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The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 48: Star Wars Scores: The Prequel Trilogy

The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 48: Star Wars Scores: The Prequel Trilogy

December 8, 2019

Star Wars Month continues on The Glenn Butler Podcast Spectacular, as Glenn & Scott examine the epistemological quagmire that is John Williams’ scores for the Star Wars prequels. How hard was Williams trying to replicate the magic of his older Star Wars scores, and did he succeed? How did the music editing in The Phantom Menace affect his work on Attack of the Clones? Does Williams’ Revenge of the Sith score carry the emotional weight of that story, even when the movie largely fails to do so? What is the backbone of each score? What do the themes stand for? And can Glenn & Scott resist the temptation to take cheap shots at the movies and keep the focus on the scores? YOLO!

Musical selections by John Williams:
The Phantom Menace

“Anakin’s Theme” (original release)
“Padme Meets Anakin” (Ultimate Edition)
“Anakin, Podracer Mechanic” (Ultimate Edition)
“Watto’s Roll of the Die” (Ultimate Edition)
“Hail to the Winner, Anakin Skywalker” (Ultimate Edition)
“Anakin and Group to Coruscant” (Ultimate Edition)
“Qui-Gon’s Mission/Obi-Wan’s Warning” (Ultimate Edition)
“Anakin Defeats Sebulba” (original release)
“The Death of Qui-Gon and the Surrender of the Gungans” (Ultimate Edition)
“The Flag Parade” (Ultimate Edition)
“Qui-Gon and Darth Maul Meet” (Ultimate Edition)
“The Tide Turns” (Ultimate Edition)
“The Battle Rages On” (Ultimate Edition)
“Qui-Gon’s Noble End” (original release)
“Augie’s Great Municipal Band” (original release)
“End Credits” (original release)
Attack of the Clones
“Love Pledge and the Arena”
“Across the Stars (Love Theme)”
“The Moisture Farm” from Star Wars
“Meeting with Fett”
“Shmi’s Funeral”
“Zam the Assassin and the Chase Through Coruscant”
“The Meadow Picnic”
“Ambush on Coruscant”
“Return to Tatooine”
“The Tusken Camp and the Homestead”
“Bringing Mother Home”
“Confrontation with Count Dooku and Finale”
“The Arena”
“Dex’s Diner”
Revenge of the Sith
“Battle of the Heroes”
“Star Wars and the Revenge of the Sith”
“Anakin’s Betrayal”
“Padme’s Funeral”
“End Credits”

The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 47: Star Wars Scores: The Original Trilogy

The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 47: Star Wars Scores: The Original Trilogy

December 1, 2019

Glenn and Scott kick off Star Wars Month on PTBN Pop by examining John Williams’ scores for the original Star Wars trilogy the only way they know how: at great length. They take in three of the most widely beloved and influential scores of the past 40 years, and find more to say about them than they expected. Topics include the semiotics of thematic usage, temp-tracking, which themes lived beyond their introductions and which ones didn’t, and which themes introduced in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi belong in A New Hope. Also, strap in for some Hot Takes!

Musical selections by John Williams, except where noted
Star Wars
“Main Title”
“Learn About the Force”
“Wobani Imperial Labor Camp” from Rogue One by Michael Giacchino
“Burning Homestead”
“The Moisture Farm”
“Wookiee Prisoner”
“Detention Block Ambush”
“The Death Star”
“Imperial Attack”
“The Battle of Yavin: Use the Force”
“The Rite of Spring” by Igor Stravinsky
“The Dune Sea of Tatooine”
“The New World Symphony” by Antonin Dvorak
“The Throne Room”
“Prologue” from The Vikings by Mario Nascimbene, 2018 recording by Nic Raine and The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus
“Imperial Attack”
“Main Title” from King’s Row by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
“End Title”
“Chasm Crossfire”
The Empire Strikes Back
“The Imperial March”
“The Death Star” from Star Wars
“The Trash Compactor” from Star Wars
“The Battle of Hoth: Ion Cannon”
“Carbon Freeze”
“The Battle of Hoth: Imperial Walkers”
“Betrayal at Bespin”
“Imperial Starfleet Deployed”
“The Ice Planet Hoth”
“Rescue from Cloud City”
“Han Solo and the Princess”
“Han Solo and the Princess” (concert suite)
“End Title”
“Luke’s Nocturnal Visitor”
“Yoda and the Force”
“Darth Vader’s Trap”
“The Asteroid Field”
“Mynock Cave”
“The Wampa’s Lair/Vision of Obi-Wan”
“The Ice Planet Hoth”
“Deal with the Dark Lord”
“Rescue from Cloud City”
“Hyperspace”
“The Clash of Lightsabers”
Return of the Jedi
“Jabba’s Baroque Recital”
“Lapti Nek” (film version)
“Jedi Rocks” by Jerry Hey
“Den of the Rancor”
“Sail Barge Assault”
“Han Solo Returns”
“Bounty for a Wookiee”
“Parade of the Ewoks”
“The Forest Battle” (concert suite)
“Ewok Celebration”
“Victory Celebration”
“The Emperor Arrives”
“The Emperor’s Death”
“Luke and Leia”
“Into the Trap”
“Final Duel”
“Alliance Assembly”
“The Fleet Goes Into Hyperspace”
“Light of the Force/Funeral Pyre for a Jedi (Alternate)”
“Darth Vader’s Death”
“Approaching the Death Star”
“Ewok Celebration”

