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MORRICONE Birthday Highlights with TIM LUCAS & JOHN BENDER on Today’s “THE FREAK POWER TICKET” (Monday, November 4)

Ahead of next week’s Fund-Drive edition of “The Freak Power Ticket”: today’s broadcast (Monday, November 4th) re-airs conversations from previous incarnations of “The Incredible Cinematical Musical Morricone Birthday Bash.”

Ennio Morricone’s 500+ motion picture and television soundtracks, and his other works, are regularly featured on this hourlong program.

Photo Courtesy of Tim Lucas.

Author Tim Lucas – CLICK TO ENLARGE

Today’s first segment shares the majority of a 2010 interview with author, film scholar, moviemaker, and Video Watchdog magazine founder Tim Lucas, who discusses: Morricone’s lost score for Mario Bava‘s Pop Art gem, Diabolik (aka Danger: Diabolik [1968]); the Maestro’s status as one of the greatest and most prolific classical composers of our lifetime; his link to the rock-influenced improvisational jazz of Miles Davis; and the impact of Sergio Leone‘s Spaghetti Western masterpiece Once Upon a Time in the West (C’era una volta il West) – scored by Morricone — on a youthful Tim Lucas in 1968.

The second excerpt re-airs the first-ever appearance of “Euro Film Score” expert John Bender on “The Freak Power Ticket” (from 2011).

Photo courtesy John Bender.

John Bender with Italian Film Composer Francesco DeMasi.

Freelance film music journalist Bender, the go-to guy for ’60s-’70s Italian and other European film-score reissue liner-notes, has become a semi-regular contributor to this program. His comments zero in on Morricone’s Psychedelic Pop (aka “Op Pop”) genius.

The broadcast will feature musical tracks by: Riz Ortolani (Mondo cane [1962]); Ursula 1000; Mike Patton (Fantomas, Mr. Bungle, Faith No More); Italian pop divas Christy and Mina; and avant-garde hero John Zorn. Producer/host Ted Coe will also share Morricone selections from the aforementioned films, as well as from The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (L’uccello dalle piume di cristallo [1970]), The Garden of Delights (Le jardin des délices [1967]), Dirty Angels (Vergogna Schifosi [1969]), and John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982).

This hour airs in anticipation of next week’s “The Incredible Cinematical Musical Morricone Birthday Bash #4,” with a new conversation with Signor Bender, who will salute the music of the Italian cinematic-thriller subgenre Giallo, as part of Il Maestro Ennio Morricone’s 85th birthday celebration.

Fund-Drive gifts to look forward to: free subscriptions to Video Watchdog magazine; digital copies of Tim Lucas’ magnum opus Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark; and album downloads courtesy of the Retro-Revivalist composer Umberto.

So stay tuned for all of that!

“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays in the fall from 11am-12noon.