Posted: May 2, 2009 2:58 am
Jack stands you must be from frasyer or something ?
Originally from Raliegh, but close enough. Nah, man, what I meant was that I've seen Muck Sticky accidentally a few times and promptly walked out, due to the sheer novelty. To me, you're right, it's a North-North version of the Lord T thing. Fun for the kids, but not my cup of Earl Grey hot or Lipton on ice. Camp. But in the movie, I had to sit there and watch the spectacle. The tickets were ten bucks, not $5 cover. In this economy, I'm going to try to get my money's worth.
So, Muck Sticky, I sat through it. The schtick in the second episode is well represented. I got it. He's just having fun. No big deal. I don't compare him to the high art of Heavy Beagle, where we try to hurt people with sound, then make the bartenders suffer because a few friends get up and want to "jam" drunkenly after we've cleared everyone out. But, like Muck Sticky, we just want to have fun. In spite of "taste". His character in the movie is cornpone, but likeable, especially later through the series. And I guess that's what I meant. His character is likeable enough. Will I go see him play? No. Will I buy a record from him? Not as long as the music doesn't interest me. But, do I know a little bit more about him? Yes. And that helps to confirm my answers on the first two questions. But is he having fun? Yeah, and I can't fault him for it. I'm sure Freeworld is still having fun after 20+ years. But my fun is different and I'll get mine. No harm, no foul.
In other notes, within the first two episodes, the acting is crap (except for the Packy dude). Brent's(vishnu or whoever, love him) acting is a little stiff. And watching Ben say the line "You're a dangerous girl, Claire." was as uncomfortable as watching the Slingblade guy say "What will we do without Freedom?" in Armageddeon when that one space ship got all fucked up.
And, as a Memphian, the continuity was a little fucked up. When Muck Sticky goes out with Claire behind the Daisy parking lot, all of a sudden they are talking in the car next to the Sears building. Nobody outside of Memphis is going to know, but still, it's there.
But that's pretty much most of my shit-talking. Most of the first two episodes are a little weak for me.
(Disclaimer - that Amy Lavere track in the first episode is pretty fucking good, and her interaction with the catering lady is pretty good.)
The third episode and after is where it really started picking up for me. Kapone's "track" and the Brad Posthlewate(?) being a training doctor episode, and when Packy finally gets a response from the landlord are all really great moments.
Throughout the rest of the movie, I grinned a whole lot. There were great performances; the characters were immediately identifiable (not who they actually were, but who they were portrayinr; the film duo weren't the people I knew, but I knew who they represented, and I was glad to see it. The Roller Derby episode is great. It was like a reverse Gonerfest IV for Reyes during Jay's set, in my eyes). And, again, living here, having these memories, I could connect completely. And back to the performances, Jeremy is a little shorter than me. Standing next to Harlan on stilts, well...
And Lucero and Selvidge and Alicja and Terrance and Bubba all looked great. And Jack at Earnestine and Hazels.
And I got to look at all the RSA gear; from booms to mics to cabinets to baffles, standing 40 feet in front of me. I'd look at the headphones on AJ (if I remember correctly) and said to myself, "Holy crap, I was wearing those at work today, and now they're huge!" because they're old and I need some at my new cubicle.
The papers talk about a Craig talking about a franchise and doing other cities. Fine. Memphis came first, and fuck it. I like looking at it. Brewer wins. At the end of the premier, Craig was sitting right in front of me. I wanted to tap him on the shoulder and tell him "Good job." I don't know him from Adam, but hell, I have a hard time telling anyone (musician, or filmaker or label or engineer or otherwise) what a good job I think they do without a few beers in me (those that fall in the previous categories can probably at least attest to the "how many beers I've had" part - I LOVE YOU, MAN!, I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY MEAN IT! I THINK YOU'RE THE FUCKING GREATEST!). But I didn't tap him on the shoulder. It was over and I walked out. Packy Rules, thanks for doing it here Craig, and I hope some of the acts I liked in it get some more coverage.
Anyway, my final thoughts, I guess, are:
Wanted to hate it.
In spite of being out too late.
Kept thinking about it through today.
Bought Records today after work.
Didn't go to M.O.T.O.
Dropped the boy off at a his friends.
Went to dinner with my wife for the first time in forever.
Came home and watched $5.00 cover later.
On MTV, no less.