Saturday, September 19, 2015

SPACE GHOST COAST TO COAST - April 22, 1994 - Sonny Sharrock (1994)

Everybody has a different sense of humor, like that's what makes the world go round! Some people dig "South Park," some people are fanatical about their appreciation of MST, but for me personally, I thought this 1990's Space Ghost series was hilarious, and as an extra bonus, it had the coolest music on TV!

"Space Ghost Coast To Coast" had some inspired writing that was incredibly funny and intelligent too! To me it looks like they were having a Helluva good time, pushing as many buttons as possible and never having a care in the world no matter how irreverent or irrelevant it was! My hat goes off to creator/writers Khaki Jones and Mike Lazzo, Keith Crofford, Matthew Maiellaro, and Andy Merrill! These people have a sense of humor!

This was the third episode from the first series of "Space Ghost Coast To Coast" that aired on April 22, 1994! The theme of the show was "Gilligan's Island," and the first guest was none other than Gilligan himself, Bob Denver!

It was a sad day when Bob Denver passed away at the age of 70 in 2005! Bob was one of the greatest misfits of all time as Maynard G. Krebs in 144 episodes of "The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis," and Gilligan in 99 episodes of "Gilligan's Island!" 

Space Ghost tells Bob to sing "To Be Or Not To Be," and tells him they have a clip of him singing it, but they're not going to show it, which cracks him up!

Next up is Mary Ann, I mean Dawn Wells, and she seems like a really good sport! Dawn tells Space Ghost that "Gilligan's Island" wasn't real which he takes as blasphemy, and is ready to zap her for it!

Space Ghost !!

Dawn tells Moltar a story that cracked up Space Ghost even though he didn't listen to it!

While Space Ghost is distracted, Zorak takes over the whole show!

Zorak even goes so far as to re-write history with himself in key situations!

After Space Ghost regains control of the show, it's time for an interview with another Gilligan cast member, Russell Johnson, aka Professor Roy Hinkley!

Time for some serious questions? Are you fucking kidding? Hell No!

Here's a decent shot of the band!

I started this freakin' blog because I love strange, odd, and challenging music, but I also love rock n' roll, and a good groove of any kind, and it just so happens that so did the makers of "Space Ghost Coast To Coast!"  The theme music to "Space Ghost Coast To Coast" is pure Sonny Sharrock, a genius of a guitarist! Sonny was never really given the recognition he deserved until way too late in his life, but at least he got some. Unfortunately, Space Ghost was the most mainstream thing that ever happened to him. Sonny played with cats like Pharoah Sanders and Herbie Mann in the 60's, and he was greatly influenced by the music of John Coltrane! I love this quote from wikipedia, "he considered himself a horn player with a really fucked up axe." Sonny also played guitar on one of my own personal favorite  albums by Miles Davis in 1970, "A Tribute To Jack Johnson!"
After retiring from music, Sonny bounced back in the 80's and 90's on a number of Bill Laswell projects, and gained fans like he never had before! Sadly, Sonny Sharrock died from a heart attack at the age of 53 in 1994! On the 23rd episode of "Space Ghost Coast To Coast"that aired March first 1996 they played a super extra large portion of Sonny's music as a tribute! The guest on the show was Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth! The episode was titled "Sharrock!" It's hard to imagine what kind of reception it got! For me, it is Gonzo TV at it's finest hour, and if you don't believe me, you can check it out right here for yourself! It just might be the most awesome 12 minutes of your life! Thank-You Mr. Internet!

Sonny Sharrock's music was complimented perfectly by his friend and drummer Lance Carter! Between the two of them, they created a beautiful wall of noise that was a wonder to behold!

Although they stream freely on the internet, I still think I have to go to the Amazon to buy all three volumes, but I do think it will be worth it!! "Space Ghost Coast To Coast" is one of the few shows I could watch over and over and never get tired of it!

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