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Musical films are just a tip of a musical iceberg.  While we’re on the subject, here’s a (selected, absent-minded, eccentric, old person’s) list of particularly good popular musical recordings.  These seem to me to be the best that these good folks have to offer us listeners.  What do you think?

AC/DC: Highway to Hell, Back in Black, Stiff Upper Lip

Cannonball Adderley: Somethin’ Else, Mercy Mercy Mercy

Aerosmith: Toys in the Attic, Rocks, Get a Grip

The Allman Brothers Band: Idlewild South, Live at Fillmore East, Eat a Peach, Brothers and Sisters

Arcade Fire: Funeral, Arcade Fire, The Suburbs

Louis Armstrong: The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Plays W.C. Handy, Satch Plays Fats

The B-52’s: The B-52’s, Whammy!

Bachman Turner Overdrive: Not Fragile, Four Wheel Drive

The Band: Music from Big Pink, The Band

Count Basie: The Best of Early Basie (1996), The Best of Count Basie (1980), Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings, April in Paris, The Atomic Basie

The Beach Boys: Today, Summer Days and Summer Nights, Pet Sounds, Sunflower, Surf’s Up, Love You

The Beastie Boys: Licensed to Ill, Paul’s Boutique, Hello Nasty

The Beatles: Please Please Me, Meet the Beatles, Beatles for Sale, Help!, Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles, Abbey Road

Beck: Mellow Gold, Odelay, Sea Change

Jeff Beck: Truth, Blow by Blow, Jeff, You Had It Coming

The Bee Gees: Trafalgar, Main Course, Children of the World, Saturday Night Fever, Spirits Having Flown

Harry Belafonte: Calypso, At Carnegie Hall, Jump Up Calypso, The Midnight Special

Adrien Belew: Inner Revolution, Here

Chuck Berry: The Great Twenty-Eight

Big Star: #1 Record/Radio City, Third/Sister Lovers

Art Blakey/the Jazz Messengers: Drum Suite, Moanin’

Bobby Bland: Two Steps from the Blues

Carla Bley: Escalator Over the Hill, Social Studies

Mary J. Blige: Share My World, The Tour, Mary

Blondie: Parallel Lines, Eat to the Beat, No Exit

Blood, Sweat and Tears: Child is Father to the Man

Blue Öyster Cult: Tyranny and Mutation, Agents of Fortune, Fire of Unknown Origin

David Bowie: Hunky Dory, Aladdin Sane, Station to Station

Clifford Brown: Clifford Brown with Max Roach, With Strings

James Brown: Star Time

Jackson Browne: Late for the Sky, The Pretender, Running On Empty

Dave Brubeck: Jazz Goes to College, Dave Digs Disney, Time Out

The Byrds: Mr. Tambourine Man, Younger than Yesterday, Sweetheart of the Rodeo

Captain Beefheart/and the Magic Band: Trout Mask Replica, Shiny Beast, Doc at the Radar Station

The Carpenters: Close to You, A Song for You, Christmas Portrait

The Cars: The Cars

Johnny Cash: At Folsom Prison, American

Ray Charles: The Birth of Soul: The Complete Atlantic Rhythm & Blues Recordings, 1952-1959, Modern Sounds of Country and Western Music

Eric Clapton: 461 Ocean Boulevard

The Clash: The Clash, London Calling

George Clinton: Computer Games

Bruce Cockburn: Humans, Stealing Fire, Nothing But a Burning Light, Life Short Call Now

Leonard Cohen: Live in London

Ornette Coleman: The Shape of Jazz to Come, Free Jazz, Of Human Feelings

John Coltrane: Blue Train, Giant Steps, My Favorite Things, A Love Supreme, Ascension

Elvis Costello: This Year’s Model, Armed Forces, Trust, Imperial Bedroom, King of America

Nat King Cole: The Best of the Nat King Cole Trio (1995), Unforgettable, Love is the Thing, The Very Thought of You

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Bayou Country, Green River, Willy and the Poor Boys, Cosmo’s Factory

Bing Crosby: His Legendary Years (1931-1957)

Miles Davis: ‘Round About Midnight, Kind of Blue, Porgy and Bess, Sketches of Spain, Miles Smiles, In a Silent Way, Bitches Brew, A Tribute to Jack Johnson

Def Leppard: Hysteria

Derek and the Dominoes: Layla

Dr. Dre: The Chronic

Dr. John: Gris-Gris, Gumbo

The Doors: The Doors, LA Woman

Bob Dylan: Bob Dylan, Freewheelin’, Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde on Blonde, Blood on the Tracks, Love and Theft. Modern Times

