Thursday, March 12, 2009


Ahhhh, I'm in a Seth Rogen movie!

Sitting in the theater for a matinee showing of Watchmen yesterday, your host saw the trailer for Seth Rogen's "Observe and Report," another movie about a mall copper. It featured a bit with a dumb overserved blond girl sicking up and requesting a mint. That'll draw 'em in, a real laff riot, something fourteen-year-old guys haven't yet seen in platoons at fraternity parties or on spring break. Why is Ray Liotta in this movie? Because he did "Operation Dumbo Drop" or has an overly broad sense of humor? Which?

Obviously, you won't see DD in line, but the choice of tunes for the trailer was redeeming, including The Yardbirds' "Over Under Sideways Down" and Patto's "The Man."

The latter is worth ear time if only because the album it originated from -- a 1970 piece -- sold only 5000 copies, a low score to scrape out at a time when almost anything hard rocking and bluesy could do five times as much with zero advertising.

For the "Observe and Report" trailer, "The Man" was edited from 6:20 to about two minutes, its four minute intro of cocktail jazz vibes surgically removed, leaving only blooz shouter Mike Patto's "I saw the man!" gospel exhortations and the crunching guitar of Ollie Halsall.

On the album, "Hold Me Back" immediately follows -- a boy's ode to a thirteen-year old. "Thirteen summers passed by your door/You face time to score/Don't turn on your neighbor-boys!" Further, "You keep on bringin' what you ain't got for sale!" Yow! Something to put lead in the pencil and smoke in the head when heard for the first time, still energetic and fresh forty years later.

At the time Patto was considered a quirky progressive band which over describes it by quite a bit. Most of the songs on the LP are raw and smoking blooz rock with occasional jazz fusion guitar solos, intros and straight shreds by virtuoso Halsall. A few years later he'd be dead from a drug overdose, singer Patto following soon after from leukemia. The bass player was also paralyzed in a car crash.

Boy, that's sure a happy story.


Blogger João o Ião said...

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3:24 PM  
Blogger João o Ião said...

Here are some links Observe and Report Trailer and Patto - The man (1970).

Hope the movie is a lot better them the trailer, it seems to me a bit like... er... crap?


3:30 PM  
Blogger George Smith said...

I was hoping for the trailer to end when "The Man" came on and got my attention.

3:42 PM  

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