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Psycho Killer: Johnny Cash plays a ‘door-to-door maniac’ in ‘Five Minutes to Live’
03.13.2013
09:00 am

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The Man in Black’s acting debut came when he portrayed the deranged, practically foaming at the mouth cop killer “Johnny Cabot” in the 1961 film noir, Five Minutes to Live. Johnny, along with his partner (Vic Tayback, “Mel” from the 70s sitcom Alice ) plot a unique bank robbery. Johnny knocks on the door of a housewife (Cay Forester, who wrote the script) offering to give her guitar lessons and then takes her hostage. Her husband, (Donald Woods) a bank manager, is told that she will be murdered unless Tayback’s character walks out of the bank with $70,000.

Their plans go awry when the banker calmly informs him that they’d be doing him a big favor by killing his wife so he can run off to Las Vegas with his mistress! Then their son (a young Ron Howard) comes home from school, throwing another wrench into the works.

The weirdest part of the film is the way they shoehorned in a Johnny Cash performance (albeit a twisted one) when “Johnny Cabot” decides to sing a murder ballad to his terrified hostage about her own impending doom. You can skip directly to 36:40 to watch Cash-as-psychopath terrorize her with his guitar, performing “Five Minutes to Live.”

He’s not exactly “Frank Booth” from Blue Velvet, but he’s still pretty fucking creepy.

Five Minutes to Live was re-titled Door-to-Door Maniac for a 1966 re-release. Country great Merle Travis makes a cameo appearance.
 

 
Via Open Culture

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Johnny Cash in German
02.21.2013
01:22 pm

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Because you’re mein…?
 

 
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Johnny Cash postage stamp to be released this year
01.30.2013
11:14 am

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The United States Postal Service will be issuing a Johnny Cash stamp later this year as part of its new “Music Icons” series. The stamp features a photograph taken by Frank Bez which appeared on the cover of the album Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash.

Makes me want to start writing letters again.

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‘Wheel of Fortune’ FAIL
01.11.2013
04:06 pm

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There’s really not much to say about this. Just watch it…
 

 
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Kids’ Halloween Costumes That They’re Too Young to Understand


A miniature Don Draper.
 
Flavorwire has an excellent roundup of photos titled “Kids’ Halloween Costumes That They’re Too Young to Understand.”

Missing from the list: Little Johnny Cash.


“I shot a boy in Reno just for some candy corn.”

 

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He Walks The Line: The Johnny Cash 24-Hour Money Machine (1985)
08.03.2012
09:19 am

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The JohnnyCash Money Machine


 
Yesterday I posted about something that I did not know about until that morning, thanks to one of our readers: Iggy Pop’s guest appearance as a Vorta on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Today brings another “I did not know that”: The JohnnyCash Money Machine courtesy of Canada Trust Bank. This short-lived promotion happened in 1985.
 

 
One more JohnnyCash Money Machine commercial after the jump…
 
With thanks to Robert Dayton!
 

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Crimes against rock ‘n’ roll: Olivia Newton-John’s ‘Ring Of Fire’
06.15.2012
01:11 pm

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Ring Of Fire
Olivia Newton-John


 
Olivia Newton-John should be hurled into a burning ring of fire for desecrating the Johnny Cash classic, which was co-written by his wife June Carter and Merle Kilgore.

This discofied version of “Ring Of Fire” is a re-mix of the track that first appeared on Newton-John’s 1977 album of country covers, Making A Good Thing Better - a misleading title if there ever was one.
 

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Handmade felted rock stars


Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin hangin’ out
 
Oregon -based artist Kay Petal makes these whimsical sculptural needle-felted rock star dolls. Kay says, “Using single, barbed felting needles I sculpt wool fibers into solid felted wool characters with heart and soul. My characters are soft and flexible yet strong and durable.”

And guess what? Kay will even make one of YOU! You can contact her on the website Felt Alive for more information.
 

Johnny Cash
 
More after the jump…

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7 Classic Tracks

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Age may weary and death may claim, but the ears will not condemn this fine selection of essential listening from Blondie, Joe Strummer, Ian Dury, Sonic Youth, David Bowie, Johnny Cash and Leonard Cohen taken from Later with Jools Holland.

01. Blondie - “Heart of Glass” from 1998
02. Joe Strummer - “London Calling” from 2000
03. Ian Dury - “Sex and Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll” from 1998
04. Sonic Youth- “Sacred Trickster” from 2009
05. David Bowie - “Ashes to Ashes” from 1999
06. Johnny Cash - “Folsom Prison Blues” from 1994
07. Leonard Cohen - “Dance me to the End of Love” from 1993
 

 

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Johnny Cash: The Last Great American
12.30.2011
03:40 pm

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From 2004, Johnny Cash: The Last Great American was the first major TV retrospective of the singer’s life and times. Featuring contributions from his daughter Rosanne Cash and son John Carter Cash, longtime manager Lou Robin, and fellow musicians, Little Richard, Cowboy Jack Clement, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and Elvis Costello. This documentary contains incredible archive and some superb performances, and is a fine testament to The Man in Black.
 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds

Competing James Bond themes: Tom Jones vs. Johnny Cash’s ‘Thunderball’


 

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Competing James Bond themes: Tom Jones vs. Johnny Cash’s ‘Thunderball’
12.27.2011
09:26 am

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It’s the Man in Black vs. the bombastic Welsh crooner…

I like the Johnny Cash version, it’s cool, but more for a James Bond film that might take place in Texas than underwater. It’s pretty obvious why they didn’t use this one!
 

 
And here’s a smoking live version from the 1960s by the one and only Tom Jones….
 

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Dennis Hopper recites Kipling on ‘The Johnny Cash Show’ 1970


 
At the height of his drug-fueled insanity, Dennis Hopper recites Rudyard Kipling’s “If” on The Johnny Cash Show, September 30, 1970. Can you imagine seeing such a thing on prime-time television today?

This can’t have been easy for him to do in the state of mind he was in back then!
 

 
Thank you, Leroy Chapman!

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Earliest known footage of Elvis, Buddy Holly (plus Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins)


 
This is what it says on YouTube:

This colour clip was shot silent in 1955 in Oklahoma City while Holly and Elvis Presley were working the two bottom slots on a country package tour headlined by Hank Snow — and apparently represents not only the earliest film footage of Holly but that of Elvis as well (he’s dressed in a neon-bright green shirt and he’s already a physically commanding figure).

Other YouTubers are saying this was shot in Buddy Holly’s high school in Lubbock, Texas, the following year. Whatever the case, you can also catch Carl Perkins, and at :58 seconds in, a really young-looking Johnny Cash.
 

 
(via Everlasting Blort)

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Johnny Cash ‘flipping the bird’ pumpkin
10.31.2011
10:32 am

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Epic Johnny Cash carved pumpkin by Marc Evan and Chris Soria aka Maniac Pumpkin Carvers.

Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Johnny Cash Halloween costume

(via Nerdcore)

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Johnny Cash Halloween costume
10.23.2011
10:44 am

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Amusing
Fashion

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Halloween


 
“I shot a boy in Reno just for some candy corn.”

This is beyond awesome.

(via reddit)

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