SPINNING RECORDS (AND TURTLES) ALL OVER THE PLACE
With the unofficial start of summer, the real start of summer, and the start of The UNCLE PETE SHOW summer radio season all just around the corner, join UNCLE PETE this week in THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN as he takes you back to The Summer Of Love (or something like that). It’s the 1968 giant monster epic Destroy All Planets starring that city leveling, kid loving turtle – Gamera! There was a time in the not so distant past when most Earthlings weren’t too happy with Gamera and shuttled him off to Mars with few regrets. But Gamera’s comin’ home and along the way beats up on some aliens who have designs on taking over Earth (seems they like the air down there).
Scoutmaster Mr. Shimida (Kojiro Hongo) has taken his troop to visit Dr. Dobie (Peter Williams) for a demonstration of their latest hi-tech mini-submarine. Unbeknownst to the adults, mischievous (and scientifically savvy) scouts Masao (Toru Takatsuka) and Jim (Carl Craig) have tinkered with the sub’s controls so only they can pilot it properly. While submerged, they meet Gamera. But all three are captured by the aliens and Gamera is retrofitted with a mind control gimmick while the boys are held at alien central. When the boys help release Gamera, the aliens counter with their own giant beastie – Viras (no relation to our feature of a few weeks ago).
Directed by Noriaki Yuasa, this film includes a lengthy Gamera mind-scan sequence that takes us back through some highlights of prior Gamera versus big bad monsters battles. Released in 1968, the Summer Of Love, this movie is also known as Gamera vs. Viras.
And speaking of the Summer Of Love, UNCLE PETE does some fond reminiscing and has his own flashback sequence of when his popular TV music program Rock-A-Rama was cancelled and the call went out from the Land Of The Rising Sun for UNCLE PETE to come over and fill the Japanese airwaves with the stuff that only UNCLE PETE can fill airwaves with. UNCLE PETE also has a bunch of cool and obscure (what else) music videos for you and some rare footage of UNCLE PETE on the radio in Japan! So join the multimedia guy himself, UNCLE PETE, this Saturday, May 17. 2014 from 10PM to midnight on channels 4, 17, and 99 in Binghamton, Sayre (PA), and Corning/Elmira/Hornell respectively for Destroy All Planets – remixed, remastered, and real spiffy – on the next DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN!