Episode 106: Movie Music Biopics, The Journey of a Lifetime with THE INDEPENDENTS

Original broadcast date: March 20, 2021

Take some time this week to remember your original happy hour: Saturday mornings as a kid, waking up at dawn, jumping on the couch with a bowl of chocolate cereal, turning on the ‘toons, tuning out the outside world and working your way into a sugar hangover before noon. This week, we take a musical journey with a discussion on the music movie biopics that have shaped the pop-culture.

Joining us are Greg Naughton, Rich Price and Brian Chartrand of the real life band “The Sweet Remains” and of their fictional band and movie music bio-pic, The Independents, a musical comedy/drama about three solo-artists who collide at the same crossroads and discover harmony and their roller-coaster-ride journey across America for a one last shot at musical glory.

In 1987 you saw a Tejano band Los Lobos with a toe tapping Lou Diamond Phillips in a music video for their #1 hit single, “La Bamba”, the biopic title track that was a cover of Ritchie Valens 1958 song that was really an old Mexican folk song. All this to say that music biopics leave a mark on pop-culture that music alone can’t reach and yet, it’s the music that makes those movies so memorable! Music biopics have been around since the invention of movie sound with the problematic The Jazz Singer and have been darlings of Academy Awards night ever since. Join Grim Shea, Marke and Jimmy The Gent as they get to heart of it all… Music biopics are the link between pop-charts and pop-culture.

This episode is sponsored by Paramount Home Entertainment and Lady Sings the Blues. Nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Actress for Diana Ross, Lady Sings the Blues captures the essence of Billie Holiday, one of Americas most loved blues singers and introduced the world to the amazing acting capability of Richard Pryor as “Piano Man”.



Greg Naughton, Rich Price and Brian Chartrand

Of the real life band “The Sweet Remains”