North to Alaska

Here's a type of song, a story ballad, that seems pretty much extinct these days. (Any WU-vie who can cite a contemporary instance gets a No-Prize!) It seems, judging by the film clips in this video, to recount the entire arc of the movie!

The Wikipedia page for the film.
     Posted By: Paul - Fri Aug 28, 2020
     Category: History | Movies | Music | Regionalism | 1960s

Johnny Horton was great; I loved his music. I miss those old "story songs." I'm guessing they're not completely extinct, but the only modern one I can think of off-hand is Warren Zevon's "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner," and that was from [checks notes]...1978.
Posted by Undine on 08/28/20 at 06:48 AM
Actually, any appearance by Kovacs in a movie is worthwhile.

The only recent song I can think of, although it isn't part of any movie, is Charlie Daniels' "Uneasy Rider." RIP, Charlie.
Posted by KDP on 08/28/20 at 08:01 PM
"With the Northern Lights a'runnin' wild"!? That's one desperate lyricist.
Posted by Richard Bos on 08/29/20 at 08:23 AM
As a note, when it comes to ballads like this, there was a huge selection of them in the mid-late 60s, rock and roll, even...most of which get categorized as 'death era' songs. I've always enjoyed those, strange as it may seem, though I honestly think that I prefer Sha Na Na's version of Tell Laura I Love her to the original.

Posted by Tiona Daughtry on 08/31/20 at 11:44 AM
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