Why Jack Ford Lives at Home

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Since election season is in full swing, we thought you might enjoy Cameron’s 1976 Rolling Stone cover story with Jack Ford. Gerald Ford’s son was a hot commodity back at the time. Young, handsome and campaigning for his dad, Gerald Ford. We hope you like it!

Why Jack Ford Lives at Home

A White House Portrait

“I’m Jack Ford and I’m here to reelect my father. I’m not just saying that because I want to stay in the White House. Quite frankly, I would gladly change places with you.’

Five days before the Michigan primary, on a sunny Saturday afternoon in May, the sprawling Fairlane shopping center, an indoor mall in Dearborn, is so thick with campaign workers of both parties that it’s hard to take a step without being accosted by zealous volunteers brandishing buttons and bumperstickers.

Today, the shopping center is being visited by a major campaign figure — once removed. A young Republican worker rushes up to a knot of people, breaking the news with breathless reverence: “Did you hear? The president’s son Jack is here! Just around the corner!” There’s a commotion around the corner, all right, and a strange, nervous chuckle is rising above the hubbub; sort of an emphatic ah-ha, followed by three slightly forced heh-heh-hehs.

Then around the corner comes the owner of The Laugh, surrounded by swooning teenage girls. Jack Ford’s three-piece suit — its color an exact match for his tousled sandy blond hair—hangs perfectly on his sleek, athletic, 24-year-old body. He loosens his tie and proceeds to sign the crinkled slips of paper thrust in front of him. He poses for dozens of Instamatic flash pictures and pumps every hand in sight.

“I’m Jack Ford and I’m here working to reelect my father. Can we count on your support?” That’s the stock line he recites to almost everybody. Everybody, that is, except the prettiest girls, who get a slightly bolder variation. The steely blue-green eyes linger a little longer on theirs and, at the beginning of the handshake, Jack will simply say, “Your hand feels a little cold.” On occasion he’ll turn to one of his Secret Service agents and remark wistfully, “I wish there was something we could do about that.” The effect is devastating, and instantaneous. One melted girl.

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The Last Load-Out

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Thanks to Showtime and J.J. Abrams for the opportunity to make the one and only season of “Roadies.” My mind is still spinning from the giddy highs of working with this epic cast and crew. Though we could tell a thousand more stories, this run ends with a complete ten-hour tale of music and love. Like a song that slips under your skin, or a lyric that keeps speaking to you, we hope the spell of “Roadies” lingers. It was life-changing experience for all of us.

So much appreciation goes out to the sensational actors and crew who lived and breathed these stories and characters with their whole hearts. We became a family, our own music-loving troupe. Thanks also to the musicians who lived so comfortably in the world of acting. And thanks to all at Bad Robot, and Winnie Holzman, great collaborators all. Big thanks to our fans for watching and cheering us on. We’ll see you soon with a new project… and many of the same actors, I’m sure. Here’s a little glimpse of the last night of filming. This is what every day felt like.

Love,

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Special Thanks to our directors and magic-makers like (get ready for some names!)… Irving Azoff, David Nevins, Robin Gurney, Gary Levine, Gail Levin, Thomas Yatzko, Kathy Lingg, “Mighty” Clay Griffith, Kelly Curtis, Ben “Socks” Stephenson, Peter Roth, Joel Schwartz, Tom Schnaidt, Mike DeGrazzio, Tamara Isaac, David Bilow, Elliott Eisman, Neal Preston, Jon Kasdan, Sam Jones, Allison Liddi-Brown,  Jeffrey Reiner, Julie Anne Robinson, Gavin “Hai” Kleintop, Janell Sammelman, Greg Mariotti, Andy Fischer, Cara McKeown, Joel Sinensky, Nicola Marsh, David Spade(!), Rainn Wilson, Marc Maron, Peter Schindler, Len Goldstein, Katie McGrath, Tom “100%” Mackay, Michele Anthony, Eric “We Gave Up European Dates with Neil Young!” Johnson, and of course huge thanks to the real bright-light Roadie who loaned us her name and her indominable spirit – Kellianne Murphy.