The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 46: Stranger Things 3

The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 46: Stranger Things 3

July 16, 2019

Glenn and Alanna are back for another season of Stranger Things, as The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular examines all of your favorite characters in an effort to decide who was well served and who wasn't, who got their look right, rhymes that keep their secrets, and much more!

Musical Selections:
"Stranger Things" from Stranger Things by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein
"Land Deeds" from Stranger Things 3 by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein
"Roundball Rock" by John Tesh
"The NeverEnding Story" - music by Giorgio Moroder, lyrics by Keith Forsey, performed by Limahl & Beth Anderson

The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 45: Despair on the Eve of a Debate

The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 45: Despair on the Eve of a Debate

June 25, 2019

Glenn and Scott attempt to examine the wide array of yahoos contending for the Democratic presidential nomination, but keep getting sidetracked by the garbage fire our political system has become and whether or not capitalism should be thrown onto the pyre. Which candidate serves at the mercy of Twitter teens? Which candidate has a plan for first contact with space aliens? All of the biggest candidates are covered, including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Randy Steve Bullock, John McAfee, and Vermin Supreme.

Note: This episode was recorded before former Representative Joe Sestak announced, for reasons passing understanding, that he too is running for president. We apologize(?) for the omission.

Musical Selections:
“America, Fuck Yeah (Bummer Remix)” from Team America: World Police by Trey Parker and Marc Shaiman
Crank That Mike Gravel
“International Statement” from NFL Primetime by Roger Dexter and Alan Bell
This Land Is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie, performed by Bernard Sanders et al

The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 44: Fight the Future — Star Trek: Discovery Season Two

The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 44: Fight the Future — Star Trek: Discovery Season Two

May 13, 2019

Glenn & Scott are back to discuss Star Trek: Discovery's second season, including the show's new old characters, its whirlwind tour of Original Series episodes & concepts, and the priorities of the show's writers. How did the show shift its focus from the first season, and how does its plot developments impact the bevy of spinoff shows on the horizon? Scott has things to say about the finale; Glenn has things to say about character deaths.

 

Musical Selections:
Star Trek: Discovery Main Title by Jeff Russo
"Pike's Punishment" from Star Trek, "The Cage" by Alexander Courage
"Powersurge" from NFL Primetime by Ken Nelson and Jim Long of FirstCom Music
Star Trek: Discovery End Title by Jeff Russo

The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 43: Fourth Annual Oscar Preview – Best Original Score 2018

The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 43: Fourth Annual Oscar Preview – Best Original Score 2018

February 12, 2019

Glenn and Scott are back in the Oscar vault, on time and as expected! They're breaking down the nominees for the Best Original Score Oscar: Black Panther by Ludwig Göransson, If Beale Street Could Talk by Nicholas Britell, BlacKkKlansman by Terence Blanchard, Isle of Dogs by Alexandre Desplat, and Mary Poppins Returns by Marc Shaiman. Best Original Score is one of the categories that's actually being awarded on the broadcast this year, so you know it's a big one. There are major digressions aplenty in this outing, including your dose of Hamilton hot takes!

