Private Parts – tape 2491

Well here’s a nice surprise. The tape label (and my database) only lists Private Parts for this tape, but the first thing on it is an episode of Howard Goodall’s Big Bangs. This episode is on Opera.

Most of the composers he talks about weren’t available for interview, but he does talk to John Adams, who wrote Nixon in China.

After this, we switch recordings, to Private Parts. It’s a biopic of radio personality Howard Stern. There’s was a brief graphical intro to the film.

Well the film starts well, with Alison Janney reminiscing about Stern. I hope she’s in it a lot. In fact, can’t the film be about her?

No, it’s about Howard Stern, ‘controversial’ radio DJ, whose whole schtick seems to be that he’s got the sense of humour of a thirteen year old. The film opens with his appearance at an awards do as ‘Fartman’. And the next scene, while he’s talking to his agent at the airport, he’s looking at a woman, and imagining her first with her shirt off, then with much larger breasts. This is not subtle stuff.

Oh look, another West Wing alumnus, Mary McCormack.

Paul Giamatti plays a programme director in New York who tries to tame Stern when they poach him from his top rated Washington show.

On the evidence of this, I don’t think I’d be a big fan of Stern.

The tape ends after the film.

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2 comments

  1. Private Parts got a level of coverage over here that was completely out of sync with how well known Stern was at the time when it came out, including what seemed like most of a TFI Friday – I can only think he was perceived as another Letterman, influential on our broadcasters (even though he wasn’t really) but rarely actually seen.

  2. Chris Moyles took a lot of Stern’s shtick and made it his own (or a version of his own). What’s odd to me is how much Stern’s voice sounds exactly like Alan Alda’s, if he wasn’t a DJ he could have made a living as an impersonator.

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