Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Johnny Cash ... From Memphis To Hollywood (Five Minutes To Live) & Show # 364

In 1961 a low budget Crime Thriller film was released, it starred Johnny Cash and was entitled Five Minutes To Live. The story portrays a character Johnny Cabot, who gets entangled with a mobster as part of a plan involving the wife of a bank vice president being held hostage. The film also stars a young then unknown Ron Howard, Vic Tayback, and Merle Travis. In addition to this, the story revolves around a gang of people that ring the door bell of an unsuspecting household, killing whoever answers. There is one problem for Cash’s character, while he is a deranged killer, he will not deal with children or harm them for that matter. Johnny Cash also plays guitar throughout the film, as well as providing music for the films soundtrack. There was some confusion to the films title when it was re-released in the late 60s as Door-To-Dorr Maniac. This was not the only film to feature Johnny Cash as an actor, but it was one of the first films to feature him as an actor. He was later in numerous TV movies and shows such as Columbo, The Little House On The Prairie, The Simpsons, Renegade and more. Johnny Cash was not always known for his acting ability, he has appeared in so many things, but they are not all good.  This movie while it itsn't the most elaborate film ever made, it is a strange unique one at that.  The movie, which is now under public domain status, lives on. It is available not only online, but on DVD as well. This is cult classic B-movie material.

What is interesting about the song “Five Minutes To Live” is that it is a seemingly forgotten track in the Cash catalogue, it is briefly mentioned in the linear notes for the Johnny Cash - Bootleg Volume II: Memphis To Hollywood album. The notes make no refrence to the movie of the same name, but the song "Five Minutes To Live" and "The Losing Kind" were recorded for the films soundtrack in November of 1960. The song "Five Minutes To Live" is also sung and played on guitar by Johnny Cash in the film. The rest of the Bootleg Volume II album covers various points in Johnny's early career, ranging from early acoustic demos of songs such as "I Walk The Line", to outtakes and hard to find singles, some of which have never been released in the US in CD or digital form. The album features 57 tracks and is a good showcase of Cash's talents.

This week's program was three hours! I filled in for Some Folk Get The Blues, which usually airs from 9 AM to 10:30 AM. So this week my program was extended by an hour and a half and this week it can be downloaded in two parts. The download links can be found after the play lists below.

This Week's Play List:

Part One
Revolution Blues (Some Folk Get The Blues Fill In)

1. The Stooges - TV Eye (Takes 7 & 8)
2. Sonny Boy Williamson - Eyesight To The Blind
3. Robert Johnson - Milkcow's Calf Blues
4. John Faely - Dance of the Inhabitants of the Palace of King Phillip XIV of Spain
5. Joan Baez - Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
6. Stingin' Hornets - Hornet Hive Hop
7. Crooked Brothers - 17 Horses
8. Johnny West - I'm Not Your Dirty Little Secret Anymore
9. Lonesome Lefty - Millonaires
10. Johnny Cash - Five Minutes To Live
11. Johnny Cash - The Losing Kind
12. The Locusts Have No King - Trench Song (Live)
13. The Ettes - I Stayed Too Late
14. Toques and Beards - Stand Tall
15. Big Sugar - Come A Little Closer
16. Paul Revere & The Raiders - I'm Not Your Steppin' Stone
17. The Modern Lovers - Road Runner
18. Klark Kent - Thrills
19. The Fall - Psykick Dancehall
20. Crocodiles - Flash of Light
21. Rotten Tropics - The Dross
22. Public Image Limited - Pop Tones
23. Twilight Hotel - Viva La Vinyl

Download Part One here.

Part Two
Revolution Rock

24. XTC - Beatdown
25. Crash 80s - Waiting For The Heat
26. The Enigmas - Bad Meat
27. Spiral Scratch - Jimmy Was A Virus
28. The Users - Kicks In Style
29. Terminal Sunglasses - Antenna Dilemma
30. Generation X - This Heat
31. ATV - Action Time Vision
32. Surfer Blood - Territorial Pissings
33. Indian Wars - George Ellis
34. Hoa Hoas - All The Time
35. Papermaps - Forever
36. Simply Saucer - Dance The Mutation
37. The Saints - Erotic Neurotic
38. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dead Man In My Bed
39. The Velvet Underground - Some Kinda Love (Live At Max's Kansas City)
40. Nothing At All - Confused
41. The Hives - Love In Plaster
42. The Black Swans - My Brother
43. The Black Angels - Yellow Elevator # 2
44. Arctic Monkeys - Black Treacle
45. The Black Lips - Leroy Faster

Download Part Two here.

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