After watching Vanishing Point (1971) I was amazed by the connection between Kowalski and Super Soul (Cleavon Little) a resident DJ fighting to support and inform the lone driver, I remembered that I had started a list and now it needed to be completed.
01.The DJ (Lynne Thigpen) The Warriors (1979)
Possibly the most iconic DJ in cinema history and all we ever saw of her for the entire movie was her mouth. Her golden tones over the radio played out as a narrative of the hellish night that the street gang called the Warriors we’re having after being framed for taking out a rival gang leader. It quite insane how her character comes across when we barely see anything of her but it’s a vital role which really brings the movie together and keeps the fast pace up. It looks particularly amazing in the director’s cut as it splices the “comic” chapters together well.
02.Blue Heart (???) Zombi 3 (1979)
I’m hoping I can find the details of this chap before I publish but so far NO clues on who the actor is who played this amazing happy Dj who becomes the only Zombie DJ in cinema history.. (if you know of any others please inform me). BlueHeart is a happy carefree hippy who promotes love with his music, but after an outbreak of “Death One” his beloved island becomes a nightmare in paradise as the locals are becoming mindless zombies and being slaughtered by the military. His messages of peace and love soon become a dark signal of safe havens, hospitals and military advice, and eventually his final message is a warning from the dead themselves.
03.Grant Mazzy (Stephen McHattie) Pontypool (2008)
This unusual infection movie revolves around the fearless and quirky Grant Mazzy who arrives to do his shift at a local radio station just as his town begins to go crazy and acting like mindless cannibals. After barricading himself and staff into the station they attempt to keep people informed as they piece together the cause of his mass hysteria. Great movie with a superb actor taking the reins and delivered a realistic role.
04.Angry Bob (Iggy Pop) Hardware (1990)
A long all time favorite movie on mine (got a tribute tattooed on my leg) and filled with some of the UK’s best musicians, including Lemmy (RIP) and Carl MacCoy playing his own brand of psychonaut and Iggy Pop makes a guest appearance as Angry Bob who gives random updates about the apocalyptic shitty weather, radiation count and to inform us that there is NO FUCKING GOOD NEWS!! Unlike the rest of the movies this DJ is just a voice over the airways but his updates do provide a host of interesting background information.
05.Super Soul (Cleavon Little) Vanishing Point (1971)
The enigmatic person what prompted me to finish off this list, Vanishing Point is about a speed racer out for some kicks transporting a car to a new owner and surviving on a cocktail of uppers he doesn’t sleep and doesn’t lift his foot from the pedal. While ploughing through police barricades and racing brave challengers, he has an unspoken one way communication/bond with Super Soul, a blind DJ played by the late Litt, he helps guide and warn Kowalski about upcoming dangers and tries to guide him to safety and even takes a brutal police beating in the process.
It’s brilliant how DJ’s are often portrayed on the big screen, obviously through the ages styles and music, formatting of shows have changed the game but the players are very much the same. I do love the connection between Vanishing Point’s SuperSoul and BlueHeart from Zombie.