Sordidness Tracker, Episode 46

June 9, 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 3: The Beach Boys, Dennis Wilson, and Charles Manson, Songwriter, this handy Sordidness Tracker will help you follow who was doing what to whom.

White flight: Yes.

The marked difference between the motivation for the Watts Riots versus the Sunset Strip “riot”: Noted.

Shared racism of the LAPD, the Nixon administration, and Charles Manson: Also noted.

Stephen Stills: Motivated.

Movies about Jesus that fall through: One.

Jim Morrison, The Mamas and the Papas, and Peter Sellars in the same building: Allegedly (The Spiral Staircase).

Acid-fueled, pansexual orgies: Yes.

Things acquired via sexual favors from the Manson girls: Milk, candy, repeated incidents of gonorrhea.

Oral sex with Charles Manson used as entrance exam for family admittance: Yes.

Only exception to this rule: Parents with money.

Is this how the Manson family ended up with Angela Lansbury’s credit card: It is.

Does Karina Longworth imitate Charles Manson: No.

Who does: Nate DiMeo, host of The Memory Palace podcast.  He’ll be portraying Manson for the duration of this series.

Who imitates Dennis Wilson: Noah Segan.

Bad ideas had by an overly friendly Dennis Wilson in this episode: A lot.

Yogis used as opening act for Beach Boys: One (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi).

Neil Young and Lou Costello’s daughter: Both mentioned!

Successful, passive-aggressive attempts to evict the Manson family from Will Rogers’ old hunting lodge: One.

Nicknames given to Charles Manson: Two (“The Wizard” and “Pigpen”).

The Moody Blues, ripped off by Charles Manson: Probably.

Chart position of the Beach Boys’ “Bluebirds over the Mountain,” which had “Never Learn Not to Love,” Dennis Wilson’s rewrite of Manson’s “Cease to Exist,” as a B-side: Sixty-one.

Also mentioned: Homebrewed mescaline, Wavy Gravy, “Manson babies.”