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I know I said in the previous episode that there would not be another Singing Mountain winter VGM episode. I lied. This episode — a two-hour, ”all music, no talk” collection of 16-bit winter VGM — originally went live December 21, 2020 on the Singing Mountain Patreon. It has not been available since I took down the Patreon page, but now it’s posted…
 
Earlier this year, Monday Afternoon Movie gifted you faithful listeners with the Paul Lynde Halloween Special, which has surely enriched your lives forever. Now, we are celebrating Christmas with yet another Paul Lynde special — one even less remembered and perhaps even less good: ’TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, which aired just once in 1977 and …
 
Given that Christmas is upon us, you might be expecting a 2021 edition of Singing Mountain’s ice music episode. Unfortunately, it turns out I used all the tracks I collected in last year’s winter episode and so I decided to lean in a different direction. This is the third in a different series I’ve been calling Save Point — all atmospheric, calming…
 
Sam started this podcast to celebrate how bonkers made-for-TV movies could be back in the day, but this episode, about 1975’s THE UFO INCIDENT, requires a different approach. In short, this movie is good. Starring two Academy Award-winners — James Earl Jones and Grandma Bev herself, Estelle Parsons — THE UFO INCIDENT tells the story of Betty and Ba…
 
The only this better than a made-for-TV thriller with Karen Black is one where she plays dual roles. Sam is joined by actor Miguel Pinzon to talk though this “supernatural or not?” entry from 1977. Help support Monday Afternoon Movie by pledging money on our Patreon! Follow Sam Pancake on Twitter Follow Miguel Pinzon on Twitter Visit the official w…
 
Patty Duke has a revered place in the annals of made-for-TV horror for the wonderfully bonkers CURSE OF THE BLACK WIDOW, but five years before she played the lead in SHE WAITS, a more traditional “woman in a house” chiller that also stars Dorothy McGuire and Beulah Bondi. How does it hold up? Actor Doug Plaut talks it out with Sam. Listen to MAM’s …
 
It's an all-music, no-talk Halloween episode featuring three hours fo weird, spooky-adjacent music. All the tracks come from previous episodes, so if you want any context for any of these tracks, go check out the original episodes: Samantha, Sabrina and Wanda. Track listing: 0:00 Toto Coelo, “Dracula’s Tango (Sucker for Your Love)” 5:51 Fancy, “Sli…
 
What better place to spend Halloween than in a haunted house with Paul Lynde? Well, lots of places, really, but this Halloween, Sam is spending the holiday not only with Mr. Lynde but also with Drew Mackie and Glen Lakin, host of the sister podcast Gayest Episode Ever, which looks at LGBT-focused episodes of classic sitcoms, meaning this one-hour c…
 
Here it is: my last effort at celebrating the spooky season with VGM. I don’t have much to say other than that that this is a mix of new stuff and stuff I’ve played on previous episodes. I couldn’t think of a better way to say goodbye to Halloween episodes. Previous Halloween episodes: My 16-Bit Horror Movie The Dark Side of Nintendo 16 Bits From B…
 
Part two of a celebration of 80s music that’s either outright spooky or Halloween-adjacent. Listen to previous Halloween episodes, Samantha and Sabrina — and also this episode, which has a solid dark-dancey vibe. Also listen to Different Head’s Halloween episodes: Spooky, Midnight Horror and Vol. 75. Track listing: 0:00 Art Fine, “Dark Silence” — A…
 
Barbara Eden stars in this 1974 ABC Movie of the Week, which puts a sci-fi twist on the “Help! There’s something in my womb!”-subgenre of horror flick made in the style of Rosemary’s Baby. To clump discuss this schlocky goodness, Sam is joined by founding SNL cast member Laraine Newman, who is a delight. Help support Monday Afternoon Movie by pledg…
 
The sequel to last year’s Halloween episode, Samantha, is now a two-part special. Also listen to Different Head’s Halloween episodes: Spooky, Midnight Horror and Vol. 75. Track listing (purchase/stream links TK!) 0:00 Toto Coelo, “I Eat Cannibals” — Apple Music • Spotify • Amazon Music 9:17 The Doctor, “Frankenstein” 14:15 Atrium, “Doctor Jekyll” 2…
 
The ABC Movie of the Week for the week of October 30, 1974, DEATH CRUISE delivers exactly what that title promises: death, several times over, happening specifically on a cruise ship. The film stars patron saint of this podcast, Kate Jackson, alongside Richard Long, Tom Bosley and Polly Bergen, and on hand to discuss it is actress Natalie Lander — …
 
No theme is the best theme. These tracks don’t suck. Listen to Katherine’s podcast Smart Mouth. “Seven DJs Share the Weirdest Records in Their Crates.” Track listing: 0:00 Imagination, “Just an Illusion” — Apple Music • Spotify • Amazon Music 9:57 Topo & Roby, “Under the Ice” — Spotify • Amazon Music 15:26 Clio & Kay, “Keep on Dancing” — Apple Musi…
 
