Friday, July 3, 2009

Friday Flashback

Live version of 1971's Queen Bitch, which is cited by many as the starting point for Glam Rock, was David Bowie's tribute to Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground:

Here's the studio LP track found on Hunky Dory being used in the end credits for The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou:

Which is Director Wes Anderson's video tribute to the end credits found here:

Yes! The always awesome Buckaroo Banzai! So, when's that sequel again?

Oh, and I forgot to mention, the music score for Life Aquatic was composed by Mark Mothersbaugh. Yes, that Mark Mothersbaugh. Wes and he have teamed up for Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, and The Royal Tenenbaums as well.

Enjoy, and have a great weekend!

~Sham, Quixotic Referee


Michael Curtis said...

Great selections as always, Sham!

I should inquire if you've ever read Lags MacNeil's "Please Kill Me"? It's an oral history of the New York punk scene starting with VU and extending through the crash and burn of late '70-early '80s. Composed of interviews from all the major (and not so major) participants, MacNeil splices the interviews together to form quite a vivid picture of the Lower East Side during that time.

If you've read that and found it to your liking, I'll suggest "We've Got the Neutron Bomb," which is an account of the early '80s scene in LA done in a similiar format and an unofficial sequel to "Please Kill Me."

Yes! The always awesome Buckaroo Banzai! So, when's that sequel again?

Random fact: "Big Trouble in Little China" was long believed to be adapted from the script for the proposed BB sequel (BB and the World Crime League).

However, later reports have disprove this rumor, although it's still afloat out there.

Why this kernel of information remains in my noggin, resitant to all attempts to remove it, I know not...

Sham aka Dave said...

Yes on the Legs McNeil book. Legs is credited for coining the term "punk"! Loved it and only wish I could've experienced the whole Bowery scene in retrospect.

We (you, me, anyone reading this)may never live through another musical revolution like it.

I'll have to check out "We've got the Neutron Bomb"! I've not heard of it. For a time I was a big DK, Black Flag, X, Social D, Germs fan. Not so much of late, BUT I still stand in awe of the LA scene. Much like all of the Punk hubs (NYC, London, Cleveland, etc) the bands resisted "labels" and just did their own thing...which is the essence of Punk.

And of OD&D, but I digress...

You know, funny thing about Big Trouble...I love that flick, totally. I'll check out those links, but really I just don't see the connection between Buckaroo Banzai and Big Trouble. There's a different vibe going on. In D&D terms, one is alien gonzo while the other is rooted in mythology.

Anyhoo, one of these days we'll have to compare LP collections.

David Larkins said...

Another recommendation for Neutron Bomb. Also Our Band Could Be Your Life is an interesting overview of 80s hardcore bands, both as evolutions of punk and as progenitors of 90s "alternative" rock. And as long as book titles are getting thrown around, I can heartily recommend We're Desperate: The Punk Photography of Jim Jocoy if you're interested in the DIY fashion side of things.

Big Trouble was on TV the other night, which was a fun treat. Caught the last half hour. It's long been my contention that that's the ultimate gamer movie--the protagonists (who act just like PCs), the action, the villains, it's all there.

Lastly, today's word verification is "fauveroc"--could that be the name of the next big musical revolution?

Scott said...

One of my summer projects is getting a new turntable and rebuilding the album collection I had in 1987 -- Bad Brains, Black Flag, Smiths, Minor Threat, Clash, Cramps, NY Dolls/Heartbreakers, Replacements, etc. Shouldn't be difficult, I was broke in 1987.

I've read _Please Kill Me_ and _Our Band Could Be Your Life_ and enjoyed them both, although I was bemused by the (not unexpected) glorification of garden-variety jackass behavior. Then again, I kind of glorified it myself back then.

I'm about halfway through watching _Westway to the World_ in bits and pieces. Joe Strummer was on the short list of people I wanted to be as a teenager. As opposed to the long list that, at the time, included "anyone other than myself" ...