The Blues Brothers
June 20, 1980 - 2020: 40 years of: The Blues Brothers.
We're on a mission from God.
When real-life friendship turns into a full-fledge movie. SNL cast-made BLUES BROTHERS band is the rhythm & blues piledriver the late-70s desperately needed to keep the beat in check. Not only a made for TV sketch, but a real touring rock-band that happened to make a feature film. A full 360° franchise, as the movie spawned a cult-status following with merchandise, an eventual sequel and later became the groundworks for the House Of Blues club-houses.
John Belushi and real-life buddy Dan Aykroyd are the "brothers" that reunites after Jake Blues's penitentiary obligations and then reunites the band to gather money to save their native Calumet City orphanage. Yet their old hooligan-ways rapidly catches-up, always a step behind their every move. One by one the band is put back on track and gigs around, until the Illinois State Troopers crashes the final jam.
One gravity defying cast-member is made of steel, the electric 1974 black and white Dodge Monaco Police Pack, the infamous: Bluesmobile. When you though Detroit's best 7.2L V8-machinery couldn't get tougher and louder, watch in awe as this God-sent sedan jump bridges, stomp Nazis, wrecks a shopping-mall and eludes the entire Chicago Police Department. Behind the wheel, the tall man in black with the sunglasses, the very first motorhead: Elwood Blues ...the sole reason this writer is a cop-car enthusiast and driver.
Cinematography's best - scene - ever !!!
This bigger than life movie fits into many categories: music, humor and religion ? …well maybe not per say, but if the holy divine musical line-up of Cab Calloway, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker doesn't make you groove, sadly nothing will !
Written by Aykroyd and produced by John Landis, the latter would go on to produce the world's biggest music-video of all-time, the mini-movie from the biggest artist known to mankind: Michael Jackson's Thriller. Production-wise hundreds of mangled squad-cars and gazillions of dollars in both city and state property-damage have pilled-up, all of this initially because of a single yellow-light passage ...yet it did put good ol' Chicago back on the map.
After the hype of the movie-release, Belushi was sadly found dead of an overdose at L.A.'s Chateau Marmont. At the time, Aykroyd with Belushi in mind, was in writing-mode into what did become his other classic-signature: 1984's timeless Ghostbusters !
Are you the Police ?
No Ma'am, we're musicians.
RIP John Belushi (1949-1982)
RIP Cab Calloway (1907-1994)
RIP John Candy (1950-1994)
RIP Kathleen Freeman (1919-2001)
RIP John Lee Hooker (1912-2001)
RIP Jeff Morris (1934-2004)
RIP Ray Charles (1930-2004)
RIP James Brown (1933-2006)
RIP Henry Gibson (1935-2009)
RIP Alan "Mr. Fabulous" Rubin (1943-2011)
RIP Charles Napier (1936-2011)
RIP Donald "Duck" Dunn (1941-2012)
RIP Carrie Fisher (1956-2016)
RIP Matt "Guitar" Murphy (1929-2018)
RIP Aretha Franklin (1942-2018)
James Brown's music scene
John Lee Hooker's music scene
Aretha Franklin's music scene
Ray Charles's music scene
Cab Calloway's music scene
Interview in 1980
Filming location 1
Filming location 2
What's the damage ?
Dan Aykroyd remembering John Belushi in 2012
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