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Roadies Episode 10 – Song List

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Episode 10 – The Load Out:

  • “Ring Them Bells” – Bob Dylan
  • “Advice on Bears” – Boats
  • “Trailer”– Mudcrutch
  • “Man of the Hour” – Eddie Vedder
  • “Sayonara Judge” – Robyn Hitchcock
  • “Abandoned Love” – Bob Dylan
  • “He Was a Friend of Mine” – Jim James
  • “Mohammed’s Radio” – Jackson Browne ft. Greg Liesz & Luke Wilson
  • “Church” – Gary Clark Jr.
  • “A Little Crazy” – Nicole Atkins
  • “Willin'” – Jackson Browne & Lucius ft. Greg Leisz
  • “The Load-Out” – Jackson Browne (Song of the Day)
  • “Better Man” – Leon Bridges
  • “I’ll Be Good to You” – The Brothers Johnson
  • “Find a Way” – Austin Basham
  • “Ballad of Mad Dogs and Englishmen” – Leon Russell
  • “Once I Was? – Tim Buckley
  • “Take It Slow”- Rogue Wave
  • “All We Ever Knew” – Jon Russell (The Head and the Heart)

 

 

 

 

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Dead Sex – Everything You Wanted to Know, But Were Afraid to Ask

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As we approach the finale of Season 1 of Roadies, I thought it might be fun to share some tidbits about the show within the show, Dead Sex. Enjoy!

Cast

  • David Spade – Harris DeSoto
  • Lamon Archery – Detective Rick Davidson
  • Christie Lynn Herring – Yana (Detective)
  • Cody Bruno – Derek
  • Tiffany Panhilason – Talia
  • Katherine Murphy – Kat (Assistant)
  • Caitlin Leahy – Dr. Lita
  • Amanda Grace Jenkins – Tina

Premise

What if a plague wiped out nearly the entire planet except for the most beautiful people who were saved due to the perfect structure of their genomes?   The one catch — the survivors must have constant, sterile, joyless sex, just to survive.  Without constant sex, they become zombies.  Romance suddenly disappears globally.  Sex becomes an agonizing chore.  Until one man… a simple everyman… is discovered.  Harris DeSoto is a biochemist who was studying the soil near the toxic Salton Sea in California.  Some how he was spared from the plague.  This man, Harris DeSoto (David Spade) suddenly becomes the most sought after man on earth.  His very “averageness” makes him a one-of-a-kind specimen.  He is suddenly the most attractive man on earth. Constantly bombarded for sex by gorgeous survivors, Harris is single-minded… he refuses to be unfaithful to his wife Jen, who was never found after the plague.  Harris holds out hope that his wife was beautiful enough to survive… and searches the earth for her.

In their early review of the show, even Variety suggested:  “This is the Rod Serling sensibility that we’ve craved for decades — it’s like a moody Twilight Zone combined with the best of all modern cable drama.  And the real revelation here is the complete career re-branding of a new dramatic sensation, David Spade.”

The Four Stages of the Plague

Stages 1 & 2

Stages 1 & 2: Fever/Molting

Stages 3 & 4

Stages 3 & 4: Flesh Erosion/Full Infestation

Other Plot Points:

  • Children have been sparred – until their 18th birthday…when puberty is done. If they reach the end of puberty as an above-average-looking person, they can survive. If they turn eighteen and they’re average/ugly, they’ll die within a few days. (“and we wouldn’t know for eighteen years if the child was immune to the disease, or even beautiful enough to survive.” – Desoto)

Trivia:

  • Five complete scenes were shot over the course of an entire day and were written and directed by Cameron
  • The show is part of the CineBox network lineup…
  • The Roadies are watching Season 3 of the show…this is when the show really hit its stride
  • A special Dead Sex beer was created. Did you spot it on the show?
  • Funco created one of a kind Pop! toys for Dead Sex. Eagle eye viewers can spot them in one episode of Roadies

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Roadies Episode 9 – Song List

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Episode 9 – The Corporate Gig:

  • “Reach Us” – Derek Poulsen
  • “Vacation” – Florist
  • “Absolute Loser” – Fruit Bats
  • “Little Cloud” – Desert Stars
  • “Half a Native” – Buxton
  • “Hurt Me” – Låpsley
  • “Talking to You (Is Like Talking To Myself)” – Daryl Hall
  • “Lost in the Zoo” – Goddamn Electric Bill
  • “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” – Phantogram (Song of the Day)
  • “Stella” – Here We Go Magic
  • “Make Ya Feel Good” – Craig Paul Hardy & Theo Chinara
  • “On Fleek” (Full Mix) – Warner/Chappell Productions
  • “Lost Verses” – Sun Kil Moon
  • “Ready for Yr Closeup” – Là-Bas
  • “Soup For One” – Chic
  • “Always Be” – TVÅ
  • “Let’s Go Forward” – Sananda Maitreya
  • “Look at Miss Ohio” (Gillian Welch Cover) – Peter Cambor & Jen Tullock
  • “Advanced Falconry” – Mutual Benefit
  • “Cergy-Pontoise” – The Magnetic North
  • “Willin'” – Jackson Browne and Lucius

