Sordidness Tracker, Episode 44

May 26, 2015

You Must Remember This often contains wild tales from Hollywood’s colorful past, so much so that it can become difficult to keep track of all the sordid details while you listen to it and pretend to be working, parenting, paying attention to the road, etc.  Now, there’s help.  As you listen to Charles Manson’s Hollywood, Episode 1: What We Talk About When We Talk About the Manson Murders, this handy Sordidness Tracker will help you follow who was doing what to whom.

Possible death knells for “the Sixties”: Multiple.

Drugs: Everywhere, all the time.

Murder: Plenty.

Peter Fonda Talking About LSD: Yes.

Getting high with Cass Elliot in Natalie Wood’s old house: Plausible.

The Doors as “missionaries of apocalyptic sex”: Mentioned.

The same Doors who everyone kinda laughs at for their pretensions now: The same.

The Byrds concerts as de facto orgies: Yes.

The same Byrds who sang all those pretty and jangly songs: The same.

The Mamas and the Papas devolving into hard drugs and wife-swapping: Yes.

The same Mamas and the Papas who sang all those pretty and jangly songs: The same.

Does Karina Longworth imitate Charles Manson: Yes.

Does she imitate anyone else: Yes, Dennis Hopper.

Are they better than her Dustin Hoffman impression: No.  (It’s at the 9:40 mark.)

Women in leotards talking about Marx: Yes.

Apocryphal race wars predicted: One.

Hollywood figures comparing selves to Jesus Christ: Two (Manson, Hopper.)

Dennis Hopper, being awful to women: Yes.

Charles Manson, being wildly racist in addition to all the other things: Yes.

Realizing now, 23 years after the fact, that the “Shorty Shea” that Juliana Hatfield sings in the background of the Lemonheads’ “It’s a Shame About Ray” was the Manson Family’s final victim: Yep.

Also mentioned: Dale Carnegie, Liz Taylor and Richard Burton at the Whiskey-a-Go-Go, the Straight Satans.