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Bizarro Mix Videos Round 3

by Tracy Vanity

It’s already Friday night here. The future’s so bright, Mickey’s gotta gouge out his eyes!

I complied a 13-song Bizarro youtube mix music video soundtrack for your weekend.

This time, instead of listing each video one by one, I thought it would be better to just surprise you. So hit play and enjoy listening to it while WRITING, WRITING, WRITING, getting laid, smoking out and chillin’ with your homies, stumbling around drunk in your apartment, eating expired spam from the can, masturbating to creepy plush porn…or whatever the fuck it is you Bizarros do for the weekend. This compilation is good for any Bizarro occasion.

Enjoy!


Beyond Good and Evil: An Interview With Crispin Hellion Glover

by Tracy Vanity
All images courtesy of Crispin Glover

Those who gravitate to that place beyond limitations, where anything and everything can happen, tend to search for others like themselves because as social animals, humans have a primal desire to seek fellow passengers on the same crazy journey.

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Crispin Hellion Glover is not merely a passenger but a driving force in that place which he describes as existing “beyond good and evil.”

Best known for his acting roles in major Hollywood pictures such as Willard, Beowulf, Charlie’s Angels, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and yes…Back to the Future…Crispin uses the money and recognition he receives from his mainstream work to fund and promote his personal projects: from a whimsical album of original music with covers of songs by Nancy Sinatra and Charles Manson to modified vintage art books and two brilliant feature-length films which he’s been touring around the world with for 7 years and counting.

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With What is it? and It is fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE!, which he produced and directed himself without the backing of a major studio, Crispin has achieved what few who venture beyond the realm of that which is beyond good and evil ever do: establish a symbiotic relationship between a mainstream Hollywood acting career with an avant-garde art career.

I’ve been fortunate to catch Crispin’s screenings about 4 times when I lived in Los Angeles and was in awe every time. Not only is watching him perform a live dramatic narration of his books entertaining but it adds an organic spirit that can’t be replicated while watching a film in a theater, television set or computer screen. The more we become accustomed to viewing our world through a glowing screen, the more powerful the medium of reality and physically interacting with other human beings becomes. Crispin uses this power to his advantage through his live opening performance and Q&A sessions.

I was very happy that Crispin agreed to an interview for Bizarro Central to help promote his winter tour in the Americas. Along with discussing details of what’s in store for those who attend a Crispin Glover screening, Crispin also describes how David Lynch helped him make his film and also provides details on the forces that influenced him to create such an elaborate vaudeville show in the first place:

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Tracy: When I interviewed you back 2007, you mentioned that your interests were with “that which was beyond good and evil”? Is that term still applicable to your interests and your films What is it? and It is fine! Everything is fine!?

Crispin: Yes that description still applies to the films. I generally answer with that description when there is a moral question. Films that are currently financed and distributed by the film corporations and distribution corporations that currently exist must sit within the boundary of that which is considered good and evil.

What this means is if there is a so called “bad thing/evil thing” that sits with in a corporately financed and distributed film it must necessarily pointed at by the filmmaker so that the audience is dictated to that the only way to think about that so called “evil thing” is that one way.

Any other way of think about that so called “evil thing” would be considered wrong and it must be made in such a way that they audience understands that the filmmakers feel that this “evil thing” is only that and no other way of thinking about that “evil thing” could or should be possible.

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A film that goes beyond the realm of good and evil may have this same so called “evil thing” but the filmmaker may not necessarily point at that so called “evil thing” so that the audience are not dictated to and therefore can determine and think what for itself as to what this so called “evil thing” really is to them.

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Bizarro Central Mixvideos

by Tracy Vanity

I compiled a mix of music for Bizarro Central using the youtube medium. All music was selected on aural and/or visual Bizarro merit. Enjoy!

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The Family Jams are amazing. Many assume that it’s Charles Manson singing but it’s actually another family member, Steve “Clem” Grogan. Manson wrote all the songs though. I love every song by the family but “Ride Away” is one of my favorites. It’s so beautiful and soothing…I just want to drop acid and hack up a bunch of people.

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Crispin Glover is the perfect man: hot, talented and fucking insane. If you’ve watched the two movies he directed and tours around the world with, “What is it?” and “It is Fine! EVERYTHING IS FINE”, you’d agree. Now mix the fucked-up hotness of Crispin with coulrophilia and you get the best thing since midget gang bang fisting porn!

“Clowny Clown Clown” is the only official music video from Crispin’s sole album “The Big Problem ≠ The Solution. The Solution = Let It Be.” The entire album is filled with Bizarro goodness. His cover of Nancy Sinatras’ “These Boots Are Made for Walking” is breathtaking.

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GG Allin is why I started listening to punk rock. His lyrics are fun and he liked to shit, bleed on stage and attack his audience. He even showed up on Geraldo. His acoustic stuff shows a softer side of GG. This acoustic version of “Outlaw Scumfuc” and “Fuck Authority” is an American anthem that totally shits and vomits on “The Star Spangled Banner.”

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2-Live crew performing “Face down ass up” on the Phil Donahue show is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen on the internet.

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Had to add my favorite Thai song to the mix. It’s about waking up in the morning with a bad hangover and curing it by drinking more. The song is very popular among rural Thai people and the video is hilarious. After watching this, my friend in America asked me if living in Bangkok was like living in the background of Streetfighter II. The answer is YES.

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The Residents should definitely be at the top of every Bizarro fan’s favorite band list. Awesome song and video.

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Not an official Nurse With Wound music video but Jiri Barta clips are a beautiful accompaniment to “The Bottom Feeder.”

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Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson, of Throbbing Gristle and Coil fame, made some incredible industrial music under The Threshold HouseBoys Choir and set it to footage of Thai rituals that he recorded himself. The footage in this video is taken from the vegetarian festival in Phuket, Thailand. As you can see, the Thai vegetarian festival is not just about eating tofu…

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Messer Chups are a horror surf rock band from Russia. Most of the videos that accompany their songs are taken from vintage horror movies, typically starring Vincent Price, or are just randomly awesome like this one.

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Beautifully haunting song and video from Einstürzende Neubauten.

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I had to save the best for last. Tonetta is a severely underrated music legend/performance artist for the internetz age. All his songs are funny and catchy as fuck and his Buffalo Bill mannerisms have gotten him banned from youtube 5 times! He is the most punk rock person alive right now. Thankfully, his devoted army of fans save his videos and re-upload them to youtube whenever his account gets deleted.

The live version of “Ultimate Whore” is amazing too. He’s totally channeling Iggy Pop in that performance. His album “777” is available for sale on limited edition white vinyl with accompanying cd at Black Tent Press.

Bonus track:

German version of “They’re Coming to Take Me Away”!


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