Tom Snyder, new wave, and Kim Fowley

I’ve got work to do tonight, but I can’t seem to find the energy. So, I’m procrastinating, watching old episodes of The Tomorrow Show, and bemoaning the fact that we don’t have good, substantive late night talk shows anymore, or, for that matter, television hosts like Tom Synder. For those of you unfamiliar with Tom, and his unique brand of chain-smoking genius, here’s a clip:

OK, now I’m heading over to Netflix to move The Runaways movie up in my queue. After having watched this exchange between Snyder and the heavily made-up impresario Kim Fowley, I find myself desperately needing to know more about the evil son-of-a-bitch behind the band.

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  1. Mark
    Posted October 21, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    For those of you who won’t follow that last link, here’s how the article begins.

    Google Inc. cut its taxes by $3.1 billion in the last three years using a technique that moves most of its foreign profits through Ireland and the Netherlands to Bermuda.

    Google’s income shifting — involving strategies known to lawyers as the “Double Irish” and the “Dutch Sandwich” — helped reduce its overseas tax rate to 2.4 percent, the lowest of the top five U.S. technology companies by market capitalization, according to regulatory filings in six countries.

    “It’s remarkable that Google’s effective rate is that low,” saidMartin A. Sullivan, a tax economist who formerly worked for the U.S. Treasury Department. “We know this company operates throughout the world mostly in high-tax countries where the average corporate rate is well over 20 percent”…

  2. Posted October 21, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    As odd as it sounds, I actually miss seeing people smoking on TV (see esp.: the old Dean Martin roasts). Everyone looks so chillaxed….(and for the record, I’m a lifelong non-smoker…in fact, I have asthma).

  3. Bob
    Posted October 21, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    I watched Snyder faithfully up until he retired, truly unique and always a compelling interviewer. The Runaways movie is pretty weak. I like how they tried to make Kim Fowley a villain when he is far more interesting and worthy of a movie than all of the Runaways put together.

  4. Knox
    Posted October 22, 2010 at 6:00 am | Permalink

    Fowley is also one of the men responsible for the novelty song Alley Oop. I doubt movies will be made about it though.

  5. Paul Schreiber
    Posted October 22, 2010 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    My son, Tim, is a big fan of Kim Fowley. I believe Mr. Fowley made a skiing song called “Shush Boomer” that was a sendup of surfing songs.

  6. Edward
    Posted October 22, 2010 at 8:14 am | Permalink

    I’ve watched those Tom Snyder punk and new wave videos a few times now, and, as good as the interviews with Patti Smith and Ken Fowley are, I find myself more interested in the guests he has on around them, like Frank Capra. It’s surreal to me that Capra could be a guest on the same show as someone like Joan Jett. People these days don’t give a shit about old people who have actually done things.

  7. TeacherPatti
    Posted October 22, 2010 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    Hee hee, Tom interviewed Patti Smith (that’s my full name). Always cool to see it when it’s not relating to me. :)

  8. Kim
    Posted October 22, 2010 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    I’d like to join in on the Google attack. Here’s an article about how much they’ve spent to undermine Net Neutrality:

  9. Aardvark
    Posted October 24, 2010 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    The airline I work for had Joan Jett on as a passenger once a number of years ago. Flight attendants said she was one of most rude and obnoxius people they ever ran across. Maybe she has mellowed with age and no longer looks down upon “servants”.

  10. Posted October 24, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    Joan seems so nice here, in this 1977 video, but I can see how, after several decades in the business, having people kiss your leathery old ass, you could begin to think you deserved it.

  11. Ted
    Posted October 25, 2010 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    Joan Jett’s diet, exercise, and fitness tips for abs and arms!

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