the slick vocal chops, to say the least, our wimpy voiced icon gets a Sunday night gig on KROQ. Armed with Melody Makers and New Musical Express he begins breaking the UK punk scene in L.A. = Sex Pistols. At that time, My friend Neil and I, both long haired hippies with beers and bongs in hand cruising in his hopped up Plymouth Duster (not what you would picture as typical Rodney listeners, yet, more typical than most posseurs would know), would listen to his show religiously as New York, UK and local LA bands were exposed via indie, import, demos or acetates. This stuff really turned our heads = Runaways! The f*cking Starwood!! Rodney and Kim Fowley did their best to get the Whisky rockin' again after too much Rocky Horror and Cycle Sluts on the scene. The Golden West Ballroom in Norwalk - which hosted an early L.A. appearance of the Ramones with Van Halen as the opening band!! Rodney broke a great deal of punk / new wave but also did wonders for the career of Van Halen! He created a little scene. It was a small scene (alot smaller than most people would care to admit), mind you, but it got the attention of the media. And caused alot of ripples which are still being felt today. And it beats the hell out of anything Elliot Mintz ever did!!
So, how's the album? Well, there is simply no way to capture the essence of what the Rodney experience is. But as a far too short crack at it, I suppose this will have to do. Four stars just for the fact that this CD and movie even exist. Don't ask me for a play by play. Buy it yourself and write your own review. Why do you care what I think anyway?
As far as his radio show goes, the best thing is to find tapes of original broadcasts with all their obscurities and faults - the warts were what we needed and wanted - radio on the edge. That era is gone (though his show still runs) and no movie or compact disc is gonna capture the new-ness of the original events. But spin it anyway and take some of my memories with you.
fade out with modern folk quartet ....
I really liked Brian Wilson's "Rodney on the Roq," a radio jingle turned into a full-length song; it sounds like a long-lost Beach Boys gem. The rest is a mixture of L.A. rock (The Byrds), glam (T.Rex, Bowie) and punk (X, Ramones, Hole). Mostly it's well-chosen, with only fleeting spoken-word interruptions that build up the Rodney legend.
The Bowie selection starts out with an unintelligible tape recording of apparently David and Rodney fooling around, with a self-important interjection by some female narrator. Apparently at that time KROQ recorded all its programs on the cheapest battery-powered portable tape deck; I've heard clearer broadcasts from the moon. Anyway, Bowie then starts off an unplugged version of "All the Madmen" that goes a few seconds before it segues into the full-stereo album version.
So, cut to the chase, the best parts: Dramarama, Blur, "Bang A Gong," Bowie, Brian Wilson. The worst: "Jennifer Love Hewitt" -- a spoof done to an old Moody Blues tune -- and all the spoken word crap. The low point is probably the last cut, by Rodney's own band! In all, a decent compilation that starts out strong and sort of just peters out. You can skip the last couple of cuts or so, and still get your money's worth.
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