Musical Selections:
WWE Hall of Fame Intro Theme
"Waterfall Fight" from Black Panther by Ludwig Göransson
"Glory to Bast" from Black Panther by Ludwig Göransson
"United Nations/End Titles" from Black Panther by Ludwig Göransson
"Eden (Harlem)" from If Beale Street Could Talk by Nicholas Britell
"What Have They Done?" from If Beale Street Could Talk by Nicholas Britell
"New Life" from If Beale Street Could Talk by Nicholas Britell
"The Ecstasy of Gold" from The Good, The Bad and the Ugly by Ennio Morricone
"Killmonger" from Black Panther by Ludwig Göransson
"The Ecstasy of Gold" from The Good, The Bad and the Ugly by Ennio Morricone
"Encomium" from If Beale Street Could Talk by Nicholas Britell
"Eden (Harlem)" (Double Speed) from If Beale Street Could Talk by Nicholas Britell
"Encomium" (Double Speed) from If Beale Street Could Talk by Nicholas Britell
"Blood and Soil" from BlacKkKlansman by Terence Blanchard
"Ron Meets FBI Agent" from BlacKkKlansman by Terence Blanchard
"Ron's Search" from BlacKkKlansman by Terence Blanchard
"Shinto Shrine" from Isle of Dogs by Alexandre Desplat
"First Crash-Landing" from Isle of Dogs by Alexandre Desplat
"Jupiter and Oracle + Aboriginal Dogs" from Isle of Dogs by Alexandre Desplat
"First Bath of a Stray Dog" from Isle of Dogs by Alexandre Desplat
"Outside the Tent" from Mary Poppins Returns by Marc Shaiman
"Royal Doulton Chase" from Mary Poppins Returns by Marc Shaiman
"Trip a Little Light Fantastic" from Mary Poppins Returns, music & lyrics by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman, vocals by Lin-Manuel Miranda & cast
"Ancestral Plane" from Black Panther by Ludwig Göransson
"The Place Where Lost Things Go" from Mary Poppins Returns, music & lyrics by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman, vocals by Emily Blunt
"Flying with Chewie" from Solo by John Powell
"Main Title" from Ready Player One by Alan Silvestri
"Hooray for Hollywood" by Richard A. Whiting & Johnny Mercer, arranged & conducted by John Williams, performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra

The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 42: -15th Annual Oscar Preview – Best Original Score 2000

The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 42: -15th Annual Oscar Preview – Best Original Score 2000

February 4, 2019

In the midst of Oscar season, Glenn & Scott take a detour to discuss the Best Original Score nominees from the year 2000! On the docket are Gladiator by Hans Zimmer, Malèna by Ennio Morricone, The Patriot by John Williams, Chocolat by Rachel Portman, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon by Tan Dun. Come for the celebrity guest star, stay for the Butler Brothers’ amazement at a genuinely compelling Zimmer score! This edition also boasts a discussion of when the last couple of decades ended, and ends with Glenn getting the most shocking news of the year.

Musical Selections:
WWE Hall of Fame Intro Theme
“Barbarian Horde” from Gladiator by Hans Zimmer
“The Wheat” from Gladiator by Hans Zimmer
“The Battle” from Gladiator by Hans Zimmer
“Now We Are Free” from Gladiator by Hans Zimmer
“Malèna (Titoli Di Coda)” from Malèna by Ennio Morricone
“Inchini Ipocriti e Disperazione” from Malèna by Ennio Morricone
“Il Ritorno” from Malèna by Ennio Morricone
“Visioni (Fantasie D’Amore)” from Malèna by Ennio Morricone
“The Colonial Cause” from The Patriot by John Williams
“Martin vs. Tavington” from The Patriot by John Williams
“Ann and Gabriel” from The Patriot by John Williams
“The Patriot” from The Patriot by John Williams
“Main Titles” from Chocolat by Rachel Portman
“Party Preparations” from Chocolat by Rachel Portman
“Chocolate Sauce” from Chocolat by Rachel Portman
“Guillaume’s Confession” from Chocolat by Rachel Portman
“Three Women” from Chocolat by Rachel Portman
“Ashes to the Wind” from Chocolat by Rachel Portman
“Vianne Sets Up Shop” from Chocolat by Rachel Portman
“Eternal Vow” from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon by Tan Dun
“Night Fight” from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon by Tan Dun
“Farewell” from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon by Tan Dun
“A Love Before Time” (English) from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, performed by CoCo Lee
“A Love Before Time” (Mandarin) from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, performed by CoCo Lee
“Cast Away” from Cast Away by Alan Silvestri
“Crossroads” from Cast Away by Alan Silvestri
“The Legend of Bagger Vance” from The Legend of Bagger Vance by Rachel Portman
“Remember the Titans” from Remember the Titans by Trevor Rabin
“Virginia” from Remember the Titans by Trevor Rabin
“Southern Hospitality” from Requiem for a Dream by Clint Mansell
“Lux Aeterna” from Requiem for a Dream by Clint Mansell
“End Title” from Unbreakable by James Newton Howard
“Unbreakable” from Unbreakable by James Newton Howard
“Requiem for a Tower” by Corner Stone Cues, based on themes by Clint Mansell

