The following conversation secretly was recorded on Maxell Audio Tape UL60 by way of a Sharp GF 9696Z Boombox Ghettoblaster in a suburb of Dublin, Ireland circa 1986; at this time, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre had been banned from by the moral guardians of the Irish Censorship Office in their ongoing bid to preserve our innocence and moral purity. Even if the film had been cut accordingly and deemed suitable for a release, no doubt it would have resembled more of a Texas Hippy Tea Party. The ban was lifted towards the end of the millenium when the BBFC in the United Kingdom lifted their own ban in 1999, allowing it to be shown In UK cinemas, broadcast on national television in 2000 and released on DVD in 2001 thus forcing the hand of the Irish censors, with most Irish households having unrestricted access to British television programming, DVD players, thus opening the floodgates for the mass corruption of future generations in post- Catholic Church Ireland. Continue reading
Glen Campbell – wichita lineman (1968)
‘i need you more than want you
and i want you for all time…’
such a couplet many a songwriter or wordsmith would kill their rich aunts for…although without the late glen campbell’s rich, emotive tones breathing life into Jimmy Webb’s lyrics they would sit there on the page; trapped in a half life and tragically unrealised, the artistic sublime frustratingly out of reach.
the late adam west bears striking physical resemblance to a fellow -an acquaintance I met recently on a work exchange trip to the Andalusian foothills close to the Sierra Nevada mountains in Spain. he was a British expat and ex-actor in is his late 70’s.
Paul Westerberg – Ghost on the Canvas (2009)
Glen Campbell – Ghost in the canvas (2011)
the song was originally written and recorded by former Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg for his self-released, home recorded 2009 solo EP, PW & The Ghost Gloves Cat Wing Joy Boys.
An extraordinary recreation of the technicolor style late 60’s/early 70’s melodramas/horror films is a heady, strange and often hilarious tale of Elaine, a beautiful modern day witch searching for love in a glossy californian soap opera b movie timewarp. She casts her considerable spell on various men so that they will fall in love with her but she finds them to be somewhat wanting; they find her femininity overpowering, quickly surrendering their sanity and dignity and unable to see her as anything other than an object of desire and worship. Anna Biller’s film is a lush, mesmeric trip; a stylized battle of the sexes with a wicked sense of humour and through line of sincerity, offering a unique female perspective on love and desire through a distinct genre filter. the score alone is to die for; a lush ennio morricone meets krzysztrof komeda deal and the visual aesthetic of the film is like a mashup of rosemarys baby beyond the valley of the dolls and italian b movies. grade: B+