Music from My Movies


Dino Surfin’

I recently posted the songs from my feature film Over-the-Rhine, mentioning that creating music for my movies is a way of pursuing “my other love.” Over-the-Rhine is a heavy drama, so those songs are serious, emotional accompaniments to the story.

OK, shift gears, because…

The songs from my new feature film Notzilla, an absurdly silly spoof of old monster movies, are patently ridiculous.

And proud of it!

The three songs featured in Notzilla were actually written for the end credits. Because the movie is set in 1962, I decided to accompany the credits with a typical day of AM radio in the early 60s, just as the giant monster Notzilla is becoming a national craze. The first of these, introduced by an obnoxiously loud DJ named Charlie “the Big Cheese” Cheeseman, is from Bobby Bleach (a character in the film) and his group Bobby and The Bleachboys, “Kentucky’s number one surf band!”


Well, I didn’t own no records

and I never seen a movie.

My Grandpa said, I love you, son,

but, dude, you sure ain’t groovy,


Stop drivin’ that ol’ tractor, boy,

and parkin’ it at school.

It definitely factors

into why you’re so uncool,



Ya gotta

catch a fin and go dino surfin’ with me!

(Groovy, groovy, groovy, groovy—Wow! Notzilla!)

Your groove begins when you’re dino surfin’, you’ll see!

(Groovy, groovy, groovy, groovy—Pow! Notzilla!)


Once you ride a dino tail

you’ll soon be hangin’ ten.

Every move’s so fine, oh, boy,

you’ll wonder where you’ve been

all your life!

Once a dino moves

he’s a combustible machine,

especially if he’s had

a lotta beer and ate some beans,



This recording was produced and sung by Steve Goers, the composer of Notzilla’s brilliantly over-the-top score!



Note: No part of this song or recording may be copied or reproduced without first obtaining written permission from its composer Mitch Teemley (Og Hollow Music, 2018 – ASCAP)

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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25 Responses to Music from My Movies

  1. smzang says:

    I love it…impossible to listen to it without absorbing its verve.
    It’s better than a vitamin B shot.

    Liked by 5 people

  2. Let’s hear it for silly!

    Liked by 4 people

  3. This is very interesting topic! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Whoa! Feelin’ the Watusi, man!

    Liked by 4 people

  5. Jeff Haberman says:

    Let’s “Catch A Wave” Moondog!!

    Liked by 2 people

  6. badfinger20 says:

    Fit the times perfect Mitch.

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Oh memories! That’s the year I got married…great year. Love the music.

    Liked by 3 people

  8. Okay, Ill be humming this for the next two weeks.

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  9. 👍👍
    Bring me back to the past.

    Liked by 3 people

  10. Kathleen Ellerman says:

    Great, fun music for a great, fun movie! Notzilla rules!

    Liked by 2 people

  11. Hello Mr. Teemley,

    I am a young Christian filmmaker, and I (along with a lot of friends, family, and local volunteers) am going into the pre-production process for our first feature film. I am going to be directing it. And I was just wondering if I you would have any advice for me? Like, what is the most common problem that happens on set that I should be aware of, and prepared for?


    Elijah Holston

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  12. Wow, those chord progressions are really different! I don’t remember many bands in the ’60s that had more than just the 3 chords and a capo. IV, V, I, IV, V, I followed by V, VI, II (which would be minor if it stayed in the key but is major here!) and then moves back to V and then I. So this song has more than 6 chords and changes modes during the verse! The singers are really adept at intonation and balance. I am really impressed that the soloist can improvise over that progression. Very surprising. I salute you, sir!

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