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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

CASSETTE CULTURE #5: FROZEN CORPSE

"Dance of The Insects" on Sloow Tapes....(This was) even better, I reckon, than Bart's pre-release preamble:



OhmiGod: looo-oo-ooook! Even the tape's blue:



(See how easily I'm pleased!)

Hissss-smeared loops of ratchety beetle-song: like a sloow'd-down night in an overgrown garden centre back-lit by halogen from the A37; cockroaches on cough-syrup.



Later, the bugs get a little frisky and start squirting each other w/ acetic acid. There's a scene in "The Wild Bunch" where some kids put a scorpion in amongst millions of swarming ants (then set them on fire w/ some straw). Switch off the Jerry Fielding s/trak and insert this in its place instead. Tell me I ain't wrong, baby!

Finally, they (quite rightly) decide to make an example of someone by dragging them behind a combine-harvester (or a threshing machine) while a fairground organ plays on, barely audible b'neath the agricultural carnage...

Carlo says: "yes that's me and Eva ... we were totally stoned as usual when we recorded that one, there's a few more encounters of the smoke kind on the way!"

There's a great moment in one of the tracks where there's like a crashing noise or a muffled strange sound, then the track completely changes...

Carlo: "Yes, we did indeed edit 2 bits together, rudeboy style..glad you liked the Frozen Corpse tape... there's some more coming soon..."

Indeed: as evidenced by the appearance in my letter-box (along w/ cool new loot n booty by Vluba, Death Chants and Fricara Pacchu) of their new cs "Deep-Fried Brain", hot off the productn-line from Lieven at Bread and Animals...enjoy!

GEORGE LAZENBY

Following on from Martin's comments about "On Her Majesty's Secret Service"...

Actually, Lazenby is my favourite Bond. Not just saying that to flame ya...it's mainly 'cause I've really gone off Sean Connery in recent years; he's a bit of a dick really...after Mel Gibson, he's slagged off the English more than any other movie-star; he's a full-time professional fucking Scotsman, yet he lives in LA, etc, etc. Still like "Zardoz", tho: it's bonkers.

I dig "You Only Live Twice" and "Diamonds are Forever", but can pretty much take or leave the rest of Connery's Bond films...can't stand the really early ones, to be honest...I really like "Live and Let Die" (it's, er, big-budget honky blacksploitation film) and I quite like "The Man with The Golden Gun", or bits of it, then after that: forget it...

There's a lot of myths about Lazenby fucking up the franchaise and the film losing money, etc. Not true. It was a biiiig grossing film. Great soundtrack and, as Martin said, a great villain and a totally whacked-out plot.

For a so-called loser, Lanzenby was the biggest-earning male model in the world in 1968...annnnd a lot of critics reckon his version of Bond was actually the closest to Fleming's template (wh/ probably differs from cinematic expectation...)...blahblahblah. He quit Bond to go and work w/ Bruce Lee on "The Game of Death"...in fact, legend has it that he was supposed to have dinner w/ Lee on the night he died. Sonny Chiba was going to be in the film too (wow!). Warner Bros. were gonna pick up part of the distro n production costs on this, as they did for "Enter The Dragon" (2nd biggest grossing film in '73, fact-fans) and Lazenby was signed up to star in 3 other films w/ Lee...the resultant box-office would've prob. made him the biggest caucasian film-star in the world, but Lee's death obviously put the kibosh on that.



Still, he made a trio of HK films w/ producer Raymond Chow : "The Shrine of Ultimate Bliss" (1974), "The Man From Hong Kong" (1975), and "A Queen's Ransom" (1976)... co-starring God-like folk like Jimmy Wang Yu, Sammo Hung and Angela Mao...despite Lee's absence, the films were big money-spinners in Asia. I taped "The Man From Hong Kong" off the TV years ago (tho sadly no longer have a copy) and it's really great fun...Lazenby did some other cool stuff: he was in "The Return of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.", "Kentucky Fried Movie", the "Batman Beyond" series and a whole raftful of "Emmanuelle" spin-offs...not quite up in John Saxon's orbit, but what a great CV!



As an aside, I confess I really love that 70s film where Richard "Jaws" Kiel plays an alien or a spaceman or something...(Googles like a mad bastard)...ah, I think it's called "The Humanoid" and if anyone wants to really get in my good books they can send me a copy of that...

I was going to blog about some more cassette tapes tonight (or do some music or design some Eval God of Fier tm merch); how the fuck did I get onto that one...?