Wednesday, February 25, 2015

the Sixties, part 2

Andrew Parker with some Japanese suggestions:

Throw Away Your Books and Rally on the Street (1971)
"Probably the pick of the bunch. Good soundtrack, from memory"

Pastoral: To Die in the Country (1974)
"Another film by Terayama. I preferred Throw Away Your Books, but this one is still worth a look."

Funeral Parade of Roses (1969)
"A gay inversion of Oedipus Rex, as performed by Japanese transsexuals. Said to be an influence on Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange."

House (1977)
"Imagine a shampoo commercial crossed with a horror film. It is easily one of the strangest films I have ever seen"
"Note: Don’t watch the trailer – it doesn’t do the film justice and would spoil the surprises."

Himiko (1974)
"Pitched somewhere between performance art and narrative feature, I enjoyed the film but it’s probably not to most people’s taste."

Black Tight Killers  (1966)
"Campy fun with a well-judged tone."

Kwaidan (1965)
"Not really ‘trippy’, but the sets and cinematography are extraordinary. An indisputable work of art."

Available on DVD. 

And one non-Japanese suggestion from Andrew:

Jerzy Skolimowski's Deep End from I970 (starring Jane Asher, and featuring a cameo by Diana Dors)

When I commented that "I’m sucker for all that sixties stuff. split screens, trip scenes etc.... 
Still haven’t grown out of being wowed by The Knack (And How To Get it)..."

Andrew pointed out that Deep End "isn’t trippy. It’s more grimy and dour, in an England’s-best-years-are-behind-it kind of way.

"I don´t like colour movies and I can hardly think about colour. It really cheapens things for me and there´s never been a colour movie I've freaked out over except one, this thing called Deep End, which had really great art direction." - - David Lynch, 1982

Here's the whole thing but with Italian subtitles....

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


soundtrack by Antarjyami Muni

bonus James Broughton 

soundtrack by Morton Subotnik

the Pleasure Garden

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

Monday, February 16, 2015

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Out on Blue Six

A group I wanted to work into Rip It Up but couldn't find the place.  And couldn't find the records either (remember the book was done before YouTube and before the big sharity blog explosion). So just had memories of Peel playing them.

More info about Out On Blue Six here at Skank Blog Bologna (great name for a blog):

"Barrelling onto the scene with their bewilderingly brilliant self-released e.p. Party Mood in 1981, OoBS immediately garnered the attention of various hip labels wanting to snap them up. Among the snappers was the London-based avant-pop imprint Armageddon who quickly snared two of the band’s tracks for the above LP’s, the second of which places them squarely into our spiky dread territory.

Soft Sarcasm, like most of the songs from Out on Blue Six’s maddeningly slim back catalogue, blends sharp, icy post punk instrumentation with wry observational social critique delivered in a voice that constantly skitters between yelping mockery and posh insouciance.

Groups I should have made more of in Rip It Up:

1/ Stranglers
2/ XTC
3/ Comsat Angels
4/ Psychedelic Furs
5/ The Clash
6/ The Police
7/ Blondie

and there's others. Oddly more big ones than obscure ones. I can't honestly see Out On Blue Six as a big ommission, as cool as their tracks are. It's a "maddeningly slim" body of work.