for June 26, 2002
Blank Space Travel
by Your Diva, Robin Pastorio-Newman
Long, long ago, in a time lost in the mists of antiquity, when Aerosmith
didn't suck and before impact became a verb, there was Devo, strange
men from Ohio who were smarter than anyone, and more fun than all Tom
Hanks films put together.
You don't remember that time, but Cartoon Network does. Atlanta's Cartoon
Network has long featured Groovies - short cartoons set to songs by
bands you may or may not know. With the imminent July 3rd release of
the Powerpuff Girls Movie, Cartoon Network added shorts by Shonen Knife and Devo, both directed by Primal Screen, both a hoot. Watching
Devo's "Go, Monkey, Go," for instance, it might take a moment to notice
Devo's new costumes. Mojo Jojo's outfit, scaled for a Spudboy, turns
into...a shiny, shiny man dress. Your Love's Baby Soft won't spoil
surprises, far from it! Instead, she advises you to watch Sunday night's
11-midnight portion of Adult Swim, omitting any viewing of the
snoozarama Mission Hill. For a peek at Devo and Shonen Knife, try
Saturday afternoons during the Dragonball Z/Dragonball block.
Should one need to settle the stomach - say, after any nauseating
episode of Bachelorettes In Alaska - kindly allow Your Chanel No.5 to
recommend The Importance of Being Earnest. Even longer
ago than mentioned above, before Mick Jagger had any children with
even one woman, Oscar Wilde wrote witty
plays, plumbing the depths of the inches-deep. One has to actually
listen to the dialog, perhaps a shortcoming in short-attention-span
America, but the attentive listener is amply rewarded.
Here's a big,
big, Boeing-size hint: the essence of comedy is the difference between
what one knows and what one sees. Even if one knows Wilde's script ... say, verbatim ... one still sees images even Oscar didn't visualize. Surprise!
The surprises are not disastrous! Very, very funny, and better for you
Our dear editor introduced Your CK1 to the DJ term
"through-the-windshield segue." Picture yourself cruising with your
supergroovy significant other. The night is warm and clear. You're
singing along with Bobby Darin's
"Mack the Knife" at the tops
of your lungs when the next song making your FM hit parade is Weird Al's
"Like a Surgeon."
BLAM! Your head explodes. On good days, life is like
So it was that immediately following The Importance of Being
Earnest, Your Intuition stumbled onto Billy Joe Winghead, which is a band, and the Stinky
Sono Buoni Show, somehow more than a band. Astounding. One wag tapped my
shoulder during BJW and pointed at an Eddie
Spaghetti-wannabe: "See the bass player? All of Oklahoma looks just
Oh dear. Oklahoma may need a bath.
Whatever, Billy Joe
Winghead turns classic instrumental laments into
interstellar Excedrin headaches Lynyrd Skynyrd might have in the
afterlife. Stinky Sono Buoni, either current or former singer and Love
Machine for the formidable Mad
Daddys, puts on a sweaty, pheromone-soaked, rock and roll show vaguely
reminiscent of the Cramps. As mentioned above, Your L'Air du Temps's
head exploded. That happens when you travel in 4/4 time.
©2002 Robin Pastorio-Newman
All material ©2001-2014 Sean Carolan, except as noted.
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