Thursday, February 28, 2013


 It is no secret that Shyboy Tim and I are head over heels in love with The Replacements. Like every other Mats fan out there we were excited to hear the news that Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson were going to release an EP of covers, along with a track by Chris Mars in order to help raise funds for Slim Dunlap's medical bills. Now that the auction sales are over New West will be selling digital downloads of the album on March 5th, and the vinyl will be available April 16th. Pitchfork has one of the songs on their website to preview - and it is pretty fantastic!

The original is a tune by Gordon Lightfoot, if you'd like to compare and contrast.
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And before The Mats rocked this tune, Nico tackled it as well.
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Sunday, February 24, 2013


As you all know by now, Jack White has been named the ambassador of Record Store Day 2013, but we honestly think he should just be declared Record Store Day Pope.  Nobody else out there has gone so far to spread the gospel of vinyl, and nobody else out there seems to so completely get the collector mind set, almost to the point of cruelty.  His cruelty is on full display in this video from an appearance on VH1s For What It's Worth.  We get to see the actual Third Man Records shop, and Jack shows off some of the impossible and frustrating creations they have come up with.  It's enough to break the bank!

For What It's Worth
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Here are some youtube videos of some Third Man collector bait:

Friday, February 22, 2013


My relationship with comic books has always been passive.  They interest me, but never to the point of following stories or buying new issues when they come out.  This relationship peaked when Batman: Arkham Asylum came out and the local connection for underground comix dried up.  I was always more of a Golden Age of Comics kind of guy, and in particular I was interested in the world of EC Comics.  I read as many issues as I could find, and they are the only comic book publisher to be represented in bulk on my shelves at home.

In 1988 a documentary came out called Comic Book Confidential, and it told the gruesome and glorious story of the comic book industry up to that point.  This is an amazing documentary from start to finish, and it has appearances by all the comic book titan you can think of:  William Gaines, Will Eisner, Stan Lee, R. Crumb, Jaime Hernandez, Frank Miller, Jack Kirby, Harvey Pekar, Charles Burns, Art Spiegelman, and many many more.  What's even cooler is that each of these masters reads from their work.  It's really good stuff.

This copy that somebody posted on youtube is from a degrading VHS taped off of TV.  The diminished quality kind of enhances the viewing experience.  I like it, at least.




Thursday, February 21, 2013


Years and years and years and years and YEARS and years... maybe first year Shuffle Function years and years ago... *gasp*... we went to the Twin Cities and saw a performance of the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players.  The band consists of Jason on keyboards, Tina on the slide projector, and their daughter Rachel on drums.  I think Rachel was 9 at the time.  They described their act as an indie-vaudville conceptual art-rock pop band, and what they would do is project slides they found at sales and auctions and then perform songs about what was on the screen.  The songs were incredibly catchy and a lot of fun.

It was clear during the show that Rachel called the shots.  She was directing her parents and having them fix her drums to what she thought she needed.  A real superstar.  After their set the crowd went nuts and cheered "RACHEL! RACHEL!" over and over until they came out again.  Tina said that Rachel insisted they do an encore, which they apparently never did.  It was pretty cool.

Anyway... I was recently watched some clips from a rare appearance by the Dot Wiggins band on youtube.  Dot was in The Shaggs, so naturally I wanted to see how she sounded in the 21st century.  As the clip went on I noticed a couple of girls on the side of the stage holding up Foot Foot signs, and it occurred to me that one of them was Rachel Trachtenburg!  This got me wondering what Rachel has been up to.

Rachel Trachtenburg is currently playing in a band called SUPERCUTE!  They have some pretty catchy songs.  Here's one called Dumb Dumbs.

She also stars in a very fun show called Rachel Trachtenburg's Homemade World.

Rachel also hosts her own internet radio show on Progressive Radio Network called Rachel Trachtenburg's Pure Imagination, and you can purchase the soundtrack to Homemade World HERE!



Nina Simone would have turned eighty years old today.  In honor of the occasion, here are a couple of intense performances from Montreux in 1976.  As if she gave any other kind of performance.


As I mentioned in the previous post, the heart of Scootermas is movie geekdom.  That's why we watch tons of movies and videos, and that's why we now hold Scootermas on Academy Awards weekend.  When it comes to movie geeks, two of the biggest out there are Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez.  Both went pro the same year at Sundance, and both eat and breathe movies.

On many of Robert Rodriguez' DVDs you will find a feature called 10 Minute Film School.  With these short documentaries he shows you how he has worked fast and cheap and gotten amazing results.  It's how he started with El Mariachi, and it's how he works today, albeit on a larger scale.  By doing things himself and in house, Robert Rodriguez has managed to get exactly what he wants in his films without throwing piles of cash out the window.

Most movie geeks I know have daydreamed of making a movie, and if that's you then maybe these shorts will motivate you to get out there and start doing it.



February 23rd -24th

This year marks the 12th celebration of Scootermas, an annual gathering that the Shuffle Function gang holds at an undisclosed location for a period of 48 hours.  During Scootermas we eat great food, drink great beer and wine, and watch hours and hours of strange and exotic videos from the four corners of the interwebs.  In recent years the rules have required that it fall on Oscar weekend, thereby solidifying its hardcore cinema geek roots.

In many ways Scootermas is the holiday highlight of the Shuffle Function year, even over the Halloween Grind-Fu and the 24 Hour Marathon, because it is a weekend of full on decompression and unwinding.  It's a chance to just ignore anything else that's been going on and focus on the task at hand:  Having fun.

You guys should really celebrate your own Scootermas.  Make your own traditions, but mostly just have use it as an excuse to have fun.  We all need a little more of that in our lives.

What follows are several videos that will give you a feel for what Scootermas is all about.  This year let's have the best Scootermas ever!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Dangerous Minds has posted more unbelievable live footage from rock gods!  This time it's THE RAMONES IN MINNEAPOLIS FROM 1978!  UH!  This is solid stuff, plus an interview with the brudders.  FUN FACT:  The opening act was The Runaways!

Saturday, February 16, 2013


Dangerous Minds just posted this amazing footage of Iggy Pop live in The Twin Cities in 1979.  Is this the show that the Supreme Ruler of sound was at?  I dunno.  But what I wanna know is what is the name of the record store he's signing records at?  drop us a line if you know.

Friday, February 15, 2013





You are right to feel ashamed if you don't know who Matt Berry is.  He's a freakin' comedy god, you guys!  Garth Marenghi's Darkplace?  IT Crowd? Snuffbox?  C'MON!  Quit denying yourself laughter!

The news out of the UK is that Matt Berry's new show Toast Of London has just been picked up by Channel 4.  This is exceptional news, because any chance we get to see more of Mr. Berry is welcome.  And guess what?  You can totally watch the pilot of Toast Of London... NOW!


And here's every episode of Garth Marenghi's Dark Place.  Prepare to be amazed.


 Oh man... you guys... this weekend you can watch the entire Criterion Collection library of films FOR FREE on Hulu!  Prepare to kiss your weekend away!  We constantly go on about Criterion on the show, so now's your chance to see what all the hype is about.

Here are some favorites around the Shuffle Function Conglomocorp:


 The Great Dictator


 Shock Corridor

Mystery Train

A Woman Under The Influence

Man Bites Dog


Thursday, February 14, 2013

bonus boo !!!

 I have been excited to see this documentary ever since Scooter Polanski tipped me off about it. If you have read Stephen King's book The Shining or seen Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece, then you know what room 237 is. Everyone is warned to stay away from the room, but this film opens the door and walks right in. There are as many conspiracy theories and urban legends surrounding Kubrick's The Shining as there are in the world of JFK assassination theories, and that is why I can't wait to see this film. IFC and Sundance Films will give it an official release March 29th.

There is some amazing analysis of the film by Rob Ager, who has a lot of great content at his web site. You should check it out here.

This opens up a whole new can of worms for conspiracies, the Moon Landing!

boo !!!

  Today is a bonus Halloween blog post, in honor of Community's Halloween episode that airs tonight. You should definitely check it out at 7 p.m. on NBC. I thought that today I might go some places that I have been to afraid to in the past. So just a heads up, this may get dark folks.

You may have heard Shyboy Tim and I go on and on about Jim Jones in the past. We are both fascinated with this dark part of American history,  and have read the amazing book 'Raven: The Untold Story Of The Reverend Jim Jones And His People' by Tim Reiterman. I am by no means trying to glorify this horrific incident by sharing this content with you, but I cannot deny my twisted curiosity. The FBI has released the audio tapes of the last hours of The People's Temple. Jim Jones was already well down his paranoid  death trip and was determined to bring as many of his followers with him. He picked up his ever present microphone and began preaching his message of suicide, and you can hear what happened next for yourselves.

PBS also aired a great documentary called Jonestown: The Life and Death of The People's Temple. If you have lasted this long, then you can handle this. Many of the survivors talk about their experences, including Jim Jones's son who was not at the compound that fateful day.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Too much good TV going on

My distaste for the day they call Valentine's is well known around these parts, and since I'm running the boards on that day and would be a party pooper, we're celebrating something entirely different.  One Thursday, February 14th, 2013, we will be playing all Halloween music in honor of the belated airing of Community's Season 4 Halloween episode!

The geniuses at NBC decided that it made total sense to bump Community Season 4 at the 11th hour and begin airing it in February.  This despite the fact that the show always does epic seasonal episodes.  This means that late Winter and Spring will bring us Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas episodes of one of our favorite shows.  Hey, any time is a good time for Community.  Time aint nuthin' but a thang.  Also...

Trick-or-treating is encouraged.

Costumes are optional, but showing up for FREE CANDY is not!  Stop by the station and get candy!  Who doesn't love candy?  SATAN.  So show up during the morning show and get free candy!

Community's Halloween episode airs @ 7 cst on NBC.


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Monday, February 11, 2013


The Cactus Blossoms

Saturday February 16th 
7 to 10 p.m. at  Patrick's on Third in St Peter
no cover!

If you like your Hank Williams and fancy a little twang in your diet than you don't want to miss the show this Saturday night at Patricks. Radio hero Steve Guse of Embrace The Sound has talked about bringing the Cactus Blossoms to  KMSU listeners for a long time and his enthusiasm is contagious. Now I am not a math expert, but when you combine great music with my favorite "Townie" Bar, no cover charge and the D Stark burger and an epic night is what you end up with.

Hope to see you there! I'll be the gal eating a burger covered in barbeque sauce, peanut butter, onion rings and bacon!

Sunday, February 10, 2013


FEBRUARY 4, 2013  (2207) Diane Corey Olson Rock-A-Billy Day Sponsor

1. Elvis Presley - blue moon of Kentucky
2. Jimmy Lloyd - rocket in my pocket
3. Ricky Nelson - believe what you say
4.Tom Tall - stack-o-records
5. Hasil Adkins - chicken walk
6. Jerry Lee Lewis - high school confidential
7. Johnny Kidd - shaking all over
8. Link Wray - rumble
9. Buddy Holly - Peggy Sue
10. Flat Duo Jets - hoy hoy
11. The Cramps - goo goo muck
12. Dwight Pullen - sunglasses after dark
13. Roy Orbison - ooby dooby
14. Buddy Holly - oh boy
15. Billy Lee Riley - got the water boilin'
16. Rick Cartey - oooh - eeee
17. The Cramps - tear it up
18. Elvis Presley - good rockin' tonight
19. Buck Owens - got the tiger by the tail
20. Eddie Cochran - nervous breakdown
21. Link Wray - switchblade
22. Carl Perkins - put your cat clothes on
23. Buddy Holly - rave on
24. Duane Eddy - yep!
25. Dean Carter - Mary Sue
26. Jerry Lee Lewis - great balls of fire
27. Jeff Daniels - daddy-o-rock
28. Johnny Cash and The Tennessee Two - guess things happen that way
29. Janis Martin - bang bang
30. Bill Halley and The Comets - skokian
31. The Cramps - domino
32. Nat County and The Braves - woodpecker rock
33. Charlie Feathers - bottle to the baby
34. Wanda Jackson - funnel of love
35. Buddy Holly - everyday
36. Ricky Nelson - my buckets got a hole in it
37. Dean Carter - jailhouse rock
38. The Novas - the crusher
39. Vince Taylor - brand new cadillac
40. The Cramps - bikini girls with machine guns
41. Johnny Burnette - eager beaver baby
42. Jett Powers - go girl go
43. Roy Orbison - go go go
44. Carl Perkins - dixie fried
45. Sonny Burgess - red headed woman
46. The Cramps - mad daddy
47. Buddy Holy - not fade away
48. Johnny Dollar - action packed

FEBRUARY 5, 2013  (2208)
1. Levon Helm and The RCO All Stars - Havanna moon
2. Bill Callahan - drover
3. The Byrds - you don't miss your water
4. Cults - bumper
5. Her Space Holiday - the new kid revival
6. R.E.M. - radio free Europe
7. Frank Black - honeycomb
8. Cave Singers - dancing on our graves
9. Charlie Rich - when something is wrong with my baby
10. Todd Bowie - karmaphobe
11. The Buzzcocks - what do I get?
12. Yoko Ono w/Polyphonic Spree - you an I
13. Belle and Sebastian - Suki in the graveyard
14. Devo - uncontrollable urge
15. The Beakers - football season is in full swing
16. Walker Kong - goodbye lonesome eyes
17. Dead Weather - 60 feet tall
18. Guided By Voices - class clown spots a UFO
19. Beck - think I'm in love
20. Yo La Tengo - ohm
21. Art Brut - my little brother
22. Local Natives - you and I
23. Black Lips - transcendental light
24. Blondie - hanging on the telephone
25. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - black ice cream
26. David Bowie - station to station
27. The Plugz - shifting heart
28. Alamo Racetrack - black cat John Brown

FEBRUARY 6, 2013  (2209)
1. The Make Up - they live by night
2. Optiganally Yours - japetto
3. Stereolab - sparkplug
4. Judy Henske and Jerry Yester - raider
5. The Replacements - in your reach
6. The Smiths - cemetery gates
7. Talking Heads - once in a lifetime
8. Matthew Sweet - girlfriend
9. Faux Jean - chartreuse skirt
10. The Rainy Days - I can only give you everything
11. Ike and Tina Turner - contact high
12. Prince - rock and roll love affair (remix)
13. Prince - ol skool company
14. The Go - meet me at the movies
15. Steve Wynn and The Miracle 3 - amphetamine
16. MC5 - skunk sonically speaking
17. Iggy Pop - sister midnight
18. Dondero A-Capella Choir and Pop Concert Instruments - can't always get what they want
19. Dondero A-Capella Choir and Pop Concert Instruments - baracuda
20. Redd Kross - lady in the front row
21. Husker Du - terms of psychic warfare
22. David Bowie - cat people
23. LeTigre - hot topic
24. James Brown - get on up, get in to it, get involved
25. Public Enemy - can't truss it
26. Shaun Lee Ping Pong Orchestra - bongo fury

FEBRUARY 6, 2013  (2210)
1. New Standards - after the goldrush
2. Toro Y Moi - studies
3. LCD Soundsystem - home
4. A.C. Newman - all of my days and all of my days off
5. New Standards - no cars go
6. John Doe - don't forget how much I love you
7. The Band - it makes no difference
8. New Standards - and I love her
9. Bombay Sweets - wolf's breath
10. The Fleshtones - I wish you would
11. Flaming Lips - race for the prize
12. New Standards - Sunday morning coming down
13. Paul Westerberg - ghost on the canvas
14. Elf Power - somewhere down the river
15. Dum Dum Girls - trees and flowers
16. Joy Division - digital
17. The Men - turn it around
18. Free Kitten - sea sick
19. New Standards - this must be the place
20. Nick Cave and Neko Case - she's not there
21. Ween - transitions
22. Beach Boys - sail on sailor
23. New Standards - book of love
24. The Feelies - should be gone
25. The High Numbers - I'm the face
26. Bob Dylan - tangled up in blue
27. The New Standards - innocent when you dream
28. Zombies - this will be our year
29. Velvet Underground - oh sweet nuthin'

FEBRUARY 7, 2013  (2211) 
1. They Might Be Giants - black ops
2. A.C. Newman - I'm not talking
3. Emmet Rhodes - with my face on the floor
4. Imperial Teen - Ivanka
5. Gito Gito Hustler - natural love love star
6. Devin Davis - giant spiders
7. Nina Simone - my baby just cares for me
8. Big Star - watch the sunrise
9. Elmore James - rollin' and tumblin'
10. Ray Charles - what'd I say
11. They Might Be Giants - lost my mind
12. Doris - beatmaker
13. Shadows Of Knight - shake 66'
14. Velvet Underground - foggy notion
15. Beach Boys - good vibrations
16. White Stripes - party of special things to do
17. The Fuzztones - ward 81
18. Beatles - sexy Sadie (mono)
19. 1,2,3 - gun master
20. Darcy's - deacon blue
21. Rolling Stones - 2000 light years from home
22. They Might Be Giants - call you mom
23. New Standards - golden age
24. Nick Drake - northern sky
25. Leonard Cohen - anthem
26. Paul McCartney - ram on
27. Can - hallelujah


I wasn't a huge Smiths or Morrissey fan for most of my life.  It wasn't that I didn't like their music, but more that it always felt like there was a wallowing quality that didn't speak to me on any level.  One of my best friends in high school was a big fan, and he would often play There Is A Light That Never Goes Out during aimless drives and scream the lyrics at me, but other than that I didn't make a connection with the music until much later.

