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February 23, 2016

Episode 259: Pump Up the Volume (1990)

Special Guest: Allan Moyle
Guest Co-Host: Rob St. Mary

Allan Moyle's Pump Up the Volume, Christian Slater stars as Hard Harry, a pirate DJ who rants about life as a high school student and the injustices of the world.

Rob St. Mary returns to the Projection Booth to discuss this influential 1990 film.

"Everybody Knows" - Leonard Cohen
"The End of Radio" - Shellac
"Freedom of Speech" - Above The Law

Download/Listen Now:

Buy Pump Up the Volume on DVD
Buy the Pump Up the Volume soundtrack
Buy Pump Up the Volume by J.S. Feliciano
Read How ‘Pump Up the Volume’ Predicted a Gatekeeper-Free Future by Jason Bailey
Read Still Pumping After All These Years by Ron Hart
Read Listening Hard: 25 Years of 'Pump Up The Volume' by Cam Lindsay
Read Looking back at Pump Up The Volume by Simon Brew



  1. Hi...my first listen to P.B. great interview with Moyle.

    1. "Welcome to the party, pal!" Glad to have you aboard. Hope you enjoy the show!

  2. Is it just me or is the link broken?

    1. Link to the show? I think it's just you. Can always cut and paste this into your browser if you'd like: http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/www.projection-booth.com/audio/Ep259-PumpUpTheVolume.mp3

  3. Funny you mention wanting to see Eric Bogosian play Lenny Bruce... If you manage to track down WITCH HUNT (sequel to the HBO movie CAST A DEADLY SPELL), directed by Paul Schrader, Bogosian ends up playing a Lenny Bruce type character for a few minutes.

  4. The Foreign ViewerMay 9, 2016, 5:19:00 AM

    Good to hear the two of you together again! :) It's clear that this movie is personal to Rob, so I won't comment on it. Bogosian's Talk Radio is where it's at for me. I will say that the interview with Mr. Moyle was lots of fun. I just wish you asked him about the name of the school. Hubert Humphrey was part of the problem in 1968, so I wonder if the choice of his name for the school was intentional. Anyway, here's a few fun links with top 10 radio DJ movies. www.amc.com/talk/2009/11/classic-ten-r-3‎ http://www.vigilantedetective.com/top-10-radio-movies/ http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2014/12/mixed-media.html http://kmhk.com/the-best-movies-about-radio-djs/
    By the way, can you imagine this movie with Cusack instead of Slater? Also, Mike should see Very Bad Things (1998). Slater turns heel in that nifty little thriller.

  5. The Foreign ViewerMay 9, 2016, 5:27:00 AM

    Incidentally, Slater was also in another teen rebel movie - The Legend of Billie Jean. By the way, anyone still remembers Turk 182! (1985)?