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Mark Kermode Mark Kermode | 14:22 UK time, Tuesday, 7 August 2012

A few months ago my band the Dodge Brothers and I went to the famous Sun Studios in Memphis to record an album. Here's a sneak peek at a radio documentary about the trip.

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  • Comment number 1.

    The Dodge Brothers need to record an album in prison like Johnny Cash to be truly rock n roll.

  • Comment number 2.

    It's not about musicians, it's about men in a room not trusting each other...

    Cannot wait to hear the programme. Radio documentaries are very entertaining. There was an excellent one based on Jeff Buckley last year featuring Chrissie Hind as the narrator which I would highly recommend seeking out

  • Comment number 3.

    Having only caught one of the band's local pub gigs and two Brand accompanied silent film shows, I'd say they're probably up to it, but of course we'll have to check it out when it airs next week.

    Given that Mike Hammond teaches Film Studies at So'ton Uni, perhaps they should record an album in an old cinema, either well restored or atmospherically abandoned, they could cover songs with cinematic themes (lord help 'em if they take requests and I'm in the audience -- I'm not sure Lynch's Girl in the Radiator Song, In Heaven could stand up to a skiffle version). That is, if no minimum security prisons are available to grant #1 posted request above.

  • Comment number 4.

    i was walking in Memphis, Mark Cohn,Don Henley then Dr K.

  • Comment number 5.

    Yo bud. when you are you responding back to our comments that you asked us to respond too. it takes a lot of effort to think of films when the world actually ends or sight and sound and all those challenges you throw at us . i want you to respond back and so i can have films to watch and have that funny feeling inside when you say my name.:P lad stop talking about 3d. i hate 3d but calm down wait for the mother flipping dvd. our flipping what aspect ratio or your mother flippin music. only messin. talk about what you want. but can revise some of your previous video and stuff coz you know you asked us like laaaad

  • Comment number 6.

    excuse typos please haha

  • Comment number 7.

    Does anyone have a spare Babel fish?

    (#5 above)

  • Comment number 8.


    Computer reads 'Language not recognised'


  • Comment number 9.

    Congratulations on ticking off a major bucket list . It is a wonderful joy in life to finally be where youve always wanted to be.I just went for the first time to Liverpool.Top of my list was the Cavern.I absolutely LOVED IT. It would have a great atmosphere even if The Beatles hadnt rocked it 292 times.Evey brick has been autographed by fans,on the walls, on the ceiling ,everywhere.
    I believe in fate, the Cavern was calling me ,for as I went down the steps the guy on the stage just started to play Dueling Banjos!!!. He rocked, the small crowd roared.Magic.

  • Comment number 10.

    Mark, just try not to go all Barbershop Ragga on it.

  • Comment number 11.

    Mark, don't take this personally, but this is a film blog, not music blog. I am sure you are great at what you do, but some of your subscribers and regular viewers might not care about folk music, so in the future, please keep your blog on the right topic.

  • Comment number 12.

    Love The Dodge Brothers first album "Louisa and the Devil". Can't wait to hear further about the adventures in Memphis and the release of the long awaited second album.

    As they say in the wine business "it's all about the Terroir". Works just as well for the Dodge Brothers in Sun Studios.

  • Comment number 13.

    This blog just jumped the shark

  • Comment number 14.

    You've got the wrong date at the end of the blog. Should be August, not July.

  • Comment number 15.

    Is it a pre-requisite for members of the Dodge Brother's to wear the exact same type of sunglasses?

  • Comment number 16.

    Whilst I agree that this blog should stay 'on topic', I can't see the harm in a bit of self indulgence from time to time. What I will say however, is if you do intend to post a clip like this (which IMO will be of little interest to most of the blogs viewers/readers), maybe post 2 clips. The other being about films. :)

  • Comment number 17.

    #9 You didn't visit The Cavern! You visited a cleaned up,tourist friendly replica of the Cavern that is on the wrong side of the street. Liverpool council demolished the original cavern in around 1974 to build.........a car park. Yep. Only in England.

