01.16.2012: “Live” from the Monster Garage..err… ROOM!

Kevin DeAntonio, Bob Johnson, Barrie Evans & Loren "Butch" Portillo join us this episode giving today's fans a glimpse into the past.

Hey Kaijucast listeners! Welcome to episode #49 of the Kaijucast. Bad news, I’m getting over a killer head cold, so I was very happy to almost turn over the reins to some friends of mine. Ok, that’s not really what I did. But thanks to Skype and Bob Johnson setting up a cool recording space in his “Monster Room”, we were able to connect with this small group of fans “down south”.

Heather and I are joined by Bob Johnson, Kevin DeAntonio, Butch Portillo and Barrie Evans as these fellow kaiju enthusiasts share what it was like to be a young Godzilla fan around San Francisco in the 1970s. I’m still really amazed at what was happening in that area of the US at the time. And who knows? This may be the first of several long distance group calls – not just with the Bay Area crew, either!

As usual, we have a little bit of news to share and discuss, not too much but there are plenty of local events, too, for those in the Portland area. And because the Kaiju-sation -ok, you have to agree that’s a terrible name- was so long, we were only able to play a few songs (and the episode still came in at one hour and twenty minutes!). But here are those songs for you!

1. Storm On Odo Island by Akira Ifukube from Gojira (1954)
2. Attack To The Dune by Akira Ifukube from Mothra vs Godzilla (1964)
3. The Diet Building by Miichiru Ooshima from Godzilla Mothra MechaGodzilla: Tokyo SOS (2003)

Gojira Articles on SciFi Japan: Curtis Tsui Interview & Initial News
Packaging “Fiasco” with Criterion’s Godzilla?
Bay Area Film Events
Facebook Pages of Kevin, Bob, Barrie & Butch

Jan 18th: The Doubelclicks at Backspace
Jan 21st: Mythbusters’ Behind The Myth
Jan 24th: Geek Trivia by TFAW at the Kennedy School

Don’t forget that this month we’ll be watching and discussin’ the 2003 Toho film, Godzilla Mothra MechaGodzilla: Tokyo SOS. If you want your thoughts, questions and reviews to be included in the next episode, make sure you get your homework emailed to me with the subject of “Daikaiju Discussions” by January 22nd. The reason the deadline is sooner is that the last week of the month is a very short one. If you don’t have it yet, we’ll be watching the subtitled version of Sony’s DVD – which is a pretty decent version of the film.