When I found out what Sweeney Todd was really about, I must admit I was quite shocked. A musical? With Johnny Depp? Sounds like a train wreck you can’t look away from, right? But then as I watched the movie I realized what was really going on. Furthermore, did you know that it may or may not be true that the story is based on a real life person?
From WikiPedia: Sweeney Todd is a fictional character who first appeared as one of the protagonists of a Penny Dreadful serial entitled The String of Pearls (1846-1847). In the most common versions of the story, he is an English barber who murders his customers with a cut-throat razor (or “straight razor” in American English), and turns their remains into meat pies. His establishment is situated in the historical Fleet Street of London. The tale surrounding the character became a staple of Victorian melodrama and a Tony award-winning Broadway musical in 1979. Sweeney Todd has also been featured in several films, the most recent being Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), directed by Tim Burton, with Johnny Depp in the title role. Claims that Sweeney Todd was a real person are unsubstantiated and unproven, although there are possible legendary prototypes, partaking of an urban myth.
I never really got to watch WKRP when I was a kid. I was kinda like, uh never born yet. But, now almost 30 years later – My wife and I recorded some on the DishNetwork DVR. I had never seen it before! To me, Johnny Fever was that teacher dude from that “Head of the Class” television series. All serious, and somewhat dry, this man was not a funny stoner DJ in my eyes! Who was this comical, masterful genius that I had never seen before? BOOGER!
And so the birth of a new tee shirt was created after seeing only 3 episodes. I was hooked! Original graphic screenprint across front of chest that reads, “Johnny Fever, WKRP“. Metal Lord style font lettering featuring stethoscope and electrofying thermometers. Listen to DJ Doctor Dr. Fever in the Mornings with Johnny Fever on WKRP in Cincinnati. A vintage version is also available, featuring a worn and tattered look to it, just like Johnny Fever himself.
You have to pick this DVD collection up if you haven’t seen this before. As I watched this series, I can’t help but think of News Radio, WNYX. They had to received some sort of inspiration from these guys to make such a great show. Speaking of which, check out the WNYX News Radio Collection of tee shirts and mugs at KaptainMyke.com.