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Roadies Episode 8 – Song List

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Episode 8 – The All Night Bus Ride:

  • “And Roger” – Derek Poulsen
  • “California” – Tyler Lyle
  • “Gotta Wanna” – Gun Outfit
  • “There is a Storm Comin’” – The Standells
  • “The Nitty Gritty” – Shirley Ellis
  • “Gimme Three Steps” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • “Six Days on the Road” – Flying Burrito Brothers
  • “T For Texas (Blue Yodel No. 1)” (Live at the Fox Theatre 1976) – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • “Comin’ Home” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • “Free Bird” (Knebworth Festival Live 1976) – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • “Iceblink Luck” – Cocteau Twins
  • “Ghost in You” – Robyn Hitchcock
  • “Sweet Home Alabama (Live at the Fox Theatre 1976) – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • “Pawn” (Score) – Mike McCready
  • “Just Can’t Get You Out of My Mind” – The Spinners & Dionne Warwick
  • “Saturday Night Special” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • “Phil’s Shoes” (Score) – Jordan Cook
  • “All You Can Do is Write About It” (Acoustic) – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • “Simple Man” – Machine Gun Kelly, Peter Cambor & Roadies Cast (Song of the Day)

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Roadies Soundtrack Season 1 Details

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The final track listing for the Roadies Season 1 soundtrack is here! We think it represents a nice mix of the artists featured during the show and hope you’ll like all the unique (and unreleased) versions. It will be available on CD and via iTunes on August 26th from Republic/StarDog Records. 
TRACKLISTING:
1. I Wish I Was Sober (Roadies Remix) – Frightened Rabbit ft. Mike McCready
2. Are You Satisfied? (Live) – Reignwolf
3. Big Love (Live) – Lindsey Buckingham
4. The First Time – My Morning Jacket
5. Born Again Teen (Live) – Lucius
6. Longest Days (Live) – John Mellencamp
7. Feeling OK (Live) – Best Coast
8. Simple Man (Live) – Machine Gun Kelly and Peter Cambor
9. You Don’t Get Me High Anymore (Live) – Phantogram
10. All We Ever Knew (Live) – The Head And The Heart
11. They Are All In Love (Live) – Jim James
12. Sayonara Judge (Live) – Robyn Hitchcock
13. Willin’ (Live) – Jackson Browne & Lucius ft. Greg Leisz
14. A Little Crazy (Live) – Nicole Atkins
15. The Healing (Live) – Gary Clark Jr.
16. Man of the Hour (Live) – Eddie Vedder

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Roadies Episode 7 – Song List

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Episode 7 – Carpet Season:

  • “Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go to the Party” – Courtney Barnett
  • “World Spins Madly On” – The Weepies
  • “Lost Verses” (Acoustic) – Sun Kil Moon
  • “Always Something” – Cage the Elephant
  • “Advice on Bears” – Boats
  • “Cary On, Carry On, Carry On” – He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister
  • “Pedestrian at Best” – Courtney Barnett
  • “Hold Me Down” – Halsey (with Machine Gun Kelly)
  • “I Am Not Waiting Anymore” – Field Report
  • “Banditos Eternos” – Derek Poulsen
  • “Blue Mountain” – Derek Poulsen
  • “Ghost” – Halsey (Song of the Day)
  • “Hollow Head/Hollow Heart” – Austin Basham
  • “Outside the Lines” – Mike McCready
  • “The 4:19” – Lewis & Leigh
  • “Lawless Avenue” – Jackson Browne
  • “Feeling OK” – Best Coast
  • “Guilt” – Young Buffalo
  • “Hollow Crown” – Isaac Gracie
  • “Alone” – Trampled by Turtles
  • “Heaven is a Place On Earth” – Cast of Roadies
  • “Make You Mine” – Black Lips

 

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