Mission from God! ‘Blues Brothers’ comes to Coney

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Coney Island’s got the blues!

Buddy comedy “The Blues Brothers,” inspired by the legendary “Saturday Night Live” skits, will be screened by the carnie neighborhood’s film society this month.

The 1980 movie features comedians Dan Aykroyd and the late John Belushi as two musicians trying to organize a rhythm and blues concert to raise money for the orphanage where they grew up. Along the way, they encounter wild characters like a neo-Nazi leader played by Henry Gibson, a restaurant owner played by Aretha Franklin, and a reverend played by James Brown.

The movie, which is accompanied by a killer soundtrack, is part of the film series, “Rock N Roll Summer.” It’s a weekly tribute to campy rock musicals that will also include Talking Heads’ flick, “True Stories” (Sept. 3) and Prince extravaganza, “Purple Rain” (Sept. 17).

“Our mission is to defend the honor of pop culture, so we wanted to put together the theme of rock music and movies,” said Dick Zigun, whose Coney Island Museum hosts the event.

“The Blues Brothers” at Coney Island USA [1208 Surf Ave. near W. 12th Street in Coney Island, (718) 372-5159], Aug. 6 at 8 pm. Tickets $6. For info, visit

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Jensen Lee from East Village says:
One of Blues Brothers fans’ favorites is “Rubber Biscuit,” with its hyper-speed scat singing about crazy cuisine like ricochet biscuits and wish sandwiches. First recorded by the Chips, the song became a favorite of East Coast disc jockeys in 1956. Written by lead Charles “Kenrod” Johnson while housed at a reform school, “Rubber Biscuit” became a 1978 hit when it was covered by the Brothers. Rockaeology has the meaning of the song’s cool-water sandwich and Sunday-go-to-meeting bun at
Aug. 1, 2011, 7:03 am

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