This is Radio Free Charleston’s tenth episode, originally posted to Gazz TV on November 29, 2006, and remastered october 4, 2013. This episode, “Captain Action Shirt,” features music from The Sleeping Dons and The Heydays, vintage animation remixed, and a short film starring Danny Boyd as an evil dwarf.
Host segments were shot on the grounds of the State Capitol Building, and if you look at the montage under the end credits, you can see the lovely fountain that they have since bulldozed.
The title shirt of this show features the logo for Captain Action, the classic action figure who has since been successfully revived with costumes that will allow him to dress as Marvel, and soon, DC Comics, superheroes. I still write about the good Captain in PopCult frequently.
Fans of the show might find this early episode of note because Rudy Panucci not have my sign-off catchphrase, “I’ve got stuff to do” yet, and it is directed by RFC Big Shot, Melanie Larch, not Rudy, who has directed most episodes of the show.
The “TV Tabloid” short comes to us courtesy of Danny Boyd. This short film was made at West Virginia State College about twenty-seven years ago The animated opening for this bit was done by Frank Panucci back in his pre-computer days.
Our first musical guest was The Sleeping Dons, back for an encore after treating us to the Native American baseball tune, “Story Of The Coyote People” on our second show. This time around they gave us “Wild River.” This video showcases the band set against a montage of illustrative footage of rivers and nature, which was necessary when we lost two camera angles in a hard drive crash. Sean Richardson, of The Sleeping Dons is now half of Tofujitsu and performs as a solo act as well. The other two Dons, Jay Lukens and Deron Sodaro, have returned to their former band, Mother Nang.
The Heydays came into Livemix Studio following a performance at Taylor Books. It was the first time that our esteemed Gazz Editor, Douglas Imbrogno, had been up to visit the musical home of RFC. Doug and master guitarist Paul Callicoat are The Heydays, and in this episode they perform their arrangement of “Shady Grove.” Douglas is the mastermind behind Charleston’s Third Eye Cabaret, which will be the focus of an entire episode of RFC in November, 2013. Paul is still co-owner of Route 60 Music, the coolest place to gear up musically in the tri-state.
This episode was remastered on October 4, 2013, to fix some video glitches. You can read the original production notes here.