Monday, August 28, 2006

Rockaway Bantha



Star Wars (1995 "Faces" VHS).


It's Alive by the Ramones. Classic double live album recorded on New Year's Eve, 1977, released in the U.K. in 1979 and not in America until 1995. The definitive Ramones concert experience. The only thing missing is a tube of Carbona.


- The first chord that Johnny hits to soundcheck his guitar coincides with the appearance of the "long time ago" text.

- Darth Vader and the stormtroopers guarding him start marching through the Tantive IV as the first "hey ho, let's go" is heard in "Blitzkrieg Bop."

- The phrase "I wanna be well" is heard in "I Wanna Be Well" as R2-D2 hobbles toward the escape pod during the Tantive IV battle; C-3PO is seen getting into the pod moments later as the phrase is heard again.

- The star destroyer is seen leaving the general Tatooine area as Joey shouts, "Glad ta see ya go!" right before "Glad to See You Go."

- The chorus of "Glad to See You Go" ("glad to see you go, go, go, go, good-bye") is heard as the droids fight and separate on the surface of Tatooine.

- C-3PO is seen walking alone in the desert, cursing R2-D2, as the line "I was really sick, losing my mind" is heard in "Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment."

- R2-D2 is shot and electrocuted by the Jawa as the guitar rings out at the end of "Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment."

- The line "you jumped out, knocked her off her feet" in "You're Gonna Kill That Girl" coincides with R2-D2 falling over after the Jawa jumps out and shoots him.

- The line "the kids are all hopped up and ready to go" in "Sheena is a Punk Rocker" coincides with the Jawas running around before the auction, preparing their wares for sale.

- The chorus of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" ("Texas chainsaw massacre") is heard as Obi-Wan and Luke survey the site of the Jawa massacre.

- The first verse of "Now I Wanna Be a Good Boy" ("now I wanna be a good boy, I don't wanna be bad, now I wanna be on my own, now I wanna be sad alone") coincides with Luke telling Obi-Wan he wants to leave Tatooine and become a Jedi knight.

- The cantina band moves in time with "Judy is a Punk."

- The phrase "can't stop that girl, there she goes again" in "Suzy is a Headbanger" coincides with Dr. Evanzan trying his hardest to pick a fight with Luke in the cantina.

- The phrase "gonna give her a great big kiss" in "Oh Oh I Love Her So" coincides with Han reaching for his gun during his chat with Greedo (he gives Greedo a great big kiss, alright...with his blaster!).

- "We're a Happy Family" plays as Obi-Wan, Luke, Han, Chewbacca, and the droids board the Millennium Falcon and leave Mos Eisley, marking the beginning of their ersatz family.


Fifteen, that's pretty keen! I love that "Now I Wanna Be a Good Boy" synch. Talk about perfection. Made the whole experiment for me.

What would have been really awesome is if the Star Wars logo popped up at the same exact moment the Ramones launched into their first song, "Rockaway Beach." Sadly, that was a few seconds off.

Well, this has put me in a Ramonesy mood. Think I'm gonna go break out the leather jacket and have some chicken vindaloo. Gabba gabba hey!


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