Friday, January 22, 2010
If this music triggers happy memories...
... then you’re as big a TV nerd as I am. I used to love me some “ABC Movie of the Week.” Who’s with me?
Remember “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark”? (Especially the bit with the flashbulbs?) How about “The Girl Most Likely to...”? (Written by Joan Rivers, this one provided Stockard Channing her first starring role.)
I remember “The Feminist and the Fuzz.” (Even before my first hard-on, I was totally into Barbara Eden.) “Shirts/Skins.” (Turns out this was written by Bruce Paltrow... who returned to the subject of basketball with “The White Shadow.”) “It Couldn’t Happen to a Nicer Guy.” (A comedy about a man raped by a woman at gunpoint.)
Wasn’t there one where a guy was trapped inside a department store all night with some pissed-off Dobermans? I think James Brolin was the star. Hang on, lemme check IMDb right quick...
Yep. Brolin. It was called “Trapped.” (U.K. title: “Doberman Patrol.”)
Can’t remember whether I actually saw “Killdozer” or just heard so many other kids talk about it.
Anyway, that “Movie of the Week” theme music... always loved it.
Just found out it was written by Burt Bacharach. A tune called “Nikki.”
Now for a treat. Click here to hear on my Vox blog Mr. Bacharach’s own version of “Nikki”... originally released on his 1971 solo album.
“Nikki” was named after Bacharach’s daughter with Angie Dickinson. Sadly, Nikki Bacharach committed suicide in 2007.