One of the big reasons I never made the connection was because of an appearance Morrissey made on the legendary MTV show IRS' The Cutting Edge.  The entire interview consisted of Morrissey locked in a bathroom with a camera and answering questions written on cards.  The pretense was that he was SO SHY that he could only do an interview under these circumstances.  To me, at that time, it just seemed self indulgent and goofy.  Now, of course, I think it makes perfect sense, but that back then...

Anyway, here's Morrissey answering questions in a bathroom.


Sunday, February 03, 2013



A couple of years ago for our tenth anniversary we did a five hour tribute to the Dondero A Cappella Choir and Pop Concert Instruments, as well as a special screening of select concert highlights during Grind-Fu Cinema.  Unless you are a member of the Dondero Choir Facebook you probably have not seen much beyond those highlights we put together.  FINALLY, THIS INJUSTICE HAS COME TO AN END!

Someone has posted the 1982 Dondero Pop Concert IN ITS ENTIRETY on youtube!  This is the earliest footage that we know of, and it's a real treat.  If you are a fan then you owe it to yourself to check this out.


JANUARY 28, 2013  (2202)
1. Vetiver - can't tell you
2. Sereena Mannish - Selena's melody fountain
3. Dungen - finns det nagon moonlight
4. Tanlines - all of me
5. The Shins - phantom limb
6. Grizzly Bear - speak in rounds
7. Skull Defekts - peer amid
8. Yo La Tengo - the point of it
9. Snake and Jet's Amazing Bullit Band - doom city
10. King Khan and The Shrines - took my lady to dinner
11. Shonen Knife - move on
12. Barry Manilow -bermuda triangle

13. Hot Rats - pump it up
14. The Vaselines - son of a gun
15. David Byrne and St. Vincent - the one who broke your heart
16. Marianne Faithful - dear god please help me
17. Jad Fair - true love will find you in the end
18. White Stripes - we are gonna be friends
19. Eux Autres - under rays
20. Tiny Masters Of Today - stickin it to the man

21. LCD Soundsystem - drunk girls
22. Total Babe - bare bones
23. TV On The Radio - second song
24. Sugar - gee angel
25. Morrissey - in the future when all is well
26. Flaming Groovies - shake some action
27. The Kinks - well respected man
28. Velvet Underground - what goes on

JANUARY 29, 2013  (2203)
1. Rotary Connection - tales of brave Ulyssess
2. Hallelujah The Hills - wave backwards at Massachussetes
3.War - spill the wine
4. Urban Legends - the world is strange
5. Replacements - I will dare
6. Butthole Surfers - moving to Florida
7. Go Home Productions - Shannon Stone
8. Joy Division - she's lost control
9. Porter Wagoner - rubber room
10. Prince and The Revolution - mountains

The Cave Dwellers
 11. Cave Dwellers - you know why
12. Cave Dwellers - don't break my heart
13. Cave Dwellers - run around
14. Cave Dwellers - because I love you

The Lewis Connection
 15. The Lewis Connection - get up
16. The Lewis Connection - got to be something here
17. Roky Erickson and The Aliens - don't shake me Lucifer
18. Yo La Tengo - raw power
19. Badfinger - get away
20. The Cramps - Papa Satan sang Louie
21. Black Sabbath - faeries wear boots
22. Smiths - how soon is now?
23. The Kinks - big sky
24. Shangrilas - remember walking in the sands
25. National Lampoon
26. Redd Kross - only a girl
27. Sparks - baby baby can I invade your country
28. The New Standards - such great heights
29. The Legendary Stardust Cowboy - I walk a hot wind

JANUARY 30, 2012  (2204)
1. Betty Lavette - most of the time
2. Talking Heads - slippery people
3. Local Natives - black balloons
4. Shugo Tokumaru - down down
5. They Might Be Giants - someone keeps moving my chair
6. Dr. Dog - big girl
7. Sonny Bono - my best friends girl is outta sight
8. Frank Zappa - pajama people
9. Pixies - into the white
10. Motel Beds - these are the days gone by
11. Toro Y Moi - harm in change
12. Father John Misty - I am writing a novel
13. Evening Rig - dear you
14. The Heavenly States - lost in the light
15. Condo Fucks - so easy baby
16. Flat Duo Jets - needles and pins
17. Jaill - waste a lot of things
18. Lou Reed - vicious
19. Robert Pollard - the right thing
20. Hanoi Janes - crystal veins
21. John Cale - I want to talk 2 U
22. Charlotte Gainsbourg - all the rain
23. Galactic w/Big Chief Juan Pardo and The Golden Commanches - ha di ka
24. Sonny Bono - I just sit there

JANUARY 31, 2013  (2205)

good bye 30 Rock

1. 30 Rock - kidney now!
2. Sex Pistols - EMI
3. Stranglers - peaches
4. Velvet Underground - guess I'm falling in love
5. 30 Rock - muffintop
6. The Hentchmen w/ Jack White - some other guy
7. New Order - blue Monday
8. Wilco - I am trying to break your heart
9. 30 Rock - Lemon's theme (Christopher Cross)
10. PIL - poptones
11. Talking Heads - born under punches (the heat goes on)
12. Liz Lemon - paints and brushes
13. Elvis Costello and The Attractions - the beat
14. Veronica Falls - teenage
15. Hail Mary Mallon - breakdance beach
16. Tracy Jordan - werewolf barmitzvah

17. Beatifics - almost something there
18. Sex Pistols - submission
19. Tracy Jordan - I will always love you
20. John Lydon and Afrika Bambaata - world destruction
21. Sweet Trip - chocolate matter
22. Sonic Youth - tunic (song for Karen)
23. Jenna - tennis tonight
24. Mike Nesmith - Joanne
25. Faces - if loving you is wrong I don't want to be right
26. Darcy's - Peg
27. Devo - good thing
28. Backbeat Band - money (that's what I want)


FEBRUARY 1, 2013  (2206)
1. Dum Dum Girls - there is a light that never goes out
2. Robyn Hitchcock - if you were a priest
3. Replacements - I will dare
4. The Creation - making time
5. The Yardbirds - smokestack lightning
6. Howlin' Wolf - guitar lessons/little red rooster (London Sessions)
7. 5,6,7,8's - hanky panky
8. Guitar Wolf - route 66
9. The Gories - boogie chillin'
10. The Dirtbombs - no expectations
11. Paul McCartney and Wings - jet
12. Sleater Kinney - oh!
13. Can - oh yeah
14. White Stripes - cold cold night
15. Cheap Trick - she's tight
16. Husker Du - eight miles high
17. Talking Heads - cities
18. Yo La Tengo - paddle forward
19. Paul Westerberg - make your own kind of music
20. Guided By Voices - teenage FBI
21. The Clash - safe European home
22.  The Shaggs - my pal foot foot
23. The Cramps - human fly
24. Harvey Sid Fischer - Capricorn
25. The Cramps - the crusher (dedicated to the MSU Maverick Wrestling Team)
26. Ryan Adams - gonna make you love me
27. Flying Burrito Brothers - six days on the road
28. Bob Dylan - tweedle dee and tweedle dum
29. Public Enemy - who stole the soul?
30. Stark Effect - bunny rabbits, satan, cheese and milk

Saturday, February 02, 2013


The three biggest influences that warped my sense of humor at a tender young age were Monty Python, National Lampoon and Michael O'Donoghue (aka Mr. Mike).  The fact that Michael O'Donoghue essentially created the dark sensibilities of the greatest years of The Lampoon probably just means that this list is only two influences.  O'Donoghue then went on to become the head writer for the early years of Saturday Night Live, so... he's kind of a big deal.

A man that is dark, twisted and dead, Michael O'Donoghue created a TV special called Mr. Mike's Mondo Video.  Mondo Video was so twisted and perverse that NBC decided they couldn't possibly air it, and it ended up getting a brief and disastrous theatrical release before it ended up on VHS.  This is where I discovered the show at 14 years of age.  It was such a revelation to me that I ended up doing a public access show with my friends called Round and Round Video.  I was the Mr. Mike character, and we did a kung fu skit, lip synched a Sex Pistols song, sang Monty Python's Lumberjack Song, and ended with a shot of a waving American flag set to Jimi Hendrix playing the National Anthem.  In short, it was a masterpiece of high school age indulgence and plagiarism.

God bless the youtubes.  Love it or hate it, you're about to see Mr. Mike's Mondo Video.