Friday, November 13, 2009

The Blues Brothers

I have recently watched The Blues Brothers for the second time and again i was blown away by this piece of cinematic cult, a masterpiece indeed. I thought it would do justice to this soulful piece of art to feature a tribute here. Rest in peace John Belushi.

From left to right; Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi.

The Blues Brothers movie was the pinnacle of success for The Blues Brothers formed by Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi (the Band). The Blues Brothers was an American Blues and Soul- revivalist band founded in 1978 as part of a musical sketch on Saturday Night Live. The band released an acknowledged critically acclaimed album titled Briefcase Full of Blues in 1978 and secured a Hollywood movie contract for filming The Blues Brothers in 1980 created around it's original characters, directed by John Landis and shot at various locations in Chicago, Illinois.

The story revolves around a paroled convict 'Joliet' Jake Blues played by the late John Belushi, whom together with Elwood Blues played by Dan Aykroyd genuinely believed they were on a "mission from God" to save Saint Helena the Blessed Shroud Orphanage in Calumet City, a Catholic Orphanage (in which they grew up) from foreclosure due to non-payment of annual assessment in a total sum of $5,000.00 bucks. Thanks to Reverend Cleophus James played by James Brown, Jake and Elwood saw the "light" to reunite their band members to string up gigs in an attempt to raise the required sum of money for their former orphanage.

Rejuvenated and given a new purpose in life, Jake and Elwood embarked on their mystical journey to redeem their remaining pinch of pride in their new Bluesmobile ( the old Cadillac was sacrificed for a new microphone) a retired 1974 Dodge Monaco police patrol car bought from an auction by Elwood.

Watch how their epic journey was met with numerous obstacles ranging from being fired at by rocket launchers to being chased by Illinois Nazi party loyalists giving them an A-list adventure worth your every waking moment glued to the TV.

Not to be missed is the flashy cameos played by the following artists;

British supermodel Twiggy as the 'Chic Girl'

Jazz singer Cab Calloway as Curtis

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin as Mrs. Murphy

Ray Charles as owner of Ray's Music Exchange

James Brown as Reverend Cleophus James and,

Carrie Fisher as 'Mystery Woman'

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