Earth, Wind and Fire: Open Our Eyes, That’s the Way of the World, Gratitude

Electric Light Ochestra: A New World Record, Out of the Blue, Time

Duke Ellington: The OKey Ellington (1991), Never No Lament: the Blanton-Webster Band (2003), The Carnegie Hall Concerts (1943), Newport 1956, Black, Brown and Beige, Sacred Music (1966), Centennial Edition (Highlights; 1999)

Eminem: The Marshall Mathers LP, Encore

Brian Eno: Here Come the Warm Jets, Another Green World

Ella Fitzgerald: The Songbooks…

Fleetwood Mac: Fleetwood Mac, Rumours, Tusk

The Flying Burrito Brothers: The Gilded Palace of Sin, Burrito Deluxe

The Four Tops: Anthology (1974)

Aretha Franklin: I Never Loved a Man the way I Love You, Lady Soul, Spirit in the Dark, Young, Gifted and Black

Funkadelic: One Nation Under a Groove

Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel (I), Peter Gabriel (III), Passion, Us

Gang of Four: Entertainment!, Solid Gold

Errol Garner: Concert by the Sea

Marvin Gaye: Let’s Get it On, Here, My Dear, Midnight Love

Genesis: Foxtrot, Selling England By the Pound, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Abacab

Stan Getz/Joao Gilberto: Getz/Gilberto, Focus

Dexter Gordon: Go!, Our Man in Paris

The Grateful Dead: Aoxomoxoa, Live/Dead, Workingman’s Dead, American Beauty

Al Green: Al Green Gets Next to You, Call Me

The Guess Who: Canned Wheat, Best (1971)

Guns N’ Roses: Appetite for Destruction

Arlo Guthrie: Running Down the Road, Last of the Brooklyn Cowboys, Amigo

Woodie Guthrie: Dust Bowl Ballads, This Land is Your Land (Asch, 1)

Merle Haggard: I’m a Lonesome Fugitive, Sing Me Back Home, Mama Tried, Same Train, a Different Time

Herbie Hancock: Maiden Voyage, Speak Like a Child, Headhunters

George Harrison: All Things Must Pass

PJ Harvey: To Bring You My Love, Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea

Jimi Hendrix: The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Axis: Bold as Love, Electric Ladyland, The Cry of Love, Rainbow Bridge, In the West

Hole: Live Through This

Billie Holiday: Lady Sings the Blues, Lady in Satin, Lady in Autumn (1991), Lady Day (2001)

Howlin’ Wolf: Moanin’ in the Moonlight, Howlin’ Wolf

Husker Du: Metal Circus, New Day Rising, Candy Apple Grey

Michael Jackson: Off the Wall

Jay-Z: Vol. 2 … Life and Times of S. Carter, The Black Album

Jethro Tull: Thick as a Brick, Minstrel in the Gallery, Songs from the Wood

Joan Jett: Album, Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth

Elton John: Honkey Chateau, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Rock of the Westies

Robert Johnson: King of the Delta Blues Singers

George Jones: Anniversary: Ten Years of Hits

Janis Joplin (Big Brother and the Holding Company): Big Brother and the Holding Company, I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama, Pearl

Albert King: Born Under a Bad Sign

BB King: Live at the Regal

Carole King: Tapestry, Really Rosie

King Crimson: In the Court of the Crimson King, Red, Discipline

The Kinks: Something Else, The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society: Arthur, The Kinks Vs. Lola and the Moneygoround, Muswell Hillbillies

Kraftwerk: Autobahn, Trans-Europe Express

Cindy Lauper: She’s So Unusual

Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin, III, IV, Physical Graffiti, In Through the Out Door

John Lennon: Plastic Ono Band, Imagine

Little Richard: Little Richard, Here’s Little Richard

LL Cool J: Mama Said Knock You Out, All World

Los Lobos: How Will the Wolf Survive?, Kiko, Colossal Head

Loretta Lynn: You Ain’t Woman Enough, Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’, Fist City, Your Squaw is on the Warpath, Coal Miner’s Daughter

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Lynyrd Skynurd, Street Survivors

The Magnetic Fields: 69 Love Songs

Bob Marley/and the/Wailers: Catch a Fire, Burnin’, Natty Dread

Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions: Anthology, 1961-1977 (1992)

MC5: Kick Out the Jams, Back in the USA

Paul McCartney/Wings: Ram, Band on the Run, Tug of War, Flaming Pie, Run Devil Run, Memory Almost Full