The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 41: Third Annual Oscar Preview – Best Original Score 2017

The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 41: Third Annual Oscar Preview – Best Original Score 2017

January 14, 2019

At long last, Glenn & Scott return to the Oscar vault to run down the nominees for best score of 2017! They discuss Phantom Thread by Jonny Greenwood, Dunkirk by Hans Zimmer, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri by Carter Burwell, The Shape of Water by Alexandre Desplat, Star Wars: The Last Jedi by John Williams, and the definition of music. Stay after the break for their thoughts on selected non-nominated scores from 2017 as well.

The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 40: Tell Me Something Good

The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 40: Tell Me Something Good

October 22, 2018

Glenn Butler and Steve Wille focus on the positive and tell each other some things that are good. Along the way they touch on the legend of Cat Grandpa, the This Old House Cinematic Universe, other low-stakes TV, and butter cheese cheese. If you have something good you want to tell us about, reach out!

The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 39: Are We Klingon, Or Are We Dancer? — Star Trek: Discovery Season One

The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 39: Are We Klingon, Or Are We Dancer? — Star Trek: Discovery Season One

July 30, 2018

Scott and Glenn are back with a somewhat belated discussion of the first season of Star Trek: Discovery. They discuss what worked for them and what didn't, why the show went too fast and felt too slow, and whether anyone was buried. They each have opinions, and Scott thinks you should ignore one of them.

Duo: A Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular

Duo: A Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular

June 21, 2018

Solo: A Star Wars Story is the subject of the latest Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, as we still want that sweet sweet search engine optimization despite not putting the name of the movie in the title. Glenn & Scott convene to break down their expectations for the newest Star War and how they were greatly exceeded, plus Solo‘s characterization, the Han-Chewie dynamic, gratuitous sequel-bait, the qualities of scoundrels, droid liberation theology, and much more. Come for the analysis of where John Powell’s score fits in the Star Wars corpus, stay for the pilot episode of the hit new podcast Glenn and Scott Read Wookieepedia!

The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 37: More Spectacular Advice

The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 37: More Spectacular Advice

June 11, 2018

Steve Wille joins Glenn & Scott for another dip into the Spectacular Advice email, which you can reach right now at spectacularadvice@gmail.com! This time the three discuss family planning, privacy vs. secrecy, and grilled cheese sandwiches.

The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 36: The Force’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed

The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 36: The Force’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed

January 10, 2018

Having seen The Last Jedi again, Glenn, Scott, and Alanna are retreating to the far-off island known as The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular to discuss the movie some more! Glenn is embarrassed about omissions in the score segment from last time, Scott is upset about Canto Bight, and Alanna is still yelling about Kylo. Other topics discussed include what it means to be Somebody, Objectivism, and...yes, love triangles. Are you a theme lumper or a theme splitter? Is "willingness to be evil" a make-or-break issue in your relationships? All this and more awaits you!

The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 35: Spectacular Advice

The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 35: Spectacular Advice

December 26, 2017

Steve Wille joins Glenn & Scott to answer YOUR questions for the first Spectacular Advice edition of The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular — big or small, we’ll consider them all! Email us at spectacularadvice@gmail.com or go to our Ask.fm page to send your questions today.

In their first foray into advice podcasting, the three have a headier-than-expected discussion of personal growth and shifting perspectives.

 
The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 34: The Last (Spoilers)

The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 34: The Last (Spoilers)

December 21, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been chased down by the latest episode of The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, as Alanna Kelly joins Glenn & Scott to dissect the latest addition to the Star Wars saga. A brief spoiler-free discussion on their expectations for and impressions of the film (taking up the first twelve minutes of the show) is followed by a longer discussion of the depth and breadth of The Last Jedi. How does the movie carry everyone’s favorite characters forward? How does it play with preconceived notions of what a trilogy’s middle chapter does? Why does Glenn suddenly care about Kylo Ren? They discuss how one of the storylines seems to be a sidetrack from the main plot, and then Glenn & Scott get sidetracked by ranking all nine Star Wars scores.