Archive for January, 2008

Piper’s Pit with Cyndi Lauper

by on Jan.20, 2008, under Wrestling

Nobody will ever forget the time Cyndi Lauper turned her back on manager Captain Lou Albano. Not only did she embarrass him on national television by claiming he wasn’t her manager, she called him a liar and then assaulted him! Its all been downhill for the ungrateful tart since that fateful day. If she’d only stayed barefoot in the kitchen like Captain Lou said she never would have had team up with Wendy Richter to fight Captain Lou and the Fabulous Moohlah in a tag team match. Ah, impetuous youth.

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A Steamwhistle Commercial that didn’t make the cut

by on Jan.16, 2008, under Commercials

Once again those morons in mass marketing middle-of-the-road mediocrity have declined not only a great commercial, but a piece of art.
I guess they know what they’re doing though, I’ve seen some really powerful tampon commercials in my day, and look how popular they are now…thanks to the douchebags at Madison Ave.

This guy knows how to sell beer.


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David Lee Roth, Bluegrass style.

by on Jan.15, 2008, under Original Artists

I’ll admit it, I like Diamond Dave. I also like bluegrass. If only he’d listened to Rudyard Kipling, who so wisely said, ‘Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.’ DD looks like he should be hosting some kind of 2:00am barnyard dating service infomercial for insomniac goats. The question becomes, was he hard up for cash, or did he actually think this album was a good idea?

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T-Model Ford interview 1/2

by on Jan.13, 2008, under Blues, Documentary, Original Artists

This interview comes from the documentary You Can See Me Laughing: The Last of the Hill Country Bluesman, about Fat Possum records and its artists.

Fat Possum is one of the only labels putting out blues worth listening to these days, and this movie documents how Matthew Johnson started the label with credit cards and his student loans so he could record Junior Kimborough and R.L. Burnside. This music is raw, dangerous, desperate, savage and alive, and nobody exemplifies this more than T-Model Ford.

Aside from the aforementioned artists, there are also has interviews and clips of Cedell Davis, Asie Payton, Johnny Farmer, Kenny Brown, Iggy Pop and Bono, who for some reason needs to be in every single documentary from the past 15 years.

“T-Model’s life reads like a horror story. At the age of eight, his father beat him so badly between the legs with a piece of firewood that he lost a testicle. His ankles are scarred from the chain gang. His neck is scarred where one of his wives slashed his throat. He has been shot, stabbed, pinned under a fallen tree with a broken ribcage, beaten unconscious with a metal chair. He watched his first wife go off with his own father, watched another die after she drank poison to try and induce a miscarriage. The only woman he ever really loved poisoned him at the breakfast table; he woke up in hospital that afternoon and never saw her again.”

–”Delta Force,” The Observer, November 16, 2003


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T-Model Ford interview 2/2

by on Jan.12, 2008, under Blues, Documentary, Original Artists

Part 2:

“T-Model’s life reads like a horror story. At the age of eight, his father beat him so badly between the legs with a piece of firewood that he lost a testicle. His ankles are scarred from the chain gang. His neck is scarred where one of his wives slashed his throat. He has been shot, stabbed, pinned under a fallen tree with a broken ribcage, beaten unconscious with a metal chair. He watched his first wife go off with his own father, watched another die after she drank poison to try and induce a miscarriage. The only woman he ever really loved poisoned him at the breakfast table; he woke up in hospital that afternoon and never saw her again.”

–”Delta Force,” The Observer, November 16, 2003


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Benjamin Smoke

by on Jan.08, 2008, under Documentary, Original Artists

This excerpt comes from the outtakes of the great documentary Benjamin Smoke by Jem Cohen and Peter Sillen, an incredibly powerful look at the gifted songwriter. A truly unique, troubled, original personality who never compromised himself or his music.

This movie is available for rental from GreenCine.


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DeRailRoaded – The Wild Man Fischer Story

by on Jan.07, 2008, under Documentary, Original Artists

This is a documentary about the famous manic-depressive, paranoid-schizophrenic cult music icon Wild Man Fischer. Its interesting, uncomfortable, sad, moving and funny, sometimes all at once. Contains some great interviews with Frank Zappa, Barnes and Barnes, Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo, Wierd Al and Dr Demento, among others. This movie assumes you already know who he is and are familiar with his discography. If you don’t, be prepared before watching it by listening to his debut 1968 album An Evening With Wild Man Fischer. That should give you all the autobiographical information you’ll need.

This short clip describes an episode during an out of town gig.

You can only get this film from www.derailroaded.com until they clear the rights to some of the music in North America.


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Hillary for you and me

by on Jan.07, 2008, under Commercials

If you’ve ever wondered what the Jackson Five’s ABC would sound like as an ultra lame political rally song, here’s your chance. There are times that I think I don’t appreciate Canada as much as I should, this ain’t one of them.

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In a nutshell, this is whats wrong with America.


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Jandek on Corwood

by on Jan.06, 2008, under Documentary, Original Artists

This is a short clip from the 2003 documentary about Jandek. If you’ve never heard of him its probably because he is notoriously reclusive and his music is, well, different. Its outside. You’re not going to hear it on the radio, if you want to listen you have to search it out yourself. This is a very sparse and low-key film, similar to the music it tries to describe.

Its almost laughable that throughout this entire 88 minute documentary Jandek doesn’t appear in the film at all. Instead they’ve utilized still pictures, disconnected film clips and album covers to take his place. The highlight of the film is a recording of the only phone interview with the man behind the music, during this scene they filmed a telephone to play the recording over – just so you understand whats happening. Its almost like the film was made, everybody interviewed (mostly music critics) talked about how much they loved him, and then they released it and suddenly realized they forgotten to put the subject in the movie. Its interesting if you like the music, if you don’t this might not do much to win you over. Then again, why would you consider seeing it if you didn’t?

His first album Ready for the House was put out in 1978 and he has since released about two new albums a year, his discography is up to 51 self-financed, self-released albums. He finally played his first live gig in 2004 in Glasgow, Scotland and a year later played his first gig in the US in his home state of Texas.

Jandek on Corwood


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Anton LaVey – Speak of the Devil

by on Jan.05, 2008, under Documentary, Evil

This is a short clip from the OOP 1993 film Speak of the Devil by Anton LaVey and Nick Bougas. It was created by LaVey to dispel myths and misconceptions about Satanism and the Church of Satan. I’m not sure it they accomplished thosee goals, but it certainly is an odd and entertaining 90 minutes of cheap 60′s style film making. The Black Pope is portrayed as a thoughtful and almost goofy nature loving artist, factotum and all around nice guy who gives you a tour of his home, private organ performances, a rundown of some of his more interesting jobs, and a chance to meet some of his artificial human companions. Interspersed with interviews, history, philosophy and commentary on a wide range of subjects it remains a very interesting film.

This clip shows LaVey’s pet lion, whom he later takes to the supermarket. Its narrated from the lions point of view by LaVey, who seems to channel Mel Blanc.


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