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Videodrome: Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971)

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

(Welcome to Videodrome. A monthly column plumbing the depths of vintage underground cinema — from cult, exploitation, trash and grindhouse to sci-fi, horror, noir and beyond.) It’s safe to say that when Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song was released in 1971, a lot of viewers were offended, a great many were thrilled and another healthy portion […]

Videodrome: Ghouls, Grind, Gothic & Gore: A Halloween Helper

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

(Welcome to Videodrome. A monthly column plumbing the depths of vintage underground cinema — from cult, exploitation, trash and grindhouse to sci-fi, horror, noir and beyond.) Aside from 14-year-olds and the few dozen AD readers recently thawed from 50-year cryo-sleep, no one wants to read another list of must-see horror films for Halloween. But seeing […]

Videodrome :: Rolling Thunder (1977)

Monday, August 26th, 2013

(Welcome to Videodrome. A new column plumbing the depths of vintage underground cinema — from cult, exploitation, trash and grindhouse to sci-fi, horror, noir and beyond.) “Why do I always get stuck with crazy men?” “…Cause that’s the only kind that’s left.” This cynical exchange between U.S. Air Force Major Charles Rane and bar-tarred, war […]

Videodrome :: Werewolves On Wheels (1971)

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

(Welcome to Videodrome. A new column plumbing the depths of vintage underground cinema — from cult, exploitation, trash and grindhouse to sci-fi, horror, noir and beyond.) As Vietnam festered, Nixon lied and free love gave way to rampant VD, it was inevitable that the outlaw biker film genre, reaching a zenith with the introspection and […]

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & Matt Sweeney :: Blood Embrace

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

The second entry of our new cult film column, Videodrome, went live this week focusing on the 1977 revenge fandango, Rolling Thunder – a film I was initially turned onto in 2005 via the Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy / Matt Sweeney collaborative LP, Superwolf. One of our favorite records of the past decade, Superwolf is home […]

The Red Rippers :: Over There…and Over Here

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

You think ‘Viking metal’ and ‘post-Takoma guitar soli’ are niche markets? Let’s talk about Ed Bankston, a veteran of the US Navy and former combat pilot who, in 1983, wrote, recorded and released a record about his experiences in Vietnam and sold it via an ad placed in the perennially batshit mercenary magazine Soldier of […]

Kevin Coyne :: I Want My Crown, 1973

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Early on in this clip from The Old Grey Whistle Test, Kevin Coyne admits that he “knicked” his version of “I Want My Crown” off the song’s originator, Big Joe Williams.  Coyne’s interpretation is more spritely, melodic, and memorable than the bluesman’s—it’s the work of an art-school lifer caught in a moment of mainstream success. […]

Cherry Wainer & Don Storer :: Peter Gunn

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Just like last time, today’s Videodrome is a clip from a German TV show. Specifically, the show Beat! Beat! Beat! No, not the Beat Club… but the show did have a Shindig/Bandstand style “variety” format where mostly U.K. and American rock bands would play a few songs to smiling, bopping teenagers. I caught this video […]

Ike & Tina Turner :: Nutbush City Limits

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

I came across today’s Videodrome entry last month while digging around in search of an Ike & The Rhythm Kings performance I’d previously stumbled upon (late) one night. I never did find the Ike clip, but this “live performance” did more than suffice. And yes, do note the quotes surrounding the words ‘live’ and ‘performance’. […]