Some of you bemoaned the loss of the Singing Mountain Patreon because it also meant the loss of the ”all music, no talk” versions of episodes that I sometimes posted there. Never fear: the files have been recovered, and I will be posting them on the main feed. First up, the ”all music, no talk” version of episode 105, “The End... as a Beginning.” T…
 
You’re still driving. It still doesn’t have to be a race. Listed to KVGM, “The Last Wave,” a podcast full of low-key, chilled VGM that you’ll like if you like this episode. Also listen to my previous driving music episodes: Afternoon Drive 1, Moonlight Drive, Sunset Drive, Drive Into the City Track listing: 0:07 On the Rainy Street / Dyna Brothers …
 
The only thing better than Robert Stack teaming up with Vera Miles is Sam Pancake teaming up with returning guest Stacey Yvonne to discuss 1974’s THE STRANGE AND DEADLY OCCURRENCE, about a family moving into a new home to discover that someone — or something — would rather they hadn’t. Help support Monday Afternoon Movie by pledging money on our Pa…
 
The good news: Singing Mountain is back. The bad news: It’s only coming back for a few more episodes before ending. Due to reasons I explain in the episode, I’ve decided to end this podcast. However, before I do that, I’ll be clearing out the odds and ends that are remaining in the shambles of the planning doc I’ve been making episodes from all thi…
 
What is the secret of Love House? And will intrepid investigating marrieds Kate Jackson and Robert Wagner uncover the mysteries in time? Sam is joined by Tymberlee Hill for this campy dive into old Hollywood. Originally airing in 1976, it also stars Sylvia Sidney, John Carradine, Bill Macy, Joan Blondell and more. Sam on Twitter: https://twitter.co…
 
Have you ever thought the film Maximum Overdrive just had too many possessed vehicles? If so, 1974’s KILLDOZER! may be the film for you. Clint Walker stars a construction foreman tasked with battling a bulldozer given malevolent sentience by an ancient meteorite. Sam is joined by returning guest Marc Anthony Samuel to talk about why this made-for-T…
 
The former U.S.S.R. had its own synthpop and new wave acts, but the Cold War prevented a lot of Americans from hearing how good they were at assembling those 80s music building blocks into cool formations we didn’t get here. Track listing: 0:00 Alyans, “At Dawn (На заре)” — Apple Music • Spotify • Amazon Music 8:18 Forum, “Let’s Call Each Other (Да…
 
It’s a rare case of a TV movie in the U.S. becoming a theatrical release in Japan: 1978’s THE BERMUDA DEPTHS, which has Carl Weathers, Connie Sellecca, and Leigh McCloskey exploring sea monsters off the Bermuda coast. If that’s not enough, there’s also Rankin/Bass connection, and director Jim Fall joins Sam to talk it through. Sam on Twitter: https…
 
When we last left Sam and special guest Chris D’Arienzo, they were discussing the best movie ever about a rock band investigating mysterious goings-on at Magic Mountain. What edge-of-your-seat thrills await you in the shocking conclusion! Well, you have to listen to it to find out. We’re not just going to tell you. Sam on Twitter: https://twitter.c…
 
There’s actually so much going on in this 1978 NBC telefilm about the rock band Kiss battling an evil inventor to save Magic Mountain that we are splitting into two parts, just because we couldn’t imagine sparing you all a single second of this. To discuss this landmark motion picture, Sam brings in Chris D’Arienzo, the Tony-nominated writer of the…
 
Long before the Conjuring franchise took on the murder trial of Arne Johnson, NBC aired a TV movie inspired by those real-life events: 1983’s THE DEMON MURDER CASE. And while some might expect a made-for-TV production to pale in comparison, this one boasts Kevin Bacon, Andy Griffith and Cloris Leachman and gives the big-screen counterpart a run for…
 
Premiering on ABC in 1971, this film features the best line-up of four actresses this side of The Golden Girls: Helen Hayes, Myrna Loy, Mildred Natwick and Sylvia Sidney. Joining Sam to discuss DO NOT FOLD — which may or may not be considered a horror movie, depending on what kind of girl you are — is playwright and performer Justin Elizabeth Sayre…
 
In case you’ve ever wondered how Carrie would play out as envisioned by Joan Rivers, 1973’s THE GIRL MOST LIKELY TO more or less does that. Wendi McClendon-Covey joins Sam to discuss a pre-Grease Stockard Channing’s turn as Miriam Knight, who’s not the prettiest girl on campus… yet. Sam on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jsampancake Wendi on Twitter: …
 
It’s summer, it’s pride and it’s (almost) post-pandemic. I’m celebrating all three of these with an episode I’m hoping sets the tone for the entire season. Special thanks to DJ Eric Pruitt for for suggestions from his playlist tribute to the days of Marilyn’s Back Street. Watch the video for C.C. Catch’s “Cause You Are Young.” Track listing: 0:00 S…
 
