TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Sarfraz Manzoor

Season 02 | Episode 33

Sarfraz Manzoor


Sarfraz Manzoor, screenwriter of Blinded By The Light, stops by for a very special Music That Made Me episode.

Show Notes:

Music Referenced In This Episode

Bruce Springsteen, Darkness on the Edge of Town album (1978)
Buddy Holly, “Rave On!”, Buddy HollySong (1958)
Bruce Springsteen, “Youngstown,” The Ghost of Tom JoadSong (1995)
Bruce Springsteen, “Streets of Fire,” Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978)
Bruce Springsteen, “Backstreets,” Born To Run (1975)
Bruce Springsteen, “Dancing In The Dark,” Born in the USASong (1984)
Pete Yorn, “Dancing In The Dark” cover, available on the limited edition of MusicforthemorningafterSong (2001)
Bruce Springsteen, “The River,” The RiverSong (1980)
Bruce Springsteen, “Reason To Believe,” Nebraska  – Song (1982)
Bruce Springsteen, “Drive All Night,” The River (1980)
Bruce Springsteen, “Prove It All Night,” Darkness on the Edge of TownSong (1978)
Bruce Springsteen, “Long Walk Home,” MagicSong (2007)
Bruce Springsteen, “My Father’s House,” Nebraska (1982)
Bruce Springsteen, “Land of Hope and Dreams,” Wrecking Ball (2012)
Bruce Springsteen, The Rising (2002)
Bruce Springsteen, “Worlds Apart,” The Rising (2002)
Bruce Springsteen, “Blood Brothers,” Blood Brothers (1996)
The Traveling Wilburys, “Tweeter and the Monkey Man,” Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1
Jackie DeShannon, “When You Walk In The Room” (covered by Bruce Springsteen and The Searchers) (1963)
The Searchers, “Needles And Pins” (1964)
Social Distortion, “Bad Luck,” Somewhere Between Heaven and HellSong (1992)
Bruce Springsteen, “Walk Like A Man,” Tunnel of Love (1987)
Bruce Springsteen, Tunnel of Love (1987)
Bruce Springsteen, “Spare Parts,” Tunnel of LoveSong (1987)
Bruce Springsteen, “Brilliant Disguise,” Tunnel of LoveSong (1987)
Michael Jackson, Bad (1987)
Prince, Sign o’ the Times (1987)
Bruce Springsteen, “Tougher Than The Rest,” Tunnel of Love (1987)
Bruce Springsteen, “Two for the Road,” Tracks (1998)
Bruce Springsteen, Devils & Dust (2005)
Bruce Springsteen, “The Promise,” The Promise (2010)
Bruce Springsteen, “Thunder Road,” Born To RunSong (1975)
Bruce Springsteen, Born To Run (1975)
The Clash, London Calling (1979)
Bruce Springsteen, Western Stars (2019)
Bruce Springsteen, “Hello Sunshine,” Western Stars (2019)
Bruce Springsteen, “Moonlight Motel,” Western Stars (2019)
*Bruce Springsteen, “Long Time Comin’,” Devils & Dust (2005)
Bruce Springsteen, “Valentine’s Day,” Tunnel of Love (1987)
Bruce Springsteen, “My Hometown,” Born in the USASong (1984) 
Bruce Springsteen, “Adam Raised A Cain,” Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978)
Bruce Springsteen, “Independence Day,” The River (1980)
Cat Stevens, “Father And Son,” Tea for the TillermanSong (1970)
Bruce Springsteen, “If I Should Fall Behind,” Lucky Town (1992)

Other Notable Items

Blinded By The Light (2019)
Sarfraz’s memoir Greetings From Bury Park: Race, Religion and Rock and Roll
Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)
William Friedkin’s Movies That Made Me podcast episode
The Buddy Holly Story (1978)
The daytimer party in Blinded By The Light
Philip Roth’s relationship with Newark
Elton John
Warner Brothers/New Line Cinema
A History of Violence (2005)
Seven (1995)
The Summer of Love
Curtis Mayfield
Drew Friedman’s Movies That Made Me podcast episode
Drew Friedman’s classic cartoon about David Byrne and Paul Simon
Simon and Garfunkel
Bob Dylan’s appearance at the end of The Rising Tour
Willie Nelson
Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson’s 2004 minor league baseball park summer tour
John Mellencamp
Social Distortion
Roy Orbison
Devils and Dust Tour
Gurinder Chadha’s podcast episode
Spectacle: Elvis Costello with… TV series (2008-2010)
The Clash’s London Calling Tour
The Clash
The Smiths
The racism of Morrissey
Mexican teens’ love of Morrissey
The Stone Pony concert venue in Philadelphia

Listen to a playlist of the songs discussed (aside from the Pete Yorn track, which was not available) on Spotify.

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About the Podcast

Filmmakers and entertainers discuss the movies that inspired them. Hosted by Oscar nominated screenwriter and TFH Guru Josh Olson and TFH Fearless Leader Joe Dante.

The Movies That Made Me is recorded live in Hollywood and engineered by film composer Don Barrett.

About The Hosts

Josh Olson was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood. Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, INFESTED, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, but that’s okay.

He has written features and TV shows with Harlan Ellison, Walter Hill, Slash, Willie Nelson, and Mick Jagger. His Village Voice essay “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” became an internet phenomenon, getting upwards of five million hits.

The ten-part audio drama BRONZEVILLE which he wrote, starring Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Omari Harwicke and Tika Sumpter was a popular and critical hit, and is currently being developed for TV. He and John Brancato (THE GAME) recently wrote and sold the feature spec TRIGGER WARNING, which is being produced by Thunder Road.

Joe Dante is a director known for his satirical blend of horror and comedy viewed through the lens of grounded, relatable American life. his career in film began as a movie critic at age 12. A few years later, he conspired with Jon Davison to produce The Movie Orgy, an experimental exploration of ‘50s pop culture that metamorphosed into a hit phenomenon bringing Dante to college campus showings nationwide.

Soon after, he followed Jon to Hollywood where he edited trailers for producer Roger Corman before co-directing his first feature, Hollywood Boulevard. His first solo film, Piranha, successfully kickstarted his legendary career with titles like The Howling, Gremlins, The ‘Burbs, Innerspace, and more.

Joe’s dedication to preserving the history of cinema and his near encyclopedic knowledge of movies led to the creation of Trailers From Hell, a web series offering viewers a brief history lesson of movies discussed through their respective trailers.