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This post should be better, more indepth, with more links. Maybe at some point in the near future.

Sometimes, very rarely, it is possible to watch entire films on youtube without them being cut into a million pieces. This is one of those instances…

This rarely seen, rarely known, underground film staggered out of the mess that was Berlin in 1984 (whether the release date was a deliberate reference to Orwell’s novel or merely synchronicity i do not know). You can look at as a critique of society, of media, of totalitarianism. As a treatise on the power of symbols, the way in which they pervade and control our lives and the ways in which they can be highjacked for alterior ends. I suppose it is all of those things. It’s a messy film made on not much of a budget and featuring such countercultural luminaries as William Burroughs and Genesis P. Orridge in cameo roles.

It is possible to get hold of this film on DVD but it ain’t cheap. There are other ways to get hold of it but I won’t be going into them here 😉

This might be your only opportunity to watch this astounding piece of cult filmmaking so, you know, pull the sofa up to your PC, turn out the lights and click play.

The Girobabies are fucking my wife…

Do yourself a favour and check out The Girobabies – Coming straight from Kilwinning (or maybe Glasgow, I’m not entirely sure) to your head cavity.

In fact, have a youtube playlist!

northern irish punk scene

documentary on the northern irish punk scene, snarfed from the ‘tube by Matt – who appears to be on fire.

Dangerous Minds!
Dangerous Minds!
Why are all your links so fine?
youtube videos beyond sublime
I wish that all of them were mine!

That was my little ode to Dangerous Minds. Because they’re just so cool. Oh yeah baby. Sometimes I think about just blogging everything they blog so I can be cool too. But then, this would be Dangerous Minds and not Either/or/Bored, wouldn’t it? Not so cool.

I came across Lydia Lunch’s work several years ago whilst I was excavating the tombs of punk. See, I’m a cultural archaeologist. I like to explore things in the past tense. If something is paticularly cool and hip i like to wait until the bandwagon masses have forgotten all about it, and then figure out if it’s worthy. I tried reading harry potter once, the first book, way after the fact. You know, just to see if it was worth the hassle. I only got a few pages in before I got bored. Maybe I didn’t give it enough time but frankly there are so many books out there that give the impression of being infinately more worthy that why waste your time? It’s a limited commodity you know.

Okay, maybe I’m not strictly a cultural archaeologist. The internet is after all fueled by neophillia and this is a blog after all. What I’m saying is there are alot of things to dig and alot of them have already happened. The present is a playground but the past is a treasure trove – so grab a shovel. Also, don’t forget your rubber gloves. There’s alot of shit to wade through.

Anyway, lydia lunch . I dug some of her music. I read paradoxia (excerpt here), her confessional novelish of sadomasachistic peversions. And drugs, I think there were drugs in there too. Lydia was in the seminal NY nowave band Teenage Jesus and the Jerks who are totally worthy of a listen, even if this isn’t actually THEIR myspace page.

Fuck, you know, I dug this out of my draft bin and I’ve completely forgotten where i was going with it.

Oh yeah, there was an interview with lydia lunch posted on dangerous minds. I was gonna regurgitate it.


There, now I can lay this post to rest after its month in draft limbo.

No, wait. There’s more. It’s all coming back to me now….

So, i dug her music and read her book. Years stumble by like drunken & stoned little angels. Now i’m in the final year of uni and writing my dissertation. It’s on counterculture & film (and does not include, despite how much my lecturer told me to include it, easy rider) and I’m doing this whole section on the Cinema of Transgression – a New York underground film ‘movement’ (or maybe ‘moment’ is more apt).  From wikipedia:

The Cinema of Transgression is a term coined by Nick Zedd in 1985 to describe a New York City, United States based underground film movement, consisting of a loose-knit group of like-minded artists using shock value and humor in their work. Key players in this movement were Nick Zedd, Kembra Pfahler, Casandra Stark, Beth B, Tommy Turner, Richard Kern and Lydia Lunch, who in the late 1970s and mid 1980s began to make very low budget films using cheap 8 mm cameras.

An important essay outlining Zedd’s philosophy on the Cinema of Transgression is the Cinema of Transgression Manifesto[1], published pseudonymously in the Underground Film Bulletin (1984-90).

Perhaps the most famous transgressive artist, Richard Kern, began making films in New York with actors Nick Zedd and Lung Leg. Some of them were videos for artists like the Butthole Surfers and Sonic Youth.

Lydia Lunch appears in alot of the works of the cinema of transgression, some of which can be viewed over at ubuweb (lydia lunch filmography here).  If i remember rightly, Lydia Lunch and Nick Zed were going out for a while as all this was going on and it didn’t end well. Their relationship was an inspiration for several of his films.

One of the main sources for references in my dissertation were the books of Jack Sargeant whose work is indespensible to anyone who has an interest in underground film or the intersections of counterculture and film. His website is here and here‘s an interview with him.

Folk covers of punk songs

And why the hell not? Who wouldn’t want to listen to MP3s of folk covers of punk tracks? the ramones’ “I wanna be sedated”, The stooges “I wanna be your dog” and a whole lot more!

There’s beauty in punk music, I think – a dark and angry beauty, but a beauty nonetheless. And this beauty makes its way into the delicate and deliberate, too. The anger here isn’t gone, it’s merely transformed: into something tender, or more distant, depending on the artist’s choice of interpretation. The vulnerability of folk performance doesn’t so much bring new meaning to the songs as it does reveal the innermost secrets of its music and its society. The political is made personal. And so it goes, in the constant dance that is culture.

All Folked Up: The Punk Rock Collection, Vol. 1 folk covers of seminal first and second wave punk music — Cover Lay Down.

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