Someone said they like my show but they weren’t into the Asian artists I’ve played, so here is an episode with an entire block of Asian artists. Plus some other stuff. Track listing: 0:00 Betty Miranda, “Take Me to the Top” — Apple Music • Spotify 8:43 Eddy Huntington, “Meet My Friend” — Apple Music • Spotify • Amazon Music 14:47 Jennifer Rush, “Ri…
 
Sixteen songs I totally vouch for and then one that’s about a woman who is actually a cat. Special assist from Sam Pancake, host of a podcast I produce, Sam Pancake Presents the Monday Afternoon Movie. The final track comes Steve, longtime online friend whose own collection of pop culture antiquities, Obscure Video Games, you can see on Twitter and…
 
Thirteen episodes in, this niche 80s mixtape podcast finally features its debut of Sylvester and Valerie Dore. With a major assist from Ryan Capiro. Also listen to the episode of Different Head that gave me this episode’s Simon Byrne track. (Different Head is the podcast that inspired me to make this show, and it is just great in general.) Track li…
 
Here’s a different sort of episode. Instead of blocks of a few songs, each grouped around a theme, this episode is all based on a single theme — and it’s one big block. Have you ever seen Friday the Thirteenth: A New Beginning? Well, this one is inspired by that movie’s new wave girl, Violet, and the dark dance music I’d like to think she’d listen …
 
Sam pays tribute to the patron saint of made-for-TV movies, Cloris Leachman, who died on January 27 and left behind not only great roles on the theatrical films and beloved sitcoms but also more TV movies than you might expect. Rest in peace, rest in power! Help support Monday Afternoon Movie by pledging money on our Patreon: https://www.patreon.co…
 
And… we’re back! This episode features a selection of 80s synthpop from South Africa in addition to some classic italo disco as well as the best listener call-in this podcast will probably ever receive. 0:00 Linda “Babe” Majika, “Let’s Make a Deal” — Apple Music • Spotify • Amazon 5:32 Linda “Babe” Majika, “Don’t Treat Me So Bad” — Apple Music • Sp…
 
This is an experiment. What you have here is ninety minutes of 16-bit forest music, drawn from all four forest episodes of Singing Mountain, only slowed down, pitched down, muted and muffled in various ways and played over the sound of some royalty-free rain noise I found on YouTube. I initially made this for Patreon, and a few people noted how muc…
 
I’m going back to my roots, and no, that is not a pun about trees. I decided to revisit the “relaxing forest music” theme that I first did back in the fifth episode of this show. If you’re into it, there’s also an ”all music, no talk’ version of this episode on Patreon, with some rain effects tossed in. You tell me if it works or not. Track listing…
 
Sam Pancake's gripping exploration of the non-theatrical Stepford Wives movies concludes with a very Lifetime original movie-style take starring Donna Mills and Michael Ontkean. And the very funny Greta Titleman is on hand to discuss whether the gender-flipped plot justifies this 1996 film's existence. Also listen to the other two installments in S…
 
Sam’s survey of the Stepford sequels continues with 1987’s THE STEPFORD CHILDREN, which stars Barbara Eden as the latest unknowing wife to fall into the clutches of Stepford, Connecticut. And he’s joined in this outing by Tim Murdock, cheerful horror gay and co-host of the Happy Horror Time, a podcast that puts the gay gaze on all things horror, Su…
 
After a month-long absence, Deep Cuts and Superficial Wounds returns with italo disco, euro disco, a little bit a new wave and a female forward selection of 80s hits by the one and only Love Connie. Watch Drew’s big Simpsons project that kept this podcast offline all month. And here’s that big Twitter thread where people were shouting out their fav…
 
We’re back — if not for a full-sized serving of Monday Afternoon Movie, then at least for a mini-season to kick off the new year. Sam Pancake is diving into the Stepford sequels, the TV-only continuations of the 1972 theatrical release The Stepford Wives. And here to discuss the first one — 1980’s REVENGE OF THE STEPFORD WIVES, starring Sharon Gles…
 
It’s actually the most Italian episode yet. Track listing (and where to buy these tracks): 0:00 Den Harrow, “Charleston” — Apple Music • Spotify • Amazon 7:06 Facts & Fiction, “Give Me the Night” — Apple Music • Spotify • Amazon 13:06 Duke Lake, “Dance Tonight” — Apple Music • Spotify 19:09 R. Bais, “Dial My Number” — Apple Music • Spotify • Amazon…
 
Sam brings 2020 to a close with a decidedly less scary selection: 1977’s IT HAPPENED ONE CHRISTMAS, which had Marlo Thomas playing the lead in a gender-flipped remake of It’s a Wonderful Life, centered on Mary Bailey as the one who needs to be shown what a difference she makes in the lives of her loved ones. Actress and comedian Sarah Thyre joins S…
 
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