Radio, Radio…

I recently stumbled  upon a snippet of an old radio show I used to do.  The show was called the TnT Morning Show. We chose that show title because in its first iteration, I was joined by the amazing Tommy Collins (currently co-hosting the TnA Show on Wave 104 in Myrtle Beach.)  See, it made sense:  [T]ommy and [T]urner.  TnT.  When Tommy said “FUCK THIS SNOW!!” and returned to the Carolinas, the show continued with me and Parker [T]homas.  Here’s the insider tip that you might’ve been able to figure out regarding Parker:  his last name isn’t really Thomas.  We made that shit up to make it fit the TnT thing.  In fact, when I asked him if he minded adding a surname to his moniker, he shrugged and said “Yeah, sure!” and I handed him a LaBatt Blue and the rest is history, including the part where the little bastard up and left for Los Angeles.  Now you can hear Parker afternoons at 94. 1 WVIC.  When Parker took off, the third iteration of the show began with Barry [T]hickk (hey, at least he was already using that name!) until we got bumped by the syndicated Bob & Tom show in a cluster shake-up.

Anyway, here’s the break in question.  The “Safety Pop” in question is none other than Mr. Nathan Fast, a kid who will eclipse Ryan Seacrest in terms of visibility in the next five years. (Fact. Mark my words.)  The kid is HUGE and began his radio career as a lowly intern at 98.9 The Bear.  The Natalie you’ll hear was also an intern, and now runs Bark Like a Cat Media with her husband.  Not bad, kids.  Anyway, here it is.  Click the title to play…

Touching it, Dora, and Life.


How old is that thing?!  I mean, we mention MySpace for God’s sake!  Wow.  I brought this up to the attention of the parties involved, and Parker sent back this YouTube video that some listener put together.  A listener.  Someone that heard (and somehow recorded) a bit of our show and then put together a tribute video of sorts with pictures from our old MySpace and Facebook pages.  Never before have I been so flattered and totally creeped out at the same time.  The great thing about it is that it features one of my favorite characters, Fat Wal-Mart Lady.  Yes, she’s still out there, active on Twitter and Facebook and sometimes slumming at the Dollar Tree.  Brace yourselves…

So there’s a little walk down memory lane for ya.  Note to self:  I absolutely MUST dig up some old Tommy and Barry clips.  I’m sure they’re laying around somewhere.  In the meantime, we’ll always have MySpace…

A Little Walking-Around Music…

I have theme music.  No, really.  I often have music playing in my head as I walk around.  While I do things.  Cleaning the garage, walking through an airport terminal,  mowing the lawn,  playing hockey…there’s often a soundtrack accompanying me as I go about my business.  (It’s actually more of a “score” but you get the idea.)  The great news is that YOU can have the SAME SOUNDTRACK!  Primarily because the score I use comes from motion pictures, and it’s a sincere compliment to the composers themselves that these little instrumental gems have lodged themselves so firmly in my subconscious.  This is also a great peek into the inner machinery of my head, a place that most people would find unfathomable.  Yes, it’s absolutely true:  if you see me walking through the mall any given day, chances are that one of these tunes is churning along in my noggin.

I’ll start with my number-one piece of go-to all-around-awesome music.  It’s from the incredible soundtrack to the equally incredible 80’s flick “Beverly Hills Cop.”   The shocking twist?  It’s NOT the most recognizable piece, “Axel F” by composer Harold Faltermeyer.  The main theme is compelling, even if it is completely ripped-off from Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit.”  (Rumor has it that the studio wanted Herbie’s song, but he wouldn’t grant the rights.  The producers thus hired Faltermeyer to write a theme that  ‘sounds like Hancock.’)  Anyway, this one is hard to find, as it was left off the original motion picture soundtrack released for sale.  It’s known as “Shootout” and features bits of the main Axel F theme.  It’s  a great all-around life accompaniment, starting around 1:11 in.  Enjoy.


Next up is another Harold Faltermeyer masterpiece.  It’s a little more subtle, and also more synthed-out.  (Hand-claps like a MUHFUH!!)  I give you the main theme from another great 80’s  movie.  It’s “Fletch.”


The Fletch theme is a bit darker than the “Cop” movies, and I think that’s by design. The filmmakers were going for a more sleuthy, sneaky sort of sound, one that matched the playful-yet-dangerous theme of the movie.  But when I need something a bit more sinister or mysterious, I go with our next selection.  Again, it’s not the main theme from the featured soundtrack, but it’s my favorite in terms of mood.  It’s tension, drama, and a hint of menace.  This one would be right at home in an Agatha Christie story, but for some reason I employ it when I’m walking through the airport.  It’s good walking through the airport music.  I don’t know why.  From John Ottman’s wonderful, classic soundtrack to “The Usual Suspects” it’s a piece called “New York’s Finest.”  Enjoy.


This one here, though.  This one is your go-to action/adventure theme.  Hell, this gets stuck in my head when I visit the rainforest exhibit at the zoo or when I pull up in front of Menards.

Seriously, though: tell me there ain't a T-Rex through those doors.

Seriously, though: tell me there ain’t a T-Rex through those doors.

Yes, I’m talking about the theme from “Jurassic Park.”  Technically, it’s not the ‘main theme’ but a track called ‘Journey to the Island.’  You hear the hook a few times throughout the flick, but it’s first experienced as the helicopter descends to the landing pad near the end of the first act.  The entire soundtrack is superb, as you’d expect from John Williams.  It’s pastoral, majestic, frightening…but it’s the anthemic part of this track (starting around the 1:21 mark) that makes your heart start thumping.


Last, but not least, is an obscure favorite.  It sounds to me like a mash-up between the Jurassic Park music and the Usual Suspects.  It’s by the incredible Michael Giacchino, who is prolific and diverse.  I’ve sung his praises in the past, and the man’s catalog spans everything form “The Incredibles”  and “Up” to the JJ Abrams “Star Trek” reboots.  But this score was the one where he cut his teeth, drawing the inevitable comparisons to John Williams.  It was a video game on the original Playstation called “Medal of Honor” and both the game itself and the well-thought-out soundtrack were awesome.  The follow-up MoH titles “Underground” and then “Frontline” also featured brilliant Giacchino compositions, but this one right here is hard to top.


There you go.  Some theme music for your daily life.  There are surely others, and I welcome suggestions!  Leave a comment below and tell me what you putter around to. (As long as it’s not disco.  Please, no disco.  Unless it’s like Queen’s ‘Another One Bites the Dust’ or something.)