  • Comment number 18.

    @ #15 Catriona wrote:

    "Is it a pre-requisite for members of the Dodge Brother's to wear the exact same type of sunglasses?"

    Maybe they're fans of They Live or take it literally. I wonder how long the fight scene was?

  • Comment number 19.


    Kermode. Your ego is obviously getting the better of you. Quite frankly, I am not interested in the Dodge Bros.

    When you discuss film it's interesting, and your views on certain movies, although often debatable, are always worth listening to. But increasingly you are setting up debates which you rarely follow through, and your choice of Film Club movies suggest a rather contemptuous attitude to your blog followers (I mean, Breathless and Slade in Flame, Bleughh!).

    You are starting to sound like one of those actors who always wanted to be a rock star (Willis, Reeves, Thornton etc), or rock stars who thought they were really actors (Jagger, Bowie, Sting). Stick to what you are good at and reward your followers with a little bit more interaction regarding their input into your blog. Remember, your blog only exists because of the followers comments, treat them with contempt and they will go elsewhere.

  • Comment number 20.

    Seeing as Mark is on holiday, i'm taking it upon myself to tell you about a film i saw just this afternoon. A Simple Life is a marvellous little Chinese film which probably won't get much attention but if it's showing near you go see it, rather than waiting for the DVD, you will be rewarded for your efforts.

  • Comment number 21.

    Good luck to you and the band, hope it goes well.

  • Comment number 22.

    @17 Brian

    Yes and no.It apparently occupies 75% of the original space and is made of 50 % of the original bricks,so it isnt genuine but isnt a total fake either.Its a lovely small,dark place to have a pint.I`m glad they built it,beats a plaque on a wall, and I really liked the atmosphere. But then i really liked` F for Fake`

  • Comment number 23.

    I'm personally happy to hear about this, even if the good doctor is reflecting on a personal experience he is doing so through a reflection of a good couple of decades of popular culture critique. The whingers above may as well say "can we have less matey banter and incessant sniping on the programme" or "if Kermode hates a film enough to rant about it for five minutes perhaps he should keep his comments to himself and only review good films"... seriously... there's enough jobsworthy film review blogs out there with no personality and style, just go and track one of those down. Your whinging posts are the online equivalent of taking a phone call in a crowded screening of Terms of Endearment.

  • Comment number 24.

    @David Sargeant No, it not about men in a room not trusting each other, it's about infidelity.

  • Comment number 25.

    I don't see the problem if Mark wants to mention his side project, not that it needs to be film related, although, that side project happens to have a side project of providing live musical accompaniment to silent films. Does that leave you anything to complain about (apart from the weather, the Olympics and the cruelty of fate)?

  • Comment number 26.

    Sorry, Mark, but I don't care about your music.
    I would just like to post about the latest Mark Walhberg movie, Ted. I saw it a couple of days ago and I thought that it was brilliant. It's rude, crude and a hilarious way. It's got quite a few bad reviews and I just can't see why. It's great.

  • Comment number 27.

    BLIMEY! Some of your readership here are WILD DISRESPECTFUL. The man is not your servant, this is HIS blog, and he can talk about whatever he bloody pleases. If you don't like it, don't comment. You don't have to be snide.

    Mark, it's great that you got to record in a place of such high importance to you. I'd be very interested to view the doc, but I'm not sure I'll be able to here in the states.

  • Comment number 28.

    "This twice-weekly video blog is the place where he airs his personal views on the things that most fire him up about cinema - and invites you to give your own opinions."

  • Comment number 29.

    mar kermode's ***FILM** blog. not self indulgent naff music hobby blog

  • Comment number 30.

    As the good doctor himself would say, "Blimey Charlie!" I think some people would do well to think twice before clicking the submit button in future.

  • Comment number 31.

    Having just finished listening to "Mark goes to Memphis" i found the first half most interesting with the textured description of period and place evocative. The second half, whilst it didn't convert into a Dodge Brothers fan, having to record a song in one take repeatedly to get it right deserves huge respect.


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