American Routes at the Movies, starring John Waters and Les Blank


February 21st, 2007 ~ Cut a rug on the red carpet with two filmmakers who always put music in a starring role. Director of Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, Cry-Baby and many more, John Waters joins us to talk about his obsession with 1950's R&B and rock. Documentarian Les Blank recalls working with American Routes marquee names Lightnin' Hopkins, Clifton Chenier and Dizzy Gillespie.

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  • Open Bed: Thrift Shop Fashion Shoot Stewart Copeland
    Pecker original soundtrack, BMG
  • The Wheel of Fortune Kay Starr with Harold Mooney & Orchestra
    Sentimental Journey: Pop Vocal Classics, Vol. 3, Rhino
  • Shine (From Crossfire) (performer unknown)
    Murder is My Beat: Classic Film Noir Themes and Scenes, Rhino
  • From Russia with Love Count Basie
    Ultra-Lounge Vol.7: The Crime Scene, Capitol
  • Movie Stars The Tiger
    Roosevelt in Trinidad: Calypsos, 1933 - 1939, Rounder
  • You Can Get It If You Really Want Jimmy Cliff
    The Harder They Come original soundtrack, Island
  • Que Rico El Mambo Dámasco Pérez Prado
    The Motorcycles Diaries soundtrack, UMG
  • Instrumental: Woo-Hoo The Rock-A-Teens
    Pecker original soundtrack, BMG
  • Act Naturally The Beatles
    Help!, EMI
  • Hollywood City Carl Perkins
    The Classics, Bear Family
  • Whiskey Heaven Fats Domino
    From Where I Stand: The Black Experience in Country Music, Warner Bros.
  • The Madison Time The Ray Bryant Combo
    Hairspray soundtrack, MCA
  • You'll Lose a Good Thing Barbara Lynn
    Hairspray soundtrack, MCA
  • Instrumental: No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In) The T-Bones
    Rock Instrumental Classics, Vol.2: The ‘60s, Rhino
  • INTERVIEW: John Waters
  • Route 66 Chuck Berry
    Cars soundtrack, Disney
  • Route 66 John Mayer
    Cars soundtrack, Disney
  • Open Bed: Theme from M*A*S*H (a.k.a. Suicide is Painless) Bill Evans
    You Must Believe In Spring, Warner Bros.
  • Moten Swing solos: Jesse Davis, James Carter
    Kansas City: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Verve
  • My Funny Valentine Chet Baker
    The Company soundtrack, Sony
  • Drown in My Own Tears Ray Charles
    Ray: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Atlantic/Rhino/WMG
  • Wildwood Flower Reese Witherspoon
    Walk the Line: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Wind-Up
  • Instrumental: Mandolin Blues Tennessee Mess Arounders
    Fonotone Records 1956-1969, Dust-To-Digital
  • Tom Joad, Part 2 Woody Guthrie
    Dust Bowl Ballads, Buddha
  • CLIP: Bob Dylan as Alias from Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
  • Billy 4 Bob Dylan
    Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid soundtrack, Columbia
  • Come Una Pietra Scalciata (Like a Rolling Stone) Articolo 31
    Masked and Anonymous music from the motion picture, Columbia
  • Love of My Life (Oh Sole Mio) Louis Prima and Keely Smith with Sam Butera and the Witnesses
    Big Night soundtrack, Rysher
  • INTERVIEW: Les Blank
  • Instrumental: A Streetcar Named Desire The Warner Bros. Studio Orchestra
    Warner Bros. 75 Years of Film Music, Rhino
  • A Streetcar Named Desire Terence Blanchard
    Jazz in Film, Sony
  • Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans? Billie Holiday with Louis Armstrong and his Band
    New Orleans soundtrack, Soundtrack Factory
  • End Bed: Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans? Henry Butler
    American Routes original recording,