One of my favorite December rituals is looking to see what films irreverent, but legendary filmmaker John Waters has selected for his 10-best films of the year in Artforum magazine. Below is the list, but his commentary at the Artforum website (located at the link) above is a must-read.
- The Deep Blue Sea – Terence Davies
- Paradise: Faith – Ulrich Seidl
- Paradise: Love – Ulrich Seidl
- Amour – Michael Haneke
- Killer Joe – William Friedkin
- Beasts of the Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin
- Compliance – Craig Zobel
- Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present – Matthew Akers
- Beloved – Christophe Honoré
- The Imposter – Bart Layton
Dave’s Strange World just had its 1,000th visitor. For all of those who have chosen to follow the blog, thrown up a like, or have just chosen to lurk, thank you for all of your support.
I wish I had a cool tune to express my gratitude, but I already posted Sam and Dave’s “I Thank You.” Zeppelin’s “Thank You” is a little too corny, so please enjoy the Frogmen doing their classic rockin’ surf tune “Underwater” which filmmaker John Waters put to good use in 1974’s “Female Trouble.”
Do you remember participating in gross-out contests when you were younger? For example, someone would hock up a loogie full of spit and throat mucus and say “Top that.” The winner would then pull out a straw. (Joke borrowed from “The Adventures of Ford Fairlane”). Poop-eating, self-mutilating GG Alllin was the ultimate example of this phenomenon in the rock and roll world. GG took the nihilistic on-stage antics of Iggy Pop and took them to even farther extremes. Aside from eating his own human waste, throwing it at the audience, or smearing it on his body, he would also physically assault his audience … randomly beating the snot out of people, cutting himself up, dragging women onstage by the hair … you get the picture, right?
Anyway, towards the end of his life in 1993, GG started getting more and more mainstream exposure. He was discussed on both Howard Stern’s and Rush Limbaugh’s radio shows. He was the subject of a really good documentary by then-NYU film student Todd Phillips called “Hated” (Phillips later became a multi-millionaire Hollywood mogul when he directed “Road Trip,” “Old School,” and the blockbuster “Hangover” series.) Also, GG made appearances on many talk shows including “The Jerry Springer Show,” “Geraldo,” and “The Jane Whitney Show.” While his appearances were always memorable, there’s something about his “Jane Whitney Show” appearance that was particularly stellar, even for GG. This is GG meeting middle America with all the hysterical overreaction that you would expect from a middle-of-the-road audience. Yes, as a parent, I do find this troubling, but it’s also one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. It truly is a John Waters film come to life.
Unfortunately, I can not find clips of his complete appearance. But what’s here from YouTube is pretty funny. For obvious reasons, not safe for work.
A great surf-rock tune that would have been relegated to the dust-heap of pop-culture had it not been used in John Waters’s 1974 film “Female Trouble” during the montage of Divine’s Dawn Davenport’s character marriage to Gator. A tune too bizarre to be bustin’ surfboards to, but damn, I’m glad it exists. Love the piano on this track.