I’m very excited to be responsible, alongside my good friend Chris Boyd, for presenting the Popcorn II: Electric Boogaloo event as part of Glasgow Film Festival 2013. We’ve invited lots of our favourite local musicians to play selections of whatever movie music moves them at The Flying Duck, Glasgow on Friday 15/02/2013.
Although we can’t yet reveal what they’ll be playing, expect a wide range of theme songs, scores and songs famous from movies – and all kinds of movies, from Hollywood blockbusters to art house favourites, from 1980s bombast to understated indie, from spy flicks to sci-fi to all-out horror. The bands will kick off from 8pm and we run until 3am, with dancing to yet more awesome movie music (courtesy of The Dirty Goon) after the live portion of the evening. If you come in movie-character costume, you’ll get a discount on the door. Otherwise, entry is £5.
The line-up is (A-Z):
Grandpa Granola & The Spuds
Kaldi’s Goats (feat. members of UG, Hummingwards & Sunsmasher)
Rory McIntyre (Ballad Of Mable Wong)
Howie Reeve (Tattie Toes) & Michael Angus (Foxface)
The Store Keys
As I say, their selections will hopefully be secret until they take the stage. Popcorn II: Electric Boogaloo is, however, a sequel and the first event took place on 22/06/2012, also at The Flying Duck. We decked The Duck out movies-style, with projections, posters, cinema reel bunting and free popcorn everywhere. With a translucent silver screen in front of the stage, the bands performed with clips from their chosen films projected on them (see recordings, video and photos at the end of the post).
Popcorn was supposed to be the last gig I organised and promoted. I’d done it a wee bit on and off for a few years, and Chris had done it separately too. I didn’t want to do regular monthly nights any more, just one-offs when they were really worth it. And Popcorn was definitely the last. But then it went really well, folks seemed to enjoy it and it was super cool seeing all the amazing, one-off performances from the bands. A big thanks to all the performers, everyone that came along and to everyone that helped out (to Stewart, Tam and Tommy, Barney & Del and everyone at The Flying Duck). So when we got the chance to do it again, in association with the film festival, we couldn’t not.
We have a bunch of exciting new faces for Popcorn II, but some of the same folks will be returning for the new event. The running order from the first time round might give you some idea what to expect (although, of course, nobody will be playing the same songs as last time). This is who they were and what they played:
“Canned Heat” by Jamiroquai (Napoleon Dynamite)
“Bang Bang” by Nancy Sinatra (Kill Bill Vol 1)
Craig McClure & Dave Milne
“Crazy For You” by Madonna (Vision Quest)
“Licence To Kill” by Gladys Knight (Licence To Kill)
“When Doves Cry” by Prince (Purple Rain)
“There’s Something About Mary” by Jonathan Richman (There’s Something About Mary)
“In Dreams” by Roy Orbison (Blue Velvet)
“Paris Texas” by Ry Cooder (Paris Texas)
“Blade Runner Theme” by Vangelis (Blade Runner)
“Fame” by Irene Cara (Fame)
“Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence” by Ryuichi Sakamoto (Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence)
“Laura Palmer’s Theme” by Angelo Badalamenti (Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me)
“Assault On Precinct 13” by John Carpenter (Assault On Precinct 13)
“Rosemary’s Baby Main Theme” by Krysztof Komeda (Rosemary’s Baby)
“Koyaanisqatsi” by Philip Glass (Koyaanisqatsi)
“Love On A Real Train” by Tangerine Dream (Risky Business)
“Turtle Power” by Partners in Kryme (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Barry Cossar (Rekha Barry & Steven Cossar)
“Tonight You Belong To Me” by Steve Martin & Bernadette Peters (The Jerk)
“Faust” by Paul Williams (Phantom Of The Paradise)
“Goldfinger” by Shirley Bassey (Goldfinger)
“Misirlou” by Dick Dale & His Del-Tones (Pulp Fiction)
“Needle In The Hay” by Elliot Smith (The Royal Tenebaums)
“Bad Moon Rising” by Creedence Clearwater Revival (An American Werewolf In London)
“On The Road Again” by Canned Heat (Alice In The Cities)
“In Heaven (Lady In The Radiator Song)” by Peter Ivers (Eraserhead)
“Kissin’ Cousins” by Elvis Presley (Kissin’ Cousins)
“Sea of Love” by Tom Waits (Sea Of Love)
“Cocksucker Blues” by The Rolling Stones (Cocksucker Blues)
“Goodbye Horses” by Q Lazzarus (Silence Of The Lambs)
Full and up-to-date details on Popcorn II: Electric Boogaloo can be found on the Facebook event page.
The Glasgow Film Festival listing can be found here.
The multi-talented and apparently superhuman Jer Reid took care of the sound that night, as he will at Popcorn II. For posterity, Jer managed to snatch some recordings from the sound desk, Graeme Ronald gave us an instrumental mix of his monumental Goodbye Horses cover and Rory McIntyre provided a home recording of the awesome medley he played solo on the night: