Sunday, June 12, 2005


The Curious Dr. Hummp is a fantastic Argentinian (1967?) Horror/Sexploitation film with a totally nutzoid Soundtrack that sounds like SPK jamming with the Radiophonic Workshop. Homemade oscillators, noise-boxes and sine-wave generators are pumped thru an echo-deck at synapse-shredding frequencies: the perfect sonic backdrop to a lesbian-hippy orgy...

I'm constantly astonished by the variety and resoucefulness demonstrated by no-budget 'sploitation film-makers in generating soundtracks for their films...cut adrift from the visuals, the 'music' in La Venganza Del Sexo (("The Vengeance of Sex" - the film's original Spanish title) still sounds genuinely startling and odd musical missing-link that sits somewhere between tape-spliced Sixties Post-Concrete Freak-out and Slash-and-Burn Late Seventies Industrial mayhem...people still wrongly associate the Late Sixties/Early Seventies with gentile Hippy/Art School Fall-out; whereas, in fact, some of the electronic music of that era is incredibly abrasive, almost violent...contrary to popular opinion, Industrial Music didn't just appear from out of nowhere, but was part of a slowly-evolving electronic lineage that manifested itself as small privately-pressed LPs, Exploitation and Art House film soundtracks, gallery installations, etc. Albums from that era by the likes of Conrad Schnitzler and Kluster (who eventually morphed into Cluster) are crazed and frantic affairs that contain monstrous shrieking walls of brain-damaged oscillator-noise, completely at odds with most people's image of Early Seventies Electronica as tepid, Teutonic bong-fodder...

Still, I was fortunate enough to tape Dr. Hummp some years back during its, to my knowledge, one-and-only late-nite UK TV showing, and have never quite gotten over either the film or its demented soundtrack. I'd pretty much given up on finding a DVD copy to replace my battered old VHS (adverts and all...), so imagine my joy in unexpectedly finding a DVD copy in Yeovil on a sunday afternoon...a wonderful, crisp Region 2 copy courtesy of those nice people at Something Weird video:



Ha! I knew this one was coming my way eventually, so I thought I'd get Kid Kid Shirt (aged 4-and-a-bit) to answer these on my behalf....

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why? (Assume you also get baseline superhero enhancements like moderately increased strength, endurance and agility.)

"...'ypto the Super-dog...and, uh, and..." (incredibly long pause) "...'pider-man, 'cos he's got big webs..."

Which, if any, 'existing' superhero(es) do you fancy, and why


Which, if any, 'existing' superhero(es) do you hate?

"ummmm, uh....Ballamory, 'cos it's toooo bab'ish...."

What would your superhero name be? (No prefab porn-name formulas here, you have to make up the name you think you'd be proud to mask under.)


For extra credit: Is there an 'existing' superhero with whom you identify/whom you would like to be?

"...ummmm, uhhhhh....don' unnerstan'...what you mean, daddy?"

Pass it on. Three people please (suh-suh-sorry, if yr too busy, don't worry...).

Dom - because he has the power to eat 40 cocktail sausages in one sitting...

The X - because, because.... "because of the wonderful things she does...."

Kempernorton - because: Silence is Golden