Welcome to the Listeners Lounge

The Wilder Ride is a podcast celebrating and exploring the films of Gene Wilder, using the ​movies by minutes format. We also have a companion show, or side cast, where we interview interesting guests and have a lot of fun in a throwback to the Johnny Carson style of talk show.

We grew up seeing Gene Wilder play everything from a scientist, to a gunslinger, to a man infatuated by a woman in red, to Mr. Willy Wonka himself. But always, at the heart, there is a depth and a warmth of a real human being bringing those roles to life. And Gene did it in such a way as to leave an indelible impression in our hearts and minds. And as fascinated as we are about Gene, we wanted to dive into the lives of those people we’ve met or discovered along life’s journey.

Hopefully we will turn a younger generation onto one of the most gifted performers, gracing the silver screen. Movies like Young Frankenstein, The Woman in Red, Silver Streak, Blazing Saddles, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Haunted Honeymoon represent such a wide range of characters and story lines. In each of these, Gene Wilder took on the role and made it his own. Doing deep dives into these films, only looking at one minute of the movie at a time, is rewarding just on its own merits. But, along the way, we invite a wide variety of guests to join us on our Wilder Ride. The result is both informative and hysterical, leaving no stone unturned. Or, so we hope!

We appreciate you taking time to visit our site and to learn a little more about us, our guests and our efforts to bring this podcast to life. It takes a lot of work, energy and time to produce each episode. But, as they say in theatre, it is all for naught if no one is in the audience. So, we thank you again for being out there and for listening.

Help us out on this Wilder Ride

If you want to help us, there are several ways you can. The most important one is to help spread the word! Talk us up. Tell your family and friends about us. Be ready to help show people how to access our podcast — The Wilder Ride. You can also click on the links on the side panel to visit our show on a number of different outlets, including Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, YouTube, TuneIn Radio, HimalayaiHeart Radio and more.

Photo by Steve Wood

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The Wilder Ride on Patreon

For those who are willing, we have a Patreon page where you can sign up to be a patron of our show. We have several tiers, each with its own reward for showing us your support. Even supporting us with a $1 a month helps to keep these shows coming your way. Beyond our time and effort, there are always monthly costs for hosting and delivering our content. To thank you for becoming a patron, we provide options to receive even more from The Wilder Ride. Lower tiers get public recognition, while higher ones can earn access to bonus material and more. The beauty of Patreon is you can control, month-by-month, the amount of your support. You can move up and down the tiers each month if you want. Or, you can exit at any time. Whatever you are able to do, we appreciate it more than you can know.

Thank you!

We feel like we cannot say it enough, so we will say it one more time — THANK YOU! Our aim is to do justice to the films and the memory of Gene Wilder and have a lot of fun and even more laughs along the way. We really hope, it will be a wild ride that gets “Wilder” by the minute! And we hope to see you there along the way.

TWR Listeners Lounge – RUSH Cinema Strangiato

RUSH Cinema Strangiato

In this episode, hosts Alan Sanders and Walt Murray invite bassist, Philip Sanders, to chat about the group RUSH. With RUSH Cinema Strangiato opening nationwide for a one-night showing of the Director’s Cut of their R40 tour, they decided to spend the episode discussing the band. Alan’s younger brother Philip, has a lot of musical talent and is a bassist in a number of bands. He has played a number of RUSH’s songs on stage and brings that knowledge to the discussion.

While they look back at their first brushes with RUSH, they all seemed to have started in 6th grade. Alan states, the band has been part of the soundtrack of his life. That sentiment was echoed by everyone.

As they move through the episode, they look back at the first Rush song they remember. They move to the first full album they each purchased. You cannot talk about a band without asking about seeing them live and how many times. All along they way, they bring up some of the favorite songs over the 19 studio albums RUSH released.

By the end of the episode, they each give their top 5 favorite RUSH albums. They also give some final thoughts about the band and about the subjects they covered. 

Top 5 RUSH albums


5. Roll the Bones

4. Grace Under Pressure

3. Permanent Waves

2. Moving Pictures

1. Signals


5. Clockwork Angels

4. Hold Your Fire

3. Hemispheres

2. Moving Pictures

1. Counterparts


5. Signals

4. Hold Your Fire

3. Roll the Bones

2. Presto

1. Moving Pictures

Songs featured in the episode include:
  • Subdivisions
  • The Analog Kid
  • Tom Sawyer
  • Animate
  • The Spirit of Radio
  • Time Stand Still
  • The Pass
  • Roll the Bones
  • The Camera Eye
  • Limelight
  • The Garden
  • Drum Solo – Neil Peart live in Frankfurt
  • 2112 – Overture
  • Red Barchetta – Live in Frankfurt

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