Kate and Anna McGarrigle: Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Dancer with Bruised Knees, Matapedia

The Meters: Rejuvenation

M.I.A.: Arular, Kala

Charles Mingus: Pithecanthropus Erectus, Mingus Ah-Um, The Clown, Tijuana Moods, The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady

Joni Mitchell: Blue, For the Roses, Court and Spark

Moby: Everything is Wrong, Play, 18

Moby Grape: Moby Grape

Modern Jazz Quartet: Django, European Concert, vol. 1, Lonely Woman, The (Complete) Last Concert

The Modern Lovers: Modern Lovers

Thelonious Monk: Brilliant Corners, Misterioso, Monk’s Dream, Criss-Cross, Monk, Monk Alone (1998)

Van Morrison: Astral Weeks, Moondance, St. Dominic’s Preview

Motörhead: Ace of Spades

Mott the Hoople: Mott

Muddy Waters: At Newport 1960, Folk Singer, Hard Again

Youssou N’Dour: Nothing’s in Vain, Egypt

Willie Nelson: Yesterday’s Wine, Shotgun Willie, Phases and Stages, Stardust

New Order: Brotherhood, Substance

New York Dolls: New York Dolls, In Too Much, Too Soon, One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This

Randy Newman: Sail Away, Good Old Boys, Bad Love, Harps and Angels

Nine Inch Nails: Pretty Hate Machine, Broken, Hesitation Marks

Nirvana: Nevermind, In Utero

Notorious B.I.G.: Ready to Die, Life After Death

Sinead O’Connor: I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got, How About I Be Me (and You Be You)?

Parliament: Mothership Connection, Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome

Charlie Parker: Jazz at Massey Hall, Now’s the Time (1990), The Legendary Dial Masters (1996)

Graham Parker: Howlin’ Wind, Heat Treatment, Squeezing Out Sparks

Dolly Parton: Best (RCA, 1970), Best (RCA, 1975)

Gram Parsons: GP, Grievous Angel

Pearl Jam: Ten, Vitalogy

Oscar Peterson: We Get Requests, Night Train

Pink Floyd: Ummagumma, Meddle, Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here

The Police: Outlandos d’Amour, Ghost in the Machine

Iggy Pop: The Idiot, Lust for Life

Elvis Presley: The Sun Sessions, Elvis Presley, Elvis, The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Complete 50s Masters, From Elvis in Memphis, A Valentine Gift for You, 30 #1 Hits

The Pretenders: Pretenders, Learning to Crawl, Viva el Amor!

Prince: 1999, Sign of the Times

John Prine: John Prine, Diamonds in the Rough, Sweet Revenge

Public Enemy: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Fear of a Black Planet

Queen: Sheer Heart Attack, A Night at the Opera, The Game

Radiohead: The Bends, OK Computer, Kid A

Bonnie Raitt: Give it Up, Home Plate, Luck of the Draw

Ramones: Ramones, Leave Home, Rocket to Russia, Road to Ruin

Otis Redding: Soul Album, Dictionary of Soul, Otis Blue, The Dock of the Bay

Lou Reed: Coney Island Baby, The Blue Mask, Legendary Hearts, New Sensations, Ecstasy

R.E.M.: Murmur, Lifes Rich Pageant, Document, Out of Time

Smokey Robinson/The Miracles: Hi, We’re the Miracles, Going to a Go-Go, Make It Happen, Anthology (1973)

The Rolling Stones: Between the Buttons, Beggars’ Banquet, Let it Bleed, Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main Street

Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus, Way Out West, The Bridge, Silver City (1996)

Roxy Music: For Your Pleasure, Stranded, Siren

Todd Rundgren: The Ballad of Todd Rundgren, Something/Anything, A Wizard, A True Star

Santana: Santana, Abraxas, III

The Sex Pistols: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols

Paul Simon: Paul Simon, Graceland, So Beautiful or So What

Simon and Garfunkel: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, Bookends, Bridge Over Troubled Water

Frank Sinatra: Songs for Swinging Lovers, In the Wee Small Hours, Only the Lonely

Sly and the Family Stone: Stand!, There’s a Riot Going On

Bessie Smith: Essential (1997)

Harry Smith: Anthology of American Folk Music

Patti Smith: Horses, Easter, Dream of Life

The Smiths: Meat is Murder, The Queen is Dead, Louder than Bombs

Sonic Youth: Sister, Daydream Nation, A Thousand Leaves

Phil Spector: A Christmas Gift for You, Back to Mono (1991)

