As much as we love it, nothing triggers the feeling of the endless time warp like the holiday season.
Most of this has to do with family roles: No matter how much we age, when we meet our family around the dining table it’s nearly impossible to avoid slipping into old patters and behaviors. The “family system,” they call it.
Then there’s the obvious seasonal repeats: The songs, the decorations, the sales. Oh my.
When school goes back into session, we realize it’s coming. When the leaves start to fall, we recognize there’s no going back. But we’re absolutely sure the rituals of another holiday season has arrived when Rocky Horror Show Live begins its annual production at the end of each October.
In what has become almost a rite of passage in Missoula, the audience-interactive stage show that blends orgiastic sex, bondage and aliens into a musical song and dance will return to the Wilma for its seventh year this Friday and Saturday.
Presented by Montana Actors’ Theatre, the show provides both reserved and tabled seating for 7 pm and 11 pm shows, with a pre-show hosted by the Cigarette Girls Burlesque.
Tomorrow, for this week’s edition of Vinally Friday, Alanya will preview the show with a few of her favorite cuts from RHPS’s original movie soundtrack.
Also on the turntable:
• Last week Robert introduced us to Willpower, the 1989 greatest hits collection for Scottish singer/songwriter and bassist Jack Bruce. This week, he’ll wrap up the two-part retrospective with a few more tracks from the collection.
Bruce, most known for his work with electric three-piece Cream, enjoyed an illustrious career of collaborations and solo work until his death in 2014. Willpower marked not just the halfway point, but masterfully captures both Bruce’s personal appeal as well as those important collaborations with other important musics. Clapton, anyone?
Called a “through, representative introduction” to Bruce’s work, two of the album’s 17 tracks feature Cream tracks and two others feature ol’ Slowhand himself. The rest are culled from Tailor and the three or four solo collections he recorded in its wake.
• Tommy will wrap up the day with the fifth and final studio album from American folk rock singer/songwriter Jim Croce.
After several years performing with his wife playing the club and college circuit, Croce finally broke through as a solo artist with the single, “Time in a Bottle”, in 1972. He had just signed a three-record contract with ABC Records, and after quickly pumping out the second one in early 1973 – Life and Times, which featured hit single “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” – Croce began work on I Got a Name.
The album was completed in September, but he would never see it released. Croce died in a plane crash after a performance in Louisiana at the age of 30, one week after I Got a Name was a wrap.
The album, released in December of that year, included three hits: “Workin’ at the Car Wash Blues”, “I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song” and the title track, which had been previously released as the theme song to film “The Last American Hero”.
Finally, it’s Friday! It’s Vinally Friday, all day on the Trail 103.3.