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Exclusive: Imagine Dragons Tour Interview

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Imagine Dragons are breathing fire with their single “It’s Time,” currently featured in the trailer for the teen coming-of-age film, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” (Emma Watson, Paul Rudd). Here we have the band in a behind the scenes tour video at the Viper Room.

“There is always a mix of apprehension and excitement before you try songs out on a new audience,” lead singer Dan Reynolds told us. “That said, L.A., and especially the Viper Room, is a second home for us. So it was great to begin testing songs out with so many familiar faces around. The reaction to the music is the most gratifying experience we have as artists.”

Of course we wanted to know what the Las Vegas band thought about having their music identified with “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” based on the acclaimed novel of the same name too.

“I was definitely very happy and humbled,” Reynolds said. “It’s an incredible novel and the team involved with the film are extremely talented. To be a part of something so special is nothing short of a dream.”

On how he saw his music fitting with the theme Reynolds replied, “The novel and film are extremely honest and show a very vulnerable side of human nature. ‘It’s Time‘ is a song about growing, but at the same time staying true to yourself. I think the film definitely resonates with that theme in many ways.”

“I wrote it just wanting to express myself in an honest way,” he said of the song. “It’s a bit of a vulnerable song for me and to see that so many people are hearing it and relating to, even drawing strength it, is an amazing feeling. I am very humbled to say the least.”

TOUR DATES:

July 5 – Summerfest 2012 – US Cell/WLUMMilwaukee, WI
July 6 – Basilica Block Party – Church StageMinneapolis, MN
July 21 – Firefly Music FestivalDover, DE
July 25 – Paramount StudiosHollywood, CA

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As the Spoof Turns

15 Hilarious Soap Opera Parodies

Catch the classic sitcom Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

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The soap opera is the indestructible core of television fandom. We celebrate modern series like The Wire and Breaking Bad with their ongoing storylines, but soap operas have been tangling more plot threads than a quilt for decades. Which is why pop culture enjoys parodying them so much.

Check out some of the funniest soap opera parodies below, and be sure to catch Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

1. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was a cult hit soap parody from the mind of Norman Lear that poked daily fun at the genre with epic twists and WTF moments. The first season culminated in a perfect satire of ratings stunts, with Mary being both confined to a psychiatric facility and chosen to be part of a Nielsen ratings family.


2. IKEA Heights

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IKEA Heights proves that the soap opera is alive and well, even if it has to be filmed undercover at a ready-to-assemble furniture store totally unaware of what’s happening. This unique webseries brought the classic formula to a new medium. Even IKEA saw the funny side — but has asked that future filmmakers apply through proper channels.


3. Fresno

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When you’re parodying ’80s nighttime soaps like Dallas and Dynasty , everything about your show has to equally sumptuous. The 1986 CBS miniseries Fresno delivered with a high-powered cast (Carol Burnett, Teri Garr and more in haute couture clothes!) locked in the struggle for the survival of a raisin cartel.


4. Soap

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Soap was the nighttime response to daytime soap operas: a primetime skewering of everything both silly and satisfying about the source material. Plots including demonic possession and alien abduction made it a cult favorite, and necessitated the first televised “viewer discretion” disclaimer. It also broke ground for featuring one of the first gay characters on television in the form of Billy Crystal’s Jodie Dallas. Revisit (or discover for the first time) this classic sitcom every Saturday morning on IFC.


5. Too Many Cooks

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Possibly the most perfect viral video ever made, Too Many Cooks distilled almost every style of television in a single intro sequence. The soap opera elements are maybe the most hilarious, with more characters and sudden shocking twists in an intro than most TV scribes manage in an entire season.


6. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

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Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace was more mockery than any one medium could handle. The endless complications of Darkplace Hospital are presented as an ongoing horror soap opera with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from writer, director, star, and self-described “dreamweaver visionary” Garth Marenghi and astoundingly incompetent actor/producer Dean Learner.


7. “Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive,” MadTV

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Soap opera connoisseurs know that the most melodramatic plots are found in Korea. MADtv‘s parody Tae Do  (translation: Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive) features the struggles of mild-mannered characters with far more feelings than their souls, or subtitles, could ever cope with.


8. Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks, the twisted parody of small town soaps like Peyton Place whose own creator repeatedly insists is not a parody, has endured through pop culture since it changed television forever when it debuted in 1990. The show even had it’s own soap within in a soap called…


9. “Invitation to Love,” Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks didn’t just parody soap operas — it parodied itself parodying soap operas with the in-universe show Invitation to Love. That’s more layers of deceit and drama than most televised love triangles.


10. “As The Stomach Turns,” The Carol Burnett Show

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The Carol Burnett Show poked fun at soaps with this enduring take on As The World Turns. In a case of life imitating art, one story involving demonic possession would go on to happen for “real” on Days of Our Lives.


11. Days of our Lives (Friends Edition)

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Still airing today, Days of Our Lives is one of the most famous soap operas of all time. They’re also excellent sports, as they allowed Friends star Joey Tribbiani to star as Dr Drake Ramoray, the only doctor to date his own stalker (while pretending to be his own evil twin). And then return after a brain-transplant.

And let’s not forget the greatest soap opera parody line ever written: “Come on Joey, you’re going up against a guy who survived his own cremation!”


12. Acorn Antiques

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First appearing on the BBC sketch comedy series Victoria Wood As Seen on TV, Acorn Antiques combines almost every low-budget soap opera trope into one amazing whole. The staff of a small town antique store suffer a disproportional number of amnesiac love-triangles, while entire storylines suddenly appear and disappear without warning or resolution. Acorn Antiques was so popular, it went on to become a hit West End musical.


13. “Point Place,” That 70s Show

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In a memorable That ’70s Show episode, an unemployed Red is reduced to watching soaps all day. He becomes obsessed despite the usual Red common-sense objections (like complaining that it’s impossible to fall in love with someone in a coma). His dreams render his own life as Point Place, a melodramatic nightmare where Kitty leaves him because he’s unemployed. (Click here to see all airings of That ’70s Show on IFC.)


14. The Spoils of Babylon

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Bursting from the minds of Will Ferrell and creators Andrew Steele and Matt Piedmont, The Spoils of Babylon was a spectacular parody of soap operas and epic mini-series like The Thorn Birds. Taking the parody even further, Ferrell himself played Eric Jonrosh, the author of the book on which the series was based. Jonrosh returned in The Spoils Before Dying, a jazzy murder mystery with its own share of soapy twists and turns.

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15. All My Children Finale, SNL

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SNL‘s final celebration of one of the biggest soaps of all time is interrupted by a relentless series of revelations from stage managers, lighting designers, make-up artists, and more. All of whom seem to have been married to or murdered by (or both) each other.

Exclusive premiere: Exray’s “Ancient Thing”

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Exray’s new video, “Ancient Thing,” gives a grainy glimpse at the long lost remains of human civilization through the eyes of a pill-popping robot. The David Fincher approved band, whose song “Hesitation” was hand picked for “The Social Network,” co-directed the video with Kyle Giacomo, and Pixar’s Jeanne Applegate — but there’s no glossy photo-realistic animation here, it was all shot old school on Super 8.

“You can trust a robot,” the title track from Exray’s latest record, “Spells out the scenario of our whole album,” singer Jon Bernson said. The song goes, “She’s going to make it to the new star / with a white light we can orbit / she will come back to retrieve us / from the black night on a fading blue dot.” And here we see what the world looks like when “the robot returns to earth.”

 

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Exclusive download: Barna Howard “Timber Nails and Tears”

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When a song expresses the kind of deep longing found in “Timber Nails and Tears,” you know the songwriter has left a part of himself, along with people and places, behind him. Portland’s Barna Howard, born in Missouri, formerly of Chicago and Boston, is one such songwriter. Fellow native Missourian, Mark Twain once said, “The longing of my heart is a fairy portrait of myself.” Howard’s brand of folk music is shaped as much by Neil Young and Townes Van Zandt as it is all the places he left behind. I can hear it echoing in this song about a man who left is cherry tree and his love when he went off to war promising, “I’ll send you kisses across the water, for I’d go mad if love weren’t true.”

Howard recorded his self-titled debut in a Portland basement and it was released in February on Mama Bird Recording Co.

 
DOWNLOAD: Barna Howard – “Timber Nails and Tears”

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