Thought I would start posting some of my favorite songs that are either about or make reference to the fine sport of movie making.
Big Audio Dynamite have two great ones: E=MC2 is actually a song ABOUT filmmaker Nicolas Roeg, and that one will definitely be posted here soon! In the meantime, here’s Medicine Show, which is stuffed to the gills with Sergio Leone movie samples (and even one from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre!)
The early part of the 21st Century has seen some mind-bending, head-scratching thrillers arriving from France. As distinct from the (some would say) sensationalist or exploitative work of New French Extremity directors like Gaspar Noé, more cerebral offerings like Swimming Pool and Caché, for example, greatly increased the conversational din in theater lobbies. These titles left excited but perplexed audience members gathering to puzzle over what this scene meant and whether that scene did, in fact really happen at all. Director Dominik Moll, fresh off the disturbing but rather less confounding murder mystery With a Friend Like Harry, added to the ongoing slate of French weirdo cinema in 2005 with the cerebral and intense Lemming.
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This would be hysterical on any trash receptacle.
But it is especially fitting for one in Hollywood, California.
You may have seen the collection of “Shred” videos that have been fairly viral over the last few years, in which the demented StSanders reconfigures the audio on guitar solos into neck-twisting agony that is phenomally funny.
I did not know, however, that the estimable StSanders has been doing a similar, but even more mind-bendingly brilliant piss-take on vocals as well. Thanks to my former radio colleague and now well-known photographer Micheal Tullberg, I have been introduced to a remarkable series of sublimely funny videos in which, if I can even put it correctly (the most amazing ideas are often hard to describe), StSanders has matched the movement of the performers’ lips to words that are wholly other. The result is that we are watching the mouths of the mega famous doing what they originally did, but are being asked to consider that without the benefit of their voices, they could, in fact, be saying almost anything.
Such preamble cannot do this work justice. I’ve included two clips below (they are often yanked off of YouTube so I hope they are still here for your viewing pleasure) but you MUST go to StSanders own site to see the most incredible one of all, the Rolling Stones. (Ironically, this is my very next post after my review of The Man From Elysian Fields, starring Mick Jagger.)
Do not be eating while you are watching these, ‘kay?