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“Franco directed the whole movie in character as Tommy Wiseau,” says the actor. “Well, I should amend that — he wasn’t in character as Tommy Wiseau, but once he started the day doing Tommy’s voice, he would spend the rest of the day doing the voice. So, it wasn’t like he was pretending to be Tommy, but it was like James using Tommy’s speech pattern and accent. It was really special and very funny.”



This complex was over 2000 acres, but a lot of the land has been sold and subdivisions and golf courses have been built on the undeveloped portions.

You know, love makes the world go 'round
And love, baby, make the seesaws go up and down
And it makes the trees grow tall
And the most important thing of all
It makes a boy and girl, yeah, say they feel so fine, now (feel so fine)

Without love, the flowers wouldn't grow in spring
And without spring, yeah, the birdies just wouldn't sing
Whoa, everybody needs love and to watch the twinkling stars above
It makes a boy and girl, yeah, say they feel so fine, now (feel so fine), yeah

Whoa, everybody needs love and to watch the twinkling stars above
It makes a boy and girl, yeah, say they feel so fine, now (feel so fine)
Love, love make you cry, now
That goes for Billy, Sherry, Bobby, and Marsha, baby, you and I
Yeah, I can prove to you that these words of love I'm sayin' are so true
It makes a boy and girl, yeah, say they feel so fine, now (feel so fine)

Love, love, love, love is so sad
It's so sad

Gowan loves how The Mission reflects the band’s core identity. “The album feels simultaneously comfortable and new,” observes the keyboardist/vocalist/onstage shaman. “It’s both entertaining and charming, and a natural progression of our sound. There’s a tip of the hat to all the great music of that era, which we made sure to highlight by my utilizing all those vintage Oberheim synthesizer sounds. That DNA, quite frankly, is what’s in all those great, classic STYX albums anyway, and I can see all kinds of cross-references that appear on this album. I feel great about it. It’s also been particularly intriguing to hear Tommy mutter a couple of times, ‘This feels like The Grand Illusion .’ I take that as being quite the positive response.”

Wiseau roped in a much younger friend he had made in acting class, an out-of-town hopeful called Greg Sestero​ (played here by Dave Franco) and together they pulled together a bemused crew and scratch cast to recite Wiseau's muddled script. "Like Tennessee Williams put through Google Translate," says Paul Scheer, who plays one of The Room's cast.

Travelin' is a solid and respectable recording from the innovative and totally underrated group who became synonymous with bubblegum music. They didn't go out in a blaze of glory as the Beatles did with Let It Be, but this final album from the Shondells on Roulette before Tommy James went solo (enabling Peter Vale and Mike Vale to come up with their own production, a band called Hog Heaven ) is a good study in creativity. The nondescript cover of James driving the horse and carriage away from outlaws hardly represents the music inside, but it is prophetic (the texture is like Elton John's Madman Across the Water, meaning Roulette spent some money on the heavy cardboard gatefold). Perhaps the man sitting next to James is co-producer Bob King , while the band is smiling and peering out of the small stagecoach. Maybe it's the music business executives chasing them, as James and King move on to solo careers. Inside is another story. "Candy Maker" and the title track, "Travelin'," are serious psychedelic episodes, with "Red Rover" excellent bouncy pop song and "She" a classic Tommy James ballad with guitar stops, hooks, great backing vocals, and a wonderful falsetto vocal. Sure, some of this album plays out like the forthcoming solo Tommy James , be it "Talkin' & Signifyin'" or "Moses & Me," and as good as these tracks are, it is clear that Tommy James wanted to stretch out. The dramatic work with Nashville legends on My Head, My Bed, and My Red Guitar probably would not have happened if there were still the Shondells in James ' life and though the title track would have been a more cohesive follow-up to Cellophane Symphony if it led off this album, the work still stands as undervalued music that collectors and '60s fans in general should seek out and cherish.


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