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Exploring the Music of Italian GIALLO Thrillers of the 1960s-70s on THE FREAK POWER TICKET (Monday, March 31)

In November 2013, producer/host Ted Coe presented the fourth KCSB-FM Fund-Drive edition of ‘The Freak Power Ticket’ to pay tribute to Ennio Morricone.

Guest John Bender (of Film Score Monthly & Video Watchdog magazine), a retro ‘Euro-Cult’ film music expert and semi-regular contributor to this program, discussed the artists who created music for the highly-stylized ‘Giallo’ thrillers of the Italian cinema of the 1960s and 1970s.

Used with Princi's permission.

Mock “giallo” yellow cover of James Gracey film book. Designed by Lorenzo Princi at BlurbHack.com.

On today’s broadcast of “The Freak Power Ticket” (Monday, March 31st, 11am-12noon), Coe will re-air an edited version of that special.

The filmmakers most associated with these works are Mario Bava, Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci, and Umberto Lenzi. The program shares extraordinary tracks from giallo scores by Morricone and his musical collaborators and peers from the 1960s-1970s, such as Bruno Nicolai, Berto Pisano, Carlo Savina, Stelvio Cipriani, and the progressive-rock group Goblin.

They also discuss the main characteristics of this sub-genre — ‘visual beauty and flair, mixed with an erotically charged atmosphere’ (Bender’s notes for Ennio Morricone: The Thriller Collection), plus the musical experimentation and innovation of these potent and violent motion pictures.

“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays in KCSB’s winter quarter from 11am-12noon.