Friday, July 23, 2021

Guns N' Roses - November Rain (1992)


Hard rockers Guns N' Roses shot ;-) to stardom in the late 80s with their Appetite for Destruction album.  Mostly known for high octane songs like Welcome to the Jungle and Sweet Child 'o Mine, most band members reluctantly recorded the ballad November Rain for their 1991 release Use Your Illusion I.  Their epic opus, clocking in at just under nine minutes, is the longest song to ever crack the top 10 on The Billboard Hot 100.  An initial recording of the song took place during the Appetite for Destruction sessions.  

November Rain is one of Guns N' Roses most memorable videos.  Axl Rose's then-girlfriend Stephanie Seymour portrays his bride, whom he later grieves the loss of.  Slash performs a memorable guitar solo out in the New Mexico desert in front of a small church, which was transported from LA.  The song also has one of their most memorable live performances, closing the 1992 MTV Video Music Award with Elton John.  

November Rain was filmed in Los Angeles, CA and Galiesteo, NM

Location: The Church
Address: 310 S Van Ness Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  St. Brendan Catholic Church

Location: The Rainbow Bar & Grill
Address: 9015 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA

Situated on LA's famous Sunset Strip, The Rainbow Bar & Grill is a legendary hangout for rock bands from the 70s and 80s so it made perfect sense to use it as the bar in the music video... 

Locations Visited: June 2021, June 2023

Monday, July 12, 2021

One Day At A Time (1975-1984)

Divorcee Anne Romano packs up her two teenage daughters and heads to Indianapolis to start over.  Settling into their new apartment, they find a friend in Dwayne Schneider, the building's super.  One Day At A Time and its infectious theme song ran for an impressive nine seasons.  Like many other Norman Lear productions, such as All In The Family (1971-1979)The Jeffersons (1975-1985) and Sanford and Son (1972-1977), the show tackled some serious subjects.  Several cast members came and went, most notably star Mackenzie Phillips, who departed after the fifth season due to substance abuse problems but later returned in a recurring role.  An unnecessary remake ran for three seasons beginning in 2017.  The series was based on creator Whitney Blake's own life.  Thanks to Chas Demster at It's Filmed There for finding these locations.

Location: The Ramano House
Address: 4954 Willow Crest Avenue, North Hollywood, CA

Location: The Apartment Building
Address: 656 S Ridgeley Drive, Los Angeles, CA

 Locations Visited: June 2021

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Monday, July 5, 2021

Say Anything... (1989)


Underachiever Lloyd Dobler sets his sights on high school valedictorian Diane Court.  With different social circles, a meddling father and Diane's upcoming fellowship oversees, the odds are stacked against them.  After Lloyd gives Diane his heart, she gives him a pen and breaks up with him.  They reunite after Diane's father is arrested for embezzlement and Lloyd accompanies Diane to England.

Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982) writer Cameron Crowe makes his directorial debut with another highly-praised high school film.  Say Anything... is one of Generation X's signature movies.  The film contains one of the most memorable scenes in 80s movie history, and perhaps all of cinema history, as Llyod holds a boombox over his head blasting Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" to his crush.  A method copied by many with mixed results and perhaps a restraining order or two.

Say Anything...was filmed in Altadena, Pasadena, Monrovia, North Hollywood, Los Feliz and Los Angeles, CA and Seattle, WA

Location: Graduation Gathering
Address: 1485 Virginia Road, San Marino, CA  Lacy Park

Location: 7 Eleven
Address: 11340 Magnolia Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA

Location: Diane's House
Address: 140 S. Norton Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

Location: Kickboxing Dojo
Address: 5223 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA



This was also the Cobra Kai Karate Dojo in The Karate Kid (1984).

Location: Lloyd's Payphone
Address:  2115 Fern Dell Drive, Los Angeles, CA

Location: Valhere's House
Address: 1686 Homewood Drive, Altadena, CA

Location: Mike's House
Address: 4936 Sunnyslope Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

Location: Lloyd's Boombox Serenade
Address: 11430 Chandler Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA     North Hollywood Park

Although this is meant to be outside Diane's house, it was filmed over ten miles away at North Hollywood Park.  Billy Idol's "To Be A Lover" was the song initially in the script while Fishbone's "Turn The Other Way" was reportedly used during filming with Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" ending up in the finished film...

Locations Visited: June 2021