Bruce Springsteen: Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town, Born in the USA, Tunnel of Love

Steely Dan: Countdown to Ecstasy, Pretzel Logic

Cat Stevens: Mona Bone Jakon, Tea for the Tillerman, Teaser and the Firecat

Rod Stewart: The Rod Stewart Album, Gasoline Alley, Every Picture Tells a Story, Never a Dull Moment

The Stooges: The Stooges, Fun House

Sun Ra: Sound of Joy, The Nubians of Plutonia

The Supremes: Anthology (1973)

T. Rex: Electric Warrior, The Slider, Tanx

Talking Heads: ’77, More Songs About Buildings and Food, Fear of Music, Remain in Light, Naked

James Taylor: James Taylor, Sweet Baby James

Television: Marquee Moon

The Temptations: Anthology (1995)

Richard and Linda Thompson: Hokey Pokey, Shoot Out the Lights

Toots and the Maytals: Funky Kingston

U2: The Unforgettable Fire, All That You Can’t Leave Behind

Sarah Vaughan: In the Land of Hi-Fi, Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown, Swingin’ Easy

The Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground with Nico, White Light/White Heat, The Velvet Underground, Loaded, VU

Tom Waits: Swordfishtrombones, Blood Money

Weezer: Weezer (Blue Album), Pinkerton

Kanye West: College Dropout, Late Registration, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

White Stripes: White Blood Cells, Icky Thump

The Who: Sell Out, Tommy, Live at Leeds, Who’s Next, Quadrophenia, Who By Numbers

Hank Williams: 40 Greatest Hits

Lucinda Williams: Lucinda Williams, Sweet Old World, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road

Brian Wilson: Smile

Wire: Pink Flag

Stevie Wonder: Looking Back (anthology, 1977), Music of My Mind, Talking Book, Innervisions, Songs in the Key of Life

Wussy: Funeral Dress, Left for Dead, Wussy, Attica!

The Wu-Tang Clan: Enter the Wu-Tang, The W

X: Los Angeles, Wild Gift

The Yardbirds: Having a Rave Up, Roger the Engineer, Over Under Sideways Down

Yes: The Yes Album, Fragile, Close to the Edge

Lester Young: The President Plays, Pres and Teddy

Neil Young: Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, After the Goldrush, Harvest, Tonight’s the Night, Rust Never Sleeps, Freedom, Ragged Glory, Americana

Frank Zappa/The Mothers of Invention: Freak Out, We’re Only In it for the Money, Uncle Meat, Hot Rats

The Zombies: Odessy and Oracle

This year’s film genre class at BYU/TMA explores the Musical, mostly though not entirely as made in Hollywood.  We have a schedule!  Sing along…

 

FILM GENRES: THE MUSICAL

TMA 492, Winter 2015

Class Objective: to learn a bunch of stuff and see a load of films relating to the broad topic of the film musical. The literature on this subject is very rich, and very abundant. In many ways one semester’s worth of discussions can only scratch the surface. However, we’ll make a very deep scratch! One of our main goals is to become musicals-literate. Attentive, engaged viewing of the films on offer will go a long way toward accomplishing that goal.

As we engage in our viewing survey we will also learn about many of the cultural and historical factors that have informed musical films, as well as some of their many and evolving styles and conventions.

As a supplement, and at the same time as a foundation, we will spend some time learning about and listening to music itself. There is a literacy component to this part of the class as well. We will touch upon both classical and popular material, and think about how we can more purposefully incorporate music into our lives, both during and after the class.

 

CLASS SCHEDULE:

Week 1—ONCE UPON A/MIRROR OF THE TIMES

View: The Magic Flute, I Love Melvin, Cosi FanTutte; Hallelujah, I’m a Bum, Golddiggers of 1933

Week 2—EUROPE AND HOLLYWOOD

View: Le Million; One Hour With You, Swing Time

Supplemental: Applause (1929), The Love Parade (1929), Sous le Toits de Paris (1930), À Nous la Liberté (1931), 42nd Street (1933), Dames (1934), Top Hat (1935), Maytime (1937), Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937), Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1939)

Week 3—GENRE ICONOGRAPHY: THE STAR SYSTEM

View: Easter Parade, Horse Feathers; 100 Men and a Girl, Meet Me in St. Louis

Supplemental: Animal Crackers (1930), The Kid from Spain (1932), Flying Down to Rio (1933), The Littlest Rebel (1935), Rose Marie (1936), Three Smart Girls (1936), The Great Ziegfield (1936), Strike Up the Band (1940), Seven Sweethearts (1942), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Week 4—STYLIZATION AND REFLECTED REALITY

View: Cabin in the Sky (1943); On the Town, The Pirate

Supplemental: The Wizard of Oz (1939), Fantasia (1940), Going My Way (1943), The Red Shoes (1948), A Woman is a Woman (1961), Parsifal (1982), The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984), Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001), Not on the Lips (2003)

Week 5—CLASSICISM/MODERNISM

View: Love Me Tonight, Tales of Hoffmann, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.; Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Bandwagon

Supplemental: Duck Soup (1933), The Great Ziegfeld (1936), Showboat (1936), A Star Is Born (1937), Road to Morocco (1942), An American in Paris (1951), Take Me Out to the Ballgame (1949), Singin’ in the Rain (1952), Gigi (1958), Pierrot le Fou (1965)

Week 6—EXPANSION AND RETRENCHMENT

View: Begone, Dull Care; Guys and Dolls, High Society

Supplemental: Song of the South (1946), Carmen Jones (1954), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), Artists and Models (1955), Carousel (1956), The King and I (1956), Funny Face (1957), South Pacific (1958), Jazz on a Summer Day (1959), The Sound of Music (1965)

Week 7—REVISION/APOTHEOSIS

View: The Rabbit of Seville, One Froggy Evening, What’s Opera, Doc; It’s Always Fair Weather, Oklahoma

Supplemental: The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945). The Harvey Girls (1946), A Star is Born (1954), Love Me Or Leave Me (1955), Pal Joey (1957) Porgy and Bess (1959), Finian’s Rainbow (1968), Elvis: That’s the Way It Is (1970), Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988), Don Giovanni (1979), Topsy-Turvey (1999)

Week 8—SOCIAL CONTEXT AND POPULAR CULTURE

View: The Threepenny Opera, The Green Pastures; The Pajama Game, Bye Bye Birdie

Supplemental: The Jolson Story (1946), The Girl Can’t Help It (1956), Elevator to the Gallows (1957), King Creole (1958), St. Louis Blues (1958), Shadows (1959), Where the Boys Are (1960), Beach Blanket Bingo (1965), A Hard Day’s Night (1964), Head (1968)

Week 9—IMMERSION AND ALIENATION

View: West Side Story, The Patsy; The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Help!

Supplemental: French CanCan (1954), The Parent Trap (1961), Beach Party (1963), Viva Las Vegas (1964), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966), Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (1967), The Producers (1967), Oh, What a Lovely War (1969), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), Same Old Song (1997)

Week 10—A GENRE IN CRISIS

View: The Jungle Book; Sweet Charity, Bugsy Malone

Supplemental: State Fair (1945), Brigadoon (1954), Camelot (1967), Doctor Dolittle (1967), Paint Your Wagon (1969), Darling Lili (1970), Hello Dolly (1970), Robin Hood (1973), At Long Last Love (1975), The Cotton Club (1984)

Week 11—JUKE BOX MUSIC

View: Rushmore, Force of Evil, Lorenzo’s Oil; American Graffiti, Phantom of the Paradise

Supplemental:The Graduate (1967), 2001, A Space Odyssey (1968), Yellow Submarine (1968), Easy Rider (1969), Mean Streets (1973), Manhattan (1977), Saturday Night Fever (1977), The Big Chill (1983), Goodfellas (1990), Almost Famous (2000),

Week 12—DEATH AND TRANSFIGURATION

View: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Xanadu, Annie; Popeye, Pennies from Heaven

Supplemental: Star! (1968), The Music Lovers (1970), Cabaret (1972), Tommy (1975), New York, New York (1977), All That Jazz (1979), Blood Wedding (1981), One From the Heart (1982), Victor/Victoria (1982), Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

Week 13—THEATRICAL AUTEURS AND CINEMATIC ADAPTATION

View: Sunday in the Park with George, Evita

Supplemental: Oliver! (1968), Fiddler on the Roof (1971), Annie (1982), Yentl (1983), A Chorus Line (1985), Little Shop of Horrors (1986), The Little Mermaid (1989), The Lion King (1994), Sweeney Todd (2007), Les Misérables (2012)

Week 14—SUMMING UP AND LOOKING FORWARD

View: Chicago, Muppets Most Wanted 

Supplemental: Dancer in the Dark (2000), Moulin Rouge! (2001), 8  Mile (2002), Jonah: a Veggie Tales Movie (2002), The Saddest Music in the World (2003), School of Rock (2003), Happy Feet (2006), Once (2006), Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (2006